The Cygnus bookclub review dropped through my letterbox today.
I always take some time out to browse the latest mind body spirit books, and the articles they share are more than just your average paragraph. They are proper excerts from the books, and you can often learn so much from these alone. It has been a real source of wisdom to me over the years of healing.
Cygnus has a real friendly community vibe to it, the newsletter is free and their website also holds all the previous features to read. I have had pretty much all my life changing books from them since the nineties. The reductions in prices are second to none, and their wise, edited selection, mean you can trust you are getting books that can really make a difference.
This article really touched me in the May issue. Its on a book called Dying to be me by Anita Moorjani and is Hay house published 10.99 usually, but £7.25 cygnus price. Its about her journey through cancer and how after 4 years she almost died, and had a near death experience. It gave her an awakened view of where the cause of her dis-ease or fear lay, and how to overcome it. She needed to see she was good enough just as she was, and to end her deeply held fear of what others thought of her. (read the full article online here)
Often,the cause of a dis-ease on the physical level can be deeply held emotion, such as anger, grief, or fear.
It is within us to open up to a journey that can lead us to finding this, and healing at that level can mean physical symptoms decrease or disolve. This is empowering, but we must remember to never judge another or ourselves in the unfolding on this type of work. For sometimes where the required healing lies isnt always obvious, and may not be as simple as identifying a single issue or fear and removing it with focused willpower. For the depth of any one persons healing, and the true scope of an illness cannot be seen on the surface. There are multitude of facets to anyone's life, and the reason for a condition may involve deeper purposes that either become clearer with time, or to which there isnt an explantion within that life time.
I remember years ago reading Steven Levine's book,Healing into life and death, and how through his work with the terminally ill, he described how healing, in the way he had come to see it, was not just about getting better and remaining alive.
For some the healing that took place in their hearts was deep and profound, it radiated out and touched others in their lives, their work in resolving their pain was complete and yet they may still have gone onto pass away. And for others they may have seemed to barely scratch the surface, they may have still had unease, and yet their condition went into remission.
This outlook from someone who's wisdom was gained through direct experiences working with those who were in hospices and at the end of their life, shifted my understanding of what "to heal" really meant. And it stays with me to this day.
So, with that in mind, i would say, the most appropriate steps to take are simply to believe in healing, but to not seek to define exactly what that must look like.
To know that your body does have capability to heal, and that your heart and soul are always seeking to guide you in the steps you personally need to take to restore more ease at the levels you need it most. Being aware of what comes our way & feels right at any given moment. An allowing, and a non resistance to what is, combined with an "anything is possible" outllook.
The most help you can be to yourself or another on their path,
is to extend compassion and unconditional love.
And to never have set ideas, or in other words judgements.
Be open, flexible, and flow as much as possible.
Ways of being that books from Cygnus have no doubt helped me in developing.