Which drug should I choose to manage my MS? (That’s a question from someone who’s thinking small.) When are they going to come up with a cure? (Another question from someone thinking small.)
I read versions of these questions every day from people with MS all over the country and the world. And to them I say: If being healthy is what you wantyou’re thinking too small. It’s time to Think Bigger.
It means that what we deem possible for our health must go beyond the limitations set by Western Medicine. In our cultureWestern Medicine is our religion and our doctors are our shaman. We invest immeasurable authority in themgiving them the power to hex us with a death sentenceor converselypraying to them to cure us. But when we give up our power like thiswe are denying our ultimate responsibility to care for our own bodies and play an active role in our healing process. When we give up our power like this we forget that Western Medicine is just one model of thinkingit’s not reality.
Western Medicine seeks to eliminate symptoms of disease primarily with the use of pharmaceutical drugs. It views the various systems of the body as distinct and separate from each other. It’s only now sorta kinda beginning to recognize the profound connection between the body and the mind. Western Medicine does not concern itself with detoxifyingbalancingand strengthening the body. It’s a useful model – an invaluable one – in certain areas like traumainjuryand acute infectionto name a few. But it is a limited modelespecially so in its ability to treat chronic illnessand when we believe blindly in itwe allow all other possibilities for healing outside of this model to fade to gray. The rules of Western Medicine’s reality become our rulesand with an illness like MSwhich is said to be “incurable”this blind faith keeps us from believing that getting well is even possible. What could be smaller thinking that that?
Step 1: Commit: Your new mantra should go something like this: I commit to healing and being healthy. I commit to the stubbornirreversible decision that I will healno matter who tells me it’s impossible. I commit to healing no matter how badly I may feel in any given moment. I commit to healing no matter how slow my progress toward health may seem. I commit to this state of endless possibility. I hold this commitment to myself sacred and I commit to doing whatever it takes to achieve my outcome.
Step 2: Become Singular: If you truly want to get healthythen you must make everything in your life equal healing and everything else must be subservient to that. If you’re stressed about somethingask yourself what it is teaching you about being healthydespite seemingly doing the opposite? If you want to get wellyou need to constantly re-frame everything in your life to equal healingand you must put your health first. Think your kids come first? Think your job comes first? You won’t be able to take care of your children or work if you’re sick. This may seem blasphemous to you as you read this. If soI bet you’ve spent your entire life putting other people’s needs ahead of your own. And getting “selfish” is going to be the healthiest – and likely the most profound – thing you can do.
Step 3: Develop your health category: For most people with chronic illnesstheir definition of health is being without the symptoms of disease. But this is thinking small. If you want to think bigyou need to grow your definition of health bigger. You need to have the greatest appreciation of health than anyone you know. You need to have a vivid vision of what health looks like. You need to spend time imagining the feeling of health in your body. When was the last time you remember feeling vibrantlyrobustly healthy? Go back there. Revisit itrun it through your bodyfeel it againrefamiliarize yourself with that feeling. Spend a lot of time here. Rememberyou have a huge category in your mind for disease. If you want to get wellyou need to create an equal and opposite category for health.
Step 4: Take Action: Another mantra: I will look beyond the boundaries of the standard Western Medicine treatment for MSsearching for any healing modality that I believe could assist me in achieving health. I will explore all options I can find with the dedication and fervor of someone who believes the word impossible is a synonym for challenge. If you haven’t yet watched the David Blaine video I recently postedwatch it now. Use it as inspiration. Blaine is a man who doesn’t believe in the word “impossible”. Neither should you.
Step 5: Think teleologically: A few weeks ago I posted about teleological thinking. If you haven’t alreadyread that postbut here’s the short version: Most people organize themselves historicallymeaning they look for evidence in the past to inform them of what is possible for their future. For example: “I’ve been sick for years and nothing’s worked to get me betterso why should I bother trying something new when it’ll surely fail like it always does?” That’s thinking small. You want to organize yourself instead in the direction of the future you wantbecause the future you imagine yourself living into will directly effect what you are thinkingfeelingand doing in the present moment. The future healthy you already is…just not yet. This is teleological thinking. It’s essential to have a clear and vivid picture of the healthy future you are creating for yourselfand remember that your destination is set – the failures along the way are just potholes on the road to health. Becoming singular and thinking teleologically means everything equals getting healthyeven the setbackseven the evidence that seems to suggest otherwise. Thinking teleologically is thinking bigand nothing short of big thinking will get you well.
Step 6: ExperimentReviseRepeat: It took you manymany years to develop your illness. It will take time to unwind your disease state and recreate a state of health instead. Be patientbut be persistent. Try as many new treatments as you need totrack your resultsrevise as neededand continue exploring until you reach your goal and beyond. With every new treatment I triedI found something that helped. Sometimes it was one small changeone small addition that made me feel a bit better. But when you stack enough of these on top of each otheryou will have tipped the scales in favor of health. Don’t discount anything. Wisdom and healing come from places you don’t always expectand enough subtle adjustments can lead to massive change. I will be posting soon about all the discoveries I’ve found that have worked for me so far. That’ll be a good springboard to start from. But I’ve just scratched the metaphorical surface. Our world is rife with possibilities.
Step 7: Catch yourself thinking small and think big instead: Does it seem outlandish and absurd when I suggest that it’s possible to reverse your disease-state? Do I seem like a quack when I question Western Medicine’s assertion that MS is “incurable”? Good. Notice when you think thoughts like thisbecause that’s the you that’s been thinking small. You want to replace those thoughts with big thinkingwith a new and updated belief that getting well is possible for youand you’re committed to doing it. RememberMS is not curable according to the parameters of Western Medicine. That’s why we’re expanding our parameters.