Current Update as of October 10, 2002
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
Book Summary by Joan Marie Barringer
The Intuitive Healer: Accessing Your Inner Physician (St. Martins Press), by Marcia Emery, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking undertaking to assist readers to find and follow what she terms the "inner physician." Examples are given of doctors and patients who have accelerated healing by making decisions based on messages they receive from their inner guidance. The exercises presented are practical and invaluable in order to practice the given principles to reach a level of awareness in which the intuition works together with the logical mind. Dr. Bernie Siegel, the well-known author of Love, Medicine and Miracles states that this book is "A very helpful resource for those who are ready and willing to take the lid off and communicate with their inner wisdom."
daily practical exercises for discovering intuitive promptings are recording
impressions in a diary and spending time journaling and understanding
dreams. Dreams can contact the subconscious, the seat of the inner physician.
The intuitive voice can speak through us by assisting us with a direction
to take, give us advice or precautions. The "inner physician"
may begin a healing process by suggesting types of food to eat or unconventional
and natural healing methods. For example, a woman at a dream conference
in Virginia Beach shared her experience with stomach cancer. None of the
traditional remedies seemed to help her. When she was most receptive during
a dream, her uncle who had been deceased many years spoke to her, suggesting
that she try a remedy of hearts of palm for thirty days. It seemed miraculous
that her life was saved when following her uncle's advice to eat something
she had never heard of before.
Some daily practical exercises for discovering intuitive promptings are recording impressions in a diary and spending time journaling and understanding dreams. Dreams can contact the subconscious, the seat of the inner physician. The intuitive voice can speak through us by assisting us with a direction to take, give us advice or precautions. The "inner physician" may begin a healing process by suggesting types of food to eat or unconventional and natural healing methods. For example, a woman at a dream conference in Virginia Beach shared her experience with stomach cancer. None of the traditional remedies seemed to help her. When she was most receptive during a dream, her uncle who had been deceased many years spoke to her, suggesting that she try a remedy of hearts of palm for thirty days. It seemed miraculous that her life was saved when following her uncle's advice to eat something she had never heard of before.
From a previous publication, Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook, are ten intuitive keys to aid in contacting our inner physician and stimulate "radiant health."
Key 1. Your body is an intuitive antenna. As we begin to listen to our bodies, like tuning into a radio, where it hurts may have a message for us. Rather than using a name for the illness such as cold or flu, we may find that solving a situation that is bothering us or using a natural remedy may be a better answer than taking an aspirin.
Key 2. Honor your flashes and hunches. Listen to those gut feelings and record them. They may arrive so quickly that it is easy to forget the message when we need it.
Key 3. Express your hunches concisely, using only a word or two. The logical mind speaks in detail with more wordy descriptions. To move into the intuitive mind, use the first word that comes into your mind. It usually comes in the form of a feeling word such as surprised, frustrated, bored or rushed.
Key 4. The intuitive mind speaks in pictures, symbols and images. A symbol may come to mind such as a rainbow or cloud. You would know by the rainbow that one is feeling happy, bright, colorful, or by the cloud, sad or low. One or two words spontaneously spoken can be an important clue to one's well being.
Key 5. Freely associate to the imagery you receive. When we make associations to the symbol or image, an Aha! sense will naturally occur. For example, if you are having a heart transplant and you get the image of "spring flowers" you may sense that you are being given a new life.
Key 6. Pay attention to first impressions. If your first hunch is "don't do it" or "this treatment doesn't feel right," the message is that your inner physician is working to let you know to try something else.
Key 7. Attend to the faint stirrings as well as the loud raps. Learning to listen to cues is the important factor in following the intuition.
Key 8. Become alert to passive signals, like flashes, or actively probe for an intuitive reply. Intuition can come quickly like flashes when we least expect it or we can ask for a yes or no answer to a question we have. For example, visualizing a green and red light in our minds can help.
Key 9. Relaxation enhances receptivity. In order to receive the creative ideas of the intuitive mind and switch from the logical mind, we need to spend time relaxing. Sometimes we can take ourselves to a favorite place, perhaps the ocean or mountains, to unwind and other times we need to learn to relax and quiet the mind where we are. The tense-and-release relaxation method is a simple, but practical means of slowing down to assist with anxiety, overwork and concentration. Conscious relaxation can assist us with a good nights sleep by spending about 10 to 15 minutes before we retire quieting down. Experts tell us that it takes about 5 hours for the body to enter a deep sleep if we don't clear out the mind and relax.
Key 10. Have fun and be playful courting your intuitive self. Laughter is said to be the best medicine, but connecting to the intuition is an added bonus. Watching funny movies and collecting cartoons can help the intuitive mind feel free to emerge. The creative inner physician is liberated even more when we are in a carefree state of mind.
Intuition 911: How to call the Inner Physician, the second chapter of the book, focuses on how to sense if you are tuning into the intuition or an imposter. Wishful thinking can obscure the intuitive voice if we want something to happen. We might believe when we get a negative diagnosis that we really don't have an illness, so we fail to listen to the necessary steps our intuition tells us to take for recovery.
Fear is a block and the ego is a deterrent to becoming aware of the intuition. When we get this controlling part of ourselves out of the way, we have a better chance of finding answers that will work to our advantage. Projection can keep us from listening to our inner knowledge. Projecting is transferring ones needs and wants to someone else, as well as a means of distracting ourselves. Stress can also affect our health directly and keep us from finding what would help. When people get burned out they can't distinguish between wishful thinking and intuition because, like a sink, their drains may become clogged. When we spend time contacting our inner physician we are taking steps to prevent stress.
The Mindshift Method is an invention from Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook: An Expert's Guide to Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind. She has created a tool to shift one's thinking from the logical mind, which often sees no way out, to the intuitive mind, which works on finding possibilities. The Mindshift Method can be compared to a dance in which practicing the steps over and over can bring the best results.
Step 1. Define the issue. It is important to be clear about what the problem or situation is in the first place. What seems to be the real issue may just be background noise. You may want to know if a certain diet or herb treatment is right for you.
Step 2. Release mental tension and become centered. Meditation is a way of freeing the mind of thoughts in order for silence to activate the intuition to speak. If thoughts enter your mind say to yourself "I'll get back to you later."
Saying an affirmation is another centering technique. Create your own health-related affirmation. One example is: "The divine energy flowing through every cell of my body creates radiant health." Affirmations are powerful messages to relax the brain, which is a key element of centering. Praying, visualization and color healing are centering techniques, which get us in touch with our healing energy. When we visualize colors entering and flowing through our body, we can connect with the chakras or energy centers within. When we think of the color green, for example, this relates to the heart and assists us with love, growth and healing. A practical exercise is to go to an area of your body in which you feel some pain and ask yourself or inner physician what color would help. Often the answer you receive will be a color or even a remedy for what is ailing.
Using a verbal focus or a mantra can lower brain activity to the beta level, which is the normal state, measured at 13 to 25 cycles per second. Slowing our breathing and thinking of a word such as "tranquility" or a mantra such as "peace be still," the brain level will adjust to a more relaxed state at the alpha level, where brain waves are 8 to 12 cycles per second. When we daydream at this level, the intuition or imagination spontaneously appears.
Finding a mandala, a geometrically shaped object to focus on, can be a way to relax and concentrate. This time in silence, focusing on a picture, can help the intuitive mind to show us its own visions or symbols. When quieting the logical mind, you may also begin to notice the geometric patterns on wallpaper, objects, paintings or fabrics. It is a good idea, according to Dr. Emery, to decorate a particular area in your house, just as some people do for spiritual retreat, for practicing Mindshift exercises.
Step 3. Release physical tension and become receptive. Breathing and relaxation exercises can help to open the heart and mind for messages from our intuition and inner physician. The hang-sah breath technique, a yoga method to slow the brain waves and lower stress levels, is recommended. Whisper the word "hang" out loud when you inhale and "sah" as you exhale to release built-up tension. The tense-and-release technique is helpful for relaxing the body by tensing muscles and releasing them slowly. Managing stress is an important measure for staying healthy in todays fast paced world. Changing our view of situations can make them manageable. For example, if you see your boss as a witch, your body will tense up and you may use fight or flight methods to deal with her. Viewing your boss as a fearful lioness, but with a kind heart, may help your relationship.
Emotional stress of all kinds can cause symptoms from headaches to heart disease. Learning to interpret your experience in a positive way can help even the most negative situation you may think of. Listening to our body's indicators of stress can help to relieve it before dis-ease may occur. Using the Mindshift Method, you can visualize your heart slowing down like a toy as it unwinds. Visualizing what your stress looks like helps the intuition to help you discover what would work to relieve it. Breathing deeply can assist with relaxing the muscles and provide increased energy in the body. Ha Breathing is a practice for increasing Qi energy for more stamina. Visualize your stomach as a large balloon that you are inflating while you breathe. On an exhale, exclaim "Ha". You may burst into laughter, which is another stress release.
Step 4. Elicit imagery. Imagination and imagery can be used synonymously. Daydreaming is not a waste of time because, in order to creatively visualize what we want in life, we need to formulate a vision and send energy in the form of dreams or symbols of desires to effectively accomplish goals. Giving yourself permission to take fantasy trips can ignite the fire of your imagination so your intuitive mind can demonstrate the easiest path to take.
Step 5. Interpret the imagery (and unravel the puzzling symbolism). The amplification technique is a way of processing in which you allow associations to flow without censoring any of the ideas that appear. When the intuitive connection is made, this can lead to the feeling of "I've got it!"
Step 6. Rest. When we are busy doing our daily activities, be aware of a spontaneous hunch or dream that may unexpectedly appear.
Step 7. Further examine the responses. More questions can appear like pieces of a puzzle. Using the Mindshift Method we may receive one image, which is only part of the answer to our question and another image in a dream to give us some more information, on and on, until effective solutions have arrived.
Step 8. Implement a solution. This is when we actually assert to others what we are going to do by allowing the logical mind to act on the information provided by the intuition or inner physician.
A health problem can be solved by going within instead of just taking pills from without. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, stated that, "Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease. Individuals can become an aid to their physicians by relying on the wisdom of intuitions. In Deepak Chopra's book, Creating Health, he gives an example of a patient, Anna, who had a rare form of cancer. She had an operation and supposedly was pronounced well. Anna knew she was not well, listened to her intuition and sent her papers to a cancer clinic. They found evidence of malignancy. This example illustrates that if doctors would listen to their patients and their own intuition, fewer medical errors would occur.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution, proclaimed Albert Einstein. People who think they have no imagination and can only rely on logic often minimize the times they have spent drifting off in their own worlds imagining a dream for their future as simple as golfing, boating or traveling. During these times they are unconsciously sending energy to bring about what they wish would happen. Health problems can be approached in a similar manner. An example is given of a woman having "difficulty breathing who imagined little elves sweeping the debris from inside her lungs." The use of the imagination can assist with healing, especially when practiced frequently.
Creative Imagery or Visualization groups are being formed nationally to accelerate the immune system and healing. Dr. Stephanie Simonton is well known for her research at the Cancer Research Center. Patients who were taught how to use their imagination to visualize have shown significant improvement. Studies by Dr. Dean Ornish are published in his book Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, in which he helps patients to visualize, meditate and change their diet. During visualization, they picture in their imagination their coronary vessels clear and open.
Dreams often contain messages from our inner physician indicating symptoms, messages explaining our infirmities, a direction for healing and knowledge for treatment. Experts in the field of dream study have written about the healing promoted by dream insights. Significant sources mentioned are Patricia Garfield's Healing Power of Dreams, Joan Windsor's Dreams and Healing and Robert Trowbridge's The Hidden Meaning of Illness-Disease as a Symbol and Metaphor.
In order to interpret dreams, a key is to begin by finding a meaning behind the symbols represented. Only the dreamer can truly know what each image means. One way to discover what we believe about certain images is to create a list of symbols and write down our own interpretation. For example, we might use the word "turtle" as a symbol meaning to take things slowly, a characteristic of the animal. When finding our own interpretation, we will discover pieces of the puzzle of our dream.
Dreams can spontaneously appear and let us know what we need when we are uncertain. We can also take responsibility and ask for a dream to respond to a question. For instance, a dream about a telephone call may mean a need to communicate effectively or we can ask for a dream to assist us with a specific health condition. Dr. Bernie Siegel in his book Love, Medicine and Miracles demonstrates how a dream can indicate a physical condition. He described a dream in which a woman pointed to a shellfish opening up to find a worm within. She implies that this was a representation of the illness, a vivid symbol for hepatitis.
It is essential to have the attitude that we will remember the dream and to record any message we receive in a notebook. Six steps to analyzing a dream are: (1) Provide a title for the dream. In about eight words or less describe the content or purpose. (2) Find the symbols within the dream. (3) Write the theme. In one sentence, describe the underlying meaning of the dream. (4) Discover your feelings within the dream. (5) Analyze the symbols by making associations. (6) Use your logical mind to integrate the intuition. For example, if you were run over by a car in the dream, your intuitive mind might surmise that some person or powerful situation hurt you. The logical mind will figure out a way for you to get some help.
Sharing our dreams in a group can assist with interpretation. Dr. Henry Reed and Dr. Bob Van de Castle discovered when creating their dream helper ceremony that dreaming for others is also an effective way to help someone and to gain insights into ones own dreaming process. Dr. Van de Castles latest publication Our Dreaming Mind explains the impact of dreams in culture from ancient history until today. Dr. Reed wrote two significant dream works entitled Dream Solutions and Getting Help from Your Dreams.
Together they developed a procedure in which the target person is dreamed for by a group individually and told the next day the content of each dream. Within the sharing, a pattern emerges and an understanding of a health question or situation is offered clarity. For example, a woman's question in the book Our Dreaming Mind is whether to start a new career. No one knew what her question was as they were dreaming that night. The group discovered a basic pattern to the dreams. Most of the dreams seemed to be violent and several contained mother-daughter conflicts within them, one specifically about a mother and baby ducks drowning. The target woman shared her question and explained that her mother was mentally ill and violent, had tried to drown her in hot water, which explained the drowning ducks. A group consensus was that she should work on this aspect of her past in therapy before deciding on a new occupation.
Using the Mindshift Method, we can find what we need to do to find essential steps for healing. First, it is important to discover what is physically ailing us. The inner physician will respond to us when we take the time to use the steps. Presented in this book are practical means of dealing with change or transition in our lives, along with examples of individuals who have successfully used these techniques for self-healing and assisting others with various intuitive methodologies.
Health practitioners are beginning to use their intuition to assist their patients. Dr. Lawrence Burk, Jr., a professor of radiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, practiced the Mindshift Method to assist with finding a solution to get funding for a training program based on the anodyne imagery technique for assisting patients to cope with pain and stress by taping into the patient's subconscious. He also used the "house of intuition" imagery by going to his favorite outdoor place and entering an imaginary house to find the answer to his question in one of his books in the library. The term "bullet" was clear to him, but not understandable, until the next day when the chief administrator used the term "silver bullet" to describe how he could spend the favor that was owed to him to establish the workshops he had envisioned.
How can we hear our body speak? A basic understanding that all our past, happiness and painful feelings are held within our cells, muscles, tissues and bones demonstrates how the mind and body connect. We can practice becoming in touch with our intuition by imagining that we can enter a painful area of our body. A past memory, object or idea may come to you. Ask yourself questions about the color or person that reminded you of this area. Our body can speak to us just as body language tells us about someone else we are relating to. If we ignore our body when we are tired, our body may react by becoming ill.
Repressed issues can keep us blocked from believing we can do something about a health problem. For instance, some people believe they are overweight because it runs in the family, but if they examine their food-related habits, they may find that the foods are fattening or the family members were rewarded with food as children. Much information on healthy diets is available, but very little is said about a major cause of illness, dehydration. Soda, coffee and tea are not considered liquids that assist the body and organs to function optimally. We actually need water to flush these out of our systems.
Dr. Caroline Myss scans the body of her client for mental, emotional, and physical energy waves or blocks in the chakras. She has discovered some patterns in individuals suffering similar aliments. Patients with low back pain often are feeling financial pressures. Anyone can practice giving body scans to find information about someone else's body. Some people will see color around an area that needs attention or feel tingling or heat in their hands. Others may have an auditory perception and hear where the dis-eased area is. The Rubenfeld synergy Method developed by Llana Rubenfeld is a way of listening to the body with the hands. She found a way of using her intuition to listen to a person's body by lightly touching them and listening carefully to stories their body may tell, often related to childhood experiences. Some people believe they have forgiven a parent, but tightness in certain parts of the body may indicate anger that has not been released. Individuals of trauma, war inflicted or any type of abuse, hold the anxiety in their bodies. They need to face the pain and release emotions from their cell consciousness for the body to repair itself. The most common area for tension is the neck and back. We can examine these areas for ourselves by entering the pain and asking for information.
Healing professionals tend to define healing as restoring the body to healthy function. The process and methodology of each healer may be very different; however, we can learn from each what is best for us and how to use it. Since we are ultimately responsible for our own healing, we can also be considered healers. It is essential that we, along with professionals, listen to our inner physician for guidance as to where and how we need healing. Dr. Hanna Nathans, an intuitive healer in the Netherlands, refers to a higher and lower consciousness within the subconscious. The lower consciousness can only view the world for short-term pleasure, instead of taking risks involved with a goal, which would be profitable. In order to heal, a change must occur to follow the higher level or consciousness where the inner physician resides for our thinking process to revise a childhood pattern. If we feel burned out from overwork, for example, our bodies will try to get our attention by becoming tired, which is often followed by illness. When we become ill, according to Hanna, we have a lesson to learn whether it is to slow down, take me time for ourselves or assert ourselves more at work or home. A change in attitude may be in order if we are competitive, perfectionistic or allowing abuse to continue.
Dr. Gladys McGarey is well known throughout the world for natural birthing and holistic family practice. She clearly believes that true healing can only occur when both doctor and patient listen to their inner physicians. Cures are like a bandaid, only patching the wound, but healing is a change from the inside of the person. Individuals may have operations to fix an organ that is not functioning properly; however, they may have to return to the hospital again if the underlying reason for their illness is not discovered. Bodywork is a very effective way to get to the root or cause of a condition. Massage or chiropractic touch can help emotional issues to come to the surface. Dreams can help us receive information as to the underlying cause of illness. For example, one of Dr. McGarey's patients had constant headaches. She had a dream that she was taking pain pills out of her purse, but they were M&M sweets when she looked down at her hands. Dr. McGarey realized that the patient was allergic to chocolate, which was the real cause of her headaches.
To help us to connect with our life energy, psychologist Karen Kramer, an expert on Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese practice has developed life-renewing techniques. The Radiant Inner Sun exercise is intended to teach how to circulate the Qi energy through the body. After taking slow breaths you see your hara, the energy below your navel, as a ball of energy like the sun, bright and glowing. As you inhale into this area, you see it getting hotter, as a fire would if you blow on it. To use Qi Gong to heal someone else, repeat this exercise and concentrate until you can envision Qi energy flowing from your hara to your heart and down your arms through the palm of your hands to an area of someone's body in a place that needs attention.
Alan Vaughan is an intuitive expert on precognition and dreams, who uses his abilities to solve crimes and find ships lost at sea. He believes illness can be a gift if used to change a person's current condition in life. For example, they may be locked in a job that is not part of their mission here on earth. He believes each person should have a goal for the day and foresight for the future. Healing can be found by engaging in creative activities such as art, music or serving the family or community. Vaughan uses Anthony Burgess as an example of healing by creativity. Burgess wrote the inspiring work Clockwork Orange, which also became a movie, after he was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors found no sign of cancer after he wrote the book.
Positive thinking is an attitude that promotes good health, along with acting as if. If we visualize qualities or goals that we desire, before they actually happen we are planting seeds and repeating affirmations, like watering daily for the flower of desire to appear. Sheba Penner is a dance therapist, hypnotherapist and psychomotor therapist who invented the term "body language" in 1968. She stresses that the persons mental attitude, emotional state and what they inherit from their families are all factors that can affect a person's wellness. Some people fail to nurture themselves because they concentrate so much on other's needs. In order to receive some nurturing this person may become ill. We must balance our external surroundings with internal needs, thoughts and desires. We attract to us the same energy which takes form in persons or experiences, as we nurture within. So we must convert energy from negative to positive in order to change what occurs in our lives. If we are afraid or rageful, we will attract people and places reflecting this, including illness. The Body Tour is an exercise to communicate with those organs or body parts which need attention. If you focus on your throat, you may have a sore or scratchy sensation, which may indicate a relationship problem with someone in which you feel talked out; you may need energy in the throat area. If you need to forgive, say you are sorry, or bless the person, do so and watch the sensation produce a change in the painful place in your body. Asking for forgiveness by making amends and forgiving others heals emotions that can contribute to illness. Blessing others sends energy to the person and releases the body of our own negative vibrations.
Dis-ease can be a means of finally gaining some control in ones life. If one is stressed or tired it can be a way of ultimately getting the much-needed rest. Healing from an illness, may be the time one needs to regain strength or decide on a change of lifestyle. When extending healing to others, if a person asks for help and truly desires healing, it is worth our efforts. You can extend a prayer for those who are not ready, expressing that when the time is right, they will discover what they need to learn and receive the energy they require to return to wellness.
It is important to know, especially for health providers, that every pain or ache is the body trying to receive attention mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Treating the symptoms will not provide lasting relief until underlying causes are examined. First, to assist with the healing process of another, we can do a body scan with the person present or mentally, if they are not, to find the affected areas of the body. Secondly, ask your inner physician for a symbol or image representing the condition. The third step is to find out from your intuition what would help the person to discover the cause of the illness. Only when the lesson is revealed to the person and they have taken the necessary steps, can healing take place. Steps are often those taken in the Body Tour exercise such as asking for amends, forgiving, looking at jobs or relationships and making necessary changes.
Remember, it is the small acts of kindness that we all bestow on others that makes us all healers. By giving time and attention, laughter, hugs or kind words we can all aid in the healing of the world. Group healing is a way to spread positive energy to lift self-esteem and empower others. The object of one practice is to stand in front of someone and tell them whatever good thoughts about them enter your mind, instead of withholding. For example, one person may think "she is a beautiful person inside and out" so why not say it. We can do this with a friend, partner or in the mirror with ourselves. Giving love and appreciation to others can become second nature if we practice.
The Healing Whisper, also a group healing exercise, is an activity based on ancient cults who would use the whisper in rituals to connect mysteriously with the individual. The senders of the group relate a message they would want to hear to the receivers by whispering it in their ear. It is enlightening to hear what everyone's reaction is after hearing the messages.
Dr. Henry Reed, a professor of transpersonal studies and aforementioned dream specialist at Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, has a technique he describes in his publication Exercise Your Intuitive Heart. During this heart connection activity, the sender allows a past experience to surface and shares this experience with a partner. The partner is thinking about a private concern they are presently experiencing in their own life. As the two individuals bond, related issues may arise and even underlying causes may come to the surface to give the receiver insight into the situation they are currently facing. The sender may also receive insight of the past situation. The process of making a connection with someone's heart creates a powerful intuitive energy stream, flowing and healing one another.
The power of prayer and healing is primarily endorsed by Dr. Larry Dossey in his book Healing Words: the Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine. Scientific studies have been made to prove the effectiveness of prayer in healing individuals with multiple ailments. One study was comprised of heart patients in California of which one group received prayer. The second group was found to have more complications such as the lungs filling with fluid and the need for more antibiotics. Praying in communion with others seemed to be very effective and long distance praying showed equal degrees of healing for the loving intentions made.
Many of the principles in this book are based on the four ancient keys, which open the spiritual door of wisdom within our souls. They are self-observation, forgiveness and release of negativity, prayer, and meditation on healing. Self-observation is noticing the thoughts within our minds and what level of consciousness we are on, negative or positive. When we meditate, after following the first three steps, we are ready to do a final clearing of negative thoughts in order to feel the peace within. We can observe any left over negative thoughts and release them, concentrating on a higher healing energy. At last we find ourselves congruent, experiencing inner peace and feeling one with the universe, as well as united in our own body, mind and spirit.
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