Solomon’s Seal has a long history as a plant with diverse healing capabilities. However, it is fallacious to assume that it can be the end-all to your discomfort from injury. I encourage you to be open to and informed about various healing modalities: from the traditional to the alternative, from science to spiritual. For example, in moments of trauma, injury or crisis people have a natural inclination toward help in the form of prayer, visualization or affirmation.
Many years ago I counseled Viet Nam war veterans who returned home with mangled bodies from stepping on land mines. I would walk through the softly lit ward and hear streams of prayers filter through fits of crying. As a young intern, I became aware that, beyond any medical intervention I had idealized to be their cure, there was a deeper level of intervention they sought for which I had little understanding. Consequently, I decided that in any form of counseling and rehabilitation therapy I offered, I would strive to embolden the individual not only through science but also through their faith. After all, I reasoned, an injury may be more than just a broken body part; it may also be a broken spirit.
In approaching your physical discomfort and conditions, you have very likely sought the advice of medical and health practitioners, friends and family members, literature and online resources. As a result, you have decided to follow a course of intervention: surgery, medications, convalescence; limiting activities, readjusting how you use your body to avoid pain or further injury; alternative therapies, herbs, and the like.
Any intervention you choose underscores your belief that healing is possible and desirable, or you wouldn’t be pursuing it!
Beyond science, however, you have at your command an enormous personal resource that can aid in healing: your will. That will comes from a powerful mental capacity and, if you can accept it, an even more potent sense of spirit. In other words, even though you know you may eventually experience bodily injury or disability as a fact of aging and life engagement, you have an enormous mental/spiritual capacity to be as well as possible in spite of your conditions! Your will to heal and/or improve your bodily condition is the result of a powerful coalescence of your mind and sense of spirit, will and faith.
We therapists at that hospital ward full of wounded veterans saw first hand the power of personal will and faith in successful rehabilitation. Those men most determined to rise above their condition left the hospital sooner with a recommitment to engage in life.
When we consult with clients about our Solomon’s Seal products, it has been important to state that numerous factors aid or interfere with healing: life choices about diet, exercise, stress management, faith, rest, among others. However, one’s mental attitude and inner will are critical as well.
A positive, affirmative, observational approach (meaning, being especially aware of one’s body, state of mind, and/or specific trauma during the pain and healing stages) is vital to rallying the life force energy of the body toward healing and regeneration.
PETITIONING GOD FOR HEALING
It makes sense to address “divine intervention” in healing, only because most people (over 90%) believe in God or a higher power. Furthermore, over three-fourths believe in the power of prayer to improve the course of illness, and up to half want their physicians to consider praying for them or with them.
In the 1990’s, Dr. Larry Dossey fueled both interest and controversy in promoting the healing power of prayer in medical intervention. His books (Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine; Be Careful What You Pray For . . . You Just Might Get It) were bestsellers. However, the scientific community quickly attempted to determine the flaw in his and other prayer researchers’ hypotheses, experiments and findings.
Research findings and medical bickering aside, the fact that so many people believe in the power of prayer cannot be taken lightly. Asking a Higher Source for help seems part of our human DNA. When we are in grave trouble, have a serious injury, feel mentally depleted, or want to help a person or animal, prayerful thoughts are often one of our resorts.
In some respects, it is unimportant if prayer works. Prayer’s value is not in its petitionary nature. It is in feeling comforted and not alone in our trauma. It is in mustering up an inner strength to see us through something. It is having compassion, for others and for ourselves. For many people, prayer is investing in faith, be it associated with a spiritual belief or simply a core value system that moves us.
A powerful force in personal healing, other than a sole belief in God, is one’s self-efficacy — the confidence that what we do makes a difference. A high sense of self-confidence can significantly affect symptoms and give one a better outlook on healing.
I cannot encourage you enough to become your own healer. Most people perceive medical professionals as kinds of gods who can “save” them from their ailments, diseases and injuries. Even medications can be perceived as “saviors” that cure or relieve us from pain and disease. In truth, your healing may have as much to do with your confident belief in yourself, and that you can make a difference through your efforts, than it has with any outside help.
That being said, self-care strategies such as meditation, visual imagery, dissociation, self-encouragement, journaling, affirmation and prayer all are worthy of exploration in order to boost one’s self-efficacy.
A HEALING CONNECTION BETWEEN BREATHING & PRAYING
A silent partner in our life is our breath, more specifically the way we breathe. Many people breathe shallow and too often. Deep breathing, however, is the best way to re-oxygenate the very blood we need for healing. Conscious breathing, therefore, can be a vital tool in focusing our healing efforts.
Slow, rhythmic breathing — about six breaths per minute seems optimal — decreases breath rate, metabolism, blood pressure, heart rate and brain wave activity, all of which are beneficent to bodily and mental wellness.
Researchers have determined that this form of breathing is widespread in faith traditions worldwide — as a result of the practice of repetition in prayer and meditation (including the use of beads to count repetitions). For example, the reciting of the Latin Ave Maria prayer (in the Roman Catholic tradition), or the yoga mantra om mani padme om (a mantra is a repeated phrase) used by several Eastern traditions, have been shown to slow the breath to the healthful six-per-minute rate.
It is not necessary, however, to have a particular faith tradition, and thus practice a form of prayer, to affect the rhythm of your breath. Over 80% of all stimuli are taken in through our eyes. Simply closing one’s eyes for a few minutes will have a noticeable effect on the body and breath, especially blood pressure, heart rate and brain wave activity.
Practical Application when taking Solomon’s Seal
Upon orally administering the drops, pause for 1-2 minutes with your eyes closed. Feel the herb’s healing potential move through your body. If you desire to pray, do so in a manner that feels comfortable to you, even if it is just an outpouring from your heart.
THE POWER OF AFFIRMATION & VISUALIZATION
As powerful as prayer, in many respects, is that of affirmation. An affirmation, either as a few words or phrase that is inwardly or outwardly spoken, concentrates the will of our thoughts toward a desired condition.
The key to an effective affirmation is that it is positive, free of doubt, short enough as to be easily repetitive, written in first person “I”, and visualized in the present as if it were already obtained.
Because of these characteristics, an affirmation can be expressed anywhere at any time: while driving to work, sitting on a subway, standing in line, taking a walk, lying in bed upon waking, washing the dishes or raking leaves. Following are but a few examples of affirmations.
“I feel positive about my life conditions.”
“I am a happy and good person no matter what.”
“I am well and healed of my illness.”
“I am worthy of advancing in my work.”
“I feel the presence of God in all that I do.”
“I am prepared to pass this test.”
“I am peace. I am peaceful. I am an instrument of peace.”
Notice that each one of these statements is positive, free of doubt, brief, written as “I”, and visualized in the present as if it were already obtained. This cannot be understated — an affirmation is a mental ball of energy directed toward a cause. In that sense, an affirmation is a powerful tool for healing.
Practical Applications when taking Solomon’s Seal:
Example #1: Mary J. is a concert pianist with a Repetitive Stress Injury to her hand. She is taking Solomon’s Seal to aid in healing. She has created the following affirmation that she repeats upon administering her drops: My hand is healed, strong and relaxed. She also repeats this affirmation throughout the day. As she cites her affirmation, she also visualizes its healing, imagining playing the piano with ease and attention.
Example #2: Robert S. has a stretched tendon in his ankle from jogging. He visualizes Solomon’s Seal “reading” his body/leg as he affirms: My tendon is properly adjusted and healed.
Example #3: Sheila P. is experiencing osteoarthritis of the knees. She is also overweight and knows that her healing/relief can be increased by trimming down. She affirms: I am light and confident, healed and able each time she takes her drops of Solomon’s Seal
In your daily life, prayer and affirmation can be your silent portable sanctuary. They can give you confidence, faith, humility and gratitude wherever you are. Your particularly unique style of prayer or affirmation is capable of demonstrating your devotion to living a peaceful and healthy life wherever you may be and whatever condition ails you.
In describing the usefulness of prayer/affirmation, the mystic philosopher Meister Eckhart said: “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.”
Indeed, it is important to have gratitude not only for our healing, but also for our injury. An injury can be an important “teacher” that guides us to possibly make healthwise and effective changes in our activities. An injury can manifest within us an empowering will; it can also lead us to a healthy acceptance of our condition, whether it is curable or not.
Remember, then, that prayer and affirmation are worthy daily refuges for gratitude, hope, faith and peace of mind. Prayer and affirmation can awaken your inner capacities of strength, courage and wisdom. You can also practice daily giving of unconditional and generous prayer so that others and Earth can live in peace.
This affirmation may be very helpful in your efforts:
I will reason, will and act to do the right things for my health, well-being & peace.
To learn more about Solomon’s Seal, and to order from our line of Solomon’s Seal tinctures and salves, please visit our website: www.solomonsseal.net
These three websites should help solidify the concept of Affirmation, each having great examples and discussion: