When it comes to healing and health, the relationship between our mind and body holds a promising potential. Although scientific research is ongoing to determine the best employment of this relationship and its mechanism, ancient cultures have long utilized its healing potential through rituals, prayers and many healing practices.
This is not to say that we should resort to these practices or adopt their view, far from it, but imagine for a moment what would it mean if we could use this healing potential at will. Imagine that we could intervene and possibly even stop illness at its track. Well, this is a wonderful vision but we are not there yet.
Nevertheless, we all are equipped with the ability to pay attention to that which takes place within us, thoughts, sensations and feelings. Our thoughts, sensations and feelings provide accurate feedback from our mind and body. Some of the most common feedback we may pay attention to (and ignore) is headaches, nausea, fatigue, insomnia etc’.
The consequence of ignoring this feedback is poor health. Acknowledging this feedback and not just numbing it with medication or other numbing substances will be “health promoting” rather than “health damaging”.
Here are some ideas about how to tune-in and tap onto the flow of information your mind-body provides.
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Follow the process below and practice it whenever you can, either when you wake-up, on your lunch break or just before you go to bed. In your mind’s eye, simply ask:
• How am I feeling right now?
• Listen to the most dominant or loud emotion/physical sensation.
• If the answer is “I feel good” or the sensation in your body is of comfort, acknowledge it and thank your mind-body for taking such good care of you.
• If a negative emotion arises, or you feel stressed, afraid or notice any physical discomfort, ask yourself what is this pain/stress/emotion is trying to tell you?
• Once again, listen, sense or feel the answer.
• Then ask yourself, what steps need I take to resolve this pain/stress/emotion?
• Resolve to follow through.
• Check in with yourself on a regular basis to make sure your attending to your needs.
This process should take about 15 minutes (for more advanced method visit Immersive Healing). Tuning-in doesn’t mean belly gazing or soul searching; it means you are checking-in with yourself, emotionally and mentally for greater clarity of your experience. Different people may get the answers to their questions in different ways. As humans use our senses to process information i.e. Visual (images), Auditory (sounds), Kinesthetic (touch and internal feelings), Gustatory (tastes) and Olfactory (smells).
If you are an auditory person it is likely that you would “hear” the message in your own inner-voice. If you were a person using the visual system it is likely that you would “see” the answer in your own mind’s eye, and so on.
Pay attention to what takes place inside of you. Once you know how, honor, acknowledge and practice it.
By listening and acknowledging your internal experience on a regular basis you not only you resolve the need for illness to manifest in your body but you also strengthen your immune system. In doing so you are allowing your innate healing system to function at its optimum level.
Please share some of your discoveries and insights?