As an energy medicine practitioner, I’ve learned that people often turn to energy healing as a last resort; a last-ditch effort to staying alive.
When I first started practicing energy medicine in 2007, I wasn’t prepared for the level of suffering and fear I would witness. I’d never heard someone talk about their suicidal thoughts and how they’d do it. And, even though I’d witnessed the dying process from an early age, I wasn’t prepared to console a woman who, near death, sobbed in my arms because she had no one else to hold her. Although I was neglected as a kid, I’d never met anyone who had been so deprived of love that laying my hands on them made them cry because, they said, “I forgot what it feels like to be touched.” I’d never seen a person feel so grateful to be seen. But, most shocking of all: I never knew so many people had such little understanding that they could heal themselves.
At its core, energy medicine is a self-healing practice. It’s not woo-woo or quackery; in fact, self-healing is the most natural medicine there is and we all posses the power to help ourselves. But just like meditation, energy healing is easier for some people. Some come to it more naturally, others not so much. But, with a few simple tools, anyone can benefit from activating the subtle energy in and around their body; it just takes discipline and practice (like exercising and eating a healthy diet).
One exercise to lay a foundation for self-healing is a tool I call the Mind-Body-Spirit (MBS) Scan. If you do the MBS Scan daily, you will develop good habits that promote overall health, not just physical. We brush and floss our teeth, run a few miles, eat the right stuff, but, too often, we overlook the most important work: tending to our spiritual needs. When you tend to your spiritual needs, your mental health improves too. When you are feeling mentally sound and strong, it is easier to keep up on eating healthy and moving your body. The MBS Scan is reciprocal: one good action triggers another positive action. Bottom line, the MBS Scan is a good tool to keep all aspects of your health (mind, body and spirit) on the radar “before” you get sick! It’s the best preventative maintenance plan in town.
Let’s try it.
Mind: Am I having good thoughts and using words that radiate kindness?
Body: Am I consuming things that make my body feel good and strong?
Spirit: Am I sitting in meditation/contemplation or getting outside for a walk at least a little bit every day?
After running the MBS Scan, make some notes about what you discovered and think of some ideas for improvement. Don’t judge yourself, just become aware and move on. The AAA Plan is an option to help hold yourself accountable. It might go like this:
Awareness: I am ruminating over _____.
Action: I will use my will and determination to move through ______ (negative thing you are doing) and with discipline do ______ (the positive step to help yourself).
Affirmation: I am whole and healthy. (or whatever positive “I am” statement that resonates)
Much love and joy to you!