Accessing the mind-body connection is one of the most powerful ways to encourage healing
The very first healers-the medicine men and women of the community-were also the spiritual leaders. Even the fathers of modern medicine such as Hippocrates (1540’s) and William Falconer(1744-1824) incorporated emotions into their understanding of ill health and disease. It was only in the Scientific revolution in the 19th century that divided emotional and physical health. The advent of the microscope and the stethoscope fragmented a whole organism into its cellular parts.
Today, the pendulum is swinging back the other way. Through advanced technologies, we can now measure emotions and their effect on cellular tissue. We are once again uniting emotional and physical well-being in many disciplines: and although we are just beginning to understand the powerful links between the mind and the body, I am continuously in awe of this process. I am no longer surprised when tears of emotional healing well up during my clinical practise, as I participate in my patients’ journey of transformation.
Grateful tears contain chemicals and hormones such as manganese and prolactin that decrease depression and help return the body to a balanced more stable state. An emotional response stimulates the nervous system to cause the lacrimal glands to release these healing tears.
The nervous system through a series of neuron depolarizations and neurotransmitter cascades, is the physiological connection between emotion and disease. Measuring changes in nervous system function can provide quantifiable data about the healing process. (For instance, Drs. Patrick Gentempo and Christopher Kent, founders of the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, developed a technology which provides measurements of the autonomic and motor nervous system before and after a series of healing sessions.)
I have noticed within my chiropractic practise that a spinal adjustment will sometimes trigger an emotional response. This observation has been the impetus to work with clients, collect data and use the tools of chiropractic mentors, like Dr. John Demartini. The Demartini Method is an efficient process in which the client answers a series of predetermined questions that helps alter their perception of a given person or event. The rational is that if we assume emotional stress to be our perception of a given event then altering our perception has the potential to dissolve this stressor. The final step- embracing gratitude for the stressor- is the place where the mind and body reach equilibrium. Breathing regulates, hormones are balanced, the nervous system calms down and true healing happens from the inside out in this moment of homeostasis.
Many of you will have experienced this channel of information when your heart is open and you lay your hands upon another. It is this intuitive sense-this communion of mind and body-that allows our spirit to heal, transform and evolve. A healer who approaches a patient with a loving heart, an open non-judgemental spirit and a respect for the ability of the mind and body to heal itself, will witness miracles in tears of healing.