Working on our inner self can be difficult, uncomfortable and yet ultimately life changing. As I do more and more holistic work on myself I am shedding past ways of doing and thinking and turning my focus to my inner self. Over 30 years in the NHS led me to be more external in my approach in working with people. My role was to listen and support them in making sometimes very practical changes that could enhance their life. As an Occupational Therapist I was always aware of the many facets of our physical environment, interaction with others, self awareness and psychological health that made up our holistic wellbeing. What I wasn’t so aware of was our spiritual health and the inner wisdom that we have to deeply heal ourselves. This has come later into my life and I am still very much on this path.
What I have learnt recently is that answers to our problems and dilemmas, lie within us and we need to really explore these areas of loss, grief, anger and avoidance. There is a need to “go within” and converse with our bodies and our higher self to explore our missing parts and to discover what we need to do to replenish and fill it.
Amy B Scher has written bestsellers on how she helped herself heal from chronic illness and suggests that we ask of ourselves the following questions:-
“What are my symptoms keeping me from doing?” In other words what is your fear/avoidance.
“What am I feeling about my illness?” eg guilt, sadness, anger etc
“Therefore just before my illness what was I feel (sad, angry guilty) about?”
These powerful questions can uncover the true cause of illness and why it is manifesting itself physically.
Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tap on the feelings that arise from these questions to help bring down any intensity and allow forgiveness and acceptance to come in. The best place to tap for this is on the Thymus gland, just a couple of inches down from the notch on your sternum, below your throat. Tap here saying “I now let go of these (feelings) as I start to accept and forgive myself”.
This is just one way of exploring your inner self and addressing the often unknown causes of what holds us back.
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