The Healing Within You

I’m life coach and health practitioner Peter Winslow. Recently I was asked in a life coaching group to discuss the science of healing. It’s a pretty hefty request, so I boiled it down to basics:

The first thing to note is that healing is not a scientific domain.

It may surprise you to know that “healing” is rarely discussed in medical schools. These schools focus on the physical sciences that govern matter and molecules, the tissues they can observe with the tools of technology. They discover ways to interact with those tissues, and they translate their findings into methods of treatment.

Healing is what you do. The doctor doesn’t prescribe it and nobody can sell it to you. Although its effects can be observed, the power of healing is invisible and internal, occurring completely within the body.

Medical treatments are designed to help your body do what comes naturally. The proper treatment is administered, and then the healing wisdom of the body takes over from there. For instance, if you break your arm, a medical professional can set the bone in a cast. The treatment is needed for the bone to heal properly.

Yet it it’s not the cast that heals the broken bone; it’s the healing essence in the body that knits the bone cells back together again. The work is done by an internal force that science has never seen directly, and cannot fully explain.

Medical practitioners are at best only able to state the odds for healing and recovery. If you’re given good odds for success, it makes you feel better, more confident, with an expectation of a happy outcome. That expectation affects your own healing ability through a phenomenon called the placebo effect.

Medical treatments originate externally; the power to heal your body, your mind, and your life occurs internally. You have more influence over it than you may even know.

– Peter Winslow

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