As cases of chronic and incurable disease continue to increase at an alarming rate, the immense efforts and resources that have been committed to medical research, diagnosis and treatment over the years are astounding, fueled by the ever-present quest for the “holy grail of healing”. Despite these massive endeavors, our medical system is still bereft of any significant breakthroughs or means of yielding better health outcomes. The sense of urgency among those who are ill appears heightened and caught up in this momentous wave, putting pressure on researchers and practitioners to find solutions to fix their problems. Although the symptoms and compromise associated with disease is real, perhaps the growing expectations for a successful outcome to the dilemma of disease using these current approaches is unwarranted, or at the very least, misappropriated.
Our medical system has conditioned patients to look to practitioners to “do” something to them to heal them, for a drug or treatment that will miraculously relieve their suffering or cure their condition. It has become an expectation. Patients typically seek external answers to internal problems. In doing so, they have forgotten the fundamental truth of the matter, which is that they already have the solution to their health. That solution is inside each and every one of us and lies in our own inherent capacity to self-heal. In actual fact, no practitioner (of any sort, conventional, complementary or alternative), “does” anything to someone who is ill. No drug, treatment or instrument has really healed anyone, or made the necessary changes in their bodies to help them recover from disease, without the engagement of the individual in the process. The laws of nature, human biology and intelligent design have created a mind-body-soul system that heals itself. This is accomplished with or without the help of others. Practitioners merely pose as facilitators and witnesses to a very natural self-balancing and self-regulating process that takes place dynamically, continually and often spontaneously within the body, even without intervention. Self-healing is evidenced by the body’s ability to clot blood after an injury, heal wounds, repair broken bones and create the immune defense needed to combat a flu virus. At a much deeper level, biological and chemical processes within the body are mediated, organ function adjusted, even cancer cells may disappear. Repair and regeneration takes place automatically. Thus, at a fundamental level, all healing is self-healing. There is no ill-fated prognosis, health outcome or disease, even those that are considered chronic or incurable by some, that cannot be adequately addressed when patients accept this, along with the genuine desire to deal with the emotional, mental and spiritual factors within them, as the true harbingers of disease, regardless of whether they are receiving treatment or not.
Within us lies the unlimited capacity to self-heal, yet many have no idea how to access this hidden power to support and accelerate their own healing. Some may be doubtful and have difficulty trusting themselves or their natural abilities enough to bring about the changes their bodies need to recover, regenerate and restore a healthy balance. It is important to appreciate that self-healing, whether at the emotional, mental spiritual or physical level, doesn’t always happen in the realm of the physical that most of us can sense or perceive. Often there is no evidence of underlying mechanisms or processes and sometimes they cannot be explained. But this does not mean they don’t happen. If there is any amount of self-perpetuating guilt, self-punishment, fear, aversion or reluctance to allow ourselves the health that every human has a right to and deserves, then this is enough to limit our ability to self-heal. Instead, patients need to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt, that self-healing IS possible. They need to embrace the truth that they can and will heal completely, given a steadfast belief and the conscious intention to do so. As the saying goes, “we are only limited by ourselves”.
Accessing the underlying potential to self-heal is assisted in those who are able to recognize that what has been “created” in our bodies, can be “un-created”. The non-physical (quantum and energetic) aspects of our bodies means that we are dynamic, fluid “beings” within whom everything is changeable and nothing is fixed. Just as easily as a tumor can be “created”, it can be “un-created”. We need to be reminded that the body is a microcosm of the macrocosm of the universe. The body’s inherent wisdom is a reflection of universal laws of nature including rhythm and harmony. It is designed to be in constant communication and synchronization with these causal energies that guide our bodies toward balance and equilibrium. Thus, the patients focus in self-healing endeavors should be in yielding to, as well as honoring the body’s wisdom, accepting its ability to adjust freely and naturally to that which supports and sustains it. Trusting in this wisdom is paramount, and the body always tells us what it needs to do this. It tells us through feelings of pain, discomfort, or other symptoms, and sometimes through our intuition and spiritual guidance, when we really listen. When patients ignore the messages and govern themselves in ways that are contrary to these mechanisms, they are interfering with the body’s natural healing process. By making unhealthy choices regarding diet, exercise, engaging in substance abuse, or by failing to address the underlying emotional, mental and spiritual causes of disease, patients loose the critical opportunity to access the most effective, enduring and powerful healing tool of all- ourselves.