A Point of View ...Metaphysics
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)
Metaphysical healing, part of the larger field of Energy Medicine, is based on
the belief that negative mental, emotional or behavioural patterns, left
unchecked, can eventually result in dis-ease or illness and that the transforming
of those negative patterns into positive patterns, and nurturing them, can in
turn, lead to healing. What you think in your inner world affects your outer
If you live life believing you are unworthy, of no value, and that life means
nothing, then don’t be surprised if “life” gives you illness. After all, the message
you send out is – I am of no worth, I am of no value, I have nothing to offer,
what’s the point, so just cover me up and let me be invisible. Life heeds your
request. For brevity here, that’s one simplistic version of metaphysics… an
opportunity to identify and transform your beliefs and ways of living.
The individual, therefore, can be his or her own judge and jury, their own
creator of illness - or healer, responsible for creating either health or illness.
This is not about blame, implying it’s all your fault. When you know differently, you can believe and behave differently. Metaphysics simply asks us to be responsible for our part in the creation of a condition and invites us to take responsibility for its transformation, its healing, for our health.
Metaphysics An Introduction
More and more, people, including allopathic (conventional doctors etc) medical practitioners, are accepting that the what and how we think has a direct impact on our health, that the inner world of thought is contributing to the outer physical world of matter, not the other way around. In other words how we have thought about and felt about all our life experiences at some level has had an impact on us.
Here is but one example, keeping it simple to make a point about the inner /outer connection, about how the way we think and what we think can drive our behaviours, decisions, choices, which in turn determine our outcomes in life. As you think, so you get. Some metaphysicians would claim that’s all there is. Your thoughts create your reality and from the perspective of we are all One, we are each a Divine spark of the Divine One Source, then I can understand how that would be possible.
A related view is that we’re 100% responsible for everything that happens to us. However, I don’t fully subscribe to this. It would be nice if we had unlimited power to change things, but we don’t have total control over life. Other people have free will and make decisions based upon their own needs, life paths, and predilections and their energies and life strands mingle, merge, sometimes collide with ours. I think here of the time I returned from twelve years in Spain, was busily settling myself back in Scotland when my younger sister surprised us with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Suddenly, for 18 months my life was turned upside down as I took on, willingly, and lovingly, roles of carer, cook, advocate, health representative etc. My total focus was on her and wherever her diagnosis would lead moment to moment. I was aware I was consciously ignoring personal health issues which were mounting, and which I put in abeyance for about 18 months, only to deal with them after my sister died.
So yes, I was responsible for the decisions I made to support my sister, to devote my life to her, not knowing for how long she would need support. But I do not accept fully that her diagnosis was something to do with me. She had her own spiritual path, made her own lifestyle choices.
We had some influence on services offered by her NHS authority that was caring for her, and other associations. Through influencing, persuasion, pleading, and influencing, we found her treatment she was originally denied. But much as I would have wished the NHS policies towards chemotherapy be radically different, there was little if anything I could do to effect a change in policy, least not whilst my sister was alive. Who knows whether seeds were planted and change may have been made later, in which case we would have influenced the outcomes.
And whilst there may have been nothing I could do to influence change within that NHS, it did not stop me campaigning on a wider platform. Hence this website.
Life outlooks, life positions
My sister and I had different positions or outlooks in life
Locus of control
From the foregoing differences in the outlooks on life between my sister and myself, we can learn about the Locus of Control, ie the extent to which people believe they have power and influence over events in their lives or not.
A person with an internal locus of control (above, me) believes that he or she can influence events and their outcomes, while someone with an external locus of control (above, my sister) blames outside forces for everything and feels they are more or less powerless to influence anything.
This is not about saying one way is better than the other; it simply explains how we tend to view the world and that what we believe will determine our choices, decisions, successes and failures, and outcomes. That said, if you too strongly come from the Internal, then you can risk feeling you are the all-mighty, omnipotent, almost sociopathic. Whereas too much of the External and you become powerless and act as if a victim of circumstance.
This concept – Locus of Control - was brought to light in the 1950’s by
Julian Rotter. The underlying question regarding the locus of control is this…
do I have control over my life (and to what extent) or does something else
(like a God) control it? This simple idea has profound significance as it
influences peoples’ beliefs very strongly. Do you believe in God? Are you
an agnostic? Why? Do I just have good luck? If I make all the right
decisions does that mean I can make my life be exactly how I envision it?
These are all questions that might arise from that simple premise. And
especially on health and well-being website, to what extent does our
thinking affect our health.
I get a bit rattled when I hear people say we are 100% responsible for all that
happens to us. As if we had total control. But I do believe we have the power
to influence our personal reality, in so much as our health and well-being are
concerned and that we have more scope to influence than we care to imagine.
Some people I have met think, “this is what the NHS offers and I have to put up
with it” But I take the view that THIS is what it offers at the moment but through
feedback, persuasion, influencing, complaining, advocating, protesting, we can also effect wider change.
What and how we think, our outlook on and attitude to life, and the choices we make will influence what happens in our life.
Imagine you know an elderly person, and as you look at them and their life, you become aware that, their life, their outer world, is devoid of people, devoid of real meaningful connections, this person has no friends to speak of, and, although reasonably fit, is not involved in activities that would get them moving on a regular basis. Their food primarily consists of supermarket ready-made meals.
Now consider the following, where this elderly person talks to you. “I can’t be bothered going out. Life’s too expensive. I find people too opinionated and critical, always judging. We’ve become a real judgemental society. Can’t stand it. No! I’ve got my TV and that’s fine. Who needs friends. Can’t rely on anyone. Mind you I do get lonely. I am old and the older one gets the fewer friends one has. I feel lonely and helpless. No one loves me. I always look forward to the Tesco delivery van. So convenient. I can stock up all my meals for the week.
Can you see how this person’s thinking would affect nearly every decision they made? Their outer world reflects their inner world, their thinking, their beliefs. And how many old people, or people generally, do we have thinking those thoughts? What do you think?
If you want to know what YOUR thinking is like and doing to you, look at the external circumstances of your life.
Your primary outlook on life, your locus of control, is likely already having a major impact on your life, from how you cope with challenging situations or indeed your motivation to take responsibility for or to take charge of your life.
In many cases, having an internal locus of control can be good for you. It means that you believe that your own actions have an impact, or at least that is your intention.
If you tend to have more of an external locus of control, your intention may instead be to leave life to life. But you then get the life you didn’t sign up for whereas, wouldn’t you rather manifest the life of your choice?
The RH recommends to you
Give some thought to whether you are driven externally (ie you are controlled by your outer world) or internally (you have choices and can take personal responsibility as much as you can for what happens in your life.)
Become aware of what kind of outlook, or thinking, works for you and what doesn’t. Be aware you can change your outlook and thinking. Redefine – what would be more beneficial? Actively transform how you view situations and events and your ability to change them, or at least influence change. Rather than viewing yourself as simply a victim of life, a passive bystander who just goes with the flow, think consciously about the choices, decisions, and actions you can take that will have a beneficial impact on the outcomes in your life.
Whether externally or internally driven, consider the following :-
Be aware what outlooks and thoughts keep you stuck and imprisoned in a way of living that brings no health, well-being or joy.
Be open – know your thoughts and beliefs, and if they are not working FOR you, change them
Be informed – if your doctor says nothing can be done or offers only one approach that never works, find out about other ways and be prepared to influence a change in the treatment you get
Be bold -go elsewhere, try different therapeutic approaches, invest in yourself. If you hear a voice saying, “No, I pay for the NHS, the NHS must deliver” then realise they offer what they offer and you CAN choose, in the best interests of your health, to make different choices
Be radical – if you feel there is a need for change in our health systems – campaign for change, advocate for change, petition your MP / MSP, call a public meeting, create a meeting with the Chair of your NHS, don’t leave it to others in the belief there is nothing little you can do. Engage Big You and help transform the world.
Join support groups – groups that can support you but where you can also support the call for change, add your voice, volunteer, take action
Be blessed, celebrate. Celebrate your successes. Help communities, groups, organisations, celebrate theirs.
If your inner view is “nothing will change” “Nothing can be done” then you will do nothing and nothing will change! Your inner view will reflect your outer world.
Take responsibility for your part in the world, not just your world. Think externally, not just internally.
My Sister – Externally Driven
Put her life into the hands of doctors – they know best, don’t challenge them, they will take it out on me
Don’t complain, don’t rock the boat
What’s the point? I have little control over life and what happens to me.
People rarely get what they deserve.
People who are externally driven also can believe…
It isn’t worth setting goals or making plans
Too many things can happen outside my control
Life is a game of chance, a throw of the dice
The ordinary person has little influence over the events of the world
Outside forces are what determine life’s circumstances
It’s down to luck or chance for any successes or failures
They cannot change their situation through their own efforts
They are often hopeless or powerless in the face of difficult situations
Are more prone to experiencing learned helplessness.
Me (Internally Driven)
Willing to take responsibility for my actions
Less bothered about what other people think
Willing to “fight for”, challenge, complain, influence, persuade, advocate etc
Would not accept the status quo of “This is all there is so put up with it” “This is the way” "There’s nothing else we can do.”
People who are internally driven also …
Accept responsibility for their part in making things happen
Often do better at tasks when they are allowed to work at their own pace
Usually, have a strong sense of their abilities
Tend to work hard to achieve the things they want
Feel confident in the face of challenges
Tend to be physically healthier, happier and more independent
Often achieve greater success at work
Believe if you work hard and commit yourself, anything is possible
There is no such things as fate or destiny
Believe, “as you think, so you get”