the BIO of
David Raphael Isaacson
Healer Teacher Intuitive Shaman
Minister - Acupuncturist
As 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... they 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 and Miracle workers 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, there 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
We cannot be “Awakened” from "the Matrix" of the material world until we
are first loosened from the attachments we form to it and are "fed up"
with its reality. It is only when this
happens is our awareness freed up enough that we can start to see over
the edge and outside of "the box" of this world and into the next
(Spirit). This may come about through the intervention of Divine
Grace (as received in the healing sessions), or through some painful
cataclysmic trauma such as a near death experience (that physically
tears your soul from life). This last event wasn't the particular
catalyst Spirit had in mind for me, but rather, there were a number
of little traumatic events (symbolic deaths and terrible
disappointments) that managed to push me over the edge and outside
of the box... 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 disillusionment 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 off and 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 was a massive
disappointment that 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 here I received an important lesson in discernment
- 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). All in all, 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 "Inner Master".
In the meantime, pursuing a goal of becoming a healer, I completed 2
years of pre-med studies and was accepted into Western States
Two weeks into the second semester 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 had made so many sacrifices and went through so many hoops to get to
this place, yet this one dream was telling me give it all up ? This is
Crazy ! I should have been excited about waking up every morning and
going to school, but when I searched my feelings I realized I was not
happy. If I gave up on my dream (which I thought
was to be a
Chiropractor) what would I do then? Yet I could not ignore this message
nor my feelings... so acting out of faith I took a leap: the next
morning I stood up in front of my class, gave the same speech and quit
school, exactly as in my dream... and it felt RIGHT
Later that year, I heard that 2 senior students committed suicide
(sadly, they did not hear my speech).A few weeks after I left school, a
palpable wall of blackness descended in front of 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? How do I pick up the pieces of my life? Where do I
go? what do I do? To keep the thread of my “dream
” alive, I
decided to study massage at The Oregon School of Massage. Finishing that
study, I enrolled into 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” healing
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”... yet something was still missing. I
finally "made it" (see the diplomas on the wall) yet
I had a nagging feeling that Oriental Medicine wasn’t the "final"
A few years later I went to Saudi Arabia to work as an Acupuncturist in
an alternative health clinic with the potential to make enough
money to pay off my student loans in 2 years. After 3 months of
political stonewalling, the clinic owner still had not gotten his
business license and we were all sent back home. I had to ask myself
"What message was spirit sending me here ?" From this (and other
events) I realized that the universe was not going to support me doing
Acupuncture... there was no energy in it for me and it was time to
gracefully "let it go".
"When one door closes another door
Fortunately, in these few years leading up to this moment, 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... and I was getting results
that were a lot more effective and amazing than acupuncture. I
figured, Ok, the "A" (Acupuncture) door is closed... let's see where the
"B" (Beyond) door takes me... and here we are.
A huge part of my path has been the receiving of Grace from other
spiritual practitioners. 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 special influences in my life: Swami
Muktananda, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Robert Detsler, Jeannie Mackie,
Anita Stewart, Racquel Palmesi, Charles McCall, Karen Abrams,
Marina Rose, Moira Shephard and Tanya Sheikh. And to those many
other unmentioned lovers of light and truth - I do thank you one and
David the 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, Divine Light
and Will of the Master.
David the Person is a human being (just like you) experiencing the
unique opportunities offered in this dimension. He is committed to the
liberation of all beings, the ascension of the whole planetary body into
the higher dimensions, and the embodiment of Divine Love in human form.
those sincere seekers who are willing to go beyond their limitations
and comfort zones are invited to experience his work.
"Peace and Blessings, Love and Light"
David Raphael Isaacson
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