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Psychotherapeutic possibilities and limits of energetic conflict healing.

Psychotherapeutic techniques have well-known pluses and minuses. The positives include that they promote self-confidence and mental potential; a traditional negative is the phenomenon of resistance, in which the patient tries to avoid acknowledging inappropriate emotions, and to transform them. The question is whether similar phenomena can also be observed in a specific energetic healing procedure, namely Psychosomatic Energetics (PSE). In addition, I'd like to pursue the question as to whether the method opens up new psychotherapeutic avenues; that is, for patients for whom psychotherapy is not an option, and also how the two methods differ.

Resistance as a Psychotherapeutic Remedy

As we know, in psychotherapeutic techniques, conflicts are restaged through transference; that is, the emotion of an old psychic theme is projected onto the analyst. The aim is that the patient learns to behave otherwise and to work through the wrong feelings in order to develop new potential and permit new feelings. For instance, someone might feel disbelieved and belittled by the person whom they're talking to, because in childhood his parents didn't really accept him. Later on, as an adult, this lack of self-confidence comes to light and can be provoked by trifles. However, we know from experience that it's hard for people to realize this. Because feelings have a tendency to defend their own survival, it means that they must always be right: "It feels right and therefore must be right." Understandably, a person will avoid seeing that the problem lies within. The psychoanalytic term for problems that make healing difficult or even impossible is resistance. One can view it as a struggle in which the patient reruns the original trauma. Strictly speaking, this is why psychoanalysts work on activating old psychic traumas, and if the patient can correctly recognize and overcome their illusory aspect, then healing can take place.

Detecting and Healing Conflicts Energetically

Psychosomatic Energetics, a complementary medicine procedure that I developed in the mid-90s to identify and treat emotional conflicts, proceeds in a completely different manner than traditional psychoanalysis. In PSE, the therapist uses homeopathic compound remedies instead of (as in analysis) interpreting the patient's emotional problems and working exclusively on the verbal level. First, an energy test checks--using kinesiology and certain test ampoules--which homeopathic mixture a patient responds to. This mixture contains high-potentiation homeopathic agents corresponding to 28 different emotional themes such as anxiety, helplessness, or rage (see Figure 1). From the homeopathic medication, the therapist learns what is subconsciously driving the patient. If the mixture for suppressed rage responds, then the patient in question has one theme; for a homeopathic complex involving anxiety, then anxiety takes the foreground, and so on.

Although talking does play a role in PSE therapy; that is, when one explains to the patient the nature of the found conflict, the essential therapeutic effects are of a nonverbal nature. By prescribing the appropriate homeopathic complex, psychoenergetic disharmonies corresponding to long-term old emotional traumas are dissolved by means of resonance phenomena. The harmonization of the human energy field in turn triggers healing stimuli--at least for light and moderate cases of psychic dysfunction, which aid in getting the necessary psychic self-healing processes in gear. Empirically, this is sufficient to restore psychic centered ness in 75% of cases. In contrast to psychotherapy, PSE can be viewed as a nonprovoking but instead gentle, dissolving healing method. In short, psychoanalysis and PSE are based on completely different diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, even though both methods deal with subconscious emotional conflicts.

The PSE method is used primarily by nonpsychotherapists, most of whom are naturopathically oriented therapists such as general practitioners (of which I am one). The method helps one ferret out the underlying emotional disease factors in order to effect a cure. However, properly applied in clinical practice, it is more complex and difficult to perform than it might seem based upon the simple testing scheme, so that it needs to be learned in special courses and seminars. As in psychoanalysis, self-therapy is likewise a requirement, although for different reasons, and the personal therapy experience is viewed more as a desirable side effect. The tester's conflicts might be energetically projected onto the patient, thereby skewing the results. Self-therapy can thus be viewed as a form of energetic cleansing, so that one is able to test more objectively thereafter. Unlike psychoanalists, PSE therapists are not trained in special emotional self-awareness--which can in fact be considered to be the true distinguishing mark of psychoanalysis.

PSE distinguishes 28 conflict themes, which I arrived at empirically by means of energetic test procedures. They include very high homeopathic potentiations (LM 6, LM 18, C 200, etc.) that resonate with the patient's subconscious conflicts stored in the body's energy field. Thematically, these represent old psychic injuries having to do with suppressed rage, anxiety, frustration, or low self-esteem. When a particular conflict theme tests out, and the patient is then given a shorthand description of what the test response was, there are empirically three possible patient responses:

* In most cases, the patient confirms the tested-out conflict in question. Experienced psychotherapists who have used both methods in parallel also confirm this and say that one "gets to the point more quickly this way." PSE can thus help to reliably and accurately identify subconscious conflicts.

* Surprisingly, the patient usually has not previously been aware of the conflict in question, but it corresponds with a feeling that he had previously not been able to bring into conscious awareness. There is a parallel here to psychoanalysis, which in a similar manner brings subconscious material up to the conscious level--but with the difference that, in PSE, the process might be a matter of minutes instead of taking months or years.

* The tested conflict often reflects the difficult living conditions afflicting a person. Those having a conflict involving low self-esteem (test ampoule Emvita responds) think that others do not appreciate them properly--which, for instance, is associated with bullying at work. Therefore the inner and the outer correspond in many cases: the subconscious emotional mood and external living conditions. So it is that both PSE and psychotherapy proceed from the assumption that the source of such problems are to be found (largely, if not entirely) within. Patients need to learn, by overcoming subconscious problems, to "recreate" reality in a more livable form. In PSE, this happens through energetic extinguishing of the conflict, in a sense on its own; psychotherapy does it by restaging the old self-esteem feelings from childhood, and overcoming them.

One may conclude that psychoanalysis and PSE essentially share the same diagnostic experience and have similar therapeutic strategies. However, this is only partially correct as represented. Experience has shown that, with PSE, becoming conscious of and then working through the conflict can also encounter a certain degree of resistance. This normally is not a serious problem, and only in the first few weeks, during which certain symptoms are briefly amplified, does it lead to patients' tending to break off therapy. If the therapist is aware of it, this critical phase can be overcome and the patient encouraged to stick it out. By dissolving the prescribed daily dose in a glass of water, the side effects can be reduced to nearly nothing with no loss of effectiveness. Thus, unlike psychotherapy, PSE activates the conflict only negligibly at the beginning of therapy, but even this initial reactivation can be practically avoided with a modified therapy regime.

Possibilities and Limits of PSE Therapy

Considering the scarcity of the resource "psychotherapy," PSE enables considerably more people to undergo psychic transformation. PSE is an affordable and easily applicable alternative to psychotherapy in general practice, gentle yet effective. When one considers that a large part of all diseases and health disorders are emotionally co-caused or psychically based, PSE gets to the deeper causes of ailments and can treat them holistically. As we know, when it comes to psychosomatic ailments, there is a big gap therapeutically wherein mainstream medicine has little to offer aside from tranquilizers and other allopathic agents that often have considerable side effects. In principle, the same applies to alternative medicine. Conventional psychotherapy often has long waiting times or is difficult to access for other reasons. This is where PSE fills an important therapeutic gap as the "psychotherapy with drops."

PSE's big advantage vis-a-vis psychotherapy is that patients who verbalize poorly are out of their league in psychotherapy; also, those who refuse to undergo analysis can still be treated successfully with PSE. This applies above all to children and animals, who respond especially well, possibly because they have not developed the emotional armor that most adults have. In contrast to psychotherapy, PSE usually only needs 2 to 3 one-hour sessions at 4- to 5-month intervals in order to attain positive results--which means significantly reduced time and money expenditure.

The empirical limits to PSE are found in cases of chronic psychic sclerosis (neurosis) that no longer exhibit any tendency toward self-healing. PSE is usually overtaxed by moderate to severe neurotic processes, and in such cases needs the support of psychotherapy. The same applies to psychiatric clinical pictures that cannot be stabilized without recourse to allopathic therapy, for instance in particular with a necessity for antipsychotics. With simultaneous PSE treatment, therapists often get the same beneficial self-healing results as in the milder cases.

As in all psychotherapeutic techniques, there are a few patients who feel that the uncovering of subconscious negative feelings during PSE testing is uncomfortable and undesirable, such that they discontinue the therapy. In cases where I suspect this kind of negative attitude to any kind of self-exploration, I initially don't talk about feelings at all, instead calling them "energetic blocks." Sometimes these patients open up mentally during the course of therapy, and one then sees good therapeutic results. Ultimately, though, anyone who is unwilling to undergo transformation, for whatever reason, cannot be helped by PSE.


In most cases at a general clinical practice, PSE is all that is needed to offer most patients effective and affordable basic psychotherapy. Unlike conventional psychotherapy, PSE is simple and cost-effective, as well as taking up little time. PSE shows results such as one normally sees with psychotherapy: enhanced self-esteem, emotional balance (resilience), and improved perception of one's own sensitivity, as well as the ability not only to know better one's own needs and desires, but also to realize them. Still, PSE comes up against its limits in cases of moderate to severe neurotic and psychiatric clinical pictures--but can nevertheless even in these cases provide valuable support.


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by Dr. Reimar Banis

Reimar Banis, MD, ND, doctor (general practitioner), researcher, and author. Dr. Banis has been a naturopath since 1975 and an MD with PhD (Dr. med.) since 1985. US MD certification through ECFMG, 1984. He invented Psychosomatic Energetics in 1998.

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