The meaning of the word healing in Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices may vary, but on the whole it means restoration of health, to restore one to a sound or normal state. For many of my clients, being healed simply means once again feeling the way they used to before the illness.
Allopathic medicine too uses the word “Healing” though it has neither an operational definition of healing, nor an explanation of its mechanisms beyond the physiological processes related to curing.
Over the years, I have found some principles which worked best for those who did exceptionally well and healed. Here are the 4 main principles to healing:
1. Acceptance: Resolve to accept yourself and even love yourself despite of your current limitations and challenges. Your dynamic emotional and physical nature means you can improve – in both mind and body.
2. Let go of the past: Now is the only time you have to heal. Refuse to live in the past or worry about the unforeseen future for instead of prompting action they tend to overwhelm and confuse.
3. Change in focus: Shift your focus from mood-killing aspects such as your illness, thinning hair or not having enough energy to be everything to everyone, to what’s really valuable and important i.e. your spirit, personality and how you live your life now.
4. Meaning of Illness: The most central key to healing is finding the silver lining around the dark cloud of illness. Ask yourself which positive aspects in your life were highlighted by your illness. Remember that no one experience is truly negative or purely positive. We live in a universe with laws and structure where everything has purpose and meaning.
Consider the changes you made in your life since you’ve been diagnosed, people you met, friends who stepped up to help or simply the fact you spend more time with loved ones or with yourself.
Put these principles to the test and let me know which was the most meaningful to you?