"Feelings are neither good or bad, they just are". I'm certain that many of you have heard this statement. Why then do the majority believe that some feelings are good and some are bad. Why are we afraid to feel our feelings? We know little about our emotions or feelings --- "
"... and even less about howto live with them, deal with them and process them out of our bodies.
We cannot chose which feelings we will or we won't have. They're automatic ...." see this below...
In my walk of life, in my friend base I've found that people who have God in their lives: even a meditative regimen or, a belief in some type of 'creative intelligence'... these people seem to be the people who have better health. I believe that health is 'an inside job.' Health - physical health begins in the mind, with a positive attitude: an attitude that has success as an option; a good attitude can bring a positive outlook. Attitude and a positive outlook, I feel can be developed and nurtured by a healthy spiritual presence. For me personally, as I develop my spirit, for me it is through my prayer life - as my prayer gets deeper and more consistent, my outlook is brighter and my body is more peaceful. Stress, is one of the factors that play into having a low (acid) body pH. Low pH - an acidic body is one that is susceptible to disease. So, it only makes sense that one of the many factors to physical health is being relieved of stress. For me that relief comes through the use of prayer and faith. Faith is the thing that tells me that my prayers will work. And that, relieves stress from my life in a most powerful way.
The physical body is something! Blood must flow through the body, freely and uninterrupted in order to get an accurate blood pressure. I know this because when you get your blood pressure taken, you are asked - by the better technicians and nurses, to
uncross your legs when they are taking your blood pressure. The blood must run freely. A good hairstylist will ask you to uncross your legs when cutting your hair: crossed legs cause the shoulders to be uneven, even if not to the eye, crossed legs will result in an uneven haircut. What I have learned from this is, that when I pray, or when I work - as I am now at this laptop, I uncross my legs. With prayer, I want the breath of God to, flow freely into me.
I want all of me to be available to the spirit of a higher power, God. With work, I want all of my blood flowing freely to get the best work output.
In my life also, I have friends with mental illnesses. I have emotional disorders. My friends, and I have been helped to better mental/emotional illness, by a belief in, and practice of prayer to a power greater than ourselves. For me, that power is God. I must add that, if you are taking any medicines, please do not take my words to mean that you can stop taking medicine. We need to work together with our doctors to get the best health possible. I am not a medical practitioner. If you have a medical condition, you should see a medical doctor.
Nancy Koncilja Gurish
By Mary Kurus
We are taught in our western culture to think in terms of pieces of ideas or concepts rather than integrated complete ideas and concepts. We look at our bodies, minds, emotions and spirit as if each part is fully separate from the other rather than totally intertwined. Western society rewards specialization, the examination of a piece of the whole. We believe we can take things apart into small pieces and deal with these small pieces in isolation of the complete idea or concept.
This fragmented approach has lead us to look at health in a compartmentalized manner rather than as the management of a totality. We believe that our bodies, organs and systems are totally separate from our thoughts, emotions, energy fields and our spiritual selves. We need to look at how our thoughts can affect our behavior and ultimately our health. We need to understand how our emotions work and how repressed emotions can create serious illness in our bodies. We need to appreciate how our values and beliefs can directly affect our everyday health.
We separate our spiritual lives into a separate box or a specific time for worship or prayer. We do not integrate spirituality into our everyday lives. We do not realize that perhaps our spiritual lives or a lack of spirituality may be causing some of our health problems. Many of us do not known how to develop a personal spirituality so that we are connected to the greater universe. We fail to understand the difference between organized religion and spirituality. We do not appreciate the need to integrate spirituality with the practices of the religion to which we belong.
Our body, emotion, mind, energy body and soul together form the whole person. It is only by dealing with each part of the whole within the whole, that we can have vital and energetic health.
All organs, systems, thoughts, emotions, have their own specific energy or vibration. Each organ vibrates at an energy specific to it alone. Each piece of food or drink that we consume has its own vibration. Each emotion has its own vibration. Therefore what we feel, what we think, what we eat and drink, even what we daydream about, has a direct effect on our health.
" ...Colour is used in ways such as visualising certain coloured rays in treatment of a patient who is known to have a certain illness, etc. It can be used in the form of passing sunlight through panes of coloured glass or filters and by using coloured lamps. Another method used to obtain the colour for therapy is by putting water in coloured, clear containers out in the sun and allowing the sun's rays to pass through the coloured glass into the water, then the water is sipped. Leave the containers out in the sun for 2 hours only and bring them in before midday.
The following is a simple example of the relationship of body, mind and emotions.
"Feelings are neither good or bad, they just are". I'm certain that many of you have heard this statement. Why then do the majority believe that some feelings are good and some are bad. Why are we afraid to feel our feelings? We know little about our emotions or feelings and even less about how to live with them, deal with them and process them out of our bodies.
We cannot chose which feelings we will or we won't have. They're automatic. They give us immediate feedback about how a particular person or situation is affecting us. Often an emotion we are feeling in the present moment is linked not only to the present situation but to a situation which occurred a long time ago. Past emotions that have not been dealt with, have a direct effect on our emotional reactions to situations in today. Emotions that are denied or suppressed stay in our bodies in our tissues, glands, muscles, organs and systems. They leave when we re-feel them or truly feel them for the first time, and release them.
There are two basic underlying emotions in all human beings with varying degrees of intensity. They are love and fear. Desire, joy, pleasure, contentment, acceptance, hope, peacefulness, excitement, self-esteem, assertiveness, and generosity are a few examples of love-based feelings. Anxiety, anger, sorrow, apathy, bitterness, jealousy, irritability, depression, rejection, pity, grief, aggressiveness, powerlessness, passiveness, loneliness, and irritability are examples of fear- based emotions. Different chemicals are produced by our bodies when we feel these two groups of emotions.
What is an emotion or feeling and how can we work with them. An emotion is a reaction to a person, situation or object in our lives, real or imagined. It is a reaction to what is before us or to a memory of a similar situation in the past. Many of us are afraid of our feelings, afraid that if we really feel them we will lose control. Or, we fear that if we begin to feel a feeling this process will never stop. We often deny our feelings and pretend they aren't there. We deny them, repress them, squelch them. We think that by pretending they're not there they'll go away. But feelings which are not faced and owned never go away. They are buried alive, ready to poke their heads out and come to the surface the moment they have a chance. I will speak later in this book on the different ways of processing emotions out of the body.
"... after many years, I was forced by pain, to admit defeat - at that moment I was able to turn to God and sincerely ask for help. Before that point I tried everything in 'my' power to help myself, to no avail. Once I became willing to ask for help, from people as well as from my 'power greater than myself', God - then I started to receive help. Help came in the form of 'stopping' drinking alcohol (a day at a time) - and that was just the beginning. Through practice of - turning problems, and life's difficulties, over to God as I understand God; I began to build trust. Believing in ..."
We see God in many ways every day. We see God in nature, in the birds and the flowers and the trees. We feel the spirits of nature, of mother earth and their sacredness. Many relate closely to the spiritual beliefs of native peoples who honor the spirits of nature, the animal spirits, plant spirits and rock spirits.. Many see God in loving and caring people. Many see God in the miracle of a newly born baby, so perfectly formed. Many see God in the face of a beautiful old woman all crinkled and creased and gently smiling. Many see God in the stars at night and in the sun and the moon. When some listen to the wind and let rain fall on their faces, they feel God. For some God is everywhere, in all people, in works of art, in melodious music and in sacred writings.
Humanity needs to worship, to give thanks and pay homage to this Universal Spirit. I believe in the power of prayer. Spirituality needs to be lived actively. It is the generosity for those who have less, it is the caring for those in need, it is the sharing of a joy or sorrow. Mankind has a basic need to worship and the result of ignoring this need can be poor health. A life lived without spirituality needs more and more of the material life to keep the sense of emptiness at bay.
Worshipping can be very simple and can be done alone or with others. There are many practices which can be used as forms of worship in living a spiritual life. Some meditate, others daydream, others walk in the forest, others hike and canoe in the wilderness. Others make special novenas, say the Stations of the Cross, or worship in temples, mosques and monasteries. Other burn candles, incense or sage to dissolve negative energies and purify their surroundings and themselves. Others face Mecca and say special prayers five times each day. Some fast during certain periods of the year. Some chant and others sing. There are so many ways to worship and each has its own special beauty.
To be vital and healthy you need to have a spiritual life. We need to have values and beliefs which we live by and strive to achieve. These values must be integrated into our work lives, home lives and social lives. In the final analysis it's how we treat ourselves and others when no one is looking and no one knows about which tells about an individuals spiritual life. Its the respect and love of mother earth which is a true reflection of the respect and love for oneself and others. An individuals spiritual life is reflected in their relationship with themselves, their families, their friends, their co-workers, their community, and the world at large. Those without spiritual lives or fragmented spiritual lives tend to be more fearful, anxious, angry and depressed. The lack of a spiritual life can lead to illness and disease.
We feel comfortable and safe believing in what we can see, touch, feel, taste and smell and become quickly uncomfortable with concepts about things we cannot see, touch, feel, taste and smell. As a result we have difficulty with concepts about energy and the energetic properties and fields of individuals, objects and nature. And yet everything on this planet with a life force is made of energy. Humans are made of energy. Plants, animals and rocks each have their own life force. Solid concrete objects are surrounded by and permeated with a fluid world of radiating energy. Thoughts and emotions have their own energy and vibration.
Each human being and each object on this earth and in the universe is surrounded by and permeated with an energy field which is a electro-magnetic field. We call this energy field an aura. Auras are made up of different colors or shadings of colors and are the unseen patterns of energy around people and objects. Many things can change the color and size of auras including emotions, thoughts, food, drugs, and electric or magnetic emissions from human or natural sources. Therefore our energy fields or auras are constantly changing in color and shape.
The vital energy of individuals and objects is called many different names including Chi by the Chinese, Prana by the Indians, and astral light according to the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical theosophy. Over the century, teachings of many countries, groups and beliefs have written and recorded descriptions of the human energy field. It is only recently that this type of information is being presented for discussion in North America.
In Europe and Asia homoeopathy, a vibrational form of healing, is common place and practiced regularly. It is used to complement the traditional medical treatments providing individuals with enhanced forms of healing and health. Many drug stores sell homoeopathic remedies over the counter and average individuals are sufficiently knowledgeable in their use. It's unfortunate that North Americans have had limited exposure to vibrational forms of healing. Today, flower, tree and gem essences are on the leading edge of vibrational healing, with their capacity to address the imbalances created by the stresses of modern living.
There are individuals who can see the energy fields around people and other objects. Barbara Ann Brennan teaches that most people can learn to see these energy fields if they take the time and effort to do so. In her books
The Hands of Light and Light Emerging, Ms. Brennan provides us with a historical summary of many individuals who have researched and documented important information about these energy fields. This includes Albert Einstein, ["If the behavior is repeated long enough, the entire species is affected in more and more noticeable ways. (The impact of Dr. Sheldrakes's theory is being compared to the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution.)]" Dennis Gabor who received a Nobel prize in 1971, Dr. Karl Pribram, Dr. George De La Warr and Dr. Ruth Brown and so many others. She thoroughly documents the history of the scientific investigation into the human energy field. She states that by 1975 the University of California at Los Angeles was able to measure auras with great accuracy.
In her books she describes in detail the relationship of illness with thought, feelings, will, emotions, and physical functioning. Illness begins with a blockage in an individuals energy field and eventually, sometimes two years later, becomes a disease in the physical body. She provides a thorough and detailed description of the chakras, or centers that bring energy into our physical bodies. Ms. Brennan describes the illnesses that can develop when the chakras are blocked or not working properly.
Even though the majority of individuals cannot see energetic auras or chakras they are there and have a real effect on how we feel every day. They can become blocked with all sorts of debris and need to be cleared and opened, so that energy can flow easily and vibrantly. Our energy bodies are crucial to vibrant and energetic health.
If we want to feel truly alive and open to life's opportunities we need to look carefully at our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. We need to identify our shortcomings and make those changes we need so that we are truly vibrating at the highest level and enjoying life to the fullest.
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