Excerpt from book Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living Healing Life.
As a boy, I used to wonder why the Monkey god in the Chinese classic story, Journey to the West, did not attempt to use his power to bring his master to the West in one instant. Instead, they had to walk for miles and endure the challenges along their way to the destination. As an adult, I have come to realise that the answer lies in the fact that they were meant to derive spiritual lessons from their journey.
This healing journey is best illustrated by a labyrinth. A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. The labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as a meditation and prayer tool by Christian medieval monks, pilgrims, and today, by the modern spiritual seeker.
Our health journeys will be healing if we go through as though we were in a labyrinth. Essentially, we should not treat health as a one-time fix by looking for quick remedies. Suffering is a call to awakening. We need to find out what we can learn from our sickness, or seek to get well so that we can have more opportunities to love and help others. Without the right mindset, no amount of medicine can help us to live in wholeness.
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Medical Herbalist, MNHAA, MHS (UNE)