Where do you believe healing comes from?
I know people who believe that every pain or symptom should be treated with a new medication.
I believe this can be a way to cover up the source of the pain, whether it is physical or emotional. It can be a way to tell yourself "if I don't feel the pain then I won't have to recognize it". It is a part of avoidance, and although it may mask the pain, the pain may come rushing back more intensely than it originally was.
So how do we find healing within ourselves? How do we reach down inside of ourselves and find the source of the healing that we need?
For each of us the source may be different, but I do think that a belief that healing is possible is a very important first step. When I was doing my training to become a counselor we learned about the placebo effect. Why is it that some people are healed when given a placebo? I believe that it is because they firmly believe that what they are being given will cure them. It is mind over matter.
Some people find healing through prayer or meditation. Some people believe in the old "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" approach. I'm going to be healed no matter what.
We all must listen to our bodies. What is our body telling us it needs to heal? Those aches and pains, those feelings of sadness or frustration are there to give us a message.
Each person's journey is different. I can't explain why some people get miracles and others don't. We are all here to learn something, and no one should ever blame themselves if they do not heal.
I am not a medical professional, and I am not advocating that anyone give up western medicine. I am coming from the perspective of a counselor, and as someone who believes in a combination of western and eastern healing.
Finding healing within myself is a personal journey. It is one I work on daily.