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My Soul My Doctor – Part 1: Individual Choices for Healing

This is a three-part article which establishes correlations among the individual human, its soul, and its soul group relative to healing processes:

  • Part 1: Individual Choices for Healing (this post);
  • Part 2: Influence of the Soul on Healing Processes; and
  • Part 3: Influence of Soul Groups on Healing Processes.

The Spiritual MD

I am dedicating this series of articles (posts) to my exceptional Orlando-area medical practitioners: Nafeesa Mahmood (MD), Heather Godfrey (SLP), John Meisenheimer (MD) and Manuel Faria (DC), along with other gifted medical practitioners. I refer to them as ‘gifted’ because:

  1. they have struggled and attained advanced skills through extensive training and experience;
  2. they are very open to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); and
  3. they don’t just talk about the value of folding mind, body and spirit into the therapeutic process; over time, their skills have evolved to an advanced level through their belief in a medical partnership with the mind and spirit as being the most effective path to healing.

Why are Healing Processes Selective?

It is sometimes useful to divide healing processes for any given illness roughly into thirds, as it applies to the whole of the population (all patients of all ages):  one-third of patients achieve a full recovery after a single visit to a doctor or therapist; one-third require multiple treatments; and one-third do not recover, continuing with the injury or dis-ease (spelled this way intentionally) in some form for the remainder of life and possibly contributing to other challenges or even a shortened life. This has little to do with the skill of an experienced physician; yet it has everything to do with the will of the patient and the intentions of the patient’s soul.

This also applies to most hypnosis and soul therapy procedures. Consider for example a large group hypnosis session:  one-third of the participants quit smoking immediately; one-third are able to quit smoking after several individual sessions; and one-third will not succeed in quitting. Again, this has little to do with the skill of an experienced therapist; yet it has everything to do with the will of the client and the intentions of the client’s soul.

In either of the preceding two paragraphs, success is due as an important consequence of the skill of the physician or therapist, yet success is primarily still a choice of the soul of the patient. Given two identical medical cases, why would one succeed and the other fail? Medical science would say that they were not really identical physical specimens (not really identical cases). I would say that the key differences were the intentions of the two souls. Gifted physicians rarely fail; but they cannot expect to compete on the same playing field as an involved soul which has its own ideas as to the outcome of the treatment.

Why do People Choose Illness over Health?

As a hypnotherapist, I always found it frustrating when the root cause for a dis-ease was clearly identified by the client, as well as the benefits for healing and the path forward; yet one-third of the clients simply chose not to follow the plan for healing. Whenever I suspect that the client might be motivated not to heal, and where time permits, I always ask the client while still in a hypnotic state to identify the benefits of not healing. These might include:

  • If I heal, I will have to return to work or take on a larger work load.
  • If I heal, I will lose my justification for some of my favorite habits, such as overeating, smoking, alcohol consumption, watching TV all day, sleeping in all morning, and avoiding exercise.
  • My injury or illness allows me to avoid some or many of the chores around the home. If I heal, I will need to take on those chores again.
  • My injury or illness gives me something to talk about with friends and family. If I heal, I will lose this attention.
  • My family and friends pay more attention to me and assist me more or visit me more because they feel sorry for me. If I heal, I will lose this attention.
  • The attention I receive from family makes me feel more loved than I have experienced in years. If I heal, I risk losing that wonderful sensation of being loved by everyone.
  • Remaining ill takes very little effort or time. Healing seems to be such a long, difficult process to accomplish and then to sustain the rest of my life. And even if I get started on the right path, there are so many good reasons to give up the healing effort.

The above benefits for remaining ill or incapacitated are very real in the mind of the patient or client. It requires a great deal of discipline for the client constantly to weigh the benefits in favor of healing; in other words, to find the will and desire to heal. It is equally difficult to wake up each day with a fresh commitment to avoid bad health habits, commit once again to include at least some meaningful exercise in your day, and renew your commitment to live as long as possible. In fact, most people do not even consider such unwavering commitments as part of their lives.

For additional examples and discussion on individual choices for healing, consider Stephen Arterburn’s book Healing is a Choice: 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You from Making Them.Mental & Spiritual Healing Books.)

[This is the end of Part 1; please continue with Part 2 for a discussion on the “Influence of the Soul on Individual Healing Processes,” or continue on to Part 3 on the “Influence of Soul Groups on Individual Healing Processes.”]

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