2. What is CranioSacral Therapy?
“Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on manipulation of a physiological body system called the cranio-sacral system. This system is comprised of the soft tissue and bones of the cranium (or head), the spine and the pelvis. Massage therapists that perform cranio-sacral therapy also target the membranes and cerebrospinal fluids that surround and cushion the brain and spinal cord from injury during a therapy session. Their touch is equivalent to the weight of a nickel. The theory behind cranio-sacral therapy is that when blockages occur in spinal fluid, an unharmonious balance in the body can occur, resulting in muscle and joint strain, emotional disturbances and the improper operation of the body’s organs and central nervous system. Practitioners believe that until the spinal fluid is naturally allowed to move freely around the body, the central nervous system and the bodies other major organs and muscles will be put off balance and put at risk of sickness and injury.” http://www.massagetherapy101.com/massage-techniques/cranio-sacral-therapy.aspx
How it actually works can be difficult to ascertain. Here is why: “Because, as part of Dr Upledger’s vision, he chose to teach these therapeutic techniques widely to people of all backgrounds, he chose NOT to label the greater forces at work in this process, but rather to let people draw their own conclusions as to the involvement of more numinous causes in the movement of CSF. He does not believe, however, that understanding the mechanics of the fluid flow and doing research that supports this, rules out the presence of God or Spirit or Chi/Qi, or a Breath of Life as a deeper cause.
Upledger CranioSacral Therapy involves a great many subtle structural techniques, but also, when indicated, Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue. It is one of Dr. Upledger’s major contributions to the field of cranial therapies that he developed a process called SomatoEmotional Release® whereby the patient and therapist can engage together directly with the inner wisdom of the patient and access knowledge about the patient’s situation that may not be conscious to the patient. Thus many hidden dynamics and causes may be explored and resolved, thereby facilitating the healing of many challenging and mysterious problems.” http://www.larsonwellbeing.com/upledger-craniosacral-therapy/
Dr. Upledger was careful not to label the greater forces at work in the CST process for good reason. He wanted to reach a broader audience and have it accepted by all. To a large degree, he has been quite successful. His techniques of Therapeutic Imagery & Dialogue, and SomatoEmotional Release, are very important to study and understand because they shed additional light on the whole process. They will be explored more fully later in this document.
3. Is there Historical Acceptance?
The Historical Acceptance of Cranial Motion.
“Although most Western countries did not recognize cranial motion, this possibility was not new to other cultures. There are various Oriental systems of medicine such as acupuncture and Ayurveda, which have long appreciated the subtle movements, which occur throughout the body, caused by the flow of vital force or life-energy. This has also been traditionally taught in Russian physiology. Interestingly, anatomists in Italy in the early 1900s were already teaching that adult cranial sutures do not fully fuse, but continue to permit small degrees of motion throughout life.”
“Cranial manipulation has been practiced in India for centuries, and was also developed by the ancient Egyptians and members of the Paracus culture in Peru (2000 BC to 200 AD). Furthermore, in the 18th century, the philosopher and scientist Emmanuel Swedenborg described a rhythmic motion of the brain, stating that it moves with regular cycles of expansion and contraction.” http://www.craniosacraltherapy.org/History_02.htm
As a side note, Emmanuel Swedenborg was a Theosophist, mystic, and known for his occultist writings. But for now, please understand that CST is a form of “energetic medicine,” which is clearly identified all over the Internet. The following website says this about energetic medicine: “Born out of the awareness that the study of quantum physics has given us about the reality of energy as a force in the universe, energetic (or vibrational) medicine “attempts to influence” the fields of energy that have been determined to exist and measured around and through our bodies… http://www.nwhealth.edu/healthyU/liveNaturally/emed.html
4. How is CranioSacral Therapy best explained?
From the foreword in his book: “CranioSacral Therapy” by John E. Upledger DO, which would have been endorsed by Upledger himself:
a. Page xi of the Foreword, third paragraph:
“From the practice of palpation in craniosacral therapy there is emerging an “energy therapy,” for want of a better name, the rationale for which cannot be developed or elucidated by reference to anatomic and neurophysiologic texts. In studying the references in this book to the “V-spread” technique, I am especially struck by the many parallels between the sensings and manipulations in Upledger’s “direction of energy” and the sensings and manipulations of “body electricity” in yogic theory and practice, both in yogic intervention and in yogic self-regulation. It is not surprising, therefore, that this “direction of energy” technique and some of the visualization methods for self-regulation should find common ground. At present, these therapeutic modalities have a number of physiologic correlates that remain without satisfactory explanation if we do not hypothesize the existence of a kind of “body electricity” that can be “transferred” from therapist to patient (in the “V-spread” technique) or can be self-manipulated by a patient trained in visualization therapy, one of the self-regulation methods of psychophysiologic therapy.”
This statement says that the author of the foreword to Upledger’s training book was “especially struck” by the many parallels between Upledger’s techniques and those found in Yogic theory and practice. It talks about the V-spread technique, also known as “Direction of Energy,” which is explained by Upledger in his article: Direction of Energy, found in Massage Today, Sept 2004, Vol 04, Issue 09, “as intending or imagining energy passing from one of your hands to the other through a part of a client’s body.”
The above statement in the foreword says it is not surprising that direction of energy finds common ground with “self-regulation” (hypnosis). It says that a kind of “body electricity” is being transferred from therapist to patient. SDAs are warned to stay away from anyone attributing his or her healing power to electricity. *See EGW, Signs of the Times, March 24, 1887
b. On page xii of the forward, at about the 4th paragraph.
“But the “V-spread” technique does work with babies and dogs. It is clearly intervention. Self-regulation may handle the same energy in a different way, but in both cases we find it useful to hypothesize the existence of a non-neurological and non-classical “body electricity” to account for results”. (This is an interesting point. It is clearly identifying the body electricity we’re talking about exists outside known physics.)
c. On the next page, xiii, in the first paragraph:
“The theory that best accounts for Upledger’s facts is, in my estimation, this theory from classic yoga. It is consistent with the data of modern visualization therapy and self-regulation, hypnosis, healing by therapeutic touch (the laying on of hands), t’ai chi (the “energy” dance of China), the martial arts (kung fu, karate, Judo, akido), acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, Philippine psychic surgery (in certain cases), traditional East Indian medicine (Ayurvedic medicine) and traditional American Indian medicine. In addition, the theoretical “body electricity” has characteristics similar to those of the “vital physical body” of Aurobindo (which the “dense physical body” is said to servily obey), and is similar to the “auric body” of psychics, reported much these days in “out of body” and “near death” experiences.”
These things do not reference God in any way! In fact, they are quite the opposite, yet are all part of the theory that best accounts for Upledger’s CST and how it works, written in the forward to his own book.
d. On the last page of the foreword, xiv, third paragraph:
“But to this observer and experiencer, and seeker after rationales, Upledger and other therapists who are working in the many-leveled domain of mind-body are finding refreshing facts that support the idea of unity in medicine and yoga, body and mind, conscious and unconscious.”
5. How does the mind-body connection work in CST?
Michael Braunstein, a certified hypnotherapist and instructor at the UCLA Extension University for 11 years says the following in his article titled “Cranio-sacral therapy – Catch a wave!”:
“The scope of application expands through the use of the somato-emotional mind/body connection,” Siracusano continued. “The process used by the practitioner is a very light touching with the hands to the skull, only about 5 to 10 grams’ pressure.”
But this touch actually contacts the central nervous system because of a fact of anatomy. “The skin tissue develops from the same embryonic cells as the central nervous system(CNS.) Therefore the therapist is in communication directly with the CNS and there [can be] a kind of ‘touch-induced therapeutic trance.'”
This means a lot of things. For one, the therapist is in direct communication with the client on a deeper level. “Some therapists can intuitively pick up on any sort of feedback from the client and hone in on different systems of the body [that may have a problem],” he said.
There’s something else, too. The mind/body connection often results in somato-emotional release. Emotional memory can be triggered and that can become part of the release therapy as well. “This is called ‘unwinding’,” Siracusano explained.” http://www.heartlandhealing.com/pagesarchive/cranio_sacral_therapy/
6. What is SomatoEmotional Release?
SomatoEmotional Release is a therapeutic process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma and associated negative responses. Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni discovered the body often retains physical forces as the result of accident, injury, or emotional trauma. Following trauma, the body isolates the “energy cyst.” Students in SomatoEmotional Release learn how to help the client physically identify and expel the energy cyst through re-experiencing and resolving unpleasant incidents. http://www.massagetherapy.com/glossary/index.php
The body stores emotional energy such as sadness, fear, anger, in physical ways. When it becomes trapped or blocked in the body, disease results. Through C-S manipulation and supportive contact with the client, the practitioner can facilitate the release of that blocked emotional energy and dramatic results are possible.” http://www.heartlandhealing.com/pages/archive/cranio_sacral_therapy/
“Tissue memory is one of the important concepts in somato-emotional release. Muscle tissues and cells can store memories that are related to our traumatic experiences. When a particular muscle group is injured during an accident, a memory of that experience is formed in the affected tissue. This usually means that a small, unconscious contraction has formed in the muscle as a protective reminder of the painful experience. If the tissue memory is not appropriately released then the contraction will remain in the muscle as the injury heals, leading to future pain.”
“The therapist uses the craniosacral technique to engage the muscle contraction in order to evoke the memory associated with the initial trauma. Then the patient can become aware of the memory and deal with it appropriately. Once the release has occurred, the unconscious contraction of the muscle will disappear and the muscle pain will begin to heal.” http://www.massagetherapy101.com/massagetechniques/somato-release.aspx
Is this a proven physiologic fact? Do tissues and cells really store physical & emotional traumas as energy cysts that reside in the body indefinitely, needing to be released? Should we need to re-experience unpleasant events and trauma in our life, so that our tissue memory can release it, or is this a human approach to what God can do for us through faith, trust, forgiveness, and restoration?
On the back cover of Dr. Upledger’s book “Cell Talk,” Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D. and Don Ash, P.T., CST-D say the following: “Dr. Upledger has proposed a new paradigm for understanding the link between our minds and bodies. That connecting link is actual communication between the intellect and body organs, cells, and molecules.” “Can we blend trust, and listen to the inner wisdom of our body cells and learn how to better care for our ‘celves’? Yes, we can.”
This is basically saying that your cells, body organs, and molecules have a consciousness that a CST practitioner can communicate with. It promotes the idea that man can have dominion over his body for healing. It promotes a pantheistic idea. The idea that God is within you in this way — that there is an inner wisdom, inner physician, or innate intelligence residing within that can be accessed — are all forms of pantheism and are based on a non-biblical, energetic, and occult view of healing energy.
7. Let’s Define Pantheism…
In an article titled “The New Age Movement & SDAs,” prepared by the Biblical Research Institute General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, July 1987 you find the following statement:
“Pantheism once knocked on the Adventist door through the teachings and influence of Dr. J.H. Kellogg, superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, as well as others. We believe it is knocking again today in more insidious ways. Whereas Kellogg emphasized that: “God” was in everything (flower, tree) and in people (cf, the title of his book, The Living Temple), the modern emphasis is on a universal ‘consciousness’ (cf, Hindu, ‘world soul’; Christian Science, ‘divine mind’) or ‘energy’ as the true reality that undergirds all nature and which may be manipulated. There is a subjective emphasis on activating a person’s ‘higher powers’ as the source for insight and healing rather than looking to an external, transcendent God and to objective guidelines that exist outside oneself.”
Deepak Chopra, M.D., (well-known physician from India, author or more than 30 books, T.V. & radio celebrity, leader in the Transcendental Meditation movement, and avid lecturer) — is known for his paradigm called Quantum Healing and his philosophy of wellness that integrates the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic Medicine with Western Medicine. He states in his “10 Keys to Happiness” under Key #8:
“…the health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well-being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.”
When Upledger’s paradigm teaches that “we can listen to the inner wisdom of our body cells,” and “tissue has memory,” and Deepak Chopra says: “every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you, ”they are both talking about the same thing: the innate consciousness or wisdom of our cells. In the Table of Contents to Upledger’s book “Cell Talk,” you find Chapter 1 covering “Consciousness.” The subtitles within this chapter are: “Altered States, Consciousness: Molecular to Cosmic, The Energy of Consciousness, Dolphins and Consciousness, Psychics and Consciousness, etc.” These things are directly inline with pantheism and in direct opposition to biblical teaching and principles.
Deepak Chopra is a pantheist. He believes that we are connected with everything in the universe; that the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body; that our body is a source of information and energy.” http://www.intouchmag.com/chopra.html Does this view differ from John Upledger’s? Do we have spiritual safety in treading on this ground? What other things are fundamental parts of Upledger’s CST?
8. What is “Intention,” a fundamental element of Upledger’s CST? See what John Upledger says below:
“The longer I practice as a therapeutic facilitator, the more I realize the power of intention. To this day, the kind of intention I use most often in my work is the simple intention to support whatever the client’s “inner wisdom” wants to do at any given moment.
My first intention in a session, therefore, is to let the client know that whatever he or she wants to do is OK with me. I transmit this message non-verbally through my initial touch. On the outside we may be talking about many different things. Small talk is a wonderful distraction; it helps the body get past the mind’s defenses. Yet while our voices may be saying one thing, our touch may be communicating something entirely different. This is called inducing “stillness,” a fundamental part of beginning a CST session, which puts the client in the alpha state.
As the integration between conscious and subconscious awareness within the client progresses, I may very gently and with great sensitivity begin to verbalize what our touch has been communicating since the session began. Here’s what that means in practical terms:
When I first put my hands on a client, I silently say: “If you want to do CranioSacral Therapy, that’s what we’ll do. Show me where to begin…If you have a pressing issue with an energy cyst, that’s okay. We’ll do that. Show me where you would like me to be.”
“If SomatoEmotional Release is what you want to do, just start and I’ll be with you. Go ahead and image all you want; please share those images with me. Perhaps I can help you understand what they are trying to tell you.
“We’ll dialogue anytime you want to. Just let me know when you’re ready. Whatever you think is the best way to come to resolution of this problem is OK with me. Let’s do it.” It’s wonderful to see how the client’s body begins to respond to this offering of help. I don’t have to say a word until his or her body tells me to start talking.” http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13198
It should be mentioned here that the strange “discussion or dialogue” going on above is actually communication with the body’s “inner physician,” which is the term Dr. Upledger created to describe the source of this innate wisdom. This process and access to the inner physician is a foundational principle of CST. Verbal, and/or nonverbal dialogue is what guides the CST session. Upledger’s statement above: “Go ahead and image all you want;” is referring to a non-verbal CST session that is using [mental] guided imagery for the session. The practitioner receives these images in their mind, which guides the CST session. More will be shared on this, later.
In the paragraph above, Dr. Upledger mentions the power of “Intention.” This word is not used casually. It is pregnant with meaning. It is referring to a concept used in 1899 by magnetic healers. Magnetic healers used hypnotism in their healing sessions. Here are some excerpts from the book “Early American Manual Therapy, The Practical Magnetic Healer by G.M. Brown, 1899”:
“In giving a description of the different manipulations, the author makes no claims as to their specific value as a therapeutic, but simply states that they were used as a means of transit, conveying the suggestion to the forces within the patient, which it is claimed, brings the patient back to health.”
“A word about “INTENTION.” Intention is always the first thing that is done in the direction of your patient. You must first intend before you will ever do anything….
Webster says: “Intention” is a design, purpose, the fixed direction of the mind to a particular object, or a determination to act in a particular manner. It is my intention to cure my patient. You should also try to inspire your patient with an intention on his part to get well. You will soon observe a change in the condition of your patient, which of course you must point out to him when he will recognize the improvements and he is then convalescing.”
“All suggestions are applied for the purpose of bringing into action the necessary forces in each and every organ of the body where an abnormal condition exists. Any inharmonious condition or inactivity of any organ creates a disturbance, and directly or indirectly influences the functions of some or all of the other organs in a greater or less degree.”
“Spoken words are verbal suggestions. A thought of health for your patient, formulated in the mind and directed to the patient’s mind is a mental suggestion, or a transference of thought to your patient. In cultivating and developing the capacity to hold at will long or short periods of mental abstraction to accumulate thought force, you are ever building and increasing in power and volume the unseen element, which is being sent out from your mind and directed to your patient’s or any other person’s mind far or near, and thereby effect results favorable to the concentrated intention directed. This same power can be directed to one’s self with the same force and effect corresponding with your intention.”
All suggestions, whether they be conveyed by thoughts, words or deeds, in order to obtain the best results, the patient should be gotten into a passive attitude, or a receptive condition of mind, such being the requirements that the suggestion may be effective and permanent, and the results will be in strict accord with the primary thought, thus establishing the fact that the operator and patient were in direct communication, and in perfect rapport.
Suggestion, as defined in the magnetic treatment, is based firmly upon intention. Whatever is done must be preceded by an intention. Place your hot hands upon the body in the region of the afflicted part, exercising a steady intention to relieve him of his suffering.
The above magnetic healer treatment is very similar to Upledger’s “Compassionate Touch” program, which is simple “direction of energy techniques” that he promotes and encourages children to employ. For example, he teaches children that placing your hands on someones knee or ankle and exercising intention [direction of energy technique] can heal their injury.
While the magnetic healer’s description of intention given above is not CranioSacral therapy, does one see the similarities? The use of intention, the idea that the forces within the patient will bring them back to health, and the necessity of establishing rapport between the patient and the practitioner for it to work? The concept that suggestions, whether conveyed by thoughts, words, or deeds — are mental suggestions that are transferred to your patient —is what hypnotism and neurolinguistic programming teach. Ellen White warned to stay away from “magnetic healers.” This is a forbidden healing art. Is it clear that their method for healing has similarities to the intention used in CST? Is CST really God’s method of healing that has been stolen by Satan and then reclaimed by Christians, as some have said, or is it a deceptive, age-old practice that has just been repackaged to appeal to the masses?
9. Does CST involve Hypnosis?
John Upledger says in his book “CranioSacral Therapy: Touchstone to Natural Healing” on page 106:
“When you are inducing still points in a friend or loved one, they get very relaxed. They get into an alpha state. This is the ideal time to very respectfully invite the Inner Physician to come forward and get acquainted.”
(Upledger’s emphasis supplied)
“The “alpha state” is the brain wave state where your conscious mind is less dominant and the subconscious mind is coming to the forefront. Alpha state is where your brain waves would register as when you go into a light trance (light hypnotic state). The subconscious mind does not register the difference between imaginary reality and physical reality.” http://www.alivehypnosis.com/brain-waves.htm
Upledger’s own statement adds further support o the fact that some level of hypnosis is required during CranioSacral Therapy. The foreword to Upledger’s book “Craniosacral Therapy” on page xiii, validates this as well, as outlined earlier.
We are counseled to: “Cut away from yourselves everything that savors of hypnotism, the science by which satanic agencies work.” 2SM 350
10. What is the non-verbal dialogue and imagery that Upledger’s program teaches & its practitioners utilize?
The article by Stan Gerome, an instructor at the Upledger Institute, titled: Dialogue, Imagery, CranioSacral Therapy, and Synchronicity explains:
“Synchronicity — experiential coincidences with meaning — abound in the use of Imagery, Dialogue and CranioSacral Therapy…Carl Jung, eminent 20th century psychiatrist, and Wolfgang Pauli, Nobel prize winner in physics (1945), were two men who realized the importance of this concept… Together Jung and Pauli recognized synchronicity as being a level of reality where matter and mind are undifferentiated.”
“What is happening when we employ Imagery, Dialogue and CranioSacral Therapy?
We seem to be entering a level of consciousness where physical and psychic reality meet… Jung called this transformative experience a “synchronicity,” a change in the psyche that produces a change in physical reality… It appears that the flow of image is a way for nonconscious information to emerge into consciousness. An open dialogue with these images (finding out what they need and what they want to bring to us) can induce incredible change — a psychophysical restructuring.”
“What practical purpose does all this have?
Imagine a client, John, goes to a CranioSacral Therapist for treatment of back pain. Using the arcing technique, a way of finding active lesions in the body, the therapist finds a spot at T-6. He asks if an image wants to come forward from that spot. John says, “Yes, I see a stone.” Does this stone have a color? “Yes, it’s black.” Does this black stone have a shape? “Um, it looks pretty round.” How big does this black, round stone look? “It looks to be about an inch in diameter.” Does this black, round one-inch stone have a name? There’s a quieting in the session and John softly says, “Grief.” The image has now been “personified.” It has shown us its size, shape, texture, and even given its name. The image now has all the elements that something in material existence has, even a life of its own.
The therapist then asks permission to speak to Grief directly. Grief says, “Yes, that would be OK” Grief, how long have you been in John’s body? “A long, long, time.” How did you get in there? “John put me here.” Does John know he put you there? “I don’t think so, but I tried telling him.” How did you try telling him? “By making him uncomfortable at first, then turning into pain.” John knows you’re there now. Grief, do you have a reason for being there that you would be willing to share with us? “Yes, I’ve protected him for a long time from events in his life that he couldn’t acknowledge at the time.” How does it feel to have John acknowledge you now? “It feels good.” What would you like to happen next? “I’d like to be free.” What would you need in order to be free? “I need for John to feel me as grief.”
Turning the dialogue back to John we ask him if it’s O.K. to feel grief. John says yes. As he gives permission, he begins to see a series of unpleasant events that caused him a great deal of emotional pain in his past. With these memories come a corresponding softening of tissues at T-6, as well as sighs and tears.
This softening of tissues is the dissolving of an energy cyst, a place where energy is stuck in the body.4 As the tissue relaxes, John’s back pain also releases. The result is very synchronistic. Through the acknowledgment of his grief John has allowed a change in the energy of his psyche, which also altered his physicality.
We then ask Grief if there is anything else he needs right now. Grief says no. Asking John if he needs anything, John says, “I’m grateful for the information Grief showed me.” They thank each other and the session closes.”
Stan Gerome, above, credits Carl Jung with the concept of “synchronicity.” Carl Jung founded analytic psychology and worked with the conscious and unconscious of a person. He is quoted as saying: “For years, ever since it was published, the…Tibetan Book of the Dead has been my constant companion, and I owe to it not only many stimulating ideas and discoveries, but also many fundamental insights.” In CranioSacral Therapy, the author [and Upledger Instructor] stated above believes the concept of “sychronicity” is at work during CST.”
In the above scenario, Stan Gerome is providing a hypothetical example of how imagery and dialogue works in CranioSacral therapy as a representation of an actual session. The therapist is non-verbally asking the body/inner wisdom/inner physician questions and is receiving answers. Does God speak through our bodies this way, or is this communication with an entity? I personally called the Upledger Institute and spoke with one of their CST practitioners. I asked her about therapeutic imagery and dialogue. She stated to me that:
“at the beginning levels of CST, you are taught how to“listen” to the body through your hands. As you become more advanced, you get better at the verbal and non-verbal dialogue with the body. By the time you’ve done it for a number of years, you are VERY skilled at therapeutic imagery and dialogue.”
This is non-verbal dialogue. Who or what are they really communicating with? From where is the craniosacral rhythm and mental images emanating? These elements of imagery and dialogue are a foundational part of how CST works, ALL practitioners utilize it. It is fundamental to the practice of CST.
11. What does Upledger teach about Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue and SomatoEmotional Release?
If you go to Upledger’s course descriptions and look up CranioSacral Therapy / SomatoEmotional Release (SER) – Therapeutic Imagery & Dialogue, you find that:
“the technique of Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue uses the cranial rhythm and soft touch of CST and interweaves concepts of Jung, Perls, and Assagioli.” http://www.iahe.com/controller/IaheCourseDisplay?id=10004&courseCode=TIDI
You also find that: “SER is a therapeutic process that expands on the principles of CST to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. Joint research efforts by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains…physical forces…the dysfunctional area is isolated, creating what is called an ‘energy cyst’.” http://www.iahe.com/controller/IaheCurriculumDisplay?curriculumCode=CST
When you look up the course SomatoEmotional Release II, it bullet points one of the course highlights as:
“Explore the integration of psychosynthesis, Gestalt and Jungian psychologies within the SER process.” http://www.iahe.com/controller/CourseInstanceDisplaySpecific?semCode=114070
Therapeutic Imagery & Dialogue is a fundamental element of both the SER process and basic CranioSacral Therapy. A CST practitioner simply cannot engage in a craniosacral therapy without imagery and dialogue. Verbal and non-verbal dialogue, and therapeutic imagery strategies taught & reinforced in many of Upledger’s classes, including the first level training for CST and the other’s mentioned below:
- CranioSacral Therapy Level I
- CranioSacral Therapy Level II
- CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics
- Clinical Application of Advanced CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics
- SomatoEmotional Release Level I
- SomatoEmotional Release Level II
- The Brain Speaks
SEE integrates Assagioli (psychosynthesis), Perls (Gestalt), and Jung’s (Synchronicity) psychologies into its process. These are very non-biblical approaches tied to hypnosis techniques and the occult.
12. Who are the people behind the psychologies integrated within the SER process?
A. Carl Jung was a known theosophist and spiritualist who kept the Tibetan Book of the Dead as his constant companion, as mentioned previously in this document. He was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology and who taught that modern humans rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of the unconscious realm.
B. Fritz Perls coined the term “Gestalt Therapy”. He was a doctor who gravitated to psychiatry and the work of Freud and the early Wilhelm Reich. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Perls
–Perls is considered one of the Neurolinguistic Programming Predecessors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Neuro-Linguistic_Programming_predecessors
–“Gestalt has been one of the fields which has donated the most techniques to modern hypnotherapy” http://www.tranceworks.com/psych.htm
–“In its own way, Gestalt Therapy as practiced by Fritz Perls and those who carried on his work employs a form of hypnosis on its patients.” http://www.primaltherapy.com/GrandDelusions/GD12.htm
C. Roberto Assagioli was also a student of Freud. Assagioli was a theosophist and is known in the book “Discipleship in the New Age, by Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul” by the initials F.C.D. standing for “Freedom from Ties, Chelaship, and Detachment.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Assagioli
–Assagioli laid the groundwork for “psychosynthesis,” which stresses the need of communion with “Higher” or “Transpersonal Self”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosynthesis
So, you have three people who were known theosophists and/or spiritualists, and one whose therapies are recognized as having donated: “the most techniques to modern hypnotherapy,” and who is considered a predecessor to Neurolinguistic Programming [Perls]. These are the people whose concepts are integrated in Upledger’s SER technique. Their psychologies are integral to the SER process. Can their concepts be used in a Christian context? Can you take known spiritualists and their teachings and utilize them in a Christian way?
13. Let’s Explore Theosophy
Theosophy is a System of philosophy and religious thought. Theosophy is based on claims of a mystic insight. Madame Elena Petrona Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in the United States in 1875. Hindu and Buddhist thoughts and doctrines have become prominent in Theosophy, with characteristic belief in reincarnation in accordance with the Hindu doctrine of Karma. http://www.meta-religion.com/Esoterism/Theosophy/theosophy.htm
The Wikipedia on-line encyclopedia says that much of Theosophical thought springs from esoteric Buddhism.
–“The word (theosophy) was revived in the nineteenth century by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky to designate her religious philosophy which holds that all religions are attempts by humanity to approach the absolute, and that each religion therefore has a portion of the truth.”
— “Theosophists hold that everything, living or not, is put together from basic building blocks evolving towards consciousness.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy
Ellen White plainly called Theosophy “Spiritualism” and warned us not to have the least connection with it.
14. The Concept of the Innate / Innate Intelligence / Inner Physician / Inner Wisdom / Natural Bodily Intelligence / Sutherland’s basic Intelligence:
Similar to “Intention,” this concept is not new. As shown earlier in this document, CST accepts the concept of an Innate intelligence within the body. In an article titled: “CranioSacral Therapy” by Rosemary Boon, with Learning Discoveries Psychological Services, http://home.iprimus.com.au/rboon/CranioSacralTherapy.htm she explains it very well:
“Craniosacral Therapy is a subtle and profound healing form, which aids the natural bodily intelligence (both the central and the autonomic nervous systems)…” “For more information on cerebrospinal fluid and its role in the body, please see the article “The Relationship Between Vital Energy and the Human Brain and Nervous System”.
“CranioSacral facilitators recognize health as an active principle, and that it is a natural expression of Life – an innate ordering force.”
(Rosemary’s emphasis supplied)
“The rhythmic cerebrospinal fluid movement is generated in the central axis of the body, to which all the other bones and the organ systems relate. This motion, therefore, is transferred to and taken up by the more peripheral bones of the body, the connective tissue and all the organs. Hence, the motion becomes a whole body motion.”
Is this concept medically sound and scientifically proven, or energetically based?
The acknowledgement of the “Innate” originated from the founders of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer and his son, B.J. Palmer. They were well known spiritualists, worked as mesmerists, and shared a metaphysical bent. The origins of Chiropractic is not meant to be discussed in this document. I only want to address how they developed the idea of Innate Intelligence. D.D.Palmer, founder of Chiropractic, had a famous debate with A.T. Still, founder of Osteopathy, who is the man William G. Sutherland studied under. This debate occurred at a spiritualist’s campmeeting in Iowa, which they both were attending. At this meeting, A.T. Still accused D.D. Palmer of stealing his work and labeling it ‘chiropractic’.” It is interesting to find that A.T. Still, a spiritualist, felt Palmer took his work and labeled it chiropractic. The web link to this debate is as follows: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3987/is_200301/ai_n9181976
D.D. Palmer, B.J. Palmer, and “Innate Intelligence”. Who were the Palmer’s?
B.J. Palmer was the son of D.D. Palmer. “Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, a grocer with an intense interest in metaphysics. Prior to his “discovery” of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer was a magnetic healer. He also had interests in phrenology (diagnosing disease based on the bumps of the skull) and spiritualism.” “D.D. Palmer’s son, B.J. Palmer, became involved in the chiropractic movement early on, during the formative years. BJ. shared his father’s metaphysical bent (prior to chiropractic, he worked with a mesmerist and worked in the circus)…” http://www.theness.com/articles.asp?id=4
“Daniel David Palmer (1845-1914) originated the philosophy of chiropractic (Peterson & Weise, 1995). The philosophy was an attempt to explain the healing associated with the chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic started when Palmer adjusted the vertebra of Harvey Lillard in 1895, which restored Lillard’s hearing. Palmer had been a magnetic healer prior to (delivering) this adjustment. Magnetic healing grew out of the teachings of Mesmer (1734-1825). Mesmer’s system of magnetic healing was a precursor to mental healing and hypnosis (Fuller, 1989). Palmer was also well read in the Spiritualist tradition (Beck, 1991). Spiritualism focused on contact with the after-life through séance and other means. It was very popular in America in the 1890s (Taylor, 1999). Palmer’s creation of the philosophy of chiropractic stems from these roots.”
“Palmer (1910) proposed that there is a universal intelligence in all things, which actively gives matter its organization. A subset of this was innate intelligence, which was the organizing principle in living organisms. Palmer sometimes interchanged these terms with god and soul respectively.” “Fuller points out that the roots of these ideas can be found in Transcendentalism as well as Mesmerism. Miller (2000) would agree. She proposes that the Palmers’ philosophy is largely derived from Emerson. In the teachings of Emerson and the Transcendentalists in general, spiritual transformation is found through the contemplation of God in nature (Taylor, 1999). This doctrine is similar to the Palmers’ overall philosophy. In Mesmer however, we can see a more direct link to the Palmers’ philosophy of healing.” http://www.cejournal.org/GRD/senzon.htm
The concept of Innate Intelligence is found in many places, most notably in the foundations of the chiropractic world. Many chiropractors (naturopaths, and others in the healing arts) “muscle test” their patients. Many, but not all chiropractors, believe subluxations in the spine cause a wide variety of health problems. These concepts are based on Palmer’s Innate Intelligence and vitalism, which is similar to “chi” and “prana”. When muscle testing & identifying subluxations they are working with the Innate to resolve health problems. There is medical evidence that Chiropractic manipulations can be beneficial in relieving back pain and realigning the spine, but in light of this study, caution would be advised if subluxations are being addressed by the Chiropractor & a broad range of health problems & diseases resolved —thru chiropractic manipulations.
“Primarily known as the developer of the science of Chiropractic, Bartlett Joshua (B.J.) Palmer, D.C. Ph.C., was an example of how one individual can reach outstanding personal and professional achievements throughout a lifetime. His early work and original research in the field of Chiropractic is the foundation upon the present day teachings of the science.” “B.J. Palmer was an example of a self-taught genius who understood and made strong use of the divine power that is within each of us–Innate Intelligence.”
B.J. Palmer explained the “Innate Intelligence” as follows:
“You must wait patiently while the Innate is assimilating the elements of your problem, and then goes about its own way and time to work your problems out for you. You must receive the message from Innate freely and, after understanding it you must act on it at once. Only by doing so will you make Innate serve you and continue to respond when you call upon it. You must have positive knowledge in the power and wisdom of the Innate, and obediently perform seemingly irrelevant thing. Remember that Innate, in addition to being the seat of knowledge and power, is a repository of inexhaustible resources.”
“WISDOM seeker knows that Innate knows CORRECT answers to ALL human questions; that Innate long ago solved ALL human problems; that Innate lives INSIDE him; that Innate is eager, ready, anxious to tell “education” what it and he needs IF he would listen to and that wee sma’ voice that whispers what it alone knows and wants to tell. The work of Innate Intelligence is purely the work of Universal Intelligence.” http://www.aucco.org/palmerbj.html
Upledger says in his book Craniosacral Therapy on page 26: “Learning to trust your hands is not an easy task. You must learn to shut off your conscious, critical mind while you palpate for subtle changes in the body you are examining. You must adopt an empirical attitude so that you may temporarily accept without question those perceptions which come into your brain from your hands.” [Upledger’s emphasis supplied]
Upledger also says in his article “When the Inner Physician Speaks, I Listen”
“For CranioSacral Therapy or any other bodywork to succeed, I believe that the therapist must release all assumptions, blend with the client and listen intently – with the hands and all faculties – to the Inner Physician. This is the voice of wisdom; the part inside all of us that maintains complete awareness of our inner and outer workings.” http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13422
Are you starting to see the pattern? When you trace this all the way back, you find the concept of Inner Wisdom and Innate Intelligence originating from the same source: spiritualism, transcendentalism and mesmerism.
15. What is Transcendentalism?
The intellectuals, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau of the mid 19th century were the ones who began to raise questions about the old assumptions of religion:
“The Harvard-educated Emerson and others began to read Hindu and Buddhist scriptures, and examine their own religious assumptions against these scriptures. In their perspective, a loving God would not have led so much of humanity astray; there must be truth in these scriptures, too. Truth, if it agreed with an individual’s intuition of truth, must be indeed truth. And so Transcendentalism was born.”
Similar to theosophy the Transcendentalist’s accepted truth from Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. In questioning God and believing: “truth, if it agreed with an individual’s intuition of truth, must be indeed truth” – they stepped over a Biblical line. The Bible doesn’t teach us that we can create our own truth. It says:
John 17:17 – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”.
Proverbs 3:5- “ Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Romans1:25 – “Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. (Accepting Buddhists and Hindu teachings changed the Transcendentalists’ to where they began to trust in themselves and started contemplating God in nature, the same as Buddhists and Hindu’s.)
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
After dialoging with the serpent, Eve went with her own intuition, which told her that it was Ok to eat the fruit and that she would become wise and like God. Instead of doing what God said, Eve did what she thought was truth. You can’t create your own truth without reaping consequences that cause separation from God.
16. John Upledger, DO explains the “Inner Physician” and “Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue”.
In John Upledger’s book “Craniosacral Therapy: Touchstone for Natural Healing,” copyright 2001, Chapter 2 “The Offspring of CranioSacral Therapy,” page 48 under the subtitle: “More Names: Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue; Inner Physician” he says:
“Once I had found the name ‘SomatoEmotional Release’, I realized that there were still other aspects of the process that I needed terms for…”
“I came up with the term ‘Inner Physician’ for the entity conversed with, and the phrase ‘Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue’ for the process of conversing with it…” “Once I had these terms in hand, the concepts developed in very rapid fashion.” He goes on to talk about the Inner Physician and give examples of where it proved helpful. When you get to page 54, at the end of this discussion, you find the subtitle: “But What Is It? Here is what Upledger says:
“But What Is It?” By now you must understand that the Inner Physician can be helpful in a wide variety of situations. At this time in my practice I have come to rely upon it and trust it completely. What exactly the Inner Physician is doesn’t matter to me. It works. My entree to it is through the CranioSacral system. I have gone from being a rather hard-line scientific-type physician to one who says that if it works I’ll use it. I don’t have to understand it first.
Does one realize what he just said? He said that when the CST therapist is dialoging with the body, they are talking to an “entity.” Upledger doesn’t care what this entity is, but we must! His statement confirms that CST is spiritualistic and requires a shift away from biblical guidelines. We cannot safely interact with entities. CST accepts the pantheistic/spiritualistic view about the presence of inner wisdom, which is what the Palmer’s found in Chiropractic and titled Innate Intelligence. Yes, God created the body to heal itself, but not with innate wisdom that can be “accessed and/or conversed with.” We do not have a residing “intelligence” within that guides healing. The intelligence and energetic force behind CST and other energy-based healing arts is one-and-thesame. It’s tapping into spiritual energy, non-physiologic energy that goes beyond known science. This may be hard to spot, but it is so important! It is a major deception. Universal energy and its offspring are not from God.
John Upledger, Osteopathic physician, certainly knows how the body works physiologically and whether the dynamics of a CST session meet medical criteria, or not. If CST were physiologic and science-based in how it works, he would call it such and tell the world because it would immediately give credibility that his therapy is inline with the established medical community and the known laws of health and healing. But this is not the case. He clearly says that the way CST works is through accessing the Inner Physician via the CranioSacral system. He openly states that CST involves communication with an “entity,” which he carefully to shows respect for and which he says he trusts. He reveals he is working with a non-scientific and unexplainable power by saying that if it works, he’ll use it and he doesn’t need to understand it first. Should we, too, engage in this?
17. Further Parallels between Palmer’s Innate Intelligence and Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy