I deal with people on a daily basis that are not well. I prefer to say that they are not well versus they are ill or sick. It feels better to me. In my interactions with many of them, I talk about the need to heal yourself and the power that you do have to affect your own healing. Many times, you may feel isolated in your situation of ‘dis-ease’. You may go to many different people who all have different ideas of what is going on with you and you may want to buy into or embrace a diagnosis that they give you or put your utmost faith in a supplement or product that is going to heal you…but at the end of the day you have to heal yourself. You are likely working with a team of sorts, doctors and other health care practitioners and I do absolutely recommend that. But keep in mind, that no matter what your diagnosis is, you are still in your healing journey, on your healing journey. I say when approaching this subject of optimal health or at the other extreme ‘dis-ease’, leave no stone unturned. Bring it to the level of your soul. Viewing things from a spiritual vantage point, can make all the difference.
This may sound like a lot of responsibility and indeed it is, but this statement is not meant to scare or overwhelm you or even frustrate you. The process of ‘healing’ does not often lend itself to moments of instant gratification or illuminating insights. This may happen if you are lucky. Healing is often a battle in the trenches… for a time anyways…There may be a long period of time when you don’t feel well despite the changes you are making with your diet or the inner work you are doing>> perhaps forgiving yourself or others who may have wronged you in the past or even confronting your inner victim. This battle in the trenches is hard work- it is facing yourself to the utmost degree, confronting yourself on so many levels that your head spins. When you are in the trenches, you need hope and trust that things will get better, and they eventually will, even if it is just an inner attitude shift that buoys you from time to time, that you can cling to in the choppy seas. This is a process and there are no markers or measuring sticks that make it all make sense. You have to surrender to the process- you feel out of control, yes. It is natural to feel fear- you are in the unknown.
Healing does not always mean curing. Let’s be clear about that. There are no guarantees in life. You can’t control everything that happens to you- control is an illusion anyways. You can’t guarantee good health by eating all the right foods or being kind to others around you or whatever other behavior you think you must do in order to assure you of good health. It would be nice if it were that simple. Wayne Dyer and Debbie Ford both have cancer after all. Healing can mean facing yourself at the end of the day, facing the despair or hopelessness that has engulfed you leading to this place of dis-ease that you find yourself in right now or it may involve confronting an illness that appears out of the blue with no explanation as to why it has shown up. The question is>> What are you going to do about it? I have been there. I know where you are coming from.
Before this process starts and gets underway, I recommend sitting quietly in your life absorbing what is going on in the present moment with non-attachment to anything; contemplation often happens naturally when you surrender to the present moment and trust the process of your own healing journey. There is an inherent wisdom underneath your dis-ease, there is a part of you that knows how to be well; your job, for now, is to begin to access this well being. How do you access well being? Who are the people that make you feel ‘well’ when they are around? What things are on your well being list? What things make you feel better? Everyone should have a list of things that bring them to a better space of well being- on mine>>music, water, flowers, tea for starters. What are yours? My book ‘Using Illness to Catalyze Self Transformation’ is in the process of being self published right now. Until it comes out, I ask you to sit with these words, and ask any questions of me if you feel so moved. Remember that you are not alone. I am right there with you in the trenches.