emotional intelligence and physical healing
A doctor studies the body and alleviates pain with medicine. A psychologist is concerned with neurosis. Trauma happens. People have some painful emotional experiences and a neurotic reaction happens. Psychotherapy was born of the insight that to heal the trauma then healing is inspired. Therapy means healing. That’s the root meaning in Greek.
And throughout history people have questioned the deeper reasons for why illness happens to us. Yes, the lack of hygiene and the consequences of germs. These impact.
A contemporary of Freud named Georg Groddeck had a clinic in Switzerland where people came with broken legs and different ailments and he focused his attention on getting them into very relaxed states so that the deeper reasons for their sickness might reveal themselves. Louise Hay, a new age writer and publisher was another person who studied these meta levels.
Norman Cousins, a journalist, in the 1960s developed cancer and healed it by watching comedy.
“Told that he had one chance in 500 of recovery, Cousins developed his own recovery program. He took massive intravenous doses of Vitamin C and had self-induced bouts of laughter brought on by films of the television show Candid Camera, and by various comic films. His positive attitude was not new to him, however. He had always been an optimist, known for his kindness to others, and his robust love of life itself. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval." His struggle with that illness is detailed in his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.” from Wikipedia
Cabeza de Vaca was a conquistador who was shipwrecked and who, with his men, developed relationships with the local Cental American Indian populations. They brought the flu which was life threatening to the Indians. But they also “laid their hands” upon those they had infected and reversed the process of the illness.
Emotion and faith clearly impacts outcomes of situations, including with regard to our physical well being.
Louis Pasteur and Pierre Jacques Antoine Béchamp had very different views about the terrain of the body. Pasteur felt it was all about fighting the germs and Béchamp felt it was all about building up the terrain of the body to be inherently strong to not allow germs to take root. The two approaches to medicine are different and lead to a bitter rivalry between the two men.
Lawyers study law. Manmade rules that are aligned with man inner journey to virtue and ethics. Doctors study the body, They prescribe solutions according to what is best according to science. But within man there is his emotional and imaginative story too and that plays a big role in outcomes.
Self love and Self care means going to the doctor when we are sick but it also means being attentive to how our emotional story is identifying ourselves.
Are we making ourselves victims of our situations or are we seeing ourselves in a different inspiring light?
Dr Joe Dispenza is a neurologist who has questioned a lot of