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As living beings who are an interconnected part of the natural world, we share an inclination towards balance and well-being with life and the larger cycles around us. Plants, animals, seasons, weather, even the dance and orbit of the universe at large, all reach toward balance. Our natural state is one of health and balance, and when this has been disrupted it is the natural course of the body/mind to seek balance. Our immediate and creative response to wounding is to heal. And generally, we are brilliant self-healers.
Given time and protection and space, our human systems will naturally go right to work on a wound or an illness, intelligently repairing and rebuilding damages, sealing leaks, gathering precious vitality, and taking detailed notes for the future. In most cases, without the interference of continuous damage or noxious influence, our path aims back towards our greatest possible personal health and well-being.
With few exceptions, if we're not healing after an injury, an illness or a crisis, there is a noxious influence actively impairing our natural healing power. The offending influence could be one of many things: an unhealthy relationship or person in our sphere, an environmental toxin or contaminated food/water, substances (medical or otherwise) that don't serve us, a flawed belief system or toxic habits of thought. Often, in order to achieve greater healing, we don't need to do more, add more, or effort more. In many cases, we simply need to remove what's blocking the natural flow of health to us and through us.
While we are our own best healers, at times we need guides to help us see where we're stuck or see what needs to be released. If we've been stuck awhile, we may also need to be taught or reminded how to release, remove, and let go. A set of trained and skillful eyes, a compassionate heart, and the lived experience of one who's repeatedly healed their own wounds can go a long way towards making our healing path one of curiosity, discovery, and connection.
We can save time and energy by using the maps given to us by these guides. We will feel supported, knowing that someone who truly understands this path sees us taking our first steps upon it. By listening to them, we'll learn that we're like countless others, that we're not weird or broken or hopelessly incomplete. We're just like the many before us and among us who got hurt, got stuck, got help, and got well.
As we heal this particular wound with skillful help and guidance, we'll be learning the reusable tools to find and release anything that may impede our vibrant well-being in the future. These tools will be ours for a lifetime, and we'll be more effective and empowered self-healers as a result of this journey with our guide. And, who knows what other ways these tools might serve? We may someday have the opportunity to guide others in need, as they open to the possibility of allowing health and well-being to flow unimpeded throughout their lives. May we all get soaked in the free-flowing currents of vibrant health.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.