As a Gestalt therapist, I have been working with Exact Moments of Healing all my professional career. I’ve experienced them for myself, and I’ve helped create them for thousands of people around the world who have been my private clients, workshop participants or trainees at the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center. But I must admit that a certain condition in my life has heightened my empathy and healing insight beyond my role as a therapist. Let me explain.
Instead of heading for the hills, which he could have done quite justifiably, he planted himself in front of me, affirmed his love, and assured me that he wasn’t one to walk away from a commitment. Then he simply said, “Do you feel like you’re dying?” I told him not even remotely. He answered, “Well, don’t plan on it. Don’t plan on being ill.” We married, had two beautiful sons and here I am nearly two decades later still battling and winning so far. My doctors call me a medical miracle.
I’m not going to be cavalier about ALS; it’s a tough script for anyone. Ironically, though, I’ve come to regard it as a grace. After my diagnosis, I embarked on an intense healing quest that continues today and includes a strict nutritional regimen supported by various natural and alternative healing modalities that work in tandem with the drug therapy. This literal fight for my life has pushed me to the very depths of my mind, body and spirit. I’ve journeyed to places within myself where I may never have gone had it not been for deadline pressure.
Through my personal healing odyssey, I’ve accessed a wealth of intuitive wisdom, love and compassion that not only has made me a better person, but also has deeply sensitized me to the healing needs of others. As I tell my clients, I may have physical limitations, but I am totally present with you in this room. From this enhanced awareness, I witness and embrace the inherent power of Exact Moments of Healing.
Exact Moments of Healing
Read Mariah’s thoughts on why we must selectively address and transform moments in our lives to create new moments of healing.
An inspirational narrative account of Mariah’s extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to a life of service.
Philosophy on Healing
My style of working is saturated with my bias that people heal in an environment of love, forgiveness and compassion.
“Mariah. You have quite a gift. I have never been as deeply touched by an experience.”