Empowerment Within the Healing Process – by John Millar of Energy Play Qigong in Woodbridge, Ipswich, Suffolk

Energy Play Qigong works with individuals, companies and other organisations across Suffolk to improve health, wellbeing and productivity through the powerful moving meditation, Qigong.

In this article for The Mind Sanctuary, John Millar of Energy Play explores how we can be empowered, through the support of others and the development of our awareness, to make changes that will affect our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Empowerment Within the Healing Process – by John Millar of Energy Play Qigong in Woodbridge, Ipswich, Suffolk

When you empower people within the healing process you are encouraging them to explore and understand the underlying causes of their condition; you are showing them how powerful they are.

The most effective, transformative and powerful healing that I have witnessed has not been something that was done to a person; it has always involved and empowered the person who has been looking for the healing. This raises a few questions for me:

  • Are we limiting our potential when we become passive observer on our healing journey?
  • How can we become more involved in our own healing?
  • What can be done to empower others?

The power of awareness

One of the core principles of Qigong is the development of our awareness. This awareness may start with noticing that we feel livelier or healthier as a result of practicing Qigong, but the more time we spend with the practice, the deeper and more subtle this awareness becomes.

There are obvious parallels between this awareness and the mindfulness that exists within Buddhist practice, but how does this relate to empowerment within the healing process?

In a nutshell, when we become aware of the more subtle cues that appear within our lives, we can start to observe and understand them so that we can change our patterns of behaviour and relieve the resultant symptoms.

Using awareness within the healing process

As someone who has lived with migraine I know that my initial reaction to the onset of a migraine would be to try and find a suitable drug to make the symptoms go away. I explored a range of pharmaceuticals, I tried cutting out certain things within my diet but I found that the only real solution was to sleep in a darkened room. Eventually I took the time to notice what was happening beyond the pain and discomfort that held my attention so strongly. What I found was that my migraine appeared to be part of an emotional response to stress and when I was able to find a different approach to the underlying stress, the migraines started to disappear.

It’s all too easy to be focused on symptoms both when we are suffering and when we are healing but this focus often prevents us from getting to the root of the problem. In many ways the symptom is our ally in discovering the cause of our current condition but in order to exploit the benefits of the symptom we must not allow the symptom to be part of us, we must separate ourselves from the symptom and observe it, not become it.

If we consider anger to be a symptom this would be moving from a state of ‘being angry’ to ‘feeling angry’; when we are angry there is a sense of it being part of us whereas feeling angry is a transitory state that we can observe but do not need to hold on to.

When we are able to take time to observe the symptoms, to welcome them as guides to help us change, the potential for a deep and permanent shift becomes significantly stronger. Regardless of whether this is done through awareness of the symptom or in the moment that the symptom is relieved, the power of being mindful or aware (instead of being thankful that we can carry on in the same fashion as before) is a powerful moment to observe.

The role of the healer

It may appear that using this approach negates the role of the healer but nothing could be further from the truth.  We all benefit from someone to support and encourage us, someone to help clear the path and draw our focus away from the distractions that surround us.

Within this approach, the healer is not someone who ‘heals’ you, they are the person who helps you to look inside and heal yourself. They do not need to understand your symptoms; they do not need to agree with your diagnosis, this only helps to hold you in your current state.

When you empower people within the healing process you are encouraging them to explore and understand the underlying causes of their condition, you are showing them how powerful they are and how capable they are of making significant changes in their mental and physical approaches in order to find a more balanced place.


For more information about Energy Play and how Qigong can support you in your healing journey, take a look at Energy Play’s editorial profile on The Mind Sanctuary Directory. Or connect with John via the Energy Play website or Facebook page.

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