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Fibromyalgia. Cause unknown.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Cause unknown.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Cause unknown.
Migraine Headaches. Cause unknown.
Rheumatoid Arthritis. Cause unknown.
Osteoarthritis. Cause unknown.
Crohn’s and Colitis. Cause unknown.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Cause unknown.
Lupus. Cause unknown.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Cause unknown.
These are just a few of the mystery diseases and syndromes for which traditional medicine cannot tell us what causes the condition or how it can be healed. Someday, their focus on the anatomy, biochemistry and neurology of the physical body may provide enough clues that causes can be identified and treatments arranged. Today, as individuals who have these conditions will tell you, there is a great deal of frustration and traveling from doctor to doctor to doctor to see if anyone has an effective treatment.
Last night at the local fibromyalgia and arthritis support group, I was giving an introduction to EFT and energy therapy. Several of the attendees spoke of the way their doctors had not believed them or had “stolen their hope.” I encouraged them to use EFT on those feelings. And, I also encouraged them to see that there were other options, other doorways into the body’s incredible healing mechanisms that they have not explored yet. If you suffer from one of these conditions, I encourage you to do the same.
You see, there are different ways of looking at the body. Our medical system tends to look at the body as a system of tissues, organs, and biochemicals within a sack of skin and bones. Medicine does a wonderful job when there is a clear cause and effect, such as breaking a bone in an accident or removing an inflamed appendix. Where medicine is weaker, to the point of deep frustration for those with the conditions, is for chronic diseases and syndromes for which there is no clearly defined cause and effect… the mystery diseases.
Yet, some practitioners who specialize in these conditions often notice aspects that their patients have in common. Many have been under chronic, unrelenting stress for a long period of time. Many have physical, emotional, or sexual traumas in their past that still evoke intense feelings when they remember them, even decades later. Are you saying it is all in my HEAD??? No. The pain is real; it is present and palpable within the body/mind. And, there also seems to be a tie-in with emotions and stress.
We do have challenges, though. The emotional and energetic aspects of these conditions are not well understood, and the language of energy therapy is new to almost everyone. Furthermore, traditional medical approaches and therapy do not usually address physioemotional pain effectively, so there is not an established referral network and there is certainly no insurance coverage. With the overall ignorance of energy methods comes understandable skepticism (and even scorn from some). That is changing, slowly, as evidence mounts. In the meantime, it will be up to you to listen to your intuition and decide how best to proceed for your own health and well-being.
So let me ask you a few questions. Try them on, and see how they feel to you.
1) Do you feel that stressful emotions significantly increase your pain and discomfort?
2) Have you experienced trauma, abuse, accidents, or other significantly painful life events that you feel intensely in your body when you remember them vividly?
3) Do you feel constant fear or anxiety in your body—a continual triggering of the fight, flight, or freeze reflex?
4) Is your inner talk mostly worried, fearful, negative, and without hope?
If your answer to one or more of these is YES, then here is what I would propose as a 30-day program to help you get on the road to optimal health.
Use EFT diligently on every negative body sensation, emotional pain, and discomfort you experience for a period of 30 days. Notice how you feel. Use EFT for a few minutes no less than 3-5 times a day.
Neutralize the Physioemotional Pain of The Top 5 Things I Wish Never Happened to Me using EFT
Make a list of everything you wish never happened to you… at any point in your life. It might be a very long list. That’s okay. Then, relax, take a few deep breaths, and ask your intuition: “Which of these events would be the most useful for me to address, that would help improve my energy and the quality of my life?” Circle five of them. Work with a skilled EFT coach (or use EFT on yourself while you talk to your mental health professional) to walk through those five events to harmonize the feelings in body, mind, and spirit. Using the EFT movie technique, this should take 2-5 sessions. (Our Thriving Now Team Membership can help make this affordable). Then just notice how you feel.
Get a Massage a Week
For 30 days, get one massage a week. Ask around for the most vibrantly healthy, happy, safe, gentle, present, capable massage therapist in your region. Drive an hour if you need to! If you like your first session, schedule three more, with the last one being a full hour and a half. There is nothing more helpful for overall well-being than safe, nurturing, therapeutic touch. It can help balance your energy and raise your Good Vibrations to a place where your natural healing powers are re-energized. (I am a professional massage therapist, and I cannot imagine not receiving a massage a week for myself. It is my first scheduling priority as I plan my time. Do get a massage a week for a month, and see what a difference it makes.)
Keep an Appreciation Journal
Appreciation is another powerful way to internally shift our vibration from dis-ease to health. Each morning and every evening, write no less than one thing you appreciate about your body or your life. It must feel true to you! Here are some thoughts:
I appreciate how good my body feels underneath the warm shower.
I appreciate how delicious that apple tasted on my tongue and in my mouth.
I loved that uplifted feeling I felt in my body when I walked out into the sunshine. Thank you body!
I appreciate my eyes for seeing that yellow flower.
I appreciate my ears for hearing that song I love.
I appreciate my hands for feeling the warmth of my friend’s touch.
I appreciate my heart for beating over 86,000 times in the past 24 hours. Thank you heart!
If you have been suffering for a long time… if there are serious imbalances within your body and emotions… the most important steps you take will be those that connect you with better feelings. What we need to do is shift the balance away from suffering and distress towards peace and hopefulness. I know you want to be fully healthy immediately. These steps I propose are designed to help you feel good… for moments in time. And if you can find peace for even a few seconds, and then for a few more seconds, and then for a few more… and you get GOOD at creating those moments of peace… eventually, those moments will become a much greater part of your life experience. You will have long stretches, even hours and days, where you will be thriving.