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Techniques of Healing

Safe Essential Techniques

The techniques of healing may be inappropriately or insufficiently applied. However, unlike the simpler components (vehicles of goodness-R"G1, mantras of self-control-R"G2), their use appears to have no intrinsic dangers. Intrinsic safety is also found in all higher components of this Framework (R"G4, 5, 6 & 7).


The techniques are now taken one by one below and explained as follows.

Purify Yourself: R"G35

Purification is the highest technique of healing, with by far the most positive and extensive effects on yourself and on others. However, in current times, it is rarely mentioned: perhaps because of the focus on submission-RL"6. More details here.

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g3: Purification is powered by a spontaneous unification-R"G17 with what is good and pure.
g2: A conscientious submission-R"G16 leads to an inner appraisal using your intuitive sense and genuinely held beliefs or doctrines.
g1: Purifying requires necessary exertion-R"G15 in relation to your inner states and your social situation, so as to remove, reduce, avoid or counteract specific impurities: i.e. negative, harmful or bad elements. Exertion is also necessary because, like cleaning in the physical world, there must be constant repetition.

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Make Sacrifices-R"G34

Sacrifice is one of the ways that we learn to move beyond ourselves, and demonstrate that we value some greater good. It is often a provider of meaning because the sacrifice indicates a purpose in life. Sacrifice should always make a difference and feel rewarding, or it is foolish and futile.

The central level here is exertion-R"G15, which explains why no substantial success in any aspect of life is possible without sacrifice playing some part. Benefit seems to be proportionate: the bigger the success, the greater the sacrifice. It seems likely that no great idea, no meaningful change, no bold goal, no accomplishment—indeed nothing of any significance—can be realized without sacrifice. When people speak of «the price that you must pay» for success, this is the reference.

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g3: Sacrificing is powered by spontaneous submission-R"G16 to the overt needs of another (or others) sharing a particular situation.
g2: As a result, there is conscientious exertion-R"G15, mental-emotional or physical-practical, to meet those needs.
g1: Finally, the sacrifice must provide a necessary helpfulness-R"G14 for the other.

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Be Generous-R"G33

Generosity is about willingly giving valuable things to help another with no expectation of a return. The giving may relate to money, time, advice, labour, useful objects, food &c, but what should be given may not be obvious. When there is a request, the effort (g3) in response may be different from what is requested.

Although there must be a conscious focus on helping (g2) so as to enhance the condition of another, there is no requirement to be altruistic. However, there may be a unity-based spiritual sense that the more you give, the more you are given to give.

The manner of giving determines being generous. It depends on knowing (g1) the circumstances, and appreciating the effects of whatever is given. Perhaps giving a chance or encouraging independence is all that is required. Being generous may manifest in everyday activities often and in seemingly small ways. Euripides noted: To generous souls, every task is noble.

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g3Generosity is powered by spontaneous exertions-R"G15 on behalf of another (even while being concerned for yourself, your privileges and your property).
g2: A conscientious helpfulness-R"G16 ensures that the other person ends up genuinely in a better position to handle their situation.
g1: That means necessarily knowing-R"G14 about the conditions and needs of the other and the effects of your actions.

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Be Forgiving-R"G32

Forgiveness is something you must do to heal and purify yourself. When we suffer any injury, especially if deep and emotional, we do not recover unless and until we forgive. This usually targets a specific known person or oneself, but it may need to be directed to society or to some other entity. If the hurt was wholly accidental or inadvertent, you may still need to forgive. As part of forgiving, you cease demanding reparation or even an apology. Failure to forgive can lead to cycles of hurtfulness and blame.

Above all, you must forgive yourself:Closed Excessive self-criticism and self-condemnation are attacks that cause wounds. Such attacks flow from inevitable failures in controlling personal imperfections, weaknesses or impulses. Attacks on yourself need to cease, and this requires forgiveness. Energies can then be directed to purification and how to handle the future.

Forgiveness exists because we must each aspire (g1) to a state of peace, goodwill and positive relations with others, including ourselves.
Gandhi wisely observed:Closed
If we live by an eye-for-an-eye, the whole world will end up blind.

Any ideal vision of mutual goodwill is shattered by the turmoil of living, as well as by mistakes, deliberate attacks and sheer thoughtlessness. So we must constantly maintain an attitude of forgiveness: to help ourselves and potentially help the other (g3).

Nelson Mandela explained it beautifully:Closed Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks: then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die.

The -giving element in «forgiving» must be a giving up: giving up claims, giving up bad feelings, giving up punitive wishes, above all giving up the fantasies of a different better past. As a result, your thinking then clears and you can reorganize relationships and re-energize activities with a new positivity. The focus for conscientiousness (g2) is on knowing-RL"2. Forgiveness involves caring for your self and for another via empathy. So you must know what has happened and you must know what you are doing to yourself by holding on to your resentment or self-condemnation. You must know that only forgiveness can release you from being imprisoned in the past.

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g3Forgiveness is powered by a spontaneous helpfulness-RG"14 towards whoever you believe has wronged you. That is why explicitly expressing your forgiveness may be required to encourage and enable the other to make a fresh start too.
g2: It demands a conscientious knowing-R"G13 of the situation surrounding the hurt or grievance.
g1: Finally, a necessary aspiration-R"G12 to enjoy good relations—whether with another, yourself or the cosmos—is required. If there has been a deliberate hurt, you must seek an end to blame or recrimination. That means wishing the other well, and hoping for reconciliation and re-union to generate a new beginning with peace of mind.

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Be Grateful: R"G31

Gratitude is often a natural impulse, especially in good times. However, the temptation to take things for granted or as an entitlement exists and must be resisted. It may take just a little effort to realize that you receive far more than you give, but once you do, that is a source of comfort and even joy.

Whatever good thing was received may have turned up by chance, or been deliberately provided, or obtained via your efforts. Like forgiveness, valuing what you have and counting your blessings is something that you do because it is intrinsically beneficial for you. Expressing felt gratitude to someone is a separate issue.

Eric Hoffer:Closed The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

No-one succeeds without the help of the system within which they function, and that system depends on a myriad of unknown others, past and present, not to mention the physical universe. All of this can be combined as «providence».

Gratitude often needs activation in hard times when providence seems deficient, and unity with the cosmos feels broken. Being grateful can then provide a comfort that brings peace of mind. Our life then moves from something miserable to something wonderful, from being impoverished to being sufficient. You are then poised for good things to happen.

G.K. Chesterton:Closed Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

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g3Gratitude is powered by spontaneous knowing-R"G13 that there is a lot of goodness in the universe and that you have been given much by many.
g2: You require a conscientious aspiration-R"G12 to experience joy in the abundance of existence and everyday events, and to discount difficulties and misfortunes.
g1: Finally, it involves a necessary enjoyment-R"G11 of the situation that you find yourself in. You should experience a sense of satisfaction at the instant of being thankful.

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ClosedSummary of Failures in using the Healing Techniques
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It is you, yourself, who uses these techniques to overcome pain and suffering. So the quality of your self, the character that you have developed as you matured from a child to adulthood, is crucial in how and when they are brought into play. If your focus is on self-development, then it must engage with the task of building your character in a way that functions virtuously.

Originally posted: 26-Apr-2013

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