Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a special counseling technique that has proven to be helpful in treating post-traumatic stress disorders, depression, and addiction. It capitalizes on the mind-body connection and works with energy. There are three phases to EMDR:
1. Desensitization (the banishment of negative feelings and urges)
2. Positive Installation (the building up of positive beliefs)
3. The Body Scan (which removes any remaining negative physical sensations)
Mantak Chia, the world-famous Inner Alchemy and Chi Kung master, is the author of more than 50 books including Wisdom Chi Kung and Living in the Tao. He is profiled on Spirituality & Practice as a Living Spiritual Teacher. Doug Hilton is a practicing psychology counselor and an EMDR practitioner.
Chia and Hilton describe the workings of EMDR and connect it to both the searches for meaning and health. They believe that trauma and addiction are blocks which keep people from "Living the Good Life." They discuss the problems that often hobble those who go to extremes and use their heads too much. They also point out how a fragmented view of nature results in ineffective problem solving.
Chia and Hilton hit high stride with their account of harmonizing the organs with EMDR and the Universal Healing Tao techniques of the Inner Smile, the Six Healing Sounds, and the Microscopic Orbit.