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Psychological authenticity and spiritual healing

I have been dining with some remarkable human beings.

No, this isn't a recap of "My Dinner with Andre."

It is, rather, a brief recap about a remarkable experience. Coming together with people I have not met before in physical form. And yet the communication between us is taking place on multiple levels. In fact, the non-verbal and the pre-verbal and the transcendental telepathic are the most powerful of all.

We do not "make conversation," and when we speak, the heart is revealed.

Amazingly, not only is the love revealed - the deep well of agape - and, in addition, the powerful spiritual core of each person, but also the very real, authentic, accessible human. I have the feeling that each of us is vulnerably yet wonderfully and sweetly acessible to the other: we can each see and sense one another's wounds, and somehow, it is all safe and accepted and known and not verbalized but realized and understood and made into a more coherent whole simply by the process of receiving, unfolding, and being in that essential unbroken unity of who we are.

There is no more precise description that that.

I have never been attracted to a nudist colony - non-sequitur, you may think, or perhaps it is here to shock or draw in those funny Google ads; but I suspect now that it may be the feeling of having no layers, quite literally and psychologically, that is alluring. I do recall a moment in "The Bicentennial Man," an amazing movie starring Robin Williams, when the android asks whether he may be allowed to wear clothes. Like Adam, somehow clothing initiates him into the realm of humanness, for it is the shield against that primordial psychic vulnerability that allows him entry into the social order. Thus, we need that shield, it allows for social intercourse, and yet, perhaps the wisdom lies in knowing when to put on the shield, and how thick to make it, and when to allow safe friends to slip past the defenses into that authentic place of raw power, where vulnerability is inexplicably transmogrified into utter and un-utterable strength.
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Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of The Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine, a nonprofit organization exploring legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, massage therapy, energy healing, and herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. Michael H. Cohen is author of books on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy dealing with complementary, alternative and integrative medicine, including Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).
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