There is a dire need for new approved talking therapies, following the Health Secretary’s announcement around 10th May to withdraw from anti-depressants. This is a proposal for a clinical research trial into 2 ‘new’ group therapies (dynamic meditation and family constellation) which, if successful, could help meet this need. Four groups of 15 depressed patients (60 in all) would be recruited in Hove for a trial of 5 week duration. . One group would do 1 hour of dynamic meditation, 3 times per week, totalling 15 hours group therapy. Another group would do a total of 15 hours family constellation group therapy. One control group would continue with their existing anti-depressant medication. Another control group would withdraw from their anti-depressant medication. The results would be evaluated by questionnaires, and published.
2 What are my qualifications for making this proposal?
I am now 70 years of age, and have a degree in electrical engineering. I have spent my working life as a chartered consulting engineer, yachtmaster instructor, councillor with Brighton and Hove council, founder of a complementary therapy centre called Planet Janet, (opposite Hove town hall, see www.planet-janet.com) and patient representative on NHS committees.
I have been advertising these group therapies in the alternative health market, but few have participated. This seems strange when so many people have mental problems and are going to their doctors. My conclusion is that generally people need their doctor’s permission, which is not forthcoming.
3 Why I am writing this proposal
The average person is reluctant to admit that he is ill, and has to be pushed by his relatives and friends to go to a doctor. Once there, he tends to trust his doctor to tell him what is wrong, and he usually takes the therapy prescribed. His relatives and friends are often needed to reinforce his resolve to persevere with the therapy.
The therapies that I lead are seen as ‘alternatives’ to conventional therapy. Doctors have probably never even heard of them. They may regard them as ‘whacky’ or ‘quack’, and may regard me as a crank or a charlatan.. Those with whom I have done them have self-referred, paying for them out of their own pocket. Like me, they seemed to benefit from them. So probably would the people who go to their doctor with mental health problems. Why don’t they come to these alternative groups? The following obstacles are in their way.
First, they have to pay for the therapy each time they come, whereas they believe that therapy should be free at the point of use. Secondly, it is hard to persevere with therapy without the support of your doctor and your relatives and friends. Thirdly, your doctor cannot refer you to alternative therapy because it has not been validated by a clinical research trial.
The solution is to get a clinical research trial done, and the therapy validated. Then doctors can safely refer their patient to these groups, and their relatives and friends will support them in persevering. Under the new financing arrangements of Payment by Results and Practice Based Commissioning, doctors could pay Alternative Providers of Medical Services (such as Planet Janet) for these therapies under the NHS, so they would then be free to patients, as any other NHS service.
Mindfulness and transcendental meditation have already been trialed and accepted as valid therapies by conventional medicine, as described in paragraphs 5,6 and 7 below. I want to set up a proper clinical research trial on dynamic meditation and family constellation therapy to get them similarly accepted. Then new leaders could be trained in intensive courses, and the therapies offered throughout the country in complementary therapy centres. Then relief could be brought to the millions on the waiting list trying to get off anti-depressants.
As with other trials, it would have to start with a literature search, to see what, if anything, has already been published on the subjects. I have not done such a search, and am not aware of any trials having been done before. The following is a proposal for a trial on that assumption, but first I will give the background to the apparent wholesale withdrawal of anti-depressant drugs by the Health Secretary.
4 The problem- millions of new patients for talking therapies
On 13.5.06 the Guardian newspaper carried the headline (p5) ‘Antidepressant linked to suicide risk in adults. Top-selling drug already banned for children. Minister announces move towards talking therapies’.
This was the report of a speech given around 10th May by the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt to the National Mental Health Partnership. She was launching a programme to ‘cut the numbers of patients on drugs such as Prozac and Seroxat and to extend counselling. Millions of people suffer mental health problems (anxiety and depression) and treating them takes up a third of GP’s time. Too many people are prescribed medication as a quick fix solution’.
The number of prescriptions of Seroxat issued per year was stated as 19 million. This implies that about 1.5 million people are taking it, assuming that they get a repeat prescription every month. A similar number are probably on other anti-depressants, such as Prozac. Existing talking therapy services are already stretched, as the waiting time is months. There are not enough psychotherapists to cope with the present demand, let alone any additional patients. Yet this announcement potentially adds about 3 million to the waiting list for talking therapy.
The Health Secretary is right to tacitly admit that a mistake has been made, and to insist that the NHS does something better for these unfortunate people who have put their trust in drugs, and are now told that to come off them. They are likely to suffer withdrawal symptoms, which can include feeling suicidal, so proper provision should be made for them.
Fortunately, there are some talking therapies recently approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) They are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,(CBT) and mindfulness meditation, as described below in paragraphs 5,6. Transcendental meditation ™ has been the subject of many trials, described in paragraph 7. There are also other meditative therapies, which are well established in the alternatives market, but which have not yet been trialled such as dynamic meditation and family constellation, described in paras 8 and 9 below, which is the reason for this proposal.
5 A possible solution – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
On 30.6.06 the Guardian carried a 3 page feature on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) saying that it is ‘hailed as a quick fix for depression, schizophrenia, ME, even infertility. Now the government sees it as the answer to Britain’s widespread mental health problems’….However, the article was sceptical, saying: ‘Even CBT’s greatest proponents admit readily that the treatment has its limits and caution against billing it as healthcare’s great white hope…..There is the danger that CBT is being oversold as a cure-all’ (quote from Prof Philippa Garety of the Maudsley Hospital)
…..‘Therapists should be free to adapt an approach to each particular client rather than being forced to practice just CBT, which I think is really only effective in 10% of cases I see.’(quote from NHS psychotherapist Keith Hagenbach) Another worry is that not everyone is good at practising CBT - and the CBT industry is currently unregulated. Anyone can set them selves up as a therapist despite the existence of an accrediting body – the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.’
6 Another possible solution – mindfulness meditation
In 2005, NICE approved mindfulness meditation as an alternative to anti-depressant drugs. Mindfulness meditation uses the ancient Buddhist technique of watching the breath.(vipassana) This has the advantage that it can be taught in classes. (1)
It has been developed by Prof Jon Kabat-Zinn of University of Massachatusetts Medical School. Dr David Reilly of the Centre for Integrative Care, Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, is doing research on mindfulness approaches in wellness enhancement in chronic illness, and introducing it into Cognitive Therapy.
7 Another possible solution – transendental meditation
Transendental meditation (™) originated in India, and was promoted by Mararishi Mahesh Yogi, about 40 years ago. It was made famous by the Beatles. It has since been widely adopted in the USA. The training includes being sold a secret mantra which you silently repeat to yourself whenever you feel stressed. .Dr Deepak Chopra is on record as saying ‘I discovered TM in 1980. Within a week I stopped drinking…Two weeks later I quit smoking. I began to feel extraordinarily well.’
According to TM’s proponents, ‘ since 1958 more than 6 million people have learned it…..It gives rise to a huge range of benefits which have been borne out by over 600 scientific research studies, conducted during the past 30 years at 230 research institutes and universities in 24 countries……… It dissolves stress, and improves performance and relationships. …..‘When the mind settles, the body also settles into a deep state or rest, of reduced metabolic activity much deeper than sleep, called by scientists a ‘restructuring state’- the opposite of the stress (flight of fight) response.
Breathing becomes shallower, heart rate slows and the whole cardiovascular system gains a very deep rest. Levels of various chemicals which are indicators of stress, such as blood lactate and cortisol, are significantly reduced…The immune system is strengthened, and balance restored to the nervous system. Benefits include reduced cholestrol, normalisation of weight, relief from migraines, headaches and asthma, angina, panic attacks, psoriasis, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, PMS, ME, and coronary heart disease, plus enhanced vision, and hearing, and reversal of aging.’ ( 2 )
8 Another possible solution –dynamic meditation
‘Dynamic meditation is the best known of a family of ‘active’ meditations’ designed by an Indian meditation leader called ‘Osho’, (1931-1990) He invented it about 30 years ago in meditation camps, and it has been practised since in Osho centres around the world. The principle underlying it is children needing to let off steam in the playground before they can settle down to concentrate on their lessons. Likewise, adults need half an hour of hyperactivitiy including cartharsis before they can get into the meditative state of no-mind.
Dynamic meditation is done first thing in the morning to specially composed music, recorded on a CD, playing for an hour. It is in 5 stages of 10-15 minutes each, as follows: 1 deep, fast, chaotic breathing, 2 catharsis, 3 jumping while repeating the mantra ‘hoo’ 4 freeze in silence, and 5 celebratory dancing. For further details see the appendix below, and www.osho.com, www.active.meditation.com, and paper ‘The Evidence Base for Osho Meditations’ by John Kapp
9 Another possible solution - family constellation therapy
Family Constellation group therapy was developed over the last 20 years by a German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger, and is now practiced and expanding rapidly in Germany, Spain, South Africa, USA UK, and over 20 other countries. It utilises the ‘Knowing Field’ (otherwise known as the Quantum Field, Zero-Point Field, Akashic Records (3) to tap into the subtle energy of the client, which comes from his family. This enables him to understand why he acts as he does, which can be healing.
Dr Berthold Ulsamer wrote a book in German about it in 1999, which was translated into English bu Underwood Books of California in 2005. ‘The Healing Power of the Past’ He says on the cover ‘Unconscious, compelling trans-generational family bonds have the power to enmesh us in fates that do not belong to us. These entanglements may date back 2, 3 or even more generations to family ancestors who were unable to resolve difficulties within their lifetimes. When these ancestral influences are identified and acknowledged, the ‘blind love’ which sustains their effects on us can be transformed into ‘enlightened love’ Then the associated emotional and physical suffering can be gently and compassionately transformed.'
Another book which was published by Findhorn Press in 2005 is ‘The Healing of Individuals, Families and Nations’ by South African author John L Payne. Quoting from the cover: ‘The book expands the scope of healing from a personal matter to one that spans generations, crosses racial and cultural barriers and sheds new light on the relationships of victims and perpetrators, be they from governments, regimes, wars, sexual abuse or crime. That which is excluded will be represented by another member of the family.’ See also the International Consellations Journal ‘The Living Field’ edited by Barbara Morgan, available from firstname.lastname@example.org. Also www.constellationsolutions.co.uk
10 Recruitment to the proposed trial
Methods 8 and 9 above (dynamic meditation and family constellation) are suitable for groups of- people, limited in number only by the size of room available. They are not symptom-specific, so can potentially help anyone, whether diagnosed ill or not. . The only contra-indication is if they are liable to be disruptive to other members of the group.
Generally,. patients can safely self-refer to these therapies. I have done them in centres in India and Spain where they have taken people ‘off the streets’ in groups of up to 50, and I have never seen any trouble. However, they were all volunteers who paid for the group themselves, so they were motivated to get the most out of it.
I would like to recruit people to this trial through GPs, who I hope will offer participation in this trial to their depressed patients. I accept that they probably know little if anything about the group therapy or me, so it will be an act of faith. I hope that they will accept that the only way to find out whether therapies work is to try them, by setting up a research trial. The fact that this proposal will have had to pass scrutiny of a research and monitoring committee, and an ethics committee, should reassure them that they are not taking any professional risk by so doing.
I would give GPs in Hove a letter from me, which they can pass on to their depressed patients. The letter (see draft in appendix A) offers the recipient the option of taking part in this trial, with about 15 patient in each group. The duration of the trial is about 5 weeks. I hope that patients will be given the choice of which group they want to join, as they would then be more motivated to attend each session.. However, if trial methodology requires that they be randomly allocated, I will accept that.
11 The groups, as put to potential participants in the letter of invitation
Group A control 1 – Medication as usual You will continue to take your existing medication, with repeat prescriptions for the duration of the trial.
Group B control 2 – ‘Watchful waiting’
You will dis-continue your anti-depressant medication, for the 5 week duration of the trial.
Group C – Dynamic meditation You will dis-continue your previous treatment of anti-depressant drugs and participate in dynamic meditation, group for a one hour session first thing in the morning on Tuesdays 730am, Thursdays 730am and Saturdays 8am for 5 weeks, ie 15 hours total.
Group D Family Constellation You will dis-continue your previous treatment of anti-depressant drugs and participate in 15 hours in total of family constellation group therapy say in five weekly 3 hour sessions, or alternatively two 7.5 hour sessions on Sundays.
12 Analysis of the results
This would be done by standard questionnaire for depression, to be filled in by the participant on the first and last day of the trial. I will compare the before/after results of the individuals and the groups, and write up the results for my supervisor, and for publication.
13 Funding required
I would require funding of my out of pocket expenses and fees for the trial, estimated as follows: Group room hire at Planet Janet for groups C and D for a total of 30 hours at the standard rate of £16 per hour, totalling £480. Production and printing of promotional material, and the final report, say £120. My fees for time as a facilitator, 30 hours at £30 per hour, total £900. My fees for administration and writing up of the trial 20 hours at £30 per hour total £600*. Total budgeted cost to me, £2100. I would also be looking for a supervisor, who would also require funding.
I would be looking for funding / sponsorship to reimburse the cost of this trial. A donation or contribution might be sought from the participants of groups C and D If insufficient funding / sponsorship is forthcoming might reduce my fees.
14 Recruitment to the trial
I have drafted ‘An invitation to participate in a research trial’ see appendix A, below. I would distribute copies to local GPs, and businesses who have agreed to collaborate in giving the invitation to patients or staff who they think suitable.
Draft recruitment letter to people on anti-depressant medication ‘An invitation to participate in a research trial on ‘new’ talking therapies.’
If you are suffering from depression, or taking anti-depressant medication, you are invited to participate in a clinical research trial comparing the effectiveness of two well established, but so far untrialled, group talking therapies (dynamic meditation and family constellation) with the conventional treatment for depression (anti-depressant medication).
The trial will last for 5 weeks, and will start when sufficient people have been recruited, hopefully within a month .. You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire on the first day of the trial and on the last day, 5 weeks later, by which the effectiveness of each method will be evaluated. The results will be published, but you will not be personally identified as a participant, as the data will be anonymised.
If you opt for the control groups A or B, you will be asked to follow your medical instructions, or if and when you could not do so, to make notes as to why, which you give to the researcher at the end of the trial.
If you opt for the talking therapy groups C and D, you will be required to present yourself at all the group sessions, 15 hours in total, which will take place at Planet Janet complementary therapy centre, opposite Hove town hall.( If you have to miss a session for any reason you are asked to notify the researcher beforehand. Missing sessions may invalidate the usefulness of the results.)
15 persons are required in each group. You can volunteer to join any one of the following four groups. I will do my best to allocate you in the group of your first choice, but if one group is oversubscribed, and another under subscribed you may be asked whether you agree to join another group.
Group A control 1 – Medication as usual You will continue to take your existing medication with repeat prescriptions for the duration of the trial.
Group B control 2 – ‘Watchful waiting’ You will dis-continue your anti-depressant medication, for the 5 week duration of the trial.
Group C – Dynamic meditation
You will dis-continue your previous treatment of anti-depressant drugs and participate in dynamic meditation, group for a one hour session first thing in the morning on Tuesdays 730am, Thursdays 730am and Saturdays 8am for 5 weeks, ie 15 hours total.
Group D Family Constellation You will dis-continue your previous treatment of anti-depressant drugs and participate in 15 hours in total of family constellation group therapy say in five weekly 3 hour sessions, or alternatively two 7.5 hour sessions on Sundays.
Notes on dynamic meditation
Dynamic meditation is done first thing in the morning to specially composed music, recorded on a CD, playing for an hour. It is in 5 stages of 10-15 minutes each, as follows: 1 Deep, fast, chaotic breathing, 2 Catharsis, 3 Jumping while repeating the mantra ‘hoo’. 4 Freeze in silence, and 5 Celebratory dancing. For further details see www.osho.com, www.active.meditation.com, and paper ‘The Evidence Base for Osho Meditations’ by John Kapp.
Notes on family constellation therapy
Family Constellation group therapy was developed over the last 20 years by a German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger, and is now practised and expanding in Germany, Spain, South Africa, USA UK, and over 20 other countries. It utilises the ‘Knowing Field’ (otherwise known as the Quantum Field, Zero-Point Field, Akashic Records(3)) to tap into the subtle energy of the client, which comes from his family. This enables him to understand why he acts as he does, which can result in healing.
Dr Berthold Ulsamer wrote a book in German about it in 1999, which was translated into English bu Underwood Books of California in 2005. ‘The Healing Power of the Past’ He says on the cover ‘Unconscious, compelling trans-generational family bonds have the power to enmesh us in fates that do not belong to us. These entanglements may date back 2, 3 or even more generations to family ancestors who were unable to resolve difficulties within their lifetimes. When these ancestral influences are identified and acknowledged, the ‘blind love’ which sustains their effects on us can be transformed into ‘enlightened love’ Then the associated emotional and physical suffering can be gently and compassionately transformed.' See the International Consellations Journal ‘The Living Field’ edited by Barbara Morgan, available from email@example.com. and John Kapp. Also www.constellationsolutions.co.uk
I am applying for research funding / sponsorship to cover the cost of this trial, (over £2,000) If I am successful the trial will be free of charge to participants. If I cannot raise enough, I might have to ask for a donation towards costs from participants in groups C and D at the end of the trial, but you will be under no obligation to pay. For your information, the normal market price of 15 hours of dynamic meditation is £60, and of family constellation £120. Both are regularly available in Brighton and Hove.
If you would like to volunteer for one of the groups of this trial, please fill in and return the attached form. If you are under your GP please inform him by letter that you have done so. I will write to you acknowledging your application, and telling you whether or not you are accepted, and if you are, I will let you know in good time when the trial will begin.
From researcher, John Kapp, 22 Saxon Rd Hove BN3 4LE 01273 417997 firstname.lastname@example.org
Application and consent form to join the research trial on ‘new’ talking therapies, compared with anti-depressant medication.
I hereby consent and volunteer to join this trial, and my order of preference is groups ………
Name……………………………………..Date of Birth…………………………………….
Phone number……………………………. E mail address………………………………….
Anti-depressant medication……………………………………which I have been taking since………………….
I understand that taking part in this trial does not guarantee a cure or alleviation of my symptoms.
(For scientific researchers evaluating this proposal) How does dynamic meditation and family constellation work, and how can it cure dis-ease, and mental illness?
The only way to cure any problem is to find and remove the cause. But what is the cause of dis-ease? Science and conventional medicine come from the materialist, reductionist, mechanistic paradigm, studying objects objectively. (4) Dis-ease is not an object so it cannot be studied objectively. That is why doctors are so reluctant to state the cause of your dis-ease, beyond the catch-all ‘its probably hereditary’. This answer does not help them or you to find a cure.
1 What is dis-ease?
If you, the reader, are a materialist, then you may well have a problem with the following answers, as the belief system (paradigm) underlying these two meditative therapies is holism, namely the belief in body, mind, heart, soul, spirit. The study of them is subjective, not objective. The cause of dis-ease is ‘all in the mind’ ie that we were hypnotised as children into compulsive behaviour, (body, mind and soul falling apart) which manifests as the mental and physical symptoms of illness.
In the computer metaphor of the body as the hardware, the mind as the software, the soul or consciousness as the operator, and the spirit as the internet, the cause of mental and physical disease is faulty programming of the software. The cure is to remove what is faulty by de-hypnotising us so that we are free of our limiting beliefs and repressed emotions.
2 How did we come to be hypnotised?
You (your soul) is not your body, nor your mind, nor your heart,(linked to the right hemisphere of the brain) but is beyond all of them. As children most of us experienced love in our hearts, joy in our souls and connection in relationship with others through the spirit,and family soul, but as adults we may have forgotten how to do this. Our hearts became closed as our minds (left hemisphere of brain) developed. Our western culture tends to over-develop the mind, particularly of men.
A human body is not at all like a tin man, and to see it in mechanistic terms is misleading, and has led conventional medicine into its present crisis of doubt about the efficacy of its treatments... A more useful metaphor is a goldfish bowl, being a bag (skin) containing 10 or more gallons of water in which around 100 trillion cells are swimming. Your cells reacts to external stimuli and thoughts in your mind, conscious and unconscious. Billions of cells work together in co-ordination (like a flock of birds in a morphic field) to produce movement of your body and the functions of your organs. Each cell is composed of trillions of molecules in an ordered structure more complicated than London. .It is intelligent, has its own memory and ‘internet’ connections. Every molecule is positioned in each cell at the right place at the right time, all the time by the life force. (5)
Living bodies are not just the sum of their parts, (cells, molecules) and are not predictable. No-one can tell just from its parts whether a body is a president, a pauper or a corpse at the moment of death. The subtle energy which makes you alive (called soul, life force, chi, prana etc) is like waves in an invisible ocean known as the quantum or zero point field, the Knowing Field, and the Akashic record. (3) This field carries information like a radio programme, and every cell has receivers which are tuned to receive this field, and react appropriately.
We (our soul, consciousness, or observer) do not see or hear reality as it is, because our mind gets in the way, veiling and distorting what we receive according to what we believe, as in the diagram below.
Observer----------- mind’s distortion through its faulty programming---------------observed
To see our truth (our knowing in our heart, bones, soul, our wisdom) the mind has to get out of the way. Meditation and family constellation enable this, by making time to put the thinking process aside, and listen to the ‘still small voice’of our soul, which is usually drowned out by the noise of our mind. We can then get to know the subtle energy which drives us.
We were not born dis-eased, but became sick when our minds were developed by our conditioning..
Dis-ease in the mind blocks the subtle energy life force which is needed to nourish our souls and keep us happy and healthy. We create our own reality around our beliefs, and our energy follows our thoughts. (6)
3 What are limiting beliefs?
Our beliefs are what we were conditioned with originally as children, but reinforced as adults. Most of us were hypnotised with limiting beliefs which are like a crowd of voices in our heads, constantly telling that we are stupid, ugly, unlovable or otherwise inadequate. They can make our lives hell.. In the computer analogy, the screen of a dis-eased mind is like a home page all the time, even when we are asleep and dreaming. We want the peace of a blank screen or screen saver, but we have lost the switch to turn our mind off.
The limiting beliefs of our childhood (hypnosis) are compounded by repressed emotions which accumulate the longer we live. It is natural to feel anger, sadness, jealousy etc, but if we don’t express them at the time we repress them into our unconscious mind, where they remain festering, just waiting for someone to ‘push our buttons’ and trigger an explosion (eg of verbal abuse or domestic violence).
We were designed for cycles of arousal (flight/fight adrenalin rush of the sympathetic nervous system) followed by de-arousal in the safety of the cave. (parasympathetic nervous system) Today’s society gets more arousal (from TV etc) but no de-arousal, as we tend to sit around with the decline of manual work.
Our limiting beliefs and repressed emotions. at best these make us disfunctional (eg compulsive behaviour) and at worst drive us mad. Although we tend to deny it, deep down we are all angry at our perceived inadequacies, and the raw deal that fate, life or God has dealt us. We see ourselves as victims of our circumstances. We reject and hate ourselves, so feel guilty and punish ourselves as unworthy to deserve joy, fulfilment or even life. Many of us have an unconscious death wish to follow a deceased ancestor, and may be killing ourselves with addiction to drink, drugs or work.
4 How can our dis-ease be cured?
One method is meditation, which gives us the silence to hear our own inner voice, our truth directly The other method is through understanding through seeing our truth through a family constellation. This trial offers participants the choice of either method.
For either method to work, and permanent cure to occur, our hearts have to be opened.up to love, without which no healing is possible. Instead of rejection and hate, we have to accept and love ourselves. This can be achieved through bonding in the group.
a) Dynamic meditation. This is not really a talking therapy, because talking comes from the mind, and meditation is beyond the mind, from silence. The word ‘meditation’ means healing, coming from the latin ‘medici’ to heal, This is the root of the words ‘medicine’ and ‘medication’, which heal our body, and ‘meditation’ which heals our soul, by going beyond our mind.. Through meditation we can find the switch to turn off the screen of our mind.
However, there is resistance to meditation, and healing of our dis-ease. We are addicted (hypnotised) to it, because we have become identified with it. If we lost it and became well, who would we be? As with any addiction, the addict has to experience that dropping the addiction gives more pleasure (freedom from this crowd of voices, the dis-ease) than the addiction did (the secondary gain of being identifies with it) To overcome the resistance we need support (love) from others, which is supplied by the facilitator and the group, all of whom are there because they want to be cured.
With the cause thrown out of the way, the ‘penny drops’ and healing happens. The veil drops away from our eyes and ears, and we can see and hear clearly what before was confusion. We have gained freedom from our previous anxieties, the crowd of voices, our dis-ease. We realise that we have been living an illusion. We are no longer a victim, but a beneficiary of our circumstances. Our life, which was hell, is now heaven..
Osho said: When meditation and growth awareness groups are done together then many things start happening very intensely and very fast. They are like two wings. Meditation makes you more and more silent and groups make you more and more loving. Accordingly, the two are often combined as a week’s sandwich course starting every day with dynamic meditation, followed by the family constellation group, followed by kundalini meditation to round off the day. Some people may need several such weeks. The Osho meditation resort in Pune, India offers this course, and nearly 100 other similar experiential meditation therapy courses. (see www.osho.com)
b) Family constellation This is not like psychodrama.or role play, and is not a talking therapy either , because participants understand the truth of their family soul through observation of the body language of the representatives, rather than by it being articulated in words and interpreted by the left-brain of the mind.. The ‘penny drops’ in the soul of the client (as in meditation) but there is also some opportunity for words and group discussion which can reinforce what is observed. It may take a few weeks or months for it to be fully absorbed, and the change to become permanent.
Participating in family constellation groups overturns our prejudices and judgements about good and evil.. We realise that we have been programmed with a whole raft of (in my case) Judaic Christian values, which were narrow and inhibiting. We see that nothing happens except out of love, (loyalty to ancestors) and are released from layers of fear.(absence of love).
Representatives ‘become’ the person that they are representing, not through their mind intellectually, but by tuning into, or channelling the subtle energy, (consciousness or soul) which drives them. The only instruction to the representative is to follow their impulses. Thoughts and feelings come to them in relation to others in the constellation, and a drama unfolds. Whether the person represented is alive or dead makes no difference, as we feel not them, but the energy that drives or drove them, which is still very much alive. It seems to go on and on unchanged, (perhaps for centuries) until it is changed by the healing movements described below.
That such things can really happen is beyond the conscious mind to comprehend, and materialists tend to dismiss them as ‘poppycock’. . However, that such a ‘Knowing Field’ does exist is confirmed by quantum physics. (3) known by them as the quantum, zero point, or Akashic field, They say that everything in the universe is energy, even matter, as particles and waves are interchangeable, depending whether you are looking or not looking. (6)
The manifestation of this subtle energy revealed in constellations gives a rational explanation of a client’s otherwise inexplicable compulsive behaviour. The typical cause of disease (eg needless suffering from addiction, self-sabotage, sexual abuse, homosexuality, illness) can often be traced to guilt about unfinished business in the family soul. This has little or nothing to do with the client as an individual, who is therefore suffering on behalf of another (eg a stillborn child) or others (eg Jews)of whom he may consciously know nothing.
The collective soul (which may be family, tribe, team, community, society, party, nation) spans many generations, perhaps for millenia.. Its nature is to be inclusive. If anyone is excluded, someone else will later represent them to manifest their energy.. Any client will probably be identifying with (or fixated on) a sibling or ancestor who was excluded. through dying prematurely and unmourned (eg by abortion, miscarriage, still birth, illness, accident, violence, murder) or separation, (eg by adoption, removal, divorce, unbearable grief, incarceration),
Healing the client’s dis-ease (and the family soul), can be done by the facilitator guiding the representatives to make healing movements, by:
- including the excluded person(s) by representing them in the constellation, not forgetting the perpetrators of crimes, as well as their victims.
- getting the client to honour them, and keeping a place in his heart for them, and letting them go. This can be difficult for say a man who has lost wife in an accident, and for say Jewish clients facing Nazis, blacks facing slave traders, or indigenous tribes facing colonizers...
- getting all the family members in order of age, and not usurping someone else’s place. Only when everyone is in the right order, can love flow naturally again.
I will end with a quote from John Payne’s book, (see paragraph 9 above) ‘When we reject what is (eg others we hate) we reject ourselves. When we reject what was (eg perpetrators of atrocities against our family, or our fate) we reject life’ Yet this is exactly what everybody does, which explains why we are all suffering..
5 Testimony of my own experience of active meditation therapy and family constellations
Over 4 years I have done dynamic meditation about 500 times, and about 100 days of Osho group meditation therapies (Who is in 7, Mystic Rose 21, Co-dependency recreating trust 5, Essence 20, Changing the way we live our lives 3, Work as meditation 3, Die before you die 5, Family constellation 40).
My perceptions of the results was a lifting of the tensions that I previously felt, - that I was always in the wrong place, that I was doing the wrong things, that I was stupid and inadequate, anxious about the next meal, and guilty, so that I had to give to beggars..I often prosletised about the latest remedy that I had discovered, and was exhausting to live with, ‘full on’.
Sometimes during the meditations I had vivid memories, which I took to be of past lives, in which I was incarcerated in a dungeon, drowned, starved to death on a desert island, having murdered and eaten my ship mates. My compulsion to give to beggars and my anxiety about food ceased from that day. At other times memories came up like a fast-forwarding video, leaving me generally relieved, but not able to say why. Most of my tensions have gone, and I now feel content.
The constellations have enabled me to see whose energy I have been manifesting. Writing this paper is the energy of both my mother (who was a psychiatrist) and my father (who wrote books and papers on this subjects(4,5) When I sailed I was my paternal grandfather. When I proselytised, I was my maternal grandfather (who was a Baptist missionary in India) When I was with my first wife (Janet) I was her father, and she was my mother. My paternal grandmother, I never knew because she repudiated my father when he married my mother and excluded herself, for which I hated her. I have now come to love and accept her for my gift of never excluding myself. These insights have given me more in control of my own life, which now feels like heaven.
1 See www.mindfulnesstapes.com
2 The College of Meditation brochure, see www.tm-meditation.co.uk, 01843 841010
3 The Field by Lynne McTaggart 2001, and Science and the Akashic Field, by Ervin Laszlo 2004
4 Science versus Materialism by Prof Reginald Kapp,1940, republished in www.reginaldkapp.org
5 Mind Life and Body by Prof Reginald Kapp, 1951, republished in www.reginaldkapp.org
6 Film What the bleep do we know? generally released in UK 2005
By John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd Hove BN3 4LE 01273 417997, email@example.com
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