by Barbara D. Allan
Author of Conquering Arthritis
Over the years, I have spoken with many people who
either have or once had arthritis. One of the most striking
things about those who are able to completely heal themselves,
is that they have sought healing not just for their
bodies, but also at the level of their
thoughts, emotions and spirit. I have been struck again
and again, how with an illness as difficult as arthritis,
it is generally mandatory to address the body, but that
alone it isn't enough.
In this issue, I give examples of how emotional release
can lead to healing. In the next several issues I will
further explain the process and explore what often also
needs to happen mentally and spiritually for complete
healing to take place.
The Importance of Emotional
Last December I developed chest congestion, fatigue
and a high fever. You could say that I had caught what
half of Phoenix seemed to have caught and on one level
you would be right. But there is more to the story.
No matter how much I rested, no matter how much I humidified
the air, not matter what home remedies I used, no matter
what prescription medicine I took, I couldn't seem to
get over the lung congestion.
About a month into this congestion, I was talking with
one of my teachers. She said what I was holding in my
lungs was grief. And indeed I was grieving. When I did
what she suggested to release grief, I felt a shift.
Within half an hour my lungs had cleared
enough that I could breathe freely. Within a day they
were almost entirely clear.
Emotional Release Often Doesn't
Look or Feel Like What We Are Expecting
In the case of my arthritis, two underlying causes were
fear and anger stored in my body. They were stored so
deeply, that I couldn't have even told you they were
there, until I reached a place during meditation where
these emotions started releasing.
Just like with the grief trapped in my lungs, when
the fear and anger that had been causing my arthritis
left my body, what I experienced was a slight shift
within my being. If I hadn't have been paying close
attention, I might have missed it. After the shift,
there was a sense of more ease in my body and something
returning to the way it should be.
With the releasing of grief there was no crying. With
the releasing of anger there were no angry words or
gestures. With the release of fear, there was nothing
other than an uncomfortable feeling leaving my body.
The healthful changes in my body were immediate and
Sometimes we think that releasing emotions involves
some sort of big display. Emotions can release in a
healing way at those times too, but those sorts of displays
don't necessarily lead to healing. What is critical
is not the outward display, but the release inside your
being, which can occur whether or not anything is apparent
at the surface or not.
How to Release Emotions in This
To help people learn this emotional release process,
I have created a 6-CD set of guided meditations which
teach some powerful and effective ways to do this release
work. What I teach I learned through the Buddhist tradition,
particularly the Tibetan practice
of Tonglen and the ancient Buddhist practice of Vipassana,
which is the modern day practice most like what the
historical Buddha taught.
In the next newsletter I will describe how to do Tonglen
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to the releases of anger that lead to my own healing
Anger leads to inflammation in the body. Releasing
it is critical to deep healing of arthritis. It is better
than any anti-inflammatory drug.
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