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Awakening of a Healer
David Raphael Isaacson

David Raphael Isaacson, spiritual healer, teacher, intuitive, shaman, ordained 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 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 traditions:
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.

And 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 with 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 happening.

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.

Lord Shiva - the Higher Self. the Inner Guru

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."
WHAT !?!?!
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 different choice?)
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” healing practice.

graduation from acupuncture school

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 opens"
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 we are.

Acknowledgments

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.


sending healing love and light, peace and blessingsDavid 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.

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 and Will of the Master.

All 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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