Healing Your Life
We have entered a new era in medicine. There is a shift of empowerment as we begin to take control over our own health and healing. The old paradigm looked at the human body as a machine; separate from the mind and spirit. The new paradigm sees the body as it is, interconnected; the mind, body, and spirit being one.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his/her patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
From the moment we are born we’re programmed to rely on outside influences for our healing. Conventional medicine has been frightfully inadequate. For how can one ever expect to be healed if they are not taught to care for themselves? Drugs given to mask symptoms do not address malnutrition or toxicity. This path of healing only creates more illness as other symptoms manifest. The existing health crisis has been an awakening
for many people. We are beginning to understand that in order to heal ourselves we must tap into the incredible pharmacy within us and utilize the vast array of time-tested healing modalities that are available.
There are many things you can do to facilitate your healing. The foundation of vibrant health is diet and lifestyle. A healthy diet and lifestyle leads to a more stable physiology. It is quite evident from countless studies that a daily intake of fruits (20%) and vegetables (70%) provide the body with optimal protection from heart disease, various cancers and all diseases in general caused by malnutrition. Organically grown produce is best as it is what nature (God) intended for us. Avoiding processed foods, will not only help you feel better, but will protect you from accelerated aging and illness!
Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. She exists for no other end. Do not resist. With the least inclination to be well, we should not be sick.”
As in all areas of life, the key is moderation. The importance of water cannot be overstated. It is our lifeline to survival. Water is needed for the healthy function of all your 100 plus trillion cells. Besides being crucial for every bodily process, it flushes toxins from the body. Toxins that might otherwise manifest into a “dis-ease” such as gall stones or bladder infection. Drinking an adequate amount of water each day has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 79%. 8 to10 8oz. glasses of pure water each day is the minimum requirement for most people, however, consuming caffeine will increase the body’s requirement even more. As a general rule, one should drink 2 glasses of water for every 8 oz. of coffee or caffeinated beverage. This may seem excessive at first, but consider this, the body is approximately 70 to 80% water. Also one of the main reasons for dementia (the deterioration of mental faculties) is lack of water. Keeping a constant source nearby (such as a personal drinking container) will help you to remember to drink your quota for each day. It is very important to note that caffeine depletes the body’s supply of vitamin C, and the B vitamins. In your body’s desperate attempt to keep from being acidic, it will pull calcium from your bones and the result, osteoporosis, may result. For further information and documented research please peruse Caffeine Blues.
This new paradigm, or way of thinking suggests that we develop illness as a result of traumatic events in our childhood. This trauma is embedded in every cell of our body, particularly the heart space. Think of moments of sadness. Where is the pain felt? In the heart. When we shift from the perception of our body as a mindless machine, to a body that is part of nature/God, with incredible healing powers, a body that is the keeper of our incredible spirits, we will “know” how truly miraculous we are. Then our healing begins…
When we encounter a persistent illness we can look within ourselves and ask,
“Do I want to be healthy?”
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Perhaps we stay ill because we have a need to be nurtured and that need is not being met? Some studies suggest women develop breast cancer as a result of inadequate nurturing. We as women have traditionally been the caretakers of others. With work, home, and family, we are often hard pressed to find time for ourselves. We cannot do it all. There is an African saying, “It takes a whole village to raise a child."
Life can be quite formidable at times. There are ways of making it easier and enjoyable, as it should be. In A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson teaches us how we can each become miracle workers by accepting ourselves and others.
There are many ways you can change your programming and learn to accept yourself as a viable human being, worthy of love and all of the Universe’s blessings/God’s love.
Commune with nature daily
The beauty that nature holds has a calming effect on the human psyche. Its wonders hold a reflection of all that dwells within us. Read poems or books of nature. Walt Whitman’s, Leaves of Grass for instance, is a marvel. Nature has the ability to lift the spirits and to inspire (the word inspire actually comes from the word spirit). Create peace in your life by creating a calm and serene place to retreat to.
Although once considered esoteric- intended for only a few or not publicly disclosed- the benefits of this ancient healing method have been extensively studied. Meditation is not some mysterious notion or idea, it is rather a calming of the ego (mind chatter) so that your spirit can come through. Visit our articles on meditation.
Keep a journal
Journal writing can and has been proven to be very therapeutic. You don’t have to write in a fancy book. A simple notebook will do. Grammar and spelling do not matter either. It’s for you to read. The main thing is to write your thoughts down. It is a good way to deal with grief, conflict with family members or traumatic events of the past.
Read positive affirmations daily
These help to keep the positive energy flowing. It is very true that what you give out, you get back. If you are having problems in your life with a friend, co-worker, or a family member, look at your thoughts. It may seem as though it’s the other person’s “fault”, when in actuality it is our own defensiveness and negative energy going out to that person and coming back to us.
Take a news fast
The media can be very damaging to the spirit. So much of what we hear and read is negative. When you put negative thoughts on some situation or someone, you are just adding to the problem, not solving it. Try praying instead. It can work miracles.
Breathing comes so natural to us that most of the time we are unaware of it. Breathe deep, down into your lungs. When you feel stressed, deep breathing will calm you as it stimulates the relaxation response. Breathing shallowly (at the top of the lungs), stimulates the stress response. This response is built into our DNA to help us in times of crisis (the commonly known “fight or flight mechanism) which is fine if there is danger, but inappropriate at other times. Keep in mind that caffeine releases stress hormones throughout the body, keeping it in a constant state of “fight or flight”.
It seems that when we are in our 20’s, we are searching for answers to questions we are not even sure of. Looking outward to other people and things (material objects). In our 30’s and 40’s, it is pretty much the same. If we are fortunate, we have a paradigm shift. Often our awakening comes when we suffer from a major illness or the loss of someone dear. Some event in our lives creates a shift in our awareness, our perception of who we are changes. We receive messages that give us clues to who we are and that we are indeed here for a purpose and we must continue to seek that purpose. We may not know what that purpose is or where we are going, but we must have faith that we are headed in the right direction. And that everything is as it should be… Life may not seem so perfect all the time, but we must remember we are on a spiritual path of growth and healing. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
In “Manifest Your Destiny”, Dr. Wayne Dyer speaks of freewill. He says we have a choice. A choice to be happy or unhappy. We may think others are manipulating our lives when in fact
we are the sole orchestrators
of our lives. Everything we do, every thought, and every action, has brought us to this moment. The here and now. This moment is all we have.
Good health is a journey, not a destination. We must make a conscious effort to treat ourselves well, for only then will we treat others well. Forgive those who have hurt us in the past. Whether it be from neglect, abuse, or indifference. When we forgive others we will forgive ourselves and heal from our wounds, our past trauma. Then, and only then, will we be truly free, free to love ourselves and each other.
When love orchestrates the world,
peace is its music.
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