Questions and Answers

We have gathered together some of the questions that we are asked most often. The answers will be of interest to many of you.

General Questions

Is study of the Ahava Raba Method and/or treatment by the Ahava Raba Method permitted by Judaism, and are they suitable for religiously observant people?

Yes, definitely. The Ahava Raba Methods comes from the deepest spirit and being of Judaism. In fact, the very name of the Ahava Raba Method was taken from the last blessing before the reading of the Shema prayer in the morning prayer service. The methods suits, of course, both religious and secular people, and a large portion of the Ahava Raba Method’s patients and students are traditional and religiously observant.

Is it possible to be treated by the Ahava Raba Method and by conventional medical treatment at the same time?Yes, it is definitely possible – and in certain cases, desirable – to combine the two treatment methods because it is extremely important to get a medical diagnosis, drug treatment and additional conventional treatment, especially regarding oncologic diseases. When used together, the Ahava Raba Method complements the conventional treatment.
For the most part, conventional medicine treats only the specific illness – without taking into consideration any other physical/emotional phenomena, which are supposedly unconnected with it. The Ahava Raba Method sees a person as a complete body/soul/spirit entity and seeks out the deeper reasons for the creation of the problem/illness.
The Ahava Raba Method connects the various phenomena from which the person is suffering, treats them and thus aids in preventing or blocking the illness (for instance, by strengthening the body’s immune system). Treating the deeper reasons behind an illness reduces the chances of its recurrence.

In many cases in which conventional medicine is unable to help, the Ahava Raba Method leads to relief, to a significant improvement in the person’s quality of life and life expectancy, and sometimes to a complete cure.

Will treatment by the Ahava Raba Method still work if the person is skeptical about the method?

The Ahava Raba Method works both on the energetical stratum and the awareness stratum. The energetical component will affect every person, even if they are doubtful about it or from the outset do not believe that treatment will be successful. It can happen that a person will agree overtly to being treated by the Ahava Raba Method, but meanwhile, in his heart of hearts (and not unconsciously), he does not believe it will help him. This makes no difference. And the clearest proof that the method works even without belief is the extent of its great effectiveness with toddlers.
Rather, the basic condition for receiving treatment by the Ahava Raba Method is that the person wants the treatment and agrees to get it. He does not necessarily have to believe that it will help him, but he must express his full desire to get the treatment and to be “present” and active during the process. This is for the simple reason that a person’s conscious cooperation is needed in order to repair his awareness component. Regarding infants or children, by the way, the parents’ agreement is, of course, the first and foremost requirement.

 Do I learn the Ahava Raba Method and then treat myself, or are we talking about treatment accompanied by a therapist?

Both are possible. Each teacher or therapist will give his students or patients at least one technique to practice at home by themselves. It is certainly possible to practice some of the techniques alone, in the framework of our personal growth process. But for deeper problems, it is desirable to undergo private treatment with a therapist because sometimes during the process it is necessary to have the support of someone experienced, who can take us another step forward.
 can undergo many of our personal processes alone, but in many cases, we need someone alongside us who can show us and help us with our resistance, who will guide us in the very difficult or painful places, who can help us process and understand. Incidentally, all of the therapists in the Ahava Raba Method consult with and treat each other in order to get support in their own personal process.

  Questions about Studying

Where are courses in the Ahava Raba Method held?

Most of the courses take place in Hod Hasharon. There are also courses that are held in places throughout Israel, according to demand and the location of our teachers.

Is it possible to get Ministry of Education recognition for a continuing education incentive for taking courses in Ahava Raba?

To our regret, the building in Hod Hasharon where most of the courses are held does not meet the Ministry of Education’s standards so the courses are not recognized for the ministry’s continuing education incentive.

 How long does each lesson last?

Each lesson includes different content so there is no fixed duration for lessons. The average length of a lesson is 1.5 to 2 hours. Lessons that are especially in-depth are likely to be longer than that.

If I have a question about something we’ve learned in the course, is there someone I can ask outside of the regular class hours?

Yes, definitely. You can call our office or your teacher to ask questions, or send an e-mail to the office or the teacher. We promise to answer each student as quickly as possible. 

 I am a very discreet person and it’s hard for me to open up in front of others. Does the group teaching method oblige me to talk about all “my troubles” in public?

No, there is no obligation to do that. But it should be noted that the dynamic force of the study materials connected with our unconscious will open up new ways of thinking for the participants. Some people will talk about what is happening to them, while others prefer to keep this to themselves. Some people arrive with a conscious decision not to talk and then end up talking more than anyone else. But it is not necessary to open up in the course or to talk about anything that we are not interested in sharing with others. The course is individual and each person takes the lessons where they want them to go.

 I missed some lessons in the first course. Can I continue on to the next course?

Yes, because the first course, Elements and Tools, deals with the qualities of the 13 colors logically, theoretically and energetically, as well as with the 5 physical and energetic elements. Each lesson is self-contained and presents no obstacle if missed – as long as students make up for the missed material.
 We have a method for making up for missed lessons during the next course. Thus, someone who missed lessons from Elements and Tools can join the relevant classes in the subsequent session of that course – even if they have moved on and are already studying in the next course, Wisdom of Genesis 1. Also, in Wisdom of Genesis 1, we go back to some of the material learned in the first course, from a deeper and more advanced angle of study.

 Is the Therapists’ Course meant only for those who are interested in being therapists?

The in-depth Therapists’ Course dives down into the depths of each participant’s consciousness. It provides him with precise tools that serve, first and foremost, himself and his close surroundings. We do not check why students choose to continue with the Therapists’ Course, on condition that their participation has been approved by Sam. One thing is certain, however: At the end of the Therapists’ Course, there is no “obligation” to become a therapist or to actively treat people.

 Does a student in the Therapists’ Course need to undergo private therapy?

We strongly recommend to every student in the Therapists’ Course who has not undergone treatment by the Ahava Raba Method to experience what therapy is, beyond the mutual training within the group as part of the studies. This allows students to feel how it is to be the patient, which will contribute greatly to his treatment capabilities.

 Questions about Private Treatment
Is an hour-long meeting enough?

Yes, definitely. Each meeting is infused with information and energy that is exactly suited to that meeting. Nothing is missed. All of the conditions created at Ahava Raba House are intended to provide the public with the optimum environment for healing and self-development.

 In one hour, the therapist easily has enough time to listen, to make a diagnosis and to treat. Many times the patients are given homework that focuses them on continuing the work.

What is the duration, more or less, of the healing process? Each problem no doubt has a different length of treatment, but what is the general duration of treatment for childhood traumas, for instance?

This is a question that is impossible to answer, because each person has his own pace and for each person, at any given time, that pace will differ. The art of the Ahava Raba Method is to go with the patient at his own pace, to the places that are right for him. The therapist is there to support the patient’s process, which dictates the treatment’s pace, depth and subjects.

 A certain type of “imagery” (see the section on What is the Language of Ahava Raba?) can take us to the “primal experience” in one session, and thus resolve issues that we drag along with us for many years. At other times, the process is slower, and more complex and complicated. A lot depends on the patient’s readiness, willingness, ripeness and ability to cope with certain situations.

Will the treatment definitely be successful?

The treatment’s success depends to a large extent on the patient’s willingness to go through a process and to change. The energetic part of the treatment does not depend on the patient, but the awareness part is very much connected. We have said this in relation to other things, and we will repeat it again: The patient must take an active part and be “present” for his or her treatment. And from the side, the therapists in the Ahava Raba Method will provide everything possible to encourage and help every patient actualize him/herself.

 Is it possible to get telephone counseling instead of coming to Ahava Raba House in Hod Hasharon?

Face-to-face treatment at Ahava Raba House is always preferable to treatment by telephone. Counseling and treatment conversations are held on the telephone with patients who are abroad or hospitalized, or in cases of total lack of mobility. In these cases, the treatment is generally done using Skype and web cameras.

 Can the Ahava Raba Method treat all kinds of illnesses?

In principle, yes. The way in which the Ahava Raba Method perceives illnesses differs from the accepted diagnosis of modern medicine, in that modern medicine focuses on resolving the illness’ symptoms, while the Ahava Raba Method first clarifies why the illness appeared.

The factor(s) that are detected are subject to therapeutic work so that the illness will lose the “ground” from which it grew. Treatment at this depth increases the chance that the illness will not recur and will not morph into another illness. In other words, treatment first deals with the person and his most personal processes, and not just with the illness. If the therapist thinks that it is not within the power of the Ahava Raba Method to help in a certain situation, the patient will be informed immediately.

Is the method suitable for all age groups? Is the treatment suitable for infants, children and adolescents?

Yes, definitely. Ahava Raba House has specific therapists who treat children and adolescents. Infants and small children come, of course, with their parents. Additional guidance is given to the parents before and during the process. Children usually very much like coming to treatment. There are fascinating and moving successes in our work with toddlers, children and adolescents, especially when the parents are willing to go through a process in parallel with their children.

 Is it possible to come for counseling together, for instance, as a couple?

Also in terms of relationships, each individual has his/her side, his/her understandings and his/her personal processes to undergo. Therefore, it is recommended that each person undergo the process by him/herself, with separate treatments for each one. In any case, it is desirable for both members of the couple to come and enter the treatment process, both separately and together.