Good health is our birthright.  However, rarely does it come without effort, and a mindfulness on our part to maintain it.

We each have an innate ability to heal.  If we live in a healthy environment, and hold the belief that human beings are comprised of complex, interacting systems, that are multidimensional – physical, emotional, spiritual – then we begin to get a sense that the Western Medical Model has a limited perspective.  It is not comprehensive.  It does not take into account the other factors – emotional or mental , for example – which may be influencing the dis-ease the body may be experiencing.

Allopathic medicine treats symptoms; whether it be though medication, chemotherapy, or surgery. Preventive Medicine – today’s model –  is believed to have started in 1876. At that time, the Industrial Revolution and mechanization was in full swing.  The body was viewed as a complex machine, which needed to be “fixed” if something went wrong.

Humans are impatient.  They want something when they want it – especially good health when it may not be their current state. The concept of “time is money” was, an is, the motto in American commerce, and this belief influenced how healthcare was delivered – greatly influenced by the health insurance lobby.  The rationale being that if I am sick, I can turn over my health issue [relinquishing your power to self-heal] to an “expert”, who can give me a pill or shot, and I can get back to work faster.  Suddenly, people began listening to someone with “authority” on health, and stopped listening to their innate wisdom, which may have directed them to their local herbalist or homeopath who would take into consideration the whole constitution of the person – lifestyle, family history of illness, trauma – to determine which systems were out of balance.  Usually, with one homeopathic dose, the symptoms would resolve, and the body’s systems would come back into balance without side effects.  This is one modality of vibrational medicine.

In fairness to the medical profession as it is practiced today, physicians realistically do not have enough time to give adequate attention to all of their patients the way they may wish to.  They have about fifteen minutes to review past medical history, make an assessment, formulate a diagnosis, and implement a plan going forward.  There is scant time to develop a relationship with their patient to assess what underlying causes may be present and readily observable.

The important point to note is that people “hurt” on many levels.  Western medicine only treats the physical “hurt”.  The existential or emotional “hurt” is sadly left undiagnosed by the physician.  The cries of a “hurt” spirit – which could very well be the source of the dis-ease in the patient, would be left for the clergyman or spiritual advisor to sort out with no consultation between the two practitioners.

Len Saputo, MD advocates for a new model of healthcare.  His model suggests a multidisciplinary assessment of a patient’s health in which  the patient is asked to invite to a meeting their physician, any medical specialists they consult with, their pharmacist, chiropractor, acupuncturist , or any complimentary therapy practitioner they see.  Together they meet to discuss the patient holistically – from each of their perspectives – and develop a health plan for the patient to follow.  Everyone is on the same page and hears the same story of the patient’s current health.  The room for a missed diagnosis, or a contraindication, or a medication side effect is greatly diminished using this model.

The science of PNI [psychoneuroimmunology], or Mind/Body Health, exhaustively documents that our emotions directly influence our physical health.  Tending your emotional garden – pulling out the weeds that may be choking your vitality; watering and fertilizing kindness and acknowledging  the gratitude you have for your life, can be far more restorative and life-affirming than can be imagined.  Having an awareness of your emotional health is as important as having an exercise routine.

The “take away”: Everyone has an innate healing wisdom which can be drawn upon at any time.  The way to access this wisdom is through stillness – get quiet. Ask your higher Self, with a sincere heart, to be shown how to heal.  And in that deep silence, your higher Self will instruct you, in an economy of words, exactly what the initial steps will be for you to take toward improving your health.  Keep in mind that this is a practice and a process.  For most people, there will not be an instantaneous recovery of health.  However, if you continue to practice becoming still, querying your higher Self as to the source of your dis-ease, you will be answered, and turned in the right direction.

One last point. Your ego may not like to be usurped by the guidance of your higher Self.  Most likely, it will throw up every conceivable argument as to why you should not trust this wisdom that is being presented.  The chief weapon in the ego’s arsenal is fear and doubt. Resist falling into this snare.  The truth is that your higher Self only has your best interests in mind. It will not deceive you as the ego can.  The Self guides you into safe waters and a harbor of healing.

Remember, it is your birthright to have good health.