Balancing Four Aspects of Life to Heal Chronic Health Conditions
© Dane Roubos, D.C. GracefulWayHealingArts.com
At Graceful Way Healing Arts, we know that nearly all health problems have several underlying causes working together to create the condition. We provide expert holistic care to find and heal the hidden causes at the root of your health issues.
The diagram to the right depicts the different aspects of your being that may require attention to dissolve the issue at its core. Each level is an aspect of your whole Self, and is active whether you are consciously aware of it or not.
There are almost always several physical causes of your pain or illness. While very important, these physical factors are usually only part of the problem. It is much easier to heal the physical symptoms when their deeper causes have been addressed.
These deeper causes are found on the Emotional, Mental and Spiritual levels of our being.
The Physical Level
We'll start with the outer layer, which is where we first begin to notice symptoms or feel that something isn’t right.
Here are some of the most common physical causes that underlie so many health problems:
- Old trauma lodged in the spine, acupuncture meridians, organs, muscles or energy field
- Chronic stress and tension, especially in areas of old trauma/injuries
- Lymphatic flow is impaired, especially in areas of old trauma/injuries
- Physical restrictions in your joints, muscles, nerves or organs
- Inflammation due to food reactions or too much sugar or carbs
- Deficiency of critical nutrients needed for healing and communication
How many of these have you been tested for? While these are all important things, many of them are actually being caused or aggravated by something else. In our experience, that "something else" often turns out to be one of the non-physical factors described below.
Working with the Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual levels usually results in a significant physical improvement! There are simple, non-invasive techniques for doing this if you are open and interested. If not, we can "keep it physical." and stick to those things you feel comfortable with.
Our physical approaches include Chiropractic, CranioSacral, Lymphatic and Visceral Therapies, specialized techniques for muscles and facia, and gentle ways to release old trauma from your tissues. We also offer digestive and food allergy assessments.
The Emotional Level
Emotions are an important part of being human. If we don’t allow ourselves to fully experience emotional energies when they arise, and let them pass on through, the energy we don't feel or express can get stuck in our body tissues or energy field.
This trapped energy can accumulate and be stored for years, or an entire lifetime. Most of us are carrying some emotional residues from the past. It acts to disrupt normal energy flow in the tissues and acupuncture meridians, which affects our organs, undermines our health, and contributes to our stress level. This old emotional residue makes it easier for people to "push our buttons," which may cause us to react in ways we later regret.
Trapped emotions have a big impact on our body and mind. Most chronic physical or mental challenges are associated with one or more blocked emotions. In most cases, there is little to no conscious awareness of this emotion – it is lodged in our body and sub-conscious mind. These areas can feel stiff, tight, or achy, and they are usually injury-prone.
You don't have to wallow in the old feelings in order to release them. Therapies we use at Graceful Way to clear these old emotional energies include: Emotion Code, Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Interactive Guided Imagery, and spiritual/energetic healing systems such as Prema Birthing and Rising Star.
The Mental Level
The first thing we might think of here is mental stress, like worrying, self-doubt or self-criticism. Such limiting thought patterns are basically mental habits we absorbed from our family and culture when we were kids. Other patterns run deeper and are rooted in our subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is our “house of records” which stores everything that’s ever happened to us. It also holds the deeper beliefs we absorbed from our parents and our culture by the age of six or seven.
According to spiritual teacher Panache Desai, most of us believe (consciously or subconsciously) that we are not good enough, unworthy or unlovable. Some of us believe that the world is not a safe place. How might beliefs like this affect our health?
Our conscious beliefs are usually different from our subconscious beliefs. Consciously, we truly want to get well, lose weight, etc. If it doesn’t turn out that way, the powerful subconscious mind may be generating an opposing program, which is blocking the result we desire. This can usually be confirmed with good muscle testing or hypnotherapy.
Most people find it helpful to use a simple mindfulness practice to become more aware of these patterns. Therapies we use at Graceful Way to help shift limiting subconscious beliefs include: Psych-K, Flower Essences, Interactive Guided Imagery and Prema Birthing.
The Spiritual Level
Connection: Do you feel connected with whatever or whoever you consider to be your Sacred Source? Perhaps you can relate to the essence of Love in its highest form. Love is a common thread found in all religions. For some, their Source is Mother Earth, or Mother Nature, the Universe, or their Higher Self. Others feel close to Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, or other religious figures.
You don’t have to believe in God, chant Om-m-m, or meditate in a cave for 20 years. Simply bringing more awareness to your actions, relationships and thoughts in everyday life, and cultivating a partnership with something greater than your "small self" is a great help.
A regular contemplative practice of your choice can help you feel supported by something beyond your linear-thinking brain or physical matter. It may give you a taste of the Mystery of Life. It can help you experience the sense of support you need to trust yourself, your healing process, and life itself.
Experiencing this supportive connection with Source/Love allows you to hasten your healing process and navigate stressful situations with greater ease. Feeling supported reduces the amount of stress hormones released by your adrenal glands, resulting in a stronger immune system, a healthier body, and greater peace of mind.
“. . . overwhelmingly, the patients who achieved the most profound recoveries were those engaged in some form of meditative or spiritual practice.”
David Perlmutter, M.D., Neurologist
Power Up Your Brain, the Neuroscience of Enlightenment
Life Lessons: Sometimes a health challenge is related to a life lesson – something your Soul (Higher Self) wanted to experience in this life, for reasons your human mind may never know or understand. Most often, the practical thing to do is to accept the situation as it is, learn from it, become a better person because of the experience, and let it go.
Regardless of the reasons a health issue is present, being in resistance to it (fighting it) is not productive and will only reinforce the problem and create more stress.
Accepting the situation "as it is" doesn’t mean you're giving up. Acceptance means you're making a shift in your relationship to it, so it becomes your teacher instead of your enemy.
Forgiveness: This is a charged word for many people. If so, it may be more beneficial to simply wish that all involved in a difficult situation receive a blessing of Divine Grace to help them integrate the learning available to them from that experience.
Many serious health conditions arise because we are holding onto anger, resentment, blame or judgments toward ourselves or others in relation to a particular event in our past. It's usually necessary to let go of these old emotions if we truly want to be healed.
In addition, we may need to forgive ourselves for things we did, or failed to do, as children or adults. If we were perfect, we wouldn't be here. We all make mistakes – that's how we learn. Fortunately, there is an infinite amount of Grace available to those who ask and are open to receive it. Have you had your Grace today?
Therapies we use to help our clients work with their Life Lessons, connect more deeply with their Spiritual Source and receive Grace include: Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Interactive Guided Imagery, and spiritual/energetic healing systems such as Prema Birthing and Rising Star. Dr. Dane is creating a series of guided journeys to facilitate your deeper spiritual connection, and some great emotional/energetic clearing with support from your spiritual Source.
Whether we call it God, Allah, Brahman or the Great Spirit, this Supreme Consciousness holds the space for everything and everyone. It gives life to all. Setting aside all the dogma surrounding our Source, most religions agree on one thing: it is Love (the real Healer).
Strengthening your connection with whatever is Sacred to you, and exploring it more deeply, will assist any healing process. We can make suggestions in this direction if you are interested.
We’ve developed this comprehensive holistic approach over many years so our clients have the best chance of success in their healing process.
We offer expert comprehensive physical treatment, achored in decades of experience. We also go well beyond the physical to help you clear the hidden causes on the Emotional, Mental and Spiritual levels. Then the physical work can have a lasting benefit.
Our work supports you in clearing away life's debris and realizing a fuller life expression. Because we help you get to the root of the problem more quickly, it also saves you time, money and unnecessary suffering.
So often, there is something at the heart of a health issue that is wanting to be healed. We may not know it's there yet, and probably never would, if this health issue hadn't shown up and drawn our attention.
Our health "problems" are often messengers, asking us to pay attention; to explore the situation with great care so we don't miss the gift that's hidden inside.
The work we do at Graceful Way is usually a "process" that unfolds organically until the part of us that wanted healing feels safe enough to peek out and ask for what it needs. When it does, we'll be there with you to meet it!
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