Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We all have alot of choices to make every day; sometimes it seems that we don't "have" a choice, and sometimes there are too many choices and not enough time. For health related concerns, a tremendous amount of research must be done to make informed choices about care, and it seems at times easier to simply go to a "professional" and be told what to do. Additionally, the scientific research model most common at this time forms thinking into a rather dualistic mode, linear and exclusive of anything that doesn't conform, such as the experience based wealth of information that an herbalist or energy practitioner will use. A blending of both approaches, of course, is what brings the most success. The individual must also cultivate their own awareness of what is happening in and to them. The body and the mind are, of course, interwoven and communicate, and this communication can provide insight and direction to an individual in terms of choices about healing.
The model my practice offers is experientially based, as well as grounded in research. It is one where the individual is in the position of making choices and taking decisions, based on their own functioning, so that they are in present time with themselves, not thinking about how it "was before this happened" or how it might be "if". A real choice can then be made, which includes all relevant service options. Perhaps this is a bit garbled, so, an example. One client had ongoing tennis elbow. This was a big problem since he was a professional tennis player. He was taking anti-inflammatories, having steroid injections, and contemplating surgery. A neighbor of mine at the time was an Olympic coach, friends with the tennis player, and knew about my work. I made up a cream for the tennis player, who used it with reluctance apparently; after all, how could a little jar of cream with plants in it do ANYTHING? However, the results convinced him when his elbow was no longer painful, he could move it normally, and was not taking any medication. In his case, the tendonitis was not so deeply entrenched that it could not be aided by the balancing of the energy flow in the arm, essentially. Some of the ingredients in this cream helped the processing of excess calcium and acid in the system, others topically aided with pain, and others helped the energy in the affected area un-clench itself, removing the main blockage and restoring balance.
Other instances, of course, have not been as successful. People who keep driving on despite pain and dysfunction will ultimately come to the point when nothing will really help except complete cessation of their activities, and often, medical intervention. However, someone with a very demanding set of requirements or physical conditions can be aided by energy and botanical practices just as well as someone at the outset of a problem, precisely because such work can assist a person in seeing their situation with clarity, seeing possibilities for shift where they didn't before. Behaviors and thinking change, and physical condition changes.
Recently a scientific talk was presented in the Bay Area regarding cellular research. The gist of it was that it appears that all the cells in the body have "eyes", and can see each other. It is already known how the immune system communicates with the entire body, and how the heart and brain interact. One very important point, for me, was this example. Modern cancer treatment consists largely of extirpation of the offending cells, and although tremendous strides have been made it is not 100% successful, and it can have a very negative impact on the patient. Since cells appear to be "sentient", wouldn't an approach of communication and not attack be worth exploring? Energy and botanical medicines can perform in this manner- does this seem interesting to you? It does to me! My practice endeavors to work in this manner to get people and their systems back on the same page again. Please contact me to see how this can be of assistance to you. Meanwhile, next blog, probably more philosophy!