Staying open in a changing / healing world.

When it comes to our bodies, we tend to think of symptoms and illnesses that show up as bad. We may assign hierarchy to the many things that can happen in a physical body and think, “This is good,” or, “this is going on, but it’s not so bad,” and “Oh that is really bad.” During times of stress, or even a medical situation, it can be challenging to stay in the place where things are generally “ok.” This place is the present, it is where we just are.

In the world of Ensoflow Shiatsu and energetic healing, I often say to people, “you gotta feel to heal.” Deep healing often causes a healing crisis, in which layers of symptoms start to show up as you heal. They can be physical- like strep throat, rashes, or migraines. And they can be emotional- like grief, shock, or anxiety. When these things show up in the healing process, they can feel scary, but they usually don’t last as long as they did when they first occurred. If you don’t push them away, but let yourself feel and heal them, they tend to move through rather quickly. Then you get to level-up your health and energetic Vitality.

You become more whole.

In thinking of the election activities of this past year, in particular the campaign awfulness of “he who must not be named,” I’ve been likening it to a healing crisis. Within the social and political arena, what He Who Must Not Be Named brought up are the SYMPTOMS of anger, fear, oppression, hate, and separation. These symptoms were already in our system and as we HEAL that system, these things need to come up and out – to be acknowledged, seen, and let go. Believe it or not, these symptoms don’t have to stay too long. We might feel them, heal them, and be more whole.

There is a Chinese Parable that goes something like this…

horse farmerA farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

This parable, like many things in life, is a reminder that life is vast and mysterious we don’t always know the outcome. It is also a lesson in staying present and letting go of control.

Despite what happens in the elections tomorrow, WE ARE DOING JUST THAT. Maybe not all of us mind you, but enough of us that this system is healing and changing. So many people are doing the work of calling out oppression and standing in solidarity with each other. We are doing that by HEALING THE VERY PARTS OF OURSELVES THAT CARRY THESE WOUNDS. It’s really beautiful and it’s a process that has accelerated quickly. It’s really active right now. Notice what is active in you, and start the healing there. Earth needs us, earth needs YOU – to keep showing up with your whole self and to remember :

Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s not; we’ll see.

Trust on beautiful ones.




  1. Haha that’s funny chinese parables!
    I never heard that before! I’m a massage therapist who loves massage! There’s nothing better to me ! Thankyou for posting! 🙂

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