“Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
I recently helped a friend with his “Philosophy of Teaching,” which apparently is something that you need if you’re applying for college and university jobs. The point is to concisely communicate the personal truths, which shape your educational methodologies. This is, as you might guess, harder than you’d think.
But of course, me being me, I got to thinking about what I would write… what are the fundamental beliefs that are the core of my work as a healer?
(Before I start, I should state that these are my personal beliefs and not those of Holistic Health Practice… not that I think I’m going to say anything that anyone would object to, but you know – better safe than sorry!)
I believe that each and every person has direct access to wisdom; the answers are all within you. Your path is your own. I can walk beside you; I can mirror things back to you. I can even point out things you may be too close to see… but, unlike a river guide, I can’t guarantee where the rapids will be or even where the pretty places to pull off and have lunch are… only you can determine that.
I believe that we carry our unfinished business in our bodies, which leads to pain and illness. Living in a culture that believes “there’s no point in crying over spilt milk” may account for the ever-growing number of chronic pain sufferers in our country. (I DON’T believe it’s anyone’s fault if they get sick – and I personally would stop seeing any healer who suggested they were!)
I believe that our daily choices create our lives, and that if we don’t like how things are going, we can make the choice to change.
I believe that, in living life, there are no real mistakes, only opportunities for growth. They say that Thomas Alva Edison failed 1,999 times to make a working light bulb; HE said it was a 2,000 step process.
I believe that we are spiritual creatures here to have a human experience. For me, that means that being embodied is critical to our purpose. Not to enjoy and appreciate having a body is to deny our reason for being.
I believe that hugs heal, laughter cures, and speaking the truth alleviates pain.
I believe that caretakers need to be care taken, and that it is an enormous honor when the person who everyone leans on, allows themselves to lean on me.
I believe that each and every one of us has a purpose, a reason for being here. I believe that each of those reasons is necessary and therefore, no one is any more important than anyone else. There may be big cogs and small springs in the machine, but the whole grinds to a halt if any pieces are missing.
I believe when you find where you are meant to be, what you are wired for, then you feel joyful and fulfilled… I’m a healer because I’m meant to be – and the pleasure I experience when I participate in someone else’s shift tells me I’m home.
“Beliefs are choices. No one has authority over your personal beliefs. Your beliefs are in jeopardy only when you don’t know what they are.” ~Jay Allison
“The philosopher believes that the value of his philosophy lies in the whole, in the building: posterity discovers it in the bricks with which he built and which are then often used again for better building: in the fact, that is to say, that building can be destroyed and nonetheless possess value as material.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche