I have forwarded this entry from one of the site I've joined....The Self-Healing Coach. It really hits home and is SO true to my illness. I have to say I LOVE this women! She is my inspiration! This is my new way of thinking a BIGGER and BETTER ME!!
The “Think Big” Uprising
Posted: 02 Feb 2010 09:01 PM PST
Which drug should I choose to manage my MS? (That’s a question from someone who’s thinking small.) When are they going to come up with a cure? (Another question from someone thinking small.)
I read versions of these questions every day from people with MS all over the country and the world. And to them I say: If being healthy is what you want, you’re thinking too small. It’s time to Think Bigger.
What does it mean to think big about MS?
It means that what we deem possible for our health must go beyond the limitations set by Western Medicine. In our culture, Western Medicine is our religion and our doctors are our shaman. We invest immeasurable authority in them, giving them the power to hex us with a death sentence, or conversely, praying to them to cure us. But when we give up our power like this, we are denying our ultimate responsibility to care for our own bodies and play an active role in our healing process. When we give up our power like this we forget that Western Medicine is just one model of thinking, it’s not reality.
Western Medicine seeks to eliminate symptoms of disease primarily with the use of pharmaceutical drugs. It views the various systems of the body as distinct and separate from each other. It’s only now sorta kinda beginning to recognize the profound connection between the body and the mind. Western Medicine does not concern itself with detoxifying, balancing, and strengthening the body. It’s a useful model – an invaluable one – in certain areas like trauma, injury, and acute infection, to name a few. But it is a limited model, especially so in it’s ability to treat chronic illness, and when we believe blindly in it, we allow all other possibilities for healing outside of this model to fade to gray. The rules of Western Medicine’s reality become our rules, and with an illness like MS, which is said to be “incurable”, this blind faith keeps us from believing that getting well is even possible. What could be smaller thinking that that?
So how can we begin to think bigger?
Step 1: Commit: Your new mantra should go something like this: I commit to healing and being healthy. I commit to the stubborn, irreversible decision that I will heal, no matter who tells me it’s impossible. I commit to healing no matter how badly I may feel in any given moment. I commit to healing no matter how slow my progress toward health may seem. I commit to this state of endless possibility. I hold this commitment to myself sacred and I commit to doing whatever it takes to achieve my outcome.
Step 2: Become Singular: If you truly want to get healthy, then you must make everything in your life equal healing and everything else must be subservient to that. If you’re stressed about something, ask yourself what it is teaching you about being healthy, despite seemingly doing the opposite? If you want to get well, you need to constantly re-frame everything in your life to equal healing, and you must put your health first. Think your kids come first? Think your job comes first? You won’t be able to take care of your children or work if you’re sick. This may seem blasphemous to you as you read this. If so, I bet you’ve spent your entire life putting other people’s needs ahead of your own. And getting “selfish” is going to be the healthiest – and likely the most profound – thing you can do.
Step 3: Develop your health category: For most people with chronic illness, their definition of health is being without the symptoms of disease. But this is thinking small. If you want to think big, you need to grow your definition of health bigger. You need to have the greatest appreciation of health than anyone you know. You need to have a vivid vision of what health looks like. You need to spend time imagining the feeling of health in your body. When was the last time you remember feeling vibrantly, robustly healthy? Go back there. Revisit it, run it through your body, feel it again, refamiliarize yourself with that feeling. Spend a lot of time here. Remember, you have a huge category in your mind for disease. If you want to get well, you need to create an equal and opposite category for health.
Step 4: Take Action: Another mantra: I will look beyond the boundaries of the standard Western Medicine treatment for MS, searching for any healing modality that I believe could assist me in achieving health. I will explore all options I can find with the dedication and fervor of someone who believes the word impossible is a synonym for challenge. If you haven’t yet watched the David Blaine video I recently posted, watch it now. Use it as inspiration. Blaine is a man who doesn’t believe in the word “impossible”. Neither should you.
Experiment, Revise, Repeat: It took you many, many years to develop your illness. It will take time to unwind that and recreate a state of health instead. Be patient, but be persistent. Try as many new treatments as you need to, track your results, revise as needed, and continue exploring until you reach your goal and beyond. With every new treatment I tried, I found something that helped. Sometimes it was one small change, one small addition that made me feel a bit better. But when you stack enough of these on top of each other, you will have tipped the scales in favor of health. Don’t discount anything. Wisdom and healing come from places you don’t always expect, and enough subtle adjustments can lead to massive change. I will be posting soon about all the discoveries I’ve found that have worked for me so far. That’ll be a good springboard to start from. But I’ve just scratched the metaphorical surface. The possibilities are many.
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