woman hourglassWhen I hear the statement, “How long will it take to heal?” from clients and students, it’s often spoken with a sense of dread.

Many folks begin incorporating an improved diet and lifestyle and then erroneously expect healing to happen overnight. And, when it doesn’t happen as quickly as they want, they get stressed out.

Stress is one of the leading causes of disease.

Most people forget, or have never been taught, that healing takes time. Unfortunately, the unnatural pace we’ve created in modern society does not allow time for healing.

We want everything to resolve overnight.

As I was going through the process of healing my thyroid disease, every four months my body and my bloodwork changed. Each time it shifted my doctors informed me that I had a new version of my disease – first it was hyperthyroid, then it was hypothyroid then it was Hashimoto’s.

They always offered some type of medication to stop what my body was naturally doing: readjusting itself and healing the condition.

It took two years for my thyroid to heal. Some people’s conditions heal more quickly and others need more time.

Every body is unique and heals at it’s own pace.

Once we take on the healing process and alter our diet, lifestyle and consciousness, we need to begin trusting that our body is doing what it needs to do, at the speed it can do it.

Lack of trust in the ability of the human body to self-heal can impede the natural flow of healing.

I always that suggest clients, first and foremost, begin trusting themselves and their instincts – but most don’t. They push away their intuition and instead listen to the propaganda created by the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

The fear factor takes hold and people don’t know how to relax and go with the flow.

Many years ago I read a book called Healing Ourselves, by Naboru Muramoto. It had a profound effect on my thoughts about healing. It was based on Japanese medicine and ancient healing techniques. Muramoto stated, “According to biologists, it takes 120 days for the red blood globules to change completely. This means there is a 10% difference in the quality of blood within 10-12 days, which is the time it takes for the symptoms of an existing disease to disappear. In other words, although it takes 120 days for the blood to become clean, 12 days of proper eating (no chemicalized industrial food, no overeating or excess drinking) are sufficient to remove the symptoms and, in most cases, put us out of danger. It takes approximately three years to reconstruct the muscle fibers; the same applies to certain organs. But, it takes seven years to change the entire bodily constitution.”

With that ancient knowledge in mind, I understood that healing takes time. Symptoms may begin lessening within the first twelve days, but healing the entire bodily system may take up to seven years. My own personal healing took two years.

If we are struggling with a diseased state, we need to understand that it certainly did NOT develop overnight. No one goes to sleep and wakes up the next morning with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease or other debilitating condition.

Disease takes time to grow and it takes time to heal.

Through diet, lifestyle and consciousness we can create the environment for our cells to either manifest disease or manifest health.

In Bruce Lipton’s, Biology of Belief, he divulges scientific research about genes. He shares that our environment determines whether or not genes will express themselves. Our internal environment (our cells and blood) is created by our food choices, physical environment (where we live and what we are exposed to), and our emotions, including what we think, how we react, and what we believe.

Our internal environment changes as we change. It’s not rocket science. But, that simple thinking goes against everything we’ve been taught and exposed to about disease.

Today, many people believe that disease is inevitable, especially if we have the “genes” for it. I have a different perspective because I’ve been on both sides of this process (diseased and disease-free) and I can see where and how healing takes place.

I want to encourage you to have a little faith in your body.

Take the best possible care of your body and mind; eat great quality food, think good thoughts, de-stress, and relax.

Give your body the elements it needs to create the best environment for healing, and then let go of the details about when it’s going to happen.

You won’t know how long it takes to heal a specific condition. Just know that it takes as long as it takes.

The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

Take this opportunity to give yourself the time you need to heal.

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Remember to be patient – healing happens in it’s own time.