Introduction to the Inherent Treatment Plan

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One of the great strengths of craniosacral biodynamics is its orientation to Health. There is an understanding in the field that the underlying health of the human system is a principle that is with us from the moment of conception, is never lost and always at work. In this understanding, the potential for healing, and the knowledge of what needs to occur, is already enfolded within the conditions and suffering present. Becker called this territory the arising of the inherent treatment plan. (Becker, 1997, 2000)

The inherent treatment plan orients us to the knowledge that the arising and sequencing of what has to happen within any given healing process is a function of primary respiration, not of practitioner analysis, and will unfold in its own way. The practitioner does not have to analyze or diagnose to learn what needs to happen, nor do they have to decide what to do, or how to intervene. They do, however, have to develop an inner state of stillness, orientation and listening that opens a perceptual doorway to this intrinsic process.

I once heard Becker, on a recorded tape, say, “Trust the Tide and get out of the way!” That certainly sums it up. As one listens to the human system with a wide and still perceptual field, needing and expecting nothing, and learns to orient to primary respiration and the stillness from which it arises, something begins to emerge.

A clarification of intention begins to happen. It is not my intention, or your intention as practitioner; it is the healing and centering intention of the Breath of Life. Clinical method is then a matter of the practitioners’ orientation and their ability to attune and resonate to the intentions of primary respiration and the nature of the arising process. Work then centers on supporting the healing process in any way that is clinically appropriate and does not get in the way of the inherent forces acting to resolve the issue. This process is humbling, and a great gratitude to the Intelligence inherent within all conditions, the Health that is never lost, will surely arise.

Common Factors and Stages in the Inherent Treatment Plan

  1. The practitioner:
    • Enters a state of presence, a being-state
    • Orients to primary respiration in his or her own system
    • Orients to primary respiration relative to the client’s system
    • Establishes and negotiates a safe relational field in a wide field of awareness (wide perceptual field)
    • Has the ability to sense primary respiration oriented to the client’s midline and system in a wide perceptual field
    • Has the ability to deepen into Dynamic Stillness and orient to healing processes that emerge from its depths
  2. The settling of the relational field.
  3. The settling and shift of orientation of the client’s system from conditional patterns and nervous system activation to wholeness and primary respiration – the holistic shift.
  4. The emergence of healing intentions, forces and processes from levels of mid-tide, Long Tide, or Dynamic Stillness.
  5. The clarification and resolution of inertial and traumatic forces and patterns within the context of primary respiration.
  6. Commonly finishing with a phase of re-orientation of the system to natural midlines and reorganization of the fluid and tissue fields to natural fulcrums.