You have heard me mention that “acknowledgement” (call it what you want–compassion, appreciation, love, validation–it’s all the same to me) is the foremost way to heal?
Well, today, have a treat for you. Recently I have interviewed, Edward Mannix, who has a similar view. (I met Edward when he sent me his new book Impossible Compassion to review.) In fact, he has dedicated his life to sharing the healing benefits of “Directed Compassion.” In reading his literature, I wonder if both consciously and subconsciously this is exactly what I do. It is cool, fun, and simple. And full of self love. Just the way I like healing to be.
This is Edward Mannix.
Here’s the interview:
Jodi: What is Directed Compassion?
Edward: Directed Compassion is a simple yet powerful healing modality that involves unearthing, giving compassion to, and ultimately healing wounded aspects of our self. When working with Directed Compassion, we use the emotional pain we are experiencing in our life today as a doorway; we trace the feeling of our current hurt back to its root cause.
We then send compassion and loving heart energy to, for example, childhood wounds that have a surprisingly large impact on many aspects of our life – including our key relationships, physical health, professional life, and overall happiness. Once we are able to get back to the root cause and achieve the inner shift as a result of sending our self compassion, our external circumstances begin to change and come into alignment with our improved internal reality.
Jodi: Tell me how it has effected your life?
Edward: When I was introduced to Directed Compassion, I was in my late 20′s, and while on the outside a lot of things looked pretty good in my life, on the inside I was suffering quite a bit. My outward confidence masked some inner self-esteem issues. I had a lot of great friends, but in my love life I was lonely and looking for love in all the wrong places. Professionally, I was working on what I thought was a really cool socially responsible business project with someone who I didn’t realize would eventually steal from me and lie about my participation in the project to other important professional contacts. I could go on, but I think this gives you a pretty decent idea of where I was at the time.
I can’t say that Directed Compassion instantaneously and miraculously made my life perfect, but I can say that almost 10 years later, my life is pretty great thanks in large part to consistently working with Directed Compassion.
Today, I am married to and have an amazing relationship with my most compatible soul mate. I have replaced overconfidence with healthy self-love, self-compassion and self-esteem. Professionally, I am engaged in life-giving work I am really passionate about, and I have left betrayal programs and unhealthy professional relationships in the past.
Simple healing: Self love
Jodi: What is your favorite story of the transformative powers of directed compassion?
Edward: I have had a number of moving experiences helping others with Directed Compassion, so it is difficult to choose just one favorite. For now, I will share with you a story that provides a good example of how this work can impact someone’s physical health.
Recently, an old friend of mine told me he was struggling with interstitial cystitis (IC), a disease which you may know can be very painful and which medicine says does not have any known cure. Almost half of people with IC cannot work due to the pain, and more than 10% eventually attempt suicide.
I gave him my new book, Impossible Compassion. Working on his own with the book, he has been able to achieve what he estimates is more than 80% healing of his disease. After being in pain every day for over 2 years – often intense pain – he is pain free most days now.
I am particularly fond of this story because my intention for this healing modality and for my book is that many people will be empowered to heal themselves on their own. This simple technique is something that almost anyone can quickly learn and begin applying by themselves – immediately experiencing the benefits of expanding and channeling their own compassion in a very specific way.
Jodi: What is one thing you do everyday to improve your life and why is it important to you?
Edward: I tell my wife with great joy how happy I am that we are together.
What do you think? Can you imagine how Directed Compassion can help you in your healing process? Do you have any questions for Edward?