SPONSORS



Click here to go to the next issue

Highlights Home Page | Receive the Nondual Highlights each day

#2062 - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - Editor: Jerry Katz


 

 

 

The next couple of issues I edit will feature selections from a new book, Healing with Qualities, by Manuel Schoch.

 

From the website:  Manuel Schoch is a gifted Swiss mystic, healer, therapist, and teacher, and the creator of Time Therapy. He has drawn on 30 years of careful observation of the human energy system to give us a holistic way to transform our habitual patterns. Combining awareness and natural energy processes, Time Therapy is a stunningly direct and practical way to consciously realize the potential of your individual strengths and qualities. Rather than focusing on the past as a tool for dealing with the present, as does traditional psychotherapy, Time Therapy works on the premise that you can change your patterns in the present through specific meditation techniques.

Schoch was the co-founder of the Analytic Centre in Zurich and the founder and director of the HiHo-Collective, an anti-psychiatric institution which was widely known in the 70s. He went on to found the Tune In Centre for Human Growth in Zurich, London, and Athens, where he currently practices Time Therapy. He also teaches at the University of Zurich.

Manuel Schoch will be giving a workshop entitled The Feeling Revolution at Omega Institute on the weekend of May 20-22. The schedule for the event is:

  Friday 8-10 pm

  Saturday 9-12 am

  2:30-5 pm Sunday 9-12 am

 

more info here:  http://www.sentientpublications.com/catalog/healing.php

 

 

 


 

 

 

HEALING WITH QUALITIES: The Essence of Time Therapy

by Manuel Schoch

 

 

 

Chapter 11

 

Creating the Atmosphere of the Qualities

 

(Editor's note: The "Qualities" are "the real essence of your being.")

 

To sum up so far, we have seen that psychological problems represent symptoms of repressed and overshadowed qualities. The essence of your being is the energy body or the soul, which, although we cannot observe it, can be felt as an atmosphere, and the qualities are a part of this essence that we can perceive directly. This essence gets overshadowed over time by our second birth, or the birth of thoughts, so that we are constantly concealing our strengths.

 

We saw how the future without perspective is fear, and fear is thought. We need to learn how to distinguish between the different thought processes, and this can only be done from the level of the qualities. There is a distinction between the motivative thought process, which is a communion, and the associative thought process, which is a constant description of what should be the communication. Through the associative process, or the ego, thinking becomes its own tool. We do not love, we think love and we do not act, we just think of action. In this way, the qualities become increasingly overshadowed. So we have to learn to observe thinking if we want to blend the qualities, the atmosphere of the qualities and thinking. The result of this blending would mean that the inner intelligence would leave behind time-space duality and the ego. We can see from this how the associative thought process hinders us from direct perception. It is the process of constant description that not only overshadows the qualities but also creates a resistance toward slow feelings.

 

Slow feelings and our qualities

 

Fast feelings stem from aggression and its different manifestations such as jealousy and greed, all of which are a symptom of fear, and fear itself also belongs to the fast feelings. Remember that when we experience fast feelings there is an input of energy because of a situation. For example, say you feel betrayed by a friend. You feel a surge of jealousy; there is a minute or two when you experience an input of adrenaline, and then it is gone. It then requires the associative thought process to keep the whole process alive. In a case like this the body's hormonal system, the flight-or-fight refelx, is over very quickly.

 

The associative process eventually renders us unable to distinguish between the act of actual doing and thinking about doing, and this creates a hindrance not only for our qualities but also for the manifestation of slow feelings, which is the vehicle in which the qualities are carried. The slow feelings such as love, joy, inner peace, ecstasty, happiness and compassion are feelings that cannot be affected by this kind of hormonal activity, which means that most of the time the qualities are thought about but not really lived.

 

You may have observed by now how tremendously difficult it is to really be in touch with our potential. When we try to be in touch with our qualities, the mind immediately jumps back into negativity and claims that staying with the atmosphere of the qualities is too difficult to do; you may feel that you still do not have sufficient contact with your qualities or that there are still too many blockages within you, for example. The reason the mind does this has very simply to do with the principle of evolution in that we do not need our qualities for survival. The first level of our awareness is the form or body. When we come into form, the essence of a baby is its qualities; however, the qualities are structured within the body, and the baby does not have an awareness of its quality. It is not aware of it because it is the quality. The baby is only aware of the body: is it cold or too warm, is it hungry or not, in a pleasant position or not? The first thing that the mind learns to do with awareness is to be alert to the problems of the body. It watches for any hint of unease in the body. If there is an uneasiness in the body, even if it is only hunger, it acts accordingly to relieve the unease.

 

In the process of growing up the mind learns to focus on the negative, simply because survival is based on being watchful for anything that may be wrong. The mind is trained to be constantly aware of something going wrong and becomes totally fixed on the idea that as long as there is nothing wrong within the body, and as long as there is no imminent danger, there is no need for action. It is not focused on what is good, and so it learns through the associative thought process to do exactly the same thing on the psychospiritual level.

 

~ ~ ~

 

Like this book? I'll print more in the next issue. The author, Manuel Schoch, is appearing at the Omega Institute in May. details and further info about this book are here: http://www.sentientpublications.com/catalog/healing.php 

 

Reprinted with implied permission by the publisher.

 

top of page