I have recently been enrolled in the wound healing program by my earthly medical advisers and my Spiritual Adviser. As far as my medical recovery is concerned, I am using state of the art medical products and treatments. One of the products is a wound dressing called Sorbact. This mesh-like, green colored fabric is hydrophobic. It attracts bacteria to its surface within seconds but does not retain any fluid. The use of this material replaces the use of topical antibiotics and is the most natural substance for rapid, healthy healing.
My diet now consists of as much protein (mostly from meat) and Greek yogurt that I can stomach. According to research, high levels of protein enable your body to rapidly build the new tissue required to heal a wound. Steak, liver, raw salmon, you name it, it is on the menu these days!
On the flip side – my Spiritual Advisor has signed me up for this course to teach me about the emotional healing of wounds. The title of the first chapter of The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz is “The Wounded Mind”. He explains the idea of emotional wounds being like a physical skin disease with open wounds that we develop early in our life, around 3-4 years old. This disease, based on fear, causes us to feel hurt when someone touches us and makes us aware of the pain we can cause others when we touch them. Yet, we are drawn to touch and be touched. He offers these words:
Humans cover themselves and protect themselves, and when someone says, “your are pushing my buttons,” it is not exactly true. What is true is that you are touching a wound in his mind, and he reacts because it hurts.
So, how do we heal? Let’s look at the medical approach to healing and draw some conclusions. The simple green materials that is use in wound healing draws out the bacteria and creates a healthy environment for healing. What spiritual practice could you engage in that would draws out your anger, disappointment in others, or feelings of being a victim in a particular situation? Releasing these feelings can feel like an emotional eruption when you being to become aware of their power over your life. Recognizing these elements and refusing to live at the effect of life results in a huge shift in energy and fuels the healing process.
We know what food our bodies require to heal but what is the “protein power” that will heal our mind? Daily affirmations has been one of the foundational messages of Louise Hay. In her book Heal Your Life she lists common physical diseases and conditions and the related emotional problem associated with it. She follows up each “diagnosis” with a healing affirmation. I asked a friend what she thought were the core emotional troubles experienced by Steve Jobs. She mentioned his anger over abandonment as one issue he struggled with. We then looked to Louise Hay’s descriptions of pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis: Rejection. Anger and frustration because life seems to have lost its sweetness.
Healing Affirmation: I love and approve of myself, and I alone create sweetness and joy in my life.
Maybe this seems to be too simplistic for our world today. The secret to complete healing may be found in a much different place than the medical community has lead us to believe.
Recently, one of my coaching clients was working through Well Being by Rom Rath and Jim Harter. She texted me and said,” You have to read page 38!” So I read it and understood her point as it related to her life but the rest of that page was devoted to wound healing! (I love serendipity!) In this research experiment, superficial wounds were created on 45 married couples. The wounds were monitored to measure the rate of healing.
The results revealed that it took almost twice as long for the wounds to heal for couples who reported having hostility in their relationship. So if you’re in a strained relationship, it could extend the time it takes for you to recover from surgery or a major injury. …………..our Social Wellbeing might have even more influence on how quickly we recover than conventional risk factors.
So it appears that while we may have the lastest, greatest doctors, procedures, equipment and products, our spiritual and social health is going to play an equal or greater role in the healing process that we might realize.
Clearly, the effort we make to heal ourselves will heal everyone else around us in the process!