A friend posted on Facebook about his frustration at having an “invisible” health issue.
Here is my response to him.
Yep. Sometimes you are walking a thousand miles and to everyone else it looks like you are sitting on the couch eating Doritos.
When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Lupus. The worst of the worst kind of Lupus you can get. Everything was involved, inside and out. I had a three-year life expectancy. I blew through that 19th year and figured I'd live to be about 25 and that would be pretty darn good.
I am 61 now and wanted to share some of the things that helped me...
I discovered that I had this energy body. It has many names. Whatever your paradigm is, call it that. The energy body is the part of our body that extends beyond the physical, more dense body. It is every bit as real, and very much alive and energized and in large part, (bigger conversation here) unscathed by the things that are going on in the physical body. It's awesome and cool and miraculous and every day. It's just what is.
The second idea that helped me was the awareness that the guys in the white coats were giving me information, not gospel. I made the choice to distance myself from the way the “authorities” said that things were going to go and take that information on as a kind of sticky note. I did do most of what they prescribed, and am grateful for their care. However, with the awareness of the strength and “aliveness” of my energy body (that they were not addressing in the least) I decided that I was going to be more in the driver's seat of how things would turn out.
The third thing I shared with my friend, is that it’s our nature to heal.
Our bodies are in a constant state of healing. We go hike in the woods and are not aware that a thorn has scratched our leg. When we get home, we notice the scab that our body intelligence has formed. The concept that every single cell in our body is always turning toward healing is liberating. It's heal-ing. It's a process. The ”-ing” gives us a little leeway to be human, and to allow the gentle nudge of every cell in our body to be turned toward the light, toward healing.
And finally, HOPE. The energy of hope is transformative and uplifts all of it. It can literally mean the difference between life and death. Hope leaves the door open, even if just a crack, to new possibilities and outcomes. I think what gave me hope was the vague awareness that there could be another story-line running. This energy body that I felt could have its own agenda. I didn’t understand it, but I knew I wanted to lean into it.
We have a dynamic energy body that is worth getting to know. We can take information in that is helpful and still steer toward outcomes that serve us. We can embrace the idea that we are in a constant state of healing. And finally, we can open ourselves to the energy of hope as a portal to better outcomes.
“Everything is turning out better than expected.” has been one of my favorite ideas for over 20 years now. It leaves the door open....
I wish you all the best in health inside and out. Be well. -Alice