CaiHong wrote:One last note on your friend, how much of a healer can she be if she ignores the spirit?
I don't think she ignores the spirit completely at all. I think that's a big part of her work. I think any health professional who does ignore the energetic spiritual aspect, or who strictly operates out of the physical (outside of a trauma surgeon and the like, etc) is missing the point in treating chronic
However, my friend is a naturopathic doctor and master herbalist who specializes in homeopathy. That's her specialty. I don't know much about homeopathy, but I believe there is a large energetic component, therefore spiritual component.
What she does ignore is the stuff we talk about on this board, the inner spiritual 'work'. She has a lot of her own issues that she has not worked through which she's expressed to me in the past, which I still find very odd, considering she's a natural doctor. She knows it's there, but she's scared to go within herself. It's blatantly obvious to me, and I feel her completely and empathize because I've been the same way for so long. So she told me that she constantly runs around the world enveloping herself in her work, to avoid facing a lot of her own issues. She has PTSD and many other issues sexually stemming from childhood rape. She told me that she hasn't fully come to terms with this stuff and I think it's a HUGE reason why she reacted the way she did when I told her about my current path of 'going within'. I said this in my first post that it seems 'threatening' to someone, when you talk about going within, because many of us are so aversed to the idea, since many of us are afraid to face who we truly are, which means facing fear, that we will do anything on the outside, to avoid facing those fears. That was the initial point of my post. Not to say that we shouldn't enact change on the outside...which unfortunately got mis-interpreted in this thread.
She made a large amount of assumptions that anyone who is delving into themselves is essentially turning their back on the world, which is so far from the truth. That's not to say that some within the spiritual movement delude themselves into thinking that 'no world actually exists' and by that sentiment, shut out the rest of the world. But, some of us are doing an incredible amount on our own and doing the best we can from where we are. Just because we don't share what we do, does not mean, we turn our backs on the world.
I finally decided that I wanted to heal on all levels and come to full authenticity within myself, so that I can actually help others within my own spiritual/holistic volunteer/business practice. That's my goal right now. I never once said that authenticity means turning your back on the world. I'm not sure why it was seemingly interpreted that way in this thread by certain people.
Regardless, if you're navel gazing because you truly give enough of a shit about finding out who you truly are.....then DO IT! Devote your life to it. The only way for me to live now is authentically. If you can't navel gaze because you're not in the position to do it, then don't do it. If you can make change on the outside, then do it.
But, if you're bashing the people who navel gaze because you're too afraid to do it yourself....a whole different animal. And THAT, is where I energetically felt where my friend was coming from.