While I was growing up, I experienced a personalised relationship with my family physician. He was a calm, patient and wise doctor who I felt very comfortable with. He took care of my healthcare needs right from the time that I was a toddler, right up till my early twenties. All of us in my family looked up to our family physician and completely trusted the medical care he offered to each of us.
As a child, I looked forward to visiting his clinic. The colourful healing potions he stored in huge glass containers fascinated me! I knew that slurping them down would give me relief from whatever was bothering me.
That's all there was to my experience of illness as a child - absolute trust in a doctor who knew his job and also in my body's inherent ability to get better.
Then dawned the era of the internet. A huge body of medical information became freely available to the world. This revolution came with many advantages but also presented one huge disadvantage. With easy access to medical information, more and more people tried to make sense of their symptoms by reading through the internet. Many attempted to self diagnose their ailments. I am guilty of having done so too!
However, soon after I tied the knot with a doctor, I experienced a huge inner shift. I understood that reading medical literature does not make one a doctor just as reading through a flying manual does not make one a pilot. Training to be a doctor requires years of hard work and clinical experience.
Trying to self diagnose can create a false perception of being knowledgeable and boost one's ego. This in turn can cause one to be suspicious of medical professionals and to challenge their expertise on a subject they have spent years mastering. Such an approach can be detrimental to a doctor-patient partnership. It destroys trust and innocence - two significant spiritual qualities to be cultivated by all walking the path of Light.
The challenges that were taking birth in the medical world became even more evident to me once I trained as a Reiki Master Teacher and began offering sessions to clients.
I found that Reiki sessions went extremely well with clients who trusted me and allowed me to do my job. When clients came with rigid pre-conceived ideas and gave me a written script to follow, the energy felt blocked and the sessions didn't go well. With experience, I learnt to recognise potentially 'troublesome clients,' working with whom wouldn't be in their best interest or mine. I decided it wasn't worth my time or effort trying to work with someone who was not ready to let their guard down.
However, as a doctor in the mainstream, my partner does not have that luxury, No matter how troublesome or unreasonable patients may appear, he is obligated to treat them. This is the case with all doctors in the mainstream.
Trust and innocence are two qualities all of us had as children. We may have lost them as a result of harsh and unpleasant experiences we had during our growing up years. We may even feel it is dangerous to have such qualities in a world that seems largely dark, However, it is these very qualities that have the potential to make the world a nicer and happier place.
It is never too late to reclaim the wonderful qualities we may have lost. We aren't children any more but the essence of our inner child is alive in us. Connecting with this essence can help bring our lost sparks back to life. Being trusting and innocent does not mean being gullible. Since darkness also exists in this world, there are times that will call for us to be vigilant. However, more often than not, operating on the wavelengths of trust and innocence can bring a high vibrational quality to our lives and help us shine our inner lights brighter!