From Webster’s dictionary: “Enlighten”- To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding.
The Mind, Body, Emotions and Soul are all a part of one thing - the person we are, and wish to become. Traditional therapies too often only address one of these three aspects of being. But, it is better to connect them all. By using some unique methods of connecting with our own higher levels of consciousness we can move through problems and personal evolution in a way that is far easier and more direct than with other methods. And the changes, though seeming to occur very naturally, can be quite profound.
To some degree, we are all isolated within our own unique ‘realities.’ Yet, powerful methods of bridging the separations have been known by a few for centuries, though they were almost never understood or practiced by the "professional" helpers of mankind. Even in the recent past, such techniques may have been considered as verging upon mystical, when in actuality they were based upon principles governing the essential nature of all life in the universe - principles that each and every person can and does have access to at almost any moment in their lives. Even modern Physics is now reaching the inescapable conclusion that mind and matter influence and connect to each other, in ways never before imagined. The precise techniques for accessing and using these principles are currently being re-awakened and applied within the model that I use and continue to develop.
Though we seldom think of it, we live in a virtual sea of consciousness. There are billions of people, each with their own thoughts, fears and intentions, and all living near to us every day. Whether viewed physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually they all have the potential to interact with us at any moment - sometimes for our good, and sometimes not. In an ideal world these interactions would all be in the open and obvious, but, unfortunately, a great many are subconscious, at best. And, frequently, the more hidden levels of interaction are the ones that affect us most dramatically, and without us even being aware of what is happening. If you’ve ever just felt someone’s anger, even though they were seemingly smiling and pleasant, then you know some of what I mean. Good therapy can help us to not only to identify, but to understand both the nature and the results of these and other unseen interactions, especially the harmful ones.
Its History This thing we call consciousness is, without a doubt, the most truly amazing aspect of our reality. Its power and influence over life is just beginning to be understood. Unfortunately, there has been a long history of ignorance of its basic operating principles, and it has too often been misused.Continue Reading...
A Definition of E.T. What exactly is Enlightened Therapy? Well, for one thing, it’s not Freudian - quite far from it. It does, however, take into account much of the study and work that has been done up to the present. Within it, one will hear terms like Engaged Detachment, Tuned Awareness, Somatic Processing, the Observer Effect, and Somatic Resonance.Continue Reading...
Remember the client-therapist relationship spoken of earlier? It remains essential - in fact, even more so within this kind of practice. There are some things that can only be adequately communicated in a special, comfortable and protected setting. One could tout the enhanced effectiveness of such newly emerging techniques as Somatic Processing, EMDR, Somatic Resonance, Engaged Detachment, etc. But, until one has experienced them, they are mostly just words – like trying to describe the feeling of climbing Everest to someone who is only a casual hiker.
There is much more within good therapy than putting a variety of ‘band-aids’ on mental problems. The ideal outcome should be nothing less than living the life we love. That doesn’t mean that we never again face problems. It means developing inner confidence, strength and adaptability, so that no problem will ever disable us for long. In my experience, this can be done even after decades of other types of less-than-effective counseling.
Good things can happen when we people work together for a common goal – such as a much better life. And, often, it is not difficult to experience significant transformation in a relatively short period of time. This is usually enhanced by us being open to essentially limitless possibilities, both for us as a client and as a therapist. Because such an approach knows few bounds, it will use whatever is safe, effective and precisely tailored to the needs of each participant in the process. That is why the rate and nature of the resulting successes can sometimes be outstanding.
The Nature of My Practice
Sometimes, it's hard to admit that we're having a problem. As we look around, others are enjoying life and relationships. Why are things so difficult for us? We used to be happy, or at least thought we were.
Most relationships have pitfalls and take effort to maintain. So too with the relationship with our selves. Because we tend to live a lot in our own minds, it is not always easy to stay objective, or to catch ourselves when we fall. This is where an experienced "helper" can be useful.Continue reading...
Paul Solari, MA, LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
Somatic, EMDR, Trauma Holistic Approach Individuals and Couples