I think that its unwise to deny that there are many other possible factors that predispose an individual to illness, and to rely on the explanation that the supposed virulence of the bug is the only factor. Heather ate poorly and didn't get enough sleep. She was trying to excel in 2 sports and stayed up late to maintain her honor roll level of academic performance. There were both great physical and emotional pressures upon her. Looking back, it is so easy for us to see, even if others scoff at the possibility.
Some of you are familiar with Perry Fields. She was a world class athlete (track) that contracted LD and was very sick. We encouraged Heather to contact her for encouragement back when she was very sick and despondent. Perry was kind enough to send a few encouraging emails back to a young high achieving fellow athlete.
That level of athlete is often much more in touch with their mind and body in comparison with other other non elite status people. You don't reach that level unless you have a high level of self-awareness both physically/mentally/spiritually. However the drive to excel can be carried out to an unhealthy extreme that adversely impacts health. Perry said this in her January newsletter:
"Does the New Year, really bring New Change?
Being in a very introspective state this week, I decided to write you a little about
my thoughts on what the real purpose of disease is. You can tune this part out and glance down on best practices for my new Lyme oils, or keep reading.
I’ve had people actually angry at me for not attending Lyme rallies or focusing in on the government for not recognizing the condition. I see a lot of sick people being martyrs. With the way that this disease spreads, it's only a matter of time before a public figure (politician) gets sick or has a wife or husband who gets ill. So I truly believe that the recognition will work out on that front.
As for the clash of ILADS and the CDC, I don't really care. My focus is on getting people healthy and if people truly understood the special interest that BOTH parties have, you wouldn't care either. My focus is what your focus should be, YOUR HEALTH.
I realize, from my own personal disease exorcism, that much of my disease was really an opportunity that presented itself when my ego really could not handle any more. I was ready for change. The ego I'm talking about
is not really the common use for "ego," although related, but about
my emotional body (in general terms).
I think I had enough of the pressures people put on me, but also the pressure I put on myself was enormous. Some of you can relate to that. You stress and stress and stress about
many things that really you have NO CONTROL OVER. I see a reoccurring theme in most of my clients and they are generally high strung (top executives, students, high paid actors, moms with a many kids and athletes). You could use the term Type A. I also see that the greater the person fears not returning to full health, the harder it is for them to do so physically. That's a lot of energy working against a person.
Part of the journey of getting ill IS to hit the bottom. And by doing so it allows us to shed a lot of unnecessary things from our lives (as well as emotions that serve no purpose anymore) and get back to enjoy what it is to be human.
My purpose in writing this is to help relieve you of some grief, because it’s unnecessary and it keeps you ill. I see illness as this really intense opportunity to get things right from a spiritual perspective...to literally enlighten oneself. Enlightenment is true happiness and just being awake and present in each moment is what we are really here for.
This is probably one of the main reasons why I never relapsed. I did a lot of chemical work and a lot of physical work to get well, but I never denied the spiritual change that ultimately was happening. I just embraced it and I still do. I have no idea where I'll end up and I don't care because I know it will all work out.
It takes a lot of work on oneself to be able to feel that way, to say it and to truly mean it. I feel like I've arrived.
Remember while making your chemical changes and physical changes, do not ignore the spiritual change for it’s not only what gets you healthy in the long term, it gives you your ultimate purpose that you can be truly happy about
I believe that there is much truth and wisdom in what Perry has said here in her self-analysis above.
I say the things that I say and post what I post not to win an argument, but to resonate with those that desire to not leave any stone unturned, i.e. to cover all the bases.
Post Edited (Heathersdad) : 4/3/2015 3:16:47 PM (GMT-6)