Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thanks Kenny!



One of my many unsubstantiated theories du jour is that in order to be a "good" healer (whatever that is) a person needs to cultivate a talent for healing themselves. The best healers, according to the cosmology of Reya, must experience the process from the inside out through illness or injury and subsequent recovery. What's that saying? Physician, heal thyself!

But I might be wrong about this. It might be another manifestation of my tendency towards romanticizing all things. It might be yet another way in which I try to integrate classical archetypes (in this case the archetype of the wounded healer) into ... well ... into everything.

I'll have to ask the Sufi acupuncturist what he thinks when I go see him this morning. Yes indeed I have surrendered to the reality that this virus is hunkered down and must be frightened away by needles, moxa and the moxie of the acupuncturist. I have fought hard against it for two weeks with no noticeable effect.

You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.
Know when to walk away, know when to run
You never count your money, when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin', when the dealin's done.


It's time to lay my cards on the Sufi acupuncturist's table. I'm sick of being sick. I surrender! Oh yeah.

24 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

My roommates told me that the tagine chicken from last night turned out very well. All I could taste was cinnamon - what was I thinking, cooking while so stuffed up? Oy vey.

ellen abbott said...

Hope the Sufi acupuncturist gives it a good kick in the ass, or should I say 'prick' in the ass? I am fortunate not to have been sick so far this season. Of course, I don't go around people much. But I do have four school age kids around all the time. that might account for my good immune system. (OK, you busy body gods up there, that was NOT a challenge!)

willow said...

I tend to romanticize everything, too. Hope the acupuncture does the trick. Feel better soon.

Butternut Squash said...

Hi Reya, I'm so sorry your sick. My life improved dramatically when I discovered Neti Pots. I don't bother with the pots any more but I snuff up very warm water and sea salt. Grotesque but it cuts the sick time in half. Get well soon!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

feel better NOW.... I would say soon, but hell as you said it's been two weeks, time for that 'bug' to move on out!

hugs.

Stream Source said...

As with all commentary, "telling you, teaches me." Here goes...

When we have doubt there is a gap in our thoughts that allows illness. You are no longer a wounded-healer. You are a healed-healer and there can be no hesitation or reservation in this belief.

I had a discussion similar to this with my friend who was recently threatened by a medical concern. She said something like. "I hope we're not delusional." While I fully understand what she's saying, it's this lack of commitment to our Truth that strips away power. And, afterall, it's all 'illusion' of sorts, right?

I no longer make apologies for what I believe. If I do, this tells me I must not fully believe it myself. It's not up to me what others choose to believe - I'm not trying to convince anyone to be like me. Nor do I care what they think about me (crazy lady kind of thing).

Had to say it... if you don't want to make this public because it's a little intense for this space, I totally understand.

Be well ~ now.

Washington Cube said...

I haven't left the house since Dec. 31st. I've got a virus that is kicking my ass.

Expat From Hell said...

Anyone who can combine Kenny Rogers with Sufi philosophy on the same blog posting deserves some kind of credit. Well, at least you have my respect and admiration. Go stick it to 'em, Reya. Or did I get that backwards? EFH

Mrsupole said...

I have heard that God gave our minds a great healing power. But somehow we have lost our belief about this. I personally do not believe that you have to experience every illness to be able to heal others or thyself.

You just have to believe that you have the ability to do it. With no hesitation, no disbelief, you must attack the root of the illness and destroy it. Follow the beliefs of the Terra Cotta Warriors and attack your illness with the same verve and boldness that the warriors would attack their enemies.

Concentrate on every part of your body and send the freaking virus to the netherlands of beyond. You have the absolute power and authority to do this. And tell the little buggers that they cannot take their luggage full of little baby viruses with them. Tell them they are going down, down to their graves and they are going alone. You are the Commander In Chief of this war and you plan on winning it and that is the only outcome you will accept.

Yes, those Great Warriors have taught you well.

Now go get the little buggers out and kick some ass. I have great faith in your ability to do this.

God bless.

Tom said...

been coexisting with the virus myself these past two weeks...stubbornly holding out against the evil antibiotic in lieu of cough medicine and nyquil. Wouldn't you think subfreezing weather would kill all the germs floating about? Good luck with the new tactic, I'm off for another shot of the good stuff!

Linda Sue said...

A good poke,they say, may have healing powers...Feel better, good as new, SOON!

Reya Mellicker said...

Expat, thank you! Made me laugh.

Indeed the acupuncturist did his magic; all toxins are now draining out of my body. Hence two new boxes of kleenex. 'Nuff said about that!

Stream source, I do not apologize for what I believe either. One of the things I believe in passionately is a healthy skepticism. I believe in the questioning attitude, so I am constantly questioning my grid of beliefs which I think are fluid and overlie a deeper structure of values that needs constant vigilance and renewal.

Did that make sense? Hope so.

Ellen I always explain carefully to the gods, too, for myself and for clients who say things like, "I wanted to die." I look heavenwards and say, "She didn't mean that literally."

tut-tut said...

This too shall pass, Reya.

That Christmas tree image; very powerful, in actual fact.

glnroz said...

I hate to hear you are ailing.. A warmer climate maybe.. like Texas. It is suppose to be 13 degrees tomorrow. Seriously, hope you get to feeling better. Hope you had a good bunch of holidays.

Ronda Laveen said...

Sometimes you just have to open yourself to be just rhe rerceiver. Sending you a big blast of juice right now!

Natalie said...

I am a big believer in physician heal thyself. ABSOLUTELY, the healer must heal themselves in my opinion.
Knowledge of healing without directly experiencing it, is just that...knowledge.
I have taken years off to mend my emotional wounds. I won't work until I am as pure a channel as I can be.
That is just me though.
Get better soon.

Angella Lister said...

Feel better.

steven said...

oh reya the tossed out and fallen down tree made me smile! it's not you. i have had amazing good fortune healthwise - i think ellen nailed it on the head when she said about repeatedf exposure to school-age kids. that's my life and i guess my immune system has to deal with just about everything. i haven't had antibiotics for anything for longer than i can remember. i think that soemtimes we're more vulnerable than others - like when we're softening up our relationship with the world!!!! peace! steven

lakeviewer said...

Hope you feel better soon. If not, see a doctor!

Kathleen said...

Ah, wounded healer, I do hope you feel better soon.

EMS said...

You are so right about the Wounded Healer - the archetype is certainly all around us in our lives and needs to be cultivated by us all if we are to heal this wounded earth. Hope the acupuncture helps.
Have you read Henri Nouwen's The Wounded Healer, or Sealey and Church, Soul Medicine? Recommended.

Steve said...

I hope the Sufi Acupuncturist manages to chase away that virus, or at least its most troublesome symptoms. Please keep us posted!

(That second photo seems very appropriate for someone who's not feeling well. That tree looks so tired and defeated!)

Lori ann said...

Oh Gosh, good luck Reya, I know that feeling well, sick of being sick.
Best wishes for GOOD health soon!

howsyourrevolution said...

I used to see a acupuncturist. Unfortunately, after seeing him for only a months, he decided to up and quit.

Apparently he couldn't stick with it.