Healing Process Brings Clinicians

Healing Process Brings Clinicians

she  to a place where they

introspectively encounter their fears, search

for and manifest their full self, and express

their full self through creativity, trust in life,

zeal, and love. No single aspect of healing

is any more important than any other. The

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interplay between and among aspects of

healing brings greater understanding and

meaning about the complexity of illness,

wellness, and healing to interactions with

clients, families, colleagues, and others’

in one’s life. The concept of healing is

informed and transformed by the four

dimensions of reality that exist at any

moment, also known as quadrants: (a)

Individual interior (personal/intentional)—

the “I” space, (b) individual exterior

(physiological/behavioral)—the “It” space,

(c) collective interior (shared/cultural)—

the “We” space, and (d) collective exterior

(systems/structures)—the “Its” space

(Table 1). The dimensions of reality

examine values, beliefs, assumptions,

meaning, purpose, and judgments related to

how the individual structures action based

on the nature of the experience at hand

and the quadrants of reality that are most

influenced by a given situation. A personal

examination of each aspect of reality

enables the individuals to be more in touch

with their authentic self in many different

types of situations and/or environments.

A fundamental assumption of the theory

is that every human is born with healing

capabilities, so that it is not the clinician

who heals the individual but the individuals

themselves. By being open to opportunities

for healing, clients create a space for healing

to occur.

. One metaphor for integral health

may be the notion of a helix, which can

be transformed into more or less complex

forms depending on the situation and one’s

personal growth. Symbolically, a more

complex helix would represent greater

growth toward higher levels of

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