Is Your Health Challenge Actually a Gift?

A New Way to Look at Difficult Situations
© Dane Roubos, D.C.    GracefulWayHealingArts.com

When we have pain, indigestion, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, or other unpleasant symptoms, most of us just want to get rid of them as soon as possible. We may even go for a “quick fix” by taking a drug to block the symptoms and get the “instant relief” we want.

That's understandable, because debilitating symptoms can really get in the way of our busy lives. But what if those annoying symptoms were actually there to alert us to something important? What if that headache is the body's messenger saying, “Hey! Pay attention to me – there's something wrong in here and I need some help!”

What if your personal health challenges have shown up in your life to help you awaken to something your soul has longed for – to lead you back to your Self? Many people have experienced amazing transformations in their lives as they faced a life-threatening illness.

Is There a Message in Your Symptoms?
Symptoms don’t happen by chance – there is always a reason – and usually more than one. Let’s use recurring headaches as an example. They could be due to anything ranging from a stuck bone in your head or neck, to a cranky neck muscle, food allergy, blocked acupuncture meridian, stress, high blood pressure, vision problems, or even a brain tumor.

Recurrent headaches or other illness could be a sign that you need to make a change. For example, you may need to:

  • Quit that job you hate (or that bad relationship)
  • Get more rest, some adrenal support, or take a vacation
  • Start exercising or change your diet
  • Move away from that cell phone tower next door
  • Get checked out for toxicity or a hidden infection
  • Release old emotional energies stored in your body

Here’s something you can do: get quiet and ask your body or your “inner wisdom” some questions, like:

  • “Are you trying to tell me something?”
  • “Do I need to get checked out by a doctor I trust?”
  • “Is something out of balance in my life?”
  • “Is there something I need to look at or let go of?”
  • “Who or what feels like a “pain in the neck” in my life?” (If you have neck pain)

If you try to push the symptoms away without taking time to explore them, you may miss out on an important communication from your inner wisdom. The problem may go away for a while, only to show up again with renewed strength. Next time, it might ring your bell a little louder.

Greeting the symptoms or health condition with acceptance and curiosity allows for a different experience. Isn’t it much easier to give a message to someone who isn’t trying to shove you out the door?

Blessings in Disguise
If you’re willing to approach your symptoms with a sense of curiosity, they can lead you to a breakthrough or a new awareness. An illness can almost always be a teacher. And sometimes it can be a doorway into a whole new life, if you’re willing to walk through it.

In 1996, Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer. A few years later it returned where she had received radiation therapy.

"I think it's probably the best thing that ever happened to me. I used to drink 6-12 cans of pop a day. Now I drink only water. I used to eat junk food; now I'm a nutrition freak. I had asked for a more spiritual life and I got cancer. That does make you have a spiritual life! I looked at all the different ways to come to a better peace of mind … it's been a wonderful walk."

Evaluating clients who’ve been in an accident may reveal some other things that need attention. The injuries tend to occur in their “stressed” areas, and working with the underlying “stressors” can actually leave the client better off than they were before the accident. I’ve had several people tell me, “I think I got in that accident just so I could come and see you!”

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

Rumi

Most Health Issues Develop Over Time
Most people assume that if they have no obvious symptoms, it means they’re in good health. Sometimes this is true, but most of the time, it’s not. Symptoms only appear when the body can no longer adapt to a developing problem.

Most health problems don’t just “come out of nowhere.” Most of them developed over time into something that can no longer be ignored. Often, the event that seemingly “caused” them to happen was merely a trigger – the last straw on the camel’s back.

A holistic doctor who knows how to test for the common “hidden causes” can usually spot your weak areas long before they become obvious to you. This gives you the opportunity to take preventive steps now. It’s much easier to prevent a health issue than it is to deal with the situation after it’s fully developed!

Healing Is a Process
Sifting down through the layers to find the underlying blocks to good health requires good listening and learning. Part of this process may be exploring how you feel about your personal health challenges, and what they might have to teach you.

Hopefully, you will consider your “health problems” as valuable “messengers” to be appreciated and understood. Accepting your symptoms doesn't mean you quit working toward your healing. It means you are willing to see them as potential allies bearing useful information and experiences, instead of enemies that must be attacked. When someone “gets the message,” their symptoms oftentimes disappear.

“Welcome difficulty. Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you've been given, the door will open.”

Rumi

Related Article: Healthy Life – Healing on All Four Levels

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