Word of Mind, Word of Mouth

Exploring inner sources of illness — and healing

Special to The CambrianApril 19, 2013 

My sons were the kind of kids who were almost never sick or, if they were, it lasted one day or two at most — much to the chagrin of the teachers when it came to my impulsive older son’s case. How can you keep such excitement for learning and self-expression down? I was proud of this fact of health.

Doing massage and now hypnotherapy, I deal with health issues. Some maladies, more obviously than others, stem from deep-seated emotional questions. Others certainly are from lifting too much over one’s head, pulling too many weeds or being hit by a car. However, how we heal may be a different story.

After visiting my sister down south and assessing her living situation and health, looking at my own reoccurring annoyances and coming across certain reading material and presentations recently, I’m more fired up than ever to continue exploring the realm of healing from within. Well, duh, that’s why I started studying hypnosis, to help others access that source within themselves to do just that.

But, this is no quick read. A video LOML and I just watched was an explanation of the Ayahuasca plant by a fellow named Scott Peterson of Refugio Alti Plano in Iquitos, Peru. People come to his destination to heal and grow using shamanistic ritual and this Amazonian vine.

I’m not saying that’s what I’m going to offer, but this statement caught my ear: “Many people have a vested interest in being sick or weak; there’s nothing more frightful than being completely well because then you have to take responsibility for the world around you.”

Indeed, in hypnosis, we often ask what is the person’s secondary gain from whatever the issue is they are dealing with.

A friend loaned me a book by Louise L. Hay, “Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them.” This woman has deduced a list of conditions, likely emotional causes/circumstances and new thought patterns/affirmations — like “Asthma: Smother love. Inability to breathe for one’s self. Feeling stifled. Suppressed crying: It is now safe for me to take charge of my own life. I choose to be free.”

Obviously one is not likely to be miraculously healed of their addictions, hemorrhoids or acne by simply making this statement repeatedly throughout the day. However, I do believe what this book and others are saying is that a mind shift from what we’ve come to expect as the norm is crucial to making any change in our life, whether it’s poverty, being accident-prone or attracting the wrong people into our life, to rashes, cancer or hernias.

Honesty. Desire. Mindfulness. Even when we think we are thinking positively, are we? How deeply? With full abandon? Are we visualizing it with every fiber of our being?

A child is not going to be automatically aware of trauma-related imbalances or know how to automatically shift thought patterns. They just get sick or “misbehave” or have things “happen” to them until their life is back in balance.

As adults, how are your beliefs affecting your life-balance? What are you willing to give up or change?

Dianne Brooke’s column is special to The Cambrian. Email her at tiedi@att.net, or visit her web site at www.ladytiedi.com.

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