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The Hidden Elements of the Healing Process

© Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman ND, MSW

Healing is a fascinating and often mysterious process. In over six years of practice as naturopathic and homeopathic doctors and counselors, we have had many opportunities to observe the healing process from a bird's eye view. Since we have a particular interest in the body/mind/spirit integration and in exploring and understanding the roots of illness, we have paid particular attention to how and when healing does or does not occur. We began to notice that there were times when even the simplest and straightforward symptoms, either our own or those of a patient, would just not respond to whatever treatment we used. However, there were other patients for whom we could do no wrong. No matter what their complaint or what we recommended to treat it, it worked like magic and they felt wonderful. In talking with our colleagues and in reading about master healers, we found that no one, no matter how great their therapies, had a 100% success rate. So, we began to ask ourselves what made the difference in the healing process. Why was it that the same methods of diagnosis and treatment and interacting with our patients worked in most cases but not in others. We want to share with you some of our thoughts on this subject.

Motivation- We have found the sincere desire to heal and to change to be one of the most, if not the most, essential factors in healing. When we have genuinely reached a point where we cannot tolerate our suffering another moment, some type of healing is likely to occur. This holds true regardless of the specific complaint. It might be smoking or persistent back pain or depression or poor memory. When we realize that our lives and our health just aren't working and feel that we have no choice but to do something about it, we open ourselves up to healing. One of our hypnosis teachers, a highly experienced and successful therapist, taught us a good lesson about motivation. He told us to ask anyone wishing to come to us to get rid of an unwanted habit how motivated they were, on a 1 to 10 scale. If they didn't say "9" or "10", he told us to tell them to come back when they reached that point.

A 45 year-old man came to see us a couple of months ago because he was sick and tired of his 33 year history of smoking! He was a very independent fellow. He was not so worried about his health as about his having to change his habits to conform to the wishes of non-smokers. He wanted to go where he pleased when he pleased, and to do that he decided he needed to give up smoking. We have a terrrific four-session stop smoking program which works for anyone who's really motivated to quit. This man was so committed to quitting that we only needed two sessions. He can't even imagine himself smoking again. He was tired of being bound by his smoking habit and his desire for freedom was greater than his desire to continue smoking. He was highly motivated and the program worked beautifully for him.

The contrary can also be true. We have had some patients who are only mildly interested in changing themselves. They have often been to many doctors and complain that no one can really understand or help them. When we delve deeply into their lives and their suffering, they usually have considerable fear and anger and hold others responsible for their difficulties. It is unlikely that this type of person will be healed until their attitude changes. It is never too late, though, to allow healing into our lives. Healing can occur even in our final moments prior to death.

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Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, MSW is a licensed naturopathic physician board certified in homeopathic medicine. She graduated with a degree in ...more
 
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