The best answer I’ve ever found to this question is the word ‘Po’, coined by Edward DeBono, a modern non-Aristotelian logician.
‘Po’ means neither yes nor no. It means you are neither for nor against either possibility. It means moving beyond the no of logic (that leads you to the right answer), and the yes of belief systems (that make you feel you have the right answer).
‘Po’ positions you in the space surrounding either yes or no as the right answer.
‘Po’ deposits you at the home address of true creativity; that point of power where two opposites meet and merge into a new whole, a new insight, or a new guideline.
What Does This Have To Do With Healing?
Well, here’s the thing. The safest position to take on this question is ‘Po’. Let’s take a look at why I say this.
On the one hand, it sure looks like healers heal others when healing is defined as taking away pain and suffering. If it’s physical pain, the release can be accomplished many ways: an aspirin, acupuncture, surgery, repairing broken links between organs, systems and the brain, and many more.
If it’s emotional pain, reducing that emotional challenge is definitely do-able with the newest Energy Psychology techniques such as Callahan Tapping, EFT, TFT, TAT and many others. You can rearrange the configuration of images, sound, and feeling that create the emotion via techniques from NLP or hypnosis in deep or waking trance. And of course, there’s the age old technique of simply giving someone a hug or just reaching out and gently taking their hand.
If it’s mental pain, releasing fixed points of view that hamper perceptual flexibility can be accomplished by challenging presuppositions, introducing new models of meaning and purpose, or a simple re-education of how things actually work, like relationships or the fact that consequences are the other side of the coin of accountability.
So clearly healers can release pain in a variety of ways. Yet, here’s where a much more important question emerges; a question far more important for you as the healer than for the one being healed.
Who Is Doing The Healing?
When you say it is you, you will find yourself caught in many heart wrenching challenges that must inevitably follow. When you say it is the other, you deny your role in the healing process.
When you say ‘Po’, you place yourself in the role of a facilitator helping others to learn what is theirs to learn so they can help themselves heal.
The advantages to saying ‘Po’ are:
• Protection from inadvertently puffing up your ego
• Empowering the client to learn that all that they need to heal rests within themselves
Be it through the innate healing powers of the body, the developing emotional intelligence, wisdom emerging from higher consciousness and compassion, or insights and transformations arising from the soul, rest assured healing comes from somewhere other than the healer’s power, wisdom, or insight—even though it may require your presence to arrive.
‘Po’ protects you, honors your role in the healing process, AND honors the healing powers that rest within the physical, emotional and mental bodies, as well as those available via soul.
Check out your own attitude and beliefs around this important question. Claiming you’re a healer may be perfectly right for you at this stage of your journey.
Or, it may be time to reassess the degree of truthfulness in this claim in light of your higher spiritual awakenings—even if you feel you’re a channel for healing.
What do you think? Is ‘Po’ a great answer to the question? Please leave your thoughts and comments below. I’d love to hear them.
May your day be filled with patience, love, and presence.
P.S. Here’s some more information on ‘Po’
- For a more mystical discourse on the power of ‘Po’ by the modern mystic Osho, click here → Encountering The Unconscious
- For more on Edward DeBono, click here → The Edward DeBono: Po – Beyond Yes and No
- For information on his programs, click here → Edward DeBono Institute – University of Malta