You know you are authentic when . . . you keep your body healthy and promote natural healing!
Do you know that your body has the innate ability to heal itself?
Contrary to what we may believe, doctors, medicine and surgery do not heal us. They only help (or hinder) the healing process. Every cell has its own intelligence and is constantly striving to maintain balance according to its DNA code. When we provide the best possible inner and outer environment, we enhance our cells’ capacity to do their jobs.
The first and most effective line of defense on the “Health–Illness Spectrum” is to stay healthy. To prevent illness and debilitation, we need more than good nutrition, exercise and rest, and a positive attitude. Preventing injuries, avoiding toxins and following the latest health promotion guidelines also help.
Since we cannot always avoid illness, the second line of defense is early detection followed by prompt, appropriate treatment. Annual physicals and early detection techniques (monthly breast self-exams, field of vision tests, skin checks, etc.) can result in earlier and more successful treatment.
We also need to be very aware of what the body is saying. It often reveals, through twinges, discomfort and vague nudges that something is off and needs to be addressed. Becoming more tuned into our bodies is not easy when we are so busy, but if we pause and pay attention, we can better maintain health and wellness. We may only need a big glass of water or five minutes of rest to return to a state of balance.
Healing as Holistic Process
Healing is a process of restoring wholeness and involves more than fixing the body. For example, a doctor can put stents in a clogged artery and return vital blood flow. However, if the patient does not change their eating habits, exercise more and minimize stress, they will remain at increased risk of having a heart attack or a second one. This is why illnesses are often chronic. When treatment focuses only on managing symptoms, diseases are not cured.
Since we are multidimensional beings, a holistic perspective and approach to wellness is ideal. The Blueprint for the Human Spirit® offers excellent insight into our intricate nature and how illness involves far more than the physical body. When symptoms or illness appear, an underlying emotional or spiritual issue is often at the root of the problem. Unless we also address these underlying concerns, we will never experience permanent healing and enjoy health and wellness.
Impact of Beliefs on Healing
Our belief system also plays a major role in the healing process. We have infinite potential to heal because it often only requires a shift in perception. Healing literally takes place in the mind. Since experiences create our reality, the ability to heal can be blocked by old, limiting beliefs. When we release pain from the past and grow in awareness, we will be amazed at the possibilities.
To maintain wellness we also need a positive attitude and gratitude for the body’s capacity to heal. We are energy beings and can use intention to promote healing. Since we create our lives through mind action—through our thoughts and attention—it helps to affirm every day that we are healthy and whole. If illness strikes, we need positive reinforcement by affirming that the body is healing itself now.
When we honor our body’s ability to heal, we are one giant leap ahead of the game. But we also need to actively manage our health care. This is easier said than done. Finding an excellent physician or health care provider is a huge challenge. We want one who is qualified, highly recommended, personable and has a compatible philosophy of care. Acquiring adequate insurance and finding a physician who accepts coverage further complicates this process.
Challenge of Choosing Health Care
We also need to be well-informed about the health care system, our primary medical issues and treatment options. The internet can be very helpful in this research process, but we must be cautious because everything we see and hear is not necessarily gospel. We should seek second opinions and be actively involved in making decisions about our care. If a treatment plan “feels” wrong, it most likely is! We can obtain confirmation about what is right using kinesiology or muscle testing. What a blessing to know that the body usually knows what is best! We just need to listen to and follow its guidance.
To enhance the body’s capacity to heal, always choose the least invasive approach first. Only consent to invasive procedures and drugs if natural remedies are not available, or do not work. Since illnesses are multifaceted and affect more than the body, treatment regimens that are holistic are preferable. We will greatly benefit from the synergy of an integrated approach which honors inner healing with natural, alternative therapies and appropriate medical treatment,
Impact of Faith on Health and Healing
Positive intention and strong faith, meditation and prayer also have positive impacts on health and healing. Meditation not only is good for the heart and soul, it also promotes anti-aging, improves rest, enhances learning and memory, decreases stress and anxiety, reduces depression and blood pressure, and increases happiness and emotional stability. I knew a physician in the Chicago area who prayed with her surgical team before difficult procedures. These patients did so well she began praying before every surgery.
When we honor the body’s ability to heal itself we minimize the possibility of illness and injury and recover more quickly. By optimizing wellness, we can be more authentic.