Perceptual blindness – a barrier to healing?

Often one has to be willing and ready to believe in the possibility of healing… in order to heal.

Sometimes when I tell people I can help them recover from chronic illnesses deemed ‘incurable’ by the medical community, they look at me in disbelief.

And when I add that it’s possible without the use of medication or external aids, their eyes start to glaze over.

And sometimes it’s just too much for them altogether and they change the subject or walk away.

These people may be desperate to heal their physical or emotional pain, so why is it so hard to believe it’s possible?

This is my take on it:  Because of our perceptual conditioning.

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entitled  Why Is It That We Assume ‘Doctor Knows Best’?

In it I talked about how many of us have been unconsciously conditioned to think that a doctor knows more than anyone else – including ourselves and natural health practitioners – about our health. And I described how I see this as a mass consciousness conditioning, which fortunately I am glad to say I feel is starting to shift.

Today I want to talk about how we can blind ourselves to the possibility of healing, without even knowing we are doing so.

“It was such an ‘impossible’ vision in their reality that their highly filtered perceptions couldn’t register what was happening, and they literally failed to ‘see’”

Have you heard of the story of the indigenous people who could not see the tall ships of the European explorers moored out to sea? In the film ‘What the Bleep do we know?’ Candice Pert describes how “When the tall European ships first approached the early Native Americans, it was such an ‘impossible’ vision in their reality that their highly filtered perceptions couldn’t register what was happening, and they literally failed to ‘see’ the ships.”

Apparently also “South Americans could see the boats that the explorers landed in, but not the ships anchored offshore. Their shaman stared out to sea and by imagining what he was looking for, was finally able to make out the ships. He was then able to point them out to others, until at last everyone could see the ships. The shaman could do this because he alone was open to the possibilities of strange things from other worlds”.

The story actually traces back to Captain Cook and his landing in Australia in April 1770. When Cook arrived off Australia, his ship drew no reaction. According to the historian Robert Hughes: “It was the largest artefact ever seen on the East Coast of Australia, an object so huge, complex and unfamiliar as to defy the natives’ understanding.”

“According to our own individual ‘level of consciousness’ we can only handle so much ‘reality’ at once”

In her book ‘Dancing in the Shadows of the Moon’ author and nature expert Machaelle Wright describes how all of reality is available to us at any one time. However, according to our own individual ‘level of consciousness’ we can only handle so much ‘reality’ at once, and so we have a safety mechanism around our perceptions and awareness called a ‘ring-pass-not’. This safety circle prevents us from experiencing levels of reality we are not yet ready to assimilate. And when we are ready, and sometimes even when we’re not, this ‘ring-pass-not’ will expand and allow more of ‘life in’, and all of a sudden we see and understand things we previously did not know even existed.

This happened to me back in my late 20’s. At the time it was called a ‘nervous breakdown’ – several years of processing and assimilating later, I saw how it was a ‘breakthrough in consciousness’ – a breakthrough to a greater level of understanding of the possibilities of life. That was when I started to explore natural therapies and look for solutions beyond the medical paradigm.

So is it possible that we blind ourselves and prevent healing simply because we cannot ‘see’ or believe it is possible? I believe so!

Again and again I listen to people in chronic illness self-help groups going on about their symptoms, and they often seem to focus on the problem rather than a solution. They say they want to get well and yet they go round and round in circles never making much of an improvement. It’s almost like there’s a certain sense of satisfaction from staying stuck. Where would they be without their pain? Yes, I know, that can sound like a harsh comment, but remember, I’ve been there and done that!

There are good reasons actually for this often unconscious need to stay ‘stuck’ –  in my experience, both mine and that of clients, this stems from experiences of disempowerment that have occurred in childhood, bringing with them deep insecurities and feelings of unsafety in the world. It’s the classic state of ‘victim-consciousness’ which keeps us stuck in our pain and misery.

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anaïs Nin

The people that I find heal are those that at some point decide that the staying in pain is more painful than what it will take them to move beyond it. They wake up one day and say “that’s it, I’ve had enough, I’m willing  for a new perspective”. And as soon as they do so, new opportunities come their way, and that is when they find my website popping up in front of ‘their eyes’.

So, if you’re chronically ill, ask yourself “Am I ready and willing to heal, to change, to transform, to learn the lessons my Soul is asking me to get? Am I willing to see the truth about myself and what has brought me to this place?”

And if.. or when… the answer is yes, then I am sure you will find yourself well on your way to recovery.

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