Theoretical Basis

Our fundamental state is wholeness.  Dis-ease is a separation from this wholeness, which can manifest itself in one or more of the interpenetrating aspects of our being (spiritual, mental, emotional, physical).


Separation occurs on the spiritual level when one conceives of oneself as a “self” separate from the Universe.  This basic separation, the source of human suffering, creates the polarities of life (good/bad, like/dislike, past/future, inside/outside, etc.) and their resultant tensions.


On the mental level, deeply held images and ideas of who we are (especially mind vs. body), and what life is all about, create further separation by putting up an artificial screen through which we filter reality.  On the emotional level, separating oneself from one’s pain breeds fear, anger and emotional numbness.


The culmination of this separation occurs when these thoughts and feelings are not acknowledged and, instead, are suppressed and stored in the body–ultimately resulting in physical illness.  Much physical disease, then, may be understood as an “unconscious” attempt by the organism to regain wholeness. By signaling loudly enough, the organism draws the necessary attention to that area of the body where the thought and/or feeling is stored, so that it finally may be seen and released.


As dis-ease is separation from our fundamental state of wholeness, healing is the discovery that the separation has been created by thought.  Heartwork facilitates this discovery.