NOTE: This post was originally published on my previous blog, The Healing Project.
A few weeks ago, I went to see a specialist about the throat discomfort and swallowing problems I’d been experiencing (see my “It’s Always Something” post for more about this). As usual, I had to spend quite a bit of time in the waiting room, and this particular waiting room was more crowded than usual. In addition, the phone was ringing off the hook and the environment was far from peaceful.
To combat my internal frustration, I decided to journal about my feelings in that moment. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote:
“Waiting to see specialist, room full of people… I don’t want to be here! I don’t want the medical model with all of its procedures and medications. I am tired of identifying as a sick person! I need to heal myself spiritually. I can do it, and I will!”
A Moment of Clarity
In that moment, I felt absolute clarity about what I did and did not want. I was clear in my desire to focus on my “healing project” rather than pursue medical procedures and prescription drugs. I didn’t have much time to reflect, however, as I was quickly whisked back into the examining room to see the doctor. Almost immediately, she spoke of my having an endoscopy and taking twice-daily medications. These things were exactly what I didn’t want!
I requested that the endoscopy be postponed for a month. I agreed to take the medication, but I never ended up filling the prescription due to my worries about potential side effects. Instead, I’ve been focusing on lifestyle changes such as eating more digestible foods in smaller portions and chewing my food more thoroughly. I also take small doses of over-the-counter medication, which seems to be sufficient at this point. Although my throat problem (medical term = Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) has not gone away, it’s definitely less severe than it was a month ago.
Different Paths Toward Healing
I don’t feel any animosity toward doctors or other medical professionals. I truly believe that most of them have pure intentions and that they can and do help many people. But their methods are not the only methods that work. I firmly believe that spiritual healing can be as effective – or even more effective – than medical healing in some cases.
I feel that for me, spiritual healing is the right path to follow. I have several reasons for this assertion. First, I have tried the medical model many times over and have experienced only limited success. Second, the fact that I have new illnesses cropping up on a regular basis, with most of them being difficult to diagnose and treat, points to a spiritual crisis. It’s as if the Universe is trying to get my attention and the messages keep getting louder and louder as time goes on.
A Powerful Epiphany
You might think that I had an epiphany in that moment in the doctor’s waiting room a few weeks ago. Although it was a time of keen awareness, I wouldn’t exactly classify it as an epiphany. The epiphany came several days later, as I was preparing to have surgery for the painful varicose veins in my left leg. Shortly before walking into the surgical room, I stared at my reflection in the ladies room. I was feeling intense trepidation about the surgery and the potential complications which could occur. I affirmed to myself that I would be okay, and then it hit me…
I said to myself, “God has plans for me. I have a purpose.” It wasn’t so strange for me to say that, but the strange thing was that I actually believed it, so much so that it brought me to tears. I knew that my purpose was to heal myself and to inspire others to do the same. “The Healing Project” is my purpose and it came about through divine inspiration. The fact that I am overcome by emotion as I type this affirms this even more.
We Have the Power to Heal Ourselves
I need to fully believe that I have the power to heal myself. I have to embody that belief and live from it. Yes, I did a medical procedure for my varicose veins, but as I move forward, I will focus on healing the thought patterns which created that condition. I do not need to shun medical procedures, but I choose not to make them my first choice or to rely upon them. I can use what is known as an “integrated” approach, but my primary focus will be on the spiritual forms of healing.
Putting “The Healing Project” Into High Gear
I started my healing project and this blog just over four months ago. While I have made some progress and have been learning a lot about myself in the process, I don’t feel that I’ve dedicated enough time and attention to this effort. I feel the need to launch “The Healing Project” into a higher gear so that I really do heal myself and my life in the course of one year.
My “amped up” healing project for the remainder of the year will involve the following (may be revised based upon my needs and experiences):
- At least one hour per day writing and/or doing exercises from “You Can Heal Your Life” (YCHYL) and related texts.
- Completion of the “You Can Heal Your Life” exercises by the end of 2010.
- Healing Project writing/exercises will be done first thing in my “work day” except on the rare occasions when there is a schedule conflict.
- Journal daily about my healing project – observations, concerns, wins, challenges (blog posts will be inspired by these journal entries as well as by the YCHYL and related exercises).
- Blog at least twice per week in “The Healing Project” (to include some shorter posts on my insights, wins, and challenges).
- Create a “cheat sheet” of affirmations from YCHYL for my health challenges and carry this page with me at all times. Affirm new thought patterns regularly to break through blocks and limitations.
- Carry a voice recorder with me so I can capture my thoughts as they occur.
Self-Expression and Possibility
I have been given the gift of self-expression, and I will use this gift (for writing and speaking) to inspire others. I want to provide others with hope and empowerment. I remember when I did a seminar through Landmark Education called the Self-Expression and Leadership Program (SELP for short). As part of that program, we all declared powerful possibilities for our lives. I affirmed myself to be the possibility of empowerment, freedom, self-expression and unconditional love.
What this means to me now is that I will love myself unconditionally; I will free myself from both my physical and psychological bondage. Then I will use my gift for self-expression to empower others to do the same.
Who would have thought that the frustration of sitting in a doctor’s waiting room could lead to clarity about my life’s path? Isn’t it interesting how these things work? We never know where inspiration will hit us and the impact we have on others. Maybe I should thank that doctor and her staff for the gift of clarity that they inadvertently gave to me…