The common meaning of the term 'healing' is the act or process of regaining health or, more specifically, the "restoration of damaged living tissue to normal function".
However, it is well known (and there is much evidence to support this) that full Health depends upon access to one's own thoughts and feelings, and the freedom to use only these as the originating force in all ideas and action; as well as the knowledge of the connection that exists between ourselves and all people and things. These two are as opposite sides of the same coin, so that advancement in the one leads inevitably to advancement in the other.
It follows, then, that Healing in its fullest sense must include that which clarifies our perception of our own nature and which facilitates a lively sense of the fundamental unity of all people and things.
A kind word, a gentle touch, a beautiful painting, a sudden insight; all have the potential to change our outlook, so that we can perceive the world anew. Any activity or experience may be Healing, according to the individual person and to their needs at the time.
However, we are relational creatures, and Healing often happens most easily in relation to another person, at the moment where obstacles to a Meeting suddenly fall away and we are free, as the person that we know ourselves most fully to be, to meet with another person as they most fully are, and for the sake of this alone, without each having any requirement or demand of the other. In this moment we have been understood and acknowledged. We have been met as a person. We have been 'touched'. This is the quality that is called intimacy, and it is a definition of love.
Such an experience of Meeting, even if fleeting, reconnects us to ourselves and to all. In these moments we know what is of real importance to us and what is not. These 'Moments of Clarity' are the essence of Healing. Although, at first, they may pass all too quickly, yet in some way we are changed by them forever, because we never completely forget what it is that we have learned about ourselves, and of our relationship to everyone and everything else.
An extract from BLOCH HEALING: Principles and Practice A Person-Centred Approach to Healing By Peter Bloch. Peter Bloch also teaches the Alexander Technique in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
About the author:
Peter Bloch is a teacher and healer of more than 35 years' experience, based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, near Manchester, UK. Bloch Healing is a unique, person-centred, evidence-based form of hands-on healing.
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