Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Right to Heal

Written by Gita Jayakumar | A Guest Post to mark the Article 25 Campaign with

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organization, 1948).

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Trauma can have tremendous impacts – including within its fold, a wide range of intense and frightening emotions. It takes a while to recover and rebuild oneself after the destructive impact of trauma – whatever be the nature of the event inflicting such trauma. Nearly every event that transpires in one’s life is invariably stored in and by the subconscious mind – and these unresolved events from the past do cause issues in the present life, manifesting themselves as health issues.

Healing oneself is a very significant essential – not only for the sake of one’s own progress mentally and physically, but also for the greater benefit of communal living. The world has seen so many kinds of trauma at different points of time. Take for instance, the Holocaust. Europe had a community of pain, trauma and agony to rise out of after the Second World War. How has a whole continent that was crippled with such horrific crimes, evolved out of the cadaver of conflict, to become one of the strongest powers in the world? The key to their being able to evolve beyond the communally shared pain and trauma is their ability to acknowledge, learn and let go.

Let’s take a simple example in life. You have a rather shabby wall before you and you want to paint it. But you find that this wall has an uneven surface: there are a couple of chipped bricks, there are a few nails driven into the wall, and the plaster that’s been used so far is peeling in places. What do you do to beautify it? If you just took up a bucket of paint and sloshed it across the wall, you might not get a smooth, clean and complete finish. There will be pits and scars and unresolved bumps in the wall. But if you chose to clean it up before you painted it: say, by removing the peeling plaster, taking out the nails, evening out the surface and finally painting on it – your wall will be far better than it would have been otherwise.

Our bodies and minds are quite like this. Almost all events we have seen and experienced in life have affected us in one way or the other – and they are stored by our subconscious mind. These unresolved events from the past will continue to cause issues in our present life by eating into our mental and physical health. To get over this, healing has to occur on three levels: the Mental, the Emotional and the Physical levels.

Healthcare, as most people think, is often associated with Public Health – hospitals and medicines. But it should not be so confined in its scope. Healthcare is wide enough to encompass within its scope, the healing of an individual in mind, body and spirit. Governments that emerge from war-torn countries, governments that evolve from communities of trauma, pain and suffering – need to be careful enough to address the pained communities. People carry the memories of events for life, not knowing how to release them. They should be helped to release the negative feelings inside of them to improve the quality of their lives. The acceptance and release of an incident and its memory constitute a rather important part in healing.

Transitional Justice takes a leaf out of this book. It’s time that all Justice encompasses the same values.

Gita Jayakumar is an alternative healer and a fitness expert. She combines metaphysical healing and physical exercise to offer comprehensive and wholesome healthcare solutions for mind, body and soul.