HEALING YOURSELF- THE SHAMAN’S WAY
Norman W. Wilson, PhD.©
I’m sure you have heard the expression “physician heal thyself.” It is sometimes stated in the Latin form as, Medice, cura te ipsum. It is claimed that this statement first appeared in Luke 4:23 which was written sometime between 63 and 68 AD and it has several interpretations besides its religious connection. At its simplistic level the statement “physician heal thyself’ means just that. Self-healing is not new.
There is archeological evidence that early humankind practiced some form of healing. I would be remiss to speculate that when one of our early ancestors got a cut that she or he knew which plant to put on it to stop the bleeding; yet because the human race as continued to survive such an assumption can be made.
What can you do to help yourself heal? Heal what? Let’s begin with something quite common in today’s hectic world. Suppose you are feeling a general malaise. What can you do to make yourself feel better?
Try Bergamot[i] essential oil in a diffuser. Place the diffuser in your office, bedroom, or living room. If you choose to apply it to your skin it can cause issues. It is highly phototoxic and it is strongly recommended that you don’t apply it directly to your skin. I suggest 0.2% of bergamot in jojoba oil certainly no stronger than 0.4%
Instead of coffee have a cup of bergamot tea. Earl Grey has an excellent bergamot flavor. Try a cup before retiring.
Another essential oil that helps make you feel better is Patchouli. I favor this essential oil because it improves over time. It has s decided note and for some, it may be a bit over-powering. In that case, I suggest creating a blend. Blend Patchouli with Lemon Grass and or Clary Sage. Place two drops on your wrist; rub your wrist together for about 2 seconds. By-the-way, it only takes 20 seconds for the essential oil to enter the bloodstream and about 20 minutes for it to be in your entire body.
If essential oils are not appealing to you try this deep-breathing exercise. It is called Ujjayi Breathing Technique. Sometimes it is called Ocean Breath. Applying Ujjayi daily will provide your total being with an uplift. It increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, relieves tension, detoxifies both your mind and body, and builds your energy.
Here’s how to do the Ujjayi Breath: First, close your mouth, making sure your lips are sealed and then, through your nose, take a deep breath. Slowly exhale. Do this a half a dozen times. It is suggested that while you exhale you constrict the muscles in the back of your throat. Experience teaches that not everyone can make that constriction. I recommend that you place your tongue behind your lower teeth, purse your lips, and exhale with force. With practice, you will create a sound similar to the ocean. An advantage of using the Ujjayi breathing technique is that you can do it anywhere. Try it the first thing when you get up and do so for about ten minutes. If you begin to go back into a slump during the day, do the breathing exercise. It will make a difference in your well-being.