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At first blush, this principle appears to be simply an extension of principle #5: the ultimate responsibility for change rests with the client. And these two are indeed inextricably related: the next logical step from a client deciding they want healing is the understanding that while the Synergist can help, they ultimately have to do the healing themselves.

We know that our bodies have immune systems – miraculous symphonies of cells and plasma and clotting factors that orchestrate themselves to fight illness and heal injury. At times, though, our immune systems don’t function properly, aren’t strong enough, or overreact to environmental factors that would ordinarily be harmless.

Strengthening our immune systems is a complicated affair, a delicate balance of diet, exercise, age, exposure to pathogens and allergens, and at times, drugs. But more and more studies also show that our emotional states also can have a profound effect on our capacity for self-healing. In one study, levels of salivary immunoglobulin A were significantly raised for up to an hour after experiencing feelings of care and compassion. Experiences of anger and frustration, on the other hand, tended to depress levels of the antibody for the following 6 hours. Other studies show that the less ownership we feel over a part of our bodies, the more susceptible it is to allergic reaction; that positive and negative beliefs can have effects on our physical health; and that experiencing gratitude makes you take better care of yourself. The degree to which our minds, bodies, and emotions profoundly affect each other is becoming more and more well-understood.

One of our jobs as Synergists is to help our clients tap into their innate healing – and self-regulating – abilities. Often, when clients have experienced traumatic events or other injuries of the body, mind and spirit, their systems go into overdrive: bodies reject certain foods or other substances; minds spiral into depressive cycles or defensive anger and resentment; emotional responses become magnified and inappropriate to situations. In Synergy sessions, clients can have the opportunity to experience emotions fully in a contained environment, to practice regulation of overwhelming emotions, or to “try on” different possibilities for themselves. The overriding principle is that ultimately, a person can re-learn something that is their birthright – the capacity for self-regulation and self-healing.

This is not to say that healing cannot come from without, or that medicines have no effect and everything depends on the client. The last thing I want to do here is to blame people for their own difficulties and illnesses. But the great gift of this work is helping people to know how they can look within themselves to assist in their own growth, development, and repair.

Next: The body’s energy field and life force exist and can be sensed. I know. Bear with me.

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