Evolution of the work: In the space of a couple of decades, Energy Psychology [EP] has evolved into a mature field, comprising  a history,  a significant research base,  a coherent set of theoretical and technical principles for working with the human energy system as it interfaces with the mind,  a wide variety of approaches and applications, and  an international professional organization [ACEP]. It has been found to combine congruently with other, more conventional, approaches to psychological care, coaching, and guidance. In general, EP approaches are helpful to some, and appeal to some, but not to all – this element of personal preference is important!
In my own work I have sought to combine EP with the understanding and skills arising from more traditional psychodynamics and psychotherapy [as outlined in my book Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy, and presented at ACEP conferences since 2005] – and this has proved fruitful. The very encouraging results of EP lead naturally to the hope of developing even better, faster, and deeper ways of relieving suffering and assisting people in reaching their potential. For some years I have looked for ways to facilitate the removal of dysfunctional patterns more completely from a person’s energy body and morphogenetic field – and to combine this with enablement of the psychological and spiritual maturation of the individual. I am grateful that in response to this intention, a variety of insights and techniques have come to me – almost always in the moment of working with a client, when I am in a somewhat altered state of consciousness. I have learned to adopt a stance of aiming to be ‘horizontally’ attuned to the client, and ‘vertically’ attuned to (what I think of as) Source – and to rely not on my own knowledge or personal thought, but on the guidance that emerges in the field and in the moment. Over time, these various insights and techniques have evolved into a more coherent framework of interwoven strategies and higher dimensional awareness – open ended and continually deepening. Frequently I am astonished at what happens in the consulting room.
In addition to the various approaches well-known within the field of energy psychology, other significant influences have included some years of studying an esoteric and complex body of intuitively derived material modelling the structure of the human energy body as a fractal of the cosmos – and the
forms and flows of subtle energy within it, enabling exploration of how these impact on states of health and disease (based on publications originally distributed by the now defunct Azurite Press). I cannot remember exactly how and why I began to use the imagery of the Blue Diamond – but it has formed an increasingly core component in certain stages of the work, as we move from the purely verbal discourse into the more active engagement with the energy system. In the beginning, to some extent, I just wanted to give the client something to focus on whilst we allowed their energy system space in which desirable changes could take place. Gradually, however, I came appreciate that the Blue Diamond, located just under the collar bones, appears to be an access point to the person’s higher dimensions – and that blue is a particularly important colour for that place.
There is a linguistic access code that I sometimes use for entry through the Blue Diamond (which can also turn into a Blue Flame), designed to neutralise the ‘illusory ego’. The three statements (to be said with sincerity) are: 1. I am ignorant and in error 2. I ask for forgiveness as I forgive 3. I seek truth and guidance
Once we have access to higher dimensions we can request, command, or intend beneficial changes within the energy body. Since the energy body is highly responsive to intention, these desired shifts will often instantly occur (within the energy body, not necessarily the physical body, although immediate physiological shifts are often experienced), provided [a] they are in line with higher dimensional goals and ethics, [b] there is no remaining internal objection (psychological reversal) in the person’s system.
This movement away from an exclusive reliance on ‘tapping’ and ‘holding’ techniques with meridians and chakras, and towards a greater emphasis upon intention and request (or command), is congruent with current trends in other forms of energy psychology and related healing methods. Whilst we can physically tap on chakras and meridians, if we wish to influence realms more distant from the physical, we need to use intention and command or some form of altered consciousness.
An awareness of the ‘Parallel Self’ (presented at the ACEP conference 2015) and its intricate relationship with the ‘Present Self’ has become a core feature of the work, recognising that problems can be located in either of these realms – and sometimes ‘between’ them.