Calming and Reconciliation
You now wear the label of “sick person.” The medical team has put this somewhat brutal diagnosis on you, and it makes you uneasy, generating fears and anxieties. A mass of cells has been built inside your body. You don’t have control over it and the doctors call it “a tumor.” No matter what the case, if you consciously accept the fact that this illness belongs to you, you will have a much easier time helping your body deconstruct it.
From the moment the diagnosis is made, the first work must then be one of calming and realization in the form of Delta Respiration exercises (Tool #1) combined with specific thoughts, as explained in the following pages. This stage of positive combative acceptance (and not capitulation) is very important. This specific disease has developed in this specific body (yours, with its unique strengths and weaknesses). It is your disease! If you reject it and hate it, you reject and hate yourself at the same time. The more you try to deny it, the more you will drain your forces to fight it.
Don’t forget that the imbalances that have accumulated over the years express themselves through your most fragile organ, the one whose weakness is inscribed in your genetic “life book.” Imagine a dozen people storming a mountain’s summit. Those first exhausted will always be the least in shape, the least solid physically and psychologically. As the ascent continues, exhaustion comes to the others little by little. In the end, only the strongest remain.
It’s the same with our tissues, organs, and cells. The weakest are the first affected by illness. By any logic, we should want to help them, support them, save them. Not only because they are the most fragile but also because they have made themselves the brave and generous messengers of our imbalances. They tell us, translate for us, some of our erroneous behaviors. Sometimes they even cry out to us that our lifestyle is not adapted to maintaining the good health we had when we came into the world. But most often we radically reject the afflicted area along with the illness that we want to get rid of.
Are the liver, prostate, ovaries, or lungs affected by disease? We sometimes turn our attention away from these organs, as if they are responsible for the disaster. We somehow feel betrayed by the sick organ. We might even hate it. We want to tell it, “Why are you doing this to me? We’re a part of the same body!” These reactions are tainted with negative emotions (a sense of injustice, anger) that are capable of further disturbing our nervous, metabolic, and immune equilibrium.
Instead of repeating these reproaches, we should send the organ messages of support.
Making Peace with a Sick Organ
- Lie down in a quiet place, or if this isn’t possible, sit down in a comfortable position. Relax, release the muscles of your body, and close your eyes.
- Breathe deeply three times (always through the nose), then adopt a regular breathing rhythm without forcing the breath. Breathe in counting to three (one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand), then breathe out slowly, counting to six (one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, four one thousand . . .). Repeat three times.
- Now imagine (visualize) your sick organ. You can choose how you’ll form this representation: look at an image or a photograph of the organ in a dictionary or an anatomy book to inspire you, or let your imagination create a more or less schematic or fanciful representation. What’s most important is that the image “speaks” to you.
- Next, send a wave of serenity to this sick organ. The most commonly used image is a beautiful white or gold light, calming and beneficial, that bathes the sick organ.
- Anchor this image with an accompanying statement. Repeat it silently to the organ: “I’m aware that you are suffering for me and I thank you.” And: “Now, I send you the strength of this light to help you and to heal you.” When you pronounce these words, it’s as if you have sent both gratitude and new healing forces to your body (the two mix in the positive effects of psychosomatics).
- Repeat each step of this visualization seven times. Then concentrate again on your breathing rhythm as you slowly return to normal consciousness, and open your eyes.
Note: I will say this over and over, but if you aren’t accustomed to therapeutic training, don’t let your mind judge you and criticize you: “What I’m doing is stupid,” “This is a waste of time,” “These are just childish words,” “Words don’t heal,” etc. Keep in mind that anything big that is done in the world always occurs by way of bravery and words. Calmly persevere for at least ten days: this is how long it takes to tame your critical thoughts coming from your fearful unconscious.
Health vs. Illness: Some Definitions
Health. Imagine a balance; the pan on the left holds the memory of good health (with which most of us entered the world) while the pan on the right is weighed down by our weak points, imbalances, and daily aggressions. Our organism can support a significant amount of imbalance (nutritional overloads, nervous exhaustions, emotional shocks); as long as the healthy side of the balance remains heavier, we can withstand it.
The Delta Point. By weighing down “the sick side,” all of these imbalances accumulate and create a more violent movement of the scale. At first, the two sides are equally weighted. The body enters into a pre-disease zone, and the symptoms, up to this point acute, become recurrent.
Chronic or Degenerative Illness. Once having surpassed the point of equilibrium, disease is declared. It is visible, clearly identifiable, and classifiable by way of the symptoms it provokes.