?????? My brain cannot parse this title. Maybe it’s the heat. It’s 110F outside at noon. Yesterday it was 114 at 5 pm outside, and 104 inside. Our 5000 BTU GE air conditioner, 4 years old, gave up. Poor thing. It never signed up for Nevada.
I tried replacing it last year. I bought this neat “portable” Norpole a/c which I thought would sit neatly between the front seats and shoot cold air straight through the whole RV. Which it did. It was great until the temp went over 100 degrees, then it shot HOT AIR through the RV. Not helping. After much folderol and bullshit, during which we turned the old GE back on, the company agreed to send me a brand new piece of shit to replace the piece of shit that didn’t work in the first place. Annoyed, I stuck it under the bench/bed in the back of the RV and left it. So last night, with faint hope, I yanked that bastard out and plugged it in. Exactly half an hour later it blew the breaker and when it came back on it blew HOT AIR. Just like the one it replaced. *eyeroll*
Luckily after a nice long break the GE managed to dibble out some slightly cooler air and we made it through the night. This morning a kind neighbor ran us first to the pawn shop where I got $40 for a $300+ dollar Norpole so new it still had tape wrapped around it. I’m just glad to be rid of it. Just taking up space, which is at a premium in our tiny home. Then to (UGH) Walmart to buy a new a/c. Hubby is now installing. We got a 8K BTU this time. Although by the numbers the 5K BTU should have cooled the RV, it never really cooled it much more than ten, fifteen degrees below the outdoors. Which matters when it’s 120F outdoors. So we bought a bigger one – let’s think happy thoughts. We don’t ask for much. We both like it warm, so we keep the house around 80F to 85F anyway. I’m not asking for much…
So, the title. The blog post. Oh yeah. When the a/c quit I blamed myself for making this ambitous plan to blog everyday for a week. I knew something would happen to eat all my days and make me have to give up on that intention. But here I am. Well, my part now is to cheer for the hubby. I think I can do that and blog. So yay me, first off, for trying.
Will healing ever rule the world? Well, first, I think I have to sort out the title. The randomizer asked for five nouns. To me, healing is a noun, but – oh wait – the dictionary online says it IS a noun (also an adjective) and defines the noun as :
- the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.”the gift of healing
Which is pretty much what I mean by “healing”. So it just doesn’t really work in the sentence, “Will _____ ever rule the world?” That’s just all there is to it. Well, that’s okay, I can certainly ramble around the subject and say lots while saying it doesn’t work in the sentence.
I come from a line of matriarchal witches. My maternal great grandmother was of the hedge witch variety. For all her flaws, my mother was a strong advocate of natural healing and home remedies. So I grew up in an atmosphere that did not rush to the medical doctor, or worship them as Gods. In fact, they were viewed with a fairly healthy dose of skepticism. This may seem counterintuitive, but this also created a really huge dose of gratitude when we did run onto an allopathic doctor (that’s the modern M.D. throw a pill at it and make my next BMW payment type) turned out to be an ACTUAL HEALER, which is something quite different.
This is where I insert the rant about medicine FOR PROFIT being a bad thing. When health decisions are based on “how much can we gouge out of the insurance company” as opposed to “what will improve this person’s quality of life, or cure this particular condition” you get different results. When the insurance company – a FOR PROFIT entity – is actually in charge of your treatment (more than once I’ve dealt with a situation where the doctor prescribes something, and insurance refuses to pay for it because THEY don’t think you need it, or they think you should use a less expensive but similar drug – which it sometimes happens, doesn’t work or has horrific side effects), again, decisions are based on cost rather than on healing or quality of life.
And a P.S. about insurance not paying for proven alternative healing treatments, such as marijuana for pain and inflammation and a few thousand other things, chiropractic treatment for pain and other things (yes, I know they finally conceeded that chiropractic care is acceptable for car wreck injuries such as whiplash), herbal cures, etc. so that in the long run only the rich get to have alternative healing that works and the poor can either suffer or…well, suffer.
If I wasn’t woowoo enough yet, I’m going to go one more level of woo woo. I believe your eternal soul chose this planet, and the place and circumstances of it’s next life here based on what it (because english lacks non-gendered pronouns) wanted or needed to experience. To make this nice and easy, countries in this world have “themes”. The U.S.A. is money = power, money = god, profit above all other things. You can reincarnate here to learn about money by being rich, getting rich, or learning how to survive poor in a country that hates you. Among a few million other themes, obviously. So medicine for profit, I don’t see that going away – I see us learning to live with, and sometimes in spite of, that given.
But keep in mind that to me, “medicine” is NOT “healing”.
So there’s that. I was talking about where I was coming from. So I am a big animal lover and among other things I was a Vet Tech. This gave me a reasonably good grounding in allopathic medicine, to go with a good grounding in herbal and other alternative remedies. I have been really blessed and lucky in this life to have the opportunity to learn so many things, and to have some terrific mentors (some were terrific at showing me what I don’t want to be – still good). One of the best was a large animal vet who was a curious and open minded person. In fact, she started me on the path to Paganism, although she isn’t Pagan. She also provided a great example of someone who used BOTH allopathic and alternative medicine based on which one would be best for the situation. This, to me, would be an ideal world for healing – one where healers were knowledgable about all forms of healing, and where experts would work together as a team to give health to any given individual.
The apparent limits to the capacity of the human mind are such that no one, NO ONE can really be a complete expert on everything about the heart, or brain, or reiki, or bones. The human body is a complex wonder of nature. Face it, this whole world is a complex wonder and no one human brain can truly understand it all.
However, the current nature of our allopathic medicine is such that your heart doctor can blithely prescribe a drug for a patient with kidney disease that will destroy what little kidney function he has left, or have some other devastating effect – and his kidney doctor doesn’t find out about it until the damage is done. Two drugs can be prescribed by two different doctors that in combination can cause convulsions and death. I speak from experience and luckily a nurse caught it. (She didn’t SAY anything to us – not allowed – but she slipped me a print out of the information) So we’ve got to work on somehow networking, becoming a team who works together for health. It isn’t all the doctors fault. Did you know that insurance companies expect a doctor to see, diagnose and prescribe for a patient every nine minutes. NINE MINUTES.
So later in my life I also helped a friend go through nursing school. Let me rephrase that. I did ALL of his homework. On top of that I’ve done a great deal of personal study on nutritional healing, herbalism, massage, and in the last decade or so added subliminal and binural music (thank you YouTube), accupressure and reiki to my reprotoire which has neatly combined it’s way into crystals and spellwork from my religion. (This is something us generalists can do that specialists never even encounter) The reason for that has largely been an often desperate effort to find relief for my husband and to keep him as healthy and having the best quality of life that he can given his minimal kidney function. With the help of so many others I won’t list them because I know I’ll leave someone out, he has had a much better and longer life than we ever expected, and still has a good quality of life today – eleven years of dialysis (most dialysis patients die in the first five years). But because of that, much of my knowledge is a bit specialized to the needs of a kidney patient. I can probably help you with an upset tummy, but if you have a major ailment of some other system, the best I have for you is probably some supportive work like reiki, prayers/spellwork, maybe some suggestions for nutrition (which is not taught to doctors in the U.S.A.), or a nudge in the direction of some real healer who can help you. See, even I – the ultimate generalist – am a little bit of a specialist!
And, not bragging, just saying – for someone who is 62 years old, I’m in good health. Not on any medications. Not living with any terrible health conditions. Some of it is taking care of myself, some of it is genetic gifting.
I’m going to try to not add another lengthy rant to this, but I have to give a shout out to legal marijuana also giving hubby considerable relief and improvement of his quality of life. There’s an herbal remedy for you!
So, yeah, health and healing is a big part of my life and always have been. Seriously, I think everyone really could improve their life by learning a modicum about taking care of the body they live in. I understand if it seems too overwhelming and you don’t want to. After all, your big brain might be super busy learning everything about colonizing Mars or something. We all have our path.
So, will healing ever rule the world? No. But I do have to say that it has certainly come to the forefront of many peoples mind’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the pandemic wasn’t what you’d call a good thing, that might be one good result of it. Healing is an important part of life, something you know all too well if you have ever had a life threatening condition, or if you live with serious health issues every day. I think that healing is very uneven across the world, with some countries having far more access to allopathic healing, some having more access to alternative methods, some countries having something approaching that perfect balance of the two, and some countries woefully underserved in many ways, including healing. Healing is just one important part of life on this planet. One of many other important things. Again, this planet is too complex and diverse to say this one thing is most important. You can only say, perhaps, this one thing is most important to me.
Ah, WordPress. I wanted to tag this, and then I wanted to add it to The Covid Transformation category – but I don’t seem to have the ability to do that. I went to another tab trying to find out what exactly I called that Covid category and now it’s all gone, the tags and category part of the editor just went away. I’m going to quit trying to use any form of organization at all. Welcome to my chaos.