If you’ve known me for the last few years you probably could tell that I’m not a big fan of the allopathic medicine and prefer natural approach to health. What I meant by natural approach is helping or creating the necessary conditions for the body to heal itself naturally, instead of bombarding it with synthetic pharmaceutical drugs that often only mask the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause, and have more harmful side effects than telling your local gang member he’s freakin’ ugly and his gang sucks :). Well that’s not a blanket statement however, as I believe pharmaceutical drugs has its place. In certain cases it may be what’s needed to safe life in life threatening situations. My concern is that it is too often used for everything, even for something as minor as headache, and when it is (mis)used for ‘invented diseases’ like ADD/ADHD when they do more harm than good, turning healthy kids into drugged zombies. I’ll elaborate a bit and share the links about this later on in this post…
However, two days ago I decided to visit my cheerful GP, Dr.Wong, as the fever seemed to come and go and the cough was persistent. Well my wife kinda pushed me too I must admit hehehe… He put me on antibiotics – I did not resist this because I believe this is one of the cases where it is appropriate. My wife and I then visited the pharmacy a few doors down from my GP’s. The friendly pharmacist recommended some pro-biotics to replace good bacteria that get killed by the antibiotics, so I got some too. This particular one claims that there are 25 billions good bacteria (with name like Acidophilus, I bet they are Greek :)) in one capsule.
Yep, so here I am resting at home (yeah now and then I do check my facebook or what have you, or even updating my blog heheheh), but admist my interrupted sleeps, meditation (to help me go back to sleep, worked 80% of the time), and simply the mind wandering when you are bed-ridden, I received insights and images that in turn made me even feeling grateful for this pneumonia.
Grateful? Well, the persistent coughing has exercised my muscles and made my six-pack a bit more like a Greek god’s :). Yeah that's something to be grateful for, but in all seriousness, the feeling of gratitude is deeper than that.
I’ve always believed that my outer world is merely a reflection of my inner world, and that there’s a mental pattern for every disease that manifests in my physical body. This time is no difference, I thought. So I pulled out the beautiful book called “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay from my bookshelf. I remember buying it at a neat bookshop at Gladstone Rd. Gisborne, on our first trip to that town in autumn 2007. This was actually the 2nd time I bought the book of the same title, I gave the first one to my mom 3 or 4 years ago. It really is a beautiful book, mine is a special edition with great illustrations and full colored pages! So I opened the pages and started to look up “pneumonia” and “lung problems” in the table.
For pneumonia, it is said that the mental patterns can be:
- Desperate? Hmmm, not that I can think of.
- Tired of life? Hmmm, nope… most of the time I think life is soooo good :). So this can’t be it.
- Emotional wounds that are not allowed to heal? Hmmm… maybe, but I can’t think of any of them yet.
And for lung problems they can be:
- Depression? Hmmm, nope. I’m a happy chappie, at least most of the time.
- Grief? Hmmm, not this either.
- Fear on taking in life? Hmmm, not really – I always welcome new experience. But I’ll dig deeper.
- Not feeling worthy of living life fully? Hmmm… perhaps we’re on to something here, because lately the desire to “live life to the fullest” was the driving force behind the choices I made.