Below is a letter from a client about her healing process.
Life is a creative process. Healing is a creative process.
It is good to remember when seeking to heal from an illness that everything about healing is and will be a process.
The problem with relying only on allopathic medicine is the notion that we get a test done which is a “snap shot” of physiological indicators that give the doctor a limited amount of information from a limited number of factors seen in one limited moment. Then the doctor prescribes a medication in reaction to this “snap shot” containing limited information and, we patients, expect that our whole health be restored in the next snap shot moment. We are so eager to solve the problem of our health decline that we want to jump to the end and avoid the actual process of healing itself.
Just like in all things painful, challenging or difficult, we tend to want to jump to the end to avoid the uncomfortable parts. However, life is not like that and neither is healing.
Our bodies went through a process as our health was declining to the illness that we are experiencing, and it will be another process to restore our health to a more optimal potential.
Life is an unfolding process. Everything we engage in during life is a process. And healing is no different.
Healing requires an enormous amount of patience. And in order to truly access patience there needs to be a humble acceptance of the entirety of the situation. We must accept that our body isn’t working, that our symptoms are painful, uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating. We must accept the whole thing in order to allow for the present moment in its wholeness to reveal the next layer of the unfolding healing process. This acceptance is not a giving up on the potential for healing, but a surrendering to the process of healing. It is self compassion.
Acceptance is making inner space for the entirety of our experience (the good and the bad) to simply be as it is without resistance, denial or indulging in dwelling. Acceptance is simply an internal allowing of it all to be just as it is so that a deeper awareness can emerge from the Whole Self with insight, guidance and resources we need to align the mind-body with greater health and harmony.
It is no accident that the words patient, (able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering), and patient, (a person receiving medical treatment), share the same spelling!
Embracing a process oriented approach to healing gives us access to the inner space to receive the healing support we need along the way. Wether we ask our family, health practitioner or God through prayers for help with our healing, we need to ask for help from a process oriented perspective so that we are relating to our healing process with acceptance rather than resistance.
When we ask for healing from a perspective of resisting our situation, with a demand to our bodies or to God that we jump to the end where our health looks like what we think it should look like when we think it should, we are actually asking for help from a closed space with an energy that is pushing away. This is because there is an underlying resistance to the current situation. We cannot enter a process of healing a situation while at the same time denying or resisting the situation.
Asking for healing support while wholeheartedly accepting the situation, and with a willingness to embrace the process, we generate an expansive openness to receive and integrate support from unlimited sources!
One more thing to remember is that creativity is the unknown becoming known in the present moment during the unfolding process of life. Creative process is mysterious and unfolds in unexpected ways. Healing is a creative process that touches this mysterious depth at various stages of the healing journey. Just like in creativity, the healing process will not be linear and it will not be full of variables that can be controlled every step of the way. It will unfold in unexpected ways at unexpected times, therefore it is most helpful to seek a collaborative response to the journey rather than to seek to control it.
“Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
– Helen Keller