MISPERCEPTION – THE MISSING PIECE?

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Do you believe you need to be ready and willing to believe in the possibility of recovery, in order for it to happen?

Sometimes when I tell people I can help them recover from chronic illnesses deemed ‘incomprehensible and incurable’ by conventional medicine, they look at me in disbelief.

And then when I add it’s possible to do so without the use of medication or any external aids, their eyes 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?

Could it be due to our perceptual conditioning?

Many of us have been unconsciously programmed to think it may be difficult to recover from chronic (long-term) illness, and also that conventional medicine has the only or best answers.

With 15,000+ hours of training and practical application with clients in the most cutting-edge health methods available today, plus my own recovery from CFS, clinical depression and a long list of other complaints, I now KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are many solutions for illness recovery beyond our Western medical paradigm.

So today I want to talk about how we can blind ourselves to these possibilities without even knowing we are doing so!

Do you live ‘in your own little world’?

Have you heard of the story of the indigenous people who could not see the tall ships of the European explorers anchored 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.”

She continues: “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.”

Here’s another way to explain our limited understanding of what is possible in life:

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 a certain amount of ‘reality’ at one time, and we all have our own individually callibrated safety mechanism around our perceptions and awareness called a ‘ring-pass-not’.

This safety net prevents us from experiencing levels of reality we are not yet ready to experience. And when we are ready to experience more of reality (or ‘truth’), this ‘ring-pass-not’ will expand to allow more ‘reality’ in, allowing us to suddenly and miraculously see, understand and percieve things we previously did not know existed!

This happened to me back in my 20’s. After a so-called ‘nervous breakdown’ and several years of sorting out my ‘life issues’, I came to see how the ‘breakdown’ was exactly that: a breakdown of old limiting beliefs and a ‘breakthrough in consciousness’ – a breakthrough to a greater level of understanding of life – and ‘reality’. That was when I started to explore natural therapies and look for solutions beyond what I call the ‘mainstream medical paradigm’.

Of course we don’t all have to go to the extreme of having a breakdown for change to happen, although sometimes it can really feel like that when we are going through challenging circumstances, but we do need to see things from a different point of view in order for transformation to occur.

In Albert Einstein’s words “We cannot solve a problem from the same level of reality from which it was created” – it’s just not possible! Which is why new, cutting-edge therapies such as Mickel Therapy are having such a tremendous effect because they are breaking through the old paradigms and worldviews of what is possible. They also understand what really needs to happen in order to reverse illness back into health.

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

Again and again I listen to people with chronic illness talk about their symptoms and focus on their problems. And when a solution is offered, one that has been proven to work, they are often deaf and blind to hearing it. And there are very good reasons for this, which cannot be covered in this blog today.

What I can say is that the clients I find recover quickest and easiest are those who decide that staying in pain is more painful than what it will take them to move beyond the pain. They reach a point where they say “that’s it, I’ve had enough, I’m willing to do something different, I’m willing to have a new perspective and I surrender to change”.

And as soon as they do this, new opportunities immediately come their way, and often that is when they find Mickel Therapy popping up in front of ‘their eyes’ in the form of a flyer or website.

Are you ready for lasting, positive change?

So if you have been unwell for a while, searched for answers and not yet found them, I invite you to ask yourself these questions and give a rating out of 10 for each one (0 = no I’m not ready, 5 = sort of ready = 10 = absolutely):

  • Am I ready and willing to change and for transformation to happen?
  • Am I ready and willing to learn the lessons my body is trying to teach me through this pain or fatigue?
  • Am I willing to see the truth of what has brought me to this place in my life?
  • Am I ‘interested’ in changing, or committed to changing?
  • Am I willing to make the necessary changes I need to make so my body no longer needs to send me symptoms?

If the answer is yes, this will be the first step in your recovery and a turning point in your life! And of course Mickel Therapy is there to help you change and teach you exactly what those next steps are.

This blog was written by Kim Knight, Senior Mickel Therapist and Mickel Therapy Trainer in New Zealand  / Australasia. Kim was nominated for New Zealand Woman of the Year for her cutting-edge work in helping people recover from chronic illnesses using techniques such as Mickel Therapy.

For more information about Kim and Mickel Therapy see www.mickeltherapy.co.nz

What if symptoms were actually part of the solution?

Could symptoms be part of the solution?

by Megan Otto

‘From the moment we are born the body has an intelligence system designed to look after us’

‘Hey you up there!  See that rash, growth, sneeze? It’s a message from your body. Are you listening?!’ Kim Knight, health and personal development coach explains symptoms are intelligent communication from the body to the head. “We are brought up in our society to think the head is king but actually the gut activates before the brain.”

Kim has tried over 150 different therapies and trained in Mickel Therapy, Energy Psychology, Qi Gong, Taoist Meditation and Emotional Intelligence to a professional level. She believes from the moment we are born the body has an intelligence system designed to look after us. It will scan 24 hours a day for information about happiness, healthiness and safety.  Being happy and healthy is the norm although that is oft forgotten. “Look at what happens when people come back from wars with post traumatic stress disorder. They can’t function,” says Kim.

“This body intelligence system knows what is going on in a person’s life and forms opinions about it. Then it sends communication asking us to do something. It will begin with Plan A – body sensations,” explains Kim. “These are simple and subtle. There are two body sensations which we are well trained in and we do notice. One is hunger. It is not a pain but is definitely a sensation telling us to eat something. The other is needing the toilet. We know what that feels like. We take appropriate action and the sensation stops.”

“I am putting power back in people’s hands. Given the right advice the body can be a self healing mechanism.”

However if Plan A is unsuccessful the directive is stepped up to Plan B – emotions. Negative emotions like, “I’m feeling frustrated/worried/afraid/anxious/sad/angry” are actually a healthy form of communication from the body to the head. Unfortunately this is the level we unconsciously train ourselves to ignore.  Then because the body is programmed to do its job come hell or high water it says, “Well okay you didn’t hear me so I am going to send you something louder which will get your attention. Plan C – symptoms.”

Symptoms like insomnia, food intolerances, eczema, asthma or skin irritations are often seen as minor but Kim believes they are a body’s cry for attention. Nonetheless initially the symptoms are often at a level where they are not inhibiting a person’s life so they can be masked with medication. “We haven’t yet asked ourselves, “Ok my body isn’t very happy about something.  What is going on here?” But over time the body can only function with so many symptoms before the state of dis-ease turns into disease.” And what most people do not realize is that the flight or fight response induces the physiology of the body to change.  Heart rate, breathing and nervous system ramp up, steroid hormone cortisol and adrenalin are released, digestion stops – the whole body is affected. This is when people start to get chronic conditions. “There have been many things happening before people get really sick,” observes Kim. “However our healthcare system is generally only really designed to deal with people once they get to that point.”

“Over time the body can only function with so many symptoms before the state of dis-ease turns into disease”.

An absence of awareness about our bodies is evidenced by hospitals with waiting lists.  This lack of responsibility for ourselves is what led to Kim’s health coaching practice. “I am putting power back in people’s hands. Given the right advice the body can be a self healing mechanism.”

One of the most common complaints is stress. Kim point outs that most people think this is caused by something external but she says it is always an internal reaction to a real or internalised event. Either way she trains clients to analyse underlying issues.

“What I have found is that people with chronic health conditions have not been looking after themselves or attending to their emotional needs”

Childhood emotions not being validated are a reoccurring pattern. Clients might have been told “Don’t be silly, don’t cry!” Consequently they stopped allowing themselves to feel.  Their modes operandi became fear because being authentic risks judgment or criticism. “To the emotional body that is the equivalent of dying,” says Kim.  Honesty is one of the prerequisites for health.

Another principle is no division between the physical, mental and spiritual layers of a person. She recalls the frustration of listening to a rheumatologist at a fibromyalgia seminar. He said, “We still don’t know what creates fibromyalia and we’re looking for a gene to isolate it.” And I’m like no, no, no we do know. Look at what happens in a person’s life and how it affects them!”

The U.K. Public Health Association published a major review by Sir Michael Marmot called “Fair Society, Healthy Lives” in 2010 and revisited it in 2011. Their research revealed “…health inequalities do not arise by chance and they cannot be attributed simply to genetic make up, ‘bad’ or unhealthy behaviour or difficulties in access to medical care as important as those factors may be…difference in health status is reflected and are caused by social and economic inequalities in society.”

The report goes on to say doing nothing to improve the wellbeing of the nation was not an option because the human cost would be enormous.

“…health inequalities do not arise by chance and they cannot be attributed simply to genetic make up” 

Kim bases her argument for better health on quantum physics, the science of energy. Go down to a million times magnification of a cell (by that stage it would be at a sub ‘quantum’ atomic level) and bizarrely enough all you would see is mainly space. “So when an emotion arises in the body and it is not resolved or discharged then it stays in the body. It is a vibration that gets trapped in the cell and over time it is repeated and augmented.  You can imagine how that has an effect at a cellular level. The energy starts to distort the vibration of the cell which manifest as a dysfunction. It is the law of physics – cause and effect.”

Even language illustrates the interconnectedness of energy with the body. According to the Chinese healing art of Qi Gong anger is stored in the liver – hence the saying, “I was livid with anger.” Just as common, “My heart sunk”, “My heart was filled with joy” or “I was sick with worry” (stored in the stomach and spleen).

‘It is never too late. Kim says people can turn themselves around’.

“What I have found is that people with chronic health conditions have not been looking after themselves or attending to their emotional needs,” maintains Kim. “They might have been unable to articulate their feelings or had others walk all over them. So they have a whole stack of trapped emotions inside their body. Which are now manifesting as symptoms.”

It is never too late. Kim says people can turn themselves around. “I had a girl on the phone absolutely exhausted with chronic fatigue syndrome. Her doctor had told her there is nothing we can do for you.  Unfortunately while modern medicine is fantastic in some areas some doctors only understand how to eradicate symptoms through medication or surgery. They know how to cut out a piece of cancer but not what the caused it. Obviously surgery is really good if someone has had a stroke, heart attack, something acute. But in this case it was chronic fatigue. I put together a jig-saw puzzle of the girl’s history and discovered she’d suffered traumas that she’d never told anyone about.”

Kim’s empathy comes from a break down she herself suffered 25 years ago. During the course of recovery she read a book which put forward the idea that all of reality is available to us at any given time. But we can only deal with so much at a certain time. And each person’s ‘reality cup’ will be different sized. Sometimes it gets over-full.

Kim knows there are some doctors who will take into account a whole person. For example The Australian Integrated Medical Association’s philosophy is medical care through integrating proven complementary medicine into mainstream practice. Kim is resolute, “I think we are in the middle or at least at the start of change.”

Kim Knight is a health and personal development coach based in Auckland, New Zealand, and working worldwide by phone with clients.

www.artofhealth.co.nz

Megan Otto is a freelance writer also based in New Zealand. www.megan-otto.suite101.com

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On how depression is the de-pressing of emotions

Yesterday I was reminded, again, of how depression really is a de-pressing of emotions.

A couple of days ago I experienced an energetic healing session, and often what can follow is a clearing of energy,  often called a ‘healing response’. When this healing response kicks in, it usually manifests as symptoms or emotions of the original trauma or situation which is being addressed. This is because the energetic imprint of that situation is literally being cleared out of the cells at a quantum level. So whilst it can feel unpleasant, and often we can think “Oh God, I thought I had dealt with that, and here it is again”, it’s actually a good sign that energy is on the move.

On this particular occasion, I was experiencing and ‘doing’ depression. And whilst I know from experience that depression is a de-pressing of emotions, when we are actually full-on in that experience, it can be very hard to identify exactly what those emotions are. Emotions can be very sneaky, especially when we are dealing with very old emotions which were stored in the body before the age of 7, at which time we were purely emotional beings with no rational understanding of circumstances and events.

So, on the first day of ‘doing’ my depression, I found myself in a very deep, black hole. (And by the way, here’s a newsflash for anyone who thinks therapists don’t experience symptoms anymore just because they are a therapist: we do – the difference is we probably know how to deal with our ‘stuff’ a little easier and quicker than perhaps others who have not had the benefit of personal experience and professional training in this arena). So, on the first day I started off my usual acknowledging and validation of the depression, doing the ‘this feeling is welcome exercise (to try this out yourself go to the free exercises page here), and whilst that was good, nothing was shifting. I identified I was feeling sad and frustrated, but about what I couldn’t tell. So I allowed myself to acknowledge and feel the feelings, but nothing really shifted.

Then, the next day, I did a positive transformation session with a friend, and had a breakthrough. During the session it became clear that what was emerging to be cleared were the emotions which I had felt and also taken on board from my mother with her frustration over my brother’s mental illness when we were young. She had had virtually no support in bringing up a mentally handicapped son, and I had soaked up her unresolved pain like a sponge (as children unconsciously do).  And for the first time I connected with the sadness, pain and frustration of how I had felt, even though there was no intellectual memory of it at the time. As the old adage goes, ‘emotions buried alive never die’ and they will lie dormant at a cellular level until the infinite wisdom of the body intelligence decides it’s time to release them. Obviously my time had come for this particular block of energy to be released.

By the end of the session the depression had completely lifted and I felt light and free. What a load off, literally. And again, I had proven to myself, that despite the fact that often it can be very hard to track what is going on at an emotional level beneath depression, there always seems to be something if we are willing to keep going until we find it.

So, if you are feeling depressed, don’t give up. And here is how you can start to deal with it:

When you find yourself ‘doing’ de-pression:

  1. Remind yourself that depression is most often a de-pressing of emotions
  2. Say to yourself ‘this depression is welcome’ and invite it in for a cup of tea.
  3. Ask yourself ‘what feeling(s) am I feeling and de-pressing?’
  4. Once identified, say to yourself ‘this feeling (eg, sadness, anger) is welcome’ and invite it in for a cup of tea.
  5. Use any other tools you may have at your disposal to identify and clear the emotions
  6. Most importantly, be kind, patient and loving with yourself

And never give up hope! We can move beyond depression.