If so, you’re in the minority. Most people believe that “healing” only comes from doctors and drugs, and that the body has little if any internal healing ability. As a life and health coach, I hear this constantly from my clients. Yet it’s a misguided misunderstanding—and a dangerous one at that.
For you to better empower your own healing ability it will be useful for you to think of healing the body from injury and dis-ease in terms which are not limited to medical science, but which also include a powerful healing philosophy.
The word philosophy means “love of wisdom.” The natural philosophy we can use to comprehend self-healing includes wisdom about the communication between your mind and body which evolved over eons to protect you and keep you free of illness.
The concept of a “mind-body connection” has often been rejected by the modern mainstream and by those who find it difficult to think of healing as a holistic (mind and body) phenomenon. This is likely due to the fact that western medical training has not endorsed mind-body methods of treatment as being useful or good for business.
For years, medical facilities taught that the human mind has little or no impact at all on the body. They reasoned that something as ambiguous as “stress”—which is a mental state—couldn’t possibly have any effect on the complicated anatomical workings of a human being. Most medical instructors now willingly admit that they just didn’t believe it was that simple.
Today many medical practitioners have seen the light about the toxicity of mental and emotional stress. They have evolved their practices to include recommending holistic approaches for stress relief as they recognize the powerful benefits of these “new-age” practices and how effective they are for their patients.