Our Self-Healing Mechanism

Cut on kneeThe function of self healing is often overlooked and under appreciated.

How did that cut on your knee heal without you paying any attention to it?
What happened while you slept allowing you to wake up the next morning “feeling all better?”
We all have a self healing mechanism. It is this mechanism that works its “magic” to mend our skin, resolve infections, and get us back to our version of healthy and feeling “good.”
We can learn to be consciously aware of our self healing function. The more space we make for our own healing, the quicker we will return to health. That’s my theory anyway!
Healing colors in body
How I connect to my self healing mechanism. (Try this at home.)
1. First I stretch out a little. Some light movement and gentle stretching helps me settle my mind and avoid future fidgeting.
2. Then I get comfortable – sitting or lying on the floor, the ground, or a couch. Comfortable is the key word.
3. I gently close my eyes and start to literally feel my breath. Then I keep my attention on my breath. When attention drifts away, I bring it back to my breath.
4. Once my mind is really settled onto my breath, I expand my awareness of my breath to each part of my body. This is difficult to explain, but if you practice, you might feel how you can let your attention seep into the different areas of your body – chest, belly, legs, feet, etc. And then you can get more precise and feel into bones, blood, organs, and muscles. I’ve had many adventures wandering through my cells, feeling my breath.  Once in a while, I can feel or sense a cohesive energy behind all of these seemingly separate parts.
5. That cohesive energy feels like my self healing mechanism. Sometimes when I am very quiet, still, and focused I can bring that energy to particular areas for the purpose of healing. It’s no quick fix. I haven’t had any miracle healings. However, I have had relief from muscle tension, spasms, pain, and mental/emotional anguish.
6. It’s not a guarantee, but sometimes it is the only option available – and it’s cheap!
ArrowI’d love to hear about your adventures in self healing. Please scroll down and use the comment box below to share your experiences. Thanks!

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Aniiyah Klock on August 17, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Love how you describe feeling that self healing mechanism. I am grateful to say, I have had miracle healings. And I used the meridian system, breath work, 9 turns, QiGong, and gentle movement. The breath work combined with a few acupoints was and is my go to healer. I am a true believer in miracles!!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on August 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Aniiyah – you are a miracle!

  2. Stephanie Moore on March 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I once was giving a massage/adjustment to a girl who was complaining about her neck. Mind you I only know about massage because my aunt taught me, from the age of 8, what she knows. For some reason when I was centered and was able to feel her energies running through her (or the blockages) I was drawn to her left knee and asked her, “when did you start having problems with your left knee, for how long and what happened to it?” I don’t really know why I just blurted this out but it was a good guess because she told me she did injure her knee months prior and as I let my pressure adjust her spine there was a sensation in me of tingling heat that flowed down into her knee then I had what I define as a block on the back of her knee (she was laying on her stomach. I returned to her upper back area into her shoulders and the right shoulder seemed to have a block now. I slowly circulated the whole arm with pressure from my middle finger into a deep part of her armpit. I felt a release. By this time I was in a full sweat and it was only several minutes I had been working on her. I stretched her and allowed her body to settle before she got up. When she stood she said she felt like she was fuzzy and floating. Upon standing her knee popped kinda loudly and she stretched some more saying how wonderful she felt and how much easier it was to turn her head and raise her arm. I don’t even know what I did or how to define my work on her but I have done this on several occasions. Once I did energy work on one spot on my friends arm where she had a cyst like bump for years. I concentrated, pushing on it in a particular way, surrounding the area while working with a particular piece of jade I had been given from a very spiritual Crow Indian friend of mine. I didn’t know what I was doing, I just did what felt right and unbelievable to me even still…that cyst like spot disappeared and hasn’t resurfaced. Maybe you could tell me what this ability of mine is, why I get so sweaty while doing it and how to build my ability. Thank you.
    Stephanie Moore

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on March 1, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Stephanie,
      It sounds like you are able to connect to your inner wisdom very easily. My guess is that is what is supporting you to find your way and get these results.
      When working in such a deep way with energy it is important to build your understanding of what it happening as well as build your own understanding of your energy and how to keep yourself grounded. Dropping into that “zone of energy and guidance” that you do is a great tool.
      In order to care for yourself I think it is important to have some linear or consciously organized process for understanding your process. That organization can be whatever form of energetic healing you are drawn to: Chinese medicine, Indian (Ayurveda) Native American, Polarity Therapy, Shamanism, etc. There are many well organized traditions of energetic healing that can support your growth as a healer. I encourage to explore these different methods and see which ones draw your attention.

  3. Maria on February 25, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Dear Cindy, thanks a lot, I use sometimes this method of relax, now after your new suggest I will do more my relaxation body and mind..God bless you!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on February 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Hi Maria,
      I’m very happy to know that you are putting this information to such great use – enjoy!

  4. Susan Z on February 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Is it possible to use a similar comfortable / breathe / awareness to help bring healing to a pet as you hold her?

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on February 25, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Hi Susan,
      I think so, yes. Sometimes I sit quietly with a healing – napping cat. I think they appreciate the quiet comfort.
      Give it a try and see what happens.

  5. Kuan Nee on December 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Agree! Sometimes we forget to ask our body, how are you feeling today? Or that part that is aching, why?

  6. Susan on December 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    After following a similar meditation around breath, I then visualize the white light of universal healing energy around me and focus on bringing that energy into my hands. I then place my hands (which get very hot) gently over my liver area or any part that may need some love and healing. I truly believe my body responds in kind and it helps it back to a balanced state.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac. on December 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much for adding your practice – I’m going to give it a try.

  7. Heather on December 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Your posts are always so rich Cindy. I think in our “all too busy society” more people are looking for quick fixes and we have all but forgotten about our capability for self healing. I am always looking for additional ways to help my body stay healthy or when I get sick increase my capacity for self healing. I have definitely found that through Aromatherapy and now with your posts through working with the meridians of the body.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac. on December 20, 2013 at 7:48 am

      I’m glad you are finding what works best for you. It is a large endeavor to listen to ourselves, especially as you point out, when living in such a busy busy busy world!
      Often it takes me more time to remember to go within than it does actually being there!

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