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Various schools of developmental psychology explain early formative experiences as the reason behind human emotional patterns, reception and behavior. If it is true that childhood is in many ways the foundation of our lives, then we also need to take into consideration that post-natal childhood is not the beginning of life. The earliest events of incarnation, the journey of the gametes, conception, implantation, the different phases of pregnancy and finally birth are dramatic, monumental experiences for consciousness in its process of associating with the evolving physical body.

May complete metamorphic changes, from two single cells to a new life form, from an undifferentiated mass of cells through various forms that resemble different animals all the way to a functional human body, occur before any of the childhood dynamics are even possible. Pre- and prenatal psychology therefore addresses the formation of our fundamental emotional patterns and trauma right here, in the earliest stages of development.

For those interested in deep emotional healing, I wholeheartedly recommend the work of Karlton Terry and the Institute for the Pre and Perinatal Education, IPPE. Through many years of exploring pre- and perinatal life, Karlton and his partner Kathryn Kier have developed a way of guiding others in their journey of deepest inner healing that is truly outstanding in quality and integrity. For me personally, there are three main reasons why this work is so worthwhile to explore:

1. The Depth of Empathy

It is widely acknowledged in many branches of depth psychology that empathy or love is the ultimate ingredient in trauma healing. Therapeutic techniques can help, but we were not traumatized by a lack of technique. To the degree that complete empathy was missing in our early formative experiences, a true need of our psyche remains unaddressed. If a young child is traumatized through lack of emotional bonding, we know that behavioral changes, mental affirmations, techniques to unblock the energy system or anything else won't do the trick. Nothing can substitute for the real thing, true empathy. There is really no difference in this regard between a human being at age four or forty.

The level and purity of empathy I encountered in the workshops of Karlton and Kathryn was a revelation. The idea that empathy must be the core catalyst for real healing was not new, but the degree to which this principle is alive in their work was something I had never seen or felt before. There is a quality to these workshops that the heart recognizes and trusts. No amount of words can do justice to this experience, but if the idea of healing through deep empathy makes sense to you, check out the offerings of IPPE.

2. Precise Understanding

Along with empathy, something else that is equally emphasized, is the idea that we have let our defenses down to some extent for healing to occur. However, if something in our psyche does not completely trust, then why should we let our guard down? For this trust, another element in addition to empathy is necessary, the clear sense that the person guiding us really knows what is going on and what they are doing.

Karlton brings to the table of inner healing a degree of understanding that is mind-blowing. I am not easily impressed with knowledge, but the precision and logic of understanding of the Institute's work amazes me continuously. It is not information for information's sake, but a precise understanding of early imprinting experiences that brings great accuracy to the process of healing. Along with this there is an understanding that the container in which this work is done must be extremely safe since we are dealing with such early times when we were so vulnerable. This allows for a much deeper trust, because finally someone does know what's going on and does know how to create a safe space.

3. Embracing Trauma without making it a new Home

To heal trauma, we need to embrace it, acknowledge it deeply, feel it with safety and empathy and consider how it has shaped us. In this process, it can easily happen that healing trauma becomes a new center of identity. Psychological processing can become an end in itself for the same pattern in consciousness that clings on to other aspects of life to confirm its being.

In Kathryn and Karlton's work, I found a wonderful balance between acknowledging and embracing trauma and not getting stuck in the whole process. There is a trust at the core of this work that no matter what happened, our soul, our being is the larger, more powerful reality. One way how this manifests is that the process of healing is not smothered with techniques or interventions. The way they practice and teach exercises is completely natural and non-invasive, which allows one's being to realize that despite trauma, we are not some kind of repair project that needs fixing. This context allows for a balanced coexistence of our ever-free being along with our relative humanness.

The time around New Year is a time for me of thinking about past events and developments in my life. So I remembered the Foundation Course and the effects of that course on my life.

I want to tell you that the work with you changed my life enormously, my consciousness has become wider, clearer . . . connected with a deep understanding of roots which have caused patterns and habits in my life which limited the expression of my personal life.

So it is my real deep wish to express my thanks to you for your work . . . for the research, the teaching and your deep, respectful, sensitive accompaniment of people in healing their pre- and perinatal life and in finding with them ways out of unconsciousness patterns, in really helping them to find themselves. I highly appreciate your work and effort.

My husband and I learned really a lot through you and we daily are thankful for all that we have learned in your courses.

~ B.M.

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