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The Vitalistic Healing Model - Clearing the Way for Innate Intelligence

Author // Donald Glassey, M.S.W., D.C., L.M.T.

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Clearing the Way for Innate Intelligence

Healing is greatly facilitated when the Innate Intelligence is able to communicate clearly over the body’s energy systems to the conscious mind. Techniques that eliminate interference to the free flow of healing energy can greatly aid the healing process. However, it is important to understand that the procedure does not do the healing itself; it is the vehicle to facilitate healing. Ultimately, all anyone can do is arrange the conditions so God can do the healing, at which point the healing facilitator becomes the observer, and assumes the viewpoint of the conduit for healing.

The healing facilitator helps create an environment for healing by encouraging us to affirm and claim our own inner power in the healing process. Healing is empowering, and involves taking responsibility for our own lives, which then empowers us to accept responsibility for all our life experiences. We might have previously had our condition diagnosed and named, but naming a condition has its risks. Naming the condition might empower it, and shift our reliance away from our own innate capacity to heal. It can also remove our feeling of responsibility for our healing experience, if we choose to see ourselves as a condition with a person, rather than a person with a condition.

Naming the condition also gives more attention to the condition, as does dwelling on the symptom or condition. This can exacerbate the problem, because where the attention goes, the mental/emotional energy flows, and anything one gives more energy to may expand. However, in situations of severe acute or chronic symptoms, or where a crisis intervention or lifesaving emergency procedures are involved, naming the condition might help us recognize where we are in that moment in time. This can give us insight about that life experience so that we can move ahead and initiate healing. Recognizing where we are in the healing process can help us make the changes necessary to heal.


Trust and Love: Guides to Wholeness

Trust and love are the foundations of vitalism and the healing process. In order to heal, we must trust the Innate Intelligence of the body as the active agent of our emotions, mind and spirit. The Wisdom Within communicates by way of energy systems in the body, guiding and directing our physical, emotional and spiritual development. Trust is inherent in our own inner potential for growth in the healing process.

Trusting the Wisdom Within involves the assurance and acknowledgement that it will express itself for our highest good. Trust requires an awareness that all the healing power and force of the universe dwells in the Innate Intelligence. For example, although taken for granted by most of us most of the time, the body’s innate ability to acclimate to environmental changes in natural light is truly remarkable. Photopic vision is the body’s capacity to accommodate moving from darkness to light—a.k.a. light adaptation, or day vision. Scotopic vision is the ability to adapt to moving from light to darkness—a.k.a. dark adaptation, or night vision.

In the photochemistry of vision, both the rods and cones of the eyes contain chemicals that change with exposure to light. These chemicals stimulate nerve fibers that lead from the eye to the brain.

The light-sensitive chemicals in the rods, called rhodopsin, are a combination of the protein scotopsin and the carotinoid pigment retinal. The chemicals in the cones, called cone pigments, are very similar in chemical composition to rhodopsin. Vitamin A, found in the cytoplasm of the rods, is also essential to this process, forming new retinal when needed. The actual chemical process is very complex but, simply stated, these chemicals decompose in response to light. Other mechanisms of light and dark adaptation include the change in pupillary size and neuronal changes in the retina and in the brain itself.

The eye can actually change its sensitivity to light as much as 500,000 to 1 million times within the outer limits of maximal dark and light adaptation. For example, although the intensity of sunlight is 10 billion times that of starlight, the eye can adapt equally to bright sunlight and to starlight.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the body’s ability to adapt to darkness and light is the amount of time each process takes. In photopic vision, the chemicals in the rods and cones adapt from total darkness to light in about five to 10 minutes. However, in scotopic vision, as the same chemicals alter to adapt from light to total darkness, it takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for the eyes to see completely clearly. This distinct difference in adaptation time is so striking because the time differential is in harmony with the cycles of the sun and the earth.

When we wake up in the morning from the total darkness of sleep, with eyes closed, it takes only five to 10 minutes to see completely clearly in the brightness of the morning light. On the other hand, the period of dusk in the evening from sunlight to total darkness takes about 20 to 30 minutes, which is exactly the time it takes for our eyes to accommodate for this cyclical environmental change. Our eyes are in coordinated harmony with the cycles of the sun and the earth. Given this example, we can intrinsically trust that the power that made the body can heal the body, for as above, so below. The microcosm reflects the macrocosm.


Agent of Divine Love

Trust is knowing that at our deepest level of our being, we are pure expressions of divine love. The osteopath Robert Fulford, whom Andrew Weil devoted almost an entire chapter to in his bestselling book, Spontaneous Healing, shared this perspective on the role of love in the healing process: “You the [practitioner] stand neutral, acting as a conduit for the flow of divine love. As you learn to use love properly in healing work your body vibrations increase and it becomes easier to handle the potency of the love energy. Unconditional love and the intention to serve can correct defects in the patient’s bio-energetic fields.”

At the essence of our being we live by divine love, which animates the physical body. The experience of divine love connects us to all other beings and to all of life. When we experience pure, unconditional love, we realize our oneness and our wholeness, and feel complete in and of ourselves. It is pure, unconditional love which gives rise to the resonant bond between the healing facilitator and the healing recipient. It is the real sensation of pure, unconditional love between agent and recipient which creates the environment for true healing.

In fact, a great Indian master asserted that absolute, unquestioning faith in God is the greatest method of instantaneous healing. And this pure, unqualified faith must be held by both the healing facilitator and the recipient. The healing environment is further brought about through the compassion of the healing facilitator, and his or her ability to empathize with the recipient. Empathy is the ability to identify with the personal needs and life challenges of another person on their healing path. It is through this sharing in the healing process that true healing takes place.

The facilitator then feels for the healing recipient, rather than feeling sorry for him in his healing challenge. Feeling sorry for someone puts him in the role of a victim of sympathetic pity, not empathetic rapport. Growth and change in the healing process can only take place when we accept responsibility for our own life experience and the healing process. When we see ourselves as victims of either outside or inside forces, it makes it very difficult for us to heal holistically. Therefore, in order for the healing facilitator to empower us to grow and change, he or she must come from a place of empathy, not sympathy. Sympathy is rooted in fear: fear that the healing challenge of another may become our life experience. It is through empathy, then, that the healing facilitator can act as a guide, walking through the healing process with us, sharing the potential paths to wholeness. He or she also encourages us to follow our own trail, directed in the healing experience by our own Inner Intelligence.

Ultimately, everything we experience in life defines our perceptions and reactions to the healing process. The healing facilitator initiates a process whereby our Innate Intelligence evaluates our needs and facilitates growth and development. The vitalistic practitioner encourages us to listen to our own Inner Wisdom, facilitating a process of self-healing and self-discovery.

This encouragement allows us to trust our Innate Intelligence, which further inspires their growth and development. Healing then becomes a lifelong journey of self-discovery, self-empowerment and transformation for both the facilitator and the recipient. Both heal, and both are healed—one cannot facilitate healing without being healed. When we give, we receive.


Pathways Issue 27 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #27.

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