The ultimate goal of holistic healing is wholeness. In achieving wholeness, we must consider all aspects of our lives including the Spirit.
The Spirit is ultimately responsible for giving the body its life force. In subtle ways it guides and directs our behaviour and actions in the physical form.
The Mind is the next level, the interactive mechanism between the body and the soul. The mind registers and filters emotion (the language of the soul) and nerve impulses generated by the body. The degree of communication between the body, mind, and soul depends on your ability to manipulate your mind to work for you. When the mind is functioning as intended it is self-aware, focused and quiet as required.
The Body, our outer shell, is a product of both the mind and the spirit. The body’s magic formula for survival - sleep, diet, environment, and exercise - can be used to prolong or shorten life.
So, what is holistic healing? Let’s start with the obvious...or not so obvious...
The Basics - What is health?
The state of 'health' implies that all natural processes supporting life are functioning at an optimal level. There are three general types of 'health' - physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. We usually treat each one separately as though they are not related.
For instance, we might see a psychologist for mental health, a doctor for our physical health and a healer for our spiritual health. But is it really possible to separate physical health from mental health from spiritual health?
The answer is NO! We cannot isolate any of these aspects of our wellbeing. We are either in balance or out of balance. Aligned or misaligned. The body, mind and spirit work as a system with each part contributing equally to the whole person.
Holistic healing bypasses the fixed approach of conventional medicine and looks behind a person’s physical state. It acknowledges that the root cause of a physical illness may, in fact, be non-physical. Therefore, a holistic approach is considered to be more effective because change occurs on all levels and as result, positive changes are more likely to last long term maintain our physical health in the absence of mental health shorten life.