If we misdiagnose a problem then we will
seek a solution that is misguided.
When it comes to our health and wellness this is exactly what we have
done. The determining causes of illness and disease often have been
mislabeled by those whose own interest are being served. We have
been obliterated with information claiming that poor nutrition, age,
gravity, and genetics are chiefly responsible for our decline. While
these forces do affect us they are only minor influences in our lives.
The chief insults to our body actually are stress, repression of emotions,
and physical trauma. Why spend 100% of your effort only focusing on
10% of the problem?
With this information in mind, I have created a healing formula that
goes right to the heart of the problem. This formula is the
Five Pillars of Healing. These pillars are the following;
When incorporated into our lives this formula becomes the foundation
for health and wellness.
Most of us were taught to move in a manner that is contractive in
nature. We tighten and harden in our movement. We are also more prone
to move from a place of fear, which tightens and hardens us even more.
This can be seen in the amount of sports and competition in our culture.
A body that moves from fear moves in a contractive pattern.
Expansive movement begins to break us away from the chains that pull
our bodies tighter. With expansive movement we begin to reverse the
affects of stress, which tends to tighten us up. We do not have to
harden and stiffen as we age; but we do have to practice movement
that fosters freedom of motion.
We all have a story to tell. What is your story? How does this story
follow you around each and every day? How does this story reside
your body? Car accidents, falls off skateboards, and slips on icy
sidewalks do not just go away. Years later these incursions may
be very much alive in your body.
The patterns that we were raised with and the beliefs that we have
about ourselves help to create who we are. Every conflict from the
past that is unresolved comes to affect our behavior in the present.
Process work begins to unravel the story that we all tell ourselves
each day. We begin to see how our family of origin has helped to shape
our beliefs. Once this story comes to light then we have more choices
in our behavior.
Muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons all require nurturing and
maintenance in order to be healthy. Bodywork begins to address our
physical body, removing adhesions and long held stiffness.
Bodywork could entail many different types of modalities. Some of
these might include Swedish massage or foot Reflexology. Something
light and energetic like Cranial Sacral or energy work could also
be utilized. There are many systems of the body. Bodywork begins to
affect one or many of these different body systems.
When was the last time that you took a deep breath? When was the last
time that you were taught how to breathe? Breath work begins to address
a very simple but important body system. Shallow breathing often leads
to other health complications.
Full breathing begins to bring aliveness and energy to the body. Cells
are better oxygenated and the skin is refreshed. Energy levels are
enhanced and greater wellness is the result.
Addictions are a way that we chose not to feel. Whether an addiction
is a substance, thought, emotion, behavior, or another person, it
does not matter. We choose addictions to numb out.
The current belief about addictions is stone-age thinking. Our genetics
or family history are not the real culprits. We all choose our own
addictions based on the values and beliefs that we each have. We choose
our own addictions to numb out painful emotions that we do not want
Recovery of addictions begins to place our feelings in a more prominent
role than our addictions. We can either have our feelings or our
but we cannot have both. Unfortunately, the present thinking towards
addictions does not place enough emphasis on self-responsibility.
Instead, this present 12 Step system teaches “Control” and not “Recovery”.
While control may be a step in the right direction it is certainly
The Five Pillars of Healing is a radical new step in a radical new
direction. The current model of health is not working and only serves
those whose interest is at stake. Incorporating these five pillars
into your life becomes the foundation for greater health and wellness.