First Things First
Kind of a Preface
What follows is a collection of healing tools, practices, philosophies, and systems that I’ve found interesting and helpful. It’s by no means a comprehensive list — just some of what’s helped me get to where I am today that I wanted to share.
I should probably also say that none of the following should be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, nor is it intended to replace or delay visiting a qualified medical professional! 😅🙈
Information and Disinformation
If you do a quick Google search on the topics that follow, you’ll probably find that some of them have been deemed “pseudoscience.” Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there due to reasoning beyond the scope of this paragraph — but suffice it to say, when people start catching on to the true nature of reality, health, and consciousness, that information has a way of becoming manipulated or discredited. So if any of this resonates, great, and if it all sounds crazy, no problem! 🤪 I’m just here to offer what I can.
Now That That’s Out of the Way
To make it a little easier, I’ve separated everything into four main categories:
Holistic healing lineages and schools of wisdom
Individual healing tools to try out and gradually integrate
Avenues to help learn more about ourselves and why we’re here
Scientific, philosophical, and metaphysical concepts
Systems and Traditions
Eight Limbs of Yoga
The yogic path is an ancient eightfold path with self-realization and enlightenment, or samadhi, seen as the goal. It includes timeless practices like ethical values, breathing techniques, and meditation, in addition to the physical asana practice that most people typically associate with the word “yoga.”
Considered a “sister science” to yoga, Ayurveda is an ancient Indian science that provides us with an intuitive and comprehensive framework to implement a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Based on your specific dosha combination, Ayurvedic wisdom offers a variety of recommended practices like nasya and abhyanga that are remarkably effective.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Kabbalah is an ancient mystery school with two main lineages, Jewish Kabbalah and Hermetic Kabbalah, offering a comprehensive understanding of the nature of existence. Both lineages utilize the Tree of Life as a visual representation of many different concepts including the devolution of energy, the human body, and the path to enlightenment.
Derived from the ancient Greek teachings of Hermes Trismegistus primarily found in The Kybalion, Hermetic philosophy is essentially a collection of wisdom about the nature of the universe and consciousness. Despite the esoteric nature of the information, it’s also very grounded and practically applicable to modern life.
Trinfinity Academy is a synthesized collection of teachings developed by Bentinho Massaro that seamlessly reconciles the underlying essence of all forms of spirituality. The wisdom offered in these amazing (and free!) courses is absolutely comprehensive, yet at the same time totally straightforward and practical.
In addition to being the major energy centers of the body, the chakra system offers a way to identify patterns of energy, behavior, and disease, and categorize everything within a comprehensive system that provides more structure and context to the healing process.
Although commonly associated with sexual practices in the West, true original Tantra is a self-realization path encouraging liberation from imposed societal constructs, and recognition of the inherent sacredness and duality within everything.
Taoism is a detailed, ancient, scientific system of knowledge originating in China that holistically addresses how to live a healthy life by consciously utilizing practices such as exercise, food preparation, and sacred sex.
Wim Hof Method
Also known as the “Ice Man,” Wim Hof is known for pioneering a method of healing involving breath practices and exposure to cold temperatures. He has a beautiful passion for empowering people to heal themselves through simple, natural techniques that are also completely validated by scientific research and study.
The Energy Codes
Developed by Dr. Sue Morter from her many years of experience both as a doctor and as a spiritual seeker, the Energy Codes are a collection of principles and practices we can use in our daily lives to experience more authenticity, awareness, mindfulness, and joy. All of these “codes” have been synthesized into a book, and there are also courses available to dive in more deeply.
Our planet provides an unbelievable amount of natural medicines that can be extracted from flowers, roots, bark, and nuts of certain trees and plants. We can utilize these various substances by working with essential oils, burning incense, and even oral consumption in some cases. Plant medicine is incredibly powerful, safe, and effective when used properly.
Sound is essentially a manifestation of vibration, and since everything vibrates (including the cells of our bodies), listening to certain music and frequencies can help facilitate deep cellular healing. Solfeggio frequencies, Indian ragas, binaural beats, and mantras are a few examples of more specific applications.
Dedicating periods of time to quiet the mind has profound benefits in all areas of life, and there are also supplementary techniques such as mala beads, mudras, sound, breath, kriyas, and yantras which help to expedite and deepen this state.
Baths can be so much more than just a way to unwind. Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, taking a bath with for example epsom salt, bentonite clay, or essential oils can be a great way to facilitate detoxification, cell repair, or overall healing, depending on what we’re aiming for.
There are so many different types of crystals available that can help with various aspects of our mental, spiritual, and even physical well-being. Authentic, natural crystals are powerful healing allies, and there’s an intricate science behind their effectiveness.
It’s very common to experience relief from physical issues that have been plaguing us for years by simply clearing out any built-up toxins, and exposing our bodies to better things moving forward. There are many tools available to accomplish this including bentonite clay, chlorella, colloidal silver, activated charcoal, and oregano oil.
Muscle testing (also known as applied kinesiology) basically acts as a bridge between our subconscious mind, which is constantly in tune with electromagnetic energy, and our conscious mind, which typically lacks this awareness. We can use our conscious mind to ask our subconscious just about anything, and muscle testing is the “language” that facilitates this.
Earthing, also called grounding, refers to utilizing the natural frequency of the earth to electromagnetically facilitate physical and mental healing. We can ground by simply laying or walking barefoot on any natural surface like grass or sand, and there is even grounding equipment if we’re not able to go outside.
Men are kind of out of luck on this one unfortunately, but women today are once again discovering the incredible physical and energetic benefits of the ancient jade egg practice. Now there are many other readily available crystals we can use in addition to jade, and in this way we’re able to impact our energy on a deeper, subtler level than other methods of working with crystals.
Our physical bodies have a tendency to hold onto accumulated trauma, which can manifest as chronic pain, weakness, or even cancer. Instead of suppressing these symptoms with medication, somatic movement practices such as the Alexander Technique, Hanna Somatics, Continuum Movement, and the Feldenkrais Method, use the mind-body connection to release the stored trauma from the tissues which enables us to heal the root of the problem.
Purpose and Personality
Learning about predictable patterns of human behavior, or archetypes, enables us to be more conscious of the patterns we’re playing out in our own lives. This includes not only the positive aspects of each archetypal pattern, but also the potentially negative or shadow aspects, which we’re typically less aware of.
The Human Design system unites the teachings of Vedic (Eastern) astrology, Western astrology, the I’Ching, Kabbalah, the chakras, and quantum physics, within one comprehensive system. It’s so helpful for understanding our overall personality and life path, as well as our day-to-day moods and energy levels within the context of planetary transits and interactions with other people.
Also known as Vedic astrology, the science of Jyotish was written in the Vedas thousands of years ago as another “sister science” of yoga. Studying this complex system enables us to gain more context and awareness of why our lives have unfolded the way they have so far, and what we can do moving forward.
The I Ching
Also referred to as the “Book of Changes,” the I Ching is an ancient form of divinatory practice involving 64 hexagrams. Its timeless wisdom is still relevant today, and consulting the I Ching can be a great source of guidance or clarity on any given topic.
Originating from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Babylonian and Egyptian cultures, numerology is the complex study of the meaning of numbers in relation to the cosmos, the planet, and ourselves. There are a few main branches of numerology practiced today including Chaldean, Kabbalah, and Pythagorean.
The Enneagram is a powerful, time-tested tool that we can use to learn our patterns of thinking and ways of relating with others. There are nine categories (which happen to correlate with sacred geometry), and knowing which categories we’re playing out in our lives helps us to live more mindfully.
Sabian Symbols are a collection of images, metaphors, and explanations that trigger a deeper understanding of each one of the 360 degrees of the zodiac. We can use these symbols in conjunction with astrology to offer additional information on our birth chart, or as an oracle if we have a certain question in mind.
Human Personality Field Guide
Pioneered by Paul Wagner, this is a personal development tool that bridges archetypal concepts with psychological study. It provides a “field guide” of sorts that can help us more objectively see the common archetypal patterns of our strengths and weaknesses, as well as archetypal patterns within other people.
Philosophy and Science
Although the term sounds complex, biohacking essentially describes living a better life through the intentional use of various techniques and resources. These resources range from more technologically based things like apps, infrared saunas, and blue light blocking to completely natural practices like taking in sunlight and eating real and organic foods.
Quantum physics studies the macrocosmic and microcosmic impact of subatomic particles and energy, which are all ultimately interconnected (hence the phrase “we’re all one”). It bridges the gap between spiritual thinking that can appear kind of “woo woo,” with scientific, measurable data.
Our genetic makeup can certainly impact our health, but scientists have discovered that our lifestyle choices have an enormous impact on whether or not certain genes become expressed in the first place. This concept has become known as epigenetics, and it empowers us to take ownership and responsibility of our gene expression and overall well-being.
Everything naturally exists in the form of sacred universal patterns that can be observed throughout music, architecture, the human body, and art. On paper these patterns form shapes such as the seven Platonic solids, the Flower of Life, the Golden Mean, and the Sri Yantra, and we can incorporate this wisdom into our lives by working with yantras and mandalas.
Map of Consciousness
Dr. David Hawkins created a logarithmic scale, or map, of all the different levels of consciousness ranging from lower expressions like fear and guilt, to higher expressions like joy and peace. This map can be utilized to categorize just about anything, from the intention or overall awareness level of a single person to the feasibility of a particular idea or concept coming to fruition.
Every person has life force within, sometimes referred to as prana or qi, and a Kundalini awakening refers to this energy being triggered to rise upward from the base of the spine where it otherwise lies dormant. This can happen as a result of significant life changes, breath work, yoga, or sacred plant medicine journeys.
Our physical, emotional, and intellectual strength rhythmically ebbs and flows according to predictable cycles called biorhythms. Being aware of where we’re at in our biorhythm cycles enables us to better work with our bodies rather than against, and avoid “swimming upstream” unnecessarily.
There are so many sources of toxicity that we’re exposed to on a daily basis (often unknowingly), including electromagnetic frequencies, pharmaceutical drugs, processed and genetically modified foods, and toxic household cleaning and personal care products. Knowing this, there are things we can do to help mitigate our exposure and be more healthy.