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The Energist | Vol.1 No.16On March 2nd, 2004, the SecondChamber of the First Senate of theGerman Constitutional High Courtunanimously decided that aspiritual healer does not requireeducation in anatomy, medicaldiagnosis, physiology, pathology,prescription or therapy in order toobtain a license to practice spiritualhealing as such knowledge isirrelevant to the practice of healing the soul by laying on ofhands.The three Constitutional Judges decided unanimously thatto force someone who works with soul issues and without theaid of medical machinery or prescription drugs to study thesesubjects which are irrelevant to the methodology of energywork, contravenes the constitutionally guaranteed right tochoose one's profession freely.In so doing, the German Constitutional High Court set theprecedence and acknowledged the existence of the Third Field- a healing practice that is not based on, or even directlyrelated to, physiology and medicine.What does this mean for us?Firstly, it clarifies that in any healing or helping capacity,anyone, from any field, is there to serve the citizen.This is a fundamental concept, an organisational principlefrom which all further detailed codes of conduct andmethodology flows.Theoretically, this fundamental principle, that of offeringservice to the citizen, is the only purpose and function of allfields of science and including medical science.It often seems that we of the Third Field are at war withpsychology and with medicine; that they think we will takeaway their citizens and that we think we need to take theircitizens away to treat them right.This however resolves when we simply take our place as arightful Third Field in serving the citizen; for then we standshoulder to shoulder with the other two fields, and all of usmake the wellbeing of the citizen our one and only objective.Clearly, the citizen isn't just an energy body.Clearly, the citizen has a physical body and a mind of theirown, and we might lack the educational requirements,expertise and experience to diagnose or treat those.Taking complete responsibility for the well being of thecitizen is really too much to ask when we are dealing withmind, body and spirit.When we take our rightful place as the Third Field and givethe citizen the ADDITIONAL benefit of our expertise, we aredoing the right thing and providing a service bar none, aservice that cannot be provided by the other two fields.I would also put forth the proposition that the overwhelmingmajority of practitioners and even law makers in the othertwo fields would heave a huge sigh of relief if they had areliable channel for referrals of cases where they well knowthey can help no further with their own specialities.Medical doctors really do not want to sit with a patient whosuffers from a broken heart and listen to them cry for anylength of time; and counsellors and psychologists really donot want to be sitting with patients who, for all their hardwork and best intention, seem to be pressing a "re-setbutton" the minute they leave the office and present with thesame old problem over, and over, and over again, for yearsupon years...I believe that in spite of everything, the care of the citizenis the one place where we can all get together, do our bestwork according to our specialities, do not get into each other'sway, do not waste time on arguing and fighting amongstourselves, do not get involved in breaking any laws of theland, and thus work effectively together with all the othermethods, offices, structures designed to protect the citizen,and care for the citizen.Our Third Field comes into the arena with a lot of baggage.We have our own versions of past disasters, just as theother two fields have. Good medical doctors used to drill holesinto people's heads to relieve the pressure of headaches;when X-Rays first were invented, they were used in super-high dosage to X-Ray young people's heads to combatteenage acne. The early psychologists and psychiatrists usedto put crazy people into ice cold baths and give them electricshocks to snap them out of it. Pharmacologists gave drugsto pregnant women which directly caused defects to thebabies.In our field, there were people going around promising allsorts of things to the desperate, taking their money anddelivering very little.As I said, we all have our crosses to bear. All the fields ofhuman endeavour have their experiments, their disasters,and at the end of the day, we need to turn to the future anddo our best to do better than that.And here, we once more turn to the care of the citizen.The German Constitutional High Court was particularlyconcerned with the concept of potential damage done to acitizen by delaying the onset of other treatments.Or in other words, by offering spiritual healing as analternative to medical healing, to put it in its place, to re-placeit, as the term suggests.Let's be quite clear here - energy work and the Third Fieldis not an alternative treatment or an alternative approach.You are not supposed to alternate between the three fieldsof mind, body and spirit.They all need to be consulted and bring their own expertiseto the problem at hand.We have the other term of "complementary treatment."This is interesting because this pre-supposes a hierarchywith medical treatment first, psychological treatment second,and to complement those, we work with energy.This is wrong.In reality, there is no hierarchy in mind, body and spirit.Each one of those has the power to bring a human beingto death.A physical problem can give you a heart attack, apsychological problem can cause a person to jump off abridge; a spiritual problem can cause a person to lay downand die.All three fields are of the essence to serve the citizen, eachone has enormous power, but each one is only a third of thestory and that is something all of us who work in the threefields in any capacity has to get their minds, bodies and spiritsaround!The Third FieldSILVIA HARTMANNThe future of modern energy work
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