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Road Map To Health – Part Two

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Guy Corneau in Calgary, March 2012

As promised, I am writing to talk more about the workshop I attended following an introductory evening presentation given by Guy Corneau to the Calgary Jungian Society. The workshop was limited to a smaller group because it was an active participation workshop that engaged each of the attendees at some very deep levels, moving all of us in unexpected ways.

Guy talked to us about how healing works. The idea that doctors, medicine and other strategies heal  the body was dispelled and replaced with the truth that “healing comes from within.” What we think, feel, believe, and need are what allows the body to do its work. All the health care modalities are needed in order to create the conditions for the body to heal itself.

We get sick because of the toxins that arise through feelings, need, negative beliefs and feelings as these create dis-ease and dis-equilibrium within. Guy looked at the following as sources of dis-ease:

  • imprints from the past, existential fears
  • wounds of living and the protective measures we enact, dissociating from self and attending to others
  • self-imposed wounds including a lack of space for self
  • society, church, politics, community, culture, economics
  • emerging situations such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.

The idea was then brought forward that we can change our mood, to shift from negative (dis-ease) to positive (self-healing). Guy then had all engage in a Golden Meditation, an exercise in searching in the past for some particular positive (peace, joy, etc.) and allow that feeling to be centre of the meditation, to follow it and hold it. When the meditation was done, we were expected to continue holding that feeling and talk honestly about it with a partner – powerful!

Then there was a shift towards a second activity which looked at relationship in terms of reconciliation/pacification. In terms of others, especially those we hold very close to us, even intimately, Guy said, “you really don’t know the person objectively” one only knows one’s response to the person, one’s projections of self (both positive and negative) upon the person. This second meditation, that of learning to deflate emotion that hurts and gets in the way of healing. I will outline below the flow of this meditation:

  • entering into guided meditation
  • travel with the mind to the heart/soul within
  • invite someone with whom there is a conflict to a circle in front of your soul
  • build a bridge between your soul and this other
  • bring the conflict to presence – what hurt you? – using “I” statements express feelings
  • feel what the conflict has done to you
  • explain to this other what you really felt from your “heart”
  • choose your next step to this person, choose your attitude, your words, your behaviour
  • repeat this as many times as needed until you are “clear” about what will actually happen when you take it from meditation to outer life in order to deflate the conflict and its emotional control that leaves you a victim of that emotion.

There was more, but this will have to wait for another post in a few days. Tomorrow, there is a guest editorial waiting for you. Be well and heal yourself.


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  1. Some good stuff, Robert. Thanks for sharing!


    April 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

    • One more “critical” part to come – the deep healing part. Thanks for the affirmation, Paul. 🙂


      April 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

  2. Dear Robert,
    Thank you for sharing this part two.
    I learned about Cell Consciousness in the sixties, I believe that the researcher was Scandinavian – so what Guy lectures, makes sense to me, and I think it is good that more people become aware of this phenomenon and the elements that are attached to it.
    Of course is not a phenomenon, but unfortunately considered as such in our western society – it “only” (smile) takes to change our way of thinking.
    I hope that your effort will be rewarded and that results will be presented to you.

    Opa Bear

    April 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

    • As a society, we get into trouble, big trouble, when we opt for fundamentalist thinking (and I don’t restrict the use of this word in terms of religion) where everything is seen and understood in “black and white” terms. This “hubris” has cost us so much as a human race. Without denying anything, we could do much better, in my opinion, in being open to something, some knowledge, someway that is beyond the limits of one’s particular tribal beliefs. Thanks as always for adding important words to this dialogue.


      April 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

  3. I worry about this sort of approach, for I have seen the Shadow side of this in both patients and doctors. The patients feel bad about themselves that if they had been better people, more in touch, had done more meditation etc. then they wouldn’t have been sick. And I have seen medical people shaming patients in a sort of ‘if you have taken better spiritual care of yourself you wouldn’t have gotten sick’.


    April 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    • Dr. Urspo – there is a danger and it is wise of you to note this. The danger lies in “either/or” thinking. However, when one approaches the act of healing with an embracing of the best that modern medicine has to offer AND with the best that our historical approaches (regardless of culture) have to offer, an additive approach, then there is a better chance for healing – not a guaranteed result. Adding meditation, acupuncture, herbal medicine, prayer, visualization and positive dietary habits can only enhance the possibilities. There is more, but that more I am leaving for part three 🙂


      April 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

  4. I do consider the mentality of the body as a machine to be injurious to our well-being. The sense of being alive isn’t reducible to the language of machine-talk, of which gives much power to the quick-fix solution of taking a pill.

    The sense of care, as embodied in the self-perservation of the organism via the many dedicated pathways which temporarily prevent thermodynamics to win (!), requires a sense of self for our life to continue.

    Cathy Sander

    April 9, 2012 at 3:45 am

    • The body is more than a machine, it is a holy container of spirit and soul. Thank you, Cathy, for your words here. Happy Easter.


      April 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

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