Our society has become so accustomed to heading to the doctor—or the pharmacy—every time we have an ache, pain or symptom—that we have almost forgotten our true source of healing and wisdom—ourselves. You are your own greatest healer.
You may wonder how to heal when you’ve taken yourself so far off-track—beyond what modern medicine can even provide. However, remember this one thing: your body is not just a collection of bones, tissues and cells. It is an extension of your being. It has wisdom to heal and intuition to prevent. Whatever condition it manifests, it also holds the keys to reverse.
Often a foot issue will take us to the podiatrist or a tooth issue to the dentist. Likewise, a heart issue may bring us to the cardiologist. We are lucky that we live in a world with such advanced, specialized medicines. However, what we fail to realize is that the foot issue, dental pain or heart issue are not just isolated symptoms or events. Additionally, our bodies are not made up of individual parts. Our parts are all connected to the larger whole and should be treated as such. All parts communicate with each other on an invisible, energetic level. Symptoms happen when these energetic messages get trapped and cannot flow freely. These symptoms are often connected to larger issues, such as deeply-rooted emotional pains, continuous stress or a lingering “root” cause that has not been addressed.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that health is the body’s normal state. It intuitively knows how to maintain this state of good health. But it will keep pushing to try to keep up with your fast pace. Eventually, it will send you messages in the way of food cravings, aches and pains or other symptoms, until you allow it to slow down. Your job is to tune into these messages so that you know when your body is out of balance. Qigong, Taiji, eating for healing, meditation and creative, spirited fun are all ways to erase the stress and create a calm, peaceful heart—a perfect start to bringing your body, mind and spirit back into balance.