Ancient Healing Traditions
Ancient Healing Arts like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine define good health as a balance of mind, body and spirit. Western medicine emphasizes the mind and body is separate. (University of Maryland Medical Center)
Ayurveda from India and Traditional Chinese Medicine, both of which are over 5,000 years old, take a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to mind, body and spirit health. Both realize the importance of the prevention of disease along with treating the cause of illness instead of the symptoms.
Each ancient healing science believes the human body is a microcosm of the Universal macrocosm where all things organic and inorganic are connected. In order to find harmony and health one must follow the laws of the Universe. Mind, body and spirit are in constant interaction which includes relationships with others and the environment.
An understanding in common with both healing modalities include attention to lifestyle, breathing, herbs, meditation, massage, rest and relaxation, adjustments to seasonal changes, emotions and their relationship with health, along with exercise and nutrition to promote balance and harmony.
Throughout life, internal and external conditions change. When mind, body and spirit are healthy, the inner wisdom automatically adjusts to maintain equilibrium. When energy is out of balance or stagnant, moment to moment consciousness and awareness is needed to restore that balance of energy.
Vasant Lad who holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya notes the following:
“According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, self-understanding is the foundation of life. By making adjustments to your lifestyle you can achieve balance of mind, body and spirit. Using this knowledge will also help you understand others with whom you are connected. Understanding one another brings clarity; clarity brings compassion; and compassion is love.”
Paying attention to inner wisdom and intuition helps regulate harmony and balance. One of the keys to health is this Awareness. By recognizing and positively responding to change balance is maintained. When inner wisdom and common sense are put aside, imbalance follows.
Self-esteem is also a core component of healing. According to Ayurveda every cell is a center of intelligence and awareness. Each cell has a sense of “self” for its own survival. Having self-esteem, self-confidence & self-respect promotes intelligence for each cell which in turn promotes proper cell functioning and immunity.
Traditional Chinese Medicine states that Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), which is translated as vital energy force, flows through the meridians or energy pathways of the body. Keeping the meridians clear is imperative for the self-regulating actions of the body. It is said that Qi is the force that makes blood to flow through the body which in turn provides the intelligence that guides it to where it needs to go. In the Western understanding of complementary and alternative medicine “balance” is described as the desired state. In TCM “harmony” is the ultimate goal and balance is the first step to harmony. When things are in harmony they are blended together into a seamless whole.
Using awareness, knowledge and wisdom, one can create, maintain and restore balance and harmony naturally.
Garry Greer is a holistic practitioner who specializes in mind body communication. He began his journey 10 years ago after receiving a personal healing transformation for himself and decided to learn these techniques to assist in the peace and healing of others. As a graduate from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, his studies included modalities such as clinical hypnotherapy, holistic nutrition, flower essences and wellness coaching along with additional mind body therapies. He is also a long time student of yoga. Today his intention is working with other like-minded health care professionals with the understanding there is no one size fits all when it comes to wellness. It is his passion to be a guide to others to understand how our desires, intentions and choices along with beliefs and expectations continue to shape, change and create our reality. His goal is providing you with tools to “Awaken the Self-Healer Within.”