What is Healing?
What is Healing?

Aviv Shahar with Lonny Jarrett and Alexander Love

May 25, 2023

Imagine a process of healing that is powerful enough to restore wellbeing and transform a life, a family, a community with just a one-degree shift in perception or attention; a state of health and wholeness not defined by medicine or ecology, culture or location.

In a time of cultural and environmental upheaval, the natural and regenerative paths to relief of anxiety, pain, and a sense of separation offer us deeper awareness of the true nature of healing — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. A healthy and balanced mind and body can be the natural outcome of a life rooted in the understanding that wholeness and healing are a human birthright, inherent in our design and purpose.

The transforming perception of our natural integration and potential can be the journey of a lifetime, or it can happen in a single moment.

In this conversation, Aviv Shahar is joined by two practitioners with extensive experience in the process of restoration, wholeness, and healing:  Lonny Jarrett, author, scholar, and teacher of East Asian medicine who has practiced acupuncture and herbology for more than 40 years, and Alexander Love, an acupuncturist, life coach, and cranial-sacral therapist, who brings a unique integration of modalities.

Lonny and Alexander discuss their understanding and life-long experience with the healing process, including personal stories of trauma and regeneration. Among their insights:

  • The main medicine the world needs now is to transcend ego and recognize our dependent arising, our intimate relationship with each other, and the biosphere in all things.
  • We are trained from the youngest age to take everything personally, to know ourselves as separate individuals, in denial of the subtle spiritual dimensions of experience.
  • We have a choice. It doesn't start with waiting for the other person; it starts with me. Maybe I get a little curious instead of self-righteous. Healing is an act of inquiry; it’s being present.
  • How do we unfold the past in a way that is vibrant, awake, and full so the virtues and wisdom within those experiences of pain can inform our life today and become fertile ground?
  • Each person is a portal into the one conscious. When we make a choice for the truth, even in the face of our own conditioning, it's the cosmos evolving.
  • It’s an emergent process where everything frozen in time is released into the currency of this moment now; as if working with one person is working with the entire system, and potentially the whole world.

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As much as a person has suffered, none of their suffering is more compelling than their potential and that potential is right here and right now. It is also absolutely uncynical that, as much as their suffering has been, the best part of them, right now, is free from it, right here and right now. I know it with absolute conviction.

Lonny Jarrett

Lonny Jarrett

Lonny Jarrett

Lonny Jarrett is recognized worldwide as a leading practitioner, author, scholar, and teacher of East Asian medicine. He has been practicing Acupuncture and Herbology and been teaching about the inner traditions of Chinese medicine for more than 40 years. He is the author of three books on Chinese medicine. 

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Alexander Love

Alexander Love

Twenty years ago, my father was murdered. This thrust me into a journey of exploring the heart of human suffering and how it is that you and I heal. I wondered, does pain have a purpose? And if so, what is it?

Over the last two decades, I have held this question while working with individuals and groups as a developmental coach, shadow resolution practitioner and acupuncturist. I have found time and time again that pain does indeed have a purpose. It is the brilliant treasure which allows fragmentation to discover its wholeness. Through embracing pain, human beings step through a doorway into deep fulfillment, purpose and meaning.

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Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.

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