Wired for Perfect Health
Tap into your blueprint for health
Posted Apr 15, 2015
“It's supposed to be a secret, but I'll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” - Albert Schweitzer, M.D.
Sometimes I think we’ve turned into an “out there” society. Our happiness has to do with something (or someone) “out there.” Our career or business success is dependent on market conditions “out there.” How we feel emotionally depends on the weather, the traffic, or what lands in our inbox. Our self-perception depends on how many promotions, dates or “likes” we get.
And our health? Many of us have come to believe that it’s based on viruses in the air, germs on the door knob, toxins in the environment, or genes that our parents handed us. And because the things that affect our health are “out there,” we assume that the solutions to any health issues are out there also. We drag our bodies to the doctor’s office like taking our car to a mechanic. We expect him or her to “fix it” and fix it quickly with their drugs and surgical procedures.
I have the deepest respect for medical doctors and their profession. But as Deepak Chopra points out:
“Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively.”
I’ve studied and taught Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Huna for many years now. Though different in their approach, both disciplines believe that our unconscious minds (which run the body and all of its functions) holds two blueprints: one of our body in perfect health and the other of our body in its current state.
Our unconscious minds know exactly what we need to be healthy.
So why aren’t we?
Personally, I think it’s because we ignore our bodies’ natural desire for health and our actions don’t support its intrinsic ability to heal itself and maintain physical health.
To a very great degree, our physical health is up to us, not external forces.
I’ll admit it: I’m on a physical health kick lately—“lately” being the last seven years or so. Prior to then, I was pretty overweight—okay, actually I officially qualified as morbidly obese according to my doctor. Though I’d been very healthy and an athlete in my school years, I had definitely let myself go since then. I ate whatever I wanted (even knowing it was bad for me). I didn’t listen to my body when it told me I was full or that those nachos didn’t agree with my stomach. I avoided exercise because I was self-conscious about my size and discouraged that I wasn’t as strong or flexible as I’d once been.
Back then (as now) I taught people how to be empowered in their lives through Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Huna. I prided myself on “walking my talk,” practicing in my own life what I taught to others. But though I’d conscientiously cleared negative emotions and limiting beliefs and employed ho’o’pono pono (forgiveness) in all other areas of my life, I avoided doing anything about the area of my physical health.
Oh, I made a few attempts to get healthier—tried a few diets, signed up for a couple of short-lived stints at the gym—but none of it lasted very long. My health was so bad that after every intensive training I taught, my body would fall apart to the point where I needed antibiotics to get back on my feet.
In the area of my physical health, my actions were clearly self-destructive. And I relied on something “out there” to repair the damage.
Part of my wake-up call (the credit for which goes to my wife) was that my physical condition was incongruent with what I teach. To be fully empowered, we need to be healthy in all 4 areas: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. And though we can seek support to get healthy in each of those areas, it needs to be a “do with” not a “do to” process. In other words, it’s really up to us, not some external force, to create our health whether it’s mental, emotional, spiritual or physical.
When I finally made the choice to be healthy, I recognized that I needed to get all of my “in here” forces working toward my health. I agree with Deepak Chopra who says, “The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.”
Fortunately, I had many of the tools I needed. I used Huna to help me flow my spiritual energy toward health. I used the Mental Emotional Release® (MER®) process to dissolve negative emotions and limiting beliefs about my body, and I used various NLP techniques to shift destructive habits and patterns to healthier ones.
Then I did a lot of research and finally found an amazing fitness program and coach to guide me in my physical training and nutrition. The result? I’ve not only released 65 excess pounds but I am in better physical shape than I’ve ever been! I now incorporate that fitness program in my work with others.
Why do I tell you all of this? Because to be fully empowered, it’s important to get all four cylinders firing: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. And we all have the power to awaken that “doctor within,” that part of ourselves that holds the blueprint for our perfect physical health.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Abraham Maslow:
“All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.”
To your empowerment!
Matthew B. James, MA, Ph.D., is President of The Empowerment Partnership. Author of several books, Dr. Matt has trained thousands of students to be totally empowered using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Huna, Mental Emotional Release® therapy, and Empowerment Fit. Try our free e-course on nlp here: http://www.nlp.com/free-ecourse/