‘The body can not be healed without the spirit, and the spirit can not be healed without passing through the body!’
This sentence summarises all the ambiguity of the current healing techniques: we heal physical symptoms (body medicine) or psycho-emotional factors (mind medicine).
In both cases, the goal is to get a healing ... Healing of the body? Healing of the mind? Healing of both?
And if the physical and psycho-emotional symptoms came from diseases of the soul?
This hypothesis is interesting because it opens new perspectives...
The practice of symbolic medicine presupposes several prerequisites:
To approach it - as a patient or as a therapist – it is better to think that life has a meaning and that its purpose is the awakening of consciousness. Indeed, this belief facilitates open-mindedness. Conversely, believing that life has no meaning does not encourage one to explore it! If the purpose of life is the awakening of consciousness, then disease becomes one of the means for achieving this goal (when we have a thorn in the foot, we become aware of the existence of the foot!).
Then, it is necessary to differentiate between ‘knowledge’ and ‘consciousness:’ intellectually knowing the cause of a disease does not necessarily allow the patient to attain healing. Awareness is deeper than received information. Becoming aware means knowing, from the inside, the mechanism creating our own disease..
Finally, an adaptive response should address the mechanism creating the disease. Therapies often stumble on this point because of the perception that the therapist must act (by any means: medication, manipulation of the body, intellectual explanations, etc.). If the creative mechanism comes from the patient, healing will also come from the patient. The care must set up this internal response at the same time as it provides an external response.
Symbolic medicine makes this bold bet...
NB: many therapists and / or therapies are currently working in this direction. The specificity of symbolic medicine is to use symbolic means as much to understand the meaning of diseases as to provide an answer.
Rose et Gilles GANDY