How do I create holistic health?
You are the creator of your own health and wellness. You have ultimate reign over the state of your body, mind and soul.
There are many ways to create holistic health. Because there are so many factors that influence our state of health, it is an equation that will never be absolutely complete. It is a life-long journey to strive for better health and wellness.
The quest for health and wellness is an opportunity to get closer to having the easy-going, creative, happy life that we all want. But there’s a catch. In the process, you have to learn about yourself. And this is the precise reason why most people do not stay healthy or achieve holistic health.
Our goal is to consciously create health rather than unconsciously create dis-ease.
So what is the creation of health and wellness really about?
We create dis-ease in order to learn about ourselves, aspects of ourselves that need to be brought into alignment with who we are. It is a conscious or unconscious choice between truth and denial.
Truth Versus Denial – Why do people get ill?
Self-discovery, self-insight, self-knowledge, facing your fears, facing yourself, is confronting. So confronting for some that they decide to choose another path altogether: denial. Denial of themselves, denial of their beauty, denial of their potential and denial that there is anything wrong in their lives! And it is that simple. Each of us has a choice between facing the fear and denying it. Facing the fear is scary but it is ultimately liberating. Denial is easy but ultimately self-destructive.
Facing your fears is meant to be challenging but the rewards are greater and long-lasting. Facing your fears is an inevitable speed bump on the road to health and wellness and rest assured, everybody has them.
Fear has to hide somewhere, and it is usually guarded by our beliefs…
The Power of Belief – How do my beliefs impact my health?
Without consciously knowing them all, we each have a bunch of beliefs about ourselves and of course, life in general. These beliefs lie at the core of our being to form our belief system and from ‘behind the scenes’ they govern our behaviour and steer our direction through life. They form the foundation of our approach to health and wellness.
Everyone – without exception – has beliefs about core life concepts such as love, value, power and worthiness. They usually go something like:
I am worthy or I am unworthy
I am powerful or I am powerless
I am valuable or I have no value
I am loveable or I am not loveable
If we only knew the power of these beliefs and the effect they have on our health and wellness, we would certainly pay them more attention.
So how is a belief created?
Beliefs – unless they are inherited beliefs from our upbringing which we have never questioned – are usually born from a single thought…a thought which gradually gains power and momentum as it reinforced over time. It begins with an incidental thought:
From thought to belief, this process gathers momentum and has an increasing effect on the body, with the belief having the greatest impact on the body’s chemistry. This is because…
When beliefs and feelings join to forge e-motions, they become powerful energy in motion.
This powerful energy is what fuels the creative process of health and wellness
Ease vs Dis-ease – How do you process life?
We go through a series of thoughts and feelings that determine how we experience life events. How we perceive any given situation makes us either at ease or at dis-ease with life. Lets take a look at how the process of works in practise…
Step 1: Life & How We Experience It
“I got fired from my job”
Life experiences have the ability to get us high or get us down and everything in between. The important thing is how life events are experienced by you. Any particular life event is experienced differently by every person and largely based on their experience of other life events. This is where we plant the seed of dis-ease.
If we experience an event to be bad, we create dis-ease within ourselves. If we experience an event to be good, we are creating health. How we experience life often comes down to our cellular memory, in other words, new life experiences become tainted by old life experiences.
Step 2: Attachment
“I feel useless. I don’t ever want to feel this way again.”
When we experience a life event in a negative way, we create an attachment to that event as if to say ‘remember this – i don’t want to experience this feeling ever again’. And in this attachment, we consciously create a memory with the intention of avoiding a similar experience in the future. The avoidance or resistance to the feeling creates further disharmony, and strengthens the initial feeling of sadness.
Step 3: Judgment to Illusion
“I should never have taken that promotion because I knew I wasn’t good enough. I should have known better.”
Thoughts are powerful especially when charged with emotion so your negative thoughts about a life event can be self-destructive. When you move from feeling bad to making a judgment about yourself based on the life event, you are furthering the process of dis-ease.
All judgments we have about ourselves are illusions – they are based on perceiving an event in a way that dis-empowers us. When we believe a judgment wholeheartedly it turns into an illusion, or denial of the truth.
Step 4: Illusion to Belief
“I can’t trust myself to make the right decisions. I am useless.”
And the process snowballs…a repeated powerful thought becomes a belief and that belief becomes a way of being. The belief governs how you live and underlies how you see yourself and others. Your belief system becomes a spiritual basis for your way of life.
Step 5: Disharmony
A flawed belief which does not reflect who you truly are interrupts your natural state of health and wellness and causes disharmony on emotional, mental and spiritual levels. This disharmony causes resistance in the natural flow of energy throughout your being and as a result, causes a weakness in your energy system. The weakness remains in your outer energy system and over time will eventually manifest in your physical body…
Step 6: Dis-ease
The weakness in your energy system creates a dis-ease in your physical body and is brought to your attention in the form of pain, tiredness or any sense of discomfort. This usually occurs when there has been other life events that have reinforced your negative belief.
Step 7: Healing (Optional)
A more healthy response to this unfortunate life event would look something like this:
“I got fired from my job”
“It made me feel useless – I know this isn’t really true and that the feeling will pass.”
“I am glad I had the opportunity to learn from this experience. Maybe it is a sign that there is something else better out there for me.”
“I trust that it was the right time for me to lose my job.”
A negative belief cannot form from a positive perspective of the life event. Changing the belief to an uplifting perspective gives the signal to the body that all is well and at peace. This is the true definition of holistic health and wellness.
Next time you experience a challenging life situation, try changing your perspective. You might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome!
To find out more about holistic health go to The Whole Picture: Body, Mind and Soul.
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