Excellent Health Valued Highly
My body was really trying to tell me something, so I decided I would address my health challenges using intuition. It finally dawned on me that if I wanted to be healthy, I personally had to take charge of my health! I decided to give in and really make myself stay on the gluten-free diet — to not eat bread. It was hard, because I sooooo enjoyed eating bread, but I just finally made up my mind — I had to stop. It was time.
That was 2005. In a very short time, my health had measurably improved. The eczema cleared up. Better yet, I have not had “flu” symptoms since that time.
I had not eaten wheat for about five years by the time I had a dream about wheat. In the dream, I had a crop of wheat growing in my back yard and I was eating bread. So my wellness practitioner suggested I try a little experiment. Eat a little — not even a whole slice, just half — and see how it goes. I figured the dreams might be trying to tell me something, so I listened to the advice. I savoured a half slice of bread with butter and observed myself. Happily, I did not break out in eczema — and I did not get sick with a “flu”. The practitioner reminded me that my body would heal itself if I learned to listen to my inner being. As a result of this little experiment, I am learning to trust my dreams and also learning to be more “intuitive.”
Does Religion Encourage the Use of Intuition?
Being raised in a religious cult did not help me learn to be intuitive. Using my own intuition was greatly forbidden — even considered “demonic” — to trust what I got in a dream. Yet, the scriptures talk about dreams, do they not? What about King Herod or the pharaohs of old? Wasn’t Joseph a god-fearing man who could tell dreams? Cognitive dissonance, anyone?
Somehow, certain religions have “demonized” that natural process of intuition. Of course, I was supposed to just consult with the elders for every detail of life, giving up all my own decision-making.
Using Intuition to Make Health Decisions
Speaking for myself, I had been conditioned to never ask my Self for answers. Instead, I always asked the so-called “expert” religious elder or some other “trained professional” or ask my husband. Really, by doing that, I was dis-empowering myself. The more I learned about intuition, the more I realized that I would be — could be — much healthier if I could just trust myself and listen to what my body was trying to tell me! Especially now, since I know that some elders, some doctors — and even some husbands — are not trustworthy. I know this because of what my life experiences have taught me.
Trusting Religious Elders, Doctors, and Husbands
“What? I can’t trust my religious elders? Doctors? Husbands?” someone may ask incredulously. While it is true that I recognize certain “people of authority” but then I remember that their authority is limited to their specific subject of study. Elders might know Church rules. Doctors were trained to prescribe drugs. And husbands may or may not have a degree in a certain field. But, what would elders, doctors, or husbands know about eating healthy and taking care of a woman’s body? Are you aware that doctors admit they receive very little nutrition training?
The examples mentioned speak for themselves. Is it not true that doctors are trained to use drugs as remedies? Yet, in reality, most drugs just “mask” the symptoms, rather than “cure” an ailment. On the other hand, I have found that time-honored natural solutions work cooperatively with my body — and quickly! Natural solutions gave me a feeling of wellness in a very short time. I realized that better health was within my grasp! I was onto something — so I kept going. Happily, I began to recognize it was possible to address health challenges and choose a corrective action by using intuition.
Health — Challenging the Diagnosis
Interestingly, pHARMa often doesn’t even have a solution to health problems. In one instance, when I said the medication didn’t “heal” my condition, my doctor told me, “You need to take this for the rest of your life! It’s meant to ‘manage’ your condition.”
“Like hell!” I responded. “I’m off to find a Naturopathic doctor!” I left her office in a huff.
Even more revealing, my ‘un-heal-able’ condition which required ‘managing’ was healed within two weeks, with no recurrence since! At that time I became fully convinced it was possible to address health challenges using intuition! Common sense tells me to stick with what works.
Mental Health Using Intuition
I was once diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder by a “drug expert” that my previous husband located for me. Another example of dis-empowerment — being trained to always “obey” your husband. The drugs to combat the Bi-Polar Disorder were dangerously strong and gave me the “shakes” and a general feeling of numbness and dis-ease throughout my body. I was more like a zombie than a human being. But, as long as I was “manageable” by my abusive husband, I supposed….
I accepted that treatment only for so long before I got a second opinion. The second doctor realized I was in a dangerous situation; 1) by being a member of a dysfunctional religious cult; and, 2) by living a drug-induced life in a dysfunctional marriage. Again, I wondered if it was possible to address this health challenge using intuition.
Overcoming Health Challenges Using Intuition
My family doctor found me a good therapist who supported what the second doctor suggested. She, too indicated I was seriously depressed, without the manic states. Her diagnosis? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, due to the familial abuse, and the “bad religion” that supported my parents’ fear-based belief system. The therapist worked with me from 1997 to 2002, helping me to examine and put into perspective my fears and traumas. Glad to say, the drug doctor, the religion, and the husband are now all ancient history. Boom! I addressed health challenges using intuition when it came to leaving my marriage as well as the family religion!
I’m no expert, but I figure that since drugs are chemicals, my body built up a resistance to them. I started out by using just a little, and it worked for awhile, covering up the symptoms. For example, the eczema seemed to heal for a short time by using creams, but then it came back on another part of my body. Was that a “real” cure? No, not at all. Pretty soon, I realized I was heading nowhere fast by using the creams prescribed by the doctor. There had to be a better way. It was not until years later that I learned about gluten intolerance and the need to change my eating habits.
Trust your Inner Guidance
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that some elders, doctors, and husbands are worthy of being heard. Use your intuition to get a sense of what you are hearing. Your body will let you know who is trustworthy, and you will just “know.” I only wish for everyone to feel wonderful. But in my experience, I’m not at all sure that a doctor has the answer by suggesting drugs. How I wish women (especially) would not give their power away to some so-called “expert” who barely knows you. I know that instead, the answers lie within our own “knowing”. I wish everyone would give themselves a chance to be well by listening to their own body and trusting their inner guidance. Who knows? It is true that some conditions do require a doctor’s expertise. I broke my wrist once, and certainly appreciated a doctor’s excellent and compassionate help!
Realistically though, our world allows for all kinds of thinking, not just my rather idealistic way of being. I could write a whole lot more about how how bad advice impacted my health, but that will have to be another blog! In the end, each person gets to choose their own path when it comes to attending health issues. Nevertheless, my life experiences proved to me conclusively that it is possible to address health challenges using intuition. Oh, happiness!
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