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Emotional Clearing Process Summary

The Emotional Clearing Process is a cutting-edge, holistic therapy developed by John Ruskan from personal consciousness work and the synthesis of Eastern and Western psychological philosophies and techniques. It is a spiritual, feeling-oriented method of facilitating emotional release and growth within the therapist/client setting. The basic premise of Emotional Clearing is that the emotional self will heal as it is embraced with complete acceptance and fully experienced.



BODY FUNCTION: In Deep Relaxation, brainwaves slow down to the Alpha level (8-13 cps) or deeper. This corresponds to a quieting of left-brain, ego-based activity: Thinking, reasoning, planning, judging, worrying, and above all, doing, diminish. Consciousness starts to shift to the right-brain, the seat of authentic feeling. The right-brain Alpha state is essential for emotional healing. The quieting of the left-brain mind allows you to operate on the feeling level, accessing and releasing the deep, hidden, core feelings that are behind the painful events you draw to yourself.



INTELLECTUAL/KNOWING FUNCTION: Basic awareness of the inner feeling motivating a certain behavior or apparently "caused" by some other person or event in the outside world; recognition that the feeling has been suppressed but continues to motivate the client to non-productive behavior, or that the feeling has been projected onto the outside event, even attracting the event; taking responsibility, without self-blame, for the feeling and the event; "owning." Clients are often unconscious of their real feelings and how they are motivated by them. Awareness of feelings is facilitated by the Emotional Clearing Facilitator through both left and right-brain approaches: Dialoguing, which includes conscious listening and feedback; and altered-state techniques, which include breathwork, body awareness, and Alpha-State work.



MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL FUNCTION: Ceasing resistance to the feeling. Normally, feelings are unconsciously blocked from awareness by various behaviors prompted by the attitude of resistance, resulting in self-rejection on the feeling level. These behaviors include avoidance, blaming, acting out, dependency, controlling, judging, and addictions. When the client becomes aware of how these behavioral mechanisms are ultimately self-destructive, behavior becomes modified. Self-acceptance is awakened leading to self-love, and the gate to direct experience of feeling is opened. The Emotional Clearing Facilitator provides the support needed to make this energetic shift. The concept of acceptance is a key part of this work. As long as the client continues to resist, the feeling cannot be integrated. Resistance is what caused the feeling to be suppressed in the first place. Acceptance is made easier if the client understands how feelings have been projected; how the other is not really responsible for the client's perception. Working with acceptance begins to open the client to the spiritual aspects of Emotional Clearing work.



BODY/FEELING FUNCTION: Entering the feeling center or being in the moment with the feeling; "processing" the feeling. Feelings are allowed "to be" without resistance, analysis, or blame. Any of these mind-sets takes the client out of the feeling center and impedes integration of the feeling. Feelings are experienced on the body level until the energy is cleared. There is no need to outwardly "express" the feeling. Processing usually takes place in Alpha, modulated by the breath. Clients are asked to experience feelings in the present, including present feelings about past events. If images or fantasies spontaneously occur, the client is encouraged to let them unfold in trance, to experience the feelings evoked, and to tell them to the facilitator. If no feelings spontaneously emerge in trance, the facilitator will bring the client back to a certain event, or introduce a certain thought, or work more with the breath in order to access feelings. The client is directed to give priority to body awareness, and to bring attention to all body sensations emerging in trance, breathing into them. Care is taken not to expose the client to more emotional material than can be successfully integrated, but there is also reliance in the Higher Self ultimately guiding the session and revealing to the client only what is appropriate. Negative feelings, especially emotions, are the prime focus of the experience.



SPIRITUAL/TRANSCENDING FUNCTION: In this step, facilitator and client both connect to a Higher Power during Alpha, using whatever concept for this that may be appropriate for the client. Having accepted feelings as they are, the client turns their resolution over to the Higher Power. Personal agenda is set aside; faith and trust prevail. The Higher Power provides the healing energy for transformation. The transpersonal intelligence guides the process of integration, resulting in internal catharsis and unexpected creative external change. Adjustment occurs spontaneously, without conscious control. The client's position becomes that of the Witness, simply watching feelings as they go through the various stages of integration. Witness consciousness is a psycho-physiological altered-state that can be brought about by certain esoteric techniques involving the "Third Eye" chakra. Facilitator and client both invoke the Witness, channeling healing energy from the Higher Power to the client.



© 2004 John Ruskan / The Institute for Emotional Clearing