Be aware 

Be aware is the first step of the Radical Healing process.

You cannot get far if you are unaware – unaware of where you are now, what is going on now, what isn’t working now, what is working but not working well, and so forth.

 

In short – awareness is the first and most essential step before the journey of transformation can even begin.

Often you will find on this website that you are taken right back to awareness, and asked to check - what does awareness tell you.

If you have a health condition, it is not enough to be aware of the symptoms, but can you be aware of what may have triggered the symptom?

When was it triggered?

How did you let it progress?

What did you do to stop it?

What didn't you do?

How much do you know of your symptom, its meaning, its causations, its possible treatments within the conventional, and outwith.

 

 

Why be self-aware

 

Being self-aware is an essential part of our journey through life, and our spiritual journey cannot evolve without it. In fact, without this fundamental ability - to practise self-awareness and wider world awareness, there can be no hope of spiritual or psychological growth or development. Self-awareness is the very first stepping stone towards expanded consciousness and experiences such as:

  • Deeper self-understanding

  • More self-compassion

  • Heightened awareness of others

  • Increased love for others

  • Living from love not fear

  • Telling us if we are living through low vibrations such as fear and anger or higher ones of joy and love.

Do your own research
 
We all know doctors are extremely busy, and most of them don’t have time to stay up late or stay up-to-date on the latest research, findings, and treatments for the myriad conditions they encounter in any given day. One just might ask, who would be a doctor, do we know what it takes, in a busy system, to stay updated?

We ask a lot of doctors. Maybe we could help by becoming better informed, not relying on gossip and sound-bites.

A story

 

Please don’t rely exclusively on doctors for your healing! I once worked in the HIV and AIDS Health Sector, and found many doctors handing out leaflets to patients which were eight years out-of-date. Their knowledge of HIV ? AIDS, their bias, and their prejudice, was quite shameful, appalling, and even dangerous to contemplate. These were, after all, highly educated people, intelligent people, and yet their individual prejudices and biases shone through.

 

The system
 
Here’s the harsh reality: The minute you walk out of your doctor’s consulting

room, they’re onto the next patient. It’s not their fault; that’s the system. But

truth is they probably won’t think about you again until they see your face at the

next appointment and then, quickly multi-tasking, as you take your seat and they

are asking you how you are and you are unsure whether you should just say fine

(which stands for Fucked up Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional) or take the

cursory question at face value and say, “Well actually, I’m not fine, I have these

various issues I need help with,” they turn their attention to their computer screen

and seem to stay stuck to it, hunting and seeking past notes, before calling up a

new prescription and then they’ll probably run with the first thing they heard from

you, turn the agenda round to theirs and away from yours and try to fit that into

the mythical ten minute consultation. Who would be a doctor? Who would be a

patient to be on the receiving end of such a system - in which there is little time for

a doctor to give sufficient, undivided attention to their patient?

Who designed this incredibly bad system?

Knowledge
 
But this bit is not just about the system. It is about knowledge. There was a time when Doctor was God, until it became religiously incorrect to say so. But doctor was seen as the know-it-all, the go-to guy or gal who would find a fix for you. But things are changing, rapidly and radically. According to the system, doctors are becoming more patient-centred though I have yet to meet any medical professional who knows what that means. At one level it means you, the patient,  will be required more and more to be informed and to take responsibility for the decisions on your health.

If I meet with my GP these days, and offer my symptoms or concerns, I am asked, "So what do you want me to do?" Which seems like being patient centred. But add in the GP's body language, their attitude, and you quickly realise they are simply passing the buck. How do I, the patient, know what I want if you don't tell me what you think I have and what I can get? You are the doctor, tell me what can be done and then I can tell you what I want.

 

And further than that, when you DO get an informed patient, and they answer you and tell you precisely what you want, and the NHS cannot deliver it, what is the point? If you just say you do not believe in alternative and other medical approaches?

So, in the end, it falls to you the patient to become your best health advocate, your best informant, your best detective. (Of course, doctors need to relinquish their power over you and many find that difficult to do and do not like well-informed patients who challenge them!)

Despite what they and other health care providers say, the internet IS a reliable source of information – almost every country in the advanced world will have official sites giving information on most conditions. The NHS website is a prime example. So are medical staff suggesting we shouldn’t consult those official sites? Thy are simply living in fear of their jobs because pretty soon GP will be no more than technicians, churning out prescriptions.

So, get on the Internet and do your own research!  Be aware, Be informed.

 

If you have a serious condition such a cholesterol, diabetes, cancer etc find specialist websites, charity websites, keep track of the latest books, manuals and even webinars.

 

Allow your discernment and intuition to keep you grounded as to which information is valid. You will quickly suss which websites are sham and which ones can be believed. It is patronising and judgemental in the extreme that a doctor should think we do not have the wit or intelligence to suss out good information sources just because a few of their patients are gullible and believe everything they read.

Seek out information about new treatments or therapies, and take those to your next doctor’s appointment for discussion.

 

Be proactive in the management of your symptoms by making those important lifestyle changes that are necessary.

 

Use the information to root out causes of you condition or symptoms and ask your doctor for treatment of causes, not just the symptoms.
 
Become an expert in your chronic (on going) health condition! I learned early on that I was never going to feel better if I exclusively relied on my doctors for answers. They just don’t have the time or attention to be so informed on all conditions which to them appear mysterious and at times I question their willingness to even go chasing down the causal route.

For too many years I put up with treatment for diabetic symptoms. Now when I am asked, “What can I do for you?” I always answer with a response which is about the creation of better health, not just covering over symptoms or killing pain.

My annual checkouts are perfect and I have asked my consultant, an NHS one, if he would like to know how I have achieved such good markers, results, and he simply says "no". That to me says it all. 

Sadly, I concluded, that doctors are not there to teach us how to be healthy. They are not authorities on health. The very nature of heir work drives them to be authorities on sickness and illness, on signs and symptoms and their eradication.

So it is we - the patient - who must accept responsibility for doing all in our power to create health.

 

What should you be aware of?

Something that has appeared and you are aware of that was not there before. Look for difference. 

 

Recognise any existing problem, any current health issues you may have. This might include that you're overweight, anxious, you feel depressed, your head hurts, you have found a lump, you have stomachache, nausea, your back hurts all the time, and so forth. Look at the metaphysical reasons for such conditions. (In this website, we explain some. See individual conditions.)

Be willing to face, embrace, in order to replace.

Trust your internal voice. Listen to your body which is always sending you signals. If something doesn't "feel right" then it's time to take action.

Strive to form the bigger picture of a health problem, think outside the box, consider the metaphysical approaches, beyond the physical.

 

Keep notes on your feelings and experiences, read journals and books and informed websites, talk to different health professionals,  build up a bigger picture of your health issues and potentially find answers that help you to properly address what's making you unhealthy.

Find the cause.

Always consider your life and the way you live it - your lifestyle. Are you burning the candle at both ends, constantly in chaos, hurting within dysfunctional relationship(s), feeling stressed, drinking too much alcohol or ingesting psychotic  drugs, Why?

Always remember the chicken and the egg. Are we drunk because we are depressed, or are we depressed because we have drunk?

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