I went into last year thinking: this is the year I’m going to get a hold of my fitness exercise routine and my health. (Let’s be honest..don’t we all say that?) I wanted to tone up a little and I wanted to be more consistent in my activity. I thought if I could work on perfecting my habits, it would make me “feel” better, but looking back over the years, God has been healing me in a different way.
With a new year starts a clean slate. How many of you did a juice cleanse or joined a gym or started a new diet? A lot of us want to work on our physical selves going into the new year, but sometimes God takes a different avenue. It begs the question: How do I surrender this urgency of wanting to feel better and sit in this discomfort when I don’t see any change?
While I thought last year would bring physical healing, it actually brought me so much emotional and spiritual healing. I had three major influences in the healing process:
Being the obsessive researcher and health seeker, I came across Dr. Caroline Leaf a few years ago. She has a book called “The 21 Day Brain Detox.” and another one “Who switched off my Brain, controlling toxic thoughts and emotions”. Her whole theory is “By controlling the direction of your mind, you control the direction of your life.” For me, it was racking my focus from what my priorities were, to what God’s priorities are. Once I focused on Him, I was pointed in a direction of progressive healing; the idea that God is the creator of love, so if we are not thinking thoughts of love, then we can’t fully live out God’s plan and live a healthy life.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” –2 Corinthians 10:5
I’ve enjoyed studying. I’m kind of a science nerd. I have been studying neuroscience not only because it interests me, but also because I have struggled so much with my own health issues, I have refused to settle! In 2008, Annie Hopper founded DNRS: The Dynamic Neural Retraining System—which is a “neuroplasticity-based healing approach to rewrite chronic illness disease patterns in the brain.” It focuses not on the symptoms, but on growth. According to the website, the science behind DNRS is that when you “…rewire your limbic system, you move your body from a state of survival to a state of growth and repair…” After studying this theory, I realized that part of my “detox” was to shift my thinking and beliefs. The key is to get your body out of state of trauma or fight-or-flight, and into a state of peace.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
I ended 2017 in December at a seminar in Las Vegas with Robert G. Smith. It was a “heal your body” seminar called FASTER EFT, which is a system that focuses on changing your memories to allow for healing and growth, and essentially re-patterning your thoughts and memories.
All three of these methods have greatly helped with my internal healing. What I’ve learned through all of this is that we can make a plan, but God ultimately determines our steps and give us the tools to help us along. The last few years I have soaked up a wealth of information on retraining my brain and focusing on God’s love to start to transform myself into a healthier person from the inside out.
While I have been anticipating “feeling” physically better first, it was more internal and gradual. God has given me a sense of peace. Being “spirit led,” He has chosen to heal me in a different way. I fully believe that if the inside is not right, the outside will manifest. If you are healthy mentally and emotionally on the inside, you will naturally take better care of yourself as a result of seeing yourself the way God sees you and ultimately be more Christ-minded and Christ-centered.