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Rubenfeld Synergy Method operates from a platform of 18 principles, each of which constitutes a kind of belief or intention with which we go into a session with a client. The full list is here at Janet Cook’s blog, but I find myself wanting to expand on each principle in a series of posts.

For the next 18 weeks, then, I will endeavor to write a substantive post on each of the principles, to give readers here a deeper sense of the work and of how I view it.

Some of the principles – having to do with “life force” and “souls” – may strike some of my readers as wifty, and be alienating to those who prefer a hard science approach to healing. Some others – like “confusion facilitates change” – probably need further expansion just to explain. My main hope in this endeavor, then, is to demonstrate my understanding of this work, and to facilitate greater understanding in those who aren’t yet familiar with it.

As always, please feel free to comment here; I welcome discussion and debate, and I’m always learning.

For now, here is the list of the 18 principles; I’ll return to this post and link each one to the entry describing it.

The 18 principles of Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM)

1. Each individual is unique.

2. The body, mind, emotions and spirit are dynamically interrelated.

3. Awareness is the first key to change.

4. Change occurs in the present moment.

5. The ultimate responsibility for change rests with the client.

6. Clients have the natural capacity for self-healing and self-regulation.

7. The body’s energy field and life force exist and can be sensed.

8. Touch is a viable system of communication.

9. The body is a metaphor.

10. The body tells the truth.

11. The body is the sanctuary of the soul.

12. Pleasure needs to be supported to balance pain.

13. Humor can lighten and heal.

14. Reflecting clients’ verbal expressions validates their experience.

15. Confusion facilitates change.

16. Altered states of consciousness can enhance healing.

17. Integration is necessary for lasting results.

18. Self-care is the first step to client care.

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