by Suzanne E. Harrill
you ever experienced a physical challenge, a medical diagnosis not to your
liking, or an age-related problem? If we are fortunate enough to live to "old
age," more than likely we will experience physical challenges. Our culture
ignores the fact that life is not permanent on the physical level. Everything
new breaks down and needs maintenance, from our houses and cars to our bodies.
Living in a culture that is phobic about aging, death, and dying doesn't prepare
us to know how to help ourselves when the body has problems. When we have
something physically wrong at any age and for whatever reason, it is helpful to
learn ways to heal and help our bodies. At the same time, it is equally
important to learn ways to accept the reality of our current condition and to
make the best of our lives. It is easy to get off track, forgetting what life is
about when caught up with the stress of a physical problem. As we deal with
challenges it is helpful to keep in mind that each life is a gift from Source to
experience, grow, explore, play, create, love, connect, and evolve. As we find
gratitude for all we experience it helps us with the ups and downs of our life
experiences. Affirm often, "I am grateful."
Dis-ease from all causes can allow us to examine our lives and build awareness
through self-inquiry. We will look at the language of our bodies -- feelings --
and the language of the minds -- thoughts and pictures. Then we will discuss the
power of setting intentions to consciously direct our lives.
major issue to acknowledge is the false sense of security felt when playing life
safe, not looking too far afield, so that life feels predictable and
controllable. It is helpful to explore insecurities and control issues because
we all have them and we live with uncertainty, for example not knowing when we
will die. Living with uncertainty does not have to keep us in a state of
anxiety. It can be a very creative, fertile place in consciousness to live,
especially when you trust the wisdom of the non-physical part of you (soul,
spiritual essence, Divine Presence) to guide you. And at the same time practice
living mindfully focusing on today. It is helpful to remind ourselves to stay
out of the future and the past and live NOW.
comes up for you in reading this introduction? Mild discomfort, fear, or
possibly panic, which shows up in degrees of shallow breathing, tightness in
parts of the body, freezing normal movement, and thoughts making up a story.
Consider this as positive. Why? Because you have stepped outside your comfort
zone of believing your little self (ego) is in charge of making you safe and
secure from all the "negative feeling" stuff in life. It is therefore
understandable that this article could make us uncomfortable.
There are new ways to view our physical maladies and insecurities by exploring
outside our usual range of normal, which help to temper fear, isolation,
self-absorption, and suffering. When in crisis consider it is an opportunity to
open ourselves to new ideas. There are always ways to grow and improve when life
takes an unexpected turn. Emotional reactions and fears can be motivators to
find relief from pain and suffering and to discover ways to find more peace,
love, joy, and acceptance. It is also a time to root out false beliefs and
assumptions, unreal expectations, and attachments. Expanding your viewpoints can
in the long run help you accept the current reality in your life and prepare
ahead of time to more easily surrender when you need to release this life.
of the greatest gifts of being human are to experience emotions in our bodies
with a multitude of feelings and to experience an imagination to use our minds
to create, explore, and experience possibilities. Both can be used to our
benefit or detriment. Emotions are neither good nor bad, however most people
spin a positive or negative charge. Life teaches us in opposites -- night vs
day, up vs down, cold vs hot, giving vs receiving. The same with emotions, happy
vs sad, love vs fear, empowerment vs powerlessness. We need both sides of the
equation to fully experience life. The more mature we become the more we
experience dominion over the extremes in our emotions, working to balance
emotional triggers into healthy responses and the runaway mind ruminating with a
fixed story, many times with a "poor me" theme.
imaginations are magical. It is how we create our day, from the mundane to the
spiritual. It is how we move in the direction we want to go from what to eat for
breakfast to healing our bodies. Many people create unconsciously without
awareness, repeating patterns of thinking and believing without ever examining
them to see if their thoughts and beliefs are true and serve their greater good.
If you have cancer or heart disease or a body part not fully functioning, you
and only you oversee how you go through the experience and how you live your
day. Ask yourself, if worry dominates your day might it serve you to trust there
are opportunities to learn how to have real security -- connecting with and
trusting the Divine Presence within to guide you rather than relying solely on
your little self. It works easier when they work together with the higher self
being in charge.
are in charge by your choices to stagnate or grow with an aging body, medical
diagnosis, or a turn in the road you never expected. If you give little thought
to moving out of fixed patterns of thinking and feeling you are living from a
passive position. Here there are no new ideas or choices, and most probably a
negative feeling reality is experienced, dominated by fear, worry, and boredom.
On the other hand, if you live from a proactive position there is a curiosity
and desire to gather new ideas and grow and evolve awareness with choices that
have a positive feeling spin to your day no matter what your issues are. If you
choose a proactive partnership with your divine essence, ask yourself daily
things such as, "What do I need to know or do to heal a negative attitude, fear,
or stop worrying? What is one new thing I will put into action today? What
affirmations will I repeat over and over to still my mind? What is one trait,
attitude, behavior, or emotion I want to temper today? What is one belief that
is no longer serving me? What spiritual practice do I want to put in place to
help me?" Journal writing is a helpful way to fine tune your intentions and gain
do we use our imagination? It works in thoughts and pictures. The imagination
helps us look at alternative choices and determine what is right for us. You can
use visualization to support the changes you want to make, seeing the end
result. You can visualize yourself reading books and articles about improving
your condition and getting different expert opinions about how to treat the
condition. To explore outside the box see yourself watching YouTube lectures on
topics about healing, such as listening to music that improves the immune
system. See yourself visiting a naturopath to try complimentary medicine to
support medical treatment. Ask for support from friends. Use your mind to think
about what you want to explore or experience -- "I want to live each day more
aware," or "I want to try alternative healing methods," or "I want to focus on
accepting the current reality with an open heart and inner peace." Then
visualize yourself experiencing those choices your mind has conceived. Think it,
see it, feel it, be it.
us use a powerful tool to help you change directions -- living by intention,
which is creating consciously what we want to have, do, explore, or experience.
It is helpful to write down intention statements. Keep correcting and fine
tuning your intention statements as you receive more clarity. Read it to
yourself often. See and feel it manifesting in the future. Share your
intention(s) with loved ones and friends who support your growth and healing.
Ask them what their intention statements might be to support them. There is more
power in a group of people supporting your intentions than working alone. More
information is found in the book, The Power of Eight, by Lynne McTaggart.
Intentions can be very short as in the first example or very detailed as in the
Intention Statement #1
intend to set boundaries with toxic people in my life. No matter how
uncomfortable, I choose my needs over the control of others.
Intention Statement #2
intend to spend more quality time with my children. I take time to stop my
activities, make eye contact, and listen more to what they have to say. I limit
too much internet or cell phone time to create connection time.
Intention Statement #3
intention is to live my highest spiritual purpose and truth. I intend to live my
life to the fullest each day with or without physical pain, connecting to loved
ones, enjoying my creativity, and assisting others. I draw to me all that I need
to live my highest purpose, paying attention to my intuition and the
synchronicity of events and people and ideas crossing my path. I use my
experiences to uplift others to heal their bodies of dis-ease on all levels --
physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
summary, as we work on our inner self it influences what we experience in our
physical outer life. We talked about the potential hidden in dis-ease to grow in
awareness and grow spiritually. Working with the two gifts of emotions through
body feelings, and imagination through thoughts and pictures in your mind can
help you create a positive feeling reality no matter the circumstances. By
expanding your awareness when you experience an aging body or dis-ease you can
limit boredom and fear. Intentions are a powerful addition to increasing
positive results in your life, especially when you allow a group of people to
support you. We can improve the quality of our life to experience deep peace,
joy, love, and acceptance of all our life experiences. Remember the importance
of gratitude -- for your life, all your experiences, and all the people in your
life. May you be curious to try at least one idea here to learn and grow and
navigate this passage as an important part of the journey of your life.