When I was in my early twenties I had a miraculous healing experience that altered the trajectory of my life. I know this may sound kind of crazy, but it’s true.
I was in my last semester at Dalhousie University in Canada and was finishing my undergraduate degree in science and had picked up an elective entitled, Mind-Body Medicine.
At that time my plan was to apply to Dalhousie’s med school when I’d completed my undergrad. I was pre-med and had taken as many courses as I could to prepare me to successfully write the MCAT and then go on to med school.
This particular course caught my eye as it was a departure from the regular offerings from my faculty and it was also the first time it was being offered. So I signed up for it not having any clue how it would change my perception of our bodies and healing for the rest of my life.
For the first time in my formal university training I was being taught a different paradigm of health and healing that would not only come to change my career choices but radically alter my own healing journey.
This course presented a model of health and wellness that was wholistic; the body wasn’t presented as some sort of machine with systems that existed independently of one another such as the cardiovascular system, nervous system, and digestive system and so on, but rather it was presented as a whole.
Greater still, health and healing wasn’t referred to as just a physical experience but included the integration of mind and spirit as well. This new way of looking at health and healing rocked my world.
At the same time as taking the Mind-Body course I was struggling with my own health. I was experiencing my second round of psoriasis and was covered head to toe and when I say head to toe, I truly mean it. I had psoriasis patches all over my face, scalp, ears, neck, arms, chest, back, legs and feet. I was literally covered. I was also struggling with depression. I was not well to say the least.
Up until this point my efforts to help myself were with prescription medication and UV therapy. They’d helped the first time I’d had psoriasis but were not having any effect on my skin this time around. My dermatologist told me there was nothing else they could do for me except prescribe stronger drugs but these would have intense side effects including effecting my fertility. As a young woman who’d hoped to have a family one day, that was not an option. I felt defeated.
Meanwhile, I continued with the Mind-Body Medicine course and began to learn about a new way to see the body, and for the first time in a long time, I felt hope; maybe there was another way to heal other than what I’d known?
Then came a pivotal moment in my journey. One night I had a complete breakdown. It was the dead of winter, my skin was so inflamed and sore all over my body that it was breaking open and bleeding through my clothing. I felt so incredibly disillusioned and lost about how to help myself that I prayed, “God, if you’re real then please get me the heck out of here — help me out of this pain.” I’d come to my breaking point and surrendered it all over to the Divine asking for help. Then I feel asleep crying and exhausted unaware of what was about to happen.
The next morning I woke up to a phone call from a gentleman who I’d known from my childhood church congregation. He’d always loved listening to me sing at church growing up and was calling because unbeknownst to me he had submitted an audition tape to a gospel singing group from California on my behalf and I’d been accepted for a second audition that very week. Later that day I was contacted by the group, had my second audition over the phone and was accepted. Before I knew it I wrote my last exam at Dalhousie and then boarded a flight to California skipping my own graduation to be a part of this singing group that I knew barely anything about. Yup, it was kinda crazy but just get a load of what came next…
After two and a half months of traveling across the globe singing, I noticed that my skin started to heal at a rapid rate. Then suddenly, within one week all the psoriasis was gone. That’s right, GONE! My skin was completely clear. It was a miracle!
I had taken no drugs or had any UV light treatments. Instead, I had been doing something I loved, nurtured my spirituality and had gained peace of mind by significantly reducing my stress levels. I remembered the Mind-Body course I’d taken in my last semester of school and suddenly it all made sense. I’d experienced first hand what I’d learned about months before:
That health and healing extend far beyond the physical and my personal healing experience certainly exemplified that.
Since that time almost 20 years ago I’ve dedicated my life to learning about health and healing with this wholistic framework as my foundation. After 13 years of postsecondary education, 7 years of practicing as a naturopathic doctor as well as continued learning through my own healing journey, I’ve come to see health and well-being through the lens of what I call, The Art of Well-Being Method.
It’s a methodology that I created and use as the foundation for how I treat my patients, what I teach and how I approach my own self-care and I’m beyond thrilled to be teaching its core concepts in my upcoming course this spring.
Health is not just about eating right, exercising and taking supplements or medications. Just as my story above illustrates, we are much more than our physical bodies and hence health and well-being extend far beyond the physical as well.
Authentic health and well-being come from nurturing the interconnection and balance of mind, body and spirit, our whole selves.
So if you’re reading this and you’re currently experiencing a health crisis or maybe you just simply want to feel better, I invite you to follow along as over the next few months I delve into some foundational concepts from my methodology here on the blog and also in a series of free webinars I will be hosting in March. I’ll be sending out all the info to my VIP mailing list so if you’re not part of it you can sign up here to get all the details as they become available.
Wherever you are on your healing journey just know that you’re not alone and that there’s hope. I truly believe that within illness lies an opportunity for us to radically transform our hearts and our lives for our greatest good.
As I learned from my own personal experience shared above, a change in our perception is the beginning of true miracles.
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