The Power of Self-Healing

Awareness, acceptance, and present-moment experience. Three words, three basic concepts that form the basis of self-healing.

Could it be that simple? Could these approaches lead not only to body health but to disease reversal, mental health wellness and reversing the emotional factors that lead to addiction?

I have published two books on this subject. Their contents derive from many personal experiences which have led me through stages of paralyzing depression, addiction and fatal heart disease. Suffering and playing the victim of my circumstances pretty much left me with the false attitude that I needed to be fixed by others. That mind attitude manifested in my physical being, which protested with disease and other painful conditions. My life was a rigid scaffold of discomfort, protest, blame, guilt and anger.

Then, along time ago, someone sent me a book and that reading enabled me to connect to one small truth and then another, a curious process of awakening to affirmations I already knew to be true. There were other books, each one reminding me that there was a growing awareness inside that was more powerful than medicine, treatment and the conventional wisdom about healthy living.

Have you ever read a phrase or a sentence of such powerful meaning that you say, "I've heard that before, so it must be true?" When you experience its profound effect you have no doubt of its veracity. This is called intrinsic truth, a truth you have always known because you were born with it. Awareness is what awakens you to these empowering truths.

Acceptance is the process by which you use positive choice to embrace all of the experiences in your life, past remembrances and future fears, and choose to allow what each present moment brings you. Acceptance can erode fears, those we have fed with the fanatic drama of our thoughts, our mind practice, which often generalizes, concealing the original phobia and leaving us with the most complex of fears: the fear of fear itself.

Present-moment experience is not a spiritual state of mind. In fact, it has nothing to do with mind-thought whatsoever. It exists as a state of beautiful, empowering absence. This absence occurs not by resisting distraction (thoughts, feelings and the erroneous drama of mind tapes) but by acceptance and release, a practice so powerful it enhances a liberty once only experienced during childhood innocence.

Gentle leaders or practicing co-healers are people of all walks of life who share this emancipating gift. They are ordinary people who know that sharing is an obligation, not a need, and do so through interaction or simply presence. They are not people who require contracts or money in return for their efforts. They are not physicians, or any other mental health professional who charges for services. They are not fixers and they do not have patients. Co-healers abide by truths, not established practices or treatment plans, and believe in the tenet that most everyone is capable of self-healing. Medical practice may augment this experience as long as the enlightened professional is willing to allow his patient to choose his own specialized treatment, which includes self-healing.

Ordinary People As Healers: A Personal Sharing of Heart Disease Reversal follows a powerful narrative of negative influences in my life that led to disease and illness and eventually to two heart attacks, which required the invasive procedure of open heart surgery and resulted in the prognosis shortly thereafter that I was looking at an abreviated lifespan. Congestive Heart Failure became a horrible medical label and a prescription for constant visits with cardiologists, their medical treatment and their quiet insistence that I folow orders for the rest of my life.

To the amazement of my cardiologist, I eventually reversed my heart disease and many other ailments and conditions that negatively impacted my quality of life. I accomplished this through nutrition, physical exercise and following the pathway to full intrinsic knowing. What I experienced during the writing of this book was how much can be accomplished physically and emotionally without mind presence. This energy awakened me to the many truths we all share and a powerful obligation to participate as a co-healer with others.

The Eight Affirmations of Alcohol & Drug Addiction: A Healing Guide, my newest work, involves an adaptive way to understand and influence addictive behaviors. It minimizes the often complex approach to addiction perception and treatment, and shows the reader how drama and emotional choice fuel the addiction cycle. It, too, is an awakening experience and provides powerful tools to manage addictive triggers and to view addiction not as a complex disease but as a human condition all of us share in the form of the addictive personality.

The book presents new (and sometimes controverisal) concepts about the meaning of addiction. It reduces the complexity associated with addiction behavior. There are no prescriptions or fixed plans in its pages. It illuminates but does not direct the addict with methodologies, inflexible plans and medical treatment. And it always underscores the fundamental premise that ordinary people can and must act as their own healers.