Nick Polizzi – Every human on this planet has experienced some type of physical pain in their lifetime. One of the great equalizers, pain knows no race, gender or creed.
It is often billed as an unfortunate occurrence to be avoided at all costs, but pain is actually quite useful— in the right amounts. Pain is here to warn us when things are out of balance – from an acute injury like a cut or sprain, to a chronic underlying condition like rheumatoid arthritis or a digestive disorder.
No matter what type of pain it is, one thing is for certain – there’s no reason for you to be in constant pain. Its primary function is to help our healing process and it should go away on its own or be easy to soothe with the right lifestyle practices… this is the focus of today’s piece.
Jack Adam Weber, L.Ac., MA – Rumi said: “Your task is not to seek love but to find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
That was a time before modern psychology. Some depth pioneers succeeded Rumi to give us a more detailed map of the unconscious; most notable was Carl Jung. Jung famously believed that we must make our darkness, our unconscious, conscious. If not, he said, it will return to us as fate:
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
It follows, then, that if our darkness remains unconscious, darkness will come to find us as fate. What we deny inwardly, comes to us outwardly, in a kind of Yin-Yang reciprocity. In a culture hell-bent on ignoring itself and looking outward for glitz, it’s no surprise if indeed we found not just a superficial plenty but a deep and pervasive specter as result of denying our inner darkness, our pain and heartache. Continue reading “Hidden Light: A Conspiracy Theory You Probably Never Considered”→
Richard West – I’ve been touching on the subject of responsibility with many of my clients recently. Many people see the pain of those around them and feel a certain sense of responsibility for it, particularly when what they’ve said or the actions they have taken have led to pain in another. It’s one theme I’ll be touching on in my book ‘Awakening Into Change’ coming out in autumn (fall) of 2018. And because it’s such a sensitive subject I thought I would go deeper here into exactly why I say you are NOT responsible for other people’s suffering.
What can you be responsible for?
There is a very important difference to make here. You are not responsible for how others react to your behaviour. However, you ARE responsible for how you behave, and how you treat others.
I understand how grey this area can be. I expect we can all think of situations where something that we’ve said or done has had a direct impact on someone else, causing them pain in the process. It’s bound to happen when interacting with others, especially for those living with families.
Marco Torres – There is a reason for every disease state. It is the body’s attempt at restoring balance. A healthy body is incapable of maintaining a state of one disease and healing another. The body heals holistically, and the processes that create each disease affect the body as a whole.
From the time we are conceived until the time we die, the cells in our bodies are endlessly working to maintain a natural state of homeostasis or equilibrium. When we turn to medicine or medical technology to manipulate our own body systems to heal us, we are really only facilitating our natural ability to heal from within. A diseased body is no coincidence and the natural state of every human being is health, not disease.
Mary O’Malley – A dear friend I have known since junior high, whom I have not seen for a couple of years, was coming to Seattle for a visit last month and we planned on getting together. We talked a few months before the visit and she gave me the dates that she would be here in Seattle, and I in return gave her general dates I would be available. Then we talked a month before the visit and I gave her specific dates as I was going to be out of town at the end of her visit. Not having heard from her I texted her the week before the visit to check-in about what dates we could get together.
All the dates she sent me were for the time that I was going to be out of town. That was the first inkling that this was going to be a teaching moment by Life. I told her that getting together with her was important to me and asked if there was any way that she could shift some things around. When she said no, it was like being hit with a sledgehammer in my stomach. Continue reading “Meeting the Deep Ache We All Carry”→