When people ask me what I do as a Doctor of Traditional Oriental Medicine, it is hard for me to give a short answer. The nature of my work as a doctor/healer is to educate, to empower and to facilitate appropriate healing using 30 years of experience, integrating various modalities with cutting edge technology. I can talk about alternative therapies, theories of disease, importance of good nutrition, supplements, hormonal changes, digestive track, bowels, pain issues and so forth. But for this article I prefer to indulge in a discussion of human potential and concepts of the wisdom of healing.
Healing is a vast subject and can be seen in everything in life. It is not only something we do when we are sick, it is also the change that naturally occurs when we take the time to pause, nurture, and care for ourselves. Healing is not a passive commodity that can be delivered or purchased, nor is healing the composite of quantifiable data emerging from blood and urine. Furthermore, healing is not about curing the disease. Rather, it a process that addresses the whole being, far beyond the limitations of the physical body, the mind or the personality.
Healing is the deep journeying process of returning to our freedom, experiencing our joy and trusting the truth and beauty of our own nature.
I believe no matter how deep our illness or imbalance, it is never too late to get well, as the healing can take place on four different levels of awareness: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Secondly, what determines the nature of our healing experience is the degree to which we are willing and able to see ourselves as part of, and as co-creators with the universal energy of life. So defining the nature of healing is important.
You may agree with me that the term wholistic health has become overused and misused. Nevertheless, when we draw upon the wisdom of eastern medicine, ancient traditions, energetic medicine, new discoveries of modern quantum physics and our own spiritual experience, we are taking the step that is needed to embrace health.
How can we rediscover wholeness in the midst of our increasingly fragmented and rootless culture? It is a challenge!
Certainly, it is necessary to get the right diagnostic, the right health program, the right doctor, drug, vitamins, herbs, and healer. But above all, we need to realize that the most powerful instrument for healing is our own development of self-awareness.
Wholeness is an integration, harmony and balance of body-mind-Spirit, interacting within the totality of one’s environment. It is the State that exists at the very nature of any organic system – from a cell, to a tissue, to a human being, to a flower.
Whether recognized or not, most of us experience a feeling (sometimes subtle and at other times pervasive) of being disconnected. This alienation and separation creates a chasm that exists inside of us, between us as human beings, and within our relationship to the world. We are all prisoners of our perceived conditioning and as such, we have deprived ourselves of the spiritual world, of what was once held sacred.
Most of us need healing in order to be released from the spell of separation, disease, illness, suffering and even aging.
One of the gifts of healing involves the removal of dark shadows that limit us from living to our full potential. Its role is to provoke change, and steer growth. It requires letting go of fear and trusting our innate intelligence and the creative force that is love, knowingness and forgiveness.
Ultimately, the wisdom of healing leads to an intimate union of body-mind-spirit that can be defined as an unfolding process of consciousness – one that facilitates self-awareness and self-expression, fosters our self-healing capacity, deepens our self-love and increases our presence in the world.
On a larger scale, the wisdom of healing is there in order to free us. When we address the false perceptions of who we think we are, the dissonance with nature, and the split between the mind-body-spirit, we open ourselves to a vital dimension of awareness – the recognition that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies with innate loving intelligence.