The ultimate goal of holistic healing is wholeness. In achieving wholeness, we must consider all aspects of our lives including:
So what is holistic healing?
Lets start with the obvious...or not so obvious...
The state of 'health' implies that all natural processes that support life are functioning at an optimal level in their intended alignment.
There are three general types of 'health' - physical health, mental health and spiritual health. We usually treat each one separately as though they are not related...for instance, we might see a psychologist for mental health, a doctor for our physical health and a healer for our spiritual health.
But is it really possible to separate physical health from mental health from spiritual health? Can we maintain our physical health in the absence of mental health?
At any given time, we each sit somewhere along the spectrum of physical, mental and spiritual health...
But don't they all mean the same thing?
It is only when we view ourselves from a holistic perspective that we realise that health is really an overall state of being.
We are either in balance or out of balance, aligned or misaligned, integrated or disintegrated, and that's what makes us feel well or unwell. Too simple to be true? Maybe not...
The body, mind and soul work as a system with each part contributing equally to whole person. When in flow, this system facilitates the natural flow of energy throughout the body, without blockages or resistance. When out of flow, this natural flow is interrupted as energy accumulates and stagnation of energy occurs.
First, we must answer the question, 'what exactly is healing?'
Healing is about bringing any imbalance into alignment with its natural state of functioning.
Every organ in our bodies has a natural or 'healthy' state of functioning as do our emotional, mental and spiritual states. When we are out of balance, we feel like something is out of place - whether it comes in the form of emotional or physical pain or discomfort - and we naturally want to return to our natural state of harmony, when everything 'works' as intended. This process of rebalancing is synonymous with healing.
Holistic healing bypasses the 'band-aid fix' approach of conventional medicine, looks beyond a person's physical state and sees the holistic view of their state of being or functioning. It acknowledges that the root cause of a physical illness may in fact be non-physical.
Holistic healing works when we we approach life from all aspects of being - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual...
Therefore, a holistic approach is considered to be more effective because change occurs on all levels and as a result, positive changes are more likely to last long-term and improve a person's overall quality of life.
When we heal holistically, we address imbalances on all levels, rather than one or two, and so it becomes a life-long process in achieving overall life balance. The ultimate goal of aligning the body, mind and soul promises a happier, healthier, more balanced state of being.
Now that we've answered 'what is holistic healing?', we move on to How Holistic Healing Works.
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