How to advance your healing journey with the power of nature

How to advance your healing journey with the power of nature

This month I’m talking about healing. In order to heal ourselves, we need to work toward restoring our authentic selves. That means getting back to what we once were, what we were always meant to be. One of the best ways to do that is with the healing power of nature.

You can use nature to heal any part of you: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. The examples I have included here will work for any and all of these aspects of your self.

How to advance your healing journey with the power of nature

Start by reducing or eliminating the unnatural

The most obvious of these would be to reduce or eliminate your consumption of sugar, fat, and chemicals like artificial sweeteners, flavors, and coloring. That would mean giving up drinking soda, packaged treats, and fast food. Because we live in a convenience-driven society, this can be really hard to do! So it may be best for you to just start by cutting down on these things. Read labels and care for your body by making healthy choices about what you put into it.

Fluoride and your pineal gland

The Pineal Gland - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness
Named “pineal” because of its resemblance to a pine cone.

Your pineal gland is found deep within your brain, in the area where your right and left sides are joined. The pineal gland is associated with the 3rd eye chakra and when healthy, helps attain higher states of consciousness, elevates intuition, and aids in enlightenment.

Many studies have found that fluoride causes the calcification of the pineal gland and may also adversely affect brain function, even in small doses. Find out if your city adds the drug fluoride to your tap water. If it does, consider switching to natural spring water or reverse osmosis, the only water treatment process that will remove fluoride.

But it’s not just about what you are eating and drinking. There are artificial things all around you. Reconsider your choices of cleaning products, textiles (clothing, sheets, furniture, etc.), and what is filling the air you breathe. How much plastic do you use?

Make natural choices instead

We live at a time when organic food is readily available and priced only slightly above its pesticide-laden counterparts. Making organic and natural food choices are easier and more affordable than ever, and the payoff is your healthy body, mind, and spirit.

Again, it’s not just about food

  • Why not make your own cleaning products to save money and keep your family and pets safe. This video by Clean My Space has some excellent recipes for DIY cleaners.
  • Consider reusable shopping bags, or just skip the bag altogether if you don’t need it.
  • Tell your server you don’t need a straw (which also helps save the ocean!).
  • Choose natural fabrics and textiles like cotton and hemp.
  • Use soy-based candles with natural scents.

Get outside and experience nature mindfully… anywhere

One of my favorite things to do is take a walk early in the morning when the amount of street noise is at its lowest. There is still dew on the grass and the birds have already begun to sing. It’s so easy to appreciate the natural setting, even if you live in a city area like me. This is usually what Sunday morning is like for me, because the rest of the world is still asleep.

But more often than not, my walk is filled with the sights, smells, and sounds of city life: traffic, sirens from emergency vehicles, lawnmowers, construction, and airplanes overhead. So in this case, I try to be more mindful about my experience. I strive to use my senses to detect the natural elements. It’s not easy, but it’s a 100% conscious decision.

After much practice, I’ve been pretty successful. Now whenever I am out walking in my neighborhood, I make a point to notice natural sounds like birds calling and leaves rustling. When I’m near a tree or bushy area, I take in the scent of the greenery, and if there are flowers I stop to smell them. Visually, I notice not just the plants, but the individual leaves on them, the varying colors, the veins within a tree’s bark. I consciously note the feeling of the sun and the air on my skin.

The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. - W.B. Yeats

The healing power of trees

One of my favorite things to do is to use a tree’s power for healing. You probably know that plants – including trees – take in the CO2 that we exhale and convert it back into oxygen, which we inhale. Similarly, plants can also take in the negative energy that we want to rid ourselves of, and then convert it into clean, positive, healthy energy for us.

When I do a “tree healing” on myself, I simply walk up to the tree and connect with it energetically. I then close my eyes and place my hands on it. The dominant hand gives out energy while the non-dominant hand receives it. So I visualize all the unwanted, negative energies, emotions, and thoughts leaving my energetic body through my dominant right hand, entering the tree’s energetic space. Then I envision the tree transforming that energy to pure, positive, loving light energy, which it then sends back to me through my non-dominant left hand.

This process usually takes no more than 30 seconds or so, but when I’m done it feels amazing. I always make sure I thank the tree for helping me to clear and cleanse my energy.

Bring nature indoors

Having houseplants is literally having living nature in your home. Aside from the fact that they add beauty, they are natural energy cleansers. That means that they’ll help you keep positive energy flowing throughout your space on a continual basis.

I like to use feng shui principles in my home, and plants represent growth and healing. Placing a plant in the corresponding area of the bagua map helps aid the process. Determine your home’s areas by direction, or where each section is in relation to your home’s front entrance.

Feng Shui Bagua Map - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

<– front entrance –>

Using visualization

You can effectively use the power of nature for healing by simply visualizing it. I often use natural imagery when I work with clients under hypnosis. You can also do this during meditation. If you have trouble with visualization, you can find many guided meditations on YouTube with natural imagery. Grounding meditations are especially powerful for connecting with Mother Earth, a natural healer.

How to advance your healing journey with the power of nature

Of course there are many ways to heal, but I wholeheartedly believe that anytime you can involve nature in the process you are going to be better off. Whether you decide to incorporate one or many of the above suggestions is up to you, but regardless I wish you well on your healing journey!


As a Transformational Life Coach and Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, I help people train their brain and break old, unwanted patterns. Book your free consultation and assessment online.

Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

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