You could sum up the new approach this way: 'Hold G-d's hand, and heal yourself, with His help.'
My alternative therapy training is all shouting the same message: our bodies are designed to heal themselves. If we just find out what the root of the problem is, (and it's usually emotional), everything that was 'blocked' gets unstuck very quickly, and our bodies, brains and souls start to free-up, and to work the way G-d designed them to work.
For years, this sounded like a very 'Jewish' approach to me, and much more in tune with how someone who believes in G-d should approach their health and wellness. But I didn't have anything 'concrete', Jewishly, to back that up – until now. Rav Arush's book 'The Garden of Healing' recently came out in English, and as always, it contains some fundamental life-changing ideas about how G-d actually wants us to approach the issue of sickness and healing.
Let me quote you a few of things from the book:
“More than any other area, we see Hashem's Divine Providence concerning our health. Hashem uses physical and spiritual pain and illness to show us what we need to change and fix.” - page 49
“Physical weakness is a primary cause of illness. Most weakness derives from emotional imbalance, sadness, frustration, fear or anger.” - page 189
“This is a fundamental reason to avoid doctors. For what's the way of Western doctors? To focus their 'medicine' on dispensing drugs to treat symptoms rather than guiding their patients to correct the underlying causes of their illness...they fail to speak to their patients about the need to do teshuva for spiritual flaws, and even to guide their patients to do 'teshuva' for physical indiscretions, such as harmful lifestyle habits and poor eating choices.” - page 173
I read 'Garden of Healing', and I realised that G-d doesn't want more people in the world who are pretending they can heal other people. But He does want us all to learn more about what's really going on with our bodies, so we can understand how they're just reflecting something we need to fix in our souls.
So, dear reader, that's what I want to do with this blog, G-d willing. I want to share all the stuff I've learned and am continuing to learn about the connections between physical illness and spiritual illness, and encourage you to 'hold G-d's hand, and heal yourself', without running after all the so-called 'experts'.
You don't need to go to med school to work out why you have a stomachache or backache, or to be a dentist to figure out why the tooth might be hurting: you just need a little bit of 'lay knowledge', and a willingness to change, and to get G-d involved in the process of healing.
So please join me on this journey of self-discovery, of empowered self-healing, and of feeling genuinely happier, and getting closer to G-d – and if you like what you're readin, tell others about it, too.
The more people out there who start to 'hold G-d's hand and heal themselves' the healthier we'll get, the holier we'll be, and the more our very sick modern society will start to heal.