Mind Body Spirit
For thousands of years traditions of healing, medicine and wisdom have been handed down across all cultures. I would like to offer a personal perspective on this subject.
We are all fundamentally the same. We are all expressions of universal creativity in human form. Our underlying nature is a unified field of consciousness, but each one of us expresses a unique form and life process. Is a wave separate from the ocean? Yes, and no, depending upon one's perception.
As we acquire understanding of ourselves and the world around us we can release unhealthy patterns and potentially gain greater health and vitality. This is a unique process for each person and requires a genuine commitment to oneself. Positive changes are achieved with careful attention to the life process that includes our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, relationships, diet, lifestyle, posture, movement, breathing, exercise, work and sleep.
All our experiences are interconnected. For example, emotional and psychological processes arise within and travel through the nervous and hormonal systems to be expressed in the body. Therefore, profound or long held beliefs and feelings may cause a significant change in our physical state. It is equally the case that deep or sustained changes in our physical health can cause a real change in our emotional and psychological state.
We always have choices that can influence our health, although sometimes an illness or dysfunction cannot be altered easily and we may have to accept the condition while doing everything possible to relieve pain and discomfort. We can benefit from both traditional and modern understanding by exploring the integration of this combined pool of knowledge.
If we establish strong foundations for health with a balanced approach in the everyday world we may also choose to develop our self awareness through traditional practices such as meditation, visualisation and contemplation. Increased self awareness requires an integration of expanded information that is not only an intellectual process.
Human development is a complex matter and is achieved through work and attention over time. We all have to face multiple developmental processes and they do not all evolve in a linear fashion at the same speed. Each stage of development brings new challenges and we must embrace new insights and wisdom while being careful to heal or resolve any ongoing tensions from the past.
Modern psychology and neuroscience tend to support the ancient idea that we can influence the nervous system through skillful methods such as meditation and positive visualisation. Many of the ancient systems discuss a subtle human energy field that can be accessed and developed through such practices. Perhaps in the future we will see a greater convergence of knowledge that will help to explain ideas such as meridians and chakras more clearly.............
Ultimately - as all the wisdom traditions teach - when we recognise ourselves, others and all life as expressions of the very same consciousness, we transform our health. Through this recognition we experience compassion and create a different world around us. This is the spiritual process that reveals a deeper life purpose - to express a unified, yet individuated state of being.