In the western paradigm, we are prone to a rather narrow view of health and healing. In this disease-centric model we perceive healthcare as managing/responding to a disease or attempting to prevent it. This is like going from negative to zero and only focusing on half of the health picture. Wellness, is the best term I have come across to describe what happens beyond zero and into the positive. Wellness is not about prevention, it is about expansion. There is always a place for the healthcare of disease management. Illnesses are to be respected and cared for tenderly. We have ample, highly qualified, incredibly knowledgeable practitioners that offer services to effectively give this kind of care. But those who are awake to the new paradigm of wellness may be looking for alternative tools to assist them on their journeys of expanding. This is a response to such seekers.
If maintenance, such as in the western disease-centric model, takes us from negative to zero, wellness takes us from zero to positive. As mentioned, wellness is about expanding consciousness. Expanding consciousness entails a shift in one’s vibrational field. Energy is information and is expressed at various density levels. The densest being our physical body, then our etheric body, emotional, mental and various refined spiritual bodies. For those on a spiritual path, it may be of interest how these bodies align and inform one another. As we begin to look at wellness and expansion we discover we can use our own effort and will to refine even our densest of energy bodies. As we do, we change the information (energy) available to us. As this information changes, our physical body, mind, and emotions change as well. Many will even report a shift in the day to day challenges they have and find things that use to be struggles before aren't anymore.
At this stage our consciousness begins to shift as a direct result of our own volition. We find tools to help us unfold and while we deal with any physical or social ailments, we become more interested in our inner journey. Tools on our wellness journey are practices like eating the highest quality and vibrationally clean foods we can, meditation, mindful movement practices, and receiving energy work.
Even though acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, what continues to be taught in schools today remains rooted in the western paradigm, be it responding to illness or focusing on preventing imbalances. The focus of preventing imbalances is not a wrong way to practice. I often use acupuncture as a tool to meet clients where they're at in dealing with physical issues. But think about it, what is the motive for preventing energetic imbalances? Most people I have asked say in order to avoid dealing with the physical/mental/emotional expressions of those imbalances. Energy workers who are aware of the wellness paradigm are more interested in helping clients open up, and access the higher vibrations of their Heart center. As this is done, prevention is swept up and moved beyond as the expansion of consciousness is chosen over the contraction of focusing on the physical.
As we climb the ladder of wellness we find our sensitivity increases and we become more particular with what we ingest – including food, music/sound, information from TV and news, social activities, etc. For those who are rooted in the comforts of the day to day living, it may not be the right time to embark on such a journey, but for those who are ready to release what is no longer needed and let the fires of the Heart burn through the gateways of higher consciousness, these shifts will be welcomed.