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© 1997 Jack Raso, M.S., R.D.

panchakarma (Pancha Karma therapy, rejuvenation therapy): Ayurvedic group of five "purificatory steps" or "elimination therapies." Panchakarma comprises: (1) emesis therapy ("therapeutic vomiting"); (2) purgation therapy -- evacuation of the bowels with a laxative; (3) errhine therapy (nasal insufflation therapy) -- intranasal application of "decongestants" such as medicated oils, powdered herbs, and ghee (fat derived from butter of cow or buffalo origin); (4) oily enema therapy; and (5) decoction (watery) enema therapy. Some Ayurvedists regard the two types of enema therapy as one step and bloodletting therapy (Raktamoksha) as the fifth.
Pan-Eu-Rhythmia: "Dance-Yoga" that allegedly regulates the "physical and nervous systems" and thus attunes one to the "subtle energies" of the natural and spiritual "worlds." Its purported design is to enable one to "channel" universal "energy and inspiration."
Paneurhythmy: Purportedly sacred "circle dance" created by Beinsa Douno, a Bulgarian mystic of the early twentieth century. It supposedly has individual and universal "healing properties" and nourishes the "auric field." According to proponents, the word "paneurhythmy" is partially interpretable as "cosmic core" or "cosmic essence."
paranormal healing: Field of "metaphysical" health-related practices. It apparently encompasses absent healing, Bach flower therapy, Bioplasmic healing, channeling, faith healing, the laying on of hands, LeShan psychic training, magnetic healing, psychic dentistry, psychic healing, psychic surgery, psychosynthesis, remote diagnosis, Seicho-No-Ie, self-healing, shamanism, the Simonton method, spirit healing, spirit surgery, spiritual healing, and Therapeutic Touch.
Parts Therapy: Method taught by the American Society of Alternative Therapists, in Rockport, Massachusetts. Its premise is that "identities" (parts) compose each human and often do not harmonize with the "synergy" (the self). Parts Therapy allegedly "accesses" these "identities."
Passion-for-Life Psychotherapy: Shamanistic method promoted by Batya D. Winninger, M.A., C.S.W. Its theory posits "past lives."
Past-life Regression: Purported use of hypnosis or dreams to obtain information about a person's alleged previous incarnations. Some proponents claim that Past-life Regression can reveal information about the future. Practitioners may be called "past-life regressionists."
past-life therapy (Past Life Regression Therapy, PLRT, past lives therapy, regression therapy, transformational therapy): Form of psychotherapy that emerged in the 1960s and usually involves hypnotism. Past-life "therapists" purportedly trace physical and psychological problems to traumatic events the patient experienced during previous incarnations.
Pathwork (The Pathwork): "Personal growth process" whose purported design is to awaken one's "Greater Consciousness." It encompasses core energetics. The teachings in 258 lectures purportedly delivered by "the Guide," an alleged "spirit entity," through Eva Pierrakos from 1957 until her death in 1979 constitute the basis of The Pathwork. Its theory posits God, the soul, and "spiritual blocks."
Pealeism (Norman Vincent Pealeism): The Christian philosophy of Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (d. 1993), author of the blockbuster The Power of Positive Thinking, The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking, and Positive Imaging. The core of Pealeism is that positive thinking, avoidance of negativism, fervent praying to a personal God, and visualization of goals together make for improvements in health and finances. Peale held that "a positive thought properly used" is the most powerful force in "this" universe, and that nothing is impossible.
P.E.E.R. (Primary Emotional Energy Recovery, P.E.E.R. counseling): An alleged way to "access energy" by learning how to release "emotions locked up in the body." It involves bodily movements and exercises. According to P.E.E.R. theory, when one releases these "frozen, repressed" emotions, the body "accesses and/or recovers" the "energy" it was using to "hold down" the emotions. Dan Jones and John Lee cofounded P.E.E.R. training. Practitioners are called "facilitators."
pendular diagnosis (radiesthetic diagnosis): Pseudodiagnostic form of radiesthesia. It involves holding a pendulum over the patient. Its postulate is that diseased organs emit radiation different from that of unaffected organs. According to its theory, when the pendulum is above a diseased organ, the organ repels it, and the more diseased the organ, the larger the loop the pendulum makes.
periosteal acupuncture: Form of acupuncture in which the tip of the needle contacts the periosteum (the membrane that covers bones).
personal prayer: Type of petitionary prayer wherein the petitioner is the object or intended beneficiary of the request.
Personal Totem Pole Process: Form or variation of guided imagery. One of the purported aims of the Personal Totem Pole Process is interaction with imagery that arises from chakras ("body energy centers").
Pesso Boyden System/Psychomotor (Pesso System, psychomotor therapy): Mode of body-centered psychotherapy founded by dancers Albert and Diane Pesso in 1961, in the United States. It is primarily a form of group therapy that involves role-playing. Psychomotor therapy allegedly "permits" clients to discharge "energy held from past events"
petitionary prayer: Type of prayer that involves a request (general or specific). The categories of petitionary prayer are personal prayer and intercessory prayer.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (Phoenix Rising): Derivative of Kripalu Yoga. Phoenix Rising is a form of body-centered psychotherapy that encompasses breathwork, energy balancing, visualization (see "creative visualization"), and a variation of hatha yoga. Its postulate is that unresolved emotional expe riences are "stored" in the body -- concealed from consciousness -- and suppress the body's "natural freedom." The method supposedly establishes "inner balance" by "awakening" the "healing life force."
photonic infusion (photon infusion): Apparently, a purported way to amplify, "multiply," "metabolize," store, heal, understand, and use human "energy" with photons.
phrenology (head-reading): Study of human skulls with the purported aim of learning personality traits and mental capacity. Phrenologic considerations include the shape of the skull, the size and location of protrusions thereon, and hair growth. Drs. F.J. Gall (1756-1828) and J.G. Spurzheim, coauthors of The Physiognomical System, were notable pioneers in the field.
phreno-mesmerism (phreno-magnetism, phrenopathy): Form of phrenology based on the principles of mesmerism. Its self-styled discoverers included a Dr. Collyer and Rev. Laroy Sunderland. Phrenopathy theory posits "cerebral organs": cephalic protrusions that correspond to mental traits.
Physical Medicine Path (the Medicine of the West): Mode of Cherokee healing
physiognomy: Fortunetelling, and/or purported determination of human character and disposition, by examination of (a) facial features or (b) the form and lineaments of the entire body. Physiognomy whose object is the face is also called "face-reading," while the "art" of reading the lines of the forehead is called "metoposcopy." (See "facial diagnosis.")
Physio-Spiritual Etheric Body healing (PSEB): One of several Reiki Plus "healing modalities" allegedly co-created by God and Reverend David G. Jarrell. It purportedly "balances" the "biomagnetic energy" surrounding the "physical body."
phytoaromatherapy: Form of aromatherapy that uses essential oils and purportedly acts simultaneously on four human "features": physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
pigeon remedy (pigeon therapy): "Unconventional medical therapy" (segulah) for jaundice (a condition marked by yellowing of the skin and other tissues) described in rabbinical literature. Pigeon remedy is a form of transference treatment characterized by placing a pigeon on the patient's navel.
Planetary Herbology (Planetary Herbalism): Integrative system of herbalism forged by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., author of the bestseller The Way of Herbs and Planetary Herbology. Tierra dedicated the latter book to "all green, growing, flowering ones of this beautiful planet, who embody the universal creative healing energy." In it, he describes herbs partly in terms of "energetics" and which "acupuncture meridian pathways" the herbs supposedly affect. "Energetics" is based on the concepts of: (a) "energies" -- e.g., "heating," "cooling," "slightly warm," and neutral; and (b) "flavors" ("tastes") -- e.g., bland (mildly sweet) and salty. These concepts stem from TCM and Ayurveda (specifically, tridosha), respectively.
plant alchemy (spagyrics): Form of herbalism based on astrologic and alchemic ("parachemical") principles. One of the major goals of alchemy, a mystical "art," was to find the "elixir of life": a panacea that could make humans immortal or semidivine. Plant alchemy holds that three "essentials" -- termed Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt -- constitute the basis of all matter. Supposedly, "Sulfur" is the masculine "world soul," "Mercury" the feminine "vital power" (prana), and "Salt" the material "vehicle." Spagyrists purportedly seek to extract these "essentials" from plants for use as remedies.
Pleiadian Lightwork: A means of opening "ka channels," alleged pullers of "energy" from "multidimensional holographic selves" into the "physical" body. According to Pleiadian theory, alignment of one's "divine self" and one's "physical" body increases one's "vibratory rate," restores youthfulness, quickens "spiritual evolution," and stimulates "emotional healing." A major promoter of the method is "psychic" Amorah Quan Yin, author of The Pleiadian Workbook: Awakening Your Divine Ka (Bear & Company, 1995) and Pleiadian Perspectives on Human Evolution (Bear & Company, 1996). In the late 1970s, Yin reportedly experienced "cellular awakening" ("the soul's remembrance of itself") triggered by "light beings" from the Pleiades (a cluster of stars in Taurus). "The Pleiadian Emissaries" purportedly work through her. (The Egyptian expression "ka" means "astral body" or "double.")
pointing therapy: Form of acupressure derived from Chinese martial arts (see "Chinese Wushu"). Pointing therapy involves manually: "pointing" (poking), pressing, pinching, patting, knocking, and pounding acupoints.
Polarity bodywork: Part of Polarity Therapy. It purportedly assists the flow of "healing energy" in the body.
Polarity dream counseling: Part of Polarity Therapy. Its theory posits "dream telepathy" and "past life dreams."
Polarity energy balancing massage: System based on the work of Randolph Stone (see "Polarity Therapy"). It has four branches: (1) energy balancing bodywork technique, (2) Polarity Yoga, (3) diet, and (4) "body/mind/spiritual" psychology.
Polarity evaluation: Part of Polarity Therapy. It includes "energetic history taking."
Polarity nutrition: Part of Polarity Therapy that is an "energy approach to nutrition." It includes "colon cleansing" and involves application of "five element theory" (see "prakrtika cikitsa") to foods.
Polarity reflexology: Part of Polarity Therapy. Its theory posits "Polarity energy currents" and related "reflex points" on the ears, hands, and feet usable to stimulate and "tonify" glands and organs.
polarity testing: Means of determining treatment (e.g., homeopathic) by Electro-Biomagnetics (magnet therapy).
Polarity Therapy (Polarity, polarity balancing, Polarity Energy Balancing, Polarity Energy Balancing system, polarity energy healing, polarity healing, polarity system, Polarity techniques, Polarity Wellness®): Eclectic "natural health care system" originated by Austrian-born Randolph Stone, D.C., D.O., N.D. (1890-1982), and based primarily on Ayurvedic principles. It includes basic Polarity counseling, cranial balancing (see "CranioSacral Therapy"), guided imagery, hydrotherapy, Polarity bodywork, Polarity dream counseling, Polarity evaluation, Polarity nutrition, Polarity reflexology, Polarity Yoga, and spinal balancing. Its postulate is that "balancing" the flow of "energy" in the body is the foundation of health. Its theory holds that the top and right side of the body have a positive charge, and that the feet and the left side of the body have a negative charge. Thus, practitioners place their right hand on "negatively charged" parts of the client's body, and their left hand on "positively charged" parts. Polarity theory also posits a cleanable "cellular memory."
Polarity Yoga (polarity exercise): Part of (a) Polarity Therapy and (b) Polarity energy balancing massage. Its purported design is to balance the "Five Elements" (mahabhutas; see "prakrtika cikitsa").
Positive Confession (Christian Positive Confession movement, Word-Faith movement, Faith Movement): An alleged means of commanding blessings from God. It seems a variation of angelic healing.
Positive Imaging: Derivative of positive thinking expounded by Norman Vincent Peale (see "Pealeism"). Positive Imaging is a group of methods that involves prayer and intense visualization of one's goal.
Possibility Thinking: Televangelist Robert Schuller's mode of positive thinking. It includes Possibility Thinking Meditation and emphasizes refraining from verbalizing negative emotions.
Possibility Thinking Meditation (PTM): Component of Possibility Thinking. Its theory holds that mantras with the "m" sound facilitate clearing the mind.
postural integration: Form of bodywork that is an alleged access to the past and a purported means of: (a) releasing and integrating "energy," and (b) finding a "light, joyful balance" with "mother earth."
Power Animal Imagery: Purported means of exploring "ways of knowing." It involves the Personal Totem Pole Process developed by E.S. Gallegos.
power animal retrieval (power retrieval): Part of Shamanic Counseling and shamanic healing wherein the practitioner purportedly "retrieves" the client's "guardian spirit" or "spirit helper" from "non-ordinary reality."
power healing: Apparently, a purported means of concentrating "healing energy" into "pain areas," balancing "whole energy systems," and protecting oneself from the "negative thoughts" of others.
power-pushing: Purported manual means of drawing out "negative energy" ("stubborn blocked energy") and moving "positive energy" into an affected area.
Power Yoga: Variation of astanga yoga. Power Yoga includes ujjayi and a series of postures allegedly designed to effect "therapeutic" bodily "alignment" and to "release" stress, tightness, and toxins from the "body-mind."
Power Yoga Workout: Derivative of astanga yoga that purportedly allows therapeutic alignment, purification, healing, and spiritual development of the body.
PRAKASHA: Purported journey into the unconscious that allows access to the "Light" of the soul. "Prakasha" is a Sanskrit word whose literal meaning is "light" or "clarity."
prakrtika cikitsa (naturopathy): Ayurvedic variation of Nature Cure. Its theory holds that five mahabhutas (literally, "great elements") constitute the human body: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and akasha ("Ether," which supposedly pervades the universe).
pranayama: Any yogic regulation of breathing purportedly designed to control the prana ("cosmic energy," "life force," or "vital energy") inside one's body. The Sanskrit word yama literally means "self-control." Characterizations of pranayama include: "breath awareness," "deep scientific breathing exercises," and "psychic breathing exercise."
Pranic Healing (bioplasmic healing, radiatory healing): Purported ancient science and art that supposedly uses ki, prana, or "vital energy" to heal the "whole physical body." It allegedly involves manipulation of ki and "bioplasmic matter." Pranic Healing theory posits acupoints, chakras, meridians ("bioplasmic channels"), and a three-layered "energy body."
pranic psychotherapy: "Subspecialty" of Pranic Healing. It includes four "healing techniques" besides those of Pranic Healing: (1) a "cleansing technique," purportedly for the removal and disintegration of "traumatic psychic energy" and such; (2) an "advanced form of energizing," supposedly for the disintegration of "etheric parasites" and the repair of external "etheric webs" that lie in a one-to-one relation behind chakras; (3) alleged activation and inhibition of chakras; and (4) creation of a "positive thought entity" for the patient.
Pranic Therapy: Purported means of developing one's potential as a "Healing Channel."
prayer (metaphysical healing): Vocal or silent expression of sentiments to a supernatural focus of worship or veneration. The general categories of prayer are thanksgiving and petitionary prayer. Forms of Christian prayer include: (a) private prayer, which is solitary and/or meditative; (b) liturgical prayer, wherein a priest or leader prays ceremonially for countless people, living and dead; (c) vocal prayer, characterized by "holy" utterances; (d) mental prayer, the turning of one's mind and "heart" to God; (e) mystical prayer, whose goal is mystical union with God; and (f) prophetic prayer, which is often public and extemporary.
Pre- and Perinatal Psychology: Method whose theory posits "cellular imprints" created at conception and between conception and birth.
Pre-Cognitive Re-Education: "Process" that allegedly releases "energetic thought forms" of "negativity." Its theory posits a "HIGHER SELF": a "place" of infinite wisdom and unconditional love.
Preventive Dianetics: Branch of dianetics whose basic principle is that "engrams" (see "dianetics") -- the alleged single source of aberrations and psychosomatic ills -- can be restrained or prevented with gains favorable to mental health, "physical well-being," and social adjustment.
primal therapy (primal scream therapy): Psychotherapeutic method developed by child psychologist Arthur Janov, author of The Primal Scream (1970). Primal therapists dispense with analysis and purportedly attempt to resolve neuroses through a process of painful catharsis. Janov maintained that, to be effective, psychotherapy must uncover repressed "primal pains" -- unpleasant events undergone not only during childhood and infancy, but even in the fetal and embryonic stages. According to Janov, patients can dispel "primal pains" only by re-experiencing them and giving them physical expression (e.g., by screaming). The crux of primal therapy is rebirthing.
Primordial Sound Meditation: Ancient form of "mantra (or sound) meditation" revived by Deepak Chopra, M.D. It purportedly involves selection of a mantra ("primordial sounds") based on the date, time, and place of the prospective meditator's birth.
Process Acupressure (PA): Psychospiritual "modality" developed by Aminah Raheem, Ph.D., author of Soul Return. It combines "traditional" acupressure, process psychology, and Zero Balancing. Its theory posits bodily "energy systems" of chakras and "meridians."
process psychology (process oriented psychology, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Process Work): Spiritual form of psychology promoted by therapist and author Arnold Mindell, Ph.D. Its theory posits a "dreambody." Process psychology involves bodywork, dreamwork, and meditation.
Professional Kinesiology Practice (PKP, PKP approach): Offshoot of applied kinesiology developed in the 1980s by Bruce Dewe, M.D., and his wife, Joan, both of New Zealand. During a session, the client decides on a goal, and the practitioner performs muscle testing (see above) on the client, purportedly to determine if the goal is appropriate. PKP involves the ancient Chinese theory of the Five Elements. Its supposed thrust is to "balance the life energy forces."
progression/regression therapy: Variation of past-life therapy.
psionic medicine (psionics): Derivative of medical radiesthesia and radionics developed by physician George Laurence. It is a variation of telediagnosis. Its theory embraces the homeopathic concept of "miasms": three hereditary sources of all diseases resistant to homeopathic "treatment." Miasms supposedly hinder "vital energy flow" in the body. "Psionic medical practitioners" place: a sample of blood from the patient on one part of a chart below the pendulum; "samples" (in "homeopathic potency") of tissues, organs, and "diseases" in another part; and proposed homeopathic "remedies" in another. The way in which the pendulum moves determines whether such a "remedy" is appropriate. The word "psionics" also refers to radionics and to applied psi (applied parapsychology), a field whose focus is the application of "psychic abilities" to ordinary living.
psychic dentistry: Supposed healing of teeth or gums, production of fillings in teeth, or generation of teeth by faith healing (prayer and the laying on of hands) or psychic healing. Psychic dentistry may also include alleged extraction of teeth (e.g., impacted molars) by psychokinesis.
psychic healing (psi healing, psychic therapy): "Therapeutic technique" that allegedly involves the channeling of "psychic energy" or "spiritual power" through the "healer" and into the patient. Alleged sources of such "energy" include oneself, God, and spirits. Common accompaniments to psychic healing include aura analysis, the laying on of hands, prayer, and massage. The word "psi" refers to: (a) the alleged ability to become directly (nonsensorially) aware of past, present, and/or future events outside the body; (b) psychokinesis; and (c) phenomena ascribed to such abilities.
psychic-intuitive healing: An alleged means of exploring the "multi dimensional aspects" of oneself. It apparently embraces color therapy, "dimensional energy healing," and "long distance healing."
Psychic Magic: Program of ten audiocassettes that allegedly fosters clairvoyance, precognitive and telepathic abilities, and the capacity for out-of-body experiences. It also purportedly increases one's "natural" ability to heal oneself, others, pets, and plants. It includes Intuitive Aura Reading.
Psychic Self-Defense: Five-cassette audiotape program whose postulate is that "negative forces," "negative influences," or "negative thought-forms" -- a usually imperceptible form of "subtle energy" -- often are the source of addictions, "bad luck," depression, and other problems. It is a form of aura balancing.
Psychic Shield: Six-cassette purported complement to Psychic Self-Defense. It is a form of chakra healing.
psychic surgery (etheric surgery): Alleged means of healing tissue, or removing diseased tissue, with bare hands or common instruments, painlessly and uninjuriously. Practitioners are called "psychic surgeons" or "etheric surgeons." Some claim that they operate only on an individual's "etheric body" or "perispirit."
Psychoenergetics: Subject of Psychoenergetics -- A Method of Self-Discovery and Healing (Oceanview), by psychiatrist Jordan Weiss, M.D. Psychoenergetics is a purported means of using the mind to move "emotional energy." It includes psychofeedback, and its theory posits "negative energies" that produce "blocks."
psychofeedback: A technique of Psychoenergetics. It encompasses imagery and "feeling" one's thoughts.
Psychogenetics: Method founded by "psycho-spiritual consultant" Gayatri Rein Reich, author of Psychogenetics. Psychogenetics allegedly: (a) "cracks" and "reprograms" genetic codes related to birth, aging, and death; and (b) dissolves "lineage chains." Its theory posits a "powerful program" on one's "psychogenetic computer" that determines: (a) when one is born, marries, and gives birth; (b) the nature of one's relationships; (c) the state of one's career and finances; and (d) the quality of one's physical and mental health.
Psychography: Purportedly, a unique, nonhypnotic, "altered-state" technique. It is a form of regression therapy developed by Rev. Dr. Franklin Loehr (deceased). Psychography supposedly "allows" one to "look back" between one's lives and over one's past, present, and future lives. One of its premises is that each human has an omniscient inner "part" that can help to bring healing to souls.
Psycho-kinetic Health (PKH): Offshoot of applied kinesiology developed in Britain. Its postulate is that practitioners can feel and see "energy blocks" in clients and remove the "blocks" through "mental effort." PKH theory posits "meridians" and "subtle body energies."
psychological astrology (astro-psychology): Combination of horoscopic astrology (see "astrologic medicine") and Jungian psychology.
psychology of evil: Nascent Christian form of quasi psychology, or a psychological philosophy, endorsed by M. (Morgan) Scott Peck, M.D., author of The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth (Simon & Schuster, 1979), People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil (Simon & Schuster, 1983), Further Along The Road Less Traveled: The Unending Journey Toward Spiritual Growth (Simon & Schuster, 1993), In Heaven as on Earth: A Vision of the Afterlife, and The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety (Simon & Schuster, 1997).
In The Road Less Traveled (p. 273), Peck equated laziness with original sin, an alleged condition that Christianity ascribes to the first human's act of disobedience to God. Peck stated that the "lazy part of the selfmay actually be" the devil. In People of the Lie, which he called a "dangerous book," Peck claimed that he had "met" Satan. He stated: "As well as being the Father of Lies, Satan may be said to be a spirit of mental illness." In Further Along The Road Less Traveled, he asserts (pp. 186-187): "Spiritual/religious ideas and concepts are necessary in the treatment of many people.I realized that there was no way to treatpeople [with phobias] effectively without trying to convert them to a more benign worldview: a view of the worldasat leasta place in which they.had some kind of protection in the form of God's grace."
Psychometric Analysis (P.A., P.A. method, P.A. system, Psychometric Analysis of Human Character and Mentality): Variation of telediagnosis based on the work of M. Bovis (a Frenchman) and Dr. Oscar Brunler (d. 1952).
psychometry (object reading, psychoscopy): Purported means of obtaining information about people and events associated with an object merely by touching, handling, or being near to the object. "Psychic researcher" Dr. J. Rhodes Buchanan devised and named psychometry around the turn of the century. He held that all objects and events leave perpetual impressions in the "ether" or "astral light." Buchanan allegedly discovered that when psychometry students simply held drugs, the students often exhibited the symptoms that would have resulted had they ingested the drugs. Moreover, he allegedly found that some psychometrists could diagnose illness simply by holding the patient's hand. The word "psychometry" literally means "measure of the soul." (In science-oriented healthcare, the terms psychometry, psychometrics, and psychometric testing refer to the use of tests to measure such psychological characteristics as aptitude, intelligence, and personality traits.)
Psycho-Neuroaligning (PNA): System advanced by hypnotherapist and "Kinesiologist" Anthony Cimino, N.D., Ph.D. Its basic "procedures" include acu pressure, muscle testing (see above), "neuro-communion," "nutritional therapy," "past life investigation," and reflexology.
Psycho-Neuro Integration (PNI, psychic healing): Method for "realigning" alleged "subtle energy centers" through integration of "subtle" and physical forms of energy.
Psychophysiological Integration (bliss technique; formerly called the "Maharishi Ayurveda Psychophysiological Integration technique"): Alleged access to pure joy. Apparently, its purported design is to reestablish contact between the mind and "vibrations of bliss" that "subtly pervade" all bodily cells. Its theory posits: (a) a "quantum mechanical human body" ("quantum mechanical body"), the basis of the self; and (b) "channels of inner intelli gence," through which bliss can flow.
Psycho-Pictography: Subject of the bestseller of the same name, written by "self-help" guru Vernon Howard and published by Prentice Hall. It is a purported means of using the "miracle power" of one's mind, through mental images, to decipher spiritual and psychological truths.
Psycho-Regression: Subject of Psycho-Regression: A New System for Healing & Personal Growth (Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1994), by "paramedical researcher" and past-life therapist Dr. Francesca Rosetti. Psycho-Regression is a purported means of using guided visualization (see "creative visualization" and "guided imagery") to release the "stuff of the shadow." Its theory apparently posits guardian angels.
psychospiritual holistic healing: Form of psychotherapy that includes chakra healing, inner child therapy, meditation, and positive thinking.
psychospiritual therapy: "Educational" method that includes aura balancing, guided imagery, meditation, and "philosophical discussion." Its purported goal is integration of body, mind, and spirit, which supposedly leads to "personal mastery."
psychosynthesis (psychosynthesis therapy): Form of spiritual psychotherapy originated in 1910 by Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, M.D. (1888-1974), and developed by Johannes Schultz. Its purported design is to effect the "integration" and "growth" of the self and to release and direct "psychic energies" allegedly generated thereby. Its theory posits chakras ("energy centers").
Psycho-Therapeutic ReikiSM (Psycho-Therapeutic ReikiSM healing): One of several Reiki Plus "healing modalities" allegedly co-created by God and Reverend David G. Jarrell. Its purported design is to release "the memories retained in the bodies and conscious and soul memory." Its theory posits a collective unconscious.
pulse diagnosis: Purported detection or prediction of any "imbalance" simply by feeling the pulse.
Pythagorian numerology: System of numerology originated by the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras; the Western form of numerology.


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