In the last article, we considered the possibility that “healing is not restricted to separate physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.” Let’s look at some contributor comments about emotional healing before returning to a broader approach to healing. 1
How can a person heal emotionally? Barbara Rattenborg, an Albuquerque-area therapist, explains that the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has a high success rate in healing emotional traumas and distress, including PTSD. She also states EFT can contribute to physical healing, as there is an emotional component to many physical symptoms. 2, 3
Thomas Keating 4 affirms that each time we release a thought and let go of an emotional tangle, we have a moment to “disidentify” with our flow of thoughts. “And that gives you a chance to change.” 5
Releasing a thought may seem minor, insignificant. However, consider that releasing a thought means we are not dependent upon that thought. We do not have to process, analyze, or feel something about that thought. Perhaps more importantly, we do not have to replay the unconscious commentaries that are associated with the feeling that comes with the thought. 5
Thomas Keating also asserts that deep rest is necessary for physical and emotional healing. Most people rarely rest deeply enough to ease stressed muscles, overcharged emotions and thoughts, or deep anxieties. “Our ordinary flow of thoughts reinforces the false-self system,” which is composed of unconscious, traumatic experiences stored throughout our bodies. 6 One may find that a practice of meditation or prayer facilitates deep rest and healing.
* * * * *
To the “common traits” search-for-wholeness list 1, here is another trait to consider.
Release and rest: Let go of stress and distress, and be still.
Deciding to be whole—and to recover our true self—requires that we care for ourselves at all levels of being. To consider more insights on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing, please read the following articles on a holistic approach to wholeness.
* * * * *
1 Please also read http://rootshed.com/article/choosing-to-be-whole-physical-healing-2 .
2 For the complete interview, please see http://rootshed.com/article/the-practice-of-emotional-freedom-technique-barbara-rattenborg-article-1 .
3 For the complete interview, please see http://rootshed.com/article/albuquerque-veterans-help-and-healing-are-available-to-you-part-two .
4 For more information about Father Thomas Keating, please go to http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_people_keating .
5 For the complete interview, please see http://rootshed.com/article/centering-prayer-albuquerque-and-edgewood-iii .
6 For the complete interview, please see http://rootshed.com/article/centering-prayer-albuquerque-and-edgewood-ii .