How To Heal Thyself... and Be Your Healthy Self

how to heal thyself

How To Heal Thyself... by Marie T. Russell

There are many theories and many practices abounding today to heal dis-ease and dis-orders. Basically though there is only one method. In other words, all methods boil down to one thing. The essence of "healing thyself" lies in exactly that... healing your self...

Is it a coincidence that the words Heal Thyself are the same letters and in the same order as "healthy self"? Is it a coincidence or a subtle message? The path to a healthy self is to heal thyself... Not running to everyone else to heal you (though of course assistance and support is helpful), not putting your faith in miracle remedies (though remedies can assist in the healing process), but rather in changing your mind. Yes, that simple. Change your thoughts about your illness, dis-ease, or situation and the problem is transformed.

Does that mean that you are instantly and miraculously healed? Does it mean that you can simply sit and think and your problem will disappear... sometimes, yes. However, more often it is a long lengthy process which involves a lot of soul searching, asking yourself a lot of questions as to the how and why and what for, and listening to your body and inner self for the answers.

Simple as it sounds, we all know that it sometimes is not that easy to do. Changing your mind about something can be an instantaneous process when all levels of your being co-operate. Your conscious mind may be very willing to get rid of the problem, but your sub-conscious may have many reasons why it wishes to hold on. 

What's Going On?

What might be going on? Perhaps the dis-ease is a result of the way you treat yourself, based on your belief that you don't deserve the best. Perhaps you are not listening to your inner self, or to your body, believing that you don't know much, and that what you intuitively feel and perceive can't be right. Perhaps your inner child enjoys all the attention it gets from this particular situation. Perhaps somehow you feel that this illness is part of your 'heredity' and there's nothing you can do about it. 

Your super-conscious mind may also have its own reasons for creating this dis-order in your mind, body, or life. Maybe you are living out a scenario that you chose before your birth so as to gain a certain understanding or experience.  Perhaps you made an agreement with yourself aeons ago to experience a certain disorder or problem. So you are simply responding to your program, being "good" and following directions. It may be a karmic situation... Perhaps you ridiculed people with polio at some point, and now find yourself having problems walking. Or perhaps, you are feeling confused about your life right now and not knowing which direction to take, and about the same time, you develop a problem with your legs... (having problems with going forward...)

There are many "perhaps" and many reasons why you have manifested a particular problem in your life... all of them having to do with somehow, somewhere, somewhen, making a choice (conscious or not) to have that experience.

Getting Unstuck is Possible

How To Heal Thyself... by Marie T. RussellIf this sounds like you are "stuck" with these choices, be reassured! You are a free being and have the power to reverse any decisions or requests that you made anywhere along the line. Once you learn the lesson that is to be learned in a particular situation, there is no longer any need to struggle with the lesson plan... is there? The main purpose of the challenge is for you to learn, to gain insights, to become "enlightened" about the experience and about yourself. 

If some situation is a result of past decisions, actions, or 'karma', then you can forgive yourself NOW and release the need to punish yourself. Again, the main thing is to "learn the lesson", to forgive yourself and others involved, and to move past the mental block or restriction that stops you from experiencing healing. 

How To Heal Yourself?

So how to heal yourself? Let go of the need for the dis-ease, and forgive yourself and others completely. Affirm that you are a divine child of the Universe and that you deserve to be here, radiantly alive, healthy, and happy... This is a process that has to be repeated over and over... it is not a one time thing. You have to keep making that same choice over and over, in various life situations, and in your everyday thoughts and mental conversations. 

Masters have said that enlightenment is an ongoing process... One moment you're enlightened, the next you're not, and another moment you'll be enlightened again. It all has to do with your presence of mind... Where is your mind... Is it focused on the Truth, or on the illusion? Is it centered in your Heart?

One moment we attain "the goal", only to have to keep attaining it again with each breath, with each thought, with each word. It's an ongoing process... The good news is that each breath, each thought, and each word brings us another chance to be healed, to be whole.

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About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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