There are many ways to heal ourselves: mentally, emotionally and physically. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another. The key is finding a practitioner, method and place that resonates within your being as something beneficial.

No one can argue that if there’s an emergency, such as an appendix erupting, a heart attack or some other emergency, the medical community, possibly the emergency room, is the best place to be. Other types of problems and issues are less cut and dry.

It’s beneficial for everyone to practice preventative care. Good food, clean water not stripped of minerals, exercise and adequate sleep are important for optimal health. It’s also beneficial to work on one’s issues and problems to prevent them from becoming an emotional, mental or physical problem.

Many people have the belief that if something’s in the past, it’s done with, so why go back and "dwell" on it? In theory this sounds good, but unfortunately unresolved problems and issues become imprinted in our mental and emotional bodies and can filter down to our physical body. It’s important to acknowledge them, allow the emotions to surface and pass through/out of us so we have room for life-giving emotions and thoughts.

Intention is huge. We need to name what we want. For example, "I want to release all childhood mental and emotional abuse and problems (at a comfortable pace) so I am peaceful and resolved within myself."

Many times we need help with our issues and blocks, so it’s important to find a practitioner who allows you to feel safe and comfortable. Sometimes talking with someone can cause a mental, emotional and physical release – and other times we need to go deeper.

How does one go deeper? There are many ways to do so. Again, you need to look around and see what feels right to you. Practitioners typically offer services that work for them. Hopefully they continue to work on themselves so they are clear and open. The methods that have worked for me are meditation, along with consciously connecting with my Divine Self (inner wisdom connected to Source or God), energywork (example: Reiki) and guided imagery.

Meditation and connecting with my Divine Self allows me to make sure I’m still on my spiritual path, and it helps me acknowledge what within me needs to be worked on. To connect with my Divine Self, I see an image of a part of myself and ask to be fully linked up. Sometimes I feel disconnected from my Divine Self/inner truth, so asking to link up with this part of myself enables me to receive answers and insights that can help me to understand myself better and make some internal shifts. I feel a "click" within me when I’m linked up. I also feel peaceful and still. I ask to see images about what needs to be acknowledged and known. If there’s something leftover from childhood, I may see myself at a certain age. If there’s an erroneous belief that needs to be shifted, I may "hear" what it is or see an image to describe it.

There are times when it is helpful to have someone lead me through the process of seeing things. This is called guided imagery, and it is very beneficial when resistance interferes with whatever needs to be acknowledged. I’m always open to outside help. Sometimes when I get in touch with whatever information is there, I’ll have an emotional reaction that causes a release. Sometimes simply having the knowledge causes a release. It’s a process, so each day needs something different.

We’re all interconnected with each other, and with those in the spirit world and with energies that we need to heal ourselves and feel good. I always ask to connect with the most appropriate energies/frequencies to help me release any interfering issues, blocks, problems. I invite those beings of light (spirits) aligned with the appropriate energies/frequencies of God/Source to assist. These frequencies are a positive charge – the opposite of the negative issue within me – so it is much easier to release them. It takes practice to call in frequencies, so you need to be patient.

When working on one’s self, or being worked on by a practitioner, sometimes a lot happens in a session, and sometimes we have a delayed influx of knowledge about our self or release of our problem. This can happen because of inner resistance, or it could be a timing thing. It is the same with the energies coming in to help us. Sometimes you may feel heat within your body, which tells you a release or transformation is taking place, and sometimes you may feel cold within your body, showing that cosmic energies are there signaling that you’re probably at the completion of an issue or challenge. Perhaps you may not feel anything until later.

We’re all interconnected by a giant web. This web has collective beliefs, issues and solutions "sewn" into it. Our aura is a web of shapes and lines consisting of particular energies/messages about what we believe, need to learn, have as gifts. Our aura sends signals to the universal/collective web, telling it what we need to attract in order to learn and grow. Our etheric body (directly next to our physical body) looks like energy lines connected into our physical body. The etheric body is the blueprint of our mind, emotions and physical body. An energywork practitioner works on the aura and etheric body to align it with your Divine Self and Divine blueprint.

After working on myself, the aura and etheric body are in flux, trying to rearrange themselves to the new pattern of growth. This typically makes a person feel tired and out of sorts until the rearrangement is complete. I ask to restructure my etheric body and aura into the pattern that will help me with my next stage of growth. This eliminates some of the tiredness and out-of-sorts feelings.

Whatever you choose to keep healthy and on your spiritual path is an individual decision. Only you can decide. Sometimes it takes a "village" of support during trying times. My intention for you is clarity, transformation and peace as you continue on your spiritual journey.

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Maureen Higgins, M.A., owns Wings of Freedom where she provides intuitive counseling, guided imagery and energywork. She also teaches workshops and gives presentations on spiritual growth and inner healing. You can reach her at (651) 665-0104. Maureen's website is www.wingsoffreedom.homestead.com. Copyright © 2006 Maureen Higgins. All rights reserved

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