I had the opportunity to witness a fascinating form of healing known as Havening. I was invited to accompany Steven Ruden to Rhode Island where, in the presence of about twenty-five onlookers and participants, he performed a healing of previous emotional and physical traumas in a strange appearing "performance" lasting about six minutes.
The methods may appear somewhat familiar to those who know the work of Roger Callahan's TFT [thought field therapy] and Gary Craig's EFT [emotional freedom therapy]. It involves a series of tapping on the face and forehead along what might appear to be acupressure meridian lines. The rest of the technique should await official publication by Steven Ruden's twin brother Ronald
As a student of various forms of healing I can only state that the results were compelling.
What makes the Havening approach unique is that its mechanism has been elucidated down to the molecular level. The breakthrough that Ruden has achieved is to link traumatic events and the subsequent suffering that ensues with brain neurotransmitters.
According to this theory [an apparently established by neuroscientific research] periods of extreme stress result in the release in the brain of dopamine and norepinephrine. These prepare the organism for "fight or flight". In the animal kingdom, mammals who survive an attack or escape one are subsequently relieved of their extreme anxiety by the release of serotonin which re-establishes normal equilibrium and allows for normal functioning.
In human beings, traumatic physical/emotional events also release dopamine and norepinephrine. In some individuals for a variety of reasons serotonin is not released in sufficient quantities to allow the individual to move on with their lives, trauma-free.
In short, Havening resurrects the traumatic event with all of its emotional power, then, through the steps which ensue, produces a surge of serotonin. This effectively breaks the previously entrenched power of the traumatic event. Participants report an immediate reduction, if not elimination in their physical symptoms and emotional memory of the event. The healing, we are reassured, is permanent.
As I noted this is a preview of what appears to be a new and powerful tool for physical and emotional healing. I await the official publication of the book which should follow in 2010.
I hope to be introducing this method of healing for selected patients in my practice in the near future.