Soul Lightening Acupressure

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Soul Lightening Acupressure is a powerful modality for healing and personal development that combines Process-Oriented Psychology (holistic talk therapy which sees what is arising in the moment for us as wisdom which is calling our awareness to what needs to be healed) with the traditional Chinese system of energy meridians, the ancient Indian wisdom of the Chakras, and the specific acupressure points used in Jin Shin Jyutsu. It was developed by the psychologist Dr. Aminah Raheem.

Soul Wisdom: Dr. Raheem has been on a life-long spiritual journey and received many decades ago a “divine charge” to create a “psychology of the soul.” A core principle of her teaching is that each of us, at the center of our being, remembers exactly who we are and what we came to this lifetime to experience and accomplish. The work of Soul Lightening Acupressure it to release restrictions and support the free flow of soul-centered awareness. When we are engaged in our lives with soul-consciousness, we are living to our fullest potential.

Amplified Awareness: As a way to address the natural unfolding of consciousness that often occurs during sessions, Dr. Raheem integrated the work of Arnold Mindell’s Process Oriented Psychology into Soul Lightening Acupressure. Soul Lightening Acupressure appreciates symptoms and disturbances of any sort not as pathologies to be gotten rid of, but as expressions of what is trying to emerge into consciousness. In Soul Lightening Acupressure, as we restore a clearer energy throughout the body, and as we follow process signals that arise, there is also a clearer energy that flows through the mind, the emotions, and the spirit. This clarity is experienced as an authentic, self-empowered opening and restoration of the natural, free flow of thoughts and emotions.

Style of Touch: There are many styles of touch within the spectrum of acupressure methods used worldwide. Soul Lightening Acupressure engages the energy of the body in a firm, but gentle way that can penetrate to the core/essence of the client. Dr. Raheem adopted a specific style of touch originally introduced in Zero Balancing by Dr. Fritz Smith. This method utilizes an attentive/receptive touch that engages the body in the dynamic pace where energy and structure meet. The points used in Soul Lightening Acupressure are from the Chinese meridian system, and from the Indian chakra system. In this method the practitioner applies a curved, gentle finger pressure to specific combinations of acupoints in order to release restrictions and restore the free flow of energy movement within the body.

A student of Soul Lightening Acupressure, Paula Macali, describes her experience (from The Way of Soul Lightening by Dr. Aminah Raheem):

Soul Lightening Acupressure awakened me to my essence and set me free to be me.  It was the fastest track to liberating the parts of myself caught by conditioning; it brought light to the places I had been unwilling to accept.  There are no limits to where Soul Lightening Acupressure can take you.  It is truly one of the greatest modalities to free beings from their limited selves and take them through the stages of liberation with grace and ease.  I think it is one of the most elegant systems of mind-body-spirit work in the world today.

When I first studied Soul Lightening in the late 80s I was quite amazed to realize that this modality was far superior to all the psychotherapy sessions I had in the past.  It released restrictions from my body that directly related to my past history.  It would have taken me years to release both the body restrictions and the old habits that no longer served me had I just received bodywork or talk therapy.  My life took on new dimensions and moved me into the work and path that most suited my soul’s evolution.  I cannot imagine what life would have been like if I had not connected with this most authentic healing modality which has carried me to the deepest core of my being and connection with the Divine.

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