“According to “A Course in Miracles”, the people who have achieved the most on earth have achieved a fraction of what all of us are capable of. Whatever you’ve achieved, either great or small, it is tiny compared to the potential that still lies within you. Think of this as you review your life; know that whatever you’ve done, wherever you’ve been, the  roads that led you to this point were all lessons which if you choose to learn them, will lead you forward into a glorious future. Now, in this moment, forgive your past and embrace the miracle of infinite possibility inherent in every Holy Instant. Atone for your own mistakes and forgive everyone else for theirs. Miracles will follow. So great is God.”

Marianne Williamson

Sometimes our approach to ill-health or a presenting symptom is either

to ignore it, or to simply go to the doctor, have him or her take a look,

then usually get a prescription for a pill, cream or potion to get rid of

the symptom. Our GP system has conditioned us into believing this is

the way it has to be. Either way, we take little responsibility for our health.


But it doesn't have to be that way.  What if we were to be more interested

in creating optimal health and preventing poor health and in healing?


What if we were to seek to look beyond just our symptom(s) and seek to

find the cause of any dis-ease and treat that?


What if we were prepared to take more personal responsibility for finding

the cause of our symptoms and dis-ease, identifying treatments, comparing

their efficacy, and making decisions.

How different would medicine look then?


Time for a Change to Owned Responsibility


Given the constraints placed on the NHS and what it can do for us, and in particular it’s limited range of healing modalities (NB not the services needed in times of accident or emergency) we as patients need to become better at listening to our bodies, reading its signs and symptoms, and finding more natural ways of creating  better health and treating our conditions. That is, unless, you want to be confined to medications and their side effects, radiation, or surgery and a life of just managing your symptom.

Self-assessment is NOT recommending that you make a clinical diagnosis; it is an on-going process which invites you to:-

monitor and be aware of the current state of your  health and well-being 

become aware of when you need to make changes to create optimal health

be aware of when you need to be more conscious of poor health prevention

inform yourself so that:-

  • you can make better informed decisions regarding health and well-being

  • be better informed during discussions and consultations with health professionals

  • plan for better health and well-being outcomes

  • take personal responsibility for your health and well-being

Short version

Be aware


Write down your symptoms – all of them

When did they first begin to appear

Did anything happen then or up to 28 months before then that could have been the trigger?

Can you deal with the trigger in order to address the root cause?

If not


Become better informed


Do your research on the symptoms– consider your results

What do the results suggest you maybe dealing with

Listen to your gut, your intuition

Dowse, muscle test to confirm your hunches and results

Consult with a medical practitioner

What is the name of your condition(s)

What are the treatment options

Decide, experiment

If it works – celebrate

If it doesn’t – continue your research and consultations as necessary


Remember things don’t always work for ever – if your body gives you signs that something is out of balance, go back and repeat the above process.




Here is a different way of working your way through what is currently presenting in your life. What follows is a system of key questions that can help you take back the power for your health and well-being.




How long have you had these symptoms and signs?


Is a consultation with your medical practitioner, your GP, now warranted / overdue?


Are the signs and symptoms more commonplace, ones you know about?


What are you doing about them?


If they are not familiar to you, what do you plan to do? When?


What does your research tell you?


Listen to your body. What does it tell you?

With, or without, a doctor consultation, what is your understanding of your condition?


What are the options for your situation?                              Conventional     Functional / Cam       Metaphysical       

Under each – exactly what is offered?


For each offering …..


What is your understanding of the benefits of treatment?

What are the odds that the treatment will work for you?

What are the risks of treatment?

What are the side effects of medications?

 What is the Number Needed to Treat (NNTT)  rate for

  drugs you are recommended?


What are the costs of treatment?


financial - the pounds and pence

physical - journeying, time

emotional - how much stress might be involved

spiritual, etc? - costs of not following a spiritual route


What are the odds that you may have a side effect or bad outcome?


What are they? 


Have you checked current side-effects with any doctors?


What is your understanding of what will happen if nothing is done?


Why do you think your doctor has recommended (name of specific treatment or test) for you?


Why do you think different doctors favour one treatment over another?


Do you think it (specific treatment/test) is the best treatment/test for you? Why or why not?


What does your intuition / your heart say?


What do you think will actually happen to you if you accept this treatment? If you don't accept it?


What factors/issues are most important to you in deciding about your treatment?


What are you thinking about as you consider your decision? (Pay attention to these thoughts.)


What does your heart say? Listen to it….despite all factual evidence.


How are you balancing the pluses and minuses of the treatments?


Who is helping you talk through your options?


Are you indeed talking through your options?



Do you trust your doctors? Why or why not?


What do you think will happen to you now?



You have doubtless been given a lot of information about your condition, treatments, etc.



Have you decided what medical option is best for you right now?


If you had to list the options in order of priority, what would they be







Now aim to catch your first gut response to the following question…


What do you feel inclined to do now?


NHS  FM/CAm MET  Metap

Self-assessment Questions