The Path To Holistic Healing
How do I know I am ready to heal?
Healing is essentially about change. Change has to occur on all levels of our being in order to be considered a holistic healing process. Healing requires lasting physical changes, lifestyle changes, changes in our beliefs and attitudes and changes and changes in our awareness.
Have you ever wondered what makes some people so brilliant at ‘change’?
Change is a process born from desire. Desire is more than just wanting something. A true desire is fuelled by passion and willingness to go beyond your comfort zone to get what you want.
When you desire something it’s important to know why. In this case, be honest, why do you want to be healed? Some people want to be physically healed because they feel guilty for burdening others, or to cover up the true feelings behind their illness. There are two things to remember about desire:
# Your desire needs to be your own, of your own volition, for yourself, regardless of anybody else’s presence or influence in your life; and
# You need to feel good about your desire. If it’s born from guilt or you judge it to be bad in some way, it will not feel good and you will not get a good result.
Based on your desire, you make a choice to pursue the desire or not. If your desire is pure and fuelled by passion, not fear, you will find the choice to proceed is simple. If you have trouble making a choice, take a harder look at your desire for change.
The Pre-Healing Checklist – Am I ready to begin?
You will know that you are ready to commence your holistic healing journey (in fact, you already have!) once you can complete this checklist:
You have all the available knowledge about your physical condition: its physical cause/s, influencing factors and viable treatments.
You have already taken physical action in relation to your holistic healing process. This may be in the form of medical or other treatment, choosing a physical lifestyle conducive to healing or other changes in your physical circumstances that may inhibit your healing process.
You know you need to change your beliefs and attitudes.
You are willing to change specific behaviours that do not uphold an optimal state of health.
You are prepared to change how you handle your feelings.
You have chosen to be a ‘person of today’, here and now, and not of the past.
You are willing to ask for assistance or support when you need it.
You know you have the power to heal yourself. You are prepared to use the power of your soul to create your health.
You have refocused your life and lifestyle towards health and healing.
You see your state of health as an opportunity for growth and learning. You accept that it was necessary to bring your attention to aspects of yourself that require holistic healing.
You are willing to find the root cause of your physical condition by exploring physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of your life.
The Holistic Healing Process
What are the steps to achieving wholeness?
Any sort of dis-ease in your body can represent deeper emotional issues that are based on long-standing beliefs. Illnesses that are persistent, serious, life-threatening or have been present since birth usually represent a significant life challenge on the non-physical level also. These conditions in particular, require a holistic healing approach. For example…
In cases of life-threatening illness, your healing may require you to change core beliefs and you may find yourself asking some serious life-changing questions:
What do I have to live for?
Do I deserve to live?
What do I want to do with the rest of my life?
Illness is a lesson, a way of your soul communicating to you that you are out of alignment with what serves you.
There are so many perspectives on how to heal so how do you know which one is right for you? There is no written law on how to heal the right way or the best way. It ultimately comes down to how the individual person works; their individual physical, mental and spiritual make-up. However, there are some general concepts that are commonly used to assist healing.
On an emotional level, there are common ‘milestones’ that people experience in their holistic healing process. Here is an overview:
Healing on All Levels – What are the stages in the holistic healing process?
When you understand and implement the strategies required for holistic healing, your individual healing process will unfold naturally. Here is a brief insight into the five stages of holistic healing that you can prepare yourself for:
The cleansing stage is about creating a physical environment (starting with your body) that is conducive to healing on all levels. These areas can include:
Physical detoxification – removing toxins from your body through supplements and changing your diet.
Removing environmental toxins – abstaining from the use of chemicals in the home, alleviating pollution in the environment whether it be air pollution, noise pollution or water pollution.
Any other physical factor that could hinder healing – this includes healing or removing relationships in your life that do not support your healing process.
When we cleanse our bodies and our environment, we begin the detoxification process whereby chemicals, heavy metals, pollution etc that have accumulated in our bodies over time, are slowly removed from our systems.
A healthy body and a healthy environment provide the necessary foundation for healing and so should be maintained at least for the duration of the healing process.
Psychodynamics refers to exploring the initiating causes of our illness. It includes the negative beliefs, old wounds, regrets and unresolved relationships which have contributed to our dis-ease process. This is when we acknowledge that somewhere along the line, you experienced pain and made a decision about yourself based on an illusion.
Start by being honest with yourself about the following:
*** What emotional memories from the past do you need to heal?
*** What relationships in your life require healing?
*** Is there anyone in your life that you haven’t forgiven, including yourself?
This process ultimately leads to identifying beliefs that have undermined our natural state of wellbeing.
The release process is the most cathartic experience of the healing process. It is when you release yourself and others from the pain of an experience through forgiveness. Release only occurs when you see the situation for what it is: an opportunity and a blessing.
Once you feel blessed, you shift into a state of gratitude and forgiveness becomes easy. It is absolutely necessary to release any thoughts or feelings that you might have that make you a victim of your situation. You will know when you have truly forgiven because you will feel the lightness of your spirit.
When you redefine yourself, you adopt a new, more positive image of yourself. Your negative beliefs are replaced with new ones that uplift your spirit and support who you truly are. This involves making a statement to yourself about how you wish to be, rather than how you currently see yourself. These statements have the power to rewire your brain and change your physical and emotional reality.
Integration is about aligning the newly discovered and redefined aspects of yourself with the whole of your being. It is living and breathing the ‘new you’ as though you have stepped into a new body of total health.
The keys to integration are reinforcement and consistency. Reinforce the good and let go of the bad by putting it down to learning. Be consistent in your efforts. Be determined, with your goal clearly in sight. When you fall off the wagon (and you will!) get back on and be patient and kind to yourself.
When you begin to see yourself differently, as the picture of health, you will start to experience life through this new ‘filter’, in the vein of ‘I am learning to invite joy and positivity into my life’. But old habits will do their best to interfere so you must continually bring your focus back to your new filter.
As you visualise your ‘new self’ more frequently, the momentum builds and your new filter starts to take hold from the roots and your old habitual ways of thinking will eventually lose their hold over you. But it takes practice and dedication. Reinforce your new filter by rewarding yourself each time you shift your focus back to it.