The Healing Path
As a practitioner, I contemplate healing and the healing process. I ask broader questions about healing such as “what is healing?” and “how does healing happen?” In addition, I ask more specific questions about each person that I am treating, such as “what needs to be healed? “how do I harness it their healing potential?” and “when will they be healed?”
These are big questions. They drive my quest to learn more, to think, and to study. It is through these studies and my clinical experience that I have come to understand that healing is a path.
A sense of path is critical to our lives. It gives us ground, boundaries, vision, and understanding. Without a sense of path, we tend to move in wild fluctuations of doubt in certain situations and a very rigid state in another. A path is meant as a guideline, to be considered, to be contemplated, and it seeks to promote learning and a process of self-discovery.
As we try to comprehend our lives, as we try to understand the roots of our own suffering and illness, and our own happiness, we rely on this sense of path. It’s considered to be the greatest of gifts. Even if we are in a difficult situation with understanding we can have a different perspective on it. Without understanding, we are lost.
The path of healing means as an individual you develop yourself, you realize your original innate purpose. It is an opportunity to cultivate all of yourself. Once you do that, once you know who you are, you can manifest your inner potential. And we can harness this potential to create healing.
Chinese/Eastern medicine helps to create a healing path by having benchmarks to determine health and disharmony which are based on our natural cycles such as sleep and wake cycles. These cycles represent the yin and yang aspects of our lives and determine how functional we are. Health, in Eastern medicine, is considered harmony and dynamic balance. If there is an imbalance within our natural cycles, illness may arise. The path to health, harmony, and dynamic balance begins with balancing your natural cycles.
When you come in for treatment we evaluate these natural cycles in relation to your health. Keep in mind that Eastern medicine does not evaluate illness purely on the symptoms, but rather, on complex patterns of disharmony in the body. From this evaluation, we can determine where you are on the path to healing and how to move forward on the path towards the goals of health, harmony, and dynamic balance.