Holistic Healing is the missing component of our current medical paradigm. You are a multidimensional being with many layers and facets. Dis-ease isn’t just about the body – it’s about so much more.
The “reductionistic” view of illness that our culture maintains isn’t fully helping anyone. In this model, a person is “reduced” to their parts. While these parts are important, they are just parts of the whole. Looking at ALL the parts and their beautiful and complex intricacies and relationships is crucial.
Without looking at something holistically, there’s no way to efficiently, effectively, and sustainably influence change and healing.
Holistic Healing Defined
Merriam-Webster (n.d.) defines “holistic” as “relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.” Modern society’s approach to health (and to all things, really) is quite compartmentalized. There’s a doctor, bureaucratic office, app, pill, etc. for just about everything. We’ve become all about reduction-ism and subcategories; symptoms and parts.
Why have we shunned and diminished the value of holistic modalities and put them into the category of “alternative” and therefore “less than?” Why are so many people more willing to take a pill than meditate, exercise, or take herbs?
The body is our entry point and the focus of much of our obsession because it’s tangible and therefore, we think it should be easily “fixed” or manipulated at our will. However, there’s a crucially missing factor here – your body and its state for the most part is a reflection of your inner, not-so-tangible realms. The subtle creates the gross.
Physical dis-ease is a manifestation of dis-ease on the emotional, mental, and spiritual body levels. How can any real healthcare system or healing plan provide benefits to its recipients without taking that into consideration? How can recipients of its care learn to take radical self-responsibility and become their own healers without being wholly guided?
Emotional, mental, and spiritual blocks hurt the physical body and prevent us from fully embodying our lives.
In plain, non-woowoo terms, if it pleases you, that old baggage you carry around with you, that old story, the hurts you still hold onto, the resentments you’ve failed to let go of, the cyclical replaying of a scenario you wished you would’ve gone differently, the body-hating – ALL these things change your physiology daily and not for the better.
These subconscious tapes are stuck on repeat. They then drive your emotions, which fuel your behaviors and choices, which may not be the ideal ones and are the reason you may find yourself stuck and repeating the same patterns in your life.
A Holistic View of Dis-Ease
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Physically, these tapes create a stress response in your system and this seriously hinders the body’s ability to carry out its own healing and cleansing duties that it needs to do daily. For example, these “free radicals” we hear about are very real and can cause cellular mutations, which is why we need “antioxidants” to neutralize them.
Your body creates its own free radicals by simply running natural biochemical pathways to produce energy. This would happen naturally even if you lived in a Utopian bubble-wrapped world free of stress or toxins. So, couple that fact with the environment and reality that is being created as a result of these subconscious tapes, which may show up as you not eating whole, antioxidant-rich foods, plus the stress response taking place, which requires even more antioxidants to counter… and you can see why many of us are headed for trouble.
I’ve put together an epic series on what I call The 7 Pieces of True Healing, complete with podcast, videos, and more.
However, we have something so powerful at our disposable that I am inviting you tap into. The power of choice and freewill. Get curious about Shadow Work, Flower Essences, body metaphors, the Chakra System and how they relate to your endocrine glands and surrounding organs to help you clarify what your body is telling you. Or, work it backwards and get curious about what tapes are constantly being played and begin to notice how they impact you.
Take radical self-responsibility for your life, your journey, your healing, and your health and embrace holism. Every single part of you is connected. Every single thing that you have ever experienced in your life is stored in you.
Are you going to let your life live you or are you going to live your life? We cannot numb out any longer and rely on pills and masking symptoms. I challenge you to begin to take some time getting quiet with yourself to notice the beliefs and stories on repeat within you and the subtle (or more obvious and dramatic) impacts they have on your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.
Please share with me – I am so interested in learning more about these connections! Reach out and tell me about your own healing journey, or ask me about anything covered here in my Facebook group, Transmuting to Nourish, Awaken, & Thrive.
Devon Ray Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT is a Holistic Life Coach + Catalyst + Intuitive + Writer obsessed with guiding others to their fullest potential through transmuting pain into purpose. Devon lives in a deep piney forestland where she enjoys plenty of raw cacao, being barefoot, and laughing until she can’t breathe along with her partner and their canine roommate (who really runs the whole show). Reach out for your complimentary session: http://bit.ly/ScheduleDiscoverySession