Life in Balance, Part 2: It’s All in Your Perspective

Part 2. It’s All in Your Perspective

by Elena Greco

LIFE IN BALANCE is a multi-part series exploring health
what it is, how to get it and how to maintain it, easily and naturally.

Read other parts of the series here: Life in Balance.

Typical reading time: 4 minutes

In the first part of this series, we learned that health is balance, and that to be healthy, we need to learn ways of keeping our balance, physically and mentally, in the midst of life’s many challenges. So the next question is ….

How do we maintain that balance? That’s a question that’s not much addressed in our pharmaceutical-driven, symptom-suppressing, mechanistic healthcare culture.

And that’s because our current Western medical paradigm addresses the body as a sum of parts, and health as a lack of symptoms. It treats illness rather than promoting health, which is really quite the opposite of true health care. It does not reflect the need for balance. It does not offer us healing.

So what is healing? Sometimes in the middle of the challenges of life, we lose our balance. We get sick, or our vitality wanes, and we have trouble finding our footing again. If we lose our balance, we need to heal. For purposes of this series, I’ll use the word healing as “the act or process of regaining balance and vitality.”

To heal, we need to learn and master the art and practicalities of regaining balance—that is, ways to counteract challenges to our balance. But first and foremost, we need to be able to listen to our own bodies and minds through self-observation and self-awareness so that we know exactly what is going on with our health before problems arise, and particularly if they do. We’ll talk a little further on about ways to enhance that listening.

Healing requires a knowledge and awareness of one’s true nature and needs, something that is sorely lacking in the world today. Healing requires thinking on a much larger plane than that which is required to fix the body as if it were a machine. I hope to help you become aware of how to use that larger perspective to your advantage.

Our innate wisdom is a big part of what allows healing to occur. You might think of it as your higher intelligence. Please note: I’m not referring to a spiritual belief. There’s an intangible “intelligence” that exists in all things. It is what makes flowers grow and rivers flow. It exists in us, too; it makes our cells replicate, our thoughts bubble up and our dreams occur. When we stop breathing for the final time, it leaves us. Even Einstein acknowledged this inner intelligence.

When we align ourselves with this innate intelligence that is available to each of us, healing—or health—is possible. Without doing so, it is not. Why? Because this intelligence inexorably flows toward exactly what is needed to restore balance, or health. Think of how a dog or cat will search out and eat a particular grass or herb when they are ill. What is it within them that knows what they need? That is what I mean by higher intelligence. You might call it instinct in some (but not all) cases. But while cats and dogs are unfazed by current trends or prejudiced by the paradigm into which they’re born, we humans are often separated from this intelligence within because it has been drowned out by bad health intel from birth. We often have to re-learn or re-establish our connection with that innate wisdom in order to utilize it.

Healing is allowing the potential inherent in your higher intelligence to be made manifest. That is, for us to connect with our innate wisdom and bring it into our lives and our health. I believe that any healing that does occur as a result of a health-related intervention occurs due to a respect for this particular intelligence. An awareness of this intelligence needs to be cultivated, along with enhanced ability to recognize or hear its guidance easily.

Fear is inherent in the Western allopathic medical paradigm because it encourages the belief that your health is beyond your control—that is, that you are at the mercy of external forces, such as germs and disease, and that you must rely on other people and their knowledge to protect you from these forces.

I want you not to have fear when thinking about your health; I want you to be fearless. I will offer you a more helpful perspective, information to draw from, and food for thought in creating your own palette of healthcare tools. Healthcare is a lifestyle and a practice, not an intervention.

Accepting responsibility in our own healing is crucial. Many people today are so steeped in the current mode of healthcare, in which they are led to believe that they are a passive recipient dependent upon a practitioner or a drug to save them, that they are not accustomed to taking responsibility for their own healing. That might even seem a strange idea to some.

Sometimes we want so much for someone else to have the answer or solution. It’s okay to ask for help; we’re all entitled to that. Healthcare professionals can be helpful when we need them, and sometimes we do need them. Just remember that the ultimate answer comes from inside of us and so does healing. And that includes our innate ability to view information wisely and make decisions for ourselves. You don’t need an advanced degree to know what brings you health and what doesn’t.

In addition, the majority of the health problems that plague our country are chronic illnesses. Allopathic medicine has dismal results with chronic disease. These are lifestyle-related and cannot be “cured” by Western medicine. The cause of chronic disease is often a multi-systemic one. If treated solely with drugs to relieve symptoms, the cause of the illness will continue to erode the health of the individual, sometimes causing far more serious symptoms than the symptom that was removed with the sledge hammer of pharmaceuticals. Remember, symptoms are our bodies’ message that something is wrong on a deeper level, so the cause of the symptoms is what we want to resolve, not the symptoms themselves.

Why is there so little health and healing? Because many in our culture are taught to look outside for solutions and to think mechanistically, viewing their own body as a machine to be fixed, rather than an integral part of themselves. Many have no idea how even the basics of their own body and mind work! Notice the proliferation of health-related articles online, each of which seems to promote a new gimmick or so-called discovery, and which are targeted at people who are looking for someone to tell them how to be healthy. And notice how the one-size-fits-all prescribed remedy for any given malady completely ignores the unique makeup of each person. Real healthcare takes into account our individual differences.

There is a health perspective, on the other hand, which supports you in being fully aware of the workings and needs of your body and mind, aware of what you need to retain and regain balance, and in being fearless in supporting your health. Knowledge is power! Read on in the Life in Balance series to learn more.

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