Like many of our readers, you may be familiar with the concepts of META-Health and the process of META-Health Analysis. Our Foundation and Practitioner level courses focus on these steps for an important reason: we need to understand the root cause before we attempt to resolve the problem!
Once we’ve identified the cause of an issue, we’re often asked two questions: ‘What’s the next step?’ and ‘How do META-Health Analysis and therapy work together?’ Today’s article explores the answers.
The Sympathetic-Parasympathetic Balance
With today’s busy and demanding lifestyles, many of us tend to be sympathetic dominant; that is, living in a state of habitual stress. Without realising the consequences, we exacerbate this situation by relying on sympathetic-inducing substances such as caffeine, sugar and adrenaline to keep ourselves going.
Yet health requires a balance between active stress and passive regeneration. We need to switch regularly from the sympathetic fight-or-flight reaction (Phase 1) into the parasympathetic eat-and-sleep state (Phase 2).
The higher or longer our levels of stress, the deeper the regeneration we need to rebalance and rebuild depleted resources. This period of self-healing often involves fatigue, tiredness and physical symptoms that are commonly labelled as ‘illness’. A META-Therapy Plan can be extremely helpful!
How do Therapies affect Healing?
Many drug-based allopathic treatments are designed to block or suppress symptoms. From a Two Phase perspective, this means putting the organ into a sympathetic (stress phase) state. Many complementary and alternative therapies, on the other hand, are designed to stimulate or support the body’s self-healing mechanisms.
Therapists often talk about healing crisis, a temporary worsening of symptoms; interestingly, this can be seen as a sign of deepening healing and the effects of therapy!
Where do Therapies fit into the Self-Healing Cycle?
Knowing where we or our clients are in the healing cycle enables us to choose and apply therapies according to what’s needed. Many therapeutic approaches are great for taking people out of stress and into regeneration.
For example, EFT can help clients to mentally and emotionally release stress, which facilitates physical regeneration (a mind-body approach). Bodywork such as massage takes a body-mind approach, enabling physical relaxation which in turn supports mental and emotional release.
When we’re deep in the regeneration phase, therapeutic support can support and ease our journey through it. Natural remedies, energy exercises and tailored nutrition, for example, can help to rebuild our energy and resources.
Taking a Holistic Perspective
The other key aspect to supporting self-healing is to broaden our approaches and ensure that we’re covering all levels: body, mind, spirit, social interaction and environment.
It’s important to take real-life actions as well as therapeutic treatments!
Creating your META-Therapy Plan
After doing META-Health Analysis to reveal the causes behind an issue, you can use the following questions to create a tailored and focused META-Therapy Plan for self-healing:
- How can I support the affected organ to heal? What remedies, foods, energetic corrections or exercise would help this organ?
- How can I raise my vitality and life energy as a whole, so I am stronger, more resilient, and more able to deal with stress and other life challenges?
- How can I get sufficient rest and relaxation, taking myself out of stress and supporting myself through regeneration?
- How can I get more in touch with my body, and my bodily intelligence and needs?
- How can I change the mental patterns that caused this situation and/or resulted from it?
- What thoughts and beliefs do I have about myself, others, life or the world that are causing me to think this way?
- How can I react differently in the future?
- How do I feel about these themes and situations?
- What blocked emotions am I holding onto that are causing me to stay stuck and have the same experiences repeatedly?
- How would I have to think in order to feel differently about myself, others, life and the world?
- How can I change my reactions and interactions to change this pattern in my life?
- How can I change the interpersonal situations externally, and internally change my reactions to them?
- How can I become more at peace with the environments that are contributing to my stress?
- What can I do to make my external environments more supportive and healing?
- How can I change my environments externally, and internally change my perceptions of them?
- What is my higher self communicating?
- What are the life lessons behind all this issue?
- Who would I be if I wasn’t thinking these thoughts or feeling these feelings?
- What’s my potential and how can I tap into it?
- How can I engage in or extend my practices for spiritual development?
Three Steps to Action
- Take time to explore these questions. You could write your answers in a journal, discuss your ideas with a trusted friend, or work with a META-Health Practitioner. Be creative with your ideas – the more the better! Your answers to these questions can open up many avenues for actions and approaches to support self-healing.
- Like all good plans, the next step is to turn your options into specific and measurable actions – and do them! We recommend using SMART goal setting to bring your preferred ideas to life: make each action Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.
- And finally – let go of any pressure on yourself! Telling your coach or a supportive friend about your META-Therapy Plan can help to motivate you by providing accountability. But at the same time it’s important to avoid being too regimented, and accept that your goals and actions will change and develop as you do: self-healing is an evolutionary journey of personal development. Enjoy!
If you’d like to find out more, META-Therapy Planning is included in our syllabuses for the META-Health Practitioner, META-Health Master Practitioner and META-Kinetics Master Practitioner courses. We and many of our META-Health Coaches offer META-Therapy Planning as a service to clients.