Glossary of Terms
This website introduces some key words, important for the full understanding of Bloch Healing (BH), such as Rational, Health, Healing and Healer, and these words are capitalised in the text.
Although these words are familiar, their meanings in the English language are complex. In the philosophy of BH these words are given a very particular meaning. Generally, these meanings are broader than the conventionally accepted meanings, in that they include the usual meanings, but go beyond them. When these words are used in this particular way in the text, they are capitalised, and are defined here.
Thus, Healing (with a capital ‘H’) has, in addition to the common meaning of “the restoration of damaged living tissue to normal function”, a very particular definition of “any experience that clarifies our perception of our own true nature and of the connection that exists between ourselves and all people and things”. Of course, in many instances Healing in this last sense may prove to be healing in the common sense also.
The reasoning that underpins the specific use of these words is explored in detail in the relevant sections of the website (links are provided from this page), with the exception of ‘Client’, explained below in a footnote.
The term ‘Client’ is used to denote a person who employs the services of a Healer.*
Disease is (in addition to the common meaning of the word) the gap between our current state of perception of ourselves and of our relationships and that which is Healthy for us as individuals, and anything that obstructs further development in the quality and depth of that perception.
A Healer is a person whose vocation and profession it is to help another person to clarify their perception of their own nature through a practical experience of the connection that exists between themselves and the Healer. This experience acts to affirm the substance and value of both themselves and of the Healer and, by extension, of all people and things.
The word 'Healing', when capitalised on this website, refers to any experience that clarifies our perception of our own true nature and of the connection that exists between ourselves and all people, and perhaps even of all things.
The Healthy person is (in addition to the common meaning of the word) free to access and trust in their own values and meanings, and able to make full connections with other people and with the world in general, and is likely to pursue activities and relationships that lead to the further development of these qualities.
A Meeting is that which occurs when a person engages with another person in true communication. Judgement is set aside and each, as a full and complete person, encounters the other.
Moments of Clarity are those occasions in life when small concerns and plans that had seemed important fall away in the face of greater truths. They are characterised by a deeper sense of ourselves, of our own values and priorities, and of our connection with other people and things. In the Healing relationship, a Moment of Clarity is the inevitable consequence of a Meeting.
The Rational Person has (in addition to the ability to think rationally in the common use of the word) a clear sense of their own values, thoughts and feelings, free from the interference of others, and a perception of the underlying connection that exists between all people and things. It is only when in possession of these qualities that a person is truly free to enter into a full relationship with themselves and between themselves and others, upon which Health depends.
*This follows in the tradition established by the humanistic psychotherapists, and now used extensively amongst counsellors, in order to draw a distinction with the word ‘patient’ that is generally used by doctors, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and behavioural psychotherapists.
The word patient (from the Latin patiens) originally meant 'one who suffers'. However, nowadays it is more usually defined as “any person who is under medical attention, care, or treatment.”
The word Client, although not ideal, does at least mitigate the usual power imbalance associated with being “under medical care” and also the idea that sickness is always best responded to with “treatment” which is presumed, of itself, to contain the power to repair faulty systems, without any necessary participation by the patient as a full person.