Spiritual PhytoEssencing™ Diploma Course Prospectus
Copyright 1998-2017 by Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc.
By Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Overview of Spiritual PhytoEssencing
Essential oils are both biochemical and bioenergetic
entities. In Spiritual PhytoEssencing (phytoessence is a synonym
for essential oil), the dynamic (non-physical) level—so-called
because it affects all levels of being simultaneously—aspect of the
essential oils is given greater emphasis than their chemical actions. This
dynamic aspect is not accessible to our ordinary intellectual consciousness. Nevertheless,
it is the key determinant of the nature of an essential oil. Every living cell
must be animated by a vital force, or "ensouled," and it's this incarnation of
higher forces into living tissue that lends each organism its tangible
expression. An essential oil is the carrier of a plant's soul. The Kabbalah
teaches that the human soul is an homogenous blend of plant–, animal–, and
human–soul components, and thus, human beings can relate to plants on a
soul-to-soul level. Hence, one can use an essential oil to elicit deep-seated,
life-changing, soul-spiritual responses. However, in order to do so, one must
first come to understand the oil's unique inner dimension, or "soul-nature."
Like the human soul, the plant soul contains the spiritual
roots for all the plant's material and non-material manifestations. Hence, when
using essential oils for soul-spiritual work, all of the biophysical and
bioenergetic features of the plant can be used to develop an understanding of
said spiritual roots. An essential oil, the carrier of the plant soul, is
inherently a potency—a storehouse of a dynamic potential which reflects the
essence of all aspects of the source plant. In Spiritual PhytoEssencing,
the soul nature of each essential oil is elaborated upon using a synthesis of
aromatherapy, herbal medicine and folklore, classical homeopathy, conventional
physiology, traditional Chinese medicine, anthroposophical medicine, alchemy, depth
psychology, gemstone healing, color therapy and the Kabbalah. When one has an
understanding of the soul nature of an oil, he or she can then use that oil
with far greater specificity.
Given Dr. Bruce Berkowsky's background as a classical
homeopath and his focus upon the bioenergetic potential of essential oils, the
use of a homeopathic potency prepared from the custom blend (in addition to the
use of the blend itself in material form) is a pivotal, defining feature of the
practice of Spiritual PhytoEssencing. The essential oil blend,
ultimately used for inhalation and in baths, also serves as the germinal
"mother tincture" for the production of the homeopathic potency. The potency
and blend are then administered in tandem, thus accessing the soul on a
Spiritual PhytoEssencing is not a clinical modality
and its intent is not to directly affect disease symptoms, thus, it is not used
as a response to a specific physical pathology. The focus of Spiritual
PhytoEssencing is the point of interface between the mind and soul, or the
rational and superrational, aspects of human consciousness. Whatever
improvements in physical pathologies are observed after beginning the use of Spiritual
PhytoEssencing custom blends are considered to be indirect benefits of the
individual's improved ability to make life and lifestyle choices which are
consistent with the prerequisites of overall wellness. Whether one is well or
ill, Spiritual PhytoEssencing is a gentle, subtle art that can serve as
a tool for deep personal growth, thus, greater well-being.
Spiritual PhytoEssencing is not intended to be a
health-care procedure that requires state licensing. Instead, it is a spiritual
art in the tradition of yoga, tai chi and meditation which anyone with the
desire and ability to learn its principles and methodology can master and
safely practice. Spiritual PhytoEssencing instruction is an art for all
spiritually oriented people. Although the courses are not structured to appeal
specifically to health-care professionals, many students are health-care
professionals (N.D., N.M.D., M.D., Ph.D., R.N., LMT, D.C., R.A., etc.).
While this art may prove to be of good service when
incorporated into a wide variety of health-care specialties, many people who
study Spiritual PhytoEssencing are not professional practitioners and train
simply to be able to do effective deep soul-level healing work with their
friends and families or even just themselves. After all, one does not have to
have the goal of becoming either a tai chi or yoga teacher in order to derive
great benefit from the study and practice of those arts.
In the same way that martial arts rankings or yoga
proficiency is not regulated by governmental or other official hierarchical
standards, Dr. Berkowsky's Spiritual PhytoEssencing Diploma Course
degree is not accredited by any accrediting organization or governmental body.
As Spiritual PhytoEssencing addresses the suprasensible and infinite
soul, its practice does not lend itself to, and indeed would be compromised by,
the limitations invariably imposed by external standardization.
This is not to say that the practice of Spiritual
PhytoEssencing does not have exacting standards. On the contrary, the
course work is highly structured and thus standardization is an inherent
feature of instruction in, and practice of, the art. The legitimacy of the practice
of Spiritual PhytoEssencing ultimately rests upon maintenance of
consistent high quality training and spiritual ideals, precise requirements for
earning a degree, the integrity of the kavannot (Kabbalistic term
meaning inner intentions) of the practitioner and the derived soul level
benefits which are experienced.
WHAT INSPIRED DR. BERKOWSKY To DEVELOP
The ART Of SPIRITUAL PHYTOESSENCING?
After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Berkowsky came to
two crucial conclusions. The first is that all chronic disease, and to a great
extent human unhappiness, is characterized by inertia or "stuckness." The
second is that disharmony on both physical and emotional levels emanates from a
deep-seated central disturbance which ripples outward to the more superficial
planes of being.
The basic premise of Spiritual PhytoEssencing
is that the soul is the epicenter of this central disturbance. Accordingly, the
soul becomes distracted by the stresses and disturbances of the finite world
and loses its connection with its Source. King Solomon wrote: "The light of
God is the soul of the human being." In other words, the soul is the unique
expression of divinity within each individual. There are no limitations in the
realm of the Infinite. On the other hand, when the soul becomes preoccupied
with the finite, "stuckness" results.
This "stuckness" is inertial. Once the soul becomes
entangled in the web of the finite, it has difficulty restoring its orientation
to its Divine Source. The purpose of the Spiritual PhytoEssencing custom
blend is to provide a nucleus of pure soul energy, unencumbered by the
restrictions of ego, around which the human soul can reorganize. Upon
reorganization, the soul's first imperative is to restore its orientation
toward the Infinite and, in doing so, change one's perspective from limitations
to limitlessness and one's existential state from "stuckness" and potential for
disease to progress and potential for true healing.
The key to effecting this shift rests in the accuracy of the
custom blend. Using his synthesis, Dr. Berkowsky has to date described in great
detail the soul nature of 110 essential oils (the complete collection of these
oil descriptions is referred to as Berkowsky's Materia Medica/Spiritualis of
Essential Oils). In Spiritual PhytoEssencing, the practitioner is
taught how to conduct an interview that will provide a clear picture of the
constitutional themes that characterize a particular individual's soul
dynamics. Various aspects of these
themes are then proficiently matched with corresponding
essential oils. The custom blend is ultimately composed of between 20 and 25
essential oils, which, in concert, constitute a plant soul analogue of a given
individual's soul-picture. It is this customized correspondence that encourages
the individual's soul to accept it as a reorganizing nucleus. In other words,
the custom blend is the matching key which can unlock the moribund potential
within the soul. Clearly, the ability to produce effective custom blends
requires aptitude in a number of skills, including case-taking, case analysis,
translation of interview data into essential oil selections, essential oil
blending technique, homeopathic potentization technique, materia medica work
and an understanding of how to properly follow a case. Spiritual
PhytoEssencing Diploma and Master's Courses provide in-depth training in
all these skills.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between Spiritual
PhytoEssencing and conventional aromatherapy? What is the difference
between Spiritual PhytoEssencing and homeopathy?
Both conventional aromatherapy and homeopathy act at the
emotional/physical interface. In homeopathy, and commonly in aromatherapy, the
ultimate intent of the practitioner is to ameliorate emotional and physical
symptoms. Spiritual PhytoEssencing works at the interface of mind and
soul and the intent is psycho-spiritual harmonization. Like aromatherapy, Spiritual
PhytoEssencing employs essential oils, and like homeopathy, it employs
homeopathic dilutions. (In homeopathy, the dilutions are prepared from various
plant, animal and mineral substances. The Spiritual PhytoEssencing
dilutions are prepared exclusively from customized essential oil blends.) While
Spiritual PhytoEssencing shares some of the central features of both
aromatherapy and homeopathy, it is nevertheless a distinct art unto itself.
Does Spiritual PhytoEssencing replace the use of
aromatherapy and/or homeopathy?
No. This is like asking if stretching exercises replace
aerobic training or whether fruits replace vegetables in one's diet.
Aromatherapy and/or homeopathy may be indicated for the treatment of certain
emotional and physical disorders. Spiritual PhytoEssencing focuses
purely upon the creation of soul well being rather than upon disease
eradication and may prove to be a valuable synergist to both aromatherapy and
homeopathy, and vice versa. The creative and skilled practitioner can learn to
incorporate all three of these modalities into a vibrant, interactive protocol.
Does one have to have the goal of earning a degree in
order to take the Diploma Course?
No. Registration is open to all. It is perfectly acceptable
for someone who merely wishes the knowledge but does not want to take the exams
and fulfill the other degree requirements to take the Diploma Course.
How many classes are there to earn a Diploma?
The Diploma Course consists of 6 modules. All of these are
done via home-study. There is no in-person class attendance requirement for the
Who tutors the Diploma home-study students?
At this time Dr. Berkowsky still personally tutors all the
students. This may change beginning in 2015 when some of his senior diplomates
will begin to serve as tutors. However, even then Dr. Berkowsky will continue
to personally review and critique all students' final exams and submitted case
studies. He also conducts the 1-hour phone session (to review the student's
course work and provide guidance continuation of his or her learning process)
that follows the final exam
What are the components of the Diploma Course?
The Diploma Course provides an in-depth understanding of the
theoretical foundation of Spiritual PhytoEssencing and the soul
nature of 38 essential oils. The Diploma Course student is also taught the
basics of case-taking, case analysis, repertorizing (using Berkowsky's Spiritual PhytoEssencing Repertory Of
Essential Oils), usage of Berkowsky's
Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils, layered essential
oil blending and homeopathic potentization (1 to 2 drops of the oil blend are
sequentially diluted to less than 1 part per million and activated for internal
use to complement the external use of the oil blend itself).
In-depth instruction is provided regarding the fundamental
perspectives of Spiritual PhytoEssencing, including: soul-level
archetypes; miasm theory (adapted to Spiritual PhytoEssencing from classical
homeopathy); elements of anthroposophical medicine's theoretical models
including the three-fold organism and the four constituent elements of the
human organism; elements from Martin Buber's philosophy of I-Thou relation, the
theoretical foundation of Carl Rogers' humanistic psychology and Carl Jung's
depth psychology; the Kabbalah's Tree of Life and model of the Five Levels of
the Soul and the Four Worlds; Chinese Five Element Theory and various other
models (including certain aspects of the chakras system, gemstone healing,
color therapy, astrology and alchemy).
What study materials do we receive?
For each module, student receives the relevant chapters from
Berkowsky's Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils (each
chapter is 20 to 30 pages long) as well as the latest edition of Berkowsky's
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Repertory of essential oils. Each
home-study module is formed around specific chapters (each devoted to the full
elaboration of the inner nature of one essential oil) plus a minimum of 16
hours of lecture recordings which focus on those chapters. Three of the modules
are entirely devoted to the study of 26 specific essential oils. The recordings
in these modules are audio only. The other 3 modules cover the entire wide
range of the Spiritual PhytoEssencing skill set including the study of specific
essential oils, the art of layered blending, potentization of an essential oil
blend and case-study analysis. The student is provided the recordings of these
three modules in both video and audio-only formats. The audio-only option
allows the student to listen to the recordings while jogging, driving, etc.
The student will also be provided with relevant charts and
various other study aids.
What about tests and other requirements?
Each of the 6 home-study modules in the Diploma Course has
an associated test. The written tests are all of the open-book variety
involving material from the chapters, recordings and study materials.
Additionally, there are informal one-on-one phone sessions with Dr. Berkowsky
which are an opportunity for Dr. Berkowsky to assess a student's general
understanding of the material and to answer any questions the student may have
as well as to help guide them in their studies.
Upon completion of the six modules of the course, the
Diploma candidate will have to pass a final exam. The final exam
consists entirely of one of Dr. Berkowsky's case studies that the student must
analyze and propose which oils would be used in the case-study subject's custom
blend. The student is required to fully explain his or her oil selections.
Also, Diploma candidates will be required to present two
case-studies on paper. These need not be done from live subjects. The
student can build these case-studies from people they know, characters in
movies, television shows, magazine articles, biographies of historical figures,
Can I register for each class individually without
registering for an entire course?
Yes. However, the tuition for full-course registration is significantly
less than registering on a class-by-class basis. Please inquire regarding the
current tuition fees (and discount and installment payment options) by
e-mailing or faxing Dr. Berkowsky:
Phone: 360-422-6233 Fax: 360-422-7729. Also, contact Dr.
Berkowsky if you would like to arrange a phone conversation with him regarding
Purchase the Full Diploma Course and recieve a 15% discount
(Contact Dr. Berskowsy about special payment options)
Full 6 Module Course. Regular price = $1350.00
Discount Price: $1147.50