“Intelligence comes into being when the mind, the heart and the body are really harmonious.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
For four years, I explored my own healing path to overcome ME (or myalgic encephalomyelitis) which resulted in exhaustive testing through the NHS, referrals, scans, blood tests, elimination processes, guesswork and eventually, a diagnosis.
It didn’t however find me the cure.
Once I found the enemy within, I went on a crusade to discover any possible treatment I could to overcome this seemingly incurable condition.
I wanted to understand how some people cured themselves whilst a solution eluded others.
I started to collect the jigsaw pieces which eventually became my recovery and the link I found to numerous other conditions such as fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), migraines and insomnia.
I was shocked to discover that around 17 million people in the world suffer from ME but according to NFA, (the National Fibromyalgia Association) statistics, a whopping 3-6% of the world’s entire population suffer from this debilitating condition.
That’s between 210 and 420 million sufferers – an incredible amount to contemplate.
Whilst undertaking my research, I found I rebelled against the traditional viewpoint, ‘appease your symptoms, be careful what you do, rest, pace yourself, avoid’ etc.
The weight of doom cast an ugly spell, so I chose to look the other way and seek others who also challenged this philosophy.
I found a woman who’d written a book about her own recovery and that of 50 other men, women and children who’d found their own cure. The common denominator between each case study was belief.
They all ‘believed’ they’d find a solution.
They were ‘open’ to their recovery and that in itself was one of the keys to success.
Whilst reading the various treatments and regimes, many of which I had tried myself, I found a common thread. I discovered Dr Mickel, who believes that ME, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, IBS, migraines and insomnia all link with the mind/body intelligence.
At last I’d found someone who spoke my language.
Having worked with clients for over 20 years as an Intuitive Consultant, I’ve always looked at how the subconscious mind gives us messages when our bodies are either in or out of balance.
I believe our body’s health is intrinsically linked to our mind’s wellbeing.
So, I explored the possibility that this orthodox doctor could have the solution I was looking for.
ME had cost me a small fortune; I’d spent thousands of pounds on treatments, regimes, private scans and consultations, supplements and I ended up losing my business, home and everything I had.
But more importantly, it had taken four years of my life and held me prisoner – but I knew I was about to break free.
Don’t get me wrong, as a conscientious Capricorn driven to find solutions, I never once let this defeat me, but at times, those debilitating conditions tested my faith, willpower and my relationship with myself and others.
For some, it is the breaking down, the break through and finally the breaking free that not only conquers our captor, but re-births us so we move on to realise a resistance and a power within us we never knew possible.
It’s with that in mind and armed with our renewed ethos, we go on to create the kind of life that befits the hero within.
As a hypnotherapist, I could relate to Dr Mickel’s reference to the famous psychiatrist Milton Erickson, whose work is grounded in the universal principles of psychology. His approach was not to tell someone something (which can easily be rejected) but to make them feel something new instead.
Erickson believed that symptoms in the body were solutions, so should therefore be utilised and not resisted.
I wholeheartedly understood this language, as I teach this to my clients, so I decided to try this new approach to find my cure.
It was miraculous, and after four years of pain, debilitation, anxiety, being housebound, unable to tolerate light, sound, technology, people, travel, buildings and so the list went on… within a few short weeks, I was bouncing around like a new-born lamb.
I could not believe the energy I’d regained – and I was almost symptom free in less than four weeks.
Looking at Dr Mickel’s theory behind the correlation of certain conditions such as fibromyalgia, he describes a ‘progression’ from:
- to heightened emotions
- to depression, anxiety, IBS, migraines and insomnia
- to chronic fatigue syndrome, ME and fibromyalgia
He believes these conditions stem from the mind/body connection and these symptoms are necessary communication from the body.
Once symptoms are interpreted, understood and responded to appropriately, the symptoms dissipate.
This is different to being ‘all in the mind’ as some doctors may have you believe.
Our body tells us something is wrong that needs putting right, and the symptoms are to get us back on track again.
Many experts say CFS/ME and fibromyalgia are created after a serious infection/ virus such as flu or glandular fever, and I shared that mindset as I had fallen ill with ME shortly after a very bad dose of flu.
Dr Mickel believes these infections are the effects of the state of the immune system and not therefore the cause.
Using the Erickson perspective, we can look at the brain, which has two hemispheres. Where many treatments and regimes try to treat the left hemisphere, the logical mind, thinking process and the way to discover the language our symptoms are speaking to us, is done through the unconscious mind which links with our right hemisphere.
This is where we connect with our programs, emotions, blueprint or higher self. It is our truth. It knows what’s best for us and will always protect us no matter what.
Dr Mickel talks about the clues in our emotions (as referred to in the progression chart earlier) that tells us what’s going on in our world. E-motions he refers to, are energy-in-motion. Translated, they are the energy of situations transduced by the body into the energy of e-motion.
This means our body evaluates situations (not our head), so therefore to cure our conditions, we need to understand them through recognising the meaning of our symptoms and emotions to take the right action.
Taking this into account, Dr Mickel devised an accountability structure which supports the theory of the way I work with my own clients. This addresses the symptoms and emotions throughout the treatment with an action to take. This sends a message to the right side of the brain, which reinforces the blueprint and therefore the negative programming eventually dissipates.
As it takes about 30 days to create negative programming, in reverse, it can take around this time to un-create and reinforce the blueprint which is the positive programming of our higher self.
The therapy is simplistic by nature but powerful in its result for many. It does, however, all depend on how open we are to its possibilities.
To work effectively, these three keys need to be used daily and in all situations:
- Setting boundaries – saying no to unfair treatment by others using loving disallowance.
- Communicating your emotions honestly – this is the facilitator key.
- Meeting your own needs first – aim for a balanced variety of needs.
In summary, using the above keys every day enables you to take back your power.
When you communicate your emotions honestly, this sends a powerful signal to the right hemisphere, which reinforces the blueprint and allows your voice to come through from your source of power.
Putting your own needs first allows you to become aligned and provides the opportunity to create a more balanced day, doing activities and things you enjoy, which serves your highest needs.
Use a diary to jot down any moments when you recognise symptoms/emotions are out of balance. It’s important to recognise this, take the right action by applying 1, 2 or all 3 of the keys and make a note of this too. So:
- Note what happened, when, where and with whom or what you were doing.
- How did you feel?
- Taking right action. What keys did you use?
- Did the symptoms/emotions reduce or clear? If not, you may need to reapply the keys or do this more than once.
Continued application of these keys until you are symptom free is your aim.
The attitude you have towards your recovery is crucial. The more determined you are to honour your truth, the more likely you are to recover your authentic, balanced, healthy state of being.
I believe we can apply this to so many conditions that manifest in our bodies. I recognised, by looking at this objectively, how I’d created mine.
I’d started a business which was to support the eventual retirement of my then partner. When he walked out on me, my symptoms started as IBS, anxiety, depression, insomnia and I used far too many glasses of wine to drown my increasing imbalances.
Inevitably I crashed with flu, but partially recovered and struggled on. This eventually led to full blown ME. I could never truly find the cure for this all the while I was still struggling on. So finally, when I used the keys which aligned me back to my truth, I took a huge leap of faith and made radical life changes.
At the time of writing this article, I’m four weeks’ post ME, most days symptom free. I can now run upstairs as opposed to crawling, travel to places I could only visualise a few weeks ago and I have so much energy that I’ve changed the whole dynamic of the way I work – which gives me more and less workload.
My day is now 25% work 75% play instead of the opposite… and I love work more than ever before because I’ve defined my boundaries to only allow in what serves my higher nature.
Today I’m looking forward and embracing my new-found freedom of love, peace and utter happiness. After 20 years as a consultant helping others to find their power and voice, I’m astounded by the joy I’ve now found.
All I can say is that each one of us has the power to find our own cure. Given that our mind governs everything… it’s a pretty good place to start.