This Guest Post is a favorite of mine. By Dr. Steve Hudson, it so eloquently expresses what all holistic healers know without knowing how they know. Now that we have to work together to remain free of the attempt by the College of Psychotherapy to take over the assessment and treatment of all human ‘disturbances’ in Ontario, such inspiration has never been more needed or welcome. Please be sure to visit website Stop Psychotherapy Takeover if you are a lover of natural therapies and if you are a practitioner of energy healing methods. The spiritual approach to healing has been proven by time.
THE TIES THAT BIND US TOGETHER by Dr.Steve Hudson
For those of you who know me well, you’ll also know that I am not given to over-exaggerated claims. I’ve lived through too much of my own drama to get easily wrapped up in the drama of others. So please believe me when I tell you that if you are a holistic practitioner in Ontario, or a member of the public who enjoys the benefits of holistic healing, your right to choose or practice these services is being slowly and deliberately removed by the Ontario Government.
In a move that would have made Machiavelli proud, the Psychology Act (2007) was amended in 2009 under a huge Omnibus Bill giving psychotherapists exclusive and unprecedented control over the definition and treatment (at their sole discretion) of all emotional disturbances of the human condition. By this legislation alternative wellness specialists who deal with a client’s emotions are deemed to be psychotherapists by another name: and it may shock you to know that the interpretation of this legislation is so ambiguous that it can also include members of the clergy (without a Master’s Degree in Psychology) who administer grief counselling to a parishioner. I personally find that offensive and more than a little scary. And as you might suspect, the penalties for violation are severe – up to $25,000 for the first offence and more after that.
This legislation is already law; in the fall of 2014 the College of Psychotherapy will be proclaimed and in a position to enforce its provisions; even though it was introduced and passed without meaningful public consultation with all stakeholders: i.e. alternative practitioners and their clients. I invite you to read the excellent article by Grace Joubarne on pages 16 & 17 of the May edition of Natural Presence magazine. It contains the details you need to know if this subject touches you in any way.
I would, however, like to offer a perspective on this situation that I think deserves your attention. As holistic healers we often see ourselves being different from each other. It’s hard to see what a Reiki practitioner has in common with an acupuncturist or a shaman with a yoga instructor. There are literally dozens of holistic modalities, each with their own unique approach to healing the human condition. But when we put aside those differences and look deeper, we share common core beliefs and practices that bind us together as a distinct cultural society with strong spiritual overtones. And as such, it is my view that this new legislation will violate our freedom of cultural and religious expression. Let’s take a look at those ties that bind.
We see ourselves as spiritual beings
We all hold the core belief that we are tri-part beings made up of Body, Mind and Spirit which come together as an inseparable whole; hence the term “holistic” healing. Modern medicine, including psychotherapy, does not recognize any connection to Spirit and the vital part it plays in the healing process. This omission is considered a significant cultural difference as viewed by holistic practitioners.
We work with subtle energies
Unlike Western Medicine, holistic healing works with subtle energies that cannot easily be seen with the naked eye. For this reason it is dismissed by conventional science as having no basis in fact, nor of any value in the healing process. However, these same subtle energies are well known to holistic practitioners by names such as Qi, Prana, Ki or Universal Life Force which have been utilized by Eastern cultures for millennia. In China, Qi is the very foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, as is Prana in India in the ancient discipline of Ayurveda. The universal recognition and our utilization of this subtle healing energy set the modern practice of holistic medicine apart from all others.
The body can heal itself
It is fundamental to the practice of holistic healing that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself when brought back into balance. There are numerous examples of this throughout the world, dismissed by science as fake or fraud. Therefore, whether the modality is Reiki, Yoga, Shamanic Medicine, Energy Healing, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, EFT, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy or the comfort of spiritual counselling … et al., the goal is always to restore homeostasis without the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Another uniting belief is that pharmaceutical drugs are considered dangerous to the health and wellbeing of the human condition. They do not cure illness, but only suppress prevailing symptoms while often introducing dangerous side effects. This pro-drug approach is taken by all aspects of Western Medicine. Psychiatry is infamous for plying drugs to its patients to modify emotional behaviour: a practice universally not accepted in the world of holistic healing.
Healing is part of our spiritual path
Our connection to Spirit and its integral role in the healing process makes this issue one of faith. In thirty years I have never met an alternative healer that is not committed to his or her own spiritual path. This is an earthly journey we are all taking to become closer to our Deity and healing ourselves holistically is part of that spiritual expression.
We say that the paths are many but the truth is one: meaning that whichever path we choose holistic healing goes to the core of our spirituality. To deny anyone the ability to heal holistically violates their religious and spiritual freedom, as well as their Constitutional right to connect with, and be healed by, their own Spirit; be they practitioners or clients alike.
It is not my intention to become embroiled in a battle with Western Medicine but to create an outcome of mutual respect and co-existence. Anyone who understands the Law of Attraction knows that what you resist will persist. So by focussing our collective attention on what we DO want, rather than on what we DON’T want, the Universe will have no choice but to bring us the outcome we wish to create. I am therefore motivated to galvanize the largest collective consciousness of holistic healers possible, because the awesome power of group intention properly focussed towards a positive outcome is nothing short of unstoppable.
Please also understand that this issue if left unchecked will not stay confined within the borders of Ontario Canada. We are literally part of a world-wide movement that will not stand idly by and return to an era where those of different spiritual beliefs are driven underground to practice their faith. I strongly believe our fundamental rights as Canadian citizens to administer, or choose drug free, non-invasive alternative therapies are being trampled by Government bureaucracy and we cannot let this happen.
You are invited to visit the website Stop Psychotherapy Takeover to keep abreast of this issue and offer whatever donations you can to keep this objective alive.
Dr. Steve Hudson. D.MT. P.Eng. D.Ac.
Twin Flame Creations Inc., www.awakeningangels.ca