June 5, 2021
Welcome to my Health Saturday’s B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blog post. This space I have open to discuss my lifelong battle with the genetic connective tissue disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), type-3: hypermobility (HEDS). I started this health blog in May 2021, and described my lifelong difficulties with falling, breaking bones, bruising easily, temperature control issues, subluxing/dislocating, and mental health issues associated with HEDS. There is no known cure for EDS, only ways to manage it, and depending on the type you have, it is most likely not going to be life-threatening.
Managing My Disability
Throughout the years, I have managed my HEDS with diet and exercise as I mentioned in last month’s blog. I also manage my mental health through strategies that I post on my Self-care Sunday’s B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blog posts. With the help of a combination of specialists such as my doctors, author’s self help books (I review on my Reading Tuesday’s B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blog posts), and energy healers/lightworkers (booking special guest practitioners to interview here), I am going to explore with you several tips on how to heal your own body on my Health Saturday’s B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blog posts.
Who Can Help You Heal Your Body?
We all know that our medical doctors can help us maintain proper health, but the real healing of our pains and diseases comes within. YOU are a source of energy that has the power to heal yourself and others. Start with healing your body by targeting the metaphysical reasons you have dis-eases as discussed in Louise Hay’s book, “Heal Your Body.”(see above) Next, seek out different types of healers who help people heal from the inside out using natural remedies. For the next several weeks, I will dive into each of these nontraditional health practices where I interview special guest practitioners to discuss their art of healing using naturopathy, manual therapy, energy healing, and alternative medicines. Below is a list of 20 naturopathic healing resources you can explore and if you would like to add more, please leave a note in the comments.
- Yoga instructors
- (EFT) Tapping
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Massage therapy
- Meditation guides
- Reiki practitioners
- Chiropractic doctors
- Crystal gemstone healing
- Craniosacral therapy
- Tuning fork vibrational therapy
- Crystal bowl sound healing artist
- Forgiveness therapy or prayer (see below)
Forgiveness is Key
What I have found in my healing journey is that most of my pains and diseases were caused from past traumas, and I needed to forgive and let go in order to heal the physical, mental, and emotional wounds. I took a deep dive into forgiving by writing down a list of everyone who hurt me and who I hurt, pictured that person in front of me, and repeated the following “Ho’oponopono” phrases for forgiving oneself and others:
“Ho’oponopono” (correction) is a Hawaiian prayer practice of forgiveness and reconciliation. Ho’o (to make) and pono (right), and when a word is repeated it doubles the meaning, so it would translate “to make doubly right.” The order the phrases are spoken does not matter.
I found it difficult to forgive some people, so I had to do this a couple times to really make it work (took time for certain pains/diseases to go away). After I was done with this practice, I visualized the person in the palm of my hand and took 11 deep breaths, and on the last breath, I would blow really hard as if making the person fly away. After many months of repeating ho’oponopono, my heart, mind, and body were healed.
This Hawaiian prayer practice came to me from several teachers within the last year, so I made sure to learn it and pass on the knowledge. My heart is lighter and freer to love everything more wholly. My body is no longer inflicted with diseases or pains. I am still managing living with my genetic disability, but I realize that is all part of my purpose, to learn to help others better manage their pains, disorders, and diseases in order to live more fulfilling, loving lives.
Thank you for reading,
Dr. Jaime Brainerd, Ed.D.
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I am not giving any medical advice. My doctorate is in educational leadership and technology. I am a health enthusiast who feels that sharing health-related information I learn about myself might help others heal themselves as my mentor/teacher/favorite author, Louise Hay has taught me. If you have serious health conditions, please consult your primary care physician.