dailypress prompt: Deprive 6/27/2015
Time to Get Rid of STRESS and PAIN – the two things that Deprive us of Good Health!
We are encoded to get ourselves to a state of comfort in which we can best thrive. This state of balance is called Homeostasis. Some people medicate, others meditate. I offer a different path to contemplate, one that requires merely you and no outside influences, no special herbs, no pills, no professional intervention, and with no additional cost or investment. This path will cost you only your time and desire for change.
We are in a paradigm shift of consciousness as we usher in the “Age of Aquarius.” We perceive the human potentials of the mind expanding to encompass the workings of the Universe. In doing this we also appreciate that we are an integral part of the cosmos, not just an insignificant life form. We are the conscious awareness of the Universe. Within this paradigm shift is one into “healthcare-consciousness,” by which I mean a change in how we care for our own health.
The old paradigm of allopathic or conventional medicine went like this: “Give me the surgery and the pills; I will not do the exercises or follow the diet. Just fix me.” We have become a society influenced by a thirty-second commercial, expecting results in one quick-fix bottle or a one-stop chop-shop to tuck, tie, staple, fold, or remove the offending non-behaving organ so we can fit into that bathing suit once and for all.
The new Healing Paradigm shifts to the alternate view that it is time to take back what is rightfully ours. Responsibility! We are ultimately the ones who are responsible for ourselves, not the healthcare professional who our insurance company says we need to use. We have become such a lazy society, trained by 30-minute infomercials to expect relief, results, and grandioso gains in just one bottle! As a society, there is far too much help available, and so we have become helpless. We are so intent on instant gratification we have become desperate… and with no personal responsibility for our own outcomes, we have become hopeless.
We can be our own healthcare providers with the help of chiropractic, homeopathic, naturopathic, and energy medicine, as well as exercise, bodywork, and emotional/psychological coaching. These are examples of Complementary Alternative and Integrative Medicine, or CAM, although the truth in this paradigm shift of consciousness would be to stop calling it CAM and call it what it is, OM – Original Medicine.
In this new paradigm shift of consciousness and healing is the responsibility to use these modalities along with ourselves. When I say using ourselves in healing, I am referring to Intuitive Energy work. When you do Energy Work on yourself, you are an Energy Worker. Intuitive Energy Work means trusting what you feel, see, hear, taste, smell, and just know. Unquestioning response to intuition and gut instinct is a major part of being an Energy Worker and is our strongest tool.
What we refer to as “Complementary” and “Alternative” to modern medicine, is what our ancestors did “Originally” for thousands of years. This paradigm shift also holds true for our foods, medicines and healthcare.
The ancients knew that food was also their medicine. If there was an ailment, they knew there was a plant nearby that held the cure. Over time and practice they learned what to eat, make into soup, dry and make into tea, or mix with oils and apply to the body. We need to cut away all the fluff and get back to the basics for good health, survival, balance, and peace of mind. When we handle our own health and well-being, a sense of peace, accomplishment, and oneness with nature replaces the true cause of disease… stress.
Stress from not knowing how old our “fresh vegetables” are that we buy in the store.
- Stress over what unnatural substances our fruits and vegetables may have come in contact with before we feed them to our families.
- Stress from not knowing if an insurance policy, forced upon us, will give us the care and cure we need.
- Stress over an unknown doctor you have to see because they are the designated one your insurance will cover.
It is our duty to take back total responsibility for ourselves and our families.
- Grow our own fruits, vegetables, and herbs where we can.
- Avoid the unnecessary reliance on corrective doctors and unnatural therapies.
- Ignore infomercials for miracle gains of unknown origins.
- Avoid over-processed and nutrient-deprived junk foods.
There are too many unhealthy paths, too many bad choices to choose from, and none of them create happiness, healthiness, or wellbeing.
I spent many years in the manufacturing industry practicing a Japanese method called Kiazan. Toyota was famous for bringing this mindset into the American view of quality control and scrap reduction. Kiazan translates to “change for the better,” and means to make continuous, gradual improvement, to “make simple.”
So to make things in our hustle-bustle life simple is to stop trying to do things unnaturally. This means accepting things as they are and then accepting things to take time to correct, to change for the better, to become stronger – and to have ownership in the ways and in the means.
This will bring a sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride and ownership in the “job well done.”
By eliminating reliance and dependency on others for things that were always right there within your reach, or that could easily be put there, we will have purged ourselves of unnecessary, obsessive, continuous STRESS.
This accepting what is… and allowing change to happen as it needs to, reminds me of the writings of Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching, verse twenty-two, where he says:
Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be new;
Have little and gain;
Have much and be confused.
Therefore, the wise embrace the one and set an example to all.
Not putting on a display, they shine forth.
Not justifying themselves, they are distinguished.
Not boasting, they receive recognition.
Not bragging, they never falter.
They do not quarrel, so no one quarrels with them.
Therefore, the ancients say, “Yield and overcome.”
Is that an empty saying?
Be really whole,
And all things will come to you.
(Excerpts from “Finding the Alchemist within – Turning yourself to Gold!” A Journey through the Labyrinth of Self-Healing) by Tony Damian & Cathryn Barkulis Smith
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