What is quantum therapy?
Quantum physics is commonly accepted today as the cutting edge of scientific thought. "The idea that material reality is the only reality has shaped our understanding for centuries, but now that idea is giving way to the revelations of quantum physics which go beyond materialism to show that consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all being." **
Quantum therapy applies this new understanding to psychotherapy. The commonly accepted purpose of therapy has long been to help clients to become well adjusted to society. In quantum therapy the purpose of therapy has nothing to do with society. It is about the person, the inner fulfillment of the individual person. Quantum therapy applies to psychotherapy the concepts of quantum physics that everything we experience in our lives is a reflection of the feelings, thoughts and perceptions that we carry within; that energy, not matter, is the basis of life; that possibility is as real as actuality; and that all possiblities can be actualized.
True inner healing is possible by bringing back to consciousness and learning from feelings we are now holding in denial. The meaning of life lies in inner fulfillment which then finds it's way to everything we experience.
**from Amit Goswami, theoretical quantum physicist
Why does experiential therapy put emphasis on feelings rather than on thoughts?
Feelings have long been blamed as being the cause of human suffering. While feelings do carry out the role of letting us know that we are uncomfortable, they are not the cause, only the messenger. They deserve our attention and respect because it is through feelings that we experience the richness and depth of life, are able to feel appreciation, gratitude and love, are able to enjoy nature, and are able to sense when we are on the wrong path. We cannot access our true desires, intuition, sensitivity, and receptivity to life unless we respect and listen to our feelings. They will let us know when we are suffering and what changes we need to make for recovery and long lasting healing.
Isn't it better to focus on positive feelings rather than putting attention on the problems?
Although this is a currently popular belief, there is something inherently unreasonable about it. There is a world of difference between feeling genuinely positive about life and adopting a positive persona. In fact, by trying to focus particularly on the 'positive feelings' you are actually expressing the negative belief that you feel you have to focus on only a part of yourself in order to maintain the presentation of positiveness. If you have a genuinely good feeling about life, it will express itself naturally without effort, in everything you do. You will also naturally be just as interested in your uncomfortable feelings because they let you know when there is a problem that needs your attention so that you can take care of it, much the same as physical pain is of interest to a healthy person because they need the information to protect their health. Staying open to all your emotions and the messages they bring is both a vote of confidence in life (positiveness), and a constructive way to protect it.
I'm afraid to look at my feelings.
Often people are afraid that if they let in feelings that have been supressed, they will reexperience the pain they felt when the feelings first occurred. But there is a huge difference between living through the feelings the first time, and revisiting them in order to heal them. From the viewpoint of your intent to heal, your feelings are friends bringing needed information, not enemies or threats, and the healing of them brings relief, not more pain. The fear of the feelings exists only in the anticipation of approaching the feelings. The instant you get in touch with them in a therapeudic environment, your attention connecting with these forgotten and neglected feelings brings a pleasant feeling of relief and rightness and release of the tension of holding back. It becomes immediately obvious that the feeling is your own personal response to something you have experienced, a part of your deepest self. After one or two experiences of this, you will learn to expect a pleasant experience and that will disempower any fear that initially arises.
Additionally, feelings cannot be selectively suppressed. Any feelings you have that have been suppressed automatically supress all of your feelings, including your joyful ,happy feelings and your feelings of love. If you are experiencing numbness or a lack of feeling in general, it is because of this. Suppressing any one feeling will suppress your entire emotional body. When you put attention on a single feeling you have been denying, you wake up all of your feelings and give yourself a richer, more fulfilling experience of life.