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The Healing Process of the Heart #6: Atonement

It has been said that forgiveness is the greatest healer.  Whether we forgive ourselves for some past action or word we have regretted, or we forgive another for something they may have done to us to cause us anger or grief, it has been said that the process of forgiveness allows one to let go of that which may have caused us hardship and move on to bigger and better things.

Whereas the process of forgiveness can be very healing and create a new sense of peace and calm within, it requires an inclination towards blame.  In order for us to forgive, it first requires that we make someone the culprit of which we have been made a victim, whether that culprit be ourselves or another.  In short, we are made a victim to the actions or words of some evildoer that has caused us grief.  For a while we resent them, feeling anger, guilt, or sorrow.  We may hold onto this event for years, until one day we no longer feel so angry or guilty and we forgive them.  We offer them reprieve and as the good judge we release them from their sin.

Although the process of forgiveness often can provide healing, it requires periods of emotion, belief, and mental activity that may interfere with health.  The challenge of forgiveness itself often causes great deals of stress and can sometimes create increased trouble in relationships.  Although I do not disregard the value of forgiveness, I feel there is a process that accomplishes so much more, without the detriment to our well-being.  This is the process of Atonement, or At-One-Ment.

Atonement or At-One-Ment is the process by which you realize that we all experience challenges in life.  Each of us lives each day with the same struggles and adversity that this physical existence offers.  We have all been a child.  We have all been through school.  We have all interacted with others.  We have all experienced joy.  We have all experienced sorrow.  We have all experienced pain.  We have all experienced fear.

When you understand that, in essence, we are all the same, there is no need for forgiveness, because you realize that you are never the victim nor the culprit, and neither is anyone else.  We are all in this together and we all have our ups and downs, ins and outs, high tides and low tides.

As we discussed earlier, people act based upon their beliefs, thoughts and emotions.  Where do these beliefs, thoughts and emotions that create action come from?  Our past experiences.  Everything anyone does is based upon all they know.  There are no wrong thoughts, words, or actions based on the person’s model of the world.  This is a very important concept to understand.  Why did our parents act the way they did?  Because their parents and other people in their environment had thoughts and feelings that caused them to act in certain ways.  These actions so influenced the beliefs, thoughts and feelings of our parents, as children and young adults, creating beliefs and paradigms in their minds and hearts causing them to act towards us in whatever way that they did.  Why does the criminal steal, the rapist rape, and the killer kill?  Beliefs, Thoughts and Feelings created by some past experience.  Maybe they were unloved by their parents.  Maybe they were abused as children, physically or emotionally. Whatever it may be, something that they experienced created beliefs, feelings and thoughts that allowed them to act in such a manner.  There are no victims.  There are no culprits.  There are only lost, hurt children crying for attention and asking for the love that they feel they never received.

When you begin to experience the world through the clear eyes of awareness, have acknowledged the inner hero within all of us, including yourself, have accepted the good and the bad, have begun to appreciate all that exists and live in constant affirmation of love, light, and healing, you at that time realize that we are all the same and live in a perpetual state of one-ness that we all are.  It is at this time that you have entered the sixth “Healing Process of the Heart”, Atonement or At-One-Ment.  As you live in atonement, forgiveness is no longer necessary for there is nothing to forgive…only love to give.

Living in atonement, as with the other “Healing Processes of the Heart”, can be automatic and instantaneous, or deliberate.  It is not something you do.  It is something you are.  As you move down your own path of healing, atonement is the natural consequence of becoming complete and whole within yourself.  Your life is as your vision.  Your heart is constantly filled with joy.  Your mind is clear and true, and all you see as you look at the world and the people around you is gratitude, wonder, and a deep sense of awe.

In the next entry, we will explore the seventh “Healing Process of the Heart” – Awe

Adapted from an excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 

 


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Healing Process of the Heart #5: Affirmation

At this point, the healing experience has become a very real and integral part of your life.  It is no longer something that you desperately seek nor is it a new idea in your consciousness.  Through all that you have experienced, you have come to realize that healing is not something that someone must do to you or the consequence of any specific action, therapy, or diet program, but is instead an aspect of life that never stops, never leaves, and is your constant companion.  You no longer need affirmations to remind you of its presence, and you no longer must visualize your healing vision.  These affirmations become your constant inner dialogue and your visualizations never leave your mind’s eye.

You have read the books, you have studied the words, you have followed the instructions, and now it has become as familiar to you as breathing, eating, and sleeping.  Healing is not something that somebody does to you, or even something that you do to yourself.  It is merely something that you do, just as your heart beats and your lungs breath.  You now understand, through your own experience and your daily increase of awareness, perception, and consciousness, that healing is not simply the relief of symptoms and remission of disease, but the constant process of growth, evolution, and learning.  As your perception continues to become more refined, and your ability to respond more appropriately to changes in your outer and inner environment becomes more effective and efficient, learning and growing become more of your regular daily experience.  You begin to more effectively manifest physically your intentions, more harmoniously interact with others, and experience greater levels of contentment, joy, and peace.  Your disease, condition, or other expression of disharmony that once caused you so much distress, no longer holds a place in your consciousness and is seen as a consequence or effect of past causes (thoughts, words, and actions.)  Instead, your consciousness is filled with your vision and you begin to witness the universal principles, which were once fantastic, and perhaps fictitious, concepts in your daily life.

You have emerged into the Process of the Heart called Affirmation.  In this stage of healing, your encounter with every moment of every day reminds you of and affirms the truths, principles, and laws that govern the universe. You no longer need to remind yourself of these things, for the universe begins to speak to you through life.

As such, your language begins to change.  You find that you no longer speak of lack or detriment, but instead spread only words of wisdom, healing, and truth.  Your affirmations flow from you as natural as your regional dialect and cultural slang.  You have freed yourself from the prison of false beliefs, denial, and doubt, and have become one of the few who sees through rose-colored glasses and always has a cup that is half-full, rather than half-empty.

As you observe yourself in this constant state of affirmation and allow yourself to receive the voice of the universe through everything you see, everything you hear, and everyone you meet, you greet all experience with open arms and realize that we are all one.

In the next entry, we will explore the sixth “Healing Process of the Heart” – Atonement

Adapted from an excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 

 


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Healing Process of the Heart #4: Appreciation

Once you have reached the level of Acceptance, your healing process will truly accelerate.  There is something magical that occurs within you.  It is as if you embrace whatever may be and welcome whatever may come.  You come to understand and know that your body and mind are incredibly intelligent and wise, and that their every move is on purpose with your highest regard and best interest in mind.  Even when things seem bleak and the process is uncomfortable and scary, you know that it is for the purpose of your healing and you can glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel…the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…your vision realized at the end of the path.

With this understanding, you come to Appreciate everything the body does, everything that comes to mind, and everything you may feel.  No matter how strange, uncomfortable, or frightening the things that arise may appear, you appreciate them, for you know that they are in your best interest.  There is no longer any fear and all doubt falls by the wayside.  Your disease or condition is no longer seen as such, but instead is witnessed as a blessing in disguise…a sheep in wolves’ clothing.

This is a wonderful place to be.  When you can see the good in your hardship, you can see the good in anything.  Your mind fills with gratitude and joy, for you are no longer prisoner to your condition, but instead allies.

It is at this stage in the healing process that heroes are formed.  The warriors who can stand before us, in spite of their illness, and inspire us to tears.  We hear stories of individuals who have overcome cancer by learning to appreciate its lessons.  They tell us that if it was not for the illness, they would not have developed the strength and wisdom to pursue their life’s mission and dearest dreams.  We hear of the man who experiences a cardiac arrest, after which discovering that he has been neglecting his family for work, begins a life in which he makes his family top priority.  He starts a healthier lifestyle of a clean diet, exercise, and a stress-free job.  We hear of the alcoholic or drug addict who suffered their whole life with anger, self-hatred, and depression, suddenly admitting to their problem and discovering the inner peace and love that was there all along…and then go out into the world to help others do the same.

These are all examples of the power of Appreciation.  When you begin to appreciate yourself and your world, you begin to care more about the person inside of you and the people around you.  You begin to have a deep core desire to participate more in your healing process and begin taking responsibility for your own health.  As the Helplessness fades away, you find an inner power which seems to come from deep within, has no boundaries or limits, of which you have an infinite abundance of supply.

With this Appreciation, you accept your inner power to heal and manifest as real that which you desire.  With each day that you experience this miracle of life within you, and witness the changes outside you, it no longer is something you have to think about…to think about.  It becomes a deep, inner core belief and you begin thinking about it and speaking about it the way you would say the sky is blue and water is wet.  It is a knowing, and through this knowing you begin expressing it through your actions and your words.

In the next entry, we will explore the fifth “Healing Process of the Heart” – Affirmation

Adapted from an excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 


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The Healing Process of the Heart #2: Acknowledgment

Once you have become aware of an aspect of yourself that needs healing, as well as what may have caused its separation or movement towards dis-ease, you can begin to acknowledge both that it is in a state of dis-ease, as well as your potential to heal it.  The process of acknowledgment can be both a conscious decision, as well as an automatic response.  However it may arise, acknowledgment is the next step in healing and is necessary in order for you to move on.

Although you may be aware of something does not necessarily mean you have acknowledged it.  Very often, an individual may experience a healing process in the form of a chronic illness such as cancer, AIDS, or heart disease.  They know that they are having this experience.  They are aware. Yet, they may deny their experience in an effort to alleviate the pain and protect themselves emotionally.  When we are told by our doctor that we “have” a disease or condition, especially those as socially cursed as cancer, it can be very painful to our psyche.  We may think thoughts, as well as hear them from our loved ones, such as, “Oh my God.  How can this be happening?  What have I done to deserve this?  This can’t be happening!”  By asking such questions, we deny that we are having the experience, and parts of our self become separated from the whole.  These parts of our self that are suffering need our attention and acknowledgment, so that we may remember them and unite, or re-member,  them once again with the whole.

There is a joke that denial is not a river in Egypt.   Actually denial may be a river in Egypt.  Let’s look at the story of Moses and the Hebrew slaves from the ancient scriptures.   This story from the Book of Exodus holds a profound truth about denial and the power of acknowledgment. You may have seen the movie Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston or the cartoon The Prince of Egypt.   They tell the story of Moses and the Hebrew people being held as slaves in Egypt.  This story is a wonderful metaphor for the healing process.  The word Egypt in Hebrew is “Mitzraim,” which translates to from distresses or troubles.

For four hundred years, the Hebrew people were slaves to the Egyptians and their Pharaoh, being forced to work under horrendous conditions.  They were fed barely just enough to keep them alive.  It was only when the Pharaoh’s stepson, Moses, a Hebrew orphan, became aware of his Hebrew heritage that things began to change.  Seeing the suffering amongst his people, he left Egypt, and wandered through the desert for forty years.  During this time he became more and more aware of the importance of his people and his responsibility to free them.  The name Moses actually means “to draw out.”

After the forty years had passed, he returned to Egypt to demand the Pharaoh free his people with the famous line, “Let my people go!”  He expressed to the Pharaoh, as well as to his people, that the Hebrew slaves were the chosen people of the one and only God that created all things, and that he demanded that they be freed. Upon hearing Moses’ demands, the Pharaoh increased the work of the slaves and decreased their food. The Pharaoh was made aware, yet this awareness actually caused the people to suffer even more.

Often when you become aware of something, the discomfort may increase.  Have you ever had your arm fall asleep?  You may have woken up in the middle of the night to feel a strange arm next to you.  You throw on the light and realize that it is your arm!  You rub it, squeeze it, and pinch it to get some feeling back into it.  How does it feel when sensation begins to return to the arm?  First it tingles, then it stings, then it burns, then it throbs, then it just outright hurts!  After the pain subsides, your arm comes back to life.

When I started Chiropractic school, I was invited to a house-warming party of a fellow student named Helene.  At this party, I met a woman named Cathy who was in a wheel chair.  We began talking and she told me that she had been paralyzed from the waist down since the age of six after what seemed to be a minor fall.  After the fall, the feeling in her legs began to disappear and after a few weeks she could no longer move them.  It was now over 50 years later and she had never regained her ability to feel or move her legs.  The party ended, I said my good-byes, after which I would sometimes think of her, but never thought I’d ever see her again.

Four years later, it was time for graduation.  My friend, Helene, who had the original house-warming party, invited me to a graduation party.  We were having a great time, when suddenly a woman walked into the room who looked so familiar.  I asked Helene who that was?  She said it was Cathy!  I couldn’t believe it.  Here was a woman who four years ago had been confined to a wheelchair for over 50 years, and now she was walking into the room!

I stared at her like a little child who was seeing an angel.  She saw my stare, recognized me, and came over with a smile and said, “Nice legs, huh.”  I laughed and tears came to my eyes.  I asked her, “What happened?”  She explained to me that she had been under Chiropractic care, specifically Network Spinal Analysis for the last four years, getting her spine adjusted every day, sometimes three or four times per day.  The process was slow, but the feeling and mobility had returned to her legs.  I asked her what it was like, and do you know what she said?   “It was the most painful experience of my life.”

This wonderful true story demonstrates that healing can often be a very painful experience.  Even though pain, discomfort, or other symptoms are increasing, it does not mean the problem is getting worse, it just means you are beginning to feel more.  Healing is not about feeling better, it is about being able to better feel.

Let’s get back to Moses.  He made the Pharaoh and the slaves aware of their importance and the need for them to be free, yet the pain and suffering increased.  The healing had begun.  Ten plagues came down upon the Egyptians (symptoms?).  Each plague came down with every denial of the Pharaoh, becoming worse and worse each time.  After the last plague killed his son, he finally acknowledged who the slaves were and let Moses’ people go.  The people were free and they experienced well-being for the first time in four hundred years.  It is only when we acknowledge, or accept as true, that which we have become aware, that we can begin to heal.

The story does not end there however.  Realizing what he had done, the Pharaoh once again denied the Hebrew people and chased after them to destroy them.  Unfortunately, Moses had a wonderful ability to split large bodies of water and eventually the Hebrews escaped and the Pharaoh and his Egyptian troops drowned beneath the waters (an ancient symbol for emotion).  The moral of this story is to acknowledge who you are and don’t let doubt bring you down. When you acknowledge the innate intelligence within you and the powerful healer you are, you release the chains and shackles that once held you captive and free yourself from the slavery of apathy.  When you become aware of your awesome power and acknowledge every aspect of yourself, healing will occur.  You can then begin to accept who you are, what you are going through, and who you can become.

In the next entry, we will explore the third “Healing Process of the Heart” – Acceptance.

Adapted from an excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 

 


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The Healing Processes of the Heart cont. – Awareness Exercise

Let’s take a walk… That’s right, print this out,  go outside and let’s take a walk.  As you walk, pay attention to how the clothes feels on your body.  Actually feel the presence of your clothing against your skin.  Feel the pressure of the ground against your feet with each step.  Feel the temperature of the air.  Is it warm or cool?   If there is a wind, feel its gentle caress on your face.  Become aware of everything you feel with your sense of touch.

Pick up a stone.  Close your eyes and run your fingers over the surface.  Squeeze it.  Feel its hardness and texture.  Rub it first gently and then firmly.  Become one with the stone. (Smile!)   Do the same with a leaf…some soil…and the grass.   Rub your hands over the trunk of a tree and if you feel so inclined, hug it.  Is there a neighborhood cat nearby?  If so, go over and pet him.  Feel the softness of its fur.  If he rubs against you, feel his caress.  Touch and feel as much as you can.  Become aware of all the things available for you to touch.

When you are finished touching things, continue your walk.  How does your body feel?  Are there any areas of tension or discomfort?  What areas feel good?  What areas do you not feel at all?  Scan your entire your body from the top of head, down across your face…past your neck to your chest and back…your arms…hands…abdomen and low back…legs and feet.  How do all these parts of you feel?  Become aware of every part of your body.

What are your thinking?  What thoughts are passing through that mind of yours?  Are they happy thoughts or sad thoughts?  Are they pictures, sounds, or just words?  Are you thinking of something you wish to achieve in the future or are worrying about something that happened in the past?  Pay attention to your mind for a few moments and observe the thoughts as they enter and exit your mind.   Do not try to change, correct, or fix anything…this exercise is merely to observe and become aware, not to change.

How are you feeling emotionally?  Do you feel happy or sad?  Calm or anxious?  Angry or serene?  Pay attention to how you feel emotionally.  Are these new feelings or do you have these feelings often?  As you walk, think about some habitual emotions and thoughts you might have on a regular basis.

Once you are aware of everything that you are feeling (physically, emotionally, and mentally), take a deep breath through your nose.  What do you smell?   Notice all the different fragrances which are in the air.  The grass.  The flowers.  Perhaps it recently rained.  I love that smell.

Listen to the sounds around you.  The wind blowing through the trees.  The birds singing.  A dog barking.   Cars or bicycles going by.  Take in all the sounds around you.

Finally, look around.  Rather than looking at the familiar shapes that you are accustomed to seeing (the trees, houses, etc.), look at the space between.  For example, instead of looking at the leaves of the trees, look at the empty spaces between them.  Look at the colors.  Look at the shapes that all things are made of.  Search for new ways to look at familiar things.

Take it all in.  The sights…sounds…smells…sensations…feelings…and thoughts.  These things make up the foundation of your awareness.  By being present in the moment, and observing everything around you and within you on a daily basis, your perception will begin to become more sensitive and you will begin to become more aware.

In our next entry, we will explore the 2nd “Process of the Heart” – Acknowledgement

Adapted from an excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 


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The Healing Processes of the Heart Part I – Awareness

“There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

– Albert Einstein

 

During the healing process, there are seven stages we all experience which I have called the “Processes of the Heart.”  In the coming entry’s we will explore each of the steps in this process.

Process of the Heart #1:  Awareness

Why are you reading this?  Probably because you believe there is information herein that will aid you in your quest for healing and health.  By acquiring knowledge it increases your awareness.  When you are more aware of the nature of your surroundings, you are better prepared to make more effective decisions.  By making these decisions, you experience a more successful and healthier life.  By living a healthier life, you fulfill your greatest potential of who you are.

Awareness is the first “Process of the Heart” you will experience in healing or growth experience.  The awareness may come to you as a feeling of pain or discomfort.  It may come as a sensation of “something seems different.”  Sometimes it comes as a spark of insight or creativity.  And it may arise as a sudden “A-Ha,” in which you abruptly see the world in a new way.  Awareness may come slowly over time, or it may come in a flash.  However it appears before you, it will appear.  By becoming more aware of the subtle changes in your inner and outer environment, and how your world functions, your ability to perceive change becomes more keen and efficient, allowing you to have a grander experience of the world around you .

This process of awareness is necessary for you to heal.  This brings to mind the axiom, “You’ve got feel it to heal it.” The more aware you are, and the more keen your awareness, the more adaptable you will become and those things that once caused you grief, are now merely an itch.  The strong winds that once knocked you down, become subtle breezes that cool your cheek.  You will begin to hear the lions miles away, rather than waiting to feel its hot breath on the back of your neck.  It is common in our society to wait till a problem becomes a crisis before taking action.  When you become more aware of the subtle signals of your innate intelligence, you can begin to take action at the first sign of change and transform the possibility of disease and suffering into a certainty of vibrant health and learning.

With this newfound awareness, many of your doubts about yourself, the world, and the healing process begin to transform into certainty and knowing.  That which was once held as disbelief, mistrust or skepticism rapidly changes form in your mind to a notion of understanding, knowing and common sense.

When you experience anything unpleasant such as pain, fear, anger, or sadness, the greatest thing you can become aware of is that these experiences are an aspect of healing and are necessary for your growth and evolution.  Through these feelings you can connect with parts of yourself that may have become separate, alienated, shamed, or injured, regardless if they are of a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual nature.  You learned earlier that healing is the process of becoming whole.  By becoming aware of these separated parts of yourself, you can begin to acknowledge them once again and invite them in to be a reunited part of the family.

We will explore an Awareness exercise in the next entry.

Adapted from an excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

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The Cause of All Disease Part VII – The “Mama Bear Incident” Concluded – Harmonious Interaction and Contentment

This process of growth and evolution I am describing occurs in every cell and coordinates all biochemical and physiological changes in our body. If I eat a cherry, my digestive system perceives the change in its environment.  It notices sugars, proteins, and other nutrients and minerals, and begins to adapt by secreting enzymes to digest the cherry.  Once the cherry is digested, all the enzyme levels return to normal – it recovers.  As you can see, this process occurs every moment of every day we are alive and it is this that sustains us and maintains our health.

As we learn, grow, and evolve, we can begin to make more conscious choices and decisions.  The whole perception, adaptation, recovery, and evolution process can come under our conscious control.  Rather than being a burst of unconscious organic, automatic, crisis-oriented, survival mechanisms, it becomes a conscious choice.  We can begin perceiving change in our external environment before they occur, and consciously adapt to the situation in a healthy, less traumatic way.  By noticing the subtle signs of the bear, I was able to make more conscious decisions and pass Step Five!  I was able to express physically a mental or emotional intention.

In our scenario, I saw the signs of which I had learned through experience (claw marks, bear smell, fecal material, hairs, etc.), and mentally created an intention to prevent a similar trauma to that which I had experienced during the “mama bear incident.”  I perceived the change on a more subtle level, consciously adapted by deciding what I needed to do, intending my body to do it, and my body physically expressed the intention.  What begins to happen once we utilize this fifth attribute of health, to express physically a mental or emotional intention, is we begin to orchestrate our own internal changes, participating in our own healing process. Rather than allowing random, external changes in our environment to create these internal changes as crises, we take responsibility and take conscious action, growing and learning in the process.

As I began to learn more and more about the ecology and environment of the bear, I began to approach the bear with the intention of further observation and perhaps future harmonious interaction.  Remember, the ”mama bear incident” is merely an analogy or parable so that you may begin to understand the seven attributes of health and the process of healing.  This process occurs throughout our lives, every moment, in our cells, in our families, and in our world.  As we continue to explore healing and all the many dimensions of health and dis-ease, you will see how these seven attributes interpenetrate all aspects of everything,including, not only health, but relationships, family, career, finance, politics, government, and world affairs.

As I observe the bears, at first from a distance, possibly following the same family of bears for many days over many miles, I travel with them, staying out of the line of sight, and smell, of the bear. I do not want this mother bear to perceive a change in her external environment that she must adapt to…namely me, a possible danger to her cubs.  As I continue to travel at a distance for a number of days, she begins to detect my scent.  Since I am at a safe distance away, she smells me, but does not see me.  Slowly, I move a little closer each day until one day she can see me, yet, I am still far enough away that she does not see me as a threat.

I move closer and closer, building rapport with the creature, until one day we are standing in the same vale as twenty years ago, together, and she continues to frolic with her cubs.  She watches me comfortably and does not attack.  I am no longer a threat. She knows this because I took the time to build trust and familiarity. I am no longer a sudden change in the external environment that she must adapt to in an unconscious way in the manner of fight or flight.  Earlier, when she attacked and chased me up the tree, she experienced the same internal changes as I had, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, adrenaline rush, etc. She chose to fight…I chose flight.  Since that experience, she too has undergone a process of learning and evolution so that she may now, as I, adapt in a conscious manner, making a choice to continue playing. What have we created here together over time?  We have created a harmonious interaction, the sixth attribute of health, and indirectly, the seventh attribute of health… contentmentI passed Steps Six and Seven.

If this had been another human being, we could communicate through words or writing, as I am doing here with you, and share each other’s experience.  By doing this you can learn and evolve without the need to experience the terror of being chased up the tree by a bear.  You can simply learn through my experience, bypassing the unconscious experience of the first three steps.  You can now notice the scratch marks and smell, without ever experiencing it yourself.  If you are ever in the same situation, you can now create the necessary intention and tiptoe out of there just as I did, never having to experience such a traumatic adaptation from which to recover.  This is what differs us from other animals.  We have the ability to take conscious control over the first four Response Abilities – perception, adaptation, recovery and evolution.

This is the secret to maintaining health, inspiring healing, and achieving greater levels of evolution, growth, and life fulfillment, and this can be summed up in one word:

 

RESPONSIBILITY.

Responsibility is the key to all health, healing, evolution, growth, and fulfillment.  It is the ability to perceive an external change in the environment before it happens, and then make a conscious choice to how your body and mind will respond.  This is the meaning of A Clear Path to Healing.  Health need not be an effort.  Healing need not be the result of disease and trauma.  Health can be easy and effortless.  Healing can be an everyday process of discovery, learning, and evolution.  By taking conscious control of our lives, and accepting responsibility, we can begin developing our seven Response Abilities and begin to achieve what we all really want: A more joyful, peaceful, love-filled and freer experience of life; and a fuller expression of who we are and the unique gifts and talents we each have to offer the world.

 

Adapted from an excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 

 


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Response Ability #5: Expression

Often when the wind blows across the land, they carry with them seeds.  What is a seed? A seed is nothing more than an intention.  Look inside an acorn.  Do you find a little oak tree?  No.  What you find within an acorn is dust.  Yet, within that dust is the information and intention that, if in the right conditions, will produce the mighty oak.  In other words, what separates an acorn from a stone, is that the acorn has the ability to express physically a non-physical, or intelligent  intention.

In any body, organization, or situation, the ability to express physically a mental or emotional intention is necessary for it to be considered healthy.

If we look at the previous four Response Abilities, they are, in most cases, unconscious responses.  The processes of perception, adaptation, recovery, and evolution are in most cases automatic, subconscious processes of which most people are unaware.  By making a conscious effort to improve our health and increase our awareness through the exercises and tools I will share in the next three chapters, we can become more perceptive to the subtle and sublime, becoming more aware of, and even participatory, in these four Response Abilities.

The fifth Response Ability of expression is a more conscious process by which we express physically a mental intention.  The simplest example of this would be to wiggle your finger.  You create the desire in your mind to move your finger, you transform that desire into an intention, and you physically move your finger.  Other examples would be to run from danger, eat food when hungry, and pursue your inner urge to find a mate.

Once we embark upon this Clear Path to Healing, we may begin to experience the increased awareness of more subtle perceptions, and begin to control and manifest previously, otherwise unconscious activities.  As we learn, grow, and evolve through our life experience, we begin to act with conscious intention, rather than allowing ourselves to work on autopilot and unconscious direction.  For a simple example, we could allow ourselves to reach extreme levels of thirst, ingesting water only once our primal instinct kicks in and, in the behavior of a wild beast, run for the nearest stream or puddle and lap visciously at the succulent liquid.  Or, we may consciously decide to regularly drink 8 glasses of water each day, whether we are thirsty or not.  We could wait till we experience heart disease or diabetes before we give up our hot dogs, French fries and cigarettes, or we can choose to eat more fruit and vegetables on a daily basis now, preventing the crisis from occurring.

On a more subtle level, people have been known to slow their heart rate, control organ function, and adjust their own biochemistry through focused biofeedback and intense periods of meditation.  Whereas this ability has a wide range of possibilities, in order for us to achieve our optimum healing potential, this ability must be working at its optimum.  In order for us to act in such a manner as to maintain our health and achieve higher levels of healing and wellness, we must be capable of acting physically upon a mental intention.  If we do not, we move nowhere in life, existing merely as dreamers.   If we instead take our dreams and act upon them, we can experience Heaven on Earth and begin to create our own Garden of Eden, as we live and breath on this planet…in this lifetime.

We will explore the next Response Ability, Harmonious Interaction, in the next entry.

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 


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The 1st Response Ability – Perception

Yesterday we discussed that there are seven common attributes which define Health, whether it is the health of the human body, the mind, the emotions, a family, finances, a relationship, a corporation, a nation, or a world.  Each of these seven attributes are different abilities by which we respond to our environment…or Response Abilities.   The first Response Ability is Perception.

The winds of change are ever-blowing. All around us, life and its environment are in constant interaction.  We can define the environment as those factors that influence life.  The air we breathe, the food we eat, the ground upon which we walk, and the people that we meet, are all basic examples of our environment…our external environment.

We also have an internal environment.  Within us is a vast landscape teetering on a tender balance of temperature, pressure, and an infinitely complex system of chemical exchange.  These factors within us maintain life, such as body temperature; blood pressure; salt, sugar, and other chemical levels; as well as our thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, and intentions.

These environmental factors, internal and external, are not static.  They are in a constant state of change.  Rising and falling.  Ebbing and Flowing.  A never ending tide of change.  In order to survive this eternal cycle of change, we must first be aware that a change has been made.  We must perceive the change, either through our five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste) or our many other internal senses such as proprioception (the ability to sense our position in space), nociception (the ability to detect pain), baroception (the ability to detect pressure changes), and thermoception (the ability to detect temperature changes).  [3]

Often these environmental changes can be very subtle, and out of the range of our physical senses.  In these cases, more subtle perceptions may be experienced, such as intuition, “gut” feelings, sudden insights, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, premonition, and prophecy.

We mentioned earlier that the primary principle of healing is that every cause has an effect and every effect has its cause.  In physics, this is described as every action having an equal and opposite reaction.  This has its experience in the world of nature and living things as stimulus and response.

All of life and its functions are based on this principle of stimulus and response.  That is, there is a change in the environment, whether internal or external, of which the organism becomes aware and responds to.  For example, the organism may become aware of or perceive a deficiency of nutrients as an experience of hunger, of which he then responds by looking for and ingesting some form of food.  These changes may be as subtle as a slight change in temperature or pressure or as dramatic as hearing the roar of a lion behind your back, either way it requires a response.

In order for there to be a response, the change must be perceived.  If we are not aware of a change in the environment, there is no way that we can respond to it.  This can be very dangerous.  If we do not feel the heat of the fire, we cannot pull our hand away and protect ourselves from being burned.

Our bodies are equipped with tiny receptors that monitor every change in chemistry, pressure, and temperature.  Like the thermostat in our house that keeps the room temperature at a predetermined level of comfort, so do these receptors maintain the delicate balance of our body’s subtle chemistry and biomechanics. If we do not perceive the slight changes that alter the delicate balance of our biochemistry, we can die instantly.

The more subtle and sensitive we can perceive changes in our inner and outer environment, the more readily and efficiently we can make the necessary response.  Would you rather hear the roar of the lion miles away, or hear its breath upon your neck?  Would you rather feel the subtle signal of the body telling you there needs to be a change in your diet or exercise, or wait until you are in a crisis ten to twenty years later being rushed to the hospital with a coronary arrest.  The more subtle and sensitive our ability to perceive change, the greater our ability to achieve our optimum healing potential.

The ability to perceive changes in our environment is the first quality we must have in order to have this thing called Health.  But once perceived, we must be able to adjust in accordance with that change.  We must be able to adapt.

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com