WHAT IS HEALING?

In today's time we hear the word "Healing" being used by many practitioners to describe the nature of their practices. So how do we determine what is genuine & beneficial for our well being, and what isn't? Especially so when most practitioners of mainstream allopathic medicine denounce other modalities as hocus-pocus, and several practitioners of other modalities emphasize the adverse effects of allopathic medication and techniques.

We can begin by understanding what is Health. In Old English, the word "hælþ", or "health" as we know it today, meant "wholeness". In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word "healing" is also defined as "to make sound or whole".

So what makes us Whole? Our physical body is comprised of innumerable cells packaged into organs, endocrines, muscles, bones and various body parts, all further intricately organized into several systems - digestive, cardiovascular, nervous, reproductive, muscular and so on - all working in harmony, synchronicity and balance. Modern science is continuing to discover multitudes of information about the physical body, and it is safe to say its going to take a while to find it all.

The physical body is just the surface or outermost layer of our Being. Apart from this, we have our physiological bodies (chakras, meridians and so on), our feelings (emotional bodies), our thought patterns (mental bodies), and our Essence, which many of us try to understand through spirituality and religion.

Every one of these layers is connected to each other, making us an intricate Whole. Health and Healing then, is about understanding and healing all these aspects of our self. It would be naïve to focus on one area to the exclusion of all others in most instances.

A person suffering from a tendency to get migraines for example, might be prescribed medication to gain pain relief during their episodes. However, if the cause of migraines to begin with is due to feeling mentally stressed or emotionally overwhelmed - they are likely going to need other forms of healing. If a child tends to throw tantrums in certain environments, it might be because they are not getting the attention they need in others, and that calls for certain types of healing. In a situation where a person is experiencing high fever, some strong medication might be needed to bring down the temperature before any other form of healing is even necessary. Each situation is unique.

Today we have many different modalities of healing available to us - Ayurveda, BodyTalk, Chakra balancing, Counselling, Homeopathy, Massage therapy, Naturopathy, Physiotherapy - are just a few to name, along with many other types of healing.

Healing is about what feels right for me intuitively at that moment. Trust that what I need will come to me when I need it, and if I look around at the time of my need, the solution will be right there if I am open to it. Look for practitioners of integrity and be open to what is possible - and I will find it.

At its core, Healing is about coming to recognize who we are. Each experience contributes towards increasing our awareness on our continuing journey of self discovery.

La'Heim
(In Hebrew "L'Chaim", said when making a toast "To good health, well being and life")
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