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Use your “inner state” to create an optimal healing environment for others

2011 July 29
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I am working with my elderly mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. The first thing I do is educate myself about what the possibilities are, different perspectives on approaching interactions with her, etc. I read the following segment in a book and was struck with how it could be used in working with people who are dying.

I have often wanted to know what more I could do, or wondered if my presence was really making a difference as I sat with someone at their bedside. The following paragraphs address that in a very simple way.

Source:”Moving Your Aging Parents” by Nancy Daniel Wesson,┬áPage 97-28

  • Through the process of thought, we have the ability to synchronize our brainwaves with one another and the most “ordered” brain pattern prevails (allowing us to give calm support to those with whom we wish to connect);
  • We have the ability to “shield” ourselves from intrusive emotions or intentions from others (empowering us to consciously distance ourselves from destructive attitudes of others);
  • Sending another “good thoughts” for healing or calming has the same impact as if they had that thought for themselves (making it possible for us to support loved ones at a distance);’
  • The release of a thought or intention and its receipt by the “target” is instantaneous (enabling us to communicate our support simply by releasing the intention).

So, we have a lot of potential to impact the well-being of another person, and for that matter of ourselves. Consciously managing our thoughts and intentions presents us with a grand opportunity to be aware of our emotions, and to promote a positive outcome.

Stefan Schmidt, Ph.D. of the University of Freiburg, Germany discusses how “health care professional can create an optimal healing environment, with a special focus on which inner state and way of being in the world can create a healing intention.” We have the potential to calm, support, and facilitate healing by calming our own minds and holding the intention for well-being.

While conversation can help, it is neither possible nor desirable to be in dialog all of the time. Sometimes we just ache for a way to help, to communicate or to soothe without saying a word. What a wonderful realization that we can do precisely that — by holding the desire as a thought, a prayer, or a visualization of the emotion of compassion regardless of time, place or other constraints present in very complex relationships.

 

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