The Courage of Healing
professional colleague of mine recently posted that true healing
takes courage. This is very true. That which, to a great degree, is
peddled as healing by orthodox medicine is in fact nothing of the
it sets itself a goal to control symptoms rather than treat the
underlying cause that is the very source of those symptoms. This usually condems the patient to an endless course of drugs and a downward spiral as their vitality wains. In the short term, the former is
convenient but without end, the later being the only true way to resolve the disease.
The holistic approach is more demanding but, for those who can
muster the courage to engage with the source of their problem, it
offers a bountiful return and, for some, is even life changing.
of the first concerns when a patient arrives, is to educate them as
to the nature of true healing. This begins by dispelling the myth
that, for the most part, disease is the result of bad luck. In an
overwhelming number of cases, disease is the result of lifestyle
choices, dietary choices, as well as destructive behavioural and
thought patterns. We are not the victims of many of our conditions
but the creators.
In this realisation lies great news. If we have the power to make
ourselves sick, then it stands to reason that we can also influence
improvement and recovery.
foundation from which I work is AWARENESS »
awareness is important because often the patient is unaware of the
destructive pattern they are following. This is often because this
pattern was established early on in life and has become second nature
to the patient. So conscious participation in that behaviour is now
example of this concept in action that
often finds its way to me is; anxiety. Many of the cases involving
chronic anxiety have been established in childhood. These usually
involve individuals who have grown up in turbulent households. As a
child, the patient was too
small, both physically and intellectually, to control their
environment. Anxiety develops as a survival mechanism in response to
an unchanging cause. This is adaptation.
easy way to illustrate this on a physical level is through someone
playing the guitar for the first time. Convinced they are going to
be the next Pete Townshend, they play away for hours only to find
that at the end of the
their fingers are sore. The logical resolution to this would be
simply to stop playing the guitar, the act of which is the cause of
the discomfort. However, still convinced that they are the next
incarnation of Pete Townshend, they pick up the guitar the next day
and carry on punishing their fingers. As the underlying cause is not
going to immediately resolve itself, the fingers develop callouses as
a means to protect themselves
from the ongoing physical stress.
in the case of Anxiety, the child develops a heightened alertness,
like a light sleeping soldier with a knife under his
pillow, allowing a head start in a potentially threatening situation
as a means to survive. In time, this anxiety can pass into a
permanent chronic state void of any evident underlying catalyst.
such cases it is possible to work with the patient to create
awareness of the roots of this condition and create change.
flower remedies, such as Aspen, White Chestnut and Chestnut Bud, have
a role to play in this process.
such as Oats, Skullcap and Vervain among others, have a role to play
by feeding and strengthening the nerves while the deeper work is
illness there is a perception that you are either sick or you are
a well defined line between. My experience of chronic patients is
that for many they have been unwell for so long that they have
actually lost the physical imprint, the physical memory, of what it
is like to be well. In such cases, a symptomatic aspect of the
overall treatment may be applied to re-educate the body and mind in
that experience. This opens up a reference point and a current
history of experience.
Many of my chronic patients have described an
almost out of body experience, with respect to themselves, as they
begin to heal. This is the result of a lack of familiarity with the
person they are becoming. Although they do not wish to be the sick
person (for the most part....but that is another topic) at least it
is a persona they are familiar with. The new self develops with a
vitality that can be overwhelming, even frightening, and with that
new self comes new responsibilities and expectations. The cure for
this is simply time. With time the new self will become more
familiar as the old self fades into the past.
healing is more than an absence of symptoms. In reality it asks us
to honestly re-evaluate who we are, and in some cases make life
changing alterations. This
is not always a process for the faint hearted but one that can take
true courage. However, the rewards for such courage are boundless.