viewed in a holistic way
The idea of the universe forming an indivisible network encompassing the
realms of nature and of man - a network in which every seemingly insignificant
event is connected to any other event - was prevalent wide into the beginning
era of modern science. Well-known figures like Pythagorean, Hypocrites
and Plato may serve as an example. As far back as 280 by Christ Plato
(Politeia) wrote: One should not treat a single part without treatment
of the whole. One should not try to cure the body without healing of the
soul, and if mind and body are to get well again, one first has to treat
the soul. This has to be heeded first. Don`t let yourself be talked by
anybody into healing his mind before healing his soul. For it is today`s
great error in the treatment of the human body for the physician to separate
body and soul.
In the 17th century Galilee, Descartes, Newton and others provided the
mechanistic conception of the world which constitutes the fundamentals
of modern medicine to this day and in which man is reduced to a machine.
Medical science is trying in vain to put down its theories and its therapeutic
approach to Newtonian physics and chemistry - the basic natural sciences,
which today have been outdated for quite a while - which means there is
no scientific basis to modern medicine. Albert Einstein with his theory
of relativity and a few years later, Werner Heisenberg with his quantum
theory brought the holistic world view back to the scientific community:
again all kinds of phenomena are being viewed in their interrelatedness.
David Bohm elaborated on the holographic order of the universe: everything
is contained in everything. This allows for the integration of the notion
of synchronicity as developed by Carl Jung: seeming randomness is immersed
in deep purpose, all incidents are interrelated. Biochemist Rupert Sheldrake
coined the term morphogenetic fields: the development of a living organism
is being controlled by a holistic energy-field of some kind. In the last
instance all living organisms are composed of atoms and molecules, but
the notion of life also includes the notion of an organizational pattern
of networks. Cyberneticians transferred this insight to the brain as being
a neuronal network: the brain communicates as a huge system of interconnected
and interrelating network structures. Being nonlinear, it has the ability
to function by means of feedback and self-regulation: it is able to self-organize.
As far back as 1943 brain scientist W. McCulloch published research evidence
on this matter. In the 1950`s physicist Heinz von Foerster became an important
conveyor of the concept of self-organization.
of life: Self-organization
Chemist and physicist Ilya Prigogine won the Nobel prize for his theory
of dissipative structures. He investigated physical and chemical systems
and extended the notion of self-organization by including the ability
to form new structures and behaviors. He did research into non-equilibrium
systems, describing them by means of nonlinear equations. Biochemist and
Nobel prize winner Manfred Eigen coined the notion of molecular self-organization,
trying to get to a solution of the mystery of the origin of life. In the
1960`s he explored the prebiological phase of evolution, thereby discovering
that the roots of life obviously reach down to the realms of inanimate
matter. He extended Prigogine`s theory by adding the notion of chemical
hyper-cycles, which have the ability to self-organize, self-reproduce
and evolve as well as to self-copy and correct copying mistakes. This
ability has only be known in the context of living systems - formation
of genetic structures.
- the underlying principle of brain functioning
In 1970 brain scientist Maturana coined the term autopoiesis (self-effectuatedness).
The nervous system functions within a circular organizational process.
Life is a constant process of cognition, which is self-organizing, self-effectuated.
In a living system the result of its operation is its own organization.
Living systems put up their own boundaries, are far from equilibrium and
in need of a constant flow of energy. Self-organization produces a structure
at the physical as well as at the informational levels, both inter-pervading.
Thus life consists of both of the following components: the organization
of information which builds an informational pattern which in turn is
is a living organism
As Lovelock stated in his Gaia theory earth`s atmosphere constitutes an
open system far from equilibrium which is characterized by a constant
flow of energy and matter. Thus earth is a living, self-organizing, constantly
self-developing system. Up to now - following the view of mechanistic
physics - earth was thought to be an inanimate planet consisting of stone,
water, and air, on which, by chance, life found appropriate conditions
to emerge. The Gaia theory instead states life itself having created the
conditions for its own existence - earth being part and parcel of life
in general. This new view of things, after having been opposed firmly
in the beginning, has by now found its corroboration and acceptance in
the scientific community. Living nature is intrinsically endowed with
spirit and intelligence, it doesn`t follow a set plan or purpose - it
can be described by the following notions: - continuous flow of energy
and matter through an open system with organizational boundaries - a non-equilibrium
state of stability - the vital role of feedback loops in the emergence
of new organizational patterns by way of self-organization - and the mathematical
description of these processes by means of nonlinear equations.
- the theory of combined functioning
In the early 1960`s physicist and mathematician Hermann Haken - known
as the father of laser theory - succeeded in integrating the concept of
self-organization into the field of physics, thereby creating a connection
between quantum and classical physics. He demonstrated the ways in which
new organizational patterns emerge from self-organization, thereby establishing
the basis for discovering general notions of the physics of non-equilibrium
states which couldn`t be described before and founding a completely new
field: synergetics - the theory of combined functioning. He failed to
win the Nobel Prize by just a little - maybe for the reason that he had
created a new paradigm not so easily accepted by the scientific establishment.
Today he is pioneering in the field of synergetic computer development.
He found that the perceptual process in humans is subject to continuous
symmetry breaks and is successfully transferring this way of pattern processing
to computer modeling.
Therapy (Synergetik Therapie)
Hermann Haken`s discoveries - as well as the theories of Nobel prize winners
Prigogine and Eigen - constitute the theoretical background of S.T., in
which this view has been transferred to the therapeutically relevant level
of information processing in the conscious and subconscious mind. In the
early 1980`s Bernd Joschko stumbled upon Hermann Haken`s theory of synergetics.
Ten years ago he conferred the name of Synergetik Therapie to a pragmatically
developed therapeutic method which integrates quite a few approaches from
the field of humanistic psychology. In S.T. Haken`s view is transferred
to the processing of inner energy-images.
Therapie applies the principles underlying the self-organizing activities
of the brain
In a state of deep relaxation the client is able to access his neuronal
connections, patterns and networks in terms of inner imagery, to experience
them emotionally and bodily and thereby changing them in a synergetic
way by means of inner reprocessing. It can be definitely confirmed that
this inner pattern processing is subject to the principles of self-organization,
thereby allowing for deliberately generating different organizational
patterns. Thus everybody is capable of producing his or her own health.
By use of this method it could be demonstrated that an interconnection
exists between body, mind (interpretation, evaluation) and inner imagery.
The results found in 10 years of research - which has been extended to
processing so-called incurable diseases 5 years ago - justify the working
hypothesis that all diseases are represented in the neuronal connections
- neuronal matrix - which can be resolved by the client him or herself
by means of synergetical processing from the inside. There are a few
methodological limitations to this, however.
The method of S.T. has first provided medicine with a scientific basis
including all of the existing new system-oriented approaches. The emphasis
of the approach is no longer on fighting the symptoms on a physical level,
but on causal dissolution on the primary level of disease formation. The
new scientific approach of psychoneuroimmunology emphasizes this causative
level by ascribing a neuronal imprint to all psychological experiences,
those imprints being directly connected to immunological reactions which
in turn have an effect on the organ level as well as on the structural
level of the body.
approaches are not sufficient in dealing with living processes and healing
The hierarchical level where disease belongs has been turned upside down.
The intention is no longer in fighting disease on a physical level, but
to lead the dis-eased person back to a harmonious internal organizational
state. It`s not the bodily situation that needs to be changed - it`s rather
the informational level - as represented by the neuronal matrix of the
brain - that needs to be led to a different, a higher organizational state.
This can`t be done strategically! That`s why most of the existing therapeutical
methods are not really effective as they don`t allow for the wisdom
inherent in the self-organizing process to unfold.
Disease can be considered as symptom and expression of an imbalance that
has been caused by a refusal to evolve on the part of the individual
concerned. That is to say the person hasn`t been able to process certain
experiences in an appropriate way, he or she has been accumulating or
repressing more and more, thus destabilizing his or her divine organizational
state of health and liveliness in a progressive fashion (vicious
circle). The dis-eased person is a person who has denied his or her attainment
of spiritual maturity. Every human being is part of evolution as a whole
and is subject to its laws. The divine energy flow which permeates him/her
is partially inhibited, his/her life state, which only is possible far
away from equilibrium, is weakened, so that sometimes a very small trigger
is sufficient (e.g. death of a relative, which is too much for the person
to endure on top of all of his previously accumulated experiences) to
convey him/her (by means of symmetry break) to the organizational state
of death. Investigation into the processes of self-healing has been demonstrating
time and again that sometimes a minute trigger is sufficient to make disease
happen - the well-known beating of its wings of the butterfly in chaos
research, through which a system is brought to a major shift (toppled
over). Of course it is possible to reverse this process: small changes
in the neuronal matrix by means of changes effectuated in the energy imagery
by confronting images and emotions, thereby triggering a self-organizing
process in the informational structure, make it possible to reduce a state
of illness (e.g. psoriasis) in a few therapeutic sessions to a stable
state of health and to cause the symptoms to dissolve.
view of Hermetic philosophy
The hermetic world view can be integrated on a content level. However,
instead of aiming at integrating duality by remembrance, S.T. instead
aims at generating new states of organization as they have never existed
before. Existence as a whole is in a continuous process of development
towards unknown open ends. The polarity of mechanism on the one hand
(God as clock-maker, everything is static) and vitalism on the other (causation
can`t be accounted for in physical terms; teleology) has been transcended.
Therapie is part of transpersonal psychology - it enhances the expansion
States of deep relaxation not only facilitate inner journeys into an
individual`s personal neuronal networks, but also into the realms of morphogenetic
fields, of Carl Jung`s collective unconscious. Therefore Synergetik
Therapie, with its extra-normal states of consciousness,can easily be
categorized as pertaining to the field of transpersonal psychology (Stan
Grof being one of its best-known pioneers). The primary goal of the individual
Synergetik Therapie sessions, however, doesn`t consist in generating spiritual
experiences of a holistic kind and in utilizing those states of expanded
awareness for self-healing to occur - it rather consists in transferring
the subjectively experienced energy field of neuronal connections into
a state of so-called deterministic chaos, out of which new, evolutionary
organizational states, which bring about new, unprecedented personal qualities,
then emerge all by themselves.
new internal organizational structures
The primary goal is always to bring the present organizational state to
the turning point - as defined and mathematically described by chaos theory
- where development of turbulences brings about phase transition from
order to chaos. Chaos research offers direct instructions to make this
happen. As Otto Rössler, professor of theoretical chemistry, discoverer
of the Rössler attractor, said: The dynamics of chaos is generated by
active, sharp (male) intervention into the passive, dormant matter of
(female) three-dimensional space. Practical application of this is effectuated
in Synergetik Therapie by continuously inviting the client to talk to
all emerging parts (energy images) in his inner world in the present
tense, to have those images talk to each other and to confront them in
accordance with his or her own arising impulses. The continuous free flow
of energy imagery in this free-floating inner-world journey simultaneously
unblocks all kinds of existing barriers, thus destabilizing the present
energy structure: deterministic chaos ensues, out of which inevitably
new order arises: health as destiny. All shadow parts undergo automatic
transformation - a new context is formed. The journey to the light passes
The achetypal symbols as described by Carl Jung are autonomous inner-world
figures which help in an active way - to the great amazement of the clients.
Interpretation of the events is not important in this process, conscious
insight into connections and interrelations are of secondary importance,
the focus only being on the re-patterning of the neuronal matrix. Like
the pictorial sequences on a T.V. screen, which are just composed of pixels
- individual points of light -, the inner imagery just corresponds to
neuronal firing without any intrinsic constraint towards identification:
the Zen master`s stick of Synergetics. By means of this process Synergetik
Therapie produces divine energy-flow. This oftentimes goes along with
undescribable feelings of bliss and an enormous heightening of awareness,
with feelings of love and higher self-esteem - there is always an enhancement
of the ego-structure of the client. All of this is acting in turn on the
physical level - self-healing occurs.
Therapie as a new professional field
As content doesn`t matter, Synergetic Therapie can`t be labeled psychotherapy;
as there is no treatment involved, Synergetic Therapie is not subject
to the law concerning non-medical practitioners (Heilpraktikergesetz).
Neither is it faith healing of any kind, no cosmic energy being transferred.
The client is fully responsible for what- ever happens in a session -
he is only being accompanied in a supportive way by the Synergetik therapist
who is helping in a sometimes provocative way - by producing sounds (CD
equipment), music or giving suggestions - to create a temporary state
of deterministic chaos. The areas of application of Synergetik Therapie
are quite extensive. They are not limited to physical illnesses, all problems
and identifications being retraceable to their neuronal basis in the brain
- relationship patterns, management issues, they can be easily applied
to scientific research, etc. Training in this method and its applications
is easily available. Basic training has been conducted for 4 years now
in the Synergetik Therapie Institut in the Kamala center. It takes 25
days (in several blocks). There are good chances for future practitioners
in the field of Synergetik Therapie.
The time is ripe. More and more people are looking for an approach that
is different from the orthodox medical point of view which is focused
on fighting disease at a symptom level. The pharmaceuticals industry as
well has become aware of this new approach - its representatives at the
Paracelsus medical fair persuaded the organizational management to prohibit
physics engineer and founder of Synergetik Therapie Bernd Joschko from
lecturing and participating in the exhibition. An extensive documentation
as well as a collection of more than 100 transcriptions of individual
sessions will be published soon in which the synergetical way of functioning
of the brain and the resolution of many patterns of disease - the synergetical
self-healing process - will be shown in an impressive way.
S. 3. In a state of deep relaxation awareness can be considerably increased.
The following transcript describes the finale of an individual session.
Client (female): I`m feeling light, like floating in the air. No more
numbness. I feel like being out of my body somehow. (I ask her to look
at herself from outside.) Yeah, that`s what I`ve been doing all along,
oh, that`s interesting. Just imagine, I can even see my blood streaming.
Oh, but now that`s kind of gross. Ah, I never experienced such a thing
in my life. Oh Lord, oh, isn`t that far out. (I guide her awareness to
her cancer:Can you see it?) Yes. (Put your hands above it - maybe you
can even influence it.) Client: (laughing) I was going to hold my hands
above it and looking at my hands - oh Lord, what`s there? You first have
to get used to a thing like that. Yeah, I was going to put on those hands
- but then I see my hands as well ... (You probably can see the bone
structure or else ...) Yes - I wish everybody could see what I`m seeing
at the moment. Just imagine, I see my body - how everything moves. There
is incredible movement in there. Everything is moving in my belly. My
intestines are moving, and everywhere there is some flow. The whole body
is moving. Till now the body has been something solid in my eyes. But
it`s not solid at all, everything is in a kind of flow. It`s moving in
all directions. (Again I ask: What about your cancer?) I got to remove
my hands, otherwise I can`t see it. It looks like cotton. What do my lungs
look like? How to describe my lungs? That`s really amazing. The lungs
are completely permeable, the air passes through, they are not solid at
all, like candy floss. No, it`s like totally ... I just can`t describe
it. I`ve never seen a thing like that. Well, like a hollow space, a hollow
body, interweaved with very, very subtle fibers. All of this is incredibly
soft and tender. And it is in constant movement, and inside of it there
are like small little balls of cotton, and that is the cancer. They just
sit there, but they are not anchored, they are not connected to the lungs,
they could go away easily because they are not coming from the lungs,
but they are just sitting there, and there are other things, too, like
small particles. Like little knots, and I`ve got the feeling that there`s
some alien element there. Yes, there a small little knots there, and everything
is slightly moving and flowing, the whole body is.
earth - a flat disc? The human being - a machine? The mechanistic
world view of orthodox medicine - does it apply? In Israel the hospital
doctors went on strike - immediately the death rate went down about 50%.
In Bogota, Columbia, the doctors went on strike - the death rate decreased
about 35%. The mechanistic world view of orthodox medicine produces helpless
helpers: the medical profession as well as bar owners have the lowest
life-expectancy of all occupational groups. The incidence of alcohol abuse
among medical doctors is eleven times higher than in the average population.
The suicide rate among British medical doctors is twice as high as in
the average British population.
profession is in need of a new view of the world and of the human being.
It is in need of in-depth health research, of a definition of healing
processes and of encouragement and support regarding research into self-healing
processes. People at large need to take responsibility and to participate
in decision-making processes.
description of Synergetik Therapie
Synergetics - the theory of combined functioning - constitutes the scientific
basis of Synergetik Therapie. The principles of self-organization as discovered
by Hermann Haken are applied to the energy images stored in the brain.
To do this, the client is put in a state of deep relaxation. Now he or
she is able to consciously perceive all the energetic phenomena resulting
from the neuronal functional processes of his/her brain in a free-floating
process called active inner-world journey. Those energetic phenomena
usually appear as inner images, they are however linked to feelings,
emotions and bodily reactions. These associatively connected inner images
also occur in terms of concrete, sometimes repressed memories of real
events linked to subjective interpretational patterns. The symbolic language
of the subconscious mind oftentimes expresses itself directly in terms
of energetic imagery or else in so-called autonomous figures, thus being
experienced by the client with all of his or her senses as his/her own
reality. In this experiential inner world different laws of action abide,
everything being connected to everything else. Each individual brain is
an energetic unity in itself, but at the same time interacts constantly
with the body and is connected to so-called morphogenetic fields. All
information is structurally present simultaneously in terms of neuronal
matrix and can be decoded in terms of time by means of active inner-world
journey. This is why patterns of disease can be made directly visible
internally as energy patterns. By means of continually repeated new and
different acting in the inner world a self-organizing process is being
triggered which can be far-reaching to an extent that these energy patterns
- in exact correspondence to the principles of synergetics - take on different
states of organization, thus triggering a process of self-healing. On
the physical level of the body this is expressed in an enhancement of
the functions of the immune system - the symptoms disappear. This inner
action is always initiated by the client`s volitionally controlled ego-structure,
it is being supported by cooperation with the synergetic therapist who
accompanies the process. Synergetik Therapie is a process of guidance
to self-healing - it cannot be done against the free will of the client.
This pragmatic approach is characteristic of Bernd Joschko`s method which
10 years ago he named Synergetik Therapie. Up to now his experiences justify
his working hypothesis: nearly all diseases can be healed - but only if
the client takes responsibility for his or her own process. Thus Synergetik
Therapie has been defined as purely being an instruction or guidance to
self-healing. Synergetik Therapie is not subject to the German legislation
concerning non-medical practitioners. Training started 5 years ago. All
of the newly won empirical knowledge as well as the basic know-how and
pragmatical tools of Synergetik Therapie are being taught in training
seminars which can be attended by everybody - no previous experience being
required. Thus a new professional field has been created in response to
many ill people`s desire for responsibility, initiative and self-healing.
This field has been unexplored and unoccupied up to now. Extensive documentation
will be published soon.
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of active imagination is strategically aimed at installing positive,
desirable images or behaviors. The best-known expert in this method is
Dr. Carl Simonton. 15 years ago he first instructed his cancer patients
to visually wage war against the cancer cells, with considerable life-prolonging
results. However, this also is just fighting symptoms - this time on a
psychological level. Enhancement of all-over vitality and natural healing
power can be achieved by this method. Synergetik Therapie deals with the
entire context - each single incidence or symbolic image is being worked
on - thereby causing changes in the images to happen retrospectively by
their own accord. The desert starts blooming by itself, the deep crevice
in the floor is closing, the immune defense starts activating it-self
etc.: resolution of neuronal imprints takes place. The energetic disease
structure is being dealt with on an informational level - it is not just
being weakened, but dissolves permanently on a causal level. This method
of bringing about changes in the inner-world imagery by applying the principles
of self-organization can be demonstrated in every individual session -
it can be learnt and put to use by everyone.