OVER 40 YEARS AS A PSYCHOTHERAPIST HAS CONVINCED ME THAT
ALMOST EVERYONE CARRIES A DEEPLY HELD LIE THAT IS THE ROOT OF HUMAN SUFFERING
ONE SIMPLE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE.
Midst the upheaval, conflict and uncertainty going on, we’ve all noticed a high degree of anxiety in our selves and our society. Mystics of several traditions have described this time of anxiety, chaos and upset. They say that we’re in a time of transition for the human race and that our challenge is to focus in love and not succumb to fear. It is essential that, in these times, we have places of refuge. “One Truth” describes a place inside, a place that we carry with us at all times, a place of inner peace with a sense of power over our own life. It describes some ways of getting there that I have learned and that I teach my therapy clients.
Riley K. Smith, MA, MFT
WHY I WROTE “ONE TRUTH”
First, I wrote it for myself. I wrote it for myself because One Truth is, in many ways, my “prime directive” and I wanted to synthesize it and clarify it for myself. I also wrote it for myself because I am excited. I’m excited about the concept and the positive outcome of using it in my life and in passing it on to my clients for their use. I am also excited because, when I look at the human species — our interactions and our history — through this lens, things such as imperialism, genocide, racism, etc. that in the past have been incomprehensible to me begin to make sense. I am particularly excited because One Truth carries within it a path to resolve those painful, self-defeating aspects of Being Human.
Second, I wrote it for my clients and students. Although this particular way of understanding why people do what they do is not new to many in the field of psychotherapy, I personally had not seen it expressed succinctly in this way in plain language. Further, I became aware that my psychotherapy students and supervisees had not been immersed, even in their graduate degree courses, to this way of understanding and working with themselves and their clients.
Third, I wrote it in appreciation. Jack Lee Rosenberg, DDS, PhD, and Beverly Kitaen–Morse, PhD, husband and wife, were my mentors and teachers. Beginning in the mid 1970s Jack created Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)1 and Beverly collaborated with Jack, honed the concepts and implementation and managed the IBP training institute. I began my training in the late 90s and by 2004, was privileged to teach therapists in the training program. IBP changed my life and my practice as a psychotherapist.
Most of this writing has its roots in IBP.
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