2010-06-18 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

The Body Process
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Our body is not a solid structure. It is a process. It is not static in its action. It is in a constant state of creation.

The science of quantum physics tells us that we are purely energy, not the solid body you perceive. A pillar of light is what we actually are.

Deepak Chopra, in his course, “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul,” says, “The fact is that the body we have right now is not the body we had one year ago. Our stomach recycles every 5 days. Our skeleton recycles every 3 months. Even the DNA which stores memories of millions of years of evolutionary time, the actual raw material of our DNA changes every 6 weeks.”

Our bodies are not in a separate process of creation from our hearts and our minds. In fact, we create the body and its patterns, problems and illnesses. We do this through belief systems that we hold to be true. Constant focus on thoughts that you believe in create the body you live in.

Conscious awareness of our daily thoughts and self-statements can give you a clue as to how you are directing your body to manifest those ideas or beliefs. For example, many people who have difficulty speaking up for themselves in their lives have throat problems or thyroid issues.

People making drastic or uncomfortable changes in their life, career, or home can have low back pain that doesn’t allow them to move.

Making conscious choices to create and support a healthy body is simple. Healthy mind, healthy body.

Each night before you go to sleep, review your day. Thoughts tell your body to act so if you want a restful sleep, go through the day and finish up your business.

What you didn’t get to that day, put on your list for tomorrow. Take a look at the foods you ate, the exercise or lack thereof that you participated in, the relationship interactions that you had.

As you go through each of these, make a note how your body reacts to each area you think of. Make a note of the “twinges” in your physical body or the stomach “flip-flops” that you feel when one of these recollections is disturbing or pleasing.

What do you feel in your body and where do you feel it? You may be surprised to note that when you think of a domineering boss with unreasonable demands, your blood pressure soars, your face gets hot or your stomach tightens.

You can make a correlation to that experience and your actual high blood pressure, headaches neck tension or acid reflux.

It is in becoming conscious of who you are, what affects you and how you process it, that one gains control over one’s life and one’s health.

Current statistics reveal that 85 percent of chronic diseases are prevented with diet and lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes include changing your thoughts from negative to positive emotion.

Research shows that when you think a negative thought the DNA molecule shrinks on itself, crushing the bonds and causing genetic damage. Likewise, when you think a positive thought the DNA unwinds and is free to replicate normally and happily! This is one way to postulate the theory that a “sentence” of genetic heritage to a disease can be changed.

We are invested with more innate power to heal ourselves than we give ourselves credit for.

This is largely because no one ever told us that we play the defining role in healing ourselves. We are trained to wait until we are sick and have a disease, then consult a doctor to kill it or cut it out. We are given little or no education as to how we found ourselves in that state to begin with.

Empowerment to self heal, your body’s natural method to regain equilibrium, is in your hands. Thankfully, there is a new paradigm emerging in healthcare that honors the patient’s participation in their own healing process. Wellness and true prevention are stressed.

This requires patient responsibility in creating their health. It is emphasized that you build a collaborative team of health professionals to suit your individual needs.

This team should be composed of a medical doctor, and any other health professional that works with you and your susceptibilities. For example, my back is my issue and so my team consists of a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a massage therapist, a homeopath and yoga, exercise and meditation instructors, classes, retreats.

It is a fallacy to think that massage, chiropractic, yoga or a retreat are not healthcare related, as important as a visit to your MD when you are sick. You don’t have to be suffering from a disease in order to justify creating health.

Wellness IS healthcare. A relaxing body massage IS a healthcare intervention just the same as a doctor’s visit. It is all in the way you look at it. If you are stressed and have muscle tension, getting a body massage IS the correct intervention. If you ignore it because you BELIEVE that a massage is a frivolity, an unnecessary expense or only for your birthday, then you run the risk of becoming sick from running your immune system down or stress your body to the point of serious musculoskeletal problems like sciatica or disc compression or migraines.

The new paradigm in healthcare is about creating wellness through personal responsibility and interprofessional teamwork.

The ball is always in your court. Take a look at the way in which you are creating your body by looking at the thoughts you think. Look at the belief systems you hold. Look at how your body carries them out for you.

Symptoms are simply signs from the body to express what you are thinking and feeling. Symptoms tell us where we are off track and what needs to be cured. Symptoms are the body’s attempt to right itself.

The new paradigm of healing calls for us to listen to our body, to make correlation between our bodies and our minds and to attend to the work of correcting misinformation, disinformation and downright outlandish beliefs that we hold onto, often without conscious recognition.

Be true to yourself and all you will need is a team of smart people to answer your questions BEFORE they have to pull you back from the abyss. Prevention is forecasting. They do it in business all the time.

Predicting trends is a feature of the stock market. You can do the same thing with your health. Watch for trends and make the correction.

It’s a good business plan. The truth is that you have to make the first leap of faith. That is, that your beliefs create your body’s state of health.

Something to ponder … and to wonder … and to be in awe of the glorious world we live in.

May The Blessings Be!

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