A few days ago, when I was meditating “spontaneous healing” popped to my mind and it stayed with me after I finished my usual sitting practice. I had to think about it for a moment as I couldn’t remember where it had come from.
When I first heard the term “spontaneous healing” nearly two decades ago when the book “Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Embrace Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself” by Dr Andrew Weil MD came out in 2000, I wasn’t sure how to interpret the concept, nor was I sure if I even believed in it.
At the time, my limited knowledge on medicine was almost completely western and although I had heard about Chinese medicine, I was used to taking normal dosage of medication (i.e. ibuprofen when I had a headache and antibiotics when I had a sinus infection). Of course, I also drank tea with honey and lemon when I had a sore throat or felt like I had a cold, but I also reached out for off-the-shelf cold medicine that was available from drug stores.
“Can we really heal ourselves spontaneously?” was my honest question, and “if so, then how?” was another. This was a few years before I had my strange and scary physical experience in Rome (read my post on this here) and eventually found Reiki. In hindsight, Dr Weil’s book was one of many stepping stones leading me to Reiki and other healing methods.
Importance of belief
One of the most important things as Dr Weil proclaim, is the importance of believing that one can get better, not only by the patient but by his/her medical practitioner or healer, because patient’s belief is largely influenced by his/her medical practitioner. In other words, if the patient’s trusted medical practitioner is convinced that one can heal, that thought helps the patient to believe that s/he can heal.
There is a great YouTube video where Dr Weil speaks about spontaneous healing. It is a long video, but in it, he speaks about 7 strategies for healing, which are still relevant today. These are the 7 things people who have done to heal themselves. Didn’t take no for an answer, and didn’t believe that s/he cannot be healed.
- Actively sought out information – took charge of their own healing by researching about their illness.
- Sought out others who had been healed from the same/similar disease.
- Built constructive support with medical professionals.
- Didn’t hesitate to make radical changes (ie quit jobs, end relationships, diet)
- Looked back and regarded their illness as a “gift” because it ultimately brought them health and joy.
- Cultivated self-acceptance. Many submitted to being sick, and that mental shift led to healing rather than “fighting” the disease.
Now that I’ve been practicing reiki healing for nearly 15 years, I understand and have seen numerous spontaneous healings. Since reading Spontaneous Healing, I’ve read many other books on alternative medicine (Dr Weil calls “integrative medicine”), but I always think of this book when I think about our body’s healing capacity.