Feeling for Healing...
Posted on Nov 08, 2017 by Lori Sullivan
Healing should not be seen only in terms of our physical body or the removal of symptoms.
Most of us have a drive to perfection or wholeness, not only of our physical body but of our mind or spirit too. As we become more conscious and aware of ourselves not only as individuals, but also as part of the collective world around us, we realize that one of our greatest needs is healing. We are all wounded in some aspect of our inner beings or experience dis-ease within our lives.
Over the last several decades we’ve seen the rise of the personal growth movement emerge and flourish. I feel that healing and growth can actually be considered the same. Why not look at healing, not as an attempt to return to a previously known standard of health but as helping us move on to a new and positive level of health not previously experienced!
Healing should definitely concern itself with the relief of distressing symptoms or experiences of pain. Yet if we remove a headache without addressing the stress which caused it, this could eventually lead to increased symptoms! Our symptoms are a message from the body. They have their own language. Even minor symptoms are a message and should never be ignored or masked. Our inner being speaks through our emotions When we neglect these emotions, it speaks through our bodies. Feelings and emotions are not a head trip. They are a body trip. What is your body telling you?
We have been taught for so long not to cry, keep a stiff upper lip, don’t be sad, don’t be mad, etc. and what do we do? Keep it all inside? Is it not okay to self -express our feelings? It is okay!!!! What a beautiful release tears are…. letting go! We have a lot of crying in our office, myself included. It’s actually very beautiful. To be able to self- express, to allow myself to be emotionally vulnerable, to have a client find their tears flowing outward and experience their own emotional release is powerful. Let’s not bury our feelings. Let’s acknowledge their value. Let’s appreciate our feelings, emotions, and symptoms as gifts. When we focus on listening to our body instead of fixing it, we are on the path to true healing.