Finding a unique and valuable family treasure lurking around the home, or tucked away in a forgotten drawer, is something many of us apparently hope for. Testament to this, is seen in the popularity of the BBC’s long running television program the Antiques Roadshow. Started in 1979, the show is now in its 35th series, and is watched around the world – including here in Australia.
Learning that you have an exceptional item in your keeping, is obviously a thrilling moment for a proud owner. Even for a humble TV viewer like me, there’s a certain delight in viewing some glorious, never-before-seen object. Sometimes it takes your breath away. Yet this kind of breathtaking excitement is not limited to finding a precious family heirloom. There’s more to uniqueness than meets the eye.
Think about the moment when a person comes up with an unusually brilliant idea – one that eventually goes on to revolutionize or improve the way people live their lives. Imagine the exhilaration he or she must feel when uncovering that gem of a thought. It’s not too big a leap to contemplate.
Uniqueness isn’t restricted to certain fields of endeavour or to particular people. The ability to take hold of an outstanding idea, is a mental-treasure that lies within each of us. It’s a quality of thought – a bright idea, an original flash of inspiration that lies dormant waiting for the moment of discovery.
That burst of spontaneity may lead to a better way to do things at home, school or work. It could even unearth an idea for how to obtain freedom from some physical ailment. After all, there are many unique approaches that can be taken to achieve good health. One such mind-changing approach unexpectedly presented itself to me when I was a young piano student.
While studying at the Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne, I had many warts over my fingers. They looked hideous. I was also afraid of them. They kept on multiplying. My parents had me try all the known remedies of the day to get rid of them. Nothing worked. Then a radical approach to the problem was given to me in the way of a book on spiritual healing.
The author’s unique presentation of prayer-based, mind-body-spirit ideas, turned out to be a “light bulb” moment for me. I recognized the power of the ideas to free me from the fear of the unsightly growths. Instinctively, I responded to what seemed at the time to be a revolutionary way to achieve healing. The result of grasping this mental process, was that the fear left me. With the fear gone, the warts followed suit. Voila, clean hands.
This distinctive, far-reaching way of thinking about health and wellness, was a life-changer. While my experience may seem surprising at first glance, current research is uncovering known benefits from adopting meditation or prayer into daily health practices.
In outlining the role of spirituality in health care, the University of Maryland Medical Centre states, “In most healing traditions and through generations of healers in the early beginnings of Western medicine, concerns of the body and spirit were intertwined. But with the coming of the scientific revolution and the enlightenment, these considerations were removed from the medical system. Today, however, a growing number of studies reveal that spirituality may play a bigger role in the healing process than the medical community previously thought.”
The uniqueness that spirituality can bring to the health-table could lead to greatness – great ideas for improving health standards, great opportunities to help an individual live a healthier life. While some people may think that they don’t have the capacity for comprehending a ground-breaking thought, or that it’s too deeply buried to find its way to the surface, they needn’t worry. That ability is there. Every person has the potential to uncover a valuable health-idea, and follow the instinct that’s telling them that maybe, just maybe, they’ve found a unique way to achieve good health.