[Quantum Healing With Dr. Lu]
The Yin-Yang of True Health
by Nan Lu, OMD
Question: I’ve been working on my health for over six years with natural healing practices, including acupuncture and herbs. It took years for me to start to feel some relief from the chronic health issues, like fibromyalgia, I’ve had for most of my adult life. In the past few months I have been sick a lot, and now I’m discouraged and wondering what is wrong. Why can’t I just feel better once and for all?
Dr. Lu: Because you have been taking positive actions to work on your health, you have made your condition better, even though you still might get sick from time to time. It’s possible that without the efforts you have made already, your condition could have been much worse. So you should be proud of yourself for searching for something. You just have to search a little bit deeper!
And don’t concentrate only on outside things for help. All the answers are inside you. I believe the answers were “downloaded” with you before you were born. Remember, for every problem or challenge we have, it’s important to understand that we also have the answer. The more peaceful you are, the more information you will find out and the more answers you will get. So never doubt your body. It has genetic wisdom and spiritual wisdom; both visible and invisible wisdom blend to make your own unique body and that body is an image of unconditional love.First, it’s important to understand this concept: Your body loves you unconditionally. It has been created from a tiny cell! Your body is the image of unconditional love. If you truly want to see unconditional love, look at your own body. At the deepest level, there is no mistake. How many people really understand this concept?
When you wake up in the morning, you don’t say, “I wish there was only night.” When it rains, you don’t hope for sunny days forever—or just spring and no other season. Why? We realize that each is necessary; each has its own special purpose. Together, they make a whole picture. It’s not one climate or the other; it’s both, together, that make the natural world function so everything can grow and have its own life. Without daytime, there is no night; without winter, nothing can grow in spring and summer. They are opposite in some way yet totally inseparable and interdependent. And they are relative: the essential nature of anything is understood only in relation to something else. Daylight is only light when it’s placed in opposition to the darkness of night. This is natural law; this is how reality works at a very deep level whether you see it or not, whether you understand it or not. At the biggest level, everything is always balancing and rebalancing to create a state of harmony. Harmony is when complementary things move beyond a state of balance and blend seamlessly into one—a perfect whole. This is the deeper meaning of Yin and Yang.
When we apply this understanding to health and healing, we realize that the whole picture is illness and health, not illness or health. If you really think about it, without illness there can be no true healing and health. Whenever you have a healing crisis, it’s really your body’s attempt to achieve greater health. Remember, within Yang there is always some Yin, and within Yin, there is Yang. This is the Eastern approach to health. Western medicine manages disease; authentic Chinese medicine always seeks to mirror natural law: to create a state of balance in the person, so his or her own body can self-regulate and then achieve harmony within itself—body, mind and spirit—and then with nature and the universe around it.
Chinese medicine is a system of interrelationships. When we speak about quantum healing, what we’re talking about is interrelationship and connection. This means connection at all levels between all things. Your organs and their meridians (invisible energy pathways in the body) create an interconnected and intercommunicating system with all the structures and other systems in your body. Your body, mind and spirit are linked. You are part of nature and completely connected to it. Actually, Chinese medicine sees the body as a microcosm reflecting the macrocosm. So changes in nature are reflected in your body, and believe it or not, we impact nature. Modern discoveries in physics have shown us that everything is connected to everything else; nothing exists in isolation. One thing is relative to another. Chinese medicine has worked with health issues for thousands of years with connection and relationship as guiding principles.
Energy, or Qi, is what makes this miracle of connection and intercommunication work. Again, in the last century, science has demonstrated what Chinese medicine has used as a major healing principle for millennia: when you break physical matter down to its most essential form, it’s nothing; it’s invisible energy! True, energy is power, but this, too, is only one side of the whole picture. Energy also has intelligence and function. It has the ability to transmit a message that informs and guides all things to achieve balance and maintain harmony. You can say that the force or power of Qi needs intelligence aspect to give it direction—throughout all of nature and the universe and within your body, mind and spirit.
Chinese medicine believes every event and health issue has a purpose. If you can see the purpose through the illness, then you don’t need it anymore, and you can skip over it and go on to the next challenge. So, once you understand the purpose of your health issue, you can jump from that level to the next one. If you don’t understand the purpose, then it will repeat itself in some form.
So when dealing with this kind of problem you have written and asked about, you have to look at it in a deep way. Some health problems reappear many times or even appear to be untreatable. This does not mean that they cannot be fixed, but just that the timing is not right. You might need to meet the right person, at the right time, in the right place. Or maybe during this time, instead of focusing on the condition itself, you may need to focus on how to change your body in a deep way, how to change not just small things but your whole life.
The cycle of seasons starts with spring and ends with winter.
The cycle of Yin-Yang begins with Yang and ends with Yin.
Everything must follow this natural law
because it rules the life and death of all things.
If you go against this law, then disastrous things will happen.
If you follow this law, then all things will be fine.
That is the way of Tao.
—Nei Jing (475‒221 B.C.E.)
Nan Lu, OMD
, LAc, is the founding director of Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation and its sister organization, Tao of Healing, both based in New York City. He is clinical associate professor at the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Lu holds a doctorate from Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hubei, China, and is a New York State-licensed acupuncturist. Classically and university trained, he is a master herbalist as well as an internationally recognized Taiji expert and Qigong master, and is a best-selling author of three TCM books published by Harper Collins. Dr. Lu’s specialties include women’s health, cancer and immune system disorders and he frequently partners with doctors of Western medicine using a complementary approach. He advises and lectures extensively on TCM, preventive and integrative medicine and has been an invited speaker at major conferences, including American Academy of Pain Management, Integrative Symposium, Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, among others. (www.tcmworld.org; www.tcmconference.org; www.breastcancer.com).