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 The Body (Part 6) - Physical, bodymind, energetic, and potential doorway to spiritual awareness 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Wholistic Spiritual Healing by . View all columns in series

Biofeedback gives us conscious influence over body processes that are usually under automated control of the autonomic nervous system . You can train your mind to alter functions of parts of your body such as the iris of your eye, your blood pressure, the dilation of blood vessels (and consequently the temperature) in your hands and feet, spasms of arteries that cause migraines, and your brainwave frequencies. Such control can contribute to treatment of anxiety, hypertension, headaches, painful constrictions of blood vessels in the extremities, hyperactivity, and more.

Spiritual dimensions of healing the body

A bodily disease which we look upon as a whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment of the spiritual part.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

In spiritual healing, it is assumed that the spirit is the primary essence of being. The body is a garment worn by the soul in its explorations of physical existence and in relationships with others who are engaged in similar explorations. Lessons that are not fully learned in one lifetime in one body garment may be re-worked and re-learned in other lifetimes.

From some spiritual perspectives, illness may not be viewed as a negative experience. It may be a message from your spirit or soul to bring your attention to particular aspects of your life. Physical problems may be viewed as alarm bells that are sounded by the body to alert the conscious mind that there is a disharmony in your spiritual being. Bodily ills are, in this perspective, encouragements to move beyond your focus on physical existence and to seek deeper meanings in your life.

This is not to say that all illness is in every case a spiritual message. You may be the chance victim of food poisoning, viral infections and accidents. Conversely, not all apparently chance misfortunes of health are pure coincidences. Some seem to come from a deeper wisdom than we can fathom, guiding us to spiritual lessons through adversity.

There are many ways in which spiritual awareness may surface to consciousness.

"Why me?" is a question often asked by a person with serious or chronic illness. While this question may initially come from a place of hurt and anger, with a feeling of injustice, it may lead to deeper questioning and spiritual questing for answers.

Prayers are often offered by people who are ill and by those who care for them. Coming from a place of true need, they both carry a strong impetus to connect to spiritual dimensions and a strong energetic to promote healing. Careseeker prayers bring you into spiritual awareness directly, and caregiver prayers may do so secondarily – through fulfilling your soul mission on earth and through the mystical consciousness that accompanies healing.

As death approaches, and we can see that we will have to give up this body-garment that we have worn for a lifetime, we ask more spiritual questions, and often seek avenues and offer prayers to prolong life. We sometimes overlook that healing into death is also a healing. This point of transition may be the most important time in your life. Eastern traditions teach that if your mind is clear and fixed on spiritual dimensions as you transition from physical existence to spiritual dimensions, you may be released from the cycles of lessons in physical garb . Here, too, kinesiology may help to guide us through the challenges of this transition.

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Daniel J. Benor, M.D. - wholistic psychiatric psychotherapist including bodymind approaches, spiritual awareness and healing in his practice. Author of Healing Research, Volumes I-IV, he is a Founding Diplomate of the......moreDaniel Benor MD
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