Happy Friday! I have been a busy mama this week, keeping my family fed and clean, my home clean, upkeep with my small home business, my pets cared for, tuning in to those I love, and then finally tuning into myself. During this time I have been thinking about how I can relate my initial experiences to my path of healing, and how that may help with clearing channels to help people open to their own path of healing and self-knowledge. When I began this path myself, my homeopathic practitioner gave me the phrase "peeling the onion". This has stuck with me for some time, and always comes up again. Although she was applying this idea to homeopathy, I can see now that it applies to many ways of natural healing. Having this concept awareness can help you understand what you need mentally to tune into and begin to open your mind to the ways of natural healing. These were the thoughts that drifted me off to sleep last night so I decided I need to begin there!
The first experience I had that opened me to a path of taking the initiative to educate and treat myself through natural means was having acne. I began experiencing it in high school, and thinking of course, oh, the usual teenage acne. After high school it seemed to be more aggressive, and looking back, I was feeling frustrated and aggressive as well in my life. Life was changing, I was involved in dramatic and unhealthy relationships, and I felt rebellious. It was not until later that I realized the direct connection of these emotions and symptoms. I spent over a year visiting a dermatologist and being given different courses of antibiotics, beginning with the "usual" prescribed medicines. Visit after visit, I went through a trial and error process of seeing which of these medicines would rid my face of these red, infected, horrible areas of breakout. I remember finally going in and bursting into tears, and the doctor prescribing "the big guns"...I felt happy, as if I had "earned" the "good" medicine....
So, after the medicine finally kicked in, my acne began to disappear. I was elated. I felt more beautiful. I didn't have to spend an hour a day on a concealing makeup process that covered my face before I went to any public place. I was happy. But within a few months, problems began to surface. Stomach issues. Complete system unbalance. Something was off. I could feel it. But I did not want to admit it because I was getting what I wanted...clear "accepted" skin. My mom worked at a health food store and was beginning to incorporate homeopathy into ways of caring for our family. Knowing the level of frustration I was at with all of this, I finally met with our local homeopathic practitioner and literally, my journey began. We began "peeling the onion"!!
Getting off the prescribed medicine was the first step, which I knew meant I would break out again. Absolutely the hardest part, because for sure the acne made me feel depressed. But there was something about the all around feeling I was getting for the first time in all this drama that JUST FELT RIGHT! The approach taken was one of questioning many things about my life, my emotional and physical health past and present, and a feeling of well roundedness I has not felt in my previous situation of addressing my issue(s). I was not told there would be an instant cure. I was asked what I thought. I was being led for the first time to ASK MYSELF and REACH WITHIN for the answers, and I was beginning to learn what that felt like! The homeopathy, as I learned more about it, was a kind of support system that could teach my body how to heal itself while I learned to hear my inner voice. It took over a year of homeopathic consultation, waves of breaking out (but each time a little less), and a lot of new found hope to get me through this time. Not only was I slowly, effectively getting to the center of the problem, I was learning about the path of healing I was taking and watching it transform other areas of my life. I was learning about homeopathy, herbs, flower essences, healing teas, and more importantly, learning to trust the quiet voice inside that guides us, our inner voice, our intuition. It did not happen overnight. Your own inner connection is unique to you in every way. I found that the people who were guiding me did not seem to mind my figuring some things out for myself, in fact, I felt ENCOURAGED to do so! I was starting to feel more in control of my feelings and emotions and less reason to find people or situations to blame things on. I was beginning to peel the onion, which I feel is a pseudonym for getting to the heart of WHO YOU REALLY ARE! The more my physical manifestation of unhappiness healed, the more I realized that I could make conscious choices to create health in my body and mind, and I began to open to apply it to all areas of my life as well as I could. I began to see that things were changing for the better, solidly.
This is why the idea of PEELING THE ONION is such a pertinent term to understand when embarking on a new level of opening yourself to natural healing...support and knowledge is inevitable if you truly open yourself to it, and peeling back the layers takes time, patience, and knowing that as you get closer to the center, you will be better for it. Your life will change when you give yourself the gift of self-awareness and love that equals a balanced, healthy existence. And by its nature, it can create the rippling effect of supporting the healing of our Earth and all its people. It may sound extreme, but planting seeds today is the only way to start growing and healing for the future!! There is hope!! I, for one, am a believer...
Cheers to you and your path of healing,