There’s an Access Consciousness Bars point called “Healing”. As healing is one of the most misunderstood concepts in this reality, it’s worth taking a look at the misconceptions that most of us have as well as looking at what “healing” actually is. Before reading on, it might be an interesting exercise to take a moment and ponder what the word healing means to you. Since our point of view creates our reality – getting clear on just what your points of view are, can create enormous amounts of freedom!
Most of us got our ideas about healing from the medical profession. The idea is that they are there to “heal the sick”. In taking the Hippocratic Oath, physicians “swear, upon a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.” (Wikipedia) The phrase “The healing professions” is widely used these days to refer to a variety of people including psychotherapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and others who profess to be there to heal others. The idea here is that healing comes from the outside. The person receiving the “healing” is basically at the effect of the “healer”. Is that how you have seen things? That healing is something that is done to you and comes from outside of you?
What if just the opposite were true? What if healing came from within you and not from someone (or something – as in medicine) from the outside? This is not about never consulting doctors or other “healing” professionals; it’s about each of us connecting with our bodies and allowing our own knowing to call the shots, rather than making someone else the all knowing expert.
Let’s look at a couple of scenarios: #1. You experience what you call a pain in your knee. You could conclude that it is arthritis, or that it was the result of a ski accident from long ago, etc. and go a doctor to have your diagnosis confirmed and get some pain medication. He will most likely agree with you, and you all can discuss possible surgery in the future or perhaps agree that there is little that can be done. Have you noticed that there is not a single question in this scenario? Here’s a different possibility: #2. You notice an intensity in your knee. Instead of labeling it as a “pain” and coming to conclusion about what’s going on, you ask a question. As very useful question to ask your body when you notice an intensity is: “Body, what awareness are you trying to give me here?” This may seem like a radical or even preposterous idea, but it’s actually very practical. Our bodies are consciousness, and they have things to communicate with us, if we are willing to listen. Have you ever been “sick” and during the time you were at home and resting have an awareness about something that was very helpful to you? Have you noticed that your body will let you know, if you pay attention, what and how much it likes to eat and drink? The more we allow ourselves to connect with our bodies, and listen to them, the easier life gets! Let’s get back to the example. When you ask your body: “Body, what’s going on here?”, you may find that something pops into your awareness. It could be an awareness of how you’ve let someone or something “cut you off at the knees” or it could be something else. One thing that we can all do is take symptoms out of other people. You can ask: Is this mine?” if the energy lightens up at all, it’s not yours and you can say: “return to sender please!” There is never a “one size fits all” answer as to what a particular symptom means, which is why it’s so useful to ask lots of questions!
Occasionally a body will choose to go to a doctor. You can ask your body: “Body, would you like to go to the doctor and/or would you like to get some medication?” This may take a little practice, but your body will let you know if you ask, usually by lightness or heaviness of energy. If you do go to a doctor, listen politely to what he says, then, when you leave, ask your body: “Body, which of those eight things would be helpful to you?” If it’s one, four and seven, do those and not the others. Please remember that your body knows itself better than anyone else could!
One last thing: each of us is responsible for our own healing. This may seem scary, but actually, knowing this can give you much more control of your life and your body.
The next time you experience an intensity in your body, what if you asked a series of questions rather than jumping to a conclusion?
What would your life be like if you acknowledged that YOU were the one responsible for your healing? Might that give you more freedom with your body than you ever knew was possible?