Wow – where do I start? I guess at…..
My awareness of the subject of Metaphysics occurred when – more than 25 years ago, I first discovered a book called ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ written by Louise L. Hay! I can remember being really shocked back then when I read her idea that we ‘choose’ our parents. My reaction was ‘why on earth would I want to do that?!’ It now makes total sense to me – a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since those years!
I started to look at my life differently as I explored her other books plus also found ‘Love Your Disease It’s Keeping You Healthy’ by Australian Dr. John Harrison which was a blockbuster in the United States. As it turned out, I had the ‘good fortune’ to work with John (more than 25 years ago) and much of the way I have ended up working with clients, has, I realise now (as I’m re-reading his book) been very much influenced by his amazing knowledge which he has shared with us in his book.
I spent my remaining years in Melbourne (before moving to Noosa) ‘doing’ every metaphysical seminar I could find including such ones as Re-birthing – a long 6 months course which helped clear many ‘old’ patterns/behaviours whilst I gained new ways of doing this. I even ‘fire-walked’ and have the photos to prove this! I might add that I attracted some wonderful teachers and proved the old adage – that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear for which I have been eternally grateful.
Once ensconced in Noosa – again the ‘Universe’ worked it’s magic, so that I was able to become part of a group (that had been booked out when I first rang) which was being taught by an extra-ordinary lady who had trained counsellors at Lifeline. After 3 courses and more self-learning, I tippy-toed out on my own, and somehow found myself pulling together a Support Group for those with Cancer. Looking back I have no idea or memories of how this transpired.
Since then I have worked with clients – one on one – also in groups – for more than 35 years. During this time, I have also continued my learning about myself, particularly my journey of how our emotions, mind, behaviours/choices tie in with the way our physical body responds.
Illness as a learning
I see illness – any – as the body’s message that something is out of balance, and that we can, by taking the hint and looking at where the illness is showing up in the body, make the necessary changes to return to ‘wellness.’
As a child I learnt very well, because of family dynamics, to get attention and my other needs met by becoming ill. I remember getting tonsillitis just before my Anatomy exam at University, so I’d have an excuse when I didn’t do particularly well. Going back then, this wasn’t done consciously – but by the time I was 18 my sub-conscious knew what to do to ‘keep me safe!’
I have learnt much more about how I have ‘used’ illness.’ As I’ve said, on a subconscious level, I used it to ‘get out of’ things/occasions that I really wanted no part of. Instead of realising this in the beginning and communicating, I have in the past, created an illness – maybe a cold, or even an accident ‘to prevent me’ from having to do something. The illness/accident has been used as an ‘acceptable’ excuse when I haven’t been able to find a way to say ‘no – I’d prefer not to do……!’
We are all different – and with a willingness to be aware, each of our journeys can find a way of teaching us what we need to know. Much learning will come from relationships and I can now actually say that I was blessed to wind up with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia many years ago, when one of my major relationships did not work out. I actually worked with John Harrison around this time, and my main memory now of our conversation was about giving up smoking – no judgment involved on his part for me smoking – and not about the Leukemia.
I remember he said ‘To always remember to replace the need for smoking with something else that was beneficial before I gave up the habit.’ Thinking back now, I think he said the Leukemia would ‘go’ when I didn’t ‘need it anymore!!’ Which, of course, it did – though back then, when he said that, it made no sense to me whatsoever! My wonderful G.P. now says that she can see no reason why the Leukemia has disappeared totally, considering that I’ve never had any medical help other than the monitoring of blood tests over the years. So as John said, I’ve worked out I no longer ‘need it!!!’ Yeh!!!
A big ‘ah ha’
I am now coming to realise, we are ‘in charge’ of our bodies – or can be if we choose to be. With awareness and understanding of why the illness occurred in the first place, then clearing the ‘causal’ bottom line, we can turn it around. I have also gone through the process of doing this with Bowel Cancer, this time though using the skills of a wonderful surgeon in Brisbane. I have since worked on the metaphysical causes of this dis-ease with the help of colonoscopies to monitor my progress with clearing the pattern which was involved with ‘creating’ the cancer in the first place.
Before working with a client in regard to an illness, I always ask that he/she gets medical direction from a doctor. I have found great success in being able to help someone progress through for example ‘depression’, particularly when they prefer to use alternate methods to do this, rather than just medication. There are many G.P.’s in the area with whom I have worked successfully and I’m grateful for their support in regard to being open to help a person on a holistic base.
Many years ago, when I was putting together my first brochure, I was looking for a description – a word to describe what I ‘do.’ One of my first clients suggested I use the term ‘Facilitator of Change’ which I have used ever since.
My role in helping a client, is to give them the skills to ‘do it for themselves’ ie. solve whatever is not working with the skills I give them so they can do it for and by themselves! I help to facilitate the change they wish to make within themselves. And the skills they learn can be used for the rest of their lives as well as in any areas of their lives.