One of the factors that can complicate our personal healing and recovery journey is what I refer to as a 'schism'; a type of separation that can exist within us, between us and around us.
There are different types of schisms at play along the road to healing, many of which exist outside of our awareness but affect us nonetheless. Becoming aware of them can help us to step back and see if or how they might be affecting our own healing journey, as well as take our power back from them through awareness.
In this passage, I attempt to shine some light on a societal schism that has significant (though often invisible) influence over which doors we will walk through along the road to personal healing.
Schisms are splits, separations or divisions within a whole. For instance, political parties within a larger governmental ‘body’ often have multiple schisms or areas in which they are split and separated based on different beliefs, values and perspectives. As is all too often the case, the entire whole of the governmental body often suffers (or at least gets bogged down and stalled) when divisions between parties prevent resolution and forward movement for the whole of the government and subsequently, a nation.
An example of a societal schism as it relates to healing can be seen in the separations and gaps of understanding that still exist between different models and philosophies of medicine. Inclusivity, regard and integration between models such as Western/allopathic medicine, Ayurvedic, Oriental, Naturopathic, Homeopathic or Energetic medicine, for example, still requires active fostering on the societal level so that each model can see themselves as simply branches of the same tree; the whole tree of healing.
Societal schisms around healing come about when any one form of medicine or philosophy of healing is unable to see itself as simply a branch belonging to one tree of healing - a tree which in reality has many branches. Mistaking itself for the whole tree either by validating and valuing its own paradigms, systems and underscoring beliefs over all others or by simply being unaware of the equally-valuable and effective branches it sits beside creates a divide that separates that branch from the larger body of healing knowledge it is actually a part of. This insular perspective then separates that branch - and those who subscribe only to its paradigms and beliefs - from the multitude of healing options available. Options that exist in abundance on other branches of the same tree.
This particular societal schism can become a significant deterrent to forward movement along the road to healing for both the individual and society as a whole. What heals us, who can heal us, what is in need of healing and sometimes what healing even IS often gets bogged down or lost in debate, simple ignorance of or biases between the many different approaches available to us.
Schisms separate by their nature. If unaware of them, they have the potential to invisibly close doors inside of us and diminish from view the many opportunities and ways we have to heal. As different philosophies of healing and models of medicine continue to recognize themselves as branches of a consolidated whole, blending and weaving together the healing wisdom of each, society's healing schisms themselves can be repaired. This greater whole of healing can then be handed down from university to medical student, shaman to apprentice, parent to child, healer to patient. Both society and the individual will benefit, just as both branch and tree do in relationship with one another.