Whenever I speak to my patients about self-healing they usually look at me with that perplexed look that says “you’re the doctor, you spent all those years in training if I thought I could do it myself I wouldn’t be here!” When I tell them that they are responsible for their own healing, they sometimes start to object until I explain that we go through every day expecting our bodies to heal themselves – why wouldn’t we expect that to apply to all aspects of our pain? Self-healing isn’t as complicated as you may think.
Tuning our attention and energies toward self-healing is easy, quick, and can actually change our emotions and speed our healing in a few moments.
We Are All Self-Healing
Eastern and ancient medical models have been based on self-healing for thousands of years. We witness our body’s ability to heal itself when small cuts heal when bones grow back together and with our expectation, “this will heal.” When we tune in to our bodies with intention we can truly change our lives physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Self-healing is not at all complicated.
In a few simple steps, you can bring a feeling of peace into your body. You can tune into your body and direct your thoughts and emotions to make changes. It is a simple as changing the channel from bad news on a 24-hour-a-day news channel to your favorite comedy show and feeling yourself relax with that change. It’s similar to when you’re feeling sad but not being able to cry so you watch a sad movie to get that release.
You can choose to change your day and move in a new direction try learning to invite ease, flow, and even “miracles” into your life.
7 Simple Steps to Self-Healing
Please read through all steps and then, when you’re ready, give it a try. It doesn’t cost a thing!
1. Decide that you’re ready to try self-healing.
In order to self-heal, you must be 100 percent willing and ready to be healed. Everyone is ready in their own time, and there is no judgment on what constitutes feeling ready, however, usually, there is a strong sense of knowing that you are ready to let it all go. Along with feeling ready you also have to allow yourself to be open to the possibility of being healed. Once you have opened yourself to the possibility, you then have to step back and let it happen.
2. Sit in a comfortable position and become aware of your breath.
There’s no need to change the pattern of your breathing – just pay attention to the flow – in and out, in and out. No judging it, no changing it – just noticing.
This is simply to become “present” and to stop some of the never-ending thoughts from interfering for the next few minutes. If at any time, you get distracted, as we all do, don’t think “I’m just no good at this,” just go back to thinking about your breathing. It’s always there to retrain your focus.
3. Take your hands (palms together) in front of you and rub them together quickly for 30 – 60 seconds.
Let them become warm from the friction and feel that warmth. Invite a slight smile in as you are rubbing your hands and taking this time. Smiling itself is healing and has the ability to switch our moods in a few seconds.
4. Hold your hands 6-8 inches away from each other, facing each other, and feel the energy flowing through them.
This energy is always there – you are just feeling it now because you set the intention of awakening your awareness to it.
5. Close your eyes.
Start imagining this energy as a golden light that is expanding and surrounding your entire body. Imagine this golden light traveling up through your body from your toes to your head. As the light surrounds you, imagine it going into your body through the top of your head and down through your spine. See if you can move the energy up your arms, through your body.
There is no “wrong way” to do this. You are simply awakening your attention to this energy that is always there. Now pair that with your intent feel and to heal. If you feel like you are losing touch with feeling the energy – rub your hands together again.
6. Notice the energy affecting the parts of the body it flows into.
As you watch the golden light passes through your body, imagine it healing and clearing everything that no longer serves you. Consider asking the light to heal and cleanse everything that no longer serves you.
Allow your breathing to get deeper and deeper and as you clear things with the golden light, allow yours exhales to become longer and deeper, as if you are pushing out the stagnant energy.
Continue this for 10 minutes or so. Allow yourself to feel any emotions or blocks that arise and try to push past any ego-driven thoughts or distractions.
7. Thank you for taking just a tiny bit of time to learn this new and important skill.
Thank your body for being able to awaken to this awareness and healing. “Playing” with this energy flow for even five or ten minutes can bring a state of joy and peace that you may have felt was impossible even minutes earlier. Once you have completed your mediation, say a little prayer or blessing to your higher self, those who care about you and God (if this feels right to you), and ask them to help you to heal and release all that no longer serves you. Ask them to support your ability to self-heal. Call it to different parts of your body. Notice how it feels as it reaches different spaces.
How did that feel? Ask yourself if you feel any different from when you started. Either way, keep practicing. I promise – every little bit helps!
Interested in learning more? Attend our workshop with Emily Miranda-Thompson: “Self-Healing through Movement, Meditation and Loving-Kindness” this Saturday, May 5th from 10 am - 12 pm. go to Self-Healing Workshop