In short I have found that people tend to lean. By that I mean people tend to focus on whatever mode of healing they feel most comfortable with and lean toward that for all of their needs when possible. Before the events of May 2015 I would say I leaned naturopathic/western medicine. Now I would say I lean toward energy healing when I have an ailment. This is all fine and dandy but one thing that it brings up is the interesting dynamic in the world that we live in, namely that where we lean tends to become what we feel comfortable with and even begin to feel contempt for other ways of doing things.
It seems to go without saying that if you are a western medicine adherent then that is all that you are likely to feel comfortable seeking out or trying to resolve health concerns. I have found though that in the naturopathic or energy community it is just as likely to be the case that expanding your health paradigm is just a little too much for you.
I hear it more than I see it, a friend of mine in the energy healing world will make some disparaging comment about a medical doctor or a western medicine adherent will talk about energy healing as being all together voodoo. Why does this have to be? Why is it that the world can't seem to look at the various opportunities that exist for healing and seek out their best option without being worried that someone will strike out against what they feel is best for them or, worse yet, claim that they are somehow harming themselves or the ones they love because they have done this, that, or the other thing in an effort to seek healing?
In my faith culture there seems to be plenty of ammunition for this fight against "the other". There seems to be plenty of call for their being only one right and one wrong in the world but I fear that people of all religions, walks of life, and cultural tenants are very quick to point fingers instead of studying something out and then asking what is right for them and their family. It is like we strive with all our hearts to find the best path for ourselves unless it may seem a little on the outside of our norm. Please don't misunderstand I am not advocating for universal acceptance of all things but what is the danger in pausing and asking if something that may be different than what you initially think, is right for you? Why is it that we default to different is bad?
Having said all that, I believe in wholistic medicine. My children have been immunized. My daughter is currently on an antibiotic for something but at the same time we use oils and probiotics to help boost healing and/or counteract the negative impacts of such medicine to her system. I have been to a psychological counselor for emotional and trauma therapy but have also used BodyTalk to help treat similar situations as well. When I was sick two years ago and was trying to find answers, I tried everything I knew how to do. I visited a chiropractor for what I thought must have been a pinched nerve, the ER to help deal with the trauma of it all, a cardiac specialist, a neurologist, a naturopath, and an energy healer. They all led me to understand my situation, my symptoms, and body better. They all led me to healing.
My invitation to everyone is to just have a broader sense of what is possible and work within the context they have. If you are reading this blog you now have the possibility of a little broader perspective...