The Clear Light Society, a non-profit organization assisting the terminally-ill and their families, was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. Since that time, countless families and their dying loved ones have been helped by the wide range of practices developed and pioneered by Founding Teacher Patricia Shelton.
At the heart of these practices is a simple and effective technique called Personalized Intoned Expiratory Synchronization (PIES):
Prayer, guided meditation, poetry, sacred chant, and other musical modalities which are meaningful to the individual, are offered on the individual’s exhalations creating an unspoken reassurance that support is available every breath of the way.
Whether one is facing the stresses of everyday life, or a more extreme situation such as an acute or chronic condition, this technique, which promotes deep relaxation, can used by individuals and families to help alleviate physical, spiritual, and emotional distress. While non-sectarian in nature, this technique may be personalized to the individual’s own beliefs and traditions.
During end-of-life care, this also gives family members a way to engage with their loved ones even when verbal discourse is no longer an option, and allows for a very deep and meaningful connection.