Can’t I just take a pill?
So much of our current model of healing is based around the mentality of just wanting to take a pill that will make it all better. This is attractive because I don’t have to change, it is easy, it is quick, I don’t have to take responsibility for what lead to the problem in the first place and I only have to minimally participate. While this may sound like a good idea on the surface it is a very limiting approach at least the way we have been approaching it in the Western Medical model. Why is that? Most of the drugs we get from doctors are chemicals made in a lab. Therefore bodies don’t recognize them as familiar or know really how to deal with them. Some of the problems with chemical based drugs are as follows: 1) Often drugs work against the bodies mechanisms so in the long term they can weaken our bodies by shutting off certain functions or pathways instead of enhancing them 2) Not getting to the root of the problem merely putting a band aid on the symptoms and masking them so they will go away but not addressing the root cause 3) Disrupting the natural balance of our system as is the case with antibiotics 4) Kill healthy cells as well as harmful cells as is the case with chemo 5) Drugs only address the physical level 6) Side effects – what commonly happens is that more drugs are needed/added to treat the side effects of a drug you are already taking 7) No exit plan once a drug is started it will usually need to be continued or replaced by another drug if and when it stops working 8) Taking a pill does not bring us clarity or understanding about what we need to learn from having this imbalance we call disease 9) It disempowers us 10) What is unconscious about what is going on remains unconscious and doesn’t become conscious.
However, because the quality of our food supply is declining we do need concentrated sources of vitamins and minerals. So this brings us back to the concept of a pill. But unlike when we take a chemical pill food supplements work with the body and not against it. Bodies know what to do with natural vitamins and minerals. When we take food supplements we are giving our body substances that it can recognize and know what to do with thus feeding and fueling its own natural healing abilities. That is not to say that sometimes chemical pills aren’t needed or even helpful. I believe we have come to over rely on a magic pill that will fix everything and we have become complacent.
Some key questions to ask yourself……….
Do you really want to heal?
Healing usually requires change. If we look at disease as an imbalance than in order to get back into balance something has to change and then the question becomes are we ready for that? And are we willing to do what is required? Do you want to get to the root cause/core of the imbalance and address it or are you satisfied just treating the symptoms, masking them and/or putting a band aid on them.
Do you believe that you can heal?
If you are told by a doctor that you have a condition that is incurable do you take the doctors word as truth?
A different view of disease is to see it as something there to get your attention, letting you know that something is out of balance, needs attention and needs to change. This imbalance can be found on any level.
What are your beliefs?
Beliefs have the power to create our reality. They can limit us or they can free us. If that sounds to simple or to good to be true well it is. Why because things rarely shift or change after one thought thank goodness or we would have pink elephants in the room. They have to become part of us, integrated into us then we start to move from that new reference point, make decisions from that place and attract things to us ie. people, opportunities, ideas, new habits, motivations.
However, be aware that beliefs block knowing so be conscious of what you believe and the place of limitation you may be operating from.
How open are you to change or something new?
It is important to understand that using natural treatments is a different approach than using drugs. Using natural remedies usually invites us to be more interactive with our bodies and pay more attention to what is going on with them and what they are needing. Many of us were raised in the model of just take a pill and forget about it or immobilize a body part and forget about it. So it is important to realize when using natural remedies that we may have to be more interactive and involved with what is going on and the needs of our bodies. We may or may not be willing to do that. Realize with natural remedies if you are not willing to be more attentive to and involved with your healing process you may not have as good a result. When using natural remedies the earlier in the process one tackles an imbalance the better. This is because in general natural remedies are much gentler than drugs and don’t overpower or force the body to change. It doesn’t mean that natural remedies are less effective than drugs. It does mean that we need to shift our mindset in how we use this approach. Also when we understand that the physical level is just one of the levels that needs to heal we realize that there are other things in the totality of our makeup that will need attention and need to change. So the questions are how flexible are you? Are you open to change?What are your expectations?
What is your view on healing?
I had a friend say to me one day “It wasn’t until I went to my doctor that I gave myself permission to heal.” I thought this was a very interesting belief system that he held and one I suspect is not unique to him. He needed an outside authority to intervene and give him permission to do something that we all can do innately, which is to heal. I think this touches on something that hits close to home for a lot of us which is, we are trained to believe that the authority outside of us knows better than we do. When we think this way we give our power away and thus end up disempowering ourselves. The majority of our current health care system in the US is based on this premises of an outside authority, the doctor, who knows more than we do. Now I am not talking about the obvious here. Yes us doctors went to school for a very long time and have learned a body of knowledge that those who haven’t studied medicine wouldn’t know. No question about that. What I am pointing to is the underlying approach. In this system it tends to be a hierarchy and at times a dictatorship. Whereas this may sound negative I want to be careful here and not pass judgment because the truth is that this system works for a lot of people and therefore it serves a need. However, I do want to point out that it is not the only way of working in the realm of health and healing. When we come from the view that we all have been given an amazing authority on our own healing and it is housed within us it shifts the balance of power to a more collaborative way of working with experts. When we take this position them we can more easily utilize tools that will optimize our internal environment and give our internal experts what they need to do what they are extremely good at doing more effectively. So what is your view on healing? Some food for thought.