From my own experience of healing, these past 4 months especially, and from my witnessing as a practitioner, I have come to know this as truth:
It comes not from the dwelling in what is wrong and worrying makes it all worse, it comes from allowing, forgiving and letting the love and the light in, like really in... Let the light into those dark, hidden places and be ok with what is seen. The shadow is not there to judge, it's there to teach.
It comes not from blame and resistance, it comes from knowing we are all doing our best, with the tools we have right now.
And then, it comes from asking. Asking for mercy on our soul, healing and forgiveness, asking for guidance and support. No one, earthly or divine, can help without us asking and being open to receive it.
Healing comes when we reclaim our sovereignty, our safety, our mind, our soul and asking our spirit to be with us in our physical body.
Healing comes when we reclaim our seat on Earth or our place on the wheel of life, and know it as home.
Earth gives us life. Our bodies are designed to heal. Anything else is a lie and an illusion.
Life on Earth is a blessing and part of our soul's journey.
By honouring the love in and for myself, I honour my love for all. Since a life breakdown in 2006-2009 I came to realize that it's not possible to give to others from an empty love tank. It can work for a little while until one is completely drained and then may really need to lean on others for help and support. Sometimes, people are too proud- letting their ego get in the way- and won't ask for that help or think that health and happiness come without doing the personal development work. Or they keep themselves distracted all of the time and don't make time to be in quiet solitude, reflect inward and trust their heart. Too often, we see those people really suffer. These past few months felt like a fall from Grace for me. I got stuck in my ego big time. So I am coming full circle back to this place again...
I see 3 Doorways: Honesty, Love & Faith. We all have different perspectives but for me- I have known and seen this work well...
1. Be Honest & Trust - with our self first and foremost and then with others. Then we can easily expect others to be honest and trust us (if we try and expect others to trust us but we have been dishonest with ourself- it's not likely going to work - trust me, I have tried)
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2. Love - find ways to love ourselves- and fill up the personal love bucket first. From this place it will be easy to give love to others and one can expect to be loved by others (if we try to love others first or expect others to love us but we have been hating on ourself- it's not likely going to work and can lead to more ego based actions / feelings etc. which cause even more self hate)
3. Faith - however faith looks - from this place of self honesty and self love and now trust and love with others, begin to have faith (or deepen your spiritual practice) whether it's creative inspiration, intuition or communion with God, Creator, Spirit or Universal Love - the faith connection comes when we are in the frequencies and consciousness of honesty and love first. The more we are in this consciousness, the clearer our frequencies are and the more faith-full connections can happen.
Some people begin with faith and that is beautiful and can be done- but I have often seen those people still being dishonest and still giving love from a self-hate place. Give this a go- try it on. Who knows what could happen. Start with honesty...
I know that I was giving from an empty tank and my body shut down on me. I was being dishonest with myself and trying to convince myself I was fine. I then had no choice but to give myself as much love as I possibly could and can see clearly now, that this is a daily practise.
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It's much simpler than people might think. For me it's eating more fruits and vegetables and smoothies, meditation (learning this on my own - but it's as simple as slowing right down- take a big breath in and scan the body for tension and consciously relax those parts- then close eyes and focus on breath- when the mind wanders- gently notice it and come back to the breath) and do this at least twice a day (10 to 15 minutes), yoga (at home - I first learned yoga from a book from the library and now use YouTube - check out Yoga With Adriene), reading books with a cup of tea or in the park, self massage (look up the Miracle Ball Method- this is a daily thing for me now) and getting outside as much as possible. Nature is a healer. It took me a few months to get to this daily practise but I trust it can be done. Some days it doesn't happen and I simply forgive myself and sneak a little stretching and a quick meditation before falling to sleep. It makes a difference and then I know- i've poured some love into my being for the day.
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Blessings & Love All Ways!
*It took me a while before I could stomach raw smoothies and juices. I don't recommend that people just hop on a juice or smoothie cleanse right out of the gate, because if you are sick (sometimes or often), it's likely your gut has some (or a lot of) inflammation.
I have found through my journey that to begin the healing process, one might want to start with slow cooked (no oil or fat) veggie soups with loads of celery, carrots and sweet potatoes (no salt). Look up Hippocrates Soup Recipe (I'll add this to a future blog entry). Make a huge batch of it and freeze it in portions (don't eat leftovers, I'll explain another time). Eat this for dinner and at the same time, take out fats, dairy and sodium. Taking sodium out will help balance potassium (helps muscles relax, helps with hypertension etc) and taking out fats will support the liver to regenerate and start working better, and taking out dairy is just a wise thing to do while healing the whole body.
I also don't do grains anymore, they always hurt my gut it seems. Oh well. I never say never - so maybe will try grains again in the future. For now- it feels right.
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I slowly started to implement the above food restrictions (also this is nutrient dense so it's not really depriving) and in a few weeks I noticed a huge difference in my energy and my body started to release excess gunk, pain and swelling have gone down substantially (going to share more of my before photos and nutritional graphs - stay tuned).
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Then I started to slowly introduce a little bit of juicing... I have celery juice (about 3-4 stalks) first thing in the morning to balance my HCL (which is the stomach acid that is responsible for good digestion) and this is something I will likely do for as long as I can. I really notice a difference on the days I don't have it. It's quite refreshing and such a blessing. I also make a carrot juice at the same time to have later in the day. I will definitely be blogging more about my all of my food / lifestyle experiences and transformation in the days to come (let's jam)...
The smoothie in this photo is my breakfast most days- or sometimes my lunch. I've even made this smoothie twice in a day- and have it shortly before bed, believe t or not, it helps me calm down before bed. It has apple, cucumber, mango, parsley, ginger, garlic, turmeric, lucama powder (Peruvian fruit superfood powder) and water. I've never had garlic in my smoothie yet and ya know, it all tastes pretty good but I also feel so grateful to be able to do this and there is something very different about making fresh food smoothies. The living foods make a difference. Did you know there are pre and probiotics on the skin of fruits? I also can't imagine a day without turmeric now either, it really helps me with inflammation.
I am really loving whole, fresh, natural, clean food again. It's been the difference between chronic fatigue, pain and bloated or energy and building strength and confidence again in myself.
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