Saturday, October 1, 2022
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In 2018, I had some major shifts in my life that revolved around my mental, physical, and emotional health. I talked with all my doctors (primary care physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, rheumatologist, and gynecologist) about getting off all prescriptions and how to begin my self healing journey by choosing my teachers (authors), and internalizing their words into my own life lessons. Over the next five weeks on Saturdays, I will share the highlights of how I learned from many authors how to heal several diseases I was not born with, but developed later in life.
First Year of Self Healing
This first Saturday of October, I will discuss what it took for me to get off meds so that I could feel pain, and start listening to what it was trying to tell me. At my darkest depths dealing with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain/fatigue, I was seeking out books, videos, and meditation apps to help me learn how to heal my body. For the first year, I read, listened, watched, and practiced with the intention to heal myself from the inside out.
Self Healing Resources
Authors w/Many Helpful Books
Movies or Specials by Authors
|Dr. Brene Brown
Dr. Wayne Dyer
|Famous TED Talks, HBO specials
PBS Movies and “The Shift”
“You Can Heal Your Life”
“The Secret” series (2006/2020)
The books helped me to identify my pain as metaphysical causations from years of negative thought patterns, and use positive affirmations to make them go away. I learned breathing and meditation practices with the help of a couple apps. The movies and video specials shared stories of how people who suffer the most are the ones who are able to find peace, love, and joy. I was inspired to do the same, and with the help of my medical doctors, family, and friends, I was able to make the incredible self healing journey with several valuable resources, most of which I will share throughout this month (see table above for the resources that got me started).
First Lesson to Self Healing is LOVE
Self awareness is the key to healing. Healing is finding out who we really are. We are Love.
Everything I researched about healing comes back to those three sentences. First, I made a Google Document of all my dis-eases. Next, I used the book, “Heal Your Body,” by Louise Hay (1982), to find and write down the metaphysical causes. Finally, I would work on one disease at a time stating the positive affirmation associated with the cause, from lack of love, back to love.
Self Awareness Lesson
Now that I had this list, I was able to see a pattern in my causes that were mostly associated with anger, fear, and lack of joy. I put this information in a table to be more self-aware which lack of love had the most dread on me, and it was obviously fear. This first year of self-healing, I chose to work on my anger since the pains were more intense compared to the other two. My doctors did not have to cut out my inflamed carbuncle (family of boils under my right arm), I lowered the inflammation all over my body to reduce pain and swelling in my joints, I gracefully stopped seeing my mental health professionals, and I did not need to go to a dental specialist for my gums to stop bleeding
Who We Really Are Lesson
My self awareness lesson opened my eyes to what ALL of my pains or dis-eases were really just associated with three main issues that were based on one problem, the absence of love. So, I started with one disease at a time, and repeated the positive affirmation associated with the metaphysical causation every time I had a negative thought or pain about it. I started to notice all the affirmations were worded very similarly with love, joy, and safety. That is when I realized we are all made up of those things, but tend to lose track of them over time.
We Are Love Lesson
We are all born perfect in the form of love. We are connected to that source of love from the moment of conception to the last moment we breathe. When we start to lose that connection, our mind develops clogs in our healthy, loving thought process, and dis-eases start to appear. In my experience, when we tap into that source of love, we can heal anything. The affirmations helped me to believe that as each of my diseases began to disappear (with the exception of my genetic disability I was born with, hEDS).
Breath is the most important lesson, as it is the first thing we start with, and the last thing we end with. In the past, when I had panic attacks, I would practice breathing techniques I learned through some meditation apps. They also helped me to slow down my anxious thoughts and watch them dissolve without meaning. One of my favorite breaths lessons is that when you pray, you are talking to Spirit, and when you meditate, Spirit is talking to you. So you see why breaths are so special to me, and this is the main reason behind the name of my B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blog.
What are your favorite self healing references? Please leave a comment below!
To be continued on October 8th…
Hay, L. (1982). Heal your body. Louise Hay, Inc.