Many people have heard some doctors and practitioners speak about the importance of healing your spirit in order to heal your body. Some of those health professionals go as so far as to say that your body won’t heal fully without addressing the underlying cause that led to disease in the first place. Yes, modern medicine has its place and has done wonders for our life expectancy and survival, but medicine alone will only eliminate the symptoms, which may or may not last a lifetime.
Carolyn Myss, author of "Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing", has written and taught extensively in this area. While there is some mystery as to why illness develops, how to heal from illness, and why one person succeeds and another does not, Myss teaches us that there is a direct connection between spiritual centeredness, energy imbalances and the ability to heal oneself. As I mentioned in one of my first postings, health is not an isolated area of life. It is very holistically connected to other areas of your life such as career, relationships, family, sense of financial stability and free time activities as well as self-esteem, belief that one’s life makes a difference, authenticity with oneself and others, trust, ability to forgive and overall sense of happiness.
I agree wholeheartedly with Myss that ilness doesn’t just “happen”. Yes, genes and family history do play a role in one’s susceptibility to certain health conditions and debilitations, but every individual has the power to beat the odds and prevent disease from occurring if they are willing to take care of themselves at a deep enough level. When one becomes sick or develops a long term health condition or terminal illness, the person’s mental/spiritual well-being plays just as big a part as the related physical elements.
As Myss explains, each of our seven energy chakras (from the base of the spine to the crown of the head) contain universal life lessons that teach us about spiritual and personal power as we travel along the path to higher consciousness. The lessons related to the material world (1st chakra) sexuality, work and physical desire (2nd chakra), ego, personality and self-esteem (3rd chakra), love, forgiveness and compassion (4th chakra), will and self-expression (5th chakra), mind, intuition, insight and wisdom (6th chakra), and spirituality (7th chakra) require us to take conscious responsibility for our lives. When we ignore these lessons, we set ourselves up biologically to develop or contract disease.
Our cells contain the memories of everything that has ever happened to us in our lives as well as every thought, belief, emotion, fear and feeling we’ve ever had. Over time, our biological health begins to reflect these inner energy patterns, contributing to our probability to breakdown physically.
True healing requires the motivation to do the work on all levels of our being if we want to live a long and joyful life. Not everyone is up to the challenge, but for those who are, embracing this intuitive knowledge can mean the difference between living and dying (figuratively and literally). If there are areas of your life that are weighing on you emotionally, mentally and physically, look for ways to alleviate and overcome these challenges, find balance, and live in line with your highest self. One of the biggest misconceptions is that we don’t have the power to overcome our circumstances. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of my favorite quotes by Gabriel Cousens is “Love Yourself Enough to Heal Yourself”. Educate yourself on ways to overcome your obstacles and never give up hope. Miracles are only miracles if you believe in limits. Otherwise, the possibilities are endless.
Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss, PhD.
Published On: July 13, 2010