The Rogue Healer

The Man They Couldn't Kill. The Most Remarkable Story You've Never Heard


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The Genius and Compassion of Viktor Frankl

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I was thinking about the amazing Viktor Frankl, and his incomparable book, Mans Search for Meaning. Frankl was an Austrian-born neurologist and psychiatrist, living in Vienna at the time of the Nazi takeover. Initially he was able to continue his work, but in 1944 he was sent, along with his family, to a concentration camp. Tragically, his wife, both parents and his brother were not to survive their incarceration. During his time there, as he fought for survival, he developed his theory on logotherapy and on his release, wrote his book, which has now been published into dozens of languages and has sold millions of copies. 

Frankl believed that, no matter how awful, how terrifying, how dehumanising, how painful and how tragic life may be, life continues to have meaning, so within that, suffering has meaning too. If we can find that meaning, we can come through anything. 

“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” 

“The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living” 

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” 

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” 

During my ‘bad times’, I had the choice to react in any one of a million ways. The most obvious response was anger, fear or despair. But I knew that if I chose that route, I would become like my stalker, consumed with hate, venom, and ultmately fear and hopelessness. As long as I stayed true to myself and my ideals, I had won, even if ultimately I was to die. No matter what happened, as long as I kept smiling and held onto my compassion, I would be a winner to the end. 

Mans Search for Meaning is a book I recommend to everyone, as within its pages, there is true wisdom from which we can all learn, and gain meaning. We all have hard times in our lives, and often we can lose our faith in life, in ourselves and in our view of the world. At those times, its worth reaching for Frankl, and remembering his words;

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” 

There is always meaning to life. There is always meaning in our lives. That can never be taken away. We always have a choice. We can always smile, no matter how bad things become. We have the choice. 

We can all be Viktor Frankl.

 

 

 


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Healing Washes Whiter

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I received this lovely quote from a client, written after receiving a course of treatment, intended to heal a series of emotional issues, involving jealousy, anger and self-loathing. 

“Its a shame you can’t show people your soul before and after healing ! You know, like in the Persil adverts. Just to show how different things are, before and after, on the inside”

Over several months, a lifetime of problems were healed. The healing, as it took effect, facilitated other healing options too. After half a dozen healing sessions, she felt empowered enough to seek out Qigong, meditation, and various other paths. Together, they all created a new ‘whole’, or rather they recreated the old ‘whole’, before things went wrong. 

Healing has no limits, other than those we create. Anything is possible. Potential is infinite.

 

 


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Drop the Ego !

Really accepting ‘what is’ depends on self-awareness, knowing your true existence – Being what is. When we know our essential nature as absolute bliss consciousness, we transcend the man-made notions of right and wrong borne of dualistic awareness, yet we imbibe the inherent virtues of Being such as love, compassion, truth, joy, and wisdom. These qualities are not cultural or social values of morality, but inherent expressions of existence itself.

How do we do this ?

Drop the ego.

Then we can become our true nature. 


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You are a Healer. You just didn’t know it…..or did you ?

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Everyone has healing ability. 

You can heal. Your parents can heal. Your children can heal. Everyone you know has a healing ability. Sceptic and believer alike. It’s a natural and simple process. As natural as sleeping and eating. I’ve never yet met anyone who couldn’t heal, although I’ve met many who didn’t believe it was possible, until they experienced it. It’s such a natural process that many have been healing all their lives without even consciously realising it. At the end of a workshop or course, everyone has gone away able to feel energy, able to make it move according to intention, and left with a profound new sense of their energetic abilities. I’ve taught skeptics and I’ve taught medical professionals. Scientists and engineers. It makes no difference at all. Everyone can heal. 

 

Healers have been their own worst enemies for too long. They have been too willing to set themselves apart, set themselves on a pedestal and feed the ego. The church too, has been complicit in this process, misappropriating healing as a gift from god, ascribing healers with a supernatural gift interpreted only within a Christian framework. Claiming special powers or unique abilities does nobody any favours. Healing is a special power only so far as being a mechanic or a bricklayer is a special power. Fixing a car or building a wall involves a range of skills. These skills are learnt and taught, usually based upon a certain natural predisposition. Over time, application and practice will perfect those skills. But anyone can learn them. 

 

It’s the same with healing. Yes, it’s a talent, and if you have a particular talent for healing, you are very lucky. But does it have any greater worth than repairing cars or building walls ? Is it more or less valuable than having a talent for playing the piano, riding a bicycle or kicking a football ? Any value is subjective, depending on your viewpoint. We can all heal, just as we can all kick a football. Many would question the money paid to professional footballers, but not that paid to a successful artist or a famous author. We make value judgements based on our own prejudices, from our own life experience. Many see football as just a game, bringing no real value to society. Others see it as a valuable art form in its own right, as well as a business, justifying the high wages. All value judgements based on our own subjective views. Society pays nurses a fraction of what it pays footballers. Those caring for the sick at home, carers, are often paid a pittance. Human value, value to society and financial value are rarely, if ever in sync with each other. 

 

 

If you are reading this book, you are probably more interested in healing than kicking a ball, so perhaps this is where your talent will lie. We tend to develop the skills we are interested in. We also develop the abilities we become aware of; if we never try, we never know. There are many great footballers walking the streets who’ve never kicked a ball in their lives. Their talent will remain unexplored. Likewise, there are many great healers who will never know it, having never had the chance to experiment with it. 

 

Often, at the start of a course, participants will express doubt that they have any healing ability. They are present through hope, rather than belief. You may be thinking exactly the same as you read these words. The refrain usually runs along the lines of “Surely if I had any healing ability, I would know already ?” Well, that really makes no sense. I was 27 years old before I discovered my ability, and even then, I was told about it, rather than discovering it for myself. Prior to that, I had no idea, and certainly no desire to get involved in healing activity. Unless you are very lucky, as I was, why would you ever find it unless you went specifically looking for it ? For myself, it’s easy with the benefit of hindsight, to look back and see events which pointed to some sort of healing ‘gift’. Sick animals would always come to me, seeking me out relentlessly and determinedly. Wild birds would land on me, showing no fear. Nobody ever gave this a second thought. Why should they ? It was just how I was, and it was what I did. As I got older, I started to attract damaged and disturbed individuals to me, in addition to the steady stream of sick animals. I now recognise this as a common factor in the development of any healer. I’ve heard about it so many times. Those most desperately in need of healing, humans as well as animals, will recognise the ability, intuitively and subconsciously, and gravitate towards that person. For me, it was confusing, for them, they were unable to stop themselves, driven by the subconscious urge to ease whatever pain they were suffering. 

 

There is nothing special about healing ability. There is nothing special about the healer either. What is far more special is the desire to use that ability for the greater good. To use a healing ‘gift’ wisely, ethically and morally, and to use it freely and to the best of one’s ability, whatever obstacles are placed in ones path, is the real talent of the healer. The ability to move beyond the ego is perhaps the greatest gift the healer can possess.  When I teach healing, I don’t need to create the gift. It’s already there. I need to create the desire to heal, and waken the potential to heal, just as it was created and awoken in myself. 

 

Extract from Strong Medicine – The Handbook of Healing 


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Where I Live

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Mountain stream, March 2013

“You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;

I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.

As the peach-blossom flows down stream
and is gone into the unknown,

I have a world apart that is not among men.”

– Li Po


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Its the little things that matter

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When love and hate are both absent,

Everything becomes clear and undisguised.

Make the smallest distinction, however

and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

Seng-ts’an.

6th Century Philosopher

It truly is the little things that matter. The little distinctions that we make, the judgements and projections that take us away from truth, and speed us along the ego path, where the mind and its thoughts feed us agenda after agenda. When we say “I love this”, or “I hate that”, what are we really thinking ? Look how we are creating divisions in our world, barriers to our true understanding.

So often, we love what we sense we are lacking in ourselves, and we hate what we know we hold in our hearts. But we never admit that to ourselves. Love and hate are just divisions. Just ego projections. No more. No less. If we honestly open our hearts, both will disappear in a puff of truth.