You the Healer: Part One
An Introduction to Self-Healing

This article begins an eight-part series about healing by introducing some general principles of self-healing and summarizing the other articles to appear in the series.

Please note: To keep this series from stretching out for nearly a year, some articles will appear in the Living with Crystals newsletter and some will be in Rainbow Reflections. Once the series is complete, the articles will be in the respective areas of the web site.

The basic premise of the series is that all imbalances originate to the degree that we become separated from our inner selves, that part of ourselves connected to universal and infinite wisdom.

Inner awareness, unaffected by the pressure of the outside world (whether that means circumstances, the pressure of other people, or the pressure we put on ourselves to meet external expectations) always tries to guide us on the path of happiness. This guidance may show up in many ways. Some of these include unexpected opportunities, sudden insights, or dreams that offer enlightenment.

When we follow this guidance (called by some intuition) we feel good. When we don't, we don't feel so good. We may experience anxiety, guilt, anger, resentment, and a range of other negative emotions. While these emotions are intended to help us recognize that we've gone astray, this only works when we pay attention.

The person who stays in a marriage or partnership that doesn't meet his needs without either working to create change or leaving ignores his inner guidance. So does the person who automatically goes to her job day after day in a spirit of frustration and boredom. The child who, instead of listening to inner guidance, has learned to take her direction from those older and allegedly wiser, paves the way for future unhappiness.

Untended negative emotions, like untended gardens, produce tangles of weeds, which in vibrational terms are called blockages. If blockage gets dense enough, illness may result.

Asking and Receiving

Our inner guidance never stops trying to direct us. If we don't pay attention to the emotional symptoms of imbalance, our bodies will give us stronger messages in the form of physical symptoms. If these are severe enough, we have to listen, but our responses don't always put us back in balance.

I would like to make it clear at this point that I'm not speaking against medical, surgical, or pharmaceutical treatments. Sometimes these interventions can alleviate both physical distress and the negative emotions that accompany them. By breaking the cycle of pain, suffering, and anxiety, we can find ourselves able to address the underlying emotional imbalance-but that imbalance must be addressed. If it isn't, either the old symptoms will re-occur or new ones will develop.

A neurologist recently told my partner, Joyce, that he believes a positive attitude is essential to healing. Many members of the medical profession echo this belief, and finding a practitioner who will work with you on all levels of healing-or encourage your independent pursuit of alternative methods-can help you return to the path of wellness.

In the end, no one else can interpret your inner guidance. Only you have that ability.

Your Body Wants Wellness

Your body's natural state is that of balance, and that's what it wants. When it's out of balance, every cell asks for healing. I've found that knowing this is one of the most important elements of healing. A simple prayer like "Body, please help me get well" or an affirmation like "I join my body in a healing partnership" can have great results.

Vibrational healing-crystals, essences, Reiki, and other methods-can deepen these effects. While this kind of healing doesn't achieve the fast and dramatic results of medical or pharmaceutical intervention, it addresses basic imbalances and has longer-lasting effects. Because vibrational healing is noninvasive, those who use it also benefit from not having to deal with side effects.

Vibrational healing can also involve changing the thoughts you habitually think, about your body and about your life. The following articles in this series will cover some of the key areas where we prevent wellness and recommend crystals and essences to enhance well-being.

The other articles in this series are:

Thinking Your Way to Wellness (Living with Crystals)

The beliefs we hold about our bodies and their ability to heal themselves can have a powerful effect on our improved health.

Stress (Living with Crystals)

More people and medical practitioners are discovering that stress sows the seeds of sickness. If you can catch stress at an early stage or prevent it when possible, you will be healthier and happier. This article describes some helpful methods and related crystals and essences.

Conversations with the Body (Rainbow Reflections)

Too often, these conversations are one-way. We get angry at various parts of our bodies for behaving badly and never give them a chance to express their points of view. Letting the body talk back can teach us a lot about our minds and also brings the mind and body into deeper harmony.

Mental Barricades (Living with Crystals)

You may feel angry that you're ill and want to know whose fault it is. You may decide it's your fault and feel guilty. Fear that your illness is worse than it is may lead to a number of morbid fantasies. Downtime in bed can give you the unfortunate opportunity to review all your problems. Impatience to get well may give you false delusions of health. All of these conditions block the healing process.

The Healing Crisis (Rainbow Reflections)

Our emotions are always giving us information about how connected we are to our inner beings. Disconnection can express itself in the form of anger, depression, anxiety, and other emotions. If we disregard these signals and fail to address the negative life situations that may arouse them, we may find ourselves in states of spiritual emergency. This article addresses both means of preventing crises and how to get through one with minimum trauma.

Medical Adventures (Living with Crystals)

I do my best to stay out of the doctor's office, and when I do need to see one, I tend to feel like a failure. This is not a healing attitude. I asked myself, "What would make this part of the healing journey?" and came up with a number of possibilities, including: not feeling like a failure, not hating or resenting the doctor, establishing that I have a voice in any decisions without being antagonistic, and more.

Healing the Healer (Rainbow Reflections)

Some of us end up being the ones others look to for support-whether this is in a formal healing atmosphere or not. It can feel good and healing to help others, but you will find that you need to replenish yourself. This article will provide some methods for doing this.

Articles in the Healing Series

These articles are in no particular order. Choose the one that first gets your attention.

Introduction to the Healing Series
Finding Your Peaceful Center Stress is a known cause of illness. Crystals, essences, and other tools can reduce it.
Mental-Emotional Balance: Where Healing Begins Anguish, guilt, anger, and impatience can lead to illness.
You the Healer Believe in yourself and allow the healing to happen
To Your Health: Talk to your body, and listen, too.
Thinking Our Way to Health Sometimes our beliefs get in the way of healing.
You the Patient Going to a practitioner for advice doesn't mean giving up your intuition and ability to heal yourself.
The Healing Crisis It can be a rough ride. Some suggestions for smoothing the bumps.

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