by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
The author describes four healing procedures that are shared by Western and native healing approaches: a world-view shared by practitioner and client, the personal qualities of the practitioner, client expectation, and variation in modalities of healing. He discusses the various sorts of karma associated with illness and the conviction of the folk-healer that body and mind are a unity and disease is a part of a larger energy field and cannot be treated in isolation.
Western and native healing procedures appear to agree on four essential healing principles. First, therapeutic communication between the practitioner and client is facilitated by a shared world view. Second, healing is enhanced by the personal qualities of the practitioner. Third, positive client expectations expedite the healing process. And fourth, effective treatment procedures hasten the client’s recovery. Each of these principles can be illustrated in the folk healing traditions, which incorporate past-life therapy into their approaches. These approaches use such concepts as “reincarnation,” “karma,” and “previous lives,” in their attempts to ameliorate a client’s current problems.