How do you get well when you are not getting well? Not infrequently a patient will come to me and tell me something like the following:
First I went to see Dr. X, here in town. He sent me to see Dr. Y. I then underwent tests 1-20 and treatments p,q, and r. None of this helped. Then I went to see Dr. Z. He performed tests 25-56 on me. He recommended treatment c, which I did. It made me a little bit better for a while, but then I was right back where I started. Then I went to the Mayo Clinic. I spent a week there. I saw Drs A,B,C,D, and E and they did tests 58-106. After they finished testing, they did a few new treatments, t, u, and v, none of which helped.
By some twist of fate, they come to sit before me in my office, frustrated and gunshy. Usually they still cling to the belief that some genius Dr. F will be around the corner who will run test 107, and this will lead to treatment w, the miracle cure.
What is going on here? Might there not be some flaw in the thinking that test 1003 will lead to miracle treatment x? This is not to suggest that diseases cannot be helped by this sort of thinking. Nevertheless, many people get unsatisfactory results from this sort of approach. It is important for you to understand why.
If one approach is not getting you well, then it would make sense to go to a deeper level of treatment. What does deeper mean, though? It does not mean more physical tests. Deeper means including your mind and emotions as connected to what is happening in your physical body. Note this does NOT mean that “it is all in your head.” What it means is that there is not as much difference between your head and your body as you have been led to believe.
An example of this: I am working on a case right now where the patient described her knee pain as “piercing.” Then, later in the case, she told me that when she was hurt at the emotional level her "heart was pierced.” Do you see the connection? This patient, without even realizing it, is describing her physical pain and emotional pain with the same word. She is experiencing “piercing” both at the level of her body and mind. That is what needs to be healed, and that is what a deeper therapy can address. In many people, if it is not addressed, they will never fully get well.
In a certain sense, the soul has to be addressed as well as the body.
To understand alternative medicines (and conventional medicine as well) we need to look at ourselves as human beings in terms of levels. The Category Levels of Healing explores this in detail. Be aware that this category contains advanced information on alternative medicine that may not always be easy to understand.
Closely aligned with the ideas of Levels in Healing is that of our relationship to the spiritual. Alternative medicine, particularly the highly effective disciplines, bring us into a relationship with the spiritual. Posts that directly relate to this are under the category Spirituality.
The category Energy Healing relates to acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as other therapies that work directly with the energy matrix that runs deep within our human structure. In particular, this energy matrix says much about how disease patterns within us come to be. "How does my indigestion relate to my sinus headaches?" would be a question to ask your acupuncturist.
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