We have so many idioms about our digestion:
I guess it's not much of a surprise, then, if I tell you that we often draw connections between experiences in our external world, and our bodies. We understand the world through the physical because that's where we get the feedback of sensations and emotions (which we call "feelings").
For some reason I've been retelling my story often about how I came to healing. So, I thought I'd share it with you...
I was in midst of all kinds of mess that I won't go in to now, but suffice it to say my world was in major upheaval. I had two toddlers, and having come off of a long stint in academic science, the parental world of unending need and repetitive tasks just overtook my ability to cope. I was diagnosed with post-partum depression and put on medication.
Oddly enough, that wasn't enough to be my turning point. Things had to get worse first. And, the thing that eventually caused me enough pain to seek help was my digestion. I was allergic to dairy and it had become so unbearable that I couldn't eat out anymore. That was my last straw, because I was sick and tired of making 50 meals a day between two toddlers who at all day long and two adults that didn't want to eat bland toddler food. When I couldn't take a break from what was overwhelming... and get some support from a restaurant, that was when things got painful.
A friend invited us over for dinner one night... along with another family. Between all of us and our food sensitivities and preferences, we needed to avoid dairy, eggs, wheat, and soy. So, it was no surprise that our discussions turned to food at the dinner table. This woman I didn't know asked me why I thought I had an allergy to milk... and I told her I didn't know. I guess, at the time, I just thought that we are victims of circumstance and you just had to deal with it when you have food allergies... "avoid the offender".
She suggested to me that from the perspective of Bioenergy Balancing, which was a healing art she was being trained in, that dairy sensitivities were often associated with intense experiences around mothers, mothering, and nurturing. While I could totally relate to the mothering part, I couldn't see how it would show up in my digestion.
Six months later I was so deep in the discomfort and unhappiness of the constraints on my life, that I called this woman and asked her to work with me on my digestion. Eight weeks later I could eat anything I wanted to, and 7 years later I can still eat what I want.
From there I took the Bioenergy Balancing Practitioner Training and was able to address my hormone imbalances. However, what I learned in that transformation around my digestion was that I had literally internalized many beliefs, agreements, and ways of being, that were not true for me. The conflict that created between the life I believed I could have and the life I wanted were causing havoc in my system.
The process I went through took me from exhausted, depleted, and irritable, to happy, present, and fulfilled. So, if you see yourself in my story... overwhelmed, frustrated, and fatigued... consider joining me for the Healing Circle call on Sunday, May 4th at 9am Pacific. There's no cost to you, and it could be the beginning of addressing your pains. Don't wait until they're unbearable and you're desperate. Sign up for call in information here.
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