Body Healing

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“It is our desire to change our dis-ease in life into perfect health.”
Louise Hay, American Motivational Author, 1926 – 2017

In this section, I want to explain how your body reacts to and deals with the aftermath of stress. Whilst you may think that the symptoms and pains you are feeling means you are deteriorating into ill-health, it is the opposite. Your body is actually initiating or is going through the healing process. Stress is usually the trigger to ill-health and possession of this knowledge is power. Understand the symptoms and the timings and you can identify the stress triggers, so as to minimise or eliminate them from your life.

I must highlight that I am not talking about ill-health from cancer, infection or the deadly virus we are encountering now, which can only be eliminated with modern medicine intervention such as chemotherapy, antibiotics and vaccines. I am talking about those minor niggles you get, the minor reoccurring pain, the headaches etc, which will be bought about stress. Those ailments which you can successfully manage at home. Take responsibility for your own health by looking at ill-health from a different perspective, but without discounting medical intervention. This is almost prevention rather than cure by creating a balance between the four main areas of your health:

ENERGETIC HEALTH: This is the physical health; the 70 trillion cells in your body all of which are made up of energy. The Quantum Physics. Energy can not be destroyed, yet can stagnate or change vibration. Keeping the energy flowing in our body is what keeps us healthy. This is the basis on which healers using Reiki, Kinesiology and crystals work. The chakra system works on this basis. Energy flowing through the spinal cord flows to parts of the body from your legs through to your brain. You may want to read two books by Dr Arthur G. O’Malley who has done extrensive research on this subject: “The Art of Bart” and “Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR: A new paradigm for psychotherapy and peak perfomance”.

SOCIAL HEALTH: We are social animals and need to live in groups, peacefully. Loneliness leads to depression and rumination (negative thought cycles) which are all linked to addiction. So you can see how important our social health is to our physical and mental health. Having a purpose in life, which works in harmony with others is crucial.

MENTAL HEALTH: This spans anywhere between the western view of ‘chemical imbalance’ and treating ill mental health with medication, through to the eastern view of ‘mind over matter’ and maintaining it with exercise, mediation and mindfulness. All I can offer here, in my opinion, is that I have experienced both ends of the spectrum and am coping better daily with the eastern mindset.

SPIRITUAL HEALTH: This is not necessarily linked with a specific religion. It is more to do with having an innate sense of self, which is linked to a sense of purpose. Balanced spiritual health is relative to a sense of peace and being in harmony with the world. Buddhists refer to it as inner peace, Christians, a higher power. The route to spiritual health is a highly personal experience and is one which you must find yourself. All I can add here is that I lost my belief in God in 2007, which coincided with my depression. The start of my recovery only began when I miscarried and I prayed to God for my baby’s soul. It was only then that I had a direct communication with the higher power, one I have not lost to this day and one I intend to keep for my continuing good physical and mental health.

WHAT IS BALANCE DIAGRAM

THE STRESS LINK
Stress is a natural response to danger. It causes a chemical reaction within the body, which triggers the immune system to respond. Continued stress trigger causes immune system fatigue in which immunity is suppressed, which inevitably leads to ill-health. During ‘fight, flight or freeze’ as a response to a stress or trauma trigger, the immune system temporarily switches off and creates chemicals of its own.

(For more information read: ‘Stress without Destress’ Hans Selye (1975), ‘Enhancing versus suppressive effect of stress hormone on skin immune function’ Dhabhar & McEwen (1997 & 2001) and ‘The Immune System as a Sensory System’ Maier & Watkins (1998).)

ACUTE STRESS describes a one-off incident which creates an influx of adrenaline, is associated with the present time and is not life-threatening. It can be anything from a near miss in the car or a presentation. Emotional responses to acute stress tend to be depression, anger, irritability or anxiety. Physical symptoms can be back pain, bowel problems, jaw pain or pulled muscles.

EPISODIC ACUTE STRESS is the second type when a person is continually exposed to repeated episodes of acute stress. They may have an extensive to-do list, always in a rush and are late and mindless. This type of stress affects the social aspect of the person; they are snappy and short with people. Continued anxiety leads to negative thinking and worry. They may experience physical symptoms such as chest pain, hypertension, migraines or tension headaches.

CHRONIC STRESS, the third type, is long term stress, where the person is exposed to the same stress over a period of time. It is a real health thief. Whats more, the person may not even know they are struggling with it because they have had it for so long. It can lead to depression, long-term illness or even suicide. Symptoms of chronic stress can be heart disease, type 2 diabetes, infertility, chronic pain, skin problems and high blood pressure.

BEREAVEMENT is the loss of someone close and GRIEF is the emotion that follow the loss, needing significant recovery time. Sadness slows down the metabolism and the chemical released are CORTISOL which is the stress hormone which triggers off the stress reaction. This in turn decrease the effectiveness of the natural killer cells in the immune system, depleting immunity function. Grief becomes depression when the sufferer cannot see the end of the grief and the beginning of a new chapter.

TRAUMA, including P.T.S.D. is associated with lower cortisol production which is just as bad as increased production from stress and grief on the immune system, lowering its function. The body and mind is stuck in a continuing stress cycle and gives similar symptoms as ‘chronic stress’.

By understanding that our emotions and our thoughts play a significant part in ill-health, we can start to heal ourselves. When symptoms arise, we become stressed about them, which in turn affects our immune system, lowering it. And a cycle begins. We have the power to switch from the SYMPATHETIC nervous system dealing with fight and flight to the PARASYMPATHETIC nervous system which calms us down encouraging everyday function of the body. This is the basis of AUTOREGULATION, when the body is in balance, full health and well-being. This is the MIND-BODY INTELLIGENCE. It always wants to return back to balance.

POSITIVE MINDSET V NEGATIVE BIAS
We are made up of cells, which contain energy and energy is all around us. What comes from a higher source is pure. Emotions or rather energy-in-motion are part of a three way self-fulfilling cycle. Emotions affect feelings and thoughts. Thoughts affect emotions and feelings. Feelings affect thoughts and emotions. So imagine if we lived with a positive mindset! We would be in a continuous loop of positivity. Positive energy moving through your cells, organs and body. How healthy would our body be?

But the evolution of any species comes through natural selection, survival of the fittest. So our brains are hot-wired to fear, in order to protect us from a predictor; whether it is a rock or a lion. This is our innate NEGATIVE BIAS and we all do it. Once we know that our mind will always want to go to the negative to keep us alive, we can learn to reel in these misplaced survival instincts. We can learn positive thinking. We can learn mindfulness. We can learn to create a body devoid of negativity which leads to ill-health.

BODY HEALING
In her book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’, Louise Hay talks about how mental patterns create dis-ease in the body. Body Healing is based on the principle of the balance of physical, social, psychological and spiritual health. It aims to trust the MIND-BODY INTELLIGENCE and works on the act of finding an imbalance, assessing it, returning it to full health and maintaining full health. The 10-step principled approach to healing will ensure you are in control of your own health and that you return yourself back to balance, for a healthy and successful life.

1. Symptoms Have Meaning
Rather than sinking into a depression or creating panic thinking you are heading towards illness, trust that your symptoms have meaning. Your body is already recovering, you just need to understand what the trigger was; your symptoms will tell you. It takes practice to gain the knowledge, but it will become easier.

2. Holistic Unity
It is important to you to understand your world is created or co-created by YOU. This is your personal power. Your symptoms are a sign of change in your social environment, or rather , your everyday life. If you unify social environment, your physical body (energy, cells, organs) and you psychological mind (emotions) then you will become self-aware and balanced.

3. Dis-ease
Dis-ease is the loss of balance within your body. It is not serious illness, but a shift in balance to lack of balance. It is a bio-shock or emotional stress which has happened as a result of a stress trigger. This could be an argument, a heavy workload, a car accident or shock. This imbalance is a prelude to disease and the principles are used as a healing mechanism.

4. Healing Cycle
A 5-stage HEALING CYCLE is initiated by the dis-ease or any kind of TRAUMA that sets off the second stage which is a STRESS REACTION. It is here where some symptoms manifest themselves, such as loss of appetite or sleep disruption. Only when the stressor has gone, and the mind is at peace, is REGENERATION TRIGGERED. The fourth stage of actual REGENERATION produces the symptoms we identity as illness, such as fatigue or weakness. HEALING restores the body back to full health and the length of time depends on the severity of illness.

5. Mind-Body Connection
Be aware that your brain and mind interpret emotion, hence deciding whether the stress reaction is triggered. An emotional event will always be the first step of the healing cycle. If we manage our mind, we can become resilient to coping with stress triggers. MINDFULNESS helps in managing the FEELINGS (emotion) and THINKING (logical) part of the brain, bringing these into balance to work with each other, resulting in fewer stress triggers. See Mindfulness.

6. Spiritual Awareness
By becoming spiritually aware, we learn to understand the energy from around us, coming from a greater source, pure and at a higher vibration. Energy slows down as it goes through the seven chakras (energy discs) and also with negative emotion. If we keep our chakras spinning and unblocked then we are able to use this energy throughout our body. See Balancing Your Chakras.

7. Ability to Self-Heal
Self-healing requires SELF-ESTEEM and SELF-BELIEF. Your degree of self-esteem determines whether you have ultimate power over your decisions or someone else does. Self-belief means you believe in your body’s healing ability. Having both will direct your energy towards health, healing and success. This is extremely powerful as having high self-esteem and high self belief will direct your energy towards health, healing and success. Power is transferred back to you to take over looking after your own health. You will listen to your body, know when to heal yourself and when to go to the doctor.

8. Organ Awareness
Acknowledge that symptoms are the start of the healing process but not the start of the problem. Symptoms are your body’s feedback to tell you how well you are doing in the healing cycle. Most often, symptoms originate from organs and have a specific meaning which link back to a stress trigger. See the list of symptoms and from where they originate according to Louise Hay, How to Heal Your Life.

9. Approaches that Help
You can seek treatments to help you with stress and emotional trauma. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness Therapy, Energy Healing Practices, Lifestyle Changes, Nutrition and Exercise. The more skills you have, the more likely you are to find the best approach to health and empowerment.

10. Personal Empowerment
Once you are self-aware and have the knowledge of stress triggers, the healing cycle, symptoms and treatments and resilience, success is achieved. This takes you from trusting other people with your health to being able to read the body via the body and mind connection.

My Anna Vero HEALING Bath & Body Oil, 100ml, may help you. I have blended it especially for balancing the emotions, with Jasmine, Geranium, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Rose Geranium and Lime essential oils in Grapeseed & Avocado Oil.

A fragrance of flowers helps heal you emotionally; whether experiencing depression, grief, trauma, PMS, menopause or when convalescing. I especially formulated for my friend, Julie, who had only just lost her mother and needed comfort.

Massage directly onto the body, use in the shower or pour 3-4 capfuls into a relaxing bath.

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