SECURE DESTRUCTION YOU CAN TRUST
The healing shake up
Earlier this week I was sitting in my car while stopped at a traffic intersection. There was a large cargo truck in front of me that had the words “secure destruction you can trust” written on it. I found this to be a very interesting and slightly comical phrase. As I further looked at the truck it became evident to me that this truck belonged to a document destruction company, which clearly is an appropriate tagline for such a business. However I also thought what an appropriate slogan for the healing process! Healing is indeed a process of secure destruction that must be navigated through trust.
Many people in the general public don’t perceive the destructive or destabilizing aspect of healing. In fact most look for “healing” because they want more stability or less perceived uncertainty. Often what these people are really looking for is not healing, but instead something to return them to a previous state of being or functioning that has been disrupted by a set of conditions in their body or life. Returning to a previous state of functioning is not healing, it is a temporary bandaid. Its buys you time until you are ready to actually heal. Healing is a deep remembering of self, of what you are beyond the conditioning, a return to unshakable and undeniable love. What I have found is that when our life gets shook up in unfavorable ways (what we might term a crisis of sorts) this is prime fertile ground for healing. In fact little to no healing happens without the shake up.
You might wonder why do we need the shake up? Why don’t we just heal without things, including our bodies or lives, needing to fall apart? The reason is that most people are not motivated in comfort. When we feel comfortably stable there often isn’t momentum to grow. When we are in comfort we may not even recognize that there is more to explore, share and know about ourselves. Also we may not be able to see some of our limiting patterns and beliefs that keep us trapped in boxes inside of our own minds without the shake up.
So the shake up, the destabilization and destruction, serves. It serves our remembrance of ourselves, which is our healing. Its serves by breaking down that which no longer serves. Even though we often don’t like it and would rather be anywhere else then inside of massive instability, it is required which is why it is present. When it no longer serves it will no longer be necessary and therefore will not manifest itself, but until then it is part of the way we grow. One of the main reasons that we suffer inside of the destruction phase of a healing process is because we don’t trust it. We don’t trust the intelligent process of life and therefore attempt to fix it so that we can return to our previous sense of self and stability. But what if you aren’t meant to go back to who you were before? What if you are meant to instead recognize a new version of yourself entirely? That is after all what healing, growth and evolution is all about.
CONSCIOUSNESS & PHYSICAL HEALING
Consciousness is a state of wakefulness or awareness. The brighter your wakefulness or awareness is the more you recognize yourself. This is healing. It’s healing because to see, recognize, or remember ourselves aligns our individual perspective with the larger, more encompassing perspective that we are. We are often looking through this tiny pinhole perspective and extrapolating it to be the ultimate truth of all that we are, when in actuality we are much, much, much more then what we see through our tiny little viewpoint. The wider our lens becomes, the more inclusive it becomes, the more allowing we are of life and the less we attempt to control and manipulate it. We learn to love and accept what is just as it is. This means accepting what we don’t understand, what we don’t agree with, often what we don’t want and discovering that this is what heals us.
One might say that everything in the universe is consciousness. That all forms that you see, feel and touch are simply awareness. I find it interesting that there is still a deep non-recognition of this. We attempt to manipulate forms while not paying any attention to that which is awake, alive and the essence of the form. We are deeply unaware of ourselves. Even when we do begin to recognize and metaphorically taste, touch and smell ourselves beyond the forms we tend to externalize or make our essence other. In fact we put it into this fancy category that we call “spirituality”. Spirituality or spirit is none other than you. It is inescapable as you cannot be other than you. Spirituality is not reserved for some people or some times or places. It is all that there is. You could never leave it. You can only not recognize it.
Consciousness is not separate from matter. It is matter. It is simply vibrating at a slower wavelength than say thoughts or emotions. Other words for consciousness are awareness, intelligence or information. Awareness is intelligent. The more your individual awareness recognizes itself the more intelligent you become. I don’t mean the kind of mental intelligence that most of us think about as intelligence, though that is included as well, but instead I’m talking about self-organizing, self-healing, self-knowing intelligence. This is the intelligence that organizes every single detail and moment in the universe. Call it universal intelligence if you prefer. This universal intelligence is in total and complete charge. This intelligence is you.
This is why all healing is remembering. A remembering that you are this intelligence. The focus on consciousness knowing itself turns the brightness knob up. More brightness means more resourcefulness, more knowing, more intelligent navigating, and better listening and attuning to self. Seeing and hearing the lessons you are learning more clearly and feeling less like a passive victim of circumstances and conditions. At first you become co-creator, an active participant in the unfolding of each lesson and moment, until ultimately separation ceases to be perceived and you recognize the one creator as your true identity.
Forms (including your body) are simply mirrors, pictures, reflections of consciousness, of you. When you realize this inseparable nature you stop seeking outside of you for a magical pill or answer. You are the magical pill and answer. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t elements inside the seeming form mirage that will be supportive to you, as there most likely will be. But do recognize their function as consciousness illuminators, permission slips or pathways that carve the way inside your own awareness to more deeply know itself and it’s inherent self-healing, self-organizing and self-knowing power.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado