Esotherapy® vs Other Healing Methods

- Philosopher vs. Sage Models of Therapy -

The assumption of the separation of mind and body limits conventional therapies, since most life processes occurs at levels of mind-body interactions, which both medicine or psychotherapy do not recognize as either "mind” or "body" and, as such, are unable to address.  Esotherapy®, a consciousness integration therapy, heals mind and body holistically, by using healing touch, as well as Higher Consciousness esoteric wisdom, to process significant life events.

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Esotherapy® uses a different paradigm than conventional dualistic therapies.  Western education was founded upon the Greek schools of philosophy, hence its highest degrees are doctorates of PHILOSOPHY (PhD's) in various disciplines.  Medical Doctoral (MD) degrees fashioned upon philosopher Hippocrates's School of Medicine are also based on dualistic mind-body understandings.

 

Yet, philosophers were not the only Greek thinkers.  There were also the sages.  Bear in mind that the writing below does not refer to Eastern traditions' philosophers and sages, which are synonymous (as they should be).  Comparing Greek philosopher's and sage's worldviews helps us understand the differences between conventional therapies and Esotherapy®.

Philosophers' vs. Sages' Worldviews Are Different

Philosopher's View

 

  • The philosopher understands the world through words and concepts.  The world is a continuum of existence, but words and concepts are separate:  concept A is different from B without mutual overlap.  Because thinking is conceptual we see distinctions between self and other, between mind, body and spirit, between human and animal, between man and woman, and between Creator and Creation.  In the philosopher's view, the world is divided into separate entities, which exist and function with little or no interchange, often in competition.  This understanding is known as "dualistic."

Sage's View

 

 

  • By contrast, the sages understand that words bias perception creating divisions where there are none.  Thus, they educate themselves to see the world as we saw it before learning words, as children do. 

“... unless you... become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

 

- Jesus in Mathew 18:3

How Do Philosophers and Sages See The World and Themselves within it?

A Philosopher...

 

  • ... sees him/herself as an eternal seeker of wisdom who comes close to it but can never attain it.  Instead he/she builds idealistic understanding models that need not bear on real world considerations.

A Sage...

  • ... by letting go of the personal separate self and dualistic thinking the sage clears the way for this nondual (a.k.a., esoteric) wisdom to come forth and to restore balance and harmony needed to heal the suffering individual and the world.  The self and the other, the mind, body and spirit, men, women, animals, the universe are ever-changing forms that the impersonal Self - the Consciousness of the entire Universe as One - takes.  Sage’s non-dualistic wisdom comes forth naturally from this Universal Consciousness when one is free of the dualistic mind or “ego.  Speaking of sages, Ji Xianlin, in his essay 'Thinkers and Philosophers", said:

"... [sages] may have their own views on things...  However, they would never engage in any [intellectual] system-building nor engage in its cumbersome analysis. [...] Nor do they write obscure texts, and much less do they dream up a philosophical system. What they write down is moderate, peaceful, and non-pretending, and everyone understands their thought. After reading it, our eyes shine bright and blister, our minds are clear and free of confusion, and we realize: Yes, this is how things truly are."

  • ... emphasizes knowledge of people and things individually and “objectively” - as separated from their interconnections and detached from the philosopher’s feelings, attitudes and values.  Philosophers seek to understand dualistically, by taking things apart, or dissecting them from the connections them from the connections they are involved in.

  • ...considers the self as personal and separate from the world.  This is the ego-self.  The thoughts of the self are seen as personal creations of the individual. Speaking of philosopher's understanding, Sir Francis Bacon stated:

"A little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."

  • ... does not need to connect to anything or anyone.  He does not have to develop good moral character, compassion, kindness or prove himself a worthy member of his community, as sages do.

  • ... emphasizes knowing things as part of the big picture of interconnections they cannot be separated from.  Nothing we know of can be outside of the subjective knowing, and, thus, the sage emphasizes “subjectivity” and a deep understanding of the inseparability of its connections.  Sages seek to understand non-dualistically, by considering things together, or in the context of their interconnections.

  • ...considers the personal self an illusion caused by dualistic thinking. The interconnectedness of all things is too complex for the individual mind to comprehend, thus sages rely on non-dual wisdom pertaining to the Universal Consciousness-At-Large, of which their own consciousness is an extension.  Since non-dual wisdom belongs to this Universal Consciousness, the sage must give up the dualistic thinking and the illusory sense of a separate self, or ego, in order to become an clear channel for the Universal Consciousness.

  • ... practices self-cultivation and strives for balance, harmony, and perfection in relationships within the human community and all other aspects of creation.

The Main Difference Between Philosophers and Sages Worldviews

A Philosopher

  • ... emphasizes individuality - he or she is concerned with comparing and contrasting individual qualities of objects, of the self vs. others, winning competing viewpoints, etc.  He or she does not consider the relationships between people or between humans and the greater order of creation.

A Sage (Sophos)

 

  • ... emphasizes relationships - between self and others, between people and between humankind and the greater order of all things. The sage is concerned with cultivating him/her-self and relationships and his/her-relationships.

"Academia confuses knowledge with knowing...

 

Any fragment of the mind [meaning thought], divorced from heart, spirit, human community, and from primal reality of the universe, is an abomination to the Great Integrity."

 

- Lao Tzu, Taoist Sage

CONCLUSION: "healing", which is DEFINED AS "MAKING WHOLE", pertains, fundamentally, to the sage domain, not to the philosopher's dualistic worldview which is the foundation of educational programs that prepare psychotherapists, social workers, physicians, etc.

How Is Philosophers and Sages Merit Guaged?

A Philosopher's merit...

  • ... rests solely in refining the intellectual novelty and challenge of his or her argument.  He/she becomes distinguished by conceiving a novel system of thinking that need not have practical value in human affairs.

  • A philosopher is considered worthy and knowledgeable by debating with others and winning. His solutions focus on certain aspects of a problem, while ignoring the whole.  Any gains created by such dualistic human knowledge solutions usually become balanced by equal losses as the imbalance merely shifts expression. 

A Sage's merit...

  • ... merit rests in setting aside the ego to become a clear channel for Divine Wisdom for restoring harmonious relationships between self and others, and between humans and the greater Creation.  He/she becomes distinguished by restoring balance and harmony between mind, body and spirit and between people and the greater order of things.

 

  • ...is considered worthy by restoring balance and harmony between the various aspects of self, between self and others, and between the human and natural order of Creation.  He/she views illnesses and problems as imbalances.  Solutions reside in restoring the balance.  The sage is aware of the limitations of the individual mind in accomplishing this, and thus channels non-dualistic Sacred Wisdom to help restore harmony. 

What has been The Impact of Philosophers vs Sages on the World?

Philosopher

  • Even the most memorable and distinguished philosophers like Immanuel Kant, David Hume, George W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx have not impacted humanity and healing in a permanent, significant way.

Sage (Sophos)

  • Sages such as Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Mohammad, Buddha, Rumi, Gandhi and Yogananda, and the Great Sun, have All been pivotal in the development of human healing and consciousness.

What Are The Differences Between Philosophers and Sages As Therapists?

 

Different understandings of the world create different approaches to life, and, hence, to therapy.  This section does not refer to those who prepared in Western philosophy education have become sages.

Philosopher Therapist

Therapist’s dualistic paradigm reinforces client’s dualistic awareness, which is the source of his or her illnesses.  Philosopher's idealistic thinking, divorced from connections of heart, spirit, human community, and from the whole reality of the universe, is a violation of the integrity of the mental, physical, familial, and social aspects of human life.  Disharmonies of these relationships considered to be separate dis-eases, are only the visible symptoms of the dis-integrated consciousness of the philosopher worldview, which our culture has selected as normal.  Philosophers objectify the illness as separate from the integrity of connections between mind, body, and spirit… and even, even more paradoxically, from the client himself, who fights "against" the illness.  Thus, the objective becomes to get rid of symptoms of the disease, while the cause - dualistic consciousness – is still ignored.  As one symptom of the imbalance is treated, for instance anger, it resurfaces in different area, for instance as a liver dysfunction.  Philosopher therapists tend to be oblivious to dualism that belays their judgment as being the foundation of their clients' diseases. Hence, they are oblivious to sustainable healing solutions.

The outcome is the skyrocketing cost of healthcare.  The philosopher outlook confuses the chart with the client because they confuse "good treatment" with their inarguable reasoning documented in the chart.   The result is a loveless mosaic of healthcare.  Charts get more time than real patients and patients become problematic appendages to the chart.  For the actual time spent with the real client the chart gets at least 10 times as much attention and financial resources

Sage Therapist

Therapists integrated, nondualistic consciousness conveys a state of calm and balance that allows mental or physiological crises to return to a state of calm and harmony where healing emerges.

Sage therapists see the disease as a disharmonious aspect of the patient.  The objective is to restore harmony and balance.  In this harmonious state all the needed resources dwell naturally, and healing springs forth effortlessly from within. 

 

Sage healing is centered around the real client's feelings and does not rely on idealistic thinking.  Good treatment is determined by how the client actually feels not by chart documentation.  As a result of the treatment problems find their resolution in inner balance, harmony and profound realizations.  Speaking of sages healing power, Dr. Robert C. Neville, ex-Dean of the Boston University School of Theology and systematic philosopher, summarized it best:

"Sages understand memories and expectations, guilt and frustrations, joys and sorrows, suffering, pain, triumph, ecstasy, nobility, depravity, honor, degradation, sincerity, mendacity, stress and release. They understand the combinations and ambiguities of these in the lives of persons and... their understanding allows them to follow the trail of what is important through the underbrush of triviality that they cleave to what is essential.  Sages are those who understand people.  What people?  Anyone."

Implications of Philosopher vs Sage Worldviews for Therapists

The dualistic worldview of conventional philosopher model therapies does not allow them even to consider that there is a common, single root for all human ills.  If there is an integrated solution to them they cannot find it, because their assumption of division precludes them from conceiving of an integrated solution.  Esotherapy® arises from a different worldview.

"Dualistic thinking is a sickness"

 

- Lao Tzu, Taoist Master

Healing, defined as "making whole" or integrating, has NOTHING to do with philosophers dualistic worldview and it has EVERYTHING to do with the sage's non-dualistic emphasis of interconnectedness and pursuit of harmony.  Regarding philosopher education, Eastern sage and philosopher Lao Tzu, said:

"Academia confuses knowledge with knowing.

Most everyone applauds the memorization of 10,000 trivia.  Beware!  These schooled addictions are not just myths -

They are a form of mental illness.

 

Any fragment of the mind, divorced from heart, spirit, human community, and from primal reality of the universe, is an abomination to the Great Integrity.

 

Let us prepare for the Great Integrity by cleansing ourselves of all these cobwebs of cluttered fragments that paralyze the mind.  In this way we will function as our own holistic physicians.

-Lao Tzu

There's no therapy more transformative than the esoteric words of Tao Te Ching, the I Ching, the words of Buddha, Christ, Rumi and contemporary indigenous wisdom keepers.  This wisdom is the heart of Esotherapy®.  Esoteric Wisdom Therapy™ restores the lost sage model as a holistic therapy.

Esotherapy® gets the complexities and ambiguities of your nature and helps you integrate them without objectifying you or your feelings.  Esotherapy® meets you wherever you are and guide you onto the exciting journey your inner True Self, where ALL healing, hope and self-realization options lay open.

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