Alternative Beliefs: A Complete Beginner's Guide

Alternative Beliefs: A Complete Beginner's Guide

Alternative Beliefs: A complete beginner's guide
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What does it mean to have an alternative belief? We could define a belief as a judgment or an evaluation one makes about the world, about others, or themselves.

Some beliefs are based on facts while others on suppositions. Alternative beliefs would be any belief that strays from the mainstream culture or community.

Alternative beliefs cover a wide range of territory, but for this post, I will talk about alternative beliefs as they pertain to mind-body healing and the spiritual world.

Alternative beliefs offer you a new perspective and a fresh eye. They allow you to look inside yourself for the answers you need. Historically, alternative beliefs have been around for hundreds of years, going all the way back to ancient Greece and Egypt.

The Egyptians used ‘sleep temples’ to induce a state of trance, and that was their form of a modern doctor. The Egyptians knew that the mind and body were inextricably linked, and they used the power of the mind to help heal the body.

The Greeks also used healing shrines, which were based on the same principle as the sleep temples. Many modern-day therapies and rituals are based upon beliefs that go back for centuries, so there is a lot of history behind the alternative belief genre.

Therapies, such as acupuncture and acupressure, are based on the concept of energetic touch, and many healing modalities use similar concepts. When you look at something like alternative beliefs, you really see that they are all based on the same principle: That the mind can heal the body.

There are hundreds of alternative therapies that can help you overcome illness and relieve pain, and many of them work as well as, if not better, than the most powerful medicines in the world.

Many people use complementary and alternative medicine in pursuit of good health and well-being, and in fact, the number of practitioners grows exponentially every year.

A Brief Guide To Alternative Beliefs/Therapies

There are many categories of alternative beliefs, but there are some general themes one can follow. Mind and body medicine focus on the interactions of the brain, mind, body and behaviour with the idea that the mind can affect physical functioning and promote health.

  • Techniques such as meditation, yoga, hypnotherapy, deep breathing and even guided imagery all work on the same principle: using the power of the mind to help heal the body. 

  • Traditional Chinese therapies, such as acupuncture and acupressure, are based on the theory of correcting imbalances in the life force energy or Chi. Both therapies help the body self-correct by channelling a continuous flow of energy throughout the body. 

  • Energy Medicine is also based on this principle with therapies, such as Quantum Touch Healing and Reiki, using the energy in one’s body to elicit healing. 

  • Chakra healing is based upon a similar principle, which is to help the body self-correct by working with one’s chakras, which are in the ethereal body, as opposed to the physical body. 

  • Therapies, such as reflexology, massage therapy, and even chiropractic, are based upon natural healing methods that work through the application of pressure on one’s body to certain points that correspond to different organs and systems of the body. 

  • Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine are based on whole-body-system healing, which is based on the idea of integrating and balancing the mind, body and spirit in order to prevent illness and promote wellness. 

The main premise behind alternative beliefs is empowerment when it really comes down to it because no matter what kind of belief you are talking about, they are all based on the idea of using something outside the mainstream culture to heal the mind, the body and the spirit.

It’s What It Means To You

Spiritually, alternative beliefs encompass many things, and spirituality means something different for everyone. For some, it means organised religion; while to others, it means meditation, quiet reflection, or even praying to religious deities like Shiva or Buddha.

Alternative beliefs can help you tap into your spirituality by helping you connect to a higher power. Some believe that this higher power is within, while others are more comfortable attending a formal worship service.

Shamanistic practices, such as folk healing, help one enter an altered state of consciousness; while other practices, such as Divination and Dream Interpretation, also help people tap into that higher power.

Spirituality also helps people explore things like karma, destiny and the concept of free will, which are all fascinating and interesting. Whether you are attempting to contact guides and angels or are trying to develop your psychic intuition does not matter, because these methods lead to the same thing: empowerment and enlightenment.

The beauty of alternative methods is that you are free to explore and use your creative mind. There are no rules, only guidelines. You don’t need to attend a service or share your dream with anyone, and you can explore anything you like to your heart’s content.

A Closed Mind Is Your Loss

Some people believe, or shall I say don’t believe, that alternative therapies have no merit, but in the end that does not matter because what is important is that you believe. When you allow your mind to travel, you never know where it might go, and it might surprise you at what you find if you allow your spirit to explore.

Together, we explore ancient practices and healing modalities that people have used for hundreds of years. Like unearthing a treasure, you never know what you might find.

When you are open to the concept that anything is possible, the impossible becomes possible. Welcome to the age of enlightenment.

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