The path that led me to pursue and learn alternative healing therapies has been a wild and crooked ride. Driven by necessity, the search led me back to the basics, right relationship with our bodies, mind, emotions and spirit. As time passed, the motivations increased and intensified. My search continues, revealing and connecting science and spirituality.
Ancient teachings are the warp and weft that weave the fabric of wellness. There is much wisdom from the old ways and science is explaining exactly why. I have come to realize that true healing, as true wisdom, comes from within. Anyone or anything that intervenes in the name of healing simply awakens each individual's innate wisdom potential.
My personal quest has led me to many valuable resources, which expand and enrich this understanding. The most recent is Medicine of the Prophet, by Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya. The translation of this fourteenth century theologian's work is by Penelope Johnstone, a teacher of Arabic medicine and herbal remedies.
Medicine of the Prophet offers many insights into the work and treatments of thirteen and fourteenth century physicians. The wisdom and insights can benefit anyone interested in a holistic approach to wellness.
One of the most intriguing chapters is "Treatment of the sick by reassurance and encouragement." Just reading the title of this chapter brings a sense of peace. The author reflects on the importance of visiting the sick. The treatment recommended, however, is to reassure them and to put their mind at ease. The directive goes on, "Giving joy to a patient's soul and bringing pleasure to their heart and whatever will make him happy will have a wonderful effect in curing and alleviating illness."
Restoring a sense of the joy of living,"joie de vivre," is awakening the innate healing potential. The most "perfect of treatment, courtesy and consolation," are available, free and portable. Indeed, we can all be healing instruments.