At its heart Shudosho is a mechanism, a tool or a pathway to help you become your true and authentic self. It is also a way to express this self so that pleasure, engagement and meaning can once again enter your life. it works by educating you as to how your psychological mind actually works in relation to your brain and helps you understand when you are working with your brain and when you are working against it. The end result of this self expression is greater balance and security in your day to day existence.
One of the differences between Shudosho and other therapies that you may have knowledge about is in its unique linkage of thoughts, feelings and the concept of self to brain structure and function. In the last few years there has been an immense amount of neurological scientific research trying to relate psychological concepts to brain function and human behaviour. New ideas about neuro-plasticity of the brain make it clear that we can develop the brain in ways previously thought not possible. we can actually enhance brain structure and function that lead to new pathways helping to reduce distress and enhance brain stability. This has the potential to open the door to new and exciting forms of neuro-psychological therapy. Future prospects seem immense for the development of more effective treatments based on this neuro-scientific research
The programme is insight based group therapy using balance as its predominant theme. Maintaining a balance between our selves and our environment is a precarious, stressful and difficult task for us all. All of us have fundamental psychological drives that need to be expressed and we have basic psychological desires that yearn for that expression. Without this expression life becomes meaningless. In our lives many factors make expression of our authentic selves very difficult. We are then left with a sense of fearfulness, or abiding feelings of incompleteness and emptiness. By a process of training in the acquisition of insight Shudosho encourages us to behave in ways that lead to self discovery, appreciation and acceptance. It is simply a way to become who you actually are.
The Shudosho system identifies twelve essences necessary for balance. These include presence, consciousness and non attachment as an inner core surrounded by integration, balance and movement. Then there are the fundamentals of paradox, discipline and focus. There is an implicit recognition throughout the model that we need to give consideration to time, space and ego non-dependency to move from becoming to being.