We think that our emotions have nothing to do with healing, and that any given medication will do it’s work. But without loving emotions doing “their work” we have a hard time healing.
It’s said that 75 to 80% of our wellness is connected to lifestyle and mindset… but I feel it’s actually about 99%.
Diseases like autoimmune disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, shingles, cancer and many more processes are connected to what we do everyday… and our thoughts. A lot of healing starts in the mind… and without a good outlook on life it’s almost impossible to heal.
I have had people with terrible rashes who learn meditation and their rashes disappear. I’ve had people who’ve had cancer, and for some reason they have a break through epiphany about being happy… and suddenly their cancer either disappears or goes into remission. Some have warts and use hypnosis and all of a sudden their warts disappear.
Their have been many articles showing that depression is directly connected to disease… and makes disease worse. I know one person who went through terrible child abuse and also abuse as an adult. And because of this abuse every time this person gets close to healing something terrible happens. It’s as though this person’s unconscious mind is saying “I don’t deserve to heal.”
Also there are those who smoke, they know that smoking is one of the worst things that a person can do for their health. And of course smoking is addictive, but there is also the mindset of the person that will not allow them to break free of the addiction.
In one way or another we are all addicted to something… be it good things like exercise, meditation, eating right, doing loving self talk, taking care of our bodies. Or berating ourselves all the time, not allowing ourselves to get up and going, and sabotaging everything either consciously or unconsciously.
It’s not the fault of the person, it’s what he or she learned from life.
But there can be life changing breakthroughs that create a 180 degree turn around… that make things totally better.
Dr. Dean Ornish also talks about the spiritual dimension of healing, “I want to talk about the spiritual dimensions of health and healing. It’s not enough to focus on behaviors or to give patients information; we need to work at a deeper level. If information were enough to change diet and lifestyle nobody would smoke. We have to think about why people eat too much and abuse substances. When we address that level, patients are much more likely to retain and adhere to the changes that they need to make.”
When I had my treadmill stress test about a year after my father past away from a stress induce heart attack. The doctor said “You are healthier than I am, I think you have some stress going on.” That was a powerful epiphany for me, that opened up everything and made me change my life. I did not want to go down the same path as my father. This is what it takes for some people to make powerful changes in their thinking and lifestyle.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine in QiGong, it’s thought that the Mind is within the Heart. And that all healing starts within the heart, and that the heart is the supreme organ… the heart is also the place of virtue and cognition.
The Heart/Mind is a place of grounding and where calmness and harmony can be attained. And there is “Zifa QiGong” or the “QiGong of Spontaneous Movement” which is powerful for healing all kinds of illnesses associated with problems with QI or life energy including emotions. This kind of QiGong includes large movements, spontaneous movements, and expression of emotions… and spontaneous sounds like crying and yelling which are very important.
Even cancer has been cured using QiGong practices and these are directly related to emotional healing.
Negative emotions create stress, and stress changes our physiology so we are not able to heal. In the presence of adrenalin and cortisol tissues find it difficult to heal… if they heal at all.
Russell Fox (a Shen Therapist and Instructor) writes, “Emotions become trapped in our bodies by a process called ‘Auto-Contractile Pain Reflex’ – the body’s natural tendency to involuntarily contract around sites of pain. When these contractions are held for long periods, they eventually begin depriving the affected tissues of much needed nutrients, as well as interrupting the normal elimination of toxic metabolic waste. In this way, painful emotions can gradually convert into such disruptive physio-emotional disorders as digestive and bowel irregularities, debilitating migraines, elevated premenstrual distress, ulcers, non-biological chronic back pain, and psychogenic sexual dysfunction, just to name a few.”
In this day and age we’ve forgotten how to express our emotions. We hold emotions in from childhood, adolescence, and our younger adult years thinking they will go away. Yet those emotions never go away. Emotions stays trapped in our being the rest of our life causing stress which creates havoc with our immune system… and thus causing diseases.
From the conscious mind thoughts occur which create emotions in the unconscious mind, which creates a feeling which causes our heart to beat faster, our blood pressure to go up, our digestive system to go into hyperactive overdrive, our immune system to be disrupted and on and on.
Meditation is great for stress arising from the conscious and unconscious mind. It calms the mind/body and allows the natural state of harmony and calm to take over thus healing takes place. TM or transcendental meditation is great for this short term process of healing, works wonders. And Vipassana meditation also works great… and helps to bring to the forefront the underlying cause of the wall that is not allowing healing to take place… thus healing the conscious and unconscious mind at the same time.
The Buddha talked about the fact that — feelings should arise, linger for a few moments, and then be allowed to flow away.
Emotional traumatic experiences throughout life shut down this normal process of dealing with feelings. The whole process of allowing emotions to arise is cut short, thus all feelings are numbed… and that creates the inability to heal. The disorganization of feelings leads to a disorganization of expression of the feelings in the body that would normally allow healing to take place.
Anger is shut down and those feelings of anger and are suppressed. Thus flashbacks, anxiety, a constant feeling of being on edge and the inability to feel anything starts to take over.
This is where a mind/body approach to healing is necessary because the mind/body created this process… and only healing via the mind/body can heal this process.
Thus using cognitive therapy together with Yoga, Feldenkrais, QiGong, Tai Chi, Biofeedback, EFT, and many other forms of bodily therapy can help to reintegrate the mind/body back to a normal state of health.
There is a huge need for feeling safe and to feel grounded, supported, and to know in a deep way that the person survived the situation and that “NO” action is needed. But most of us grew up thinking that actions causes harm… and that harm came about as abuse.
That is where Vipassana meditation also helps to understand feelings, and allows feelings to flow and know that there is no action needed for those feelings. Feelings come, they go, they arise, and they dissipate… and disappear. Sooner or later we come to see that there is no need for bodily changes or actions to take place.
The inner child starts to heal and find deep peace, learning to finally be at rest. This may be the first time in a persons life that they feel at peace consciously or unconsciously.
Then a sense of self arises, and takes over where before their was just a void and awareness and surroundings. Then feelings finally takes hold… and the rebirthing of the whole person takes place.
The whole process takes time… but it’s well worth it.
One step at a time… one day at a time.
Feel Free to Share – This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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