RUŠ as a Therapeutic Framework
The ‘RUŠ Approach’ focuses on our whole self. Just like many therapies RUŠ deals with the ‘Inner Child’ which has left ‘childlike’ qualities in our personality, attitudes, ideas, self concepts, emotions, general behavior, and outlook. However, RUŠ goes beyond this concept in that it aims not only to work with the inner child but also very effectively addresses our whole self as it is today.
The inner child often contains the blueprint of one’s self concept which has been predominantly influenced by early conditioning from parents and significant others. More importantly it is often how we interpret early experiences rather than solely the ‘conditioning’. As we are all unique beings and see the world through different filters, accessing, understanding, and relating to our own inner child’s functioning & specific needs, is essential to the healing process.
In learning how to access the inner child through the support of therapeutic guidance, we can learn powerful tools of self nurture (or reparenting) giving rise to profound emotional healing. Emotional healing can simply be defined as healing emotional wounds that remain present despite the passing of time which have impacted on an individuals’ total self-concept and the way that they relate to others and the world. Emotional healing allows the individual to undertake a process (which has been likened to grieving towards acceptance), which ensures that inhibiting emotions are healed and placed in the past context of a triggering event and therefore no longer have a significant influence on how the individual behaves. Further more the individual is now equipped with new insight and tools is better able to provide healthy messages and parenting for their own inner child.
Benefits of RUŠ Therapy
In contacting or connecting with the inner self we are given the opportunity to have greater insight and understanding of our personality, perception, fears, and imposed limitations. We are better able to assess our inner drives, reflexes, and motivations. In addition to this, we can better understand the expectations that we place on ourselves, others, and the outside world. (Note that these expectations are not always based on what is ‘realistic’ or actually is happening. In saying this you are probably familiar with the old adage of “what you focus on or put your attention on expands”).
The individual is given the opportunity to single out events, people, and situations that have created an anchoring of dysfunctional core beliefs which have in turn significantly impacted on and thwarted self development. By accessing the tools provided within the interactive modality of RUŠ Therapy, the therapist can facilitate the process of reframing past experiences such as childhood events or trauma. This assists the individual to alter or ‘reprogram’ past conditioning and the unhelpful cognition of an experience, thereby allowing emotional and developmental healing. The commonly reported outcome is increased sense of well being and self esteem coupled with tangible healthier responses to relationships, communications, and everyday living.