Unless someone is “in the trenches” and actually doing research with microscopes, measuring devices or personal experience, they're not doing research; they're parroting the words (or “studies”) of others. And said studies' authors may have a personal agenda that we'd be wise to inquire about!
Let’s face it, within seconds, anyone can find both flattering and negative information about a person, restaurant, vaccination, exercise routine, corporation, or even a sandwich and so much more online. It’s challenging to remember that information is created, disseminated, received and potentially regurgitated through the personal filter of the recipient and/or sender.
Both the physical and metaphysical worlds are privy to the information highway and its counterpart, the information low-way.
A mind full of fear can do anything to justify itself. Fear can convince you that others you’ve never met are out to get you when the more likely reality is that they are too caught up in their own pain to really care that much about you. It’s like that phrase, “Dance like nobody is watching.” To me, that’s easy, because most of the time, no one is.
When I hear someone say they have the one and only truth because they’ve done the research, or read an article or comment board, I’ve asked myself, “How can they be so sure?” And now that I’m clearer that truth can be skewered (even subconsciously), I’m more likely to verbalize, “Can you tell me what type of research you’ve done?”
I can almost guarantee they’ll say they’ve read lots of things on the Internet. Well, as Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” Ahem.
Abraham Maslow said, “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” And Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” The latter can also be summarized, “Are you living from your head or your heart?”
“Follow the money” is a great way to see if what you’re reading is true.
For example, I’ve read for years that soy intake increases estrogen in men, and some have stated that enough soy consumption can spur breast tissue growth in men. (Maybe some men wouldn’t mind growing breasts?)
But by my direct experience, I can say this is decidedly untrue. As a vegan 10-year vegan and another 10 years vegetarian prior to that, I’ve had enough soy that according to those "studies", I should be wearing a bra by now. Was that information put out by the Meat & Dairy Association? What types of testing were done? Was it a made-up fact, a random hypothesis or an actual study where some men were given X diet and others Y diet and the results were compared? After five months or five years, did some look like Dolly Parton and others Michael Phelps?
Real “research” is painstaking. It’s costly and time consuming. And relative. And sometimes, research is deliberately hidden or skewered or created to fill an individual’s or corporation’s agenda. Remember the Vioxx debacle?
“Rofecoxib, marketed under the brand names Vioxx, Ceoxx, and Ceeoxx was approved in the US by the US FDA in May 1999, and in September 2004, Merck voluntarily withdrew rofecoxib from the market because of concerns about increased risk of heart attack and stroke associated with long-term, high-dosage use. Merck withdrew the drug after disclosures that it withheld information about rofecoxib's risks from doctors and patients for over five years, allegedly resulting in between 88,000 and 140,000 cases of serious heart disease.”*
Several decades before that, cigarette smoking was promoted as healthy. When there is a personal investment in an outcome, it can affect the release of certain information.
Relating to healing...
I’ve worked with clients who have been diagnosed, misdiagnosed, and re-misdiagnosed. They’ve been under- and over-medicated. As well as cut, stitched, and mentally and physically probed and prodded and still no answer was found. They’ve seen sometimes dozens of practitioners in countless modalities and gotten little to no permanent relief.
What if the mind is so powerful, that if we are diagnosed differently by ten different practitioners of the same or ten different modalities, the one whose findings resonate the most might have the maximum positive effect? If a belief, for example, that alternative medicine is a sham exists within you, you can almost be sure that it won’t get the job done. Belief does have its place, but some things are beyond belief.
I’ve found that a tangible experience is often the best teacher.
That’s why I take people on inner journeys with me in their healing process. Any decent energy worker can move enough energy that the recipient feels better—for a time. With a personalized inner journey, the client feels something shifting in their body based on a process I am guiding them through—that they are doing! This “teaches” the body that it’s okay to be well, and that giving up an old damaging habit or belief isn’t as scary as we may have anticipated. It’s not just the belief at play, it’s feelings of freedom and more expansiveness that do the convincing. Even if I intuit something that initially doesn’t resonate with my client, I’ve found that given a short period of time, a brief exercise applied, and an oft immediate positive reaction to that exercise, I typically hear, “Wow, I never would have thought of that!”
Because truth can’t be found using only the mind.
The mind is a wonderful tool. It can help us reason, to come up with logical solutions to problems and challenges and then direct us in a logical and direct route to a desired end. But sadly, the mind can also lead us astray. It may not want you to know the truth. It may be more concerned with providing indirect routes, only small bits of relief, or huge distractions away from the real issues. Why? Because the mind is afraid of feelings. Feelings are the enemy of logic. The mind has been taught to judge emotions as wrong and bad and unsexy and unflattering and even shameful. Which is unfortunate because truth is always clear as a bell on the other side of an emotional release. Typically, about anything!
Healing is done by facing the truth of the pain head-on. By being with it, by witnessing it and being inquisitive rather than demanding it “go away,” we can access the truth hidden underneath the symptoms. If you're working with that casual layer, how much deeper do you think the healing will be? By facing the deepest and sometimes darkest truths we carry within us, we can achieve a deeper level of healing.
Observe and Question!
When we can effectively question what parts of us wants things to be true because that “truth” aligns with our belief system, and when we can honestly ask, “Is this true?” then have we’ve begun the discernment process.
So stay ever present to—and observe and question—your willingness to believe only what confirms your point of view. They human mind wants to be right and to judge others who aren’t in alignment with its beliefs.
Notice, carefully and honestly, if you see life “as though nothing is a miracle or as though everything is a miracle.” Are you living from your head that is filled with fear and judgment, or your heart that is filled with love?
The latter may be called all kinds of names by those who have been hardened by life, but I have found, repeatedly, that those who live life with more love than hatred, with more acceptance of others than judgment, and more compassion that intolerance, are almost always healthier and more vibrant.
But don’t believe anything I write; rather, ask yourself if this feels true!