There are many different aspects of the self, the Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit. When healing and trying to connect into our true selves it is important to recognize and acknowledge every aspect of our being.
Plato once said, “The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul … although the two cannot be separated”. Throughout history, and in our collective clinical experience, we’ve seen countless “suffering” individuals turning to their higher power. For many of us turning to a higher power is the FIRST thing and the LAST thing we do when we are in pain. What’s interesting is that this connection between spirituality and pain is often overlooked by medical & psychological practitioners, who consider spirituality to be out of their scope of practice.
Whether we are aware of it or not we have moved forward, we are progressing into a bio psychosocial-spiritual framework. This new paradigm: includes & encompasses all applicable domains that we have: physical, biological, psychological, social and spiritual.
I love that Plato said that because it shows these aren't actually new principle or concepts rather proven concepts that have merely been forgotten. He also said "that as you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul; and this,' he said, 'is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians, because they are ignorant of the whole, which ought to be studied also; for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.
We must heal and work on every aspect of ourselves in order to master the person we are and hope to become and gain true control over our lives. This is part of the secret to happiness. To live as a whole and to let thine eye be single.