Did you ever have the feeling outside sources were controlling your life? Do you harbor anger? Resentment? Frustration? Speaking for myself, I've let all of these rule my life at some point. Therefore, in this short article, I thought we'd take a look at "Four Creative Spiritual Healing Methods." From it, I hope you'll gain insight into yourself, your behaviors, and perhaps the way you deposit or withdraw from your health currency.
Step One: Understand Your Energy
You've heard an aura surrounds the body. So, what could this have to do with your health? According to Caroline Myss in her audio program, "Why People Don't Heal," the energetic exchange that happens within this field is where our thoughts become translated into energy (or what she terms as one's biography becoming their biology). Translation: These cycles or waves of energy that surround our bodies are a function of our thoughts. Thoughts are energy waves, then that affects our health positively or negatively. Let's look a little closer to see why this happens.
The contributors to this energy surrounding the body are the seven major "chakras" (chakra in Sanskrit means "wheel or vortex"). It may help to note that Myss refers to each energy wheel as a "computer," one which collects and interprets information and "perceptions" the mind has about the world. Scientifically, each of these seven wheels of energy corresponds to a particular endocrine gland in the body. Translation: In light of the adage, "You are what you eat," we could conclude with some degree of certainty that "you are what you think."
Step Two: Let Go Of Old Wounds
Now that you've been (hopefully) examining your thoughts and translating all of your negative energy into positive, Myss throws another curveball. Would you agree with her that "healing is unattractive?" I needed some time to think about this. Why in the world would healing be unattractive?
Answer (According to Myss): Our wounds give us power! And after careful contemplation, I've outlined three ways I have done this, myself.
Ask yourself: Are you leading with your wounds? You'll know if you've done any of the following:
1.) Used Wounds To Manipulate A Situation or a Person.
Let's say we find a situation unsavory, scary, or inflaming a personal "hot button." Have you ever avoided a situation when you needed to face head-on? Or, how about this: "I just can't get into this relationship—I have old wounds from previous relationships!" Okay, maybe I am just speaking to myself, but I admit, I've used my wounds (more times than I care to admit) to refrain from loving unconditionally.
2.) Use Them to Attract Other Wounded Souls Who Want to Exchange in the "Wound" Game.
I've done this myself, too. When listening to another share stories, I've given up compassion for wound ante: "I'll see you and raise you one." There is a difference between healing from a wound and "leading with a wound," but I'd be willing to bet that we know the difference between being healthy and not. For example, I know when I'm healthy when I can listen with empathy, void of getting out my toolbox to "fix" or laying out my wounds unsolicited.
3.) Give Up Our Ability to Listen.
Dr. Bernie Siegel, in his book "Peace, Love and Healing," basically says, listening is the work of angels. Many times listening is all we have in a situation when someone calls on us for help. If we express what Myss calls "woundology" or "leading with our wounds," we're saying that we can't stand the loss of power and desire all the attention for ourselves.
Since I'm laying out all my laundry here today (And what would Myss have to say for this?) here's an example of the way I've led with my wounds: Recently someone confided in me about a situation where they had lost a loved one. While listening attentively, my mind searched its experiences for a similar event. All this so I could say, "Oh, that's terrible! Don't feel so bad, though, because I've been through this thing that is so much worse!"
To reclaim my character, however, (and after I realized what was happening), I caught myself. In reality, all this person needed was my ear to listen unconditionally.
Step Three: Learn To Forgive Yourself and Others
The final two steps are remedies that can help heal our anger, resentment, and frustration. Step three, then, is simply forgiveness. To forgive in earnest takes our energy out of its emotional investment in the past. We give up the need to spend wasted energy, making harmful deposits into this account and, to paraphrase Myss, is the fastest way to bring our energy into real-time. Translation: Trust me, you'll know authentic forgiveness when you experience it. The body literally "releases" the weight of the past.
Step Four: Love Yourself
The final creative step to healing? Loving yourself, of course! Loving yourself is the most challenging concept, in my opinion. Why? To begin, we must start where we are and love and accept ourselves for who we are today. How does this help our health? It's simple, and when we realize that we are stunting our personal growth and health through negative self-talk, we can then begin to love ourselves one piece at a time.
Here's how it's done (Author's note: beware this practice may seem untraditional yet, if you'll consult Louise L. Hay's book: "You Can Heal Your Life," you'll find that this is one of the remedies she used to heal herself from cancer):
Every day spend 15 minutes in the mirror sending love to yourself! Start small by finding one part of yourself where you can find perfection. Each day or week, or month choose new parts of yourself to love. Before long, you'll find an image of perfection before your eyes. And you'll have purified your energy, to boot!
In closing, we could make all of these steps very simple, indeed, for there is only one step here that will make you healthy and happy. Remember: it's when we've learned to love ourselves that we can truly heal.
Myss, Caroline, Ph.D. Why People Don't Heal. Colorado, 2001. Sounds True Audio.
Siegel, Bernie, M.D. Peace, Love, and Healing. New York: Harper Collins. 1989.
Hay, Louise L. You Can Heal Your Life. California: Hay House. 2004.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura M. Turner, journalist, author and Certified Natural Health Practitioner is the creator of the Body Talk eZine: Nature's Anti-Aging Treasures Website. She invites you to join her "10 Years Younger" Campaign and to learn more about living younger, healing yourself and those you love with quality retail or wholesale Young Living essential oils and essential oil-based products. Visit today and begin a healthier tomorrow.