Saturday, May 06, 2006

Reggie Paul, PhD: Practicing therapist working from a Pureland perspective

Reggie Paul is a practicing therapist, working from a Pureland perspective

Other power in therapy begins with the understanding that the client is already enlightened. The client as-they-are is always already enlightened. They already have been given all that they need. It is just that clients, and all people, tend to let attachments and illusions get in the way of living their enlightenment. Attachments and illusions are what people tend to identify with, think is important. They are a person’s ego, their sense of a separate self. The therapist looks for what already is, discovers the client’s enlightenment, follows the client’s enlightenment. Dogen, the founder of the Soto Zen sect of Buddhism, wrote in the Fukanzazengi, “If you want to realize suchness, practice suchness right now.” Suchness is enlightenment, suchness is Other Power. The therapist uses what has been given to find together with the client the client’s enlightenment. This means using mind functions such as attention, openness, discrimination, and awareness.

The approach to discovery is based on two values: (1) don’t look outside yourself, and (2) don’t judge what arises within yourself. Together with the client the therapist stays with what arises, embraces the shadow, becomes aware of blocks, moves through blocks to awareness, learns to see things as-they-are, learns to let go of all that seems so important but in the end is not, and uses a mutual recognition without words with the client of what just is. This is learning to turn to Other Power and live Other Power in daily life. Recognizing and allowing Other Power is healing in therapy."

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