Healing means to be made whole. When we talk about healing, we talk about feeling better in our bodies, our minds, and our hearts. Some say that healing spiritually will heal a person at many levels, including physically. It’s a philosophy I’ve grappled with a lot and one that I’ve seen happen in my life and read about in others. Anita Moorjani, an author and teacher I greatly admire, was healed of cancer in her NDE experience by reconnecting to God, and writes bravely and beautifully about her experiences.
I’ve also seen the opposite, where I’ve had illnesses that couldn’t possibly have been healed without medicine. I needed medicine to get better, and I was grateful for modern medicine’s advances. I have friends on both sides of this philosophy, and some, like me, rest somewhere in the middle. Prayer, energy healing, and changing one’s thoughts can be a powerful impetus for healing, and at the same time, western medicine can be life-saving. I think the difficulty comes in choosing one philosophy exclusively.
I was raised to only take medicine and had ample access to all kinds of prescriptions and medical care as a child of a physician, but I never knew how to take my spiritual state into account when I was healing. Eventually, in my quest to heal, and having exhausted the western medical model, I began exploring the spiritual side of life, and found many practices that truly helped me heal. I learned to heal my energy, how to eat a healthier diet, and practices to restore my heart to light and to love, which I believe healed my endometriosis, anxiety and insomnia.
That was a big departure from my childhood and one that I’m truly grateful for. But that doesn’t mean that western medicine has no place in healing! It must be a balance. I truly believe that.
What are your favorite healing practices? Where do you fall on the spectrum?
Perhaps you are longing for an experience of the other side, or maybe you’ve had one already. Perhaps it was quite by accident, or maybe you’ve been yearning for years for confirmation of your highest hopes and dreams. A spiritual experience will likely be the most peaceful feeling you’ve ever had, followed by, if you are like me, complete fear and panic.
When I first saw the light, I became extremely afraid. I felt complete distress. I knew, at a deep level, that I was not living in congruence with my heart, and I could feel that this light saw my soul. I was afraid of being seen. I don’t know what the light was, but I believe it’s all I could see of an angel with my earthly eyes. When it spoke to me, I felt total peace and love, yet again, following my experience, I became full of fear. I knew I wasn’t supposed to have an experience like that. I felt I must be crazy.
It took many years and lots of conversations with trusted folks to help me integrate these experiences and learn that I was safe and okay. I eventually learned that I wasn’t crazy. It was just an awakening to another side of life- something that I hope you have experienced or will experience in the way that is perfect for you.
You are not your body or your mind. You are your soul, and your soul’s connection to God. If you happen to encounter something in this world that reminds you of that, it’s okay to be afraid, but you don’t have to be.
Learning how to remain balanced is a vital part of healing and one I work on steadily. To me, being balanced means living equally through all three parts of our being: body, mind, and spirit. Throughout many times of my life I’ve teetered out of balance in these areas. Thankfully, I eventually find my way back to balance with some focus and intention.
Growing up, I was taught that only the body and mind existed, and I focused all of my energy on them while my spirit suffered. This looked like me exercising (body) and studying (mind) and ending the day in tears (suffering spirit). Conversely, when I first had my spiritual awakening, I was so in awe of God that I focused all my energy on spiritual matters while my body and mind were put on the back burner. It takes practice to live into all three parts of ourselves. It takes time to learn to do this with grace.
When I’m suffering or having anxiety, I tend to veer into the mental aspect of my being only. I overthink and worry about everything. During these times, leaning into my higher, spiritual self seems impossible. Tipping the balance back into the soul helps immensely to take a big-picture view of whatever I’m dealing with, but it can be so difficult to remember to do this in the midst of stress and strife!
Likewise, being in the body can help one remain light and free and present to the tasks of daily living. It’s easy to let worry and stress build up in our bodies and to neglect them. In these times, drinking or overeating becomes a coping mechanism, instead of healing the parts of ourselves that need healing. Recently I’ve renewed my Kundalini yoga practice to help me clear energetic blockages and free up space in my body. I feel lightness and peace after I practice, and it’s truly wonderful.
Body, mind, spirit. How do you like to stay balanced between them?