The process of healing is an integral part of any creative journey. In fact, the creative process is a healing journey.
Healing is about your attitude. No matter how many times you have fallen down, failed yourself, caught a bug, broken something, overindulged, performed poorly on paper or stage, healing is largely a matter of regaining your strength and getting back up again. And again and again.
It sucks to have to find a way to stand up again especially when you've fallen down more times than you can count, but you have to. If you prefer to feel well enough to do creative work, you absolutely have to find the courage to rest so that you can regain your energy, and the motivation to pull yourself together so that you can stand up again.
Healing is about balancing and integrating your mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and energetic self. Tall order? Yes. It is.
You must find the right mental attitude to say, Yes. I can do it. From your thought, that energetic imprint, the feeling will follow. Emotions are just energy in motion and are results of thought. Emotions inform your actions and reactions.
Your body is the temple of you. Your physical body is affected by your thoughts, your emotions, your actions, the food you eat, the air you breathe, the water you drink, the clothing you wear and the bedding you lie down in.
Whatever your belief system, it affects your perception of reality. Actually, it creates your reality.
And as for your energetic self, it's vital to keep that healthy, too. Generally speaking, if you have the more mundane elements of your health in order, your energetic system follows. But, for example, if you're living under strings of power lines, that would not be the case.
I have found it extremely helpful to keep daily practices in place, to eat simple, whole foods and to rest as much as possible. As has been the case for so many of us over the past year and a half, I have fallen out of various practices, eaten stuff I've never kept in my kitchen before, ever, and am feeling more often than I'd like to admit, that my get up and go has got up and gone.
Alas, the healing process is an ongoing journey. There is no there there. We are just messy humans, slouching towards Bethlehem.
Over the past week, I have heard so many people say out loud that they're exhausted. That they are overwhelmed with work or their to do list or just trying to knock off even one task per day. I've been feeling that way, too. One day I'm filled with energy and feeling accomplished. The next day, I am not. In part, I know that I can blame it on the pollen. But, as you know, there are so many other contributing factors. So, except for my private clients, I've decided to let myself rest and have a little down time to help change my state of mind and recharge my batteries.
Once, when I landed in a less than desirable situation at the end of a very long journey, a friend turned to me and said, "The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude." Words to live by.
Healing is an adventure. Healing is about getting to know yourself. Inside and out.
γνῶθι σεαυτόν (know thyself) is one of the Delphic Maxims inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. It means that to know oneself is the beginning of wisdom and has reverberated as a truth throughout the ages. It's probably the truth of life.
It is life. If you're willing.
Healing is a process of learning how to treat yourself, from what you allow to run through your thoughts to what you put in and on your body. Healing takes time. Healing is a spiral dance.
The process of healing is a dance that moves you through space and time in a spiral up and down and in and out.
Dance with yourself. It's a celebration of life. Your life.
©2021 Suzanne McDermott