"The difference between ordinary session healing and the Self Realization Course is like the difference between hiring a fisherman and learning how to fish."
Counseling is the preparatory work for Self-Realization.
It often takes a long time for the client to realize that self realization is both the goal and means of healing. Many of us grew up in a problem or issue oriented, fix-it type of medical healing background in which the idea of a solution or panacea, if you will, never occurs. So Issue oriented healing, rather than solution oriented healing is the norm and seems to be the right way to go. So be it. But, there comes a time when the healer and the client will want to give it up or give it a rest, and then dawns the idea of self-realization.
But the Self Realized will all tell you to a person that that is what and all you really need. Because Allah is, in reality, all you really need, but how can we "know" that except by keeping company with those who already know that. And by "those who already know that" I mean those who are in the state of Self Realization all or most of the time, not just the knowing of the words, but of the actual reality.
The Sufis say of all three stages of learning, "Who tastes, Knows."
So if you "know" that this is true, but want, once and for all, genuine confirmation in the practice and the reality, which will not only benefit you but which you can then easily convey to your students and clients, simply take this course from me, and you will "know" with a knowing that will never leave you, and your healing practice will become a whole lot easier. This is counseling.
On "Getting It" - A New Reality
My philosophy is this - if you're not getting it ("the Message") then it's possible there is static (issues) in your communication system (body). If you would like the static cleared you must (with clear purpose) call on someone with a clear system to help you locate (identify) the source(s) of your static. The Message is the "Reality" of Surrender, the Physical Benefit, which, in order to realize, requires some preliminaries.
Now the reason that it is more difficult to actually realize than simply to understand is this - that there are actually three stages of learning and the ego loves the first stage and takes it to be the be-all and end-all of learning. So in order to aid you in grasping the Reality of this concept (which is the point of healing), it is greatly helpful to understand the actual mechanics of learning.
Understanding The Learning Process
There are three phases to the entire learning process, and this is taught, if sought, in most of the world philosophies. In Sanskrit the understanding of this process of comprehension is called Samyama, or the power of all(-inclusiveness).
Understand that comprehension by definition implies all-including, as in nothing left out, and is therefore not complete until opposites (all oppositions) are included, otherwise it is partial comprehension, or partiality.
Pure comprehension, or the completion of the learning process, is called Samadhi (bliss(ful)/satisfaction). It is the root of happiness and healthy living, the goal of yoga, and our innate state, without confusion. In Arabic this is expressed as "Islam ad-dinul fitrah", or, "Surrender is the Way of Nature". This comprehension is attained as the final/third stage of a learning process, however long or short that may be. This finality, or total comprehension, is referred to in Sufi terminology as "haqqul yaqin", the completion of the process of comprehension.
Identification, Contemplation, Comprehension
The first stage of the process of learning/comprehension is to identify that which you wish to comprehend. It might be compared in Arabic to "`Ilmul Yaqin", or hearing about a knowledge of which you wish to learn more. This stage of identification is known in Sanskrit as Dharana and is achieved by asking the right questions.
The second stage is contemplation. This is the stage of actually "doing the work" necessary to complete understanding, and is often the most overlooked yet essential practice in "Sufi" studies. It requires purpose, dedication, determination and commitment, often referred to as focus and concentration, and is called in Sanskrit, the language of Yoga, "Dhyana". It might be likened in Sufi lore, which is full of praise for the power of the practice, to `Ainul Yaqin, or visual connection, you "got it in your sights", so to speak. "Not letting go". "Working on it".
And, as I'm sure you are familiar, when your focus and concentration upon your chosen studies have run their course and all the other requirement have been met, one is rewarded with the satisfaction of comprehension, the goal, the third and final stage of the process - total absorption, hence Samadhi/bliss. In Healing, this is a totally visceral sensation and the foundation of perfect health. Hence it is referred to as bliss. It is the stage at which one Feels that one has digested the topic completely, no longer feels ignorant of it in any aspect, and feels free and ready to move on to the next challenge. This is the equivalent of Haqq ul Yaqin.
Get it, so far?
Getting a client to the point of understanding the purpose and focus of Self-Realization is what I call Counseling, and it's worth whatever it takes.