Spontaneous healing and using the power of the mind to combat disease, have always fascinated me. I have a library full of books delving deeply into this phenomenon, and even though there is not one clear-cut solution on any healing path, there are a myriad of techniques to explore on the way. I was revisiting some of my favourite books on the weekend, and flicked back through one called The Journey, by Brandon Bays. She has some beautiful insights to share about her own experience of healing…
Brandon’s story is a very interesting one – she was a very health conscious lady, very big in personal growth and the new age type movement and very healthy by anybody’s standards. So when she started getting a little bit of a potty belly, she thought, maybe I’m not exercising hard enough, or eating quite well enough, let me step up my health regime – which she did, but to no avail, her belly kept getting bigger and bigger. So Brandon just kept wearing bigger and bigger shirts – and ignored what was happening and went into denial about what may be wrong.
After several months of ignoring the signs, she actually started haemorrhaging. She took herself off to the Dr and the Dr. said “Brandon, you have a basketball size tumour in your uterus, if we don’t do an emergency hysterectomy, you are going to bleed to death”. And Brandon, said “No, No, No, I believe I can heal myself”, and the Dr. said “Brandon, you are insane, you are bleeding to death, we need to do this operation immediately”.
She begged for the time to see if she could stop the bleeding herself. The Dr thought she was crazy, but Brandon went away and she did stop the bleeding through using homoeopathics, meditation and NLP techniques. After stopping the bleeding she went on what she calls her Journey of self healing.
What she did was, of course, work on the physical body. She used different massage techniques, herbs, juice fasting, raw diets etc – but alongside all of that physical work – she also accessed the suppressed feelings around a trauma earlier in her life and the truth that was hidden within her body. When she finally released those feelings, she allowed the healing to take place. This allowed those physical actions she was taking, to have an even more profound healing effect.
After six weeks on this journey, Brandon had no tumour left. Her body had actually broken it down and dissolved it, and she didn’t have to have an operation – it had resolved itself. She had healed. Her story is a fascinating one on many levels, not just because it shows how there can be deeply held emotions or feelings within the body that we may not have ever wanted to look at, but how quickly the body can heal once the right pieces to the puzzle have been found.
And it’s not always an easy thing to do. However, The Journey work, is another technique that may help us to access those true feelings around difficult situations in our lives, and move them on and shift them, to allow healing to take place. Accepting who we are is part of our growth and healing. That’s not to say that we can’t acknowledge areas in life where we could do better, but let’s be nice to ourselves about it. This passage from The Journey says it so well:
“I’d heard it said that when we are born, we come in as a pristine pure, flawless, diamond, and through the course of life we dump a lot of emotional ‘shit’ on top of it, and obscure its natural brilliance and radiance. Then, when we become adults, we paint varnish over it, to make it appear shiny and presentable. All we’ve done is put a hard polished veneer over a bunch of crap, but when we present it to the world saying ‘This is who I am’, we wonder why no one ‘buys it’.
Then one day, if we’re very lucky, through some act of grace, or through a transformative seminar, a book, a crisis, a disease, or some other gift of life, we might have the great good fortune to break through and crack this brittle surface. Then for a while it might seem as if all we’re doing is shoveling through the brown stuff. But eventually, underneath it all, we unearth the priceless diamond that has always been there – shining, pristine, pure and exquisitely beautiful.
We eventually realize that we’ve always been this flawless diamond, only we’d spent the whole of our lives thinking we were the stuff that obscured it.”
Where have you experienced a crack in the veneer and allowed the diamond to shine through? Or do you still have a pile of emotional “garbage” obscuring that light within? What steps have you taken to let more of that light shine through?