Whenever I coach student healers in understanding the rhythms that underlie our work with clients I may bring to their attention patterns that energy healers will see whenever they are working long-term with any individual. One such pattern is the Healing Cycle, or the Wave Effect, a way of looking how to work with a client’s process over time. This Healing Cycle symbolically follows the rising, cresting, and falling back into rest stages, of the healing journey with the client. It is one tool I use to orientate myself when working with a client, or when negotiating the issues around their health or their personal crisis. Let us break this Wave Effect down into its three constituent parts:
- Triage, or getting the client out of pain, or a crisis situation
- Once beyond any life-or-death fears, we look closely into how the client got to where they are. If it is a health issue, we look at the factors involved, from physical, to emotional, to nutritional, and so on. If it is a personal, or relational crisis, we look at all the elements in the clients life that the crisis hangs upon. We deconstruct the crisis to its component parts.
- A change is effected, either due to energy healing work alone, or through a combination of medical treatment and energy work. We then track the results of that change. This acknowledgement of any actual change resulting from work done in stage two is the “falling into completion” stage, or stage three. It is vital to articulate any shift (or result springing from their personal work): that the client comes to experience and acknowledge change within themselves, as the healthy response to the original crisis.
The main point to be stressed is that energy work is applied differently at all three stages of the Wave Effect. In the rising stage, we want to help the client move out of a crisis situation but at the same time retain the awareness and experience that the crisis offers to them. This is not pain for the sake of gain: it is gaining as much as we can, so as to bypass any unnecessary suffering, and quickly enter into the second stage: cresting.
The cresting stage is where the client begins to orientate themselves to options that run counter to the habitual patterns used thus far, in their lives. Awakening to new choices over habitual ones, and the opening from denial and towards the acceptance of a deeper reality, these are some of the vital components of this stage. Any therapeutic deconstruction is not simply talking over the situation, but rather looking towards the activation or increasing sensitivity of the feeling/thinking states used by the client. Insight, in this case, is always a fusion of thought and feeling, along with becoming aware of the impact of external factors such as the objective actions of others, or the presence of the Astral or spirit world, or even important recognition of heritage (family history) patterns.
In the first, or rising, stage we usually see the auric energy field expand out of survival fears, or panic, or low-grade anxiety. But it is important to note that this field charge effect is based around the crisis situation, and is not the precursor for any potential transformation offered further along the Wave. Pain is a symptom of transforming energies but it is also is wrapped around the state of suffering. We want to get the client out of pain and suffering as soon as we can, and to move rapidly into the cresting (therapeutic) or second stage. Once there, having set some distance from bodily survival or non-rational panic fears, we can begin to assess and track what is going on at multiple levels of consciousness, not just the body level.
This second stage can take the most time, and we should not be quick to jump to easy conclusions, or have it match up too quickly with our personal working preferences. A client should work with the psychotherapist, with the psychologically-savvy healer, with the intuitive healer, and with their spiritual teachers and fellow spiritual seekers, seeking to clarify what trying to emerge into their lives using the vehicle of the crisis. Client and healer both are looking for tracks, for causes, and for new choices to be made. In the end, we are looking for personal transformation.
The final stage is where the healing or clearing of the first two parts of the Wave Effect is taking hold, and is beginning to transform the client’s energy field. Once again, their energy system expands with additional energy, as it “re-boots” into a higher state of energetic functioning. I would speculate that this is equivalent to what Rev Rosalyn L. Bruyere terms the “DC Shift”: a significant expansion within the client’s energy system that follows every major healing. But the DC Shift expansion is not organized around a crisis, as in stage one; instead, it is organized around the resolution to the crisis. It – the energetic DC Shift or field expansion – should be rooted in the solution, and not in expressing the problem.
Or, think of it as transcending-and-including (following Ken Wilber), rather than putting into place a reaction to the earlier crisis. If it remains only a reaction, the Wave Effect is not completed successfully, the healing cycle will be incomplete. But if it deepens, drops, and re-energizes the client into their authentic ground of being, then the Wave Effect has done its work. The client is now different. And the initiating crisis becomes sublimated into the life experience of the client’s energy field: to increase both insight and resiliency for the future, as well as to drop the client deeply into personal power and self-authorship.
Every healer has their own way of tracking a client through long-term work. The implications here, with the Wave Effect, is to assign certain actions by the healer to where on the Wave the client is currently positioned. Or, to put it simply, I do not try to get my client see the significance of their life choices while they are in stage one, while they are still in their initial crisis. First, we get them out of pain. Similarly, in stage two I do not look to re-initialize the wounding process, or re-stimulate any previous traumatic event, because that simply aids the first stage, and not the second. Rewounding hinders the Wave Effect, it does not enhance it. A client unintentionally re-wounded by emotional process work (one that pushes, or forces the current of energy passing through the client “for their own good”) even through done with the best of intentions by the healer, always runs the risk of fusing stage one and stage two Wave processes together. This will usually lead to lengthening the suffering process for that client. So, what to do? I would suggest that the art of healing is to subtract the maximal stage two learning from any stage one crisis … and then move into stage three as elegantly as possible, all the while attempting to minimize or eliminate re-wounding the client. In other words, move quickly into recognizable and sustainable change, into the client acting upon new choices in their lives, encouraging them to increasingly stabilize those new choices in their energy fields, and in their lives.
Some energy healers or body-centered psychotherapists may prefer to return the client, again and again, into the first stage of the Wave, perhaps assuming that there is a natural clearing effect in doing so. My preference is to put the client’s energetic transformation work into the resolution, into preparing the ground for an authentic DC Shift (field expansion) event to eventually occur, rather than return, again and again, to the past. In my experience this creates far more practical – and faster – results for my clients.
Less time in crisis, plus maximal insight opened up in the cresting stage, leading into recognizable and sustainable change in their actual situation, is certainly the best outcome for our clients. Or, as Rev Rosalyn L Bruyere often tells her students, “My job is to put myself out of work as quickly as possible.” The spiritual healer mindset is not one of other service-class worldly professionals, who naturally seeks to gain work from repeat customers, but is trying to hold the ideal of the spiritual service worker. The idea is not to sell water to people, but to lead them towards the river, as quickly as possible, and let them take their fill of the life-giving waters that are awaiting them.
Author’s note: I am not suggesting, in this article, that revisiting past traumatic events does not yield benefits. It often does, as many alternate therapists and healers are aware. This is especially so during either stage one, or when the initial trauma is either still fresh and present to the body, or has becoming awakened from a prior dormancy after a period of time. In those cases, the body is still shocked or shaken up by the threat to its safety and well being, and – as in the case of physical pain – definitely needs to be fully felt, and moved through and into the emotional past.
My main point in delineating these three stages is where the emphasis on moving beyond the past trauma and into a more energetically-evolved stance, is placed. Defining a healing as a reaction to the past in some way reinforces the psycho-energetics of the original trauma. This point is explored further in the Astral Energetics material, as well as from other sources. I am advocating, in effect, the support and development of a new response to the past, as well as to similar issues in the clients life. The healing comes first by feeling the pain and washing it through you, over time, but then must shift to a measured and engaged response: the DC Shift, or consciousness expansion, of the client’s energy field, that is responsive, and not reactive. This is not merely a philosophical point of view; it is immensely practical in the application of energy healing techniques.
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