Self Healing Design
Healing is perhaps as mysterious as any term in our language. It is a word that conjures up thoughts of divinity in some and outright skepticism in others. It is a term that usually evokes an emotional reaction one way or the other.
To those who have personally experienced healing episodes, it is a reality that the person feels strongly about and is often even eager to share. To others with minimal experience with disease and illness, the concept of healing may seem like an elusive phenomenon with no real relevance. Many view the healing phenomenon from their cultural background and philosophical viewpoint. Healing, therefore, is comprised of components of worldview, culture, and personal experience.
Relevance of concept to the proposed project
Many people turn to alternative forms of healing when faced with disease or pain. Self-healing refers to the body's natural ability to heal itself through the orchestration of the immune system and energy pathways in the body.
Self healing involves healing and preventative care that focuses on the connection between mind, body and spirit. It is different than modern medicine because it focuses on healing the cause of the disease rather than just the symptom. Healing the self often uses techniques that derive from ancient beliefs and religious philosophies.
The Art of Self Healing: The art of self healing is guided by a philosophy that the body is innately able to cure itself. When optimum conditions exist, the human body is its own biological wonder. The self-healing movement incorporates a wide range of healing sciences. Ayurveda exemplifies the best of self-healing philosophy and practice. With 5,000 years of techniques and spirituality, Ayurveda is a comprehensive and effective means of self-healing.
According to Ayurveda philosophy, the human body is equipped to heal itself. The human organism is a microcosm of the universe, and like a hologram, a view of the human body is a view of all reality. Illness occurs when people don't take care of the organism or interfere with its intended perfect function. Every second of every day, the human body fends off attacks by carcinogens, viruses and bacteria. Negative emotions sap strength and the body adapts with its immune system. Ayurveda views the immune system as an intelligent force for healing. The individual, however, must tend to the body with appropriate diet, rest, hygiene and spiritual practices. In spite of the human propensity to create chaos in the body it always strives for holistic balance.
Ayurvedic science looks to the self, which is the center of a human being and from which all action and thought radiates. Using tree as a metaphor: When you water the roots, the entire tree benefits.
Similarly, when you tend to the self, the entire body, physical and spiritual, achieves harmony and health. Not only do you experience physical wellness, but you are creatively and intellectually inspired. Many healing approaches aim to heal the causes rather than the symptoms of illness. In Ayurveda, the self must be treated.
When human beings live in accord with nature, they realize heightened wellness. In Ayurvedic philosophy, to live in balance with nature is to live according to natural laws and the ebbing and flowing rhythm of reality. Ayurvedic science is not purely theoretical. Ayurveda recommends specific practices for daily health, including suggestions about diet, mental and physical exercise, and the development of a routine. An example of living in harmony with nature is eating seasonal foods from your own region. Ayurvedic healing also employs herbs, meditation, diet, massage and sweat to achieve optimum health.
According to Ayurveda, all symptoms of illness point toward a deeper cause. If you only alleviate your symptoms, you will not restore balance to whatever is making you ill. But the good, though challenging, news is that each person is responsible for her own health. When an individual makes decisions about what she eats or how she lives, she controls her health. While human beings often make unwise choices, nature always responds the same way: It reflects lack of balance through illness. At that point, it is the individual's choice to restore or not restore harmony and regain health.