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True healing is far more an art than a science. And the essence of
the healer's art is offering hope. That is one of the most important
things I have learned since becoming a Sunan therapist in 1988. And
the wonder and grace of being a Sunan therapist is it gives me an
astonishingly simple means to find and live my own hope for self, and
to offer to others the chance to discover within them their own hope
On the surface, nothing in my background prepared me to be a
healer. I have been a journalist and professional writer since 1976. I
was a regular contributor to Spirit Speaks magazine until it
But as I look back over the years, the topics and issues that
always have interested me most as a writer, a human being and a
created soul have been about some aspect of healing. By that, I mean
either about making our world a better place in some small way, or
about healing the pain in our individual lives.
For example, I developed and wrote a monthly column about
volunteers in 1976 -- two decades before our government decided to
exhort us to do more volunteering. (How many of those politicos
crowding the volunteerism bully pulpit actually do any volunteer work
themselves?) The very next year I wrote about teen alcoholism --
again, way before Mothers Against Drunk Driving took up its
Healing personal pain was critical for me when I first met Jana Simons back in 1986.
about my first four sessions of Sunan therapy contains the gory
details for those who are interested. Oh, all right -- the details
really aren't gory but there are a lot of them, so be warned.
Suffice it to say here that I did not even realize how desperately
ill I was until after I had resolved a few family issues and
experienced the instantaneous healing change in my life brought about
by release of self-judgment through the Sunan resolution method.
I didn't have to struggle and strain through years of self-analysis
or meditation to experience this personal healing. Once I gave up some
of my self-judgments, emotional and spiritual healing occurred
naturally and automatically for me.
Today I continue as a client to heal even deeper issues through the
Sunan Method, and still I find its power and simplicity utterly
amazing. Another important thing I have learned through personal
experience: healing self is not as complicated, protracted or painful
as our society has made it out to be. Apparently it is possible for an
old dog to learn new tricks.
One thing is tough about healing self, however. It's tough making
that commitment to self and remaining firm in it. It's tough deciding
we want to reclaim and live our own personal truth -- which is our
hope -- more than we want anything else. More than we want to see the
latest movie. More than we want to be president of General
Motors. More than we want that "dream" vacation or to be popular among
our peers. More than anything.
There's a whole world out there only too eager to tell us that
seeking to find and live our personal truth is narcissistic, selfish
and somehow unspiritual. Hogwash. If we do not seek to know and love
self better, we have nothing but our pain and misery to offer to
others. Is that truly what we want to give them? I don't think so, yet
I know that's pretty much all I had to offer until I began to heal and
grow. Most of you reading these words would have found me arrogant and
intense if you had met me before I started on my path of personal
healing resolution. I didn't mean to be like that, but I had too many
fears and too much unresolved pain to be any other way. Not anymore.
Those who come to me for healing through the Sunan Method had best
be prepared for a few giggles. The members of the
Sunan Society who work with me
during each session as well as my own guides are highly attuned to the
absurd. We also know from experience that humor often helps us move
past our fear of the dark unknown into the light of greater
self-awareness and self-love.
I also want you -- my client -- to take the lead in your healing
sessions. I am here to support you with my love and offer a
perspective on the issues of your life that perhaps you had not
But I claim no magic healing wand to make your pain simply vanish
without your participation -- even if I did play a fairy godmother in
a college theater production. My magic healing wand works only for
me. I am here to help you find your own magic healing wand within
you. Yes indeed we all do have them; it's a matter of knowing where to