Human Psyche and Holistic Medicine

A transformation of medicine is underway, a transition from a science of managing symptoms to a science of holistic health and wellbeing. Education in Western medicine offers the training on dissected body parts and their operations as a disconnected function. Furthermore the teachings of Western Medicine often exclude the energetic flows inside the human body-mind as a system. This is also true in many of the Physical Education and Fitness as a science except Mind-Body modalities.

In reality human body works as a system. The organs, tissues, cells, blood, bone marrow, spinal fluid, nerves, etc. are not functioning as an isolated unit rather as a united whole, as a complex enterprise. In the view of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the dis-ease stems when there is a break down in this enterprise and it is called “disharmony”. In this perspective, the Western Medicine’s efforts become limited by managing the isolated incidents of the results of such disharmony and to understand what creates it.

Activities performed by the people in “holistic healing” and “healing arts” often criticized due to their disconnection from the science and lack of education of some practitioners that they call themselves “healers”.

The truth is that no one other than the individual experiencing the disharmony can be a “healer” for themselves. The others, whether they are medical doctors or holistic healing practitioners, etc., might be able to facilitate the healing depending on individual’s conscious choices towards resolving the disharmony, so calling them “Healing Facilitator” is more appropriate way to address the role.

I explained in details of the Somatic Coaching on my Coaching of the Body-Mind, Somatic Coaching Blog. In this one, it is my intention to bring awareness on how the healing can be facilitated through a holistic approach and give reader some ideas on how to select the healing facilitators for themselves when in need.

In his The Yoga of Time Travel and Dr. Quantum’s World blog Dr. Fred Allan Wolf explains that “… when molecules are off-resonance, they fail to communicate with each other; such off-resonance could arise from atomic changes in the molecules or from subtle changes in the probability patterns of the qwiffs, possibly brought on by “negative” thinking.” He continues to say “…I speculate, influenced by such thinking, perhaps molecules tend to isolate themselves, forming self-contained units of limited capacity. Such molecular isolation can be understood in terms of our own behavior when we feel depressed or unduly anxious about something, and want to be alone in our misery. Consequently, illness and negative thinking could create molecular islands of separation within our cells. Healing energy counters this separation tendency by fostering correlations between molecules: One molecule heals another. And possibly in the relationship between a healer and a Healee, the healer attempts, through touch and simple bodily presence, to resonate with the Healee. Healing energy is felt, then, as a simultaneous presence in the healer and the Healee.”

Healing facilitation is quite crucial in holistic healing since it is often what blocks the cellular communication as it is described by Dr. Fred Allan Wolf above, is in the person’s blind spot. A trained facilitator such as a certified coach may help individual to discover what is beneath the psyche with curious questioning about the issue being observed. Louise Hay’s You can Heal Your Life book is a great reference as she compiled some of the generic beliefs related to the diseases. She also offers affirmations towards such distorted beliefs, which results the isolation of the cell.

M work with the clients revealed that when a distorted programing is present, it is unlikely to overwrite that with an affirmation. A conscious desire to change requires taking place for the individual and exercising their free will towards that change has to happen prior to affirmation to work. And this process of self-reflection and discovery requires skillful Healing Facilitator that can give a lot of space to the Healee to discover the disharmony in the time and space that works for them. Therefore my suggestion to the reader is to look for such skillful and experienced Coaches or other forms of Healing Facilitators, and stay away from someone who suggests that they can do the “Healing” for you. I also can share with you from my own experience as well as the client observations that the forms of body work such as massage are helpful to calm the body-mind but again they cannot resolve the disharmony for you it is something that you need to own and look for someone to support you on that journey. Healing process starts with the recognition and the ownership of the disharmony in existence.

Again, if the path of holistic healing is appealing to you then you may need to look for certain qualifications in such individual. Although I explained the existing limitations of Western Medicine above, I am a firm believer of substantial education. If that means someone spent years as an apprentice of an authentic shamanic healing that might be OK. On the other hand, my perspective is to stay away from the individuals who are calling themselves “Healer” after taking a weekend course of some form of an Energy Medicine. Energy Medicine requires long discovery times as well as self-reflection for someone to be able to master and to support others. If a person has not done sufficient amount of self-reflection then what are they offering is some sort of a repetition of what they heard from someone else and that is not sufficient to facilitate someone else’s healing journey. Also when hiring wellness coach I suggest look into the certifications and the reputation of certifying organization. Nowadays, everyone is calling themselves “coach”. Organizations such as ICF (International Coaching Federation) requires over 125 hours of education, mentorship and supervision of coaching under a seasoned coach, demonstrations of core competencies before they qualify someone as a coach. Just because you are choosing a path that is practiced more like an art than a science does not mean that you need not to look for experience and education. Ask questions, interview the person you are choosing to be your Healing Facilitator, understand their energy, their approach before you open up your energetic channels to them and chose them as your partner in your healing journey.

May your journey towards healing a blessed and blissful one.

References: Mark Hyman, James Gordon, and Penny George — The Evolution of Medicine On Being Podcast Released Dec 03, 2015

Tijen Genco, MS, PCC, MBB

Executive and Life Coach

Fear-less Choices

Fear is form of an energy almost everyone get to experience while being alive. We know it is debilitating. Despite the fact that we often experience the same fear over and over again we don’t know how to release the fear or how not to take part in it. To me, most of the teachings out there are teaching people the wrong methods for engaging the fear. Most people will teach you to “get rid of it”. When one choses the method of battle with anything, it just adds to the energy exchange and does not release it. Some teachers are teaching to be more compassionate towards the fear. Again, this method ends up feeding the fear energy as well…

So then how one get to free one’s self from the fear experience? It is very simple. By choosing otherwise and simply stating it out loud. This works, because fear is like anything else, is a choice. Regardless you are choosing to engage in it consciously or unconsciously you are making a choice. So if the choice is being done at the unconscious level, of course then the first step is to create awareness and bring the choice making to the conscious level. Once the choices are being made at the conscious levels then you get to choose otherwise. It is then and only then you can offer the compassion to the parts of you has been experiencing the fear. When one experiences fear, it is often there is a dismissal and disrespectful exchange occurs with that part of you. The compassion is not to be offered to the fear itself but to the part that has been paralyzed by this choice over the years… (I will not be speaking on this blog about how you get to engage in fear-accepting choices to begin with. These are often loaded onto your psyche through the genetics and ancestral offerings of the lineage or by the cultures that you are part of).

In order to make this fear-less choice making a fun exercise for you, I am going to give you a song to sing…Below, I modified the lyrics of famous Diana Ross song called I will Survive….In my version, the Name of the Song becomes “I will Thrive”! Since the survival is a choice of “being able to live or function when faced with a struggle”. I am offering you the word “thrive” so that you chose to flourish instead of surviving…I intentionally left some of the lyrics that speaks about the dependency in the relationship as we do often show that in our behavior when we relate to fear. It is my prayer and hope to make the fear-releasing process more fun and joyful for you…That is the best way to make a change!

I will Thrive

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinkin’ I could never live without you by my side
Then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong and I learned how to get along

And so you’re back from outer space
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I have chosen to change the lock
I chose to make you leave your key
I am aware that you came back to bother me

Go on now, go walk out the door!
Just turn around now ‘coz you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble, did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no not I, I will thrive
For as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live and I’ve got all my love to give
I’ll thrive, I will thrive, hey hey

(I, I will thrive)
Hey hey
(I, I will thrive)
Every day
(I, I will thrive)
Oh yeah

It took all the strength I had not to fall apart
Just know now how to mend the pieces of my broken heart
And I spent oh so many nights just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry but now I hold my head up high

And you see me, somebody new
I’m not that chained up little person still engages wih you
And so you felt like dropping in and just engaging with you
But now I’m savin’ all my lovin’ for all who’s lovin’ me

Go on now, go walk out the door
Just turn around now, you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to break me all along?
Did you think I’d crumble, did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no not I, I will thrive
For as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live and I’ve got all my love to give
I’ll thrive, I will thrive, hey hey

Diana Ross, 2012 Live Concert Performance of I Will Survive Concert

Namaste,

Tijen Genco, MS, PCC, MBB