From Helpless to Healed
Over one billion prescriptions have been given out in England each year since 2014, which, incredibly, is small in comparison to the USA, which currently leads the way as the most prevalent users of prescribed drugs.
Consuming 75 percent of all pharmaceuticals, despite only making up 5 percent of the world population. Millions of people are heavily reliant on drugs, which is regrettably unsurprising due to what we’ve been conditioned to believe about health and healing.
Growing up, at the early signs of sickness, my I would be taken to the doctor’s surgery to be given a diagnosis and pick up a prescription. Sound familiar? The consequence of this conditioning is an unhealthy dependency on doctors and a helplessness to heal without the popping of pharmaceuticals.
Go beyond the conditioning to be a victim to conditions
Medical professionals, taught by classical institutions, are often trained to view the body as separate from the mind and focus on finding physical reasons for physical conditions. Diagnoses are generally given based upon the collection of symptoms showing up within the body. If you have swelling, stiffness and pain in your joints, then you’ve got arthritis. If you have tiredness and weight gain then your thyroid may not be working properly.
Or if you have abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and/or undesirable bowel habits, you’ve developed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.), which his commonly said to be caused by food intolerances or stress. Although it sounds like these medical labels are providing diagnoses as to why you have the condition. Upon examination, these explanations are not diagnosing the cause, but are only offering a medical name for your group of symptoms or diagnosing symptoms of other symptoms, with the real root-cause(s) remaining unknown.
Look beyond medical labels to explore the hidden cause
When working with clients with physical conditions, I will usually begin by asking what diagnosis they have received from their doctor. Then, having been given the medical name for the condition, I will enquire what they were told is causing their issue, with the answers usually including: age, ‘wear and tear’, ‘because it just happens’ or ‘bad luck’. For me, these answers do not satisfy my curiosity when wanting to understand why.
Taking the above examples further: being informed that you have painful joints because you have arthritis is not being told the cause; it is only being given a name for your symptoms. Or receiving the diagnosed of a thyroid condition as the cause of your weight gain or I.B.S. due to food intolerances also falls short. Why has the thyroid stopped functioning or why has the body become allergic to certain foods? When you get the answers to these questions, you move much closer to finding and resolving the cause, which is often a conflict experience.
Questions for exploring the possible mind-body connection cause:
What is happening within my body, i.e. what is my body actually doing?
If the physical condition was trying to send a symbolic message to me, what might it be saying?
If the physical condition was a negative emotion, what emotion would it be?
How does having the condition make me feel? Where in my life have I been feeling this way and what's been happening that I do not want?
How might my body be mirroring my life?
What was happening in my life during the 12–18 months leading up to when I first noticed the physical condition? What bad things were happening? What good things were happening? What problematic situation was resolved?