Awakening and the Mind/Body/Spirit ConnectionSpirituality Monday, September 17th, 2012
Most of us are well versed in the mind/body/spirit connection. We have moved well past the limited awareness that arose at the start of the scientific revolution in the 1700′s and deepened in the 20th century. The split between these three spheres of our consciousness was artificially created, as science and religion diced us, and this deepened when holistic, natural healing was replaced with the scientific / medical model.
While this split began long before the 1700′s, it became quite dramatic in the past three centuries. And then, in the 1960s and ’70s, the wisdom traditions, which still retained the ancient knowledge of wholeness and healing, began to come forth. In the decades since we have gone from this knowledge being available to limited numbers, to a time when it is become more commonplace each year. The general population is waking up and responding to the breakdown of conventional medicine with an eagerness for natural modalities of healing.
I was late in awakening to holistic approaches to healing. It wasn’t until 2002 that I began my journey down this road. Thanks to a friend, I began seeing a naturopath, and also received the first of my Reiki attunements. Quickly I became absorbed to the point of obsession in learning everything I could about energy healing, herbal medicine, flower essences, essential oils, homeopathy, acupuncture, acupressure . . . I devoured information, my bookcases filled, I tried all of these approaches and then began to study holistic health coaching.
The new research in mind/body medicine also caught my attention. It amazed me to learn how on a purely organic level there really and truly is no separation between our thoughts, our emotions, and our physical bodies. Add to that mix our spirit, and you’ve got the whole human being, as we were created, before the whole slice and dice process of separation began.
But here’s the interesting part: because for so long we were trained to view mind/body/spirit separately, on an energetic level these spheres had learned to function separately. Even now, most people in the general population are cut off from their bodies, unaware of what’s going on in there. Even those who are relatively awake and aware have this disconnect, through no fault of their own. The walls went up hundreds of years ago and our consciousness learned to be divided. In a warped way, it became the norm, though it certainly wasn’t natural or healthy.
As a result we miss the cues our bodies give us. Sometimes we sense these signals (fatigue, upset stomach, aching back), and often times we are so very split off that we miss these flashing red lights. This information stays buried and we remain unaware that something is terribly amiss, until we become seriously ill. We develop diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer, because we are not receiving these warning signals, or else we receive them and ignore them.
Or maybe we receive them, and want to do something, yet we just don’t know what to do. This is especially true as much illness is caused by chronic stress, and we may not have the ability to comprehend the underlying thought patterns/beliefs that are causing the stress. And therefore we don’t know how to change. This is why I eventually shifted from focusing on health coaching, and Reiki healing, to life coaching. Without an awareness of the thoughts and beliefs that drive our behavior, we cannot change.
So now, we are moving into a shift in energy on our planet which is breaking up these old patterns of separating/splitting the mind, the body, and the spirit. They are coming back together.
About the Author
Linda loves her work as a life coach. In fact, she is quite passionate about guiding others along their journey to awaken. Linda finds it a privilege to walk along the path with another, and point out the signposts, the choices, the opportunities, and the different perspectives that can make the journey vastly more interesting, engaging and meaningful. If you would like to learn more about Linda’s work, please visit her website at Enlightened-Coaching.com. Linda also loves to write, and you can read more of her musings at lindalubin.blogspot.com