We all have an innate healing wisdom that lives inside of us.
I often hear it when clients sign up for health coaching. They’ll say, “I know I need to eat better, I know I need to exercise, I know I need to quit my job, I know I need to end my dead-end relationship, I know I need to relax…”
Most of us know exactly what we need to do to help ourselves, but most of us don’t take action on it.
Why the heck not?
I believe it’s because we haven’t been taught to make our self our number one priority.
Self-care is not on the agenda at our schools and it’s not taught in our homes or workplace. So where are we supposed to learn this valuable information?
For me, experience was the best teacher. I learned about self-care and the body’s natural ability to heal through my own sickness. I was dysfunctionally programmed, like many other humans on this planet, to wait until disease came and knocked me to the floor before I made an effort to do something.
The “something” I did was not recommended by my doctors. What I did was considered radical and unconventional.
Instead of taking radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid and then be on synthroid for the rest of my life, I chose to take full responsibility for my disease; the disease living inside my body that was being fed by my poor diet and lifestyle choices. You can read that full story here: Radiate My Thyroid? What?! No Freakin’ Way!
Within fourteen days of taking responsibility for my health and incorporating self-care, I noticed improvements; clear skin, better sleep, regular bowel movements, and increased energy.
Very quickly, I made the connection that within me (and all of us) lives an innate healing power. All I had to do was nourish it with the proper physical, emotional and spiritual food it needed to thrive.
It’s been over twenty years since making my initial commitment to self-care, and today my vibrant health (as well as the health of many clients and students) is proof that we have a LOT of power over our conditions.
The ability to heal an imbalanced or diseased condition takes patience, persistence and hard work, and you are worth it.
Here are some simple steps you can take to activate your body’s innate healing wisdom:
STEP ONE – Take responsibility for your illness. This may sound harsh, but whatever the condition is, own it. It is yours.
STEP TWO – Become aware of your physical body and notice how it “feels” on a daily basis:
- Is it aching?
- Is your skin irritated?
- Do you have vibrant energy?
- Are you struggling to get through the day?
- Are you sleeping well?
- Is your digestive system functioning properly?
If your body is not functioning properly it’s time for some serious self-care. Hire a health coach for gosh sakes!
STEP THREE – Eat clean and get off the crap! Our daily food becomes our cells, our blood, our organs, our body, and our mind. We are what we eat. And, I mean that literally! If we eat crap we cannot create vibrant health. Put your money where your mouth is and purchase local, seasonal food that is naturally grown and lovingly prepared. It’s as simple, and as hard, as that.
STEP FOUR – After getting “clean” dig deeper into the emotional body (the chakras). It’s here you can begin recognizing behavior patterns that may or may not be health-supportive. It’s time to discover who you are and what is your relationship to yourself and to the world around you. If I had simply changed my diet and my lifestyle without working on my emotional body, self-healing would not have been as effective.
STEP FIVE – Incorporate ancient healing techniques or use any modern healing practice that works with the body/mind/spirit, and not against it. Some healing methods I personally recommend include acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, chanting, chakra healing, meditation, and herbalism.
Always remember, that as long as you are alive and breathing you can understand how to improve any condition. When we become aware of our situation and take full responsibility, we flip the switch from disease-promoting to self-healing at any time.
You can do it!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.