There is no denying that the mind, body, and spirit are all interconnected. What impacts one affects all others. While the general public has become more health conscious in terms of eating healthier, dropping those unnecessary pounds, and exercising more, what often gets overlooked - that continues to impact our health - are our emotional issues and beliefs.
Let me begin by clarifying exactly who we are. We are God's creations, His sacred children, created in His image and likeness. But how exactly does that define me? God is Love, pure and simple. In that regard, I am Love as well for I am created from Him and can only be that which I originate from. Therefore, I am love. I am not my issues or behaviors. I am not selfish, rude, arrogant, afraid, bad and so on. Behaviors reflect my brokenness; they are a reflection of my unhealed issues. If I was criticized as a child, I may become defensive of any discord. But my defensiveness is not who I am; it merely reveals that I am fearful of disparagement whether I recognize its origins or not. The key to restoration is to be aware of those tapes that repeatedly play in my mind, reminding me of how bad I felt about myself 20, 30, or even 40 years ago. My willingness and ability to identify and begin healing my emotional baggage translates into my physical well-being as well.
World-renowned medical doctor and NY Times bestselling author, Dr. Bernie Siegel, says: "One's life and one's health are inseparable. Genes do not make the decisions; our internal environment does. If you internalize anger it destroys you. Self-induced healing is not an accident." Emotions commonly viewed as negative can prove destructive to the human body. Stress, the number one killer, is an emotion rooted in our thought process, as are all feelings. One who feels the need to succeed or to conform to the ways and beliefs of others will produce feelings of anxiety and fear. The body is the messenger of the mind and emotions not rooted in love wreak havoc on our health. Therefore what is occurring in the physical self reveals what needs to be addressed in the inner (sub) conscious mind.
In his NY Times bestselling book, The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton reveals how our bodies change on a cellular level due to our beliefs and thoughts. Disease indicates that our body, mind, and spirit are not working in perfect harmony with one another, thus creating a state of dis-ease. In order to improve our physical health, one must first address their emotional and spiritual issues and beliefs. Healing anger, forgiving those who have wronged us, overcoming limiting beliefs of fear, learning to love freely and without restrictions (including ourselves), removing prejudice and the need for revenge: when we are able to accomplish the healing of our emotional self, the body will naturally follow suit.
But how can one heal their past issues if in fact they are not clear about precisely what they are? Perhaps a child lost their father at an early age and is now distrusting of men. She may not see the connection nor does she necessarily need to. She is in essence prejudging all men as untrustworthy. Recognizing that this is what she is doing enables her to make the decision to see each man from an individual perspective, being more receptive to getting to know them before making a determination about their character. One can apply this technique to every aspect of their lives: look at what beliefs or behaviors are causing distress in your life, interfering with your relationships, holding you back from achieving success or being happy. If you are able to get to the root of each and change it, that's wonderful.
If you are unable to identify their origin, simply choose to love yourself enough to forgive anyone involved in creating the original incident, ask God to help you let go of the past, and focus your energy on being more loving to yourself and others. And in doing so, in being authentic and true to your higher self which is love, you can rise above any prior events or beliefs and heal your body and your life.
Thank you to my guest, Teresa W. Leming, Light Worker & Spiritual Muse
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Janet Pfeiffer, international inspirational speaker and award-winning author has appeared on CNN, Lifetime, ABC News, The 700 Club, NBC News, Fox News, The Harvest Show, Celebration, TruTV and many others. She’s been a guest on over 100 top radio shows (including Fox News Radio), is a contributor to Ebru Today TV and hosts her own radio show, Anger 911, on www.Anger911.net and Between You and God (iHeartRadio.com).
Janet's spoken at the United Nations, Notre Dame University, was a keynote speaker for the YWCA National Week Without Violence Campaign, and is a past board member for the World Addiction Foundation.
She's a former columnist for the Daily Record and contributing writer to Woman’s World Magazine, Living Solo, Prime Woman Magazine, and N.J. Family. Her name has appeared in print more than 100 million times, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Alaska Business Monthly and more than 50 other publications.
A consultant to corporations including AT&T, U.S. Army, U.S. Postal Service, and Hoffman-LaRoche, Janet is N.J. State certified in domestic violence, an instructor at a battered women's shelter, and founder of The Antidote to Anger Group. She specializes in healing anger and conflict and creating inner peace and writes a weekly blog and bi-monthly newsletter.
Janet has authored 8 books, including the highly acclaimed The Secret Side of Anger (endorsed by NY Times bestselling author, Dr. Bernie Siegel).
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"Janet dispels the lies and misconceptions many people have lived by and outlines a practical path to an extraordinary life beyond suffering. Written with honesty, clarity, sincerity, and humor, this book serves as a wonderful guide for anyone seeking a more enriching and fulfilling life.”
Dr. Bernie Siegel says, "All books of wisdom are meant to be read more than once. The Great Truth is one such book."