What should healing mean?

It’s amazing to me, how often people in conversation refer to “healing” in the context of physical repair. We’re such a tangible people. But healing occurs in many different ways.

So, what does it mean to “heal”?

I have a very good friend that is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Ohio. He’s excellent at what he does, and I enjoy his ability to expand and consider other holistic practices as complementary to his own.

One day during a session, he was telling me of a client that he’d been working with for some time. According to my friend, this client always had knots in her right shoulder and up through her neck. No matter what my LMT friend did, the knots continued to return. Neither he, nor the client, could come up with any reason for the persistence.

After seeing my friend for a while, the client grew more comfortable, and therefore a little more open in conversation. On one particular day, the client randomly began to tell a story of a car accident she’d been involved in several years before. It just so happened the other person involved in the accident had recently passed away.

My friend said as the client was relating the story, the knots in her shoulder and neck began to melt away. They never returned after that session.

Why Healing Needs To Be More Than Just Physical

The point of this brief story is to illustrate how important emotional and mental healing can be in the process of physical healing. By recognizing the stress she’d been carrying because of the car accident, she was able to mentally release the tension, and therefore rid herself of the physical ailment.

I like to use the term “global healing” in these cases. That is to say, the body, mind and emotional state are able to globally sync in the body.

This creates harmony within oneself, which more often than not leads to the ability to heal completely.

Does the word “heal” mean different things to different people? Absolutely.

To one like myself, I’m always observing people from a “global healing” standpoint. They may have broken their arm from falling off the monkey bars as a child. Their arm may have been set, and the bones may have “healed”.

But was there anything else to the scenario? Did the person carry some trauma from an ambulance ride? Did they see their own blood, or broken bone?

We often lose sight of the impact such experiences leave with us on an mental and emotional level.

Reiki, massage, meditation, counseling — these are just a few methods in which people release blockages that have built up in their “global” body.

The more we build a culture around healing the whole person, the closer we’ll get to healing a whole people.