Healing is a two way street–or, sometimes, a freeway. Healing a veterinary patient is a complicated interplay–at the minimum, it’s a triangle. We all know how disastrous those can be in a relationship! But to understand true healing, it’s important to recognize that it involves a complex dynamic. Many times it involves multiple parties, all of whom enter into the project with their own biases, education, emotional involvement, past experience, and, most importantly, expectations.
Let’s explore the dynamics.
First example–a sparrow flies into your picture window and falls to the ground, apparently lifeless. You rush outdoors, gently pick it up and hold it in your hands. Depending on your education/experience you might just hold it for a while, check its chest for a heartbeat, or rush to give it a dose of Rescue Remedy or Aconitum. Assuming you’ve detected a heartbeat, you place the little bird in a small dark container and let it rest for a few minutes while it deals with the effect of the shock from this trauma. In many, if not most, instances, you are surprised to find that, 20 minutes later, when you open the top of your shoebox, there she is looking at you! You take the container outdoors and she flies away!
So what happened? Did you heal her? If nothing else, you saved her from further harm by removing her from possible predators. Then you held her in your hand passing warmth to a body instantly hypothermic from shock and sending healing electrons into its body. (Our head is the positive pole in our body. The extremities–hands and feet– are negative and electron donors). You provided shelter, warmth and a quiet place for her to heal herself!
You also conveyed love, respect, caring, and compassion. Whether she lived or died, she left your care with dignity.
That’s healing in its simplest, most uncomplicated form. It’s good to remember these basic facts as we move into more complex expressions of the science and art of healing.