The word holistic brings up many images, depending on your background. To some, particularly those from a medical background, it might actually bring an image of alternative medicine or quackery, as they often like to call complementary medicine, because these modalities are known for their holistic approach.
The word holistic comes from the Greek ‘holos’ meaning whole and it is generally defined as ‘relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts’. This concept is so often missed in conventional medicine where a patient may be told they have two or three separate conditions existing in the body and they must see two or three specialists for their individual prescriptions.
But as they say “we are more than the sum of our parts” and looking at health and wellbeing in this mechanistic way is unhelpful and misses the point of the journey. In my recent blog What is the Life Path I examined the life path from a homeopathic perspective – spiritual, mental, emotional, physical – and how we may resonate strongly on one of these levels. However, we are always resonating on all levels as Spirit and our Soul work together to feed us the triggers to motivate us to change, to drop our illusion, to be whole.
Health issues are probably the biggest triggers we receive because they are obvious to us. We can’t miss them! Again from a homeopathic perspective of dis-ease, we see that illness usually starts on the mental level perhaps with a period of stress, a trauma, abuse, shock, etc. It may even be inherited but there will always be a trigger to activate the condition.
These are always experiences chosen by us as part of our life lessons and if we don’t or can’t undertake these lessons now because we are not aware enough or we are stuck, then often we will begin to live an emotionally based life and/or manifest symptoms on the physical level.
Physical symptoms mean Spirit is pushing hard to get us to recognise there is a problem we need to deal with. Cancer, for example, is usually a mental or emotional issue which has been suppressed. We may have been in a challenging relationship or tried to be the perfect wife, mother, boss, employee at our own expense, all the while controlling our thoughts, emotions, feelings. We have controlled all of this on the outside, while hidden on the inside has been turmoil – or maybe there hasn’t because we’ve been so good at the suppression, but on some level all of this turmoil eats away at us.
Cancer eats away at us physically: silently, unseen until finally it can’t hide away any longer and it is life threatening, dramatic, requiring lots of attention, people rushing around, tests, drugs, maybe even the experience of facing death.
I have suffered asthma and eczema all my life – this has been an inherited tendency which flares up from time to time. This is my reminder that I’m under stress. When I get the ‘itch’, I think of it as just that. It’s like scratching your head when you’re thinking, pondering. That’s what my itch is to me. I usually ask the question “What is this itch? What do I need to do? What is it telling me?”
I’ve also spent a lot of time looking at the female line of my maternal family which has the strongest ancestral karma relating to my own life. Again we are more than the sum of us, we are also the sum of our inheritance, manifested with different intensity in each individual depending on their chosen path.
Suicide has run down this maternal line. It came down to me and I lived with it for many years, but homeopathy helped me overcome that tendency and shake off that layer. If I were ever to start thinking about suicide now, I’d know how stressed or down I was.
Spirit gives us messages in different ways to guide us. What should I do if I feel like that? What is my Soul telling me? I’m stressed, I’m over-tired, I’m doing too much and change is required.
What we often dwell on is the ‘why’ of our dis-ease and how to fix it medically. Often we don’t connect it in a holistic sense with the whole package of who we are.
I always love it when someone contacts me and says they have a condition or a symptom and while they’ve had all the tests and maybe are on medication, they know it is much deeper than this and they want to address the whole problem not just the physical. This is where I really come to life with homeopathy. Where my investigative and archaeological skills come into play. This is where I become the Soul Listener to the whispering of your Soul. And while I listen, I also feel the energy because our dis-ease has its own vibration, its own resonant frequency, just like everything in the universe. And by feeling this resonance we can match a vibrational remedy to bring balance, insight and understanding.
Simple in theory, but not so simple in practice as we then start to consider the part the ego plays in holding us back from moving forward into the light. But that’s another blog!