Awareness, Acceptance, Intention, Treatment, Results
The Act of Finding is a critical skill for us human beings. Whether it’s finding things, or jobs, or answers, we need to find it if we are to proceed.
We’ve looked a little bit at the huge subjects of finding Love and Success. Of course, there’s so much to talk about in those areas that we could never cover all the angles. The same applies to finding Healing, big subject, and there’s only so much we can say in a thousand (1,000) words or less.
Aside from the sheer size of these objects of desire, we notice another commonality. All three – love, success and healing – are related. It should easy to see we’ll be talking about finding Balance. At some point, we hope you’re so good at finding, we have to shift our conversation to begin talking about things not to find.
That’s why we’ve centered on the skill of finding: a skill useful at every stage of life, from finding the can-opener to finding peace.
Obviously, the first step is to know what you’re looking for and what you want to accomplish. If you’re reading an article about Finding Healing, chances are good the pain has been talking to you, along with the limitations and other discomforts caused by whatever it is needing healed.
We know three things about healing:
1. With few exceptions, anything can be healed, although we may not be able to prove it in all the cases.
2. Every case is different and every person has some level of responsibility for their own healing.
3. No one is powerless in the struggle, even though it may appear that way.
This brings us to our first of five principles to guide us to healing:
There’s more to awareness than knowing where the pain is. It involves knowing where the pain is coming from, whether it be a back pain or a terminal disease, how something we are doing is causing the discomfort.
Awareness includes knowing what can help. The doctor is supposed to know, but you may be reading this because the medical community isn’t quite solving the problem.
Are you aware of the alternative methods that are being used for your malady?
Do you know what homeopathic medicine would say about it?
What about the chiropractor?
What remedies would your aunt use?
The challenge to being aware of all this information is with confusion and fear. The confusion comes fast, as there is a lot of information. Some of it is contradictory and some of it stretches the limits of your beliefs. On top of that, it all relates to you, your well-being and your future. That lets the fear come in.
Fear comes in two sizes: fear of real threat and just fear. The first one can save us while the second can bring our defeat. In the first case, I jump away from the snake I almost stepped on. In the second, I’m wondering how bad this problem can get, after doing some research.
The challenge with fear is that it’s very well-disguised. No one wants to be afraid, so our minds find all kinds of ways to cover it up and make it seem reasonable. That’s a battle we all have to make peace with. Fear truly is our number one enemy, yet our first ally in a bad moment.
So, our first principle gives way to the need for the second principle:
Stop. Breathe. Fear and Confusion are precisely the battle you are fighting. They are the enemy, if you will. Your intention to heal will affect the enemy. Again: your intention to heal will affect the enemy. To what extent your intervention affects you, and who wins in the end, who knows, but your intention (below) will change the game!
That knowledge, that your intention affects the outcome, is, at this point, your peace with the issue. Spend some time accepting that. If you put your mind into it, of course, it will change.
This is where any faith or knowledge you have comes in. If you add whatever you have to your acceptance, believe me, you’re miles ahead. Even if you have seen enough that you believe it’s impossible, anything you do will make the journey better.
Find a way, in other words, to make peace with it: peace and acceptance. This alone creates fertile ground around your healing.
Once we accept that we are aware, we’re ready for principle number three:
Of course, we want to get well. And that is our intention, but what is there to talk about besides that?
Remember: we, you, the doctor and family are already talking about the awareness part of it. Everyone in it has opinions and the doctor seems to be the final word. You just read that using supplement A, which works so well for you, may be causing symptom B. Damn.
All that, let me remind you, goes in the awareness column. Yes, it’s stuff you need to deal with and know all about in order to beat this pain.
But regarding your Intention, all that is information on the enemy, awareness research, the state of things, etc. Your intention is where you want to be when the war is over.
What do you want?
What’s your highest dream/goal for this healing?
What do you want to do with your healing?
What do you want to be able to do, without pain, anxiety or sleeplessness?
We have plenty of evidence that we’re sick. The doctors, the tests, the fact I can’t get across the room, all of that proves I am sick. If all we think about is the evidence of our illness, maybe that’s all we’ll wind up with.
If, however, we have a vision for our healing, we bring some balance to our quest by defining the evidence we want to see.
We want to see the evidence of healing! Isn’t that worth some of our time?
Write this Intention down, take inventory of your awareness and accept the conditions of the battle.
Finding Healing, Part 2 will look at the Treatment and Results Principles. Feel better and make art.