All healing is Gaian healing. Healing has far less to do with you than you think it does. Most likely you, or the “you” you think you are, is responsible for creating whatever it is that needs healing. But the healing process itself has very little to do with you!
“What?” you might say, “How can that be? It’s my body after all.”
Is that so?
Try holding your breath for three minutes. Or why not try breathing underwater? Or how about making that niggling pain you’ve had for ages go away? Or how about returning your body to the physique you had in your twenties? Or can you stop a cut from healing? It’s your body after all.
Now you want to ‘get realistic’. But what does that mean? Are you thinking about consensus reality, what is considered to be ‘normal’? That is a limited reality and experience of life. It has been narrowly defined by scientists who focus on what they can see and measure with their instruments and programmed into you from childhood by parents and teachers trying to make you conform. It is predictable and mechanical, but real life isn’t like that, is it?
If you cut your finger with your sharpest knife in the kitchen, it hurts and you feel a sudden shock at the red blood splattered on the counter. You rush to the sink, heart pounding, afraid to look at the damage, so much blood against the white porcelain. You wrap it in a tea towel and empty the bathroom cabinet looking for Band-Aids. Eventually, you get it strapped up and you hold it gingerly for the rest of the day and hope for the best.
In scientific medical terms you have had a laceration and your healing will go through a four-stage process:
- Hemostasis – in which the damaged blood vessels in the wound are sealed off. This occurs within minutes
- Inflammation – this is the clean-up phase in which debris and bacteria are cleaned out, often resulting in pus. This lasts up to four days after the injury.
- Proliferation – this is the regeneration of new cells, which lasts 4-21 days.
- Remodelling – this last stage can last up to two years as the strength and flexibility is gradually restored to the wound site and scarring reduced as much as possible.
Which scenario feels more real to you?
Probably the first, because most likely you have had a similar experience and you instantly bring together memory, feeling and the visual image of the blood on the counter and in the sink. In that moment, as you see that image in your mind, you are no longer present in your everyday or ‘normal’ consciousness. You have slipped into a dream-like state and you do it many times a day without even realising it.
Our lived experience is based on feeling and imagination much more than it is observation. We are actually far better at it than we are at observation
However, this is the definition derived from laboratory conditions and experiments on animals. In real life healing is rarely this linear or timely, because it depends on what is going on in your life. Suddenly, we have introduced a new variable, the context, or more specifically the scenario in which you exist at that time. This includes your environment.
Way back in 1984 a landmark study ‘discovered’ that post-operative patients with a view through a window over a park recovered more quickly than those looking at a wall. Since then many studies have ‘proven’ that the visual presence of plants has a statistically measureable benefit on physical and mental health. Yet more studies have gone on to identify which health conditions benefit most, what kinds of nature exposure have what effect, how much exposure is needed and even where the benefit might come from, such as humidity, air quality and even safety. (Absence of plant life might suggest that the area is somehow unsafe, which causes stress.)
All of these studies are fundamentally flawed. They assume that ‘we’ are somehow separate from the environment in which we exist, when we can never be anything other than another player in a continually changing scenario. They assume that there is only limited intelligence in this ‘backdrop’ to our personal dramas. They fail to consider feeling as a factor, despite the science of psychoneuroimmunology and the growing recognition of the interdependence of mental and physical health. They insist on a model in which our bodies are bound to breakdown and need experts to fix them. The entire paradigm of medial science is redundant, as determined by science itself! We do not exist in a mechanical, Newtonian Universe.
How do we encourage healing then?
Yes, you have to feel it to heal it, but what is the “it” in this question? It isn’t just the pain or the problem; that doesn’t quite work because that tends to get you more involved in your problem. The “it” is everything, especially Nature.
Every thing has a secret feeling; it’s individual essence, or secret kinesis, that is not apparent until we really look at it and connect with it. This connection joins us in a relationship and it changes both ourselves and all that we observe. These changes are subtle, but deep and always aligned to our highest potential. We exist in a sea of intelligent life in which every vibration wants to harmonise with every other vibration. In Gaian healing we learn to hear the hidden song of every living being, not via our ears and physical senses (although we use them too) but through the secret kinesis of how another being feels and what that means to us.
Anyone who begins to focus on their own healing discovers the plant healers sooner or later, swiftly followed by that overwhelming sensation of too much to learn. However, to learn for yourself does not take that much. You do not need to become an herbalist to support your own healing. If you spend time in Nature, barefoot if possible, Gaia will give you personally exactly what you need at that specific time, you just have to pay attention.
“Mother Earth was the first physician and healer. Some day, everyone will realize that she alone owns the true pharmacy in medicine, for all drugs are made from Her garden, or a chemical substitute that replicates the effects and benefits Her plants.”
Our healing and the healing of the Earth are deeply intertwined, we cannot have one without the other and we need this to be the way we live our lives – not just something we do when we are sick. Our disconnection from Nature and the illusion of our separation is the source of our disease and re-immersion is the elixir we seek.
“When all is said and done, the faith that informs the often chimerical art of alchemy comes down to one notion: we can achieve rejuvenation by deep participation in the processes of the biosphere. In short, immortality within Gaia-Sophia. The “Delectable Stone” is the Elixir of Life.”
John Lamb Lash 2006