The ultimate goal of holistic healing is wholeness. In achieving wholeness, we have to consider all aspects of our lives, including: respecting our body, healing our relationships, caring for our environment, showing love for God and all humankind, and living our life purpose.
Let’s start with the basics. Health is functioning at an optimal level of vitality, when the body and mind is working how God intended in His alignment.
There are three types of health: physical, mental and spiritual health. We usually treat each one separately as though they are not related. We might see a psychologist for mental health, a doctor for our physical health, and a church for our spiritual health.
But is it really possible to separate physical health from mental health? Or from spiritual health? Can we maintain our physical health in the absence of mental health?
We are either in balance or out of balance, and that’s what makes us feel sick or well.
Every organ in our body has a natural or healthy state of functioning as do our emotional, mental, and spiritual states. When we are out of balance, we feel like something is out of place, whether it comes in the form of emotional or physical pain or discomfort.
We naturally long for a return to our natural state of harmony, when everything works together as God intended. We want to feel good again.
Holistic healing bypasses the band-aid approach of conventional medicine, looks beyond a person’s physical state and sees the holistic view of their state of being or functioning. It acknowledges that the root cause of a physical illness may, in fact, be non-physical.
A holistic approach is considered to be more effective because change occurs on all levels and as a result, positive changes are more likely to last long-term and improve a person’s overall quality of life.
When we heal holistically, we address imbalances on all levels, rather than one or two, and so it becomes a life-long process in achieving overall life balance.
The ultimate goal of aligning the body, mind and soul promises a happier, healthier, and more balanced life.
(Rhonda is a staff writer for The News-Dispatch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 451-3798.)