During this time of Thanksgiving we hear so much about gratitude! I am certainly grateful for the physical health I enjoy today, which seems to have been much easier to attain than the emotional components of my health-awakening journey. In sharing the health with others, I find it of equal importance to look at a person’s mental and emotional health, as it is to look at their actual, physical ailment. We cannot afford to underestimate the power of emotional healing. I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, but after 25 years of working with people with all manner of dis-ease, I have found that there is typically a correlation between the physical, mental, and emotional components of any dis-ease.
The first part of one’s awakening is always the food, which I believe and have seen first-hand, is the root and foundation of all healing systems. For example, improper food causes just as much inflammation in the brain as it does in the body – this impairs our ability to see things clearly and deal with stressful emotions. Make no mistake: if we are living on an emotional rollercoaster, food is a huge culprit to that drama. On the other hand, if you take a look with an open heart and soul, you will see how our emotional-self has had a direct correlation to our physical-manifestations. Often times I find, of the two, this is the harder to earnestly and thoroughly examine.
In the beginning of a cancer diagnosis 14 years ago, I was not prepared for the amount of emotional work I would need to address in order to stay alive. Today I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and to be able to roll up my sleeves and do my required work. It’s like I say to my kids, “It’s our only job on this Earth: To wake up and take a good look at what makes us tick, why we react the way we do to certain people or experiences, who’s pushing our buttons and what about us they are mirroring. What lessons are we here to learn, and how we can resolve past and present issues regarding self-love and respect?” My motto is, ‘Stop complaining, don’t hide in your addictions, and go to work!’ My main motivation behind doing this work is that I do not wish to come back to face these same players and do it all over again. I hope to
graduate with flying colors in this lifetime!
Recent studies have shown that it is not only the body that needs healthy food, but also the mind. This is due to the direct effect inflammation and toxins have on the brain. The motives we have in “cleaning up” physically, is so that we might come to a clearer place in which we are alert enough to see what the in-depth work truly is. Whether we have been diagnosed with an illness or we struggle with emotional or mental challenges, we need to find our inner strengthen which will enable us to do self-exploration, self-diagnosis and then self-healing and most importantly self-love.
When the brain gets inflamed due to sugar, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten or dairy, it will wreak havoc on us emotionally. There are also hundreds of chemicals, known as neurotoxins, which affect the brain’s ability to function in a cohesive and healthy manner. These neurotoxins come from MSG, also known as glutamates, which hides in many other ingredients. Also “sugar free” chemicals such as nutriasweet, sucralose, saccharine and aspartame, which are commonly found in chewing gum, soda, and home-cleaning agents. Additionally, all manner of preservatives, steroids, herbicides, pesticides, chemical pollutants and biochemically-engineered food have a strong negative impact on the brain. When toxic chemicals have invaded the brain, it is tough to think and see things clearly, and equally as tough to behave in calm and rational manner.
What came first: The chicken or the egg? Do we present with physical ailments or emotional ailments first? In all honestly, it depends entirely on both the situation and the person. One thing I know for sure is that if we eat like shit, we feel like shit, and when we feel like shit, we actually think like shit. Therein lies the vicious cycle I call the shits!
Do we pollute the brain and then feel the effects mentally and emotionally? Thoughts can be just as toxic as any neurotoxin on Earth. Our minds are capable of producing positive, negative, evil, jealous, or even paranoid thoughts. Ruminating thoughts and old, stuck beliefs or emotions can make us just as physically-ill as poor-quality foods. When people come to me for a cleanse, simply changing food is enough, more often than not. This quick change will also give them the experience of a mental and emotional detoxification. After years of being trapped in an unhealthy cycle, we may be physically and mentally stuck in the correlating organs, such as the liver -> anger, or the kidneys -> frustration, fear and anxiety. To clear this pain, we must not only change what we are putting into our bodies (food and liquids), but also emotionally and physically detoxify through a technique I love: Dahn Yoga, which focuses on qui gong beating of organs, tissue and meridians. The majority of our old, stuck emotional trauma is held in meridians, cells, tissue, naddis and organs.
We must be equally aware of what goes into our body, as what goes into our mind and the environment and energy in which we live. We know that being around chaotic, dramatic and negative people can have a profound effect on our health. We also know that like attracts like; if we are living an unhealthy lifestyle then we will energetically attract more of that type of unhealthy energy. I have realized that a human who is stuck physically, mentally, emotionally, for instance someone in an unhealthy relationship, will have a difficult time making things work, synergistically-speaking, in all other areas of their lives.
As you start to clear out the toxic food, toxic thoughts, toxic relationships and stuck, old negative emotions, you can move forward in a healthier way, witnessing all manner of beautiful blessings that now have a clear and open path to your clean new vessel. You will find that goals, which you work toward, will fall into place with greater-ease. Remember: like attracts like, so the longer you stay on this new, healthier path of clean and healing foods, higher-level thinking and positive people to surround and fill your body, mind and emotional spirit, the quicker you will see your life become a blessing, and not a curse.’
Health and Light,