David Raphael Isaacson
a young boy I loved comic books and “Dr Strange: Master of the Mystic
Arts” was my favorite. Doc Strange had amazing magical abilities and I
wondered "was it possible? (kids have such active imaginations). At the
age of 15 I read Martin Buber's’ "Tales of the Hasidim" - a collection
of stories and aphorisms of Jewish mystics and miracle workers of 18th
century Europe. I can’t imagine the effect books like “Harry Potter”
are having upon the youth of today, but from this one book I began to
hope and dream: a magical spirit filled life might not be such a far
off fantasy after all - if others had experienced these sorts of things
(no matter how far in the distant past) why not me? But all these
Masters were long gone... who now could guide me ? I had no clue, yet
the ideas planted in my impressionable young mind grew to a yearning I
could not resist.
At the age of 17 I became an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America.
It was not quite the spiritual ideal I had in mind, but it was (in its
own way) something noble.
I had just started my third year at the University of California
(Irvine) majoring in a new field called Social Ecology, when I read
Paramahansa Yoganandas’ "Autobiography of a Yogi". Here was the real
deal, a spiritual teacher who not only embodied my divine ideals but
lived in the modern world ! Unfortunately, Yogananda passed on years
earlier so i could not meet or study with him in person, but the
possibility that my dream could become a reality was now awakened... and
even though my friends and family thought I was crazy, I immediately
left school to pursue my search in earnest.
Over many years, this “quest” has lead me to explore many religious
Jewish, Christian, Sufi, Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, American Indian....
study and practice many spiritual paths and healing arts:
Siddha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Dowsing
Subud, Spiritual Response Therapy, Chi Kung, Reiki Tummo, Theta...
and work with many teachers and healers.
the process of “Awakening” continues....
|Stored away in some part of the
Inner Self reside all ones latent gifts and talents,
results of efforts taken over countless past lives in this and
other dimensions. The first challenge for the incarnated soul,
enchanted and intoxicated by the illusions of this material
dimension, is in “Waking Up” to this higher knowledge
Awakening From "The Matrix"
The "Wounded Healer" Archetype
The first step to “Awaken” from "the Matrix" of the material world is to become disillusioned
its reality. The monopoly or strangle hold it has upon our attention
starts to slip and release, which frees up awareness, allowing for the
possiblility of seeing outside the "box" of this world and over the
edge to the next. This awakening process may be initiated or catalyzed
through various means: A painful trauma such as a great emotional loss,
a physical accident, certainly a near death experience... can abruptly
break the soul from this world; certain drugs can forcibly pull and
separate the soul from the body... but drugs tend to cause undesirable
long term side effects such as tearing and rupturing in the energy
field. In my humble opinion, the safest way to achieve safest results
is through the intervention of Divine Grace such as received in the
healing sessions. Over the years I have engaged in countless healing
session... but at the beginning of my journey, the particular catalysts
Spirit had in mind for me were a number of little traumatic events
(symbolic deaths and terrible disappointments) that managed to push me
over the edge and outside... again and again.
There are numerous side lines we
take as we are engaged with the world - the pursuit of love and money
are the big ones. We are inundated with the cultural messages and
biological imperatives that say ones purpose in life is found in career
and relationships. And of course on some level this is true, yet this
truth can only take one so far... until the impermanence of temporal
reality hits home and ones world comes crashing down.
There was the divorce from the woman who (I thought) I was going to
spend the rest of my life with, and the subsequent loss of my 2
beautiful children as they all flew away to the other side of
the world. Both events ended the notion of the “living happily ever
after" fantasy. Yet through this experience, there was born the
commitment to overcome and heal everything inside which led to this
About this same time I had been studying with someone who I believed
was this great spiritual master... until I found out he was physically
and sexually abusing some of his students (I was saved from this
torment, but sadly, many others were not). “How could such a
‘spiritual’ being do these sorts of things?” I asked. On top of my
divorce and the loss of my kids, this last disillusionment lead
me to entertain the possibility that everything about spirituality
was a lie.
I can see why
people get disenchanted with the spiritual path - its leaders are all
humans with character flaws and at times do terrible things. Yet it's
just as the Dalai Lama said "do not throw the lesson out with the
experience", in this case I received an important lesson...
discernment: as in, how to distinguish the essence and truth of the
teaching from the teacher, or, how to separate the message from the
messenger (fortunately, I found a spiritual friend who helped me
transition through this crisis of faith). Besides sharpening my
discrimination, this experience helped loosen my attachment to the
outer Guru (the archetypal "authority figure") and allowed me to become
more conscious of and awakened to my own Higher Self - the "Inner Guru"
!!! This one realization became the greatest spiritual gift of my life,
laying a solid foundation for everything to come.
In the meantime, pursuing the goal of becoming a healer, I completed 2
years of pre-med studies at Northern Arizona University and was
accepted into Western States Chiropractic College. Two weeks into the
second semester, early in the morning, I had a very vivid dream. I was
standing in front of our class of some 130 people and said: “No matter
how much time and money we have invested to get here, we can always
make another choice. It is never too late to do something else. I feel
that this path is not for me - it is not making me happy so I am going
to let it go and drop out."
I made so many sacrifices and went through so many hoops to get here
and this dream was telling me give it all up? This is Crazy ! And
yet.... when I searched my feelings I realized I was NOT happy. I
should have been excited about waking up every morning and going to
school (especially this early into the program) but I was not. Even my
body was telling me how unhappy it was by how much it was falling apart
and huring.. and each month it was only getting worse and worse ! But
if I gave up on my dream (which I thought
was to be a
Chiropractor) what would I do then?
But this dream and the power of my feelings were too much to ignore... so I took a leap. The next
morning I stood in front of my class and gave the very same speech I dream't of and quit school.. and it felt RIGHT !
A few weeks after I left a palpable
wall of blackness descended in my life (when I closed my eyes I
could even see it). I had followed my dream and here I was, with no
discernible future and a huge student loan to pay back. What was I to do
now? (As a sad side note: later that same year, 2 senior students committed
suicide. Perhaps if they hear my speech they would have made a
To keep the thread of my “dream
” alive I decided to study
massage and graduated from The Oregon School of Massage. One thing led
to another... and I became an Ordained Minister. Shortly thereafter I
took another leap and enrolled at The Oregon College of Oriental
Medicine... and three years later graduated with a Master’s Degree in
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (1992). And so began my “formal”
I had followed the bread crumbs of some nebulous fantastical dream, all
of which lead me to this “officially” recognized career as
a licensed "Healer”. Whew, finally... I
"made it" (see the diplomas on the wall) and yet... I had a nagging feeling something was still missing.
A few years later I was hired to work as an Acupuncturist in an
alternative health clinic in Saudi Arabia with the potential to make
enough money to pay off my student loans in 2 years ! After being there
for 3 months the clinic owners' business license was refused (a
Shia-Sunni political thing) and I returned back home to the USA. I had
to ask myself "What message was spirit conveying here?" From this (and
other) "shuttered doors", I realized the universe was no longer going
to support me on this oriental medicine path and I had to gracefully
"let it go".
"When one door closes another door
Fortunately, the few years leading up to this realization I continued
to follow the guidance of my "Inner Master" and found
myself opening up to some very unique healing work. I wasn't quite
sure what to call "It" or what "It" actually was. I didn't even know if
I could earn a living doing "It" but whatever 'It" was was sure
interesting. What was infinitely more important? I was getting results that were a lot more effective
(and amazing) than I ever got in my oriental medicine practice !!! I figured, Ok, the "A" (Acupuncture) door
is closed... let's see where the "B" (Beyond) door takes me... and here
An integral part of my path has been the receiving of Grace from many
spiritual practitioners and master teachers. No matter how great or
small, long or short the association, I would like to gratefully
acknowledge a few of these people for their unique gifts and influences
in my life: Swami Muktananda, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Robert Detsler,
Jeannie Mackie, Anita Stewart, Racquel Palmesi, Charles McCall, Karen
Abrams, Marina Rose and Tanya Sheikh. And to those many other unmentioned lovers of light and truth - I do thank you one and all.
the Person is a human being experiencing the unique opportunities
offered in this dimension. He is passionate about the liberation of all
beings, the ascension of the whole planetary body and the embodiment of
Divine Love in human form.
Spirit works very closely with countless beings who make up the
Spiritual Hierarchy. He has a pure attunement to the Divine Directive
(the "Universal Plan"), expressing in his work the Spiritual Authority,
Healing Power, Transformational Consciousness and Will of
those sincere seekers who are willing to go beyond their limitations
and comfort zones are invited to experience his work.
Peace and Blessings
David Raphael Isaacson
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