you toss these pieces of paper, one by one, into the fire truly allow yourself
to be freed and forgiven.
The fourth element which you can invoke for healing if the air element,
which represents lightness and movement and is the most refined of the four
elements. In some healing systems, such as the Chinese and Tibetan, air is
referred to as "wind".
You may connect more deeply with the air element as follows: l) One ideal time
to work specifically with the element of air is when you are feeling heavy,
weighed down by the burdens of life, overburdened. Go outside, preferably in
the breeze, perhaps sitting on a hill or mountain top. As you breathe in gently
through your mouth, allow the air to be drawn inside your body and feel its
lightening influence lifting you upwards. As you exhale, allow any feelings of
weightiness to be wafted away with the wind. 2) Gaze at the clouds. See each
one as a thought or circumstance, or even a lifetime, and observe their
movement. As the clouds form and dissolve, come and go, experience the
continual changing of every aspect of life. Allow your- self to release any
need for your life to follow any particular, rigid pattern and open yourself
fully to the eternal transformations of life as demonstrated by the cloud
formations. 3) Imagine yourself as a bird, a kite, a balloon-as any object
which is able to fly. Experience that sense of lightness and freedom. Let
yourself soar to your ideal place where you feel totally free and healed on
every level. As you continue to fly, visualize yourself manifesting your ideal
self, free from limitations, expectations, gravity. Take the opportunity to let
yourself soar to new heights you've never had the courage to explore.
There is a Sufi healing prayer which you may find of benefit: (Feel free
to adapt "Lord" or "God" to whichever form of the Divine Source of Healing you
most resonate.) Beloved Lord, Almighty God, Through the rays of the sun,
Through the waves of the air, Through the all-pervading Life in space, Purify
and revivify me, and I pray, Heal my body, heart, and soul.
Take the glorious opportunity, whenever you can, to heal yourself through
the power of Nature. As Kahlil Gibran says, To Nature, all are alive and
all are Free....
Nature reaches out to us with welcoming arms, and bids us enjoy her
Drs. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are naturopathic and
homeopathic physicians and cofounders of the Northwest Center for Homeopathic
Medicine in Edmonds, WA. They are coauthors of The Patient's Guide to
Homeopathic Medicine and Beyond Ritalin: Homeopathic Treatment of ADD
and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems. They can be reached at (206)