on the PATH and in HEALING

  Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?
(Mar'96, rev'd Jul'13)
  The Magic Bus (and Inner Children)
(Jan'02, rev'd Jul'18)
  Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change
  Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others
  Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?
  And What's Pain Got To Do With It?
(Mar'96, rev'd Jul'13)

  Related References
  Author, Copyright/Disclaimer, & HomePage Info

Emotion, Fuel, and 'the Vehicle'
or "Fueling Without Fooling Around"

By Chris Pringer Mar'96, rev'd Jul'13

          Lets get down to the basics - in terms of action on the earth plane -at least according to the particular school of thought that I go by: Emotion is necessary for motivation if one also includes love, joy, and 'will to good' as emotions. For those who require a more stringent and limiting structure in order to limit destructive behavior, lower emotions such as fear, anger, and guilt may be the only useful motivators in the earlier stages of learning the lessons of life. Emotion arises out of one of the three "lower bodies" that compose the "body-mind": mental, emotional, and physical. The body mind, or various parts thereof, is what we identify with, via our ego's, in order for our souls to incarnate, to live, on the physical plane.
          Emotions may attach to thoughts in order to form beliefs, which our ego uses to establish identity, place, direction, and purpose. Emotion relates directly to our desires as well as to our ideals. Here we get to define values in establishing the difference between our desires and our needs -- the latter of which relate to the Will of God. Hence our ideals and intentions should be established as directly related to (our clearest perception/belief of) what the Will of God for one's Being is. These learning processes involve trial and error, more pain to one degree or another, whether it may be so mild sometimes we laugh our way through it, or so intense we go into some form of shock and suppress the memory of it. The latter is more common to infants and children than most people realize, and is part of what I call the initial "setup" or "karmic induction" [references for this paragraph: essays, "The Alignment of Beliefs, Desires, and Needs...," "A Concept of Healing," and "To Structure or Not" by the author]

          Hence, The more evolved the personality is, the more the personality relies on "higher" Intention levels of motivation for self and others (e.g.: love, empathy, purpose, etc., as compared to guilt, fear, anger, etc.).

Awareness of "Our Vehicles" on the Path, Fuel Efficiency, and Drive:

          The body-mind can be compared to a vehicle in order to illustrate a relationship we can have with our feelings and emotions, most directly related to motivation or "drive". The body-mind is our vehicle for getting from where we are to where we want to be; it takes in fuel (needs and desires translate to motivation, or to fuel in this case). If it's your average junker, it runs on low to medium octane and pollutes the air badly (uses fuel like fear and anger). If it's a souped up standard, it might run on higher octane but it still pollutes (ie: like guilt), although maybe not as much. A cleaner fuel might be the lead-free gas (ie: obligation and then responsibility). And then we eventually come to use more and more of the high octane lead free fuel (ie: love). At about this point we start using systems and devices that require the higher octane fuels, do not pollute, and the fuels that are the most efficient of all (like pure joy and unconditional love).
          ["Unconditional love" falls into the same basket as "Perfection" - something you shoot for, knowing it's highly likely that you'll fall somewhere short of that - how short is a thing relative to each their own idea of perfection Related essays: "More On 'Ideals'" & "Idealism & the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'"]

          Also important to consider, in the trunk is baggage most likely (old hurts and judgments on/for self and/or others that one hasn't forgiven if even brought to conscious awareness), which requires that more fuel be used to pull the vehicle. As we are becoming more sensitized to the cleaner fuels and more efficient operation of the engine, we also notice more acutely the drag-effect that the baggage creates, and its effect on overall efficiency of the vehicle. And we become more and more motivated to clear the baggage out. There are various methods and techniques are for checking into the engine's efficiency (for gaining self-knowledge and applying it ) and for improving it - through re-aligning our systems with the high performance standards (with one' higher guidance/ "blueprint") and loosening ones baggage for more efficient travel.

          We have to get our hands into the grease some, in order to get the gummy stuff out. With cars we might pay someone else to do the work. With body-minds, we can also benefit greatly from other's help - sometimes it's by contract and we pay them monetarily. Other times it just comes with life's relationships (and it might feel like we paid them smile ). On the other hand, Body-minds tend to be much more self-innovated and incomprehensible to others in the finer operating systems. Even with some overall guidance and practice assistance, we generally have to do a great deal of the detail work ourselves. And, in any case, that darnned baggage just won't fall out by itself usually. That's where this analogy might fail , since body-minds tend to become addicted to the baggage to the point where it can be quite painful to let go of the baggage.

          In the end (and in the head, and from start to finish actually) , the re-alignment makes the fuel more efficient, but only the knowledge from hard-earned experience can re-design the engine, fuel delivery, and baggage handling systems in order to maintain and continually improve the capacity to use the higher octane fuels.

The Magic Bus and Our Inner Children
By Chris Pringer, Jan'02, rev'd May'13, Jul'18

          This next part of the story involves "the magic bus" - which is not about drugs, but about the Inner Children.1   That is, in the metaphor of "the bus" we are each driving, it is full of the many inner sub-personalities which compose the "normal" human psyche. The inner children represent our motivations or "agendas" or "scripts" set up since childhood, if you will - individually in some cases, more hod-podged in others. Which is a big part of how an individual is made up, per the metaphor, which goes like this: There are a handful or dozen children on the bus - some of whom you don't want to let drive the bus, without a great deal of close supervision. Others should not at all, although they can be useful in making suggestions. They can also be quite creative, playful, energetic, and so on. Others are quick to warn us of various dangers, or size up a person or situation, accurately or not. Meanwhile, we are engaging with other buses on the road of life, and our inner children are engaging with theirs - to the degree our emotional bodies are influencing our thoughts, words, actions. And that will always be to some degree or another.
Magic Bus (with 'submarine component') clipart edited by Chris Pringer

"Magic Bus" (ah, but with a submarine component -- AND going in the opposite direction! Hmmm, What could that be symbolizing?) Huh
[clipart edited by Chris Pringer]

          So ...We can use the emotional body as a library of knowledge about experience (that is, our subjective reactions to experience). But would be far less wise to let it drive the bus. Which bus, some emotional body components may try to commandeer, if we don't check-in often enough or consult it sufficiently. Let alone an inner-child with traumatically suppressed memories, projecting it's/our worst fears onto another driver or three on the road. After which "the adult" wonders where all that [projection] came from, struggling to regain control of the bus. Some of us need to ask the question more often than we think: "Do we always know who's in charge of the bus, let alone which 'coping mechanisms' we may be employing to navigate through or avoid certain kinds of circumstances?"
          Ah, yes, that "pesky" emotional body: Sometimes we are *relatively* aware of what all is going on, and at other times or in other situations we are, well, still learning to be aware. Now throw in all the other metaphors noted above! *[I used the word "relatively" as opposed to "fully" aware, as that would require a life's work for most of us. Ref: The percentage of people (we now have statistics about) who rely on medications to "maintain" under the stresses of "modern society."]

          1: A dense summary: An inner child is formed by an event early in infancy or childhood by an experience which the persona cannot fully process at the time, and which is suppressed (partially or wholly in order to protect the persona) and stored for later processing. In gestalt bodywork view, the memory is stored in the connective tissues (fascia, muscles, tendons) Coping mechanisms, sub-personalities, and roles are formed in order to deal with, create protection for, situations that unconsciously remind the persona of the traumatic events ("accurately" or not).
    [It is said we (all) have over a dozen basic sub-personalities, any number of which may be "complemented" or entangled to some degree by an Inner Child. Others are said to be more Higher-Self-connected (bringing the question as to what degree we are connected to *those* sub-personalities, and fully aware of any coping mechanisms that were created for surviving, if not fully healing, difficult childhood circumstances, including traumatic emotional injuries). "Surviving" meaning to feel, eventually believe, that s/he is sufficiently worthy of love that s/he will continue to try to exist.]
          On the more positive side, Inner Children play many vital roles in our personal and spiritual growth, particularly if we consider the human form as a vehicle for a soul's learning on the material plane. Even from the most secular psychological viewpoint, the "Inner child, Inner parent" basis for dialog is a very commonly used tool for resolving inner conflict.

         Another way of describing the Inner Child:

          The Inner Child represents the feeling or emotional body of our being. It is here that we may store emotions that are associated with traumatic events and/or long-term conditioning that would have us deny some degree of our connectedness to our Higher Self, talents and capabilities, higher inclinations, aspirations, etc. It's generally the more complex sets of coping mechanisms that are referred to as "Inner Children." Which term refers to the persona(s) of the emotional body, that have been created by the body-mind, not only in order to protect the psyche from painful memories, but in order to finish, at a later time, certain interupted processes. Those processes are related to the basic emotional and/or physical needs that were only partially and/or temporarily fulfilled, by the coping mechanisms.

          NOTE: Our capacities for neuroplasticity provide for the memory storage coping mechanism process to be initiated (a form of "negative neuroplasticity"), but also provide for our memory retrieval and/or integration as needed for healing. [Ref: references included at the "Fascia Memory Theory" page.]

          "Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" covers *coping mechanisms, *challenges, and *gifts, a triad very related to the Inner Child(ren) and the body-mind process. "Body-Parenting" in Mind-Body Integration is based on the "Re-Parenting" approach to personal growth & self-healing, and covered at "My Cells - My Children..." that conveys, in a less analytical way, the nature of the dynamic relationships and 'Inner Communications' among mind, body, emotions, and Spirit, including the cells, organs, and body systems, and which underlies the 'Body-Parenting' approach. The "Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (Word doc format) is a tool for self-application with regard to all the above. Some special applications of body-parenting are explained in .



Reward, Punishment, and Change
By Chris Pringer, March'96

          The only purpose for MOTIVATING OTHERS is to get the job done. It only needs to do that - pain is Not a necessity UNLESS that’s the only way to get done just what has to be done. There are many ways to motivate. This implies that children, prisoners, nations, etc. do not need necessarily to experience pain in order to conform to appropriate standards. First try love, challenge, compassion, etc. and appeal to their higher nature. Then try mediation, compromise, or reward. Then try guilt or manipulation, etc. if absolutely necessary -- if nothing else works, in other words (when the objective is critical - otherwise the losses and karma would be greater for All concerned).

          You can’t beat, separate, or condemn someone (or some part of yourself) into healing or even changing. Under those conditions more feelings of rebellion and resistance to change are created. At best you create a fear- and pain-motivated person, society, or country that trains its offspring, its body, to be likewise motivated - which ends up cycling back to what you originally fought and denied and then acted as if there was no reason for. Acting as if there IS reason for a condition puts us in charge -gets us to the root of the need that the destructive behavior was created to fulfill. Then Healing can BEGIN. It seems to me that God wouldn't have said, "Be a nice and willing victim for awhile and then I’ll reward you," But more likely S/he would have said something like, "Learn how to be all you can be - YOU have to discover your options, make decisions, and take risks and I’ll help you when/if you listen."

          We need new motivators, based on love and acceptance. The back and forth karmic cycle of abuser and abused is supposed to wake us up to need for new behavior and ways to transition us to it. It is not supposed to provide another justification for added insult and injury, more punishment and reward syndrome reinforcement, all of which maintains the attitudes that produce the abuse cycle in the 1st place. The cycle has to stop somewhere -revenge does not cure addiction! Revenge has become much of the motivation behind the systems we have created to provide justice - via reward and punishment.

          If I believe my "victimizers" cannot heal, then how can I believe that I can heal - considering the laws of metaphysics? This implies that revenge is not applicable in the guise of justice or any other vehicle. Justice, then is taking into consideration the Present and all it implies, not focusing on feelings of the past; but on what the true needs for learning (by All concerned) are - not on how much punishment can be mustered out based on fixed laws and the various expectations of society. If I am to heal through personal resolution of my own issues, how much and what kind of focus can I engage in as regards the healing of my brother, my "victimizers"? How critical is this question to my own healing ?

          So what other ways can we develop to transition us from where are now to where we want to be? It will happen -and likely take a few hundred years, but it has to be approached like there is faith in this or it won’t happen. It has begun, so what’s the next step? What’s the end product - what does that feel like, what would look like? I believe that God is not going to rob us of our learning process by "saving" us. God wants to be able to give US the credit, so we’ll feel good about being with God.



Motivation and Detachment
By Chris Pringer, March'96

          Many that identify with the "new age" belief systems have apparently misinterpreted Richard Bach’s statement "Argue for your limitations and they’re yours." One shouldn’t have to convince another (especially a friend) that his/her pain is real - or felt as real. Claiming one’s pain - for what it is as a subjective feeling, whether or not it can be described as rational, justified, or accurately associated, etc - is the first step to letting go of limitations. It is true that the act of claiming/owning one’s pain may enforce limitation(s) for a time, depending on the (unconscious or even conscious) need to identify with the victim experience. Yet, it is denial that much more enforces limitations since (as perhaps the major point of this whole section) one doesn't process feelings that one doesn't feel. I admit that I've just been amazed at the degree of belief in a few "new age" self-healing techniques that refute or ignore that basic premise.

          There is no real challenge to releasing illusion from one’s awareness, depending on how one defines illusion and reality, of course. If someone needs a certain amount of structure (ie: "Religious leaders and corporate advertisers determine my values and needs") to learn in for a period of time, then s/he must believe in the reality of that structure to a certain degree. And letting go of the associated emotionally charged beliefs and perceptions would then be a considerable challenge. But once one acknowledges that one is "attached to" a reality and related mental, emotional, and physical material, then one can begin to let go of it. I like the sayings, "If you can feel it, you can heal it," and "one has to have an ego before one can transcend it."

          And regarding ego nature: I believe most all of us have areas that can use a little ego building and a few areas where the ego is doing a *necessary* job of maintaining individuality and position in one's environment. Where the (true/actual) needs are felt as not having been taken care of is where the ego will try to protect in some way. This is where the addictions and other coping mechanisms come in. Therefore, upstaging or bragging, for instance, is not a sign of too *much* ego, but of protecting where there is too little. It's the very healthy ego that can be transcended, because at the level of full ego transcendence, the person is pretty much beyond any need for a body, position, or individuality anyway. (And I don't know that I've ever even met anyone of that caliber, by the way.)



Asking for Forgiveness
By Chris Pringer, July'13

          There are folks who have forgiven themselves, having paid in some way what they consider is sufficient recompense, and having accepted that God has forgiven them for one reason or feeling or another. There are folks that feel or believe they (themselves) will never be forgiven, but also tend to think of others as unworthy of forgiveness also, regardless of how much recompense they feel they have paid in either case. And there are those that forgive others easily, with little or no recompense paid, but do not for themselves.
          However, you can divide the latter into two groups, those that are actually like group two, but believe they forgive, while unconsciously forgetting without forgiving, and those that have been "trained" by experience from childhood to always find the essential unforgiveable fault within themselves.

          And actually, all these groups are most influenced by their early experiences, whether or not their parents and/or guardians intended or even knew about any such belief formation, let alone about the future impact. We're keeping all this pretty simple here, but we could complicate the matter a wee bit - by further dividing these groups into those who tend to punish themselves first - after others victimize them (!!), and those who tend to punish others first. And then there's such questions of whether the harm-doer is required to pay or just anyone will do, which is a good place to stop digression; but all of which can effect the beliefs about, or the subjective (internal) influences upon, the nature of forgiveness.

          IN ANY CASE, when someone is subjected to pressure from within or without to *ask for forgiveness*, the type of response to that pressure can depend greatly upon which group or groups that individual most falls into. In fact, we can probably easily imagine situations where two individuals, each from a different group, each expect the other to ask for forgiveness - and for the same event, or events they feel are the same or related in some way.
          Ok, no big news flashes or insights yet, right? But now, based on the above, and upon how we have witnessed individuals acting, we can look at most wars down through history - groups of people who blame each other group for the cause of insult or damages to themselves - and we could trace their war(s) back to issues related to conflicting expectations, about who is "supposed" to ask whom for forgiveness and pay recompense, and/or whether anyone really needs to. That does sound familiar, right?

          So, looking at all this pro-actively, the question might become how to mediate between individuals or groups that believe differently, not just about "the other", but about how forgiveness and recompense works, or whether it even happens, or whether it should happen. And perhaps, about what kind of recompense suffiently prevents wrong-doing and when, or simply influences an individual to become the most productive, loving, contributive, etc. And if we determined that for each type of individual, we might gain insight about groups in conflict as well. [ Related Ref: "The Empathy Movement" at the "Chalice Integration Arts & Sciences" page,]

What constitutes Forgiveness?

I may have put the cart before the horse, but for now, I'll add put here:

          What constitutes Forgiveness? Blind acquiescence? Well, of course not. Why would it be said that forgiveness is divine were it not challenging, and yet something that we mortals can learn more and more about. Teaching structure to children requires forgiveness, yet a certain amount of structure must be taught. A child is not deemed dependable [latter to become 'trustworthy'] without a certain degree of understanding of the structure.

          "TRUST" might be the keyword here. Referring to trusting a person to be who s/he actually is, or to be as capable of something as s/he actually is - at that time, to the best of our knowledge. ie: We trust a child to be a child. And so, we may forgive a child or even an adult for trespassing a boundary, but that does not mean we teach them effectively by trusting them too quickly - or until we *know* the lessen is learned. "Putting trust into" someone or something implies a risk, right? Hence, forgiveness does not necessarily imply trust, and memory serves well with patience until a lessen is learned. And if we simply come to forget or deny that we should wait, well, one cannot truly forgive a pain that has been suppressed, nor heal the pain that one can not feel. In this regard, (the dimension of) Time and Space is a required experience for those incarnated in a human body. While one's Soul may demand the forgiving of individuals who take advantage, the process of trust can be a more practical matter. Trying to make forgiveness a simple act is part and parcel with the nature of denial that led to the acts currently to be forgiven. Forgiving is not forgetting, trust is not denial, and compassion truly learned always requires painful effort in the experience of learning.

          In one of the more complex applications of the above (all the above, as regards forgiveness, that is):
One need not forgive oneself for having endured horrendous events, then survived them by creating a coping mechanism that includes a "martyr triangle" (a set of revolving roles of Rescuer, Victim, & Persecutor). Which mechanism necessitates a process of denial of that pattern in order to maintain it. But the process of healing usually encounters tremendous guilt (taught to the victim by the original persecutors before the victim was mature enough to recognise it). But before such forgiveness is accomplished (not for oneself, but for the persecutors), one need process the events that led one to create the coping mechanism. And then one no longer perpetrates that triangle pattern of events on others. Which pattern (prior to healing) generally makes it easy to project divine attributes on those one may rescue, then feel a victim of, then persecute, while denying the reality of the whole process. Of course, the "simplest" sense is rarely simple in the depth of reality. And here, one is learning to trust one's own process in learning to fully understand oneself. With that accomplished, or to the degree that it is, one learns *how* to trust others in various ways and depths as well.

          I believe that if one wants to improve the situation that one is actually in (and not a dream world where we want to be), one must begin where one is, and step by step transition one's environment. Which always includes others who's process need be considered as well. Whose and which processes one has only so much permission to work with (with regard to the laws of karma, *under* which come those of alchemy). [I Didn't mean for that to sound so formal, let alone cryptic, I was paraphrasing a summary of what I've been taught, trying to compress it into a short space. The law of Karma implies you can't just force others to change (and one reaps what one sows, in this lifetime or in another). The "laws of alchemy" have to do with changing lead, or dense circumstances, into gold - or light and love. We all have the power and, it is said, it comes primarily through sincerity and effort in truly being one self - but also in achieving one's highest potentials. Yes, and it does take effort, and yes, all that, even as korney as that may sound. smile ]



And What's Pain Got To Do With It?
By Chris Pringer, Mar'96, rev'd Jul'13

          No, I do not have all this "down" yet. I believe we are ALL in some kind of pain on some level, most of us appear unconscious of it or incredibly great actors, or both. But that seems to be part of how we are trained. It goes along with the co-dependent-required unconscious beliefs that "a good person can't tell another's pain from one's own", that "sympathy is good yet one isn't to feel sorry for oneself", that "martyrdom is godly" but "losers and victims are mostly just manipulating", yet that "pain is God's message that one has been bad or wrong". (Phew!) Under the scourge of such contradictory beliefs, many in society speak or act as if this perception is "safer, kinder, and more productive" (!?!) and have pretended pain "is just not happening" within one's realm of influence. So in the name of national financial priorities we have too often ignored the crucial needs of our elderly and youth, our teachers and our progeny. With that, we could add the one about "No pain, no gain" (or rather it's metaphorical spill even into the baby's bath water, and other cliches) but I save that for another page.

          I believe pains are also like handicaps, challenges, and gifts. Everyone has them, some folks are just more adept at hiding them - from themselves and/or from others. And all four are highly related. Sister Theresa had her own pain just like the rest of us, but she had learned to have compassion for pain (perhaps her greatest gift - to others since she worked hard for it) without making herself or anyone else wrong for having/feeling/expressing it. Well that's my take on it. And Buddha and Jesus is still hanging out with the folks on earth, so what's keeping Them from moving on? Maybe These Folks could be 'out of here' and away from us but apparently They're not. It's also taught that even They are still continuing Their (spiritual) growth thing, and that part of Their responsibility (as part of that growth) is working with us. So, I think "it's not over 'til it's over," and that we cross a major hurdle when we just stop making wrong the *fact* that we are in pain.

          Which is not to say the *reasons* for that pain don't need to be dealt with, pre-empted if/wherever possible, and done so as a major priority. Hence the need for communication of pain in an appropriate manner - which manner apparently may require a whole new addition to the human educational system. Afterall, on the one hand, we don't dare deny the human nervous system without considerable risk, and yet on the other, the social systems of more's and expectations about how and when we communicate pain to each other are a maze of contradictions in understanding. [was "More personally speaking" Mar'96; rev' July'13; ref: essays, "Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial," and "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & Easy Answers," by the author]


Reference Section

"The Empathy Movement"   An assembly of resources and considerations, is currently at the "Chalice Integration Arts & Sciences" page. Also related on that page is 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening- a story about Language, Relationship and Communications, "the body-mind split," emotional intelligence (EQ) as related to IQ, implications and ramifications (cause and effect dynamics) in society, politics, foreign relations, suggestions/ considerations for pro-active response on individual and social levels, etc. Included at the end of the essay, is the chart, "Therapies and Levels of 'The Spectrum of Consciousness'" from Ken Wilber's book, *No Boundary.* Which chart illustrates and book elaborates on the "Left/Right brain split" (very related to the "body-mind split" or "mind-body split", but not exactly the same) and the psycho-spiritual significance of history and the evolution of consciousness during those periods. And "A Kind of Summary For Pragmatic Balance" - eclectically presented summary of links to (more) essays with considerations for pragmatic approach.

      "My Cells - My Children" & other metaphorical prose   This refers to the metaphor of cells as children, the body as a family, and various aspects of our emotional body as Inner Children. Prosaically illustrates the dynamic relationships of Spirit, mind, body, and emotions, as well as the Inner Child-parent-family, including the cells, organs, and body systems. And the "Body-Parenting" approach and a powerful form of psycho-therapeutic preventative health maintenance. A non-prosaic discourse for which has been included, Dec'09. The "Re-Parenting" approach to personal growth & self-healing can be a powerful tool in the body-mind integration process. The page also includes a little artwork in surreal symbolism, "The Chaliverse."
      "A Gestalt Perspective," and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" (2 Essays)   A perspective on an approach to and regard for life, one's past and present, as well as a basis for personal growth and/or therapy. I could've called it an integrated 'Gestaltist-Humanist-Buddhist-New Thought' perspective. (You could say these are my main sources, from among the various "schools" of psychology and correlating approaches to application of therapy.)

      "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial"   Pertains to Physical and other levels - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. The title question could have been, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "Why deny pain?" or "Why one should complain about pain?" There are no easy answers to these, if only because every individual has his/her own story and experience. I begin with basic, more physical-level concepts, and extend into other dimensions from there. There may be more proper medical terms for most of the dynamics I describe, but my purpose is to try to give ideas to help explain, a complex but common experience in a more understandable fashion -- perhaps even to give a little hope, motivation toward resources and some degree of relief. Includes short essays, "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction, Pain Elimination, Pain Desensitization", "A List Of Factors In The Perception Of Pain", "More On Referral Of Pain", "Delayed Healing", "Stress & Energy Related Pains", "Notes On Pain From Gestalt Perspective," "Internal Separation And Healing," "Anger - Some Modes & Complexities," "Pain Management & Body Parenting," "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'," "A Message from the Masters" (a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice for balancing the adrenalised brain with the spiritual heart), "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment - and Healing the Pain," "A Metaphysician's Perspective On Pain, Emotion, & Change," "Why Deep Massage/Bodywork?", "Should A Massage Be Painful?," and "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles - and Cell Congestion."

      "Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body"   At three pages (!) each having their own particular areas of focus, with only as much overlapping as needed, including as related to coping mechanisms, as well as to working with *the Inner Child.* At the "Body-Mind Integration" page this assembly of resources are in the "Notes on Practical Application Of Gestalt Techniques in Emotional Release", and is the version more applicable for most any "issue", yet also tied in more closely with the somatic aspects (muscle and joint injuries and related conditions). At the "Efficient Body Sizing Strategies, Weight Management, Weight Loss" page, the focus is as per the title description. And the more eclectic version is at the page, "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs".

      "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility" Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & Easy Answers (not)   Integrates a more gestalt psychology-based perspective (and practice) as regards the emotional body, which lends to certain modifications of the cosmology [relative to Buddhist or New Thought perspective]. Incl. links for radio show w/interviews of "Hurricane" Rubin Carter. (Edited Feb 20, 2012)
Love's Chalice from the Tree of Life by Chris Pringer, Aug'12 (framed at FineArtAmerica)

"Love's Chalice from the Tree of Life" or "Chalice Of Druids Tree", by Chris Pringer, Aug'12 - Named with the *Druid* reference due to the rather hard look, but in any case, the heart chakra is considered green by most esoteric scholars, yet the rose & violet pastels seem to light up the hearts of people. But when combining the colors of the crown (violet), the active base (red), the color said to be an integration of all colors (white). Extending forth from the deep blues of throat's power and the bright light blue greens of, lets call it "organized love", with its "Atomic Pi-Chalice spheres" and extending rays of golden yellow of enlightened intellect (the white, violet, and green of crown and heart tinting the yellow of the solar plexus). It may be viewed at full resolution at my gallery at Fine Art America where my art is available in framed, canvas, or acrylic prints, greeting cards, etc.

ChaliCell Rings On Black, Dk29 by Chris Pringer, April'13 (framed at FineArtAmerica)

"ChaliCell Rings On Black, Dk29" by Chris Pringer, April'13
"Chalicells" Came about when wanting to add a cellular component to the chalice art, in some cases to aid in visualization (of cellular level of body) for the charts that would be made with them. Why? Even in the matrix of our cells (or "ChaliCell Matrix"), the sacred-geometry proportions actually facilitate (ionic) polarities [positive/ negative or yin/ yang] for bio-magnetic interactions and energy exchanges at atomic/ molecular levels. And the cells operate like tiny but ever-powerful nuclear generators, with all its frequencies/colors (Rainbow), given the energy channeled to this "chalice dynamic" from that or Whom I'll refer to as the Higher Powers. This piece is the "Dk29" variation of Hexagonal-Sphere based (6 spheres around one, [10 around 1 in 3D, and can add 2 for Crown and Base if you like])- by assembling hexagons in a sphere, and layers of that, keeping to sacred-geometry as best as that two-dimensional approach to "sphere-work" might maintain it. This can also be viewed at my gallery at Fine Art America
      "Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (Word doc format)   Nice name, serious work: This letter format is useful for preparing and/or facilitating deeper communications and/or resolving conflict/issues within self or with another person (ie: parent, former mate, etc). This method can fill a special need for therapeutic dialog with someone who is currently not present, including those who have passed on. Because most of what any person can actually heal, or may be responsible to heal, is within ones own feeling body. It is also valuable for/during various strictly personal therapeutic processes, for simply journaling, including self-dialog between two or more parts of yourself that represent mixed feelings about something. Other benefits include introduction to and practice in additional valuable self-healing techniques: "Self-Parenting;" constructing practical, emotionally integrative affirmations; making decisions about your intention and direction for healing change; and verbalizing those decisions in order to etch them into ones being. The latter initiates the completion of (as yet unmet) essential need(s) of the Inner Child, and may manifest changes in related physical symptoms (ie: less pain). Titled, "How To Write A Love Letter", this is Available in Word doc format or (Unformatted) Text format. [You may also be able to right click on either of those links, select "save link as" (or equivalent), and save the file(s) to your hard drive for later use.]
      "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work: A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ..."   Often referred to at this site as "The Goal Chart" - a practical visual tool to help organize a truly gestalt approach to goal accomplishment, as well as complement & help complete other self-help perspectives & presentations. This comprises a re-hash of gestalt application of modern psychology and ancient truths, created to work for new applications; © Chris Pringer, '92, Rev'd 8'02. In another section, "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11) is about clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

      "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs"   Basic principles and definitions for functionally clarifying the differences between ones beliefs, desires, & needs - and the implications for realistic goal setting, or "manefesting abundance" as related to personal growth, preventative health maintenance, and self-healing.

      "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer"   Or "Bridging Prayer & Science" - faith & intuition, Spirit working logic & emotion, and a little science to boot. Tools for working with the cells - self-healing on an energetic level, plus supportive science, concepts and references, a summary essay, "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See; Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk" [Rev'd Apr 2011] and "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" (more application of science than prayer in this case, as related to *Cellular Re-Organization* and engaging *neuroplasticity*.) [Apr 2011]. Also "Focusing Love-Organized Healing Waters", or Water-Charging (incl. a section for the Neuro-Endocrine System), based on some very inspiring scientific findings by Masaru Emoto, including Dr. Emoto's message for transforming the water (molecules) effected by nuclear radiation. (2013)

     "The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy"   Theory & Examples for Practical Application. Theory section explains how this "Positive Response Question" (PRQ) system compares to other affirmation techniques and therapies - how and why they work, advantages of PRQ's, etc. Includes Lots of Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) for learning and affirming any desired knowledge, Simple How-To's in developing Pragmatic use of "the right question" -- from a test situation and/or from regular affirmations. Works well for the intangibles (Personal Growth oriented) which many would say has to come before you can truly enjoy the rest anyway. © `94

     "Seven Laws of Change" and "Principles for Invocation of 'The Blueprint'"   Two pieces about 1) How Change Happens - 'Within & Without' about some key attitude-related principles of force, movement, and the balancing of energies (one basis of healing); 2) Empathic Healing & Invocation - A Summary of a 3-part essay, Originally published © July'97 (at Seeker Magazine Website).

    "Whole Being Integration In Manifesting Abundance and Seven Steps To Initiation And Understanding":   Principles of magnetism in the process of conscious personal growth, spiritual integration, and self healing.   Includes special section:
   "Questions for Empowerment":   Positive Response Questions (PRQ's) designed specifically for Personal Empowerment through clarifying and/or re-defining one's values and beliefs, all over "Chalice Tapestry" sacred geometry background. Chris Pringer, 9'99.
Goal Chart' © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com

Loving Organized Healing Water Flow Visual Affirmation Chart' © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
Love-Organized Water Flow Visual Affirmation Chart for the Whole Being Healing & Preventative Maintenance, at "Notes on Prayer" page. Also at "Blessing Nutrition" sections at the Body-Mind Nutrition page. About how prayer & invocation work, "... facilitating processes at atomic/molecular levels by re-aligning their structural & therefore magnetic/ionic arrangement ...Repeated 're-training' of our cells..." Chris Pringer 2013

'Questions for Empowerment' over chalice tapestry (sacred geometry-based) background by Chris Pringer
"Questions for Empowerment" over chalice tapestry (sacred geometry-based) background
      "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner - and Detouring 'Burn-out'"   Published July'88 in "The New Times" (Seattle). On title-noted-aspects and related co-dependency and psycho-spiritual dynamics more or less common to therapists, nurses, doctors, and other care-givers. Also differentiates compassion from sympathy, permanent healing facilitation from symptomatic or temporary, responsibilities as related to "the work". An older writing, a compilation of principles and ideals. Also includes prose, "The Price Of Compassion". Added Feb'13: Visual "Affirmation for 'Seeing' & 'Hearing' ", for Clarifying and Clearing over Chalice Garden Multi-Chalice(8) HemiSync[12-3B]... This (page-wide) visual affirmation is based on principles of various therapeutic systems, including Chi Gung, for bringing about greater balance of energies in your system...". Included suggestions for use, with a 2nd graphic, "Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" prose over "PiChal-on Sepia". Added Jul'13: "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?"

      The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page   The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Newly Added/Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including self-help level emotional processing. Page includes "Muscle Q & A" (a kind of overview of the mind-body aspect), "Body Awareness and Communications, as Related to Body-Memory and Integration", "Insight Please", "Cell Talk" - Suggestions on building a healing relationship with ones cells (muscles or otherwise), "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" about adrenal response related to all the above (incl. trauma, long-term conditioning), "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship", and Reviews for articles on Massage, Alternative Therapies, & Pain, incl. "Study: Massages really can make pain go away"; & Sept 2011 Consumer Report; quotes, commentary & charts. [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the phenomenon of body memory: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, body-mind split, mind-body split]

      The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart"   is now (10/10/11) at the Organization Chart page. It compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.

"Integration" in the wholistic or therapeutic sense, implies that the information or skills (whether of the past, the good, the bad, remembered or forgotten) are re-organized and then learned from, in such a healthfully complete or "Integral" way (*Love-Wisdom* in application), that it is understood and used for the highest good. The process involves "Synergy" of many systems, and the word "Transformative" is often used to describe what often happens with the most destructive material - that which has been repressed or denied. (Pertains to my more in-depth work, if/as requested.)

      "Integration" by Krysta Gibson   About Common myths vs realities about psycho-spiritual integration; effective guidance about feelings and memories, 'living in the now', 'releasing' events and people, 'forgiving and forgetting' the past - for living the spiritual life fully and meaningfully. Originally published by Krista Gibson in "The New Times" of Seattle. Through the late 80's & most of the 90's, I always read Krysta's essays if I didn't have time to read anything else, and kept copies of various or her articles handy for my clients to take home with them. Still current...

      "Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment"   (Rev'd & New Sections, 12/27/09) Mind-Body Relationships and *coping mechanisms, *challenges, and *gifts on one's Life Path. This page is about how the body has habitually responded to experience is evidenced by the body's holding and movement patterns. Includes "Notes on Mind-Body Correlations - Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory,* and 'WHAT I DO' " (New 12/27/09). Other sections include excerpts from "Body Memory and ... Learning Life Lessons." About aspects to be discovered, emotionally cleared, and then employed as mental/emotional assets and guidance towards determining and accomplishing life goals. Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: fascia memory, somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.



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