All of my new patients and students ask me, “What is nondual healing?” It’s a good question, with a number of different answers! Here are a few:
1. “Nondual” healing refers to seeing or perceiving the whole; that is, perceiving reality as both embodied and energetic, dynamic, or spiritual.
2. When our perception is not nondual, it is fragmented or split, and we see only the dynamic or spiritual, or only the physical, embodied dimensions of ourselves and the world around us.
3. The nondual healer takes in – perceives – the whole of the person they are with; he or she takes in every dimension of their being. They see their physical manifestation as well as the dynamic movement or state of their being – their shimmering spirit.
4. For the healer to be able to perceive in this way requires him or her to have learned how to inhabit a place of clarity where, although his or her own unique historical personality still exists, he or she can see the Other – the person in front of them, unobscured by the healer’s own psychology.
5. The presence of a true healer is an expression of certain states of consciousness that can function to influence the state of the client, and healing can begin to occur when the healer and the client come into alignment.
6. Unlike the interventionism that characterizes much psychotherapy, nondual healing consists of deep intimacy with all that may arise in a session; the healer resists nothing and holds the space of awareness from a state of acceptance and deep integrity.
7. In the presence of such a state, the client can discover for him- or herself an unwinding of the psychological and physical contractions that characterize most suffering.
8. The right or necessary words, gestures, concepts or images can then also appear, within the awareness of both healer and client, and true healing can arise: a return to original wholeness, a healing of split states of awareness.