The Difference Between Curing and Healing

August 18, 2013

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2010-05-07-coughsyrup.jpgMost of us want a quick fix when we are sick. Who wouldn’t? The problem with this, however, is that a quick fix isn’t always possible — and in many cases, it’s not even the best medicine.

When I was taken to a hospital in Thailand 15 years ago for what appeared to be amoebic dysentery, I had a deep sense that medicine was not the only answer to my illness. I had been away from my American cultural norm for six months, and was opening up to new ideas and perspectives (in particular through the practice of meditation and yoga). While I knew that medicine would probably help subside the painful and life-threatening symptoms of the dysentery, I knew deep inside that medicine was only one piece of the puzzle.

As I lay there in the hospital bed for what seemed like endless hours, I came to realize that whatever was going on with me went much deeper than the symptoms I was experiencing on the surface. It wasn’t just my physical body that needed to be cured, but my mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies were asking to be healed. Thus, my healing work began.

What I am talking about here is the difference between curing vs. healing. While I was brought up under the conventional medicine belief system where prescribed medications were considered the “cure” for my various illnesses as a child and young adult, the experience in Thailand woke me up to some other possibilities for healing. In short, for the first time I discovered my own power to heal.

Enter: holistic medicine.

There is no question that the relationship between holistic medicine and conventional medicine has been a contentious, or maybe more apt — ignored one — for many years. Those who prescribed to holistic medical thinking and action were considered “on the fringe,” New Age “woo-woo” types, or flat out ignorant. Understandably, those who prided themselves on their rational minds and put an emphasis on the physical world (at the expense the “unseen” one) would not want to consider that there might be more to healing than treating the physical body.

Today, however, due to the work of some particular individuals — we’ve moved on a bit from these stereotypes.

2010-05-07-CarolineMyss_blog.jpgOne of these outstanding individuals is Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Caroline, a world-renowned medical intuitive, author, and speaker in the field of health and healing, has been a pioneer in courage in the health care field. In her book, Anatomy of the Spirit, she points out: “Healing begins with the repair of emotional injuries.” She explains, in other words, that instead of illness being considered simply a result of germs and genetics, it is essential to consider the emotional component of illness.

 

 

“Holistic and conventional medicine take two different attitudes toward power: active and passive,” says Caroline. “The chemical treatments of conventional medicine require no conscious participation on the part of the patient … When a person is passive – with an attitude of ‘just do it to me’ – he does not fully heal; he may recover, but he may never deal fully with the source of his illness.”

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In contrast, she explains, holistic medicine considers the patient’s willingness to participate fully in his or her own healing as necessary for its success. “Healing is an active and internal process that includes investigating one’s attitudes, memories, and beliefs with the desire to release all negative patterns that prevent one’s full emotional and spiritual recovery,” says Caroline.

To put it simply, when you give your authority over to your doctor to “cure” you, you may be missing out on an important part of your healing process (aka the emotional, psychological, and spiritual stresses that were part of the illness). If conventional medicine cures your symptoms, but not the underlying causes, Caroline and other holistic medical experts say there is a high possibility that your illness will come back.

What are you going to do for Worldwide Holistic Day?  Now is the time to plan your free event.  Email me with your news!  worldwideholisticday@gmail.com

 

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September 11, 2012

Countries who are participating to date: United States, Canada, Spain, England, Scotland, India.

If you have a friend who is a holistic practitioner in another country, please pass this information on to them.
Let’s see how we can form hands across this wonderful world of ours!


GOOD HEALTH CHART

June 1, 2012

Beautiful Food for a Healthy YOU

here is an amazing chart that I suggest you print out and post on your fridge.
Good Health starts with good food!!
Be your own holistic practitioner by serving your body nutritious and helpful foods.

Absolutely the best chart I have seen in years. SHARE THIS CHART
apples
Protects your heart
prevents constipation
Blocks diarrhea
Improves lung capacity
Cushions joints
apricots
Combats cancer
Controls blood pressure
Saves your eyesight
Shields against Alzheimer’s
Slows aging process
artichokes
Aids digestion
Lowers cholesterol
Protects your heart
Stabilizes blood sugar
Guards against liver disease
avocados
Battles diabetes
Lowers cholesterol
Helps stops strokes
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
bananas
Protects your heart
Quiets a cough
Strengthens bones
Controls blood pressure
Blocks diarrhea
beans
Prevents constipation
Helps hemorrhoids
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Stabilizes blood sugar
beets
Controls blood pressure
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones
Protects your heart
Aids weight loss
blueberries
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Stabilizes blood sugar
Boosts memory
Prevents constipation
broccoli
Strengthens bones
Saves eyesight
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
cabbage
Combats cancer
Prevents constipation
Promotes weight loss
Protects your heart
Helps hemorrhoids
cantaloupe
Saves eyesight
Controls blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Supports immune system
carrots
Saves eyesight
Protects your heart
Prevents constipation
Combats cancer
Promotes weight loss
cauliflower
Protects against Prostate Cancer
Combats Breast Cancer
Strengthens bones
Banishes bruises
Guards against heart disease
cherries
Protects your heart
Combats Cancer
Ends insomnia
Slows aging process
Shields against Alzheimer’s
chestnuts
Promotes weight loss
Protects your heart
Lowers cholesterol
Combats Cancer
Controls blood pressure
chili peppers
Aids digestion
Soothes sore throat
Clears sinuses
Combats Cancer
Boosts immune system
figs
Promotes weight loss
Helps stops strokes
Lowers cholesterol
Combats Cancer
Controls blood pressure
fish
Protects your heart
Boosts memory
Protects your heart
Combats Cancer
Supports immune system
flax
Aids digestion
Battles diabetes
Protects your heart
Improves mental health
Boosts immune system
garlic
Lowers cholesterol
Controls blood pressure
Combats cancer
kills bacteria
Fights fungus
grapefruit
Protects against heart attacks
Promotes Weight loss
Helps stops strokes
Combats Prostate Cancer
Lowers cholesterol
grapes
saves eyesight
Conquers kidney stones
Combats cancer
Enhances blood flow
Protects your heart
green tea
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Helps stops strokes
Promotes Weight loss
Kills bacteria
honey
Heals wounds
Aids digestion
Guards against ulcers
Increases energy
Fights allergies
lemons
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
Stops scurvy
limes
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
Stops scurvy
mangoes
Combats cancer
Boosts memory
Regulates thyroid
aids digestion
Shields against Alzheimer’s
mushrooms
Controls blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol
Kills bacteria
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones
oats
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Battles diabetes
prevents constipation
Smoothes skin
olive oil
Protects your heart
Promotes Weight loss
Combats cancer
Battles diabetes
Smoothes skin
onions
Reduce risk of heart attack
Combats cancer
Kills bacteria
Lowers cholesterol
Fights fungus
oranges
Supports immune systems
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Straightens respiration

peaches
prevents constipation
Combats cancer
Helps stops strokes
aids digestion
Helps hemorrhoids
peanuts
Protects against heart disease
Promotes Weight loss
Combats Prostate Cancer
Lowers cholesterol
Aggravates
diverticulitis
pineapple
Strengthens bones
Relieves colds
Aids digestion
Dissolves warts
Blocks diarrhea
prunes
Slows aging process
prevents constipation
boosts memory
Lowers cholesterol
Protects against heart disease
rice
Protects your heart
Battles diabetes
Conquers kidney stones
Combats cancer
Helps stops strokes
strawberries
Combats cancer
Protects your heart


Treatment for Chronic Pain that Works!

March 15, 2012

Chronic Pain is debilitating for mind, body and spirit. Chronic pain can be the result of disease such as fibromayalgia, or surgeries, or it can be the result of emotional or spiritual trauma. Whatever the root, it is difficult to deal with. Conventional medicine often deals with chronic pain by administering pain killers. Too often such treatment leads to addiction which only ultimately compounds the problem. Currently, I have a client with chronic pain syndrome. JJ’s pain is the result of multiple surgeries. Prescription medicine to control his pain left her an addict. Treatment for addiction has helped her dependence on prescription drugs and she has sought alternative treatment. She receives weekly sessions of acupuncture and Reiki. Initially, she was only able to get a few hours of relief. Now, she can almost manage the week. Because the acupuncture and Reiki have settled her anxiety and pain, she has begun to make other changes in her life. She now is able to exercise and is interested in her diet. As a result she is sleeping better and has lost some weight, both of which have helped to lesson her pain. Most importantly, her mind set has changed. She once reported she will always have to live with pain; now she looks forward to being pain free.
Below is information on a more holistic approach to chronic pain from EHow: Print this article

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is recurring pain that can be continuous or intermittent and lasts longer than six months. According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, headaches, including migraines, as well as backache and arthritis qualify as chronic pain. Often, chronic pain can be better treated by holistic pain management.
Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice. At the core of acupuncture philosophy is the belief that chi, also known as life force or energy, can flow freely or can become blocked at points along meridians. Each meridian, or pathway, is associated with an organ. When chi flows freely, the person experiences wellness. When chi is blocked, different ailments can occur. Acupuncture uses a painless method incorporating needles. They are inserted at designated locations on the body. The ailment determines placement of the needles. Acupuncturists often recommend herbs to aid acupuncture’s healing effects.

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Herbs

Herbal remedies may be among the best-known holistic means to manage chronic pain. Used throughout the ages by cultures around the world, herbs can offer relief for myriad painful conditions. Some of the most popular herbal remedies include angelica, cramp bark, kava kava, rosemary and valerian root. These herbs treat cramps and muscle spasms. Tea can be made with catnip, licorice or wood betony, to name only three herbs, to ease nerve pain and tension. Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, can relieve rheumatoid arthritis and neuralgia, among other painful conditions. Butterbur is gaining attention for its effective treatment and prevention of migraine headaches. Seek the advice of an herbalist or an acupuncturist for guidance.
Massage

Massage is body work. A massage therapist manipulates muscles and soft tissues. The therapy can ease muscle pain, headaches and a variety of other chronically painful conditions. Massage allows muscles to relax and promotes lymphatic circulation, which reduces inflammation. Massage encourages blood flow through muscles and can aid sinus drainage. Massage is not appropriate for all people, however, especially those with vascular problems. The many forms of massage used to relieve chronic pain include deep tissue massage, neuromuscular massage, reflexology and shiatsu.
Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapists suggest suffering subjects into a positive state of mind. It creates relaxation, which is fertile territory for receptivity to positive suggestions. A hypnotherapist or a doctor provides a subject with suggestions that distract the mind from its focus on pain. Hypnosis can manage back and joint pain, migraines, and other types of chronic pain. Only use the services of a certified hypnotherapist.

Read more: Holistic Medicine for Chronic Pain | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5166094_holistic-medicine-chronic-pain.html#ixzz1p5t3RGq7


Send all comments, photos and joys to worldwideholisticday@gmail.com

October 4, 2011

Hi folks,

I hope you all had a wonderful, exciting and glorious Worldwide Holistic Day!  I myself attuned 7 people to Reiki 1, one of whom was pregnant.

We had her baby dancing!  The event was just joyous!  I heard from other places who had wonderful turnouts and people made appointments to learn more.

We have collectively joined hearts and minds to come closer to the tipping point!

Blessings and abundance to all of you worldwide who participated.  We will see you again next year!  Namaste, LU

 


Now is the call to action for Worldwide Holistic Day

September 16, 2011

Lu Pierro of Union Township in Hunterdon County would like to see every holistic health practitioner around the world set aside Sunday, Oct. 2, to give free classes, workshops and demonstrations.

Worldwide Holistic Day is her brainchild and she is dedicated to getting it started and making it grow year after year. “I’m hoping it goes viral,” she says, which can happen when a good idea hits the Internet.

She chose Oct. 2 because it’s Ghandi’s birthday. Why Ghandi? Because he said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Pierro explains, “That’s a pretty good call to action.”

When she put out the word, “there was some confusion” among practitioners who thought she was organizing “the Woodstock of holistic events,” instead of the decentralized but coordinated global effort she envisions.

So far, about 20 practitioners have agreed to take part, some as far away as Spain and England, and a few right here in Hunterdon.

Pierro herself will be at the Unity Spiritual Center near Pattenburg giving free Reiki instruction from noon to 4 p.m. She explains that Reiki is not massage; it is a hands-on healing system that balances the body’s “chakras” or energy centers. (Call 908-730-8792 to register.)

Veronica August’s Bellewood Wellness Center at 511 Route 614 in Pattenburg will offer free samples of several modalities at an open house that observes the special day along with its 10th anniversary, from noon to 4 p.m. Of Worldwide Holistic Day, August says, “How amazing that there isn’t one already!”

Free samples will include massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, holistic food, EFT (emotional freedom technique) and Jin Shin Jyutsu (a non-manipulative stress reliever involving energy pathways).

Dr. Nancy Erb, a psychotherapist at 109 Main St. in Whitehouse Station, will also participate.

Pierro does not see holistic health treatments as alternatives to modern medicine, but as complementary to it. She tells of a friend who beat stage four lung cancer after combining chemotherapy with Reiki, essential oils and massage. “I would tell her she had more health cells than sick ones,” Pierro recalls. Besides their direct curative value, holistic treatments can enlist the mind of the afflicted person as “a powerful tool in healing.”

Organizing and promoting Worldwide Holistic Day is “my spiritual practice” says Pierro, who expects “not a dime” to come her way because of it. “What really kicked it off for me were all those people suffering after earthquakes (in Haiti, Chile and Japan).… Holistic intervention can help reduce pain and suffering.… In times of crises, holistic therapies can be the on-the-ground first response. Holistic therapies can help reduce trauma, lower blood pressure and prevent bleed out.”

Pierro encourages all holistic practitioners to join the Worldwide Holistic Day movement by visiting her web site, http://www.lupierro@wordpress.com. And if you know of one anywhere in the world, she hopes you’ll invite them to join, too.

“When you have people all over the world doing the same thing with the same focus, you connect them for positive changes,” says Pierro.


What others are saying

August 19, 2011

And about October 2nd – Worldwide Wholistic Healers Day – what a tremendously huge and daunting undertaking! and such a simple concept.
Alternative, Complementary, Wholistic Healers are, as a whole group, an incredible force of abundant riches in knowledge, abilities, energies  and heart. We are often quiet – doing our work. We don’t have unions to speak up for us and members who can be street-bound and raise voices with placards. Nor do we own the large media outlets that can interact with everyone on the moment, exerting influence for us.
On October 2nd we can speak up with our abilities, our hands, our hearts – in unison – for our niche in the health world and make a poignant difference.
Altogether – one one day. One day of doing what we love to do – all together! Powerful! Something we’ll be able to look back on.
Personally, I’ll be offering Reiki all day. Any / all of my students can come and join in. My other work is all one on one. Reiki allows for as many to be involved as possible at any one time.
Lucrezia, who started this WorldWide Holistic Day, is one courageous lady to take this project on – and of couse she’s is not taking any credit! We do the work and she profiles us after we send her our pictures! And she’ll put the graphics together when it’s all over.
 Merrie Bakker