Can You Use Complementary Alternative Medicine Techniques to Give Yourself a New Identity?
Valerie tripped and crashed to her knees on the stones. Now she was covered with blood. She hadn’t hurt herself badly this time, but now other people noticed her condition. She didn’t walk easily.
This was her long-planned trip into the wilderness to see gorillas in the wild. It was her dream trip of a lifetime!
Now she was scared – afraid people would not want to be in her group, or think she would ruin their one chance to see the gorillas.
Now she was ‘the one who limps,’ ‘the one who walks slowly’ – or ‘the one who needs help.’ A hazard! Those labels again…Ugh!!
They told her if she fell again, she could NOT go to see the gorillas.
She had to find a way.
She wanted other people’s support, but she was going regardless.
That was her clear intention.
So she planned to hire young Rwandan guides. She figured if she hired an extra guide and got too tired or weak, they could get her back to camp, so she would not jeopardize anyone else’s experience.
That was her commitment.
Then she turned to complementary alternative medicine techniques to see what she could do to give her strength and improve her chances of success.
1.) She used visualization, seeing and feeling herself walking strong and clear, with good energy, vitality and a sense of ease.
2.) Then she did meditation, to be centered – not reacting to other people’s fear or concern, but staying open, loving and strong.
A few ‘super-jocks’ on the trip, determined to have a great athletic mountain-climbing adventure, avoided her. But there was a more supportive group too.
The day came, and she was strong and vibrant. They headed up the mountain in early morning. It was a gorgeous day.
The Rwandan leader of her group seemed to take a liking to Val, and took her under his wing. When they came to a big stump, other people just climbed over it. The leader grabbed her with one arm, leaned her over the back of his shoulder, and swung her right over it. She landed easily on the other side. He put her down like it was nothing. This is magic, she thought. It’s easy. She was ‘in the zone.’
In less than hour, they found gorillas. The huge animals were awesome-looking. Actually, they were stunning. Just wandering along slowly, picking vegetation and munching, they were very aware of the hikers. The big one looked up. It was only ten feet away.
She had been trained to keep her head low and not make eye contact, because that can threaten a gorilla. It challenges their authority (NOT wise, as they weigh 400 to 700 pounds). So she watched and moved slowly, like the gorillas, just paying attention. A baby gorilla rolled around in the tall grass. It looked like it was smiling.
This was the experience of a lifetime! They found gorillas so fast – it usually takes two to five hours — they were allowed to stay even longer in that amazing presence. Valerie was in Heaven.
Sitting on the ground where they stopped for lunch she felt the Earth energy come up through her body and fill her. The energy of the Earth is measurably invigorating to people who put themselves in direct contact with it. She walked like a new person afterward.
She was so alive and full the return journey was easy. They were soon back at camp having tea. (It turned out the ‘super-jock’ group had climbed for 5 hours through drenching rain to find gorillas, so they got the adventure they wanted, too.) It was a great success.
ARE YOU SICK OF BEING “THE ONE WHO NEEDS HELP”?
Sick of being “the gimp,” the one with the limp, the one in the wheelchair?
Think you’ve been given the tag, or a name that describes your condition? And of course, you don’t like or want to live with that label!
If you have a tag, or a label like that, it’s very likely that – in your own mind – you have given yourself that label! Others pick it up intuitively and just treat you that way. You can change that.
GET A NEW IDENTITY! Ditch the nickname (“your condition”).
You are NOT your condition – no matter what it is!
You are a human being. You are a developing soul, a creative entity on your unique life journey. See yourself that way, with great respect and admiration for what you yourself have overcome. You have succeeded at many things.
You deserve recognition and celebration FROM YOURSELF – regardless of what anyone else thinks. All compassionate human beings want to celebrate you too. But you must go first.
PRACTICE GIVING YOURSELF APPRECIATION for at least 2 things, now. Anything counts, including getting out of bed. So there are no excuses.
CHOOSE A NEW IDENTITY for yourself now. What would you like to be known for? What would you like to become?
1 – First pick a nickname or a tag that you will give yourself.
2 – Then write a statement that starts with “I am the one who …”
3 – Then write an affirmation – a positive statement from the point of view that it is already happening successfully now. (For example: I am stronger and feeling more energetic every day! OR
I am thinking very clearly and creatively both in my work and my play.)
4 – Visualize this and say it with strong intent, clearly seeing, feeling, believing and meaning it, every morning and evening.
You will be amazed at how – if you ACT with this clear intention – it will become your reality. Carefully crafted affirmations are a powerful tool you can use to create impressive changes in your physical world – your body, mind and spirit.
Was Valerie’s success on her journey self-empowerment from her own efforts using complementary and alternative medicine methods, or was it Grace? Clearly there was Grace, and clearly she participated in that Grace, doing much to bring it to her. Our attitude, our self-concept and our participation are critical aspects of our ability to attract what we long for into our lives.
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So, can you use complementary alternative medicine methods to give yourself a lift out of distressing symptoms or resentment and discouragement? Absolutely!
A disability or chronic illness can be painful and discouraging,
but it doesn’t have to limit your potential for joy and fulfillment.
No matter what your next step is, take good care of yourself and give yourself appreciation!
You absolutely deserve that!
With Deep Appreciation for You,
Julianne Blake, PhD
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