We continue our journey into the third jurisdiction of Heilkunst (“Therapeutic Education”), with another key consideration : the level of health of the practitioner. As I’ve mentioned in a recent blog, there’s a unique aspect to Heilkunst, in that the patient needs to be “qualified” on order to begin any level of treatment — a sufficient degree of attention paid to their Regimen is required before much work can be effectively done with Medicine, for example.
Likewise, on the other side of this, is another unique aspect of Heilkunst, which is that the practitioner will be limited as to how far they can help their patients attain progressive stages of healing, based on how far the practitioner has gone themselves with their own healing. The outer forms or techniques of Heilkunst may provide a starting point for the basics (rules of healthy regimen, for example), but the further up the chain of treatment one goes, the more critical it is to have a guide who has “already been there”, whether literally, or within an activated, living imagination.
“Ordinary” imagination can not serve this purpose, but through a progressive healing process, a living imagination is full of real living energy, and is able to deeply participate the journey of another, and truly know how to help them move to the next stage of their healing. Even if the practitioner has not literally lived through the same experience that the patient is going through, they can potentially come to a complete understanding of it from the inside out (deeply participating the patient), rather than from the usual mode of observing from the outside in (passive onlooker).
On the flip side of this equation, the areas which the practitioner has not yet consciously addressed within themselves will be major blind spots in terms of being able to help a patient who has those same issues. Any remaining issue where the practitioner engages an aspect of life “conditionally”, will prevent them from seeing that their patient suffers the same blockage. An inner condition, for example, that “everything is OK as long as no one is getting angry at me” is not ultimately part of a state of complete health, and the practitioner who lives unconsciously through this condition will not be able to see the same in their patient, and therefore will not be able to help them through it.
This is the reason why Heilkünstlers are not only required to complete through a certain phase of their own treatment before graduating, but that they must also commit to continuing their treatment on an ongoing basis as part of their membership in the professional association, the CIHA (“Canadian and International Heilkunst Association”). Heilkunst is the opposite of a mechanical approach to medicine, and its full application requires highly trained and treated practitioners who are both artists and scientists, rather than mere technicians.
- Three Streams of Remediation Within Heilkunst : Therapeutic Education (part three)
- Three Streams of Remediation Within Heilkunst : Therapeutic Education (part five)