By Lewis Harrison
From our book
Bypassing Bypass, published in 2002
Polarity Therapy, a system of
energetic balancing created by Dr. Randolph Stone, is known for the
quality of hands-on bodywork, healing exercises, energetically based
low fat diets and herbal healing techniques. Polarity heals the
heart on many other levels as well. The essence of healing the heart
has to do with how one goes about creating and experiencing easy
laughter and unembarrassed tears, wide-ranging interests and
actions, philosophical independence, love and being in touch with
oneself. Polarity offers a way of thinking that can facilitate heart
healing and energetic balancing. Life can be very demanding and
complex. There seem to be obstacles to comfort, peace of mind, and
personal fulfillment around every corner. In order to achieve
energetic balance you must have access to the tools that will make
it easier for it to take place. This is accomplished by helping you
(or your client) to define what you are ready, willing and able to
act upon. The eight steps presented here make up a tool kit designed
to help you energetically free yourself up from your personal
obstacles and give you the means to move past them.
These eight steps are a solid
foundation for Polarity Balancing.
They are not pat answers,
exhortations or intimidating formulas. They are clear, concise, and
are presented in a creative, enjoyable and easily followed
step-by-step format that will make self-assessment and positive
results a reality. Get ready for miracles.
You deserve love and
respect. We must take care of our spiritual needs, whatever
they may be — prayer, attending religious services, reading
spiritual literature, or gathering in community with people who
have similar spiritual interest. Once you have a commitment to
creating love and respect in your life, then all of the things
that come to one who has made such a commitment begin to
manifest spontaneously. More and more your life is filled with
Your ability to receive
love is determined by what you believe you deserve to receive.
If your attention is not focused on having love in your
life, then love is not something you will experience easily,
even if it is abundantly available. Therefore, you must not only
be ready and willing to experience love, but you have to be able
to take love in when offered. If your self-esteem is extremely
low and you don’t believe that you deserve to have love, then
you won’t. The choice is yours.
If you love, you always
have enough of what you need. Most people struggle to obtain
physical wealth and material goods because it makes them feel
loved. A person who experiences love will have less of a need to
gather material things as a means of feeling fulfilled.
Therefore, if you have love, you also have faith and you have
hope because, like love, faith and hope are free and unlimited.
With love you always have what you need. When you are in a state
of fear it is doubtful that you will ever have what you need.
You are never given more
than you can handle. Never lack faith or lose hope. It is
only your resistance to reaching out to mentors, coaches, family
and friends who are willing to give you support that causes you
to lose faith and lose hope. You always reach your next step
either smoothly and voluntarily, or by kicking, screaming and
being dragged there. It is the belief that you cannot handle
what you’ve been given that creates your struggle.
You cannot control
anything but through surrender. It is as if you are on a
surfboard in the ocean, looking at the shore. A wave comes. You
cannot control the wave. What you can do is keep your balance on
the board and surrender to the wave. This is the distinction
between surrender and resignation. If you just drifted in the
ocean and let the wave throw you about until you landed on the
shore you would probably land on your head and experience pain,
discomfort and struggle. This is the result of “resignation.”
Resignation is not the same as surrender. When you surrender you
have the knowledge to control what you can and leave alone what
you cannot. And, of course, you have the wisdom to know the
difference between the two. Fulfilling your vision through love
and respect requires that you surrender to the wave of life;
that you learn how to surf on the wave of life like a master
surfer; so that the wave brings you smoothly, peacefully and
joyously into the shore to the fulfillment of your vision.
Whether or not you choose
to change, everything around you does change. It is for this
reason that there is no benefit in trying to change or thinking
about how you will change. If you sat in one spot and did
nothing, you would change anyway. From the moment you began
reading this sentence to the end of this sentence, you have
changed. There is a freedom that comes with the knowledge that
everything must change, that nothing remains the same. The old
becomes the new and it is old sometimes before you even realize
that it was new. Accepting change frees you up to focus on
enjoying the process of creating your vision. As you explore who
you are and develop your own vision, this process will create
changes in a way that is loving and empowering without you even
thinking about the need to change.
Without a vision or a
mission, life seems aimless. When a person has been through
a rite of passage they transform from childhood into adulthood;
not just an adulthood defined by years but by their emotional
and spiritual emergence. At this time a person without a vision
or a mission will actively experience tremendous discomfort and
aimlessness. There is absolute spiritual, physical and emotional
freedom for that person who has a clearly defined vision and an
honest sense of who they are.
When you experience
unconditional love you are fearless. Love does not require
getting anything from anybody, owning anything or anybody; it
requires nothing but the ability to see God’s beauty in another
human being. It does not mean that you are compatible with them
in any way, or that you would even be in relationship with them
in any way. And so, it is when you are able to love without
conditions, without material ownership, without the insatiable
desire for material gain, that you become fearless. There is
nothing that can be taken away from you.
Given this foundation of love,
we can now focus on the heart of love, that living, beating,
life-giving heart residing within your chest.
Lifestyle changes and Polarity
exercise is especially useful in preventing and treating
cardiovascular disease—that is, disorders associated with the heart
and the circulatory system. There are many different kinds of
disorders in the family of cardiovascular diseases. Some are not
very serious; others can cause disability and death. If you are
determined to change your lifestyle, you can indeed address even the
most serious cardiovascular conditions productively.
Exercise Your Heart Muscle
First, check with your physician
to make sure that you can exercise safely and that you begin a
regular exercise program. With your physician’s approval, you can
then begin with the least-stressful, most-productive exercises, such
as swimming and/or walking. Start walking 1 mile; then work your way
up to longer distances, say, 3 to 5 miles each day. This is a simple
solution to a very complex disorder.
How Barry R. Fights Angina
Now 50, Barry is well aware that
in many ways his former lifestyle was typical of all the successful
stockbrokers he knew. He was always under a great deal of stress on
the job. He was 20 pounds overweight and too busy to exercise. Barry
ate fried foods far too often and usually grabbed lunch on the run.
He smoked far too much and drank
cup after cup of coffee at his desk. With dinner each evening he had
a glass of wine. Except for an annual cold and occasional headaches,
he had never really been ill, that is, until last year. That’s when
he started to feel pains around his heart and into his shoulder
whenever he ran to the bus in the morning. The first time he felt
the pain, he suspected he was having a heart attack and grew rather
terrified, enough to push him to set an appointment with a doctor.
The physician, who was trained in Polarity Therapy, checked Barry
thoroughly and reviewed his personal and family health history in
detail, as well as Barry’s lifestyle and the balance between each of
the seven chakras and the five elements of the energy body. He
discovered that Barry had high blood pressure. The lab reports
showed high blood cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. The
diagnosis was clear: angina pectoris. Barry’s physician prescribed
no medications but immediately placed him on a general
health-building program. The doctor recommended that Barry:
Eat a large salad every day.
Go on a lacto-vegetarian
diet, drinking low-fat milk and eliminating all meat, fish,
poultry, and eggs.
Use whole grains and beans
as a source of protein and fiber as well as to reduce blood
Walk at least one-half hour
a day, three times a week. His doctor had already determined
that there was no medical risk to this exercise program.
Supplement his diet with
vitamins C and E, lecithin, Hawthorne berry herbal syrup,
omega-3 fatty acids, and plenty of fresh onions and garlic to
reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
At first, Barry had difficulty
changing his well-formed lifestyle and sticking to his new diet. He
occasionally sneaked a greasy fried hamburger or a slice of pizza;
but as soon as he realized that he was losing weight, he renewed his
commitment to the program. He even gave up his morning coffee and
The result? Ten weeks later
Barry was “a new man.” His heart pains disappeared, he lost 20
pounds, his blood pressure was normal, and his muscles were toned
and firm. In addition to all of his doctor’s recommendations, Barry
began a stress management program: he received polarity energy
balancing bodywork sessions once a week, he went through 20 minutes
of guided visualization techniques each day, and played racquetball
once a week. Barry still actively fights angina by keeping to his
diet and exercise program.
At the moment you are ready,
willing and able on a vision, it takes place spontaneously without
discipline or willpower. The truth is that we are always doing
something at every second and the things that we are most ready,
willing, and able to do, we do without thought. It is an effortless
process. It is important for a person who is committed to a joyous
and struggle free life to take a few moments every morning and
explore those things that are important to them while deciding to do
those things that will create the desired results, and which can be
done as easily as taking a deep breath. This is the essence of
This article was
extracted from Lewis Harrison’s new book: Hands-on Healing.
Lewis can be reached at:
The Academy of
40 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023