Spiritual PhytoEssencing Diploma Cource Prospectus

Spiritual PhytoEssencing™ Diploma Course Prospectus

Copyright 1998-2018 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 multi-faceted basis.

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.


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.


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 Diploma Course.

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, etc.

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 the course.

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

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