You Hold the Keys to Your Healing

by Nelie C. Johnson, MD
Source: Health Action, Fall 2011

Do you want to know how you can get better--or even prevent disease?

Then you need to look at disease and illness differently. If you continue to see disease as a physical affliction, as something gone wrong physically, then you will be limiting your choices and limiting your chances to get well.

We are more than our physical body. We are thoughts, beliefs, emotions, memories and conditioning from our upbringing, family traditions and culture. Plus, we have a spiritual nature. If we regard illness or disease as a physical problem, we are disregarding the wholeness of who we are. We have to look at our total selves and at the emotional context of our lives and our life experience.

The reality of our life is not what is happening to us physically but rather what is happening to us emotionally, of which we are not fully aware. It is the story that we are unconsciously telling ourselves in the background that determines our reactions and shows up in our conscious life experience--emotionally, mentally and physically.

Let me use the iceberg as an analogy. The tip of the iceberg represents what is visible and what you are conscious of--the physical body and your conscious mind. However, the 90 percent of the iceberg that is submerged and not visible represents your unconscious mind--thoughts, emotionsand beliefs of which you are not aware. It is the bulk of the iceberg under the water that determines the direction it will go in the current, not the tip.

In other words, what you are not conscious of controls you. What you become aware of can change you. Awareness is the key to healing.

What is disease?
From the experience and research of doctors, psychologists and others over the past 30 years or more, it has become clear that disease represents a biological response of the brain to contain stress energy and that there is a stress energy profile in the background of all illness and disease.

Every disease is the outcome or mirror of a specific core emotional stress or conflict. In other words, disease has a meaning. Its purpose is to manage stress energy.

Colds, infections (like bladder infections and genital herpes), migraine headaches are the result of cycles of a specific emotional stress and the release of that stress. Cancer is the result of either a period of prolonged, severe stress or sudden, unexpected severe stress. The severity of the disease is determined by the intensity or severity of the stress.

How can you heal?
You heal disease when you clear the cause by identifying and releasing the associated pattern of stress. When you clear the stress energy, you pull the plug on the disease and it has no reason for being. The body can heal itself when there is no emotional block in the way, including your own fears.

However, until you clear the stress pattern, the disease continues and you need the support of medical treatment and other therapies. Be sure to work closely with your doctors and continue medical treatments for as long as they are needed.

The question to ask yourself is not only "what can this therapy or treatment do for me?" but "what can I do for myself?" and "what do I need to know about myself and how I lived my life and how I am reacting unconsciously?"

Continue working with your doctors and contribute all you can by doing the emotional work. You will naturally find that your medical treatments will be more effective and the need for them will be reduced.

Process of healing
All of us our own healers. However, most of us need outside help to effectively navigate our personal story for we are blind to what is unconscious in us. I have a process to guide you which can be adapted to your individual needs.

The basic stages for the process of healing are:

1. Know that disease or illness is not your fault nor the fault of others, but rather the automatic survival response of your brain. Realize that you can uncover the unconscious pattern and take responsibility to do so. When you do, you give yourself the power to change your life.

2. Identify the stress pattern that is a substantial part of the cause of the disease, illness or "dis-ease," the latter of which is the disturbance of ease in your life, or mental or emotional upset (the process works for all of it and can be a preventive strategy as well).

3. Release and let go the stress pattern. By doing so you dissolve the stress energy that prevents the body from healing itself. There are several ways to bring about release, a shift in perspective and the way you view a situation. The event or situation has not changed but how you perceive and react to it has.

When you go after the root cause of disease or "dis-ease" you open up possibilities of deep healing. The rewards you might experience are:
unburdening yourself of emotional distress, limiting beliefs or a physical condition
finding freshness, energy and vitality in your life
creating your life in the moment rather than reacting an unconscious program and replaying the past
experiencing greater ease, calmness and sense of well-being

Take-home message
True life experience does manifest as disease or illness. When you bring awareness to the emotional root cause--to the stress pattern and the associated thoughts and beliefs--you empower yourself to heal your life so you may heal physically.

Whether you have recurrent migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, a weight issue, arthritis, a cancer or an unwanted pattern in your life, it is possible to heal.

Whatever the diagnosis, you do not have to expect the worst. There are solutions. You hold the keys to your healing.

Dr. Nelie C. Johnson has over 30 years of experience as a practising family physician and is an avid seeker to the keys of healing. Although Dr. Johnson is a physician, the views expressed in this article are not those of mainstream western medicine. If you have any illness or disease, be sure to seek medical advice and care.

5 Steps to Support Healing of Major Diseases

1. Adjust your view of disease as much as possible. Think of your body "talking" to you, letting you know that it is responding to a core emotional stress or conflict, and is helping you by storing the stress energy in the physical body, so that you live as well as possible, so that you can survive.

2. Be curious about your core issue (the underlying emotional story) and begin to be aware of the situations that bother or upset you the most. In other words, notice what pushes your buttons the most. Notice, too, when you go flat, get down or sad. Get to know yourself.

3. When your buttons get pushed, rather than push back with anger and irritation, ask yourself, "What is really getting to me? What is my anger? What are my deeper feelings and inner dialogue about this?" Getting upset is an opportunity to get to know yourself.

4. Begin a journal of your experiences and insights.

5. Get support to help you uncover key aspects of your emotional story. Participate in a workshop or arrange private sessions. Most of us need outside help, for we are blind to what is unconscious in us.

- Nelie C. Johnson, MD
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