Synergetic Therapy and its scientific background
Synergetic systems - the ‘doctrine of the interdependency of
functioning’ scientifically proven by Hermann Haken
Hermann Haken, born in 1927, earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Erlangen. In 1956 he became a Lecturer of Theoretical Physics at that university. Since 1960 he has been Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Stuttgart. He has been a guest scientist, consultant, or visiting professor at various institutions in the United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, and Russia. He has made numerous contributions to group theory, solid-state physics, laser physics and nonlinear optics, statistical physics, plasma physics, bifurcation theory, chemical reaction models, and theories on morphogenesis. He is author of the monograph Laser Theory, the texts Synergetics an Introduction, and Quantum Field Theory of Solids, and of various other books, including text books written jointly with H.C. Wolf on The Physics of Atoms and Quanta as well as on Molecular Physics and Elements of Quantum Chemistry. In 1976 he was awarded the Max Born Prize and Medal of the British Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society for his outstanding contributions to the theory of excited states in solids and to quantum optics, in particular, laser theory. He received the Albert A. Michelson Medal of the Franklin Institute, USA, in 1981 for his work on laser theory and his pioneering efforts in Synergetics. In 1982 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Essen, in 1987 from the University of Madrid, in 1992 from the Florida Atlantic University and in 1994 from the University of Regensburg. Among his further awards are the Max-Planck-Medal of the German Physical Society, the Honda Prize (Tokyo) and the Lorenz-Oken-Medal of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Aerzte. He is a member of several academies including the Leopoldina, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, London, and the Academia Scientiarum at Atrium Europaea, Salzburg.Synergetic
Therapy based on the ‘interdependency of functioning’
Synergetic Therapy applies the scientifically-proven physical laws of synergetic systems – ‘the doctrine with regard to the interaction of energies’. Hermann Haken explored the principle of self-organisation in laser theory and, as stated above, was able to prove this mathematically.
All of life contains patterns and the human brain functions as a huge integrated communications network. As many as fifty years ago, the idea of self-organisation had emerged in brain research. The scientist Maturana, for instance, believes that the perception of the brain is based on self-organisation. In this process, new connections are continuously created with the neuronal network. Joschko assigned the principle of the synergetic pattern recognition to the inner imagery emerging in a state of deep relaxation. This enables ill people to prompt self-organisation processes on their neuronal level which can lead to self-healing processes in terms of physical symptoms.
The resulting synergetic effectiveness is to turn the structure of the energetic inner imagery into deterministic chaos according to which the inner imagery is actively destabilised. There is no active projection of desirable or positive imagery. The unveiling of imagery that is associated with illnesses is achieved through a free-flow error detection and correction process linked to pattern recognition.
Joschko meanwhile discovered the effectiveness of the principle of self-organisation on the neuronal level in many one-on-one sessions over a period of sixteen years. His idea was that the individual’s psyche is the expression of his neuronal matrix. In a state of deep relaxation, the neuronal connections of the brain are revealed in a free-flow process of inner recalled-imagery (re-)processing. Any informational patterns of a human being’s psyche, for instance recalled experience, inter alia from childhood, symbols, and reincarnation are in constant interaction, and may be constantly changed through a process of self-organisation of their informational structure. The rearrangement of the neuronal structure is subject to an evolutionary process that enhances resilience, and results in a self-healing process on the physical level, for example the healing of cancer.
The ‘Heidelberger Schule’ for psychosomatic medicine believes that illnesses do not exist per se, rather there are unwell people whose individual illnesses and history are unique to them.
Synergetic Therapy is based on identifying the fractal neuronal informational structures in the brain of ill people. If the client alters the resultant perceived images on his own initiative while being guided by a Synergetic Therapist working with synergetic principles, the subsequent neuronal structure may prompt a self-healing process in accordance with the principle of self-organisation. The client thereby confronts the images in a dialogue using the present tense – he relives the situation once again – and thereby follows his impulse to act. The client is not actively led by the Synergetic Therapist as to how to approach these images, but rather will be offered a number of possibilities to prevent the process stagnating.
The three levels - the brain - the immune system and the body/organs - constantly interact according to the doctrine of psychoneuroimmunology, and they too are subject to the principle of self-organisation. Synergetic Therapy utilises this principle and refuses to resist symptoms, since these symptoms are an expression of the informational structure already embedded in the brain. Instead of resisting them, the symptoms are used in order to identify and alter them via images. Synergetic Therapy is therefore beneficial to isolate patterns of disease in order to deal with them. The aim is to achieve spontaneous remission, an approach that ill people can use for themselves.
Two important points should be kept in mind. Firstly, the inner imagery reprocessing may be actively carried out on his own by the client, since this specific modus operandi strengthens the ability of the client to assume personal responsibility and autonomy of action. Secondly, Synergetic Therapy does not follow a goal-oriented strategy, but rather prefers to work in line with the synergetic principles embodied by chaos theory. Chaos theory explains how a small change can bring about a huge effect and alter fundamental information patterns in an evolutionary way, much as the wing beat of a butterfly can trigger a hurricane.
Procedure of a synergetic session
The Synergetic Therapist does not carry out any form of diagnosis. Exploratory discussions are not necessary, but they may be of help for the client in order to decide where to lay emphasis in his session. Since the session is a free-flow process and has an evolutionary character, the Synergetic Therapist may integrate the client’s wishes where the setting allows.
Firstly, the client lies down on a comfortable mattress. He puts on a blindfold in order to focus his attention on the inner imagery. He is brought to a state of deep relaxation with the help of a meditation text and appropriate music. Once the client is in a state of relaxation, the Synergetic Therapist asks the client to visualise e.g. a staircase leading downwards. He is asked to go down and visualise a corridor with several doors. With the assistance of simulated sounds (e.g. a creaking door), the client voluntarily opens a door of his choice and describes the room that the door opens onto. The first symbolic image that appears is connected to his experiences and underlying feelings.
The client follows this inner energetic structure and may freely converse while experiencing these images. In doing so, he embraces everything that emerges directly and communicates using the present tense. The Synergetic Therapist may, for instance, choose to play realistic sounds for provocation purposes to make the client’s experience feel more real. The inner confrontation enables the change of symbolic images. In this process, the client can work with all of his aspects - e.g. male, female, Inner Child, Inner Lion, Wise Man, Healer, Guardian Angel - and acknowledge any imbalances in himself. The goal is to restore the ‘inner wisdom, intuition and guidance’ to boost the immune system. The aforementioned aspects are made accessible within the client in order to assist him, for example in revealing deeply buried traumata.
The level of appearance of the informational structure (real experience, fantasy images, personality traits etc.) - physical perception (warmth, glowing, tense etc.) - emotions (sorrow, anger, joy etc.), may in this process be changed at any time to maintain the flow of energy. This context is always subject to prompt new ‘illogical’ behaviour, i.e. to prompt new neuronal connections in order to destabilise the underlying structure.
The client may for instance access the recalled image of when he was a baby but with the consciousness of himself as an adult, and to decide to help the baby at key moments. Even recalled traumata may be reprocessed easily and dealt with in this way. These processes frequently give rise to intensive cathartic emotional release.
Areas of application and perspectives
Synergetic Therapy primarily works on the level of inner images and may only be undergone by clients who assume sole responsibility, and actively want to confront their illness or a crisis on their own initiative. The method was developed as a guidance for self-healing, and it works on the principle that almost every background to an illness may be tackled by the client on his own with the result that a self-healing process is also introduced on the physical level (symptoms). The success of each individual self-healing process, or in other words the visible result, is primarily dependent on the client’s willingness, and the rapidity and intensity with which he embarks on his inner journey. Integrating the insights into daily life is also very much the client’s responsibility.
Experience shows that after a mere handful of two-hour sessions, extraordinary progress can be made.
The Synergetic Therapist does not need to be a qualified psychotherapist. He does not proffer advice, nor does he promote any particular world view. His skill is limited to accompanying his client on his inner journey and supporting him in line with synergetic principles. Medical aspects are not addressed nor any medical treatments recommended.
The psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich once said: “The only universally valid rule to finding your own particular truth is to learn to listen patiently to yourself and to allow yourself the possibility of finding your own way, a way that belongs to you and to no one else.”
Synergetic Therapy helps you to embark on a journey through your inner images and to find the unique way that belongs to you and to no one else.