Wondering How to Become Brave & Fearless with your health? Here are tips & suggestions to inspire you whether you’re struggling with your health or not. These tips and strategies helped me get through my health crisis for over a decade.
How to Become BRAVE & FEARLESS
When I look back on everything I went through with my health for 10 years (the trauma, the two bone marrow biopsies, the muscle biopsy, the CT Scans, The MRI’s, the X Rays, the thousands of vials of blood and so forth….) I often wonder how the heck I did it. Like, how did I get through those days? My honest answer is that when you’re going through a traumatic situation or a health crisis, you completely shut down from the outside world to protect yourself and feel ‘safe’ and you pretty much just numb out. We’re often not conscious of doing this; heck I didn’t realize I was purely NUMB for 10 years until a few months ago when I started to feel like a normal human being again. When you’re in the thick of it, it’s hard to see how you’re going to get out of it, which is where being brave comes into play.
And that’s what we’re going to chat about today. Because being brave is something that is necessary when you take your health into your own hands and become in charge of your body.
That’s the hardest step. I know.
TAKING your HEALTH into your OWN HANDS and BEING in CHARGE of your BODY is SCARY as hell.
I remember the day that I decided to stop listening to every doctor who kept guessing about what was wrong with me and I walked out, tossed the drugs in the trash and promised myself I’d figure out this crazy mess that was going on inside my little body.
I grew up tough as nails (thanks Dad) so being brave was pretty darn easy for me. Honestly, I didn’t even realize I was being brave. I was just trying to survive and when you’re trying to just make it through your day, you have absolutely NO time to think about if you should be brave or not. That simply doesn’t cross your mind. You’re stuck in the fight/flight mode and your cortisol is sky high and your entire body is on alert. Your eyes are dilated (which mine have been since I was a kid because of trauma at a young age) because your eyes need more light to look out for danger (yes this is how fascinating our bodies work) and our bodies start to shut down so the thought of being brave doesn’t even come into play. At least it didn’t for me. I was just trying to keep myself a live.
I was so far removed from my body, which I didn’t even realize until I walked into an acupuncture office a few years ago and the guy said, “Amie, you’re not even in your body. You haven’t been since you were a baby because you’ve never felt safe in the world.” Um, yes. He nailed it. He was right; I couldn’t believe it. This is why it’s so important to work with a team of people who aren’t MD’s so that you can get their energetic perspective as well because they will give you insight into what you need to heal to speed up your recovery and allow you to heal faster. At first, I denied it. I was IN my body for crying out loud. I was sitting there IN my body so what the heck was he talking about? Well, when we go through so much trauma, we literally leave our bodies because we’re in so much pain that it’s too painful to stay in our body. So, while yes we are living life in a body- we’re not present- we’re not even there. We’re not conscious. We’re like gerbils in a cage going round and round and not able to see the bigger picture as to what’s really going on here or realize that we’re so frozen and numbed out from all the emotional and physical pain that we are completely shut down and we don’t even feel safe in our own body.
Yep, that’s what I thought.
After another two body workers told me that 3 years later, I finally listened to them and did something about it to get myself back into my body and learned how to get out of survival mode to heal.
This is where being brave comes into play.
Being brave doesn’t mean jumping off a cliff and the absence of fear. Being brave is about listening to your gut and following the path to your healing that you know deep down inside is going to help you. I spoke about Intuition a few months ago because that was one of the bravest things I’ve ever done. I taught myself How to Listen to My Intuition. Something we are not taught growing up. So we spend our entire life, listening to people and things outside of ourselves until we finally fall flat on our face a dozen times and wake up to realize that your body knows best.
When you walk into a dr’s office and he hands you a pill. How does that make you feel? Do you get that feeling in your gut like you lost your wallet? Yep. Me too. That’s your intuition. LISTEN to it. It’s saying. “Do not do this. There is another way.”
But guess what, we are scared and fearful and we don’t know where to start or what the other way even looks like.
Neither did I.
I had NO idea what I was doing.
I was 21 years old.
It took me 10 years and over 500 doctors and tons of meds and supplements and healers and time and tears and effort. But I never gave up. I wanted to give up many, many times but my body cannot handle ‘medications’ because I react so badly. So I had NO other option.
It was either, you heal yourself through getting to the root cause or you suffer in pain everyday with the symptoms.
I’m not saying that you have to do exactly what I did. What I’m saying is that it’s time for you to learn how to stand up for yourself and be a little scared to take the other road that you know is the right road. You can choose whichever road you’d like, it doesn’t matter to me. It’s your life. I’m just here trying to help you navigate it and get through it.
You know what’s right to do.
You know it.
Close your eyes, tell yourself that you know your body better than anyone else out there and go be brave. You’ll see that as soon as you choose the other path, the right Functional/Integrative MD’s, healers and other people who can help you heal will come into your life. I’m living proof.
Don’t give up on yourself.
You have the power, my friends.
Become brave and fearless. Listen to your gut and trust yourself.
Lots of love,
photo credit: Yannick Pulver