We humans are multifaceted organisms.
And, healing from disease can be challenging at times because we have so many gosh-darn layers to peel, observe, and work on.
Working closely with clients over the past two decades, it’s clear that there is more to someone’s healing process than simply altering their diet or recommending specific herbs and new lifestyle activities.
While working on diet and lifestyle is a GREAT place to start, it usually doesn’t end there.
There is a deeper system that lies within every human being that triggers waves of hormones to be released throughout the body.
That system is the emotional body – or ancient healers often referred to it as the spiritual body: the part of us that is learning, and potentially growing wiser, while digesting our human experiences.
For example, someone may be eating the healthiest diet in the world, but if their emotional body is out of balance or under stress that sends a message to the digestive system to shut down. This results in a digestive system that won’t process or absorb nutrients efficiently and this affects all other bodily processes.
The physical body is wise.
If there is emotional/spiritual stress, it’s not the time to eat food – it’s the time to contemplate, and/or fast, to digest the experience.
- Was this a beneficial experience for me and/or any other people involved?
- Could I have done something differently to get a better outcome?
- What can I do to make a better choice or decision next time?
- Am I seeing my self, and my experience in the world, clearly?
Unfortunately, many people bypass the emotional stress response (overactive mind, unsettled heart, uncomfortable feeling in the gut) and eat regardless, or nervously overeat while trying to suppress that emotion and NOT feel what they need to feel for their long-term growth and happiness.
This type of behavior can lead to a host of digestive issues like acid reflux, and IBS, or type II diabetes, adrenal fatigue, obesity, heart disease, and other debilitating physical conditions.
For a deeper healing of any physical condition, we cannot neglect the emotional/spiritual experience that is possibly (probably) connected to that condition.
If we do, we are doing ourselves a disservice, as inevitably another dis-ease will pop up to the surface to try and get our attention to go deeper.
Like I said, there are many layers to healing the body.
It isn’t easy looking at our “self” and our experience from a deeper perspective, but I believe it’s imperative for our health, growth, and overall happiness.
One of my favorite books to help you understand this better is Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss.
And, if you are a health coach or wellness practitioner seeking additional techniques to support your clients on their healing journey, download my Top 3 Techniques to Masterful Health Coaching.
As a Masterful Health Coach, you will be able to help your clients see themselves, and their emotional/spiritual reactions to the world around them, more clearly.
This is an essential, and often overlooked step to preventing and healing disease naturally.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.