Very often one will be diagnosed with an illness such as cancer and will follow through with the typical surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, perhaps lifestyle, environmental and diet changes and maybe even venture into alternative treatments and yet months or years later the cancer returns and the patient is devastated. More than likely the person did not address the underlying issues deep within their core being, deep within their heart. Cancer manifest from emotional pain, hurt, long standing resentments, grief or even retaining what you label as shameful secrets that over time eat away at the body.
I know personally that this can be so. Fourteen years ago I was at that crossroad myself. And for a few years consumed with fear that I may die. It took the re-occurrence of tumor after tumor until finally taking a look inward to see what these tumors were trying to tell me. For me, it was protection. I subconsciously invited these tumors right in to take up residency and then when I would fear their existence in my body I would evict one or two with surgery just to realize that in doing so, I had lost my defense system so therefore I would subconsciously bring in more for protection. A vicious cycle. You see, When those areas of my body were sick and diseased they could be off limits without having to feel any guilt or comply with any expectations that I was uncomfortable with. How convenient when your in an unhealthy relationship. I eventually saw that I was losing the battle and that no amount of cutting into my body was going to heal me. I had to go deeper. I had to confront my feelings, my fears, my unhealthy relationship. I had to say NO to guilt and fear and say YES to me. Then and only then did the healing begin. “Telling your story can be therapeutic too“, I smile as I release and write these words. No more shame, no more hurt.
Very often we bring on illness because it is a safe place for us to be at that time in our life because we are not strong enough to love ourselves and to put ourselves first. we have such busy complex lives to lead taking care of everyone and everything except ourselves and God forbid we take a break when there is so much work to be done and care to be given to others. We instantly feel guilty if we give ourselves a break but…if we are ill, then we have a legitimate excuse to rest and relax. Sad but very true, Right? So therefore we are so extremely fatigued and worn down that we trade off our good health for a guilt-free rest or escape called ILLNESS. Sound familiar?
You often hear of people who travel the world looking for cures and alternatives when given a death sentence by their physician and when mainstream medicine seems to fail them they find that through their long journey and search for healing they are heartbroken and in despair because nothing worked. When infact they searched the world over to cure their body but failed to search within to heal their heart and in wasting so much time on their misdirected travels they had wore their body completely down on the physical level and had not taken time to heal and release the hurts.
There are emotional causes connected to all physical illness such as criticism, rigidity, resentment, anger, worry, grief, envy, insecurity, guilt and non-acceptance. Criticism and judgments cause stiffness and arthritic conditions. Anger causes boils and infections. Resentment festers in the body. Worry ulcerates the body. Guilt punishes and causes pain. Back pain comes from a feeling of lack or not being supported either emotionally or financially or from holding back in giving love or just a feeling that you want to be able say, “Get off my back”. Digestive problems? Ask yourself, “What is it about my life that I just cannot digest”. Colon problems? What are you holding on to and what old issues can you not release or forgive?
I believe that delving deep within oneself is where the healing process truly begins. Although I will add that you must also care for your physical body and nourish your spiritual self as well. utilize lifestyle, diet and environmental changes, detoxifications, and rebuilding processes.
Emotionally, their must be intense self examining, perhaps forgiveness and releasing work to be done and self care, self love, self acceptance and nurturing your soul-self. You must know that YOU have the key to your own health and that we all have incredible healing power.
If you are feeling ill or tired…REST! When you quiet yourself, ask your body what you need to do to heal and then LISTEN! Your body, heart, mind and soul may tell you to change habits, eat healthy, drink more pure water, quit a job you dislike, change careers to something you are passionate about, forgive, leave or repair relationships, seek counseling, smile, laugh, spend time in nature, become honest with yourself, etc…and through these processes always know that when you shine light into the darkness, the darkness will disappear. Choose to become a light for yourself and others. Listen to yourself! Heal yourself! If you are unsure as to where to begin, search out for loving guidance. There are many modalities that are extremely helpful in initiating emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellness. Emotional release therapy, regression therapy, spiritual healing/counseling, reiki or vibrational healing sessions, raindrop therapy, aromatherapy, Bach flower essence, color therapy, crystal healing, gua sha, acupressure, massage, relaxation, visualization, meditation, prayer, centering, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, deep breathing, artisty work, journaling, music and dance therapy, creative releasing techniques, positive affirming, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and for detecting physical health issues live blood and dry layer cell analysis. Not all of these modalities may apply to your personal beliefs but you should utilize those that you are comfortable with and begin your journey today into DISCOVERING WELLNESS.
The contents of this column are solely my beliefs and opinions. All positive comments or constructive criticisms are welcomed and appreciated. That is how we learn. ideas, requests or health concerns on future topics are also welcomed. thank you!