I had a frightful call last month. My sister in law called to say my oldest brother had 3 to 5 days to live from colon cancer.
Naturally the family dropped everything to come together to his bedside a St. Francis Hospital in Bend Oregon. His 5 children, a couple of which he had not spoken to in a few years, his 2 wives, his siblings and 92 year old mother. There were shared memories, laughter, tears, and each of us had tender moments of recaps, forgiveness, clearing of the air and making peace. The Drs took him off the meds and sent him home rest in peace and hospice.
Well guess what..They took him off hospice 2 weeks ago
We set up his bed near a sliding door with views of Sisters Valley, light and fresh air. He just started getting better. That was over a month ago and, the Dr.s don’t know what to make of it. As he starts healing up, sitting up, eating solids and generally regenerating cells.
This comes as no surprise to those who understand the concept of holistic healing which embraces not only the physical body, but rather takes into consideration the mental and emotional health of the individual. If you’ve ever felt butterflies after hearing “I love you” or become nauseated during a breakup, you know emotions hold tremendous power over your physical being. Now, science is backing up that idea, as study after study confirms that the feelings generated by social and romantic relationships directly influence your short- and long-term health.
“What you feel has a big effect on your immune system,” says Dr. John Arden, Director of Training for Mental Health in Northern California for Kaiser Permanente and author of, The Brain Bible: How to Stay Vital, Productive and Happy for Life.
Dr. Candace Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion, stated, “emotions are not just in the brain but are also in the body and appear to run the immune system, the glands and the intestines. So your whole body is a single-unit integrated circuit, running on biochemicals.” Once this is fully understood, it may provide the medical profession with totally new ways to treat illnesses such as allergies, cancer, obesity, etc.
Our emotions are also influenced by a greater, spiritual energy field that encompasses and influences the entire physical body and nervous system. Our reactions to life are recorded not only in the biochemical patterns of memory storage in the brain, but also in the life energy centers of the body that help to nourish our cells and organs. We are energetic beings whose ills may be healed not only by surgical procedures and drugs but also by different forms and frequencies of energy.
Most psychologists treat the emotions as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely, some physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions. But the body and emotions are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.
Having said that..
‘Body-mind”, a term first proposed by Diane Connelly, PhD, (Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements) reflects the understanding, derived from Chinese medicine, that the body is inseparable from the mind. And when we explore the role that emotions play in the body, as expressed through the neuropeptide molecules, it will become clear how emotions can be a key to understanding disease.
We know that the immune system, like the central nervous system, has memory and the capacity to learn. Thus, it could be said that intelligence is located not only in the brain but in cells that are distributed throughout the body, and that the traditional separation of mental processes, including emotions, from the body is no longer valid.
How can we experience the fact that an emotion is not only stored in the brain? One way is to notice, as we release emotions from the body, that we feel physical relief first, and later experience mental relief. By releasing the harmful effects of guilt, fear, anger and depression, we begin to feel better in many ways.
Many other factors determine who gets sick and who doesn’t. Beliefs, moods, thoughts, and emotions affect the mind/body in many ways. When doctors tell patients, “You will die in six months to a year,” they risk giving them a death sentence. A terminal prognosis is a death sentence. When patients receive this kind of ‘programming’ how can doctors expect them to live any longer? Health professionals should take into account a person’s ‘fighting’ spirit, commitment and will to overcome – to re-create his or her own reality!
As a holistic practitioner I have found a vast majority of health issues consisting of an emotional component. I have also, experienced that once the emotion is released, usually the pain or problem is gone.
I do believe that is what happened to my brother. He was forgiven, he found peace of mind and decided to regenerate rather than degenerate.
There ya go..xxk