Reflecting Holistically

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Reflecting on the week/month/year, whatever your vantage point, it is a helpful exercise with a multitude of benefits.   Business or whatever work necessitates good productivity and efficiency for good financial rewards to be realised.  However, reflecting on the work and well-being to date is a helpful tool in improving efficiency and output.  When reflecting, you know how you went about what you went about, and you need to know how you could manage a similar situation better, next time.  Reflecting and devising better strategies is a work in progress because situations are dynamic, changing over time and ever changing.

Additionally, that board meeting or business deal could have either diminished or boosted your self-esteem.  On reflection, you have learned what you have learned, know which areas need improvement.  Did events unfold according to your expectations?  When you look at expectations versus reality and there was a mismatch, this becomes an obvious trigger for better strategy and action next time.  Furthermore, realistic expectations rarely disappoint.  Preconceived ideas can be a two edged weapon, they can be of help or a hindrance to achieving desired outcomes.  Open-mindedness, the receptacle for all that comes is a good thing, coupled with an analytical and discerning mind to make the right decisions.

When reflecting, I exhort you to take a holistic approach, among other things, integrating your well-being as well.  Wellness should be pertinent to your future plans and aspirations, self neglect should not be an option to explore.  Taking a holistic approach to reflecting, by integrating your well-being can stave off: self neglect, low productivity, low returns, diminished confidence, avoidable morbidity and the adverse effects of some medicines.  As a certified healer and herbalist, I can be of help where situations necessitate and where my assistance is requested.

I wish you well in your endeavours.

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Learning the Language of Plants

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Several years ago, during one of my travels to Africa doing research about herbs and herbal medicine, one of my teachers and mentors said to me: “do you understand the language of plants?  We shall spend this afternoon communicating with plants and getting some herbs”.  My initial reaction was one of shock, wondering how this could be possible.

It was the first time that I had come across the concept of the language of plants. I then said that I looked forward to that.  We went on a trek into the wilderness, where I could not spot another human being or a dwelling of any sort in the area, just plants; my lesson started.

The lead person in the group said me “look at this tree, it is not a common tree, its leaves have got good medicinal properties”.  He explained in detail what the menial properties were and what they treat.  He then gave me instructions, before plucking or cutting any part of a tree or plant, always request the tree that you can have some of its leaves/part for medicinal purposes, do not just cut or pluck, trees have a type of consciousness.

When you harvest, do not forget to thank the plant that you harvested from.  He then went on to say that the herbs work better when they are harvested this way.  The addition to my learning curve was that there are ethics in harvesting herbs, and that his knowledge had been learnt by these individuals spiritually, not through formal institutional education.  During my formal learning I also learnt a similar thing but from a different source: being ethical with regard to sourcing of herbs.

Several years later, through research text, I came across the concept of The Doctrine of Signatures.  The Doctrine of Signatures[1] means that a plant that looks like a disease, organ or person can heal.  For example, Equisetum arvensis (Horsetail) looks like horse hair, so it is good for hair.  A further example is that snake medicine looks snake-like, the long flower Raceme looks like the spine of a snake.

A sweet potato looks like a pancreas, sweet potatoes[2]help to balance blood sugar.  The cells of our bodies look like onions; onions are good for removing toxic waste from the body.

A walnut looks like a human brain, walnuts a helpful in brain function[3]; Kidney beans look like human kidneys, they heal and help kidney function.

References:

[1]  http://www.naturasophia.com/Signatures.html

[2]  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/laura-knowles/doctrine-of-signatures-ve_b_1622844.html

[3]   http://www.jcrows.com/signatures.html

Is Energy Healing Religious syncretism?

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Energy healing entails facilitation of self-healing through energy expressed and guided spiritually; I work as a facilitator or channel for the energy flow to the recipient.  Energy healing is helpful in bringing about positive change emotionally, spiritually and physically: wellness and vitality.

I have been approached about and I have read questions such as: “is energy healing allowed in particular religious faiths”?  Well, energy healing is open to all regardless of religious affiliation or the lack of it.

Energy healing is not something outlandish nor another new age craze, no.  Energy healing has been used from time immemorial, by healers and prophets including Jesus Christ.   In Mathew 8:1-3 and Mathew 8:14-16 (Bible NIV) are some of the numerous examples.  The use of herbs for healing is also permitted by God; as stated in Genesis 1:29 (King James Version).

The inception of “dis-ease” in the energy body can start in the energy body, prior to manifestation in the physical body as disease.  An example of such a phenomenon is lower back pain which could be due to dysfunction or energy blockage in one of the lower energy centres.  Energy healing is helpful in dispelling energy blockages, hence alleviating pain and malfunction.

Similarly, emotional health can also be adversely affected by a blockage/s in energy flow in the one or a combination of the energy centres in the body.

The empiricist approach to healing is not the only treatment protocol, far from it, energy healing exemplifies this rationale.

My life experience has allowed me to receive energy healing from others, which I have found to be helpful.