Is it true that no one technique can work for everyone; that we need to “shop around” in order to find what works for us? I think that most healers believe this, not because it is true but because it is what we’ve been told. After all, shopping around is good for the economy right? Well yes, but it is not necessarily good for you or your wallet!
Today I’m going to put forward the radical idea that you don’t have to shop around. If something “works” to fix problem X in someone else, then it should work for you too. And if it doesn’t, well it probably never really worked anyway. (See yesterday’s post for my definition of “works,” it may not be as simple as you think).
I received a comment yesterday from a reader, Michaela, who said:
If something “works” for a lot of people, it doesn’t mean that it has to work for me, too. … Even though I think there’s not “one thing” that works for all people and problems.
I really believe that this is untrue. That if something truly works, it should be universal. In fact I think that’s what “works” should mean.
Think about it like this – if a therapy works on one person in a hundred, and you are that one person, does that mean that it “worked” for you? No, it means that you were lucky and probably the placebo effect helped. If something works, it really works. Maybe not 100% but when it fails we should understand why.
For example, antibiotics work. No one doubts that antibiotics kill bacteria. But what about when antibiotics don’t work? Unfortunately, some bacteria have grown resistant to antibiotics and have evolved resistance. So in this case we can still say antibiotics work, but we acknowledge that there’s a valid exception. Antibiotics still “work” but the target is getting stronger.
Can we aim for 100%?
I don’t believe we will ever get 100% success with RPT because we cannot control everyone. People are unique, they have what used to be called “free will.” It is within the client’s right and power to not heal.
Here are the leading reasons why a client won’t heal, even with the best technique or medicine:
- secondary gain – even a perfect technique can be blocked if someone has an investment in it failing, such as an insurance claim. This is why clearing secondary gain is a huge part of RPT. We have excellent success with it, but not all secondary gain can be instantly healed (for instance relying on the insurance claim).
- not taking personal responsibility – sometimes it’s easier to blame others than to make changes in your life.
- more than one session is needed – often a client needs 2-3 sessions for results to appear, but they only give you one chance. I often think “we really could have healed that had he been willing to do a 2nd session. Unfortunately the McDonalds-ification of healing means that people want the instant quick fix, and it doesn’t work that way for everyone. This is my pet hate. They’ll see a chiropractor for 2 years, but if I haven’t fixed their pain in 1 session I’ll never see them again!
- external blocks – in this category I would include sabotage from the outside like an unsupportive partner, an abusive person interfering with treatment, or other factors that really can’t be “healed” as such, but which need a lifestyle change. The worst example I ever saw – I helped a client release her trauma from being stalked. She felt better and went home. The next week the stalker contacted her again. She was re-traumatised. She then told many people online that “RPT doesn’t work.” WTF? Somehow I was meant to not only clear past trauma but the future trauma too. I wish I could.
Back to the subject at hand. In my heart I believe that if something truly “works” then it works for 100% of people. That’s because we are all brothers and sisters. I don’t mean that in the New Age “We Are All One” sense (though that is true). I mean it in the biological sense. We share 99.999% of DNA, our issues are universal. The human condition is the human condition, whether you are a rich overweight white guy in the USA or a poor malnourished woman in Ethiopia struggling to feed her baby. We all have the same basic “stuff.” This is what Evette and I learned from teaching on 5 continents.
And for that reason I believe that a healing technique that works, whether RPT or Peak States or something not yet invented, it will work for everyone.
The only blocks are the type of things I listed above, and they will block EVERYTHING. Those 4 blocks are not blocks to a given modality. They are blocks to healing generally.
Perhaps more than ever before, I need your feedback on this one.
For instance – what has your experience of the healing journey been? I’m especially interested to hear from people who had a problem which could not be healed for a long time, with many techniques, but then was healed by a different technique. What do you think changed? Was it the technique, or something within yourself?
What do you think of my 4 reasons why healing may not work? Do you identify with any of these? Can you suggest others?
I look forward to hearing from you.