“God heals and the doctor takes the fees.” I am not sure if my parents, who were both family doctors in a small village in the Black Forest in Germany, knew of Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote. But I am certain, they would have appreciated it, albeit they would have possibly changed it to “The patient heals…….”
I always admired my parents’ dedication to their patients, many of whom they’d known since birth. They took the time to listen to their patients and then carefully considered their entire story—including their living situations, mental and emotional states, and histories—when evaluating the diagnosis and treatment plans. They taught me to view every person as a whole human being and not just as his or her symptoms or illness. But most important, they instilled in me the belief, that it isn’t the doctor or the drugs that cure the patient, but that it is the patient who does the healing.
Of all my parents’ routine treatments, one fascinated me the most. Whenever children came to their practice with multiple warts on their hands or feet, my mother or father would pull out a massive bottle that contained some mysterious colorful fluid. With great care, they’d fill a small vial with that potion and give it to the children, telling them to use a little brush to apply this medicine to their warts three times a day. “If you do this every day,” they said, “at exactly the same time, your warts will disappear in a few weeks.” The success rate of this treatment was astonishing. However, when it was my turn to have my warts treated, my father didn’t pull out the magic bottle. Instead he revealed to me that the liquid was only water with food coloring. “All you need is to believe that the warts will disappear, and they will,” he explained. And so they did. The fact that we can make warts, which are caused by a virus, quickly disappear by simply believing they will, was for me the first compelling and influential demonstration of the power of the mind.
Since then I have witnessed countless times how people were able to heal and overcome their physical and emotional challenges by identifying and addressing their meaning and root causes. In the new mind-body healing perspectives, illness is not the enemy of health, but an integral component of a powerful organic system, which has evolved throughout hundreds of thousands of years. The primary purpose of illness is to alert us that we are, on some level, distressed and out of balance.
To heal and regain our natural state of wholeness—the alignment of mind, body, and spirit—we need to identify and address the deeper reasons of this stress and imbalance. And we must regain trust in our innate healing powers and learn how to utilize them. But how do we learn to access and activate this powerful healer within?
Marie Manuchehri is an energy medicine healer and powerful bridge between conventional and holistic medicine. During her work as an oncology nurse she discovered and developed her skills as an energy medicine practitioner. The hospital turned out to be the ideal place to understand the energetic relationship between health and disease. A self taught healer, Marie learned to connect conventional medicine’s understanding of disease—as it was described in a patient’s chart—to what she could intuitively understand about how a patient’s condition related to his or her energy system. Marie’s private practice, which grew by word of mouth, includes thousands of clients from across the world. She is an author, public speaker, and teacher. Her weekly radio show, Where Energy and Medicine Meet, on 1150AM KKNW, is wildly popular. Marie’s first book Intuitive Self-Healing was released in 2012 by Sounds True along with a 6-CD series How to Communicate with Your Spirit Guides. She lives in Bothell, Washington. For more information on Marie’s services, book and CD series, visit http://www.energyintuitive.com