This week, I am continuing on the theme of natural, self-led healing from last week's letter about how we all need a little proof that the natural route works sometimes.
This week I'm diving into a concept that comes from Susun Weed's work and what she has named the Wise Woman Tradition.
The concept is one of going to back to the basics of healing. What is healing? What does it truly mean? And how do we initiate it? How do we feel less lost and less powerless in the face of challenge, be it a physical challenge or an emotional challenge (are they really that different after all?).
The 6 steps of healing can be used to heal any issue, emotional, physical, spiritual or mental.
We can bring any issue we are struggling to resolve through these 6 steps and get clear guidance and direction for how to move forward.
These 6 steps of healing are an incredible potent tool for anyone and everyone to take their power back and tap into their own wisdom and self-healing abilities. Going through these 6 steps in sequential order will also ensure that you don't jump to conclusions and use more invasive tools than you may need.
Here they are:
Step 0: Do nothing. Sleep. Meditate. Unplug the clock. Turn off your phone. Create space for answers to come through.
This is the most forgotten step. When something is "wrong" we always want to move directly into action to stop it or remedy it. When it comes a physical illness or health issue, the issue may be painful or scary. However, this is the THE MOST important step to tap back into our innate wisdom and create space for clarity around the situation to come through.
Physical Healing Example: You have been diagnosed with endometriosis. The doctor immediately starts going over your "treatment options" but you haven't even really processed what that actually means for you to have been diagnosed with this issue. Instead of going directly into action, go home, take a day off work, or a few hours to yourself to sleep, meditate and just "be" with this diagnosis and what it means FOR YOU. Then move on to step 1.
Emotional Healing Example: You have fight with your partner. The first step you take is to just "be" with your feelings. You decide to meditate and get in touch with how you are feeling.
Don't forget this very important step of self led healing.
Step 1: Collect information. Books. Google searches. Reaching out to healers or experts. Getting friends' and loved ones advice. Support groups. Journaling.
This step is still not about deciding what to do. It's about gathering information you may need. This is information gathering from outside sources (experts, books, etc) as well as information gathering from inside yourself (journaling, divination).
Physical Healing Example: Once you've given yourself the space you needed to process and "be" with your endometriosis diagnosis. You then start to slowly gather information about it. Just to educate yourself and feel like you have a grasp on the information out there. You also want to check in with yourself here. What do you FEEL is going on with you? Can you journal about your experience thus far and what led to the diagnosis. Let the inner and outer guidance come.
Emotional Healing Example: You processed and were "with" the issue that arose in your fight with your partner in step 0, so in step one you start to gather information from yourself through journaling or talking to a friend what upset you so much.
Step 2: Engage the Energy. Prayer. Homeopathy. Ceremony. Affirmations. Laughter.
This step is about processing what you've found out in step 1. Engage with the information that resonates and put it to use. Maybe you ask for spiritual guidance on what to do next (prayer). Maybe you create affirmations about the clarity coming. Maybe you take a break and laugh and remember how lucky and grateful you are.
Physical Healing Example: You've gathering all the info internally and externally you need about the diagnosis of endometriosis. You feel ready to engage with the energy of what that means. You say a prayer or ask for help from powers beyond yourself to guide you and your body to healing. You create an affirmation for yourself around how you'd like to heal and rebalance from endometriosis. You are clear on your philosophy around how to "treat" this imbalance.
Emotional Healing Example: Maybe you notice that you always get triggered when your partner does a certain thing in step 1. So for step 2 you may set aside some time to talk to your partner about your feelings and trigger (ceremony).
Step 3: Nourish and Tonify. Herbal infusions. Hugs. Exercise. Food choices. Stretching and gentle yoga. Gentle massages.
This step is really the first time you start "doing" anything. You start to utilize all the information gathered and the way you've engaged the energy of that to decide how to move forward. Maybe you change some of your food choices. Maybe you commit to doing some yoga in the morning to ground yourself.
Physical Healing Example: If you've been diagnosed with endometriosis and you know that stress is a factor in endometriosis from gathering your information and engaging with the energy, maybe in this step you decided to drink tension taming tea at night (herbal infusions) and you decide to get a gentle massage each week or to go yoga few times to start to address your stress levels. Maybe you also decide to give up sugar and eat more vegetables.
Emotional Healing Example: Maybe through having a sit down talk with your partner about your triggers you notice it's stress at work that is really being projected onto your partner, so you decide to commit to doing more yoga so that you're not so "on-edge" at home.
I invite you to pinpoint a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issue you are currently dealing with on some level and take that issue through these first steps.... and see what unfolds!
If you'd like to share with me, please do! I would love to hear: send me an email at email@example.com.
Next week, I'll write about Steps 4, 5, and 6.