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Title: Healing Power


1
Healing Power
  • Ten Steps to Pain Management
  • and Spiritual Evolution
  • Dr. Phil Shapiro
  • Founder and Director
  • Northwest Institute for Healing Power

2
Integrative Medicine
  • Separate tracks
  • Healing principle in health care
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Healing principle in religion
  • Spiritual Seeker
  • Single track
  • Dr. Herbert Benson
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Personal, private spiritual experience becomes
    medically relevant

3
Integrative Medicine
  • Biological high-tech medicine
  • Has great power but alone can be reductionistic,
    often leading to symptom management without
    getting to the root causes of disease.
  • Integrative medicine
  • Includes biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects.
  • Look for the root causes of disease and healing
    here.

4
Integrative Medicine
  • Four evidence based healing universes
  • Biological
  • Traditional Medicine
  • CAM Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
  • Psychological
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Mind-Body Medicine

5
Mind-Body Medicine
  • Mind-body Medicine
  • The spiritual aspect of cognitive-behavioral
    therapy
  • Belief systems impact disease and healing.
  • The mind can be used for
  • Expansion of healing power
  • Pain control
  • Spiritual evolution

6
Mind-Body Medicine Evidence-based The Data
  • People with an active faith or belief system have
    better outcomes in medicine, surgery, mental
    health, and addiction
  • Includes cancer, coronary artery disease,
    cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, asthma,
    COPD, infections disease, kidney disease, and
    more.
  • Lower medication rates
  • Lower length of stay
  • Higher quality of life
  • Much more

7
Mind-Body Medicine Evidence-based The Data
  • Suggested reading
  • Herbert Benson M.D., Timeless healing
  • Jeff Levin PhD God, Faith and Health
  • David Larson M.D.
  • Larry Dossey M.D.
  • Dale Mathews M.D.
  • Harold Koenig M.D.
  • James Gordon M.D.
  • Deepok Chopra M.D.

8
Mind-Medicine Evidence Based The Data
  • What the data tells us
  • There is no separation between mind and body.
  • The mind is connected to every cell in the body
    through electromagnetic and chemical waves.
  • In some yet to be determined way, thoughts have
    leverage in the inner workings of our cells
    having to do with disease and healing.

9
Mind-Body Medicine The Mechanism
  • Community support from like-minded people
  • Behavior good habits such as no smoking,
    drinking, or drugs healthy diet
  • Thought the power of positive thought--faith,
    hope, belief, optimism, and much more
  • Feeling the healing power of positive
    emotionpeace, love, joy, compassion
  • Spiritual practice expansion of healing power
    from yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and prayer

10
Mind-Body Medicine Principles
  • The scientific connection between spirituality
    and healing has been made.
  • Spiritual belief systems have a role in healing
    mind, body, and soul.
  • When we activate or intensify our spiritual
    belief systems, healing power expands.
  • There is healing power on the table.

11
Mind-Body Medicine Principles Healing Power
  • Healing Power
  • A magnificently intelligent healing power
    operates every cell in the body.
  • It is incomparably brilliant.
  • We know how to make it grow and shrink.
  • We know where the leverage points are.
  • The key leverage point how we manage our pain.

12
Mind-Body Medicine Principles Pain Management
  • Skillful pain management
  • To tap into the expanded reservoir of healing
    power, we must become more skillful pain
    managers.
  • How we manage our pain determines whether we move
    forward, backward, or stay stuck in this life.

13
Mind-Body Medicine Principles Pain Management
  • Pain Management
  • The fear factor we are afraid of suffering,
    disease, disability, the unknown, and death.
  • This mental distress slows down healing and makes
    the pain worse.
  • When disease persists, we can teach people to
    slow down and relax so they can stay in charge
    and get their lives back.

14
Mind-Body Medicine Principles Pain Management
  • Pain Management
  • Often we cannot take disease away but we can
    always help with pain management.
  • Pain is both physical and psychological.
  • All pain is experienced in the mind and can
    therefore be modulated by the mind.
  • We can contain and reduce or expand and magnify
    the pain.
  • We can control pain so pain does not control our
    lives.

15
Mind-Body Medicine Principles Spiritual Evolution
  • Spiritual Evolution
  • If we manage our pain skillfully, healing power
    expands and we evolve spiritually.
  • Spiritual qualities such as compassion,
    understanding, forgiveness, patience, peace,
    love, and joy grow.
  • We feel better.
  • We become better people.

16
Mind-Body Medicine Principles
  • When we activate or intensify our spiritual
    belief systems, we harness the untapped power of
    the mind for
  • Expansion of healing power
  • Pain Control
  • Spiritual Evolution
  • This is very good news but there are many
    barriers.

17
Problems Entering the Spiritual Domain
  • We dont work with Spirit.
  • We are not comfortable talking about religion.
  • We have no language or map.
  • We ignore or refer to spiritual counselors.
  • Lack of training.
  • Belief systems are personal, intimate, complex.
  • Many have a traumatic religious history.
  • Fierce feelings and defensiveness.
  • Fear of unravel to the abyss (The Cheeseburger)
  • Enormous variation and level of commitment.
  • There is no time-brief appointments, paper work.
  • How to enter without losing life, limb, or
    property.

18
Guidelines for Approaching Belief Systems
  • Access we need models that give us safe,
    efficient, and effective access to the territory
    of belief systems.
  • Map how to get there.
  • Language how to talk to each other and our
    patients about religion and spirituality.
  • Keys to enter the territory of belief systems so
    we can get in and out safely and effectively.
  • An efficient delivery system so we can help our
    patients learn how to do this work when we are
    already too busy.

19
Guidelines for Approaching Belief Systems
  • Universal and inclusive
  • Look for universal or near-universal spiritual
    healing principles, methods, and qualities.
  • Design models that can work for as many as
    possible.
  • Include atheist, agnostic, religious, and
    spiritual persons.

20
Guidelines for Approaching Belief Systems
  • Individualize
  • Stay in religion of origin and expand practice
  • Build your own program
  • Cafeteria of options
  • Root cause and solution
  • Look for root causes and solutions to our deepest
    suffering.
  • User-friendly
  • Remain user-friendly and non-invasive as possible

21
Guidelines for Approaching Belief Systems
  • Biopsychosocial-spiritual
  • We think of high-tech medicine as real and
    mind-body principles as touchy-feely. This is
    reductionistic and wrong.
  • We are biopsychosocial and spiritual beings. A
    disturbance in any one of there leads to a
    disturbance in the others.
  • Therefore, comprehensive treatment planning
    includes biopsychosocial and spiritual
    interventions.

22
Guidelines for Approaching Belief Systems
  • Self-help and Skills Training
  • There is an explosion of knowledge and models
    having to do with healing in each of the four
    domains biopsychosocial and spiritual.
  • There is no time to do it all managed care,
    fifteen minute appointments, paper work and so
    on.
  • How can we activate healing power in all four
    domains given the limitation of time and system
    problems?
  • Good news it can be done through skills training
    and self help.

23
Guidelines for Approaching Belief Systems
  • Self-help much of the healing in the
    psychosocial-spiritual domain is self-help.
  • Skills training classes, groups, books, manuals,
    tapes, CDs, DVDs, Internet
  • Self-healing we can teach people how to increase
    healing power while in the comfort of their own
    homes or during the day while performing their
    routine activities.
  • There are many ways to do this. No one way works
    for all people.

24
Universal Spiritual Healing Models
  • I will present two models
  • Brutal Reality and the Illusion of Safety,
    Security, and Immortality (1980)
  • Healing Power Ten Steps to Pain Management and
    Spiritual Evolution (2005)

25
Personal Spiritual History
  • Before discussing the models, a brief personal
    history
  • From personal to universal
  • To enter the spiritual domain, we need to learn
    how to move with facility from our personal
    religious or spiritual experience to the
    universal.
  • In that light, I will share with you a very brief
    history of my religious-spiritual journey as it
    relates to professional work.
  • As you listen, find yourself and your patients in
    these stories and models.

26
Personal Spiritual History
  • Seventh month of fetal life an early
    introduction to brutal reality
  • Conservative Judaism
  • The dynamics of unraveling a belief system
  • The Cheeseburger
  • The Chess game The King goes down.
  • The Abyss the unknown, the great mystery of life

27
Personal Spiritual History
  • Whether we stay in our religion of origin or not,
    belief systems remain monumentally important.
  • The meaning and purpose of life
  • Story and metaphor
  • Cultivation of spiritual qualities
  • Inspiration
  • Protection and guidance
  • Truth
  • Healing
  • Community and service
  • Much more

28
Personal Spiritual History
  • The Seeker
  • Mining the great religious fields for pearls
  • Studies in Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism,
    Judaism, Native American Spirituality, others
  • Review the lives of saints, sages, teachers,
    masters, gurus
  • The scientific method in metaphysics direct
    personal experience
  • Develop a spiritual practice meditation,
    mindfulness, affirmations, prayer

29
The Scientific Method in Metaphysics
  • We can decipher spiritual fiction from fact.
  • How to do this without lab tests or x-rays?
  • We can put profoundly important questions to the
    test of direct personal experience in the
    laboratory of life.
  • Does compassionate service to humanity give us
    peace of mind and strength?
  • Does meditation work?
  • Do higher states of consciousness actually exist?
  • Does the body-temple harbor the God of the
    universe?

30
The Scientific Method in Metaphysics
  • Test a theory by practicing a spiritual method.
  • Assume the agnostic position.
  • Do not accept of reject the theory.
  • Stay open and receptive.
  • The body is the test tube.
  • The experiment is on the life force itself,
    consciousness, energy, thought, feeling, desire,
    and behavior.
  • Prove or disprove it to yourself through direct
    personal experience.
  • If a method or concept works, we keep it and
    teach it to our patients. If not, discard it.
  • We trust our ability to tell the difference.

31
Brutal Reality and the Illusion of Safety,
Security, and Immortality
  • Dual Diagnosis process group at Harlem Hospital
  • The emergence of a model
  • Criteria
  • Brutal reality and higher states of consciousness
  • Connect the dots between pain and healing
  • AA meetings and psychotherapy
  • What do you do when you are in pain?
  • Healing power where is the leverage?

32
Brutal Reality and the Illusion of Safety,
Security, and Immortality
  • People
  • Activities
  • Belief System
  • Self-knowledge
  • Brutal Reality
  • The Illusion of Safety, Security, and Immortality

33
Belief Systems
  • Spiritual, religious, political, national,
    cultural, racial, familial, psychological,
    personal
  • Mechanism of perpetuation in health or disease
  • Thought repetition with denial and repression of
    conflicting data
  • The Cheeseburger Effect a single countervailing
    thought or action has the potential to unravel an
    entire belief system, thrusting the individual
    into the unknown, the abyss. This is equivalent
    to psychological annihilation or death.

34
Belief Systems
  • Defense and resistance
  • The Living Room
  • Simple fixed belief systems
  • Eclectic synthetic belief systems
  • The abyss between simple fixed and eclectic
    synthetic systems
  • Intra-psychic battle for healing

35
A Universal Prescription for Any Problem, Pain or
Symptom
  • Tell your patients they can enhance healing when
    these four domains are active and positive
  • People
  • Activities
  • Belief System
  • Self-knowledge
  • You can prescribe these with confidence. Each is
    evidence based.

36
A Quick Assessment for the Busy Practitioner
  • A quick, efficient, and safe entry into the
    psychosocial and spiritual domain for the busy
    practitioner
  • People Who is in your life that you can really
    talk to?
  • Activities What is your day like?
  • Belief system Do you have a spiritual activity
    such as church, prayer, personal system, etc.
  • Self-knowledge How do you handle emotions such
    as anger, depression, fear, and guilt?

37
Brutal Reality and the Illusion of Safety,
Security, and Immortality
  • Exercise
  • Describe how the six components weave the fabric
    of your life.
  • Focus on how you use people, activities, belief
    system, and self-knowledge to shift from brutal
    reality to a feeling of safety. You might want to
    use the handout to help you diagram your story.
  • Describe how the six components drive the lives
    of patients, family, friends, strangers, and
    enemies.

38
Mind-Body Medicine Herbert Benson M.D.
  • Conference in Chicago on spirituality and healing
    in medicine
  • Day one science
  • Day two religion
  • Day three applications

39
Mind-Body Medicine Herbert Benson M.D.
  • Day one scientific proof
  • People with an active faith or belief system have
    better outcomes in medicine, surgery, mental
    health, and addiction.

40
Mind-Body Medicine Herbert Benson M.D.
  • Day two religion
  • Rabbi, priest, Hispanic Pentecostal, Florence
    Nightingale mystic, Tibetan Buddhist PHDformer
    secretary of the Dalai Lama, Islamic professor
    and teacher
  • Each discussed healing principles, methods, and
    qualities from their great faith traditions.

41
Mind-Body Medicine Herbert Benson M.D.
  • Day three application
  • Extract and organize healing principles from the
    great faith traditions into cognitive behavioral
    or mind-body medicine practices.
  • Practice these ourselves and teach them to our
    patients.

42
Cascadia Spirituality and Healing Group
  • Clinic survey
  • Create a group and manual using the criteria
    described earlier.
  • Two groups
  • One was consumer run
  • The other is ongoing at the Northwest Institute
    for Healing Power
  • The Ten Steps

43
Healing Power Ten Steps to Pain Management and
Spiritual Evolution
  • Deconstruct religion into discrete pieces
  • Eliminate dogma, ritual, and other
    non-essentials.
  • Extract the wisdom of the agesthe elegant
    essence of religion.
  • Organize into doable practical steps and tools
  • Ten steps, 12 methods, 100 spiritual qualities
  • Cafeteria of options
  • Any person atheist, agnostic, religious,
    spiritual
  • Anywhere, any time home, work, play
  • Any problem physical, mental, emotional,
    spiritual
  • Self-help
  • Self-Healing

44
Healing Power Ten Steps to Pain Management and
Spiritual Evolution
  • Some advice as you listen
  • Take what you need and leave the rest.
  • Nuke offensive language and substitute your own.
  • The Higher Power as you understand it
  • God, Buddha, Consciousness, Mystery
  • Stay in your own lane.
  • Do not proselytize.
  • Discuss without debate.
  • Reform yourself, not others.

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The Ten Steps
  • The Core Drive
  • Duality and Brutal Reality
  • The Compromise
  • Habits
  • Tools Become Barriers
  • The Seeker
  • Soul and Spirit
  • The School of Life
  • Spiritual Practice
  • Spiritual Experience

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Ten Steps
  • Steps 1-5
  • The evolution of suffering
  • Unskillful pain management
  • Descend
  • Steps 6-10
  • Spirituality and healing
  • Skillful pain management
  • Ascend

47
Ten Steps
  • Follow the pain
  • Pain management is the swing point between
    descent and ascent.
  • How you manage your pain determines whether you
    move forward, backward, or stay stuck in this
    life.
  • Turn the tables on the pain use the pain to
    heal.

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Step 1 The Core Drive
  • We want
  • Unlimited peace, love, joy, and safety
  • No suffering
  • Immortality more time
  • This is our motivation whether robbing a bank or
    serving the poor.

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Step 2 Duality and Brutal Reality
  • Life on the physical plane is dual and brutal.
  • Duality
  • The ups and downs of life
  • Pleasure and pain, good and evil, health and
    disease, success and failure, wealth and poverty,
    gain and loss, praise and blame, joy and sadness,
    love and hate, war and peace, and so on
  • Brutal Reality
  • Death, pain and suffering, and the unknown
  • The down side of duality

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Step 3 The Compromise
  • There is a collision between the core drive and
    duality.
  • We cant get everything we want on the physical
    plane.
  • We compromise by creating the illusion of safety
    through relationship and activities.
  • In the compromise, we may feel comfortable and
    safe.

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Step 3 The Compromise
  • However, suffering is unavoidable.
  • Often we do not accept the inevitable suffering
    of life.
  • Instead, we make a desperate attempt to eliminate
    all of our suffering through faulty mechanisms
    such as the cultivation of bad habits.

52
Step 4 Habits
  • We seek eternal love and safety in a world where
    impermanence and limitation are the rule.
  • In a mighty but misguided effort to eliminate
    suffering, we develop bad habits.
  • Bad habits have a profound effect on our health
    and our response to health care interventions.

53
Step 4 Habits
  • Work
  • Codependency
  • Activity
  • Materialism
  • Computers/Internet
  • TV
  • Food
  • Shopping
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Sex
  • Power
  • Gambling
  • Money
  • Violence
  • Crime

54
Step 5 Tools Become Barriers
  • We use six tools to achieve the core drive
  • While these tools are useful in helping us find
    some measure of peace, love, safety, and pain
    relief, they become problems themselves and add
    to our suffering.

55
Step 5 Tools Become Barriers
  • The six tools are
  • Mind
  • Emotion
  • Desire
  • Body
  • Activity
  • Ego

56
Step 5 Tools in Alignment
  • Mind when positive, calm, and focused, it is
    brilliant at solving problems and shaping
    meaning.
  • Emotion a source of self-knowledge
  • Desire health, prosperity, and love
  • Body engage life, the doer of all of our
    activities, the source of our potential
    liberation and enlightenment
  • Activity work, recreation, culture, hobbies
  • Ego establish our place in the world of work and
    relationships.

57
Tools Become Barriers The Ego
  • The ego is the CEO of physical plane
    consciousness.
  • Its job is to satisfy the core drive.
  • To do this, the ego surreptitiously takes over
    the control rooms of thought, feeling, desire,
    body and activity.
  • It uses these tools in its desperate search for
    unlimited peace, love, joy and safety, more time,
    and no pain.
  • The search is in vain however as the ego runs
    into the brick wall of limitation and inevitable
    suffering on the physical plane.

58
Tools Become Barriers The Ego
  • But the ego does not give up so easily.
  • It counters with an insatiable desire for
    success, power, money, recognition, and things.
  • The egos desperate attempt to achieve the core
    drive on the physical plane is like driving a car
    into a ditch.
  • It tries to get out by pressing harder on the
    accelerator which only serves to heat up the
    motor, spray mud around, and dig a deeper rut.
  • With the ego in charge, the tools go out of
    alignment.

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Step 5 Tools out of Alignment Reactivity
  • The six tools out of alignmentreactivity.
  • Mind restless, relentless, a life of its own
  • Emotion high emotional reactivity
  • Desire excessive material desire resulting in
    attachments and bad habits.
  • Body heavy, tired, hurts, disability, death
  • Activity hyperactivity
  • Ego separation, selfishness, territorial,
    self-important

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Step 5 Tools Become Barriers The Ego
  • The six tools out of alignment
  • The universal problem does anyone not have this?
  • Fixation pin us to the mat of the status quo
  • Root cause the root cause of much of our
    suffering
  • Add on the suffering that we add to the
    inevitable suffering of life

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Step 5 Tools Become Barriers Getting the Tools
Back in Alignment
  • We can get the six tools back in alignment by
    developing a spiritual practice (step 9)
  • This is where the leverage is.
  • We do the work here.
  • Spiritual backbone-spinal column
  • Spiritual chiropractor
  • Day to day, hand to hand combat (9 to 5)
  • Grind it out spiritual work
  • Soul qualities slowly replace the ego.

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Summary of Steps 1-5
  • Two levels of suffering
  • The inevitable suffering of life steps 1-3
  • The six helpful tools spin out of control step 5
  • We cannot control duality and brutal realitythe
    inevitable suffering of life.

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Summary of Steps 1-5
  • However, we can control how we respond.
  • We can intervene at step 5.
  • A comprehensive program must address step 5.
  • The great religions tell us how.
  • This is very good news as we add a lot of
    suffering to the inevitable suffering of life.

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Step 6 The Seeker
  • Step 6 The Seeker
  • The two layers of pain comingle.
  • Our pain deepens.
  • We may develop symptoms that invade functioning.
  • Our suffering leads to a period of questioning.
  • We recognize the need to get help.
  • We become seekers.

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Step 6 The Seeker
  • Our search takes us to spiritual belief systems.
  • World religions delve into the heart of the
    mystery of life and suffering and emerge with a
    prescription for our difficulties.
  • We can heal ourselves, religion teaches, if we
    learn how to manage our pain more skillfully by
    developing a spiritual practice.
  • But first, we must define the nature of the soul
    and spirit.

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Step 7 Soul and Spirit
  • Soul or Higher Self
  • Spiritual qualities religious traditions point
    to spiritual qualities as the nature of soul and
    Spirit and recognize these as the goal of all
    spiritual work.
  • Spiritual alphabet
  • Periodic table of spiritual elements

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Step 7 Soul and Spirit
  • Soul or Higher Self
  • Extract the essence from the texts and stories of
    the sacred traditions and summarize in one-word
    qualities
  • Perfume The Elegant Essence of Religion
  • Call it Love, Truth, Power, Wisdom, Knowledge,
    Soul, The Buddha, Atman, The Image of God, Higher
    Self, Spiritual Qualities, or whatever you prefer

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Spiritual Alphabet
  • Acceptance
  • Appreciation
  • Balance
  • Beauty
  • belief
  • Changelessness
  • Cheerfulness
  • Clarity
  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Confidence
  • Contentment
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Desireless
  • Devotion
  • Endurance
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm

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Spiritual Alphabet
  • Mercy
  • Mindfulness
  • Mystery
  • Non-attachment
  • Non-injury
  • Oneness
  • Openness
  • Order
  • patience
  • Peace
  • Perfection
  • Perseverance
  • Play
  • Positive- thought
  • Power
  • Practicality
  • Pure awareness
  • Pure consciousness

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Step 7 Soul and Spirit
  • You have an army of 100 spiritual qualities.
  • The jewels of this life
  • The habits of a sage
  • The healers
  • Broker and buffer the pain
  • USA unconditional, spontaneous, automatic
  • As these slowly grow to USA, the locus of control
    shifts from outside to inside.

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Step 7 Soul and Spirit
  • Spirit or Higher Power
  • Atheist, Agnostic, Spiritual, Religious
  • The God of your understanding
  • Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent
  • The God of Love
  • Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Rumi, Bal Shem Tov
  • The Infinite Mysterious Unknown
  • Many other concepts, images, aspects
  • Higher states of consciousness
  • Higher or true self
  • Higher meaning and purpose

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Step 8 The School of Life
  • Turn the tables on the pain and make it work for
    you.
  • When pain comes, school is in session
  • Life is school.
  • Pain is the teacher if we let it be.
  • Lessons have to do with the cultivation of
    spiritual qualities.

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Step 9 Spiritual Practice External
  • Synagogue, church, mosque
  • Rituals
  • Sermons, singing, chanting
  • Organizational work, committees
  • Social gatherings
  • Community service

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Step 9 Spiritual Practice Internal
  • Affirmations
  • Habits
  • Breathwork
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Contemplation
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Mindfulness
  • Practicing the Presence of God
  • Service
  • Yoga
  • The Transformation of Emotion

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Spiritual Practice Step 9
  • Recall the purpose of spiritual practice
  • Reduce reactivity
  • Getting the six tools back in alignment
  • Mind positive, calm, strong
  • Emotion self-knowledge
  • Desire contentment, satisfaction
  • Body a temple housing God/Consciousness
  • Activity stillness, silence, serenity
  • Ego replaced by soul qualities
  • Discipline, life long practice
  • Persevere and the reward is great

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Step 10 Spiritual Experience
  • The Promise Spiritual Experience
  • Cultivate spiritual qualities
  • Feel better
  • Become a better person
  • Negative ? Positive ? Stillness ? Higher States
    of Consciousness
  • Conquer the inner world
  • Become master of yourself

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Step 10 Spiritual Experience
  • Expansion of spiritual qualities in four stages
  • No change is noticeable. Spiritual qualities are
    expanding but the increase is subtle and
    imperceptible. Many people quit here.
  • You feel better. There is a tangible experience
    of ever-expanding peace, love, strength, courage,
    compassion, and other qualities from the
    spiritual alphabet.
  • Transformation of consciousness the peace that
    surpasses understanding pure love, ecstatic joy,
    intuitive wisdom, a feeling of oneness with
    everything, and other wonderful expressions of
    Spirit.
  • Mastery a sustained state of superconsciousness.

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Key Principles of the Ten Steps
  • Steps 1-3 We want permanent love and safety in
    an uncertain world where suffering is inevitable.
  • Steps 4-5 We manage our pain poorly and make it
    worse.
  • Steps 6-7 The wisdom of the ages found in the
    worlds great religious traditions offers a
    solution to this dilemma.
  • Step 8 Religions teach us how to use the
    inevitable suffering of life to cultivate peace,
    power, and strength.

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Key Principles of the Ten Steps
  • Step 9 Pain is the route to healing if we
    develop a spiritual practice.
  • Step 10 Spiritual qualities such as love,
    compassion, courage, strength, and humility are
    the healers. They help us broker and buffer the
    pain of this life.
  • Steps 1-10 Through a series of painful lessons,
    life teaches us that the peace, love, and joy we
    seek in the outer world, can and must ultimately
    be found within.

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Key Principles of the Ten Steps
  • Spiritual work results in a shift in the locus of
    control from the outer world of people, places,
    and things to the inner world of peace, power,
    and strength.
  • Skillful pain management (step 8) and spiritual
    practice (step 9) lead to the discovery of the
    soul and Higher Power (step 7) as the peace,
    love, and joy we crave (step 10) (Universal
    Wheel).
  • Step 10 is The Core Drive resurrected, but now we
    understand that getting the peace, love, and joy
    we crave, necessitates a shift in the locus of
    control from outside to inside.

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The Car
  • Build a car worthy of the spiritual journey.
  • The Car
  • Body of the car atheist, agnostic, religious,
    spiritual
  • Universal Wheel problem, method, quality
  • Traction Devices the stuff of the religions.

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The Universal Wheel Problem, Method, Quality
  • The Universal Wheel
  • Problem any problem of body, mind, or soul.
  • Method choose any one or combination of the 12
    methods.
  • Qualities choose any one or combination of 100
    spiritual qualities in response to your problem.
  • Example
  • I am anxious.
  • I practice meditation and mindfulness.
  • I cultivate peace of mind.

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The Universal Wheel
  • The Universal Wheel
  • The essence of spiritual work
  • Cannot reduce any further
  • Buddhism
  • Necessary and sufficient
  • Roll the wheel

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The Universal Wheel
  • For many the universal wheel is
  • enough
  • least invasive, threatening, or toxic.
  • there is no theology here.
  • addresses the root cause of much of our
    suffering.
  • For others, the universal wheel is not enough.

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Traction Devices
  • Some people need theological traction devices
  • The stuff of the religions
  • Story, metaphor, language
  • Concepts, images, aspects
  • Rituals

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Traction Devices
  • Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresence
  • The God of Love
  • A personal God as Father, Mother, Friend,
    Beloved, Teacher, Guide, Protector, Confidant
  • Saints, sages, masters, teachers, and gurus
  • Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Rumi, Bal Shem Tov

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Traction Devices
  • An impersonal God as peace, love, joy, power,
    wisdom, or other combinations of spiritual
    qualities
  • Nature, reason, the subconscious
  • Collective unconscious and archetypes
  • The Mystery

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Traction Devices
  • Karma and reincarnation
  • Grace
  • Mystical experiences eternal peace, pure love,
    ecstatic joy, intuitive wisdom, protection,
    guidance, prophetic dreams, many others
  • And more

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Inclusion and Individualization
  • One persons traction device is the next persons
    gag reflex.
  • Take what you need and leave the rest.
  • Dont let language knock you out of the game.
  • Nuke offensive language and substitute your own
  • Inclusion all of the options cited above are
    referred to in the ten-step model.

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How to Use the Book Overview
  • The book is an instruction manual for developing
    a spiritual practice.
  • There are ten steps, 15 methods, and 100
    spiritual qualities.
  • 10 qualities have their own chapter.
  • The first 89 pages set the stage for the rest of
    the book.
  • Chapter 3-6 The Ten Steps

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Getting Started
  • Chapter 7 eight suggestions p. 50
  • The ego versus the soul p. 27 53
  • A battle between the ego and the soul for control
    over thought, feeling, desire, body, and activity

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Getting Started
  • Ego tools out of alignment
  • Thought
  • Feeling
  • Desire
  • Body
  • Activity
  • Soul tools in alignment
  • Thought
  • Feeling
  • Desire
  • Body
  • Activity

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The Serenity Prayer
  • Will and Surrender p. 59
  • Will How to develop will powerfrom spark to
    bonfire p. 60
  • Surrender learning to live with what we cannot
    change p. 67
  • Managing problems with will, surrender, and a
    combination of both p. 70

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A Universal Method
  • A ten-step method for working with any pain or
    problem p. 75
  • Will and grace
  • The mystery of evil and suffering
  • 4 options p. 83
  • The formula for success p. 85
  • Define your Higher Power p. 85
  • Install the image for duality and brutal reality
  • A constant no matter what the world or body does

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A Universal Method
  • One pointed calm concentration p. 87
  • All your heart, mind, might and soul
  • 24/7 for all techniques
  • Stay in the present p. 87
  • Start slow p. 88
  • Continuous practice p. 88
  • Pace yourself p. 88
  • Do your best and leave the rest p. 89

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Spiritual Practice
  • The purpose of spiritual practice
  • Reduce reactivity
  • Getting the six tools back in alignment
  • Mind positive, calm, focused, resilient
  • Emotion self-knowledge
  • Desire contentment, satisfaction
  • Body a temple housing the actual God of the
    Universe or higher states of consciousness
  • Activity stillness, silence, spaciousness,
    serenity
  • Ego replaced by soul qualities

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Step 9 Spiritual Practice Internal
  • Affirmations
  • Habits
  • Breathwork
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Contemplation
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Mindfulness
  • Practicing the Presence of God
  • Service
  • Yoga
  • The Transformation of Emotion

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Affirmations
  • The power of thought
  • We are always affirming something.
  • Thoughts are like glasses through which you see
    the world.
  • Framing and reframing
  • The Subconscious
  • Lipstick on a pig
  • Technique p. 99
  • Japa Yoga p. 100
  • Note cars p, 101
  • One word affirmations p. 34 the spiritual
    alphabet

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Affirmations
  • Creating powerful and effective affirmations
  • Individualize
  • Visualize
  • Feel
  • Intensity
  • Practice
  • Persist
  • Manifest

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How To Eliminate Bad Habits
  • Habits rule destiny
  • Cocaine addict
  • Householder
  • Spiritual seeker
  • Highly conscious sage
  • Change your habits and you change the course of
    your life.

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How to Eliminate Bad Habits
  • The thought manifests as word.
  • The word manifests as deed.
  • The deed develops into habit.
  • And habit hardens into character
  • So watch the thought and its ways with care,
  • And let it spring from love
  • Born out of concern for all beings.
  • The Buddha

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How to Eliminate Bad Habits
  • The needle of attention
  • Attention feeds the habit
  • Activates the brain groove
  • Releases thought, impulse, fantasy, feeling,
    desire, and action.
  • Brain groove and neurocircuits

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How to Eliminate Bad Habits
  • The brain is malleable.
  • We can form new brain grooves that hold new good
    habits
  • Constructive meaningful activities
  • The habits of a seeker
  • Twelve spiritual methods
  • The habits of a sage
  • 100 spiritual qualities

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Habits
  • Assume a virtue if you have it not.
  • Refrain tonight,
  • And that shall lend a kind of easiness
  • To the next abstinence, the next more easy
  • For use almost can change the stamp of nature,
  • And either lodge the devil or throw him out
  • With wondrous potency
  • Shakespeare, Hamlet

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Morning, Evening, and Day Program
  • Morning and evening program
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Breath work
  • Contemplation
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Daily activity program
  • Mindfulness
  • Practicing the presence of God
  • Service
  • Yoga
  • The Transformation of Emotion

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Morning and Evening Program
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation p 121
  • Energize and relax the body
  • Breathwork p. 127
  • Using the breath to heal mind, body, and soul
  • Contemplation p. 133
  • Letting wisdom catch up with you

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Morning and Evening Program
  • Meditation
  • Stop the world
  • Stop the body
  • Stop the senses
  • Stop the mind
  • The Room of Stillness
  • Burn up problems in the Room of Stillness
  • Wait patiently
  • The door of stillness opens
  • The Ocean of Stillness
  • Ecstasy
  • Other worlds

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Morning and Evening Program
  • Prayer p. 153
  • Communion with your Higher Power
  • Will
  • Action
  • Surrender
  • Grace
  • Peace

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Day Program
  • Mindfulness p. 163
  • I am awake
  • Ordinary consciousness mindlessness
  • Spiritual consciousness mindfulness
  • Place the needle of your attention here
  • Witness
  • School
  • Service
  • Warrior
  • Entertainment
  • Ritual
  • Create your own focus on any aspect of Spirit

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Day Program
  • Practicing the Presence of God p. 177
  • A personal relationship
  • The sacred meaning of story
  • Phenomenon
  • Have a conversation with God
  • Hide and seek
  • Find and keep
  • If everything is God, how would you behave?
  • If I am Buddha and you are Jesus, what would
    change?

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Day Program
  • Service p. 191
  • Adding our light to the sum of the light
  • The Bodhisattvas Vow
  • Love and service in a daily routine
  • Maintaining balance

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Day Program
  • Yoga p. 201
  • Bhakti Yoga devotion
  • Karma Yoga service
  • Jnana Yoga wisdom
  • Raja Yoga stillness
  • Eight steps of Patanjali
  • Chakras and prana
  • Material consciousness energy down and out
  • Spiritual consciousness energy in and up

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Day Program
  • Yoga
  • Raja Yoga
  • Be still and know that I am God.
  • God is stillness.
  • God is in the stillness.
  • Stillness is the doorway between this world and
    the next.
  • God is beyond the stillness
  • The Yogi in the school of life

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Day Program
  • The Transformation of Emotion p. 213
  • The Guest House Rumi
  • A technique for converting emotional pain to
    self-knowledge
  • Let the story unfold
  • Spiritualize the story

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Deep Inner Work
  • The two deepest inner program
  • The Transformation of Emotion Self-knowledge
  • Meditation stillness
  • These two work together
  • Some cannot do this

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Change Your Destiny The Cultivation of Spiritual
Qualities
  • Perfume Bottle
  • The elegant essence of religion
  • Wake up a Buddha, Christ, or Krishna

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Spiritual Qualities
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Humility
  • Faith
  • Courage
  • Forgiveness
  • Truth
  • Intuition
  • Oneness
  • Healing

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Change Your Destiny A Balanced Healing Program
  • When you are in pain, check the alignment of the
    six tools
  • Thoughts repetitive, negative, relentless, a
    life of its own
  • Emotions highly reactive
  • Desires attachments and bad habits
  • Body heavy, hurts, tired, disabled, disease,
    death
  • Activity hyperactivity
  • Ego fear, insecure, worry, doubt

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Change Your Destiny A Balanced Healing Program
  • Develop a spiritual practice
  • Drive your car up the spiritual mountain
  • Roll the Universal Wheel
  • Problem any problem of body, mind, or soul
  • Method any one or combination of 15 spriitual
    methods
  • Horizontal Axis 1-3
  • Vertical Axis 3-15
  • Horizontal ? Vertical ? Horizontal
  • Quality cultivate one of a combination of 100
    qualities from the spiritual alphabet

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Change Your Destiny Spiritual Evolution
  • No matter what the world or your body does, you
    can respond by cultivating any one or combination
    of 100 spiritual qualities.
  • When you fill the body temple with love,
    compassion, understanding, forgiveness, patience,
    courage, and peace,
  • You feel better.
  • You become a better person.
  • Negative ? Positive ? Stillness ? Higher States
    of Consciousness
  • Superconsciousness The door of stillness opens ?
    expansion ? ecstasy

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Change Your Destiny Spiritual Evolution
  • Service
  • Quiet anonymous acts of gentle humble service to
    all whom you meet
  • Bring your love to brutal reality. Serve there.
  • Superconsciousness ? Service ?
    Superconsciousness ? Service ?Mastery
  • Mastery
  • Even-minded under all conditions
  • Ocean/Wave In the deep still ocean no matter how
    stormy the waves

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Summary
  • You do not need a religion or theology.
  • All you need is a spiritual practice.
  • Drive your car up the spiritual mountain and you
    will
  • Expand healing power
  • Become a more skillful pain manager
  • Evolve spiritually
  • Shift the locus of control from outside to inside
  • Negative ? Positive ? Stillness ?
    Superconsciousness
  • Quiet anonymous acts of gentle humble service to
    all humanity

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Conclusion
  • Healthcare professionals can teach the ten steps
    to their patients in hospitals and clinics.
  • The ten-step model supplements the healing
    practices of all medical specialties.
  • Self-help groups The model is suited for
    self-help groups in the community.
  • Individual Study we do not need a group or
    teacher. We can do this work at home alone.

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Group Rules
  • We do not promote a particular religion.
  • We do promote your individual approach.
  • We have respect and tolerance for the great
    variety of ways to understand and practice
    spirituality.
  • We do not proselytize.
  • We engage in discussion without debate.
  • Take what you need and leave the rest.
  • We avoid giving advice or trying to fix other
    peoples problems.
  • We are not here to change others.
  • We are here to change ourselves.

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Exercise Finding Yourself and Your Patients in
the Ten Steps
  • Are you satisfied with your spiritual life?
  • What is the next step in your spiritual
    development?
  • Are you ready to take that step?
  • Are you willing to do some work?
  • What is your core drive?
  • How does step 3, The Compromise, play itself out
    in your life?
  • What are some examples in your life of how desire
    led to attachment and a bad habit or two?

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Exercise Finding Yourself and Your Patients in
the Ten Steps
  • Would you like to be able to control your mind
    but dont know how?
  • Do you fill your waking life with continuous
    activity?
  • Do you have built-in periods of retreat and
    solitude for rest and regeneration?
  • Describe how your ego gets you into trouble.
  • Has your suffering led you to search for meaning
    and purpose.

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Exercise Finding Yourself and Your Patients in
the Ten Steps
  • What is the meaning and purpose of your life?
  • Describe how your belief system gives you meaning
    and purpose.
  • What is your concept of soul or higher self?
  • Do you have a Higher Power?
  • What is your concept of Higher Power?
  • If life is school, how would you describe some of
    the classes you are in at this time? What lessons
    are you learning?

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Exercise Finding Yourself and Your Patients in
the Ten Steps
  • Do you have a spiritual practice?
  • What spiritual methods do you use?
  • Would you like to expand your practice?
  • Review the list of spiritual qualities. Which of
    these would you like to grow?
  • Have you had a spiritual or superconscious
    experience?
  • Discuss pain as a stimulant for the growth of
    spiritual power.

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Exercise Finding Yourself and Your Patients in
the Ten Steps
  • Build your own car.
  • Universal Wheel choose a problem, method, and
    quality.
  • Body of the car atheist, agnostic, spiritual,
    religious
  • Traction devices

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Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Healthcare professionals if not interested of
    dont have enough time, refer patients to
    self-help books or skills trainers.
  • Those who are interested can follow the data from
    two sources
  • Scientific studies on spirituality and healing
  • The scientific method in metaphysics spiritual
    practice leads to direct personal experience.
  • These two work together.

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Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Heal Thyself
  • The Bag Lady
  • Healthcare professionals and consumers, seekers,
    individuals in crisis, all people
  • Develop a spiritual practice
  • Form study groups
  • Follow the scientific method in metaphysics

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Change Your Destiny Some Final Advice
  • Spiritual work is not easy.
  • It takes time to dissolve barriers.
  • Quick fixes are usually not real.
  • However, if you are patient and diligent, the
    rewards are profound.
  • For most it takes crisis and pain to start a
    practice but dont wait.
  • Do your homework now.
  • Begin building your morning, day, and evening
    program.

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Change Your Destiny Some Final Advice
  • Practice one or a combination or spiritual
    methods every day.
  • Work on cultivating one or a combination or
    spiritual qualities every day.
  • Even if you are very busy, try to read one or a
    few pages of sacred text every day.
  • Above all, remain compassionate, patient, and
    gentle with yourself.
  • Conclusion The Great Physician prescribes Love
    p. 330

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Discussion
  • Integration personal and professional practice
  • Cases

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Northwest Institute For Healing Power
  • This is a self-help model.
  • You can and must ultimately do the work alone.
  • For those who might want ongoing support and
    guidance, consider forming a study group.
  • You can also attend classes at the Northwest
    Institute for Healing Power

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Northwest Institute for Healing Power
  • Classes Monday evening 630-800 pm
  • Workshops
  • Personal instruction 11
  • Group supervision
  • Northwest Institute for Healing Power
  • Portland, Oregon
  • PhilipShapiro.com
  • PJLPW_at_comcast.net

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