Looking over the past year, I have learned many lessons. Some were harder to learn than others, but in the end of this 2014 calendar year, I am grateful for those lessons learned. And hope to inspire others to learn their lessons, too. Some might even work with me to help them work through theirs for 2015.
In January, 2014, I started the year with my Detox Plan but added a hyper-anti-inflammatory twist in an effort to see if pain can go away with food. To my delight, it did!
It was a process that lasted 6 months, slowly identifying the inflammatory foods and chemicals I was exposing myself to. I did this using the Nutrition Response Testing monthly. By the time I got to January, I had eliminated all those items including sugar, wheat, brown rice, isopropyl alcohol, and petroleum/petrolatum based products. I made modifications over those 6 months looking for alternatives and foods I could eat. And the pain went away.
I also had the issue of eating those things I was supposed to avoid. But I guess I liked the pain? Human nature is such that you forget….so I would eat something I am not supposed to like dark chocolate M&M’s….and I got pain and fatigue in a horrible way. But I ate them 3-4 times before getting to the point where I fully made the connection between the M&M’s and the pain. This was another lesson learned! Sugar is inflammatory. Dark chocolate M&M’s have lots of sugar in the coating. duh. We sometimes repeat the same things over and over again….even with disastrous results like pain and inability to sleep at night from the pain…in order to learn what we should not consume. We are not stupid for doing it. We just forget the why. Once we make that connection between the food and the terrible symptom, then we can finally decide to stop consuming the aggravating item. But until you get to that realization yourself, no one can tell you enough. I am thankful that I can now use this in my practice to help others overcome pain as I do understand the process. I lived it.
I also learned that some of my pain was from emotional traumas. Learning The Path To Heal was one of the best things I did 3+ years ago. It has helped to identify those subconscious issues I had to help alleviate pain. Sometimes it is easier to hold on to pain, than to ask for one of our basic needs to be met. Why? Because when we asked for the need to be met, we got criticism, or some other negative reaction. We no longer want that reaction, so we stop asking. The pain is easier to hold on to than re-experiencing the other negative reaction.
I also learned from my own experience as well as my clients, that those subconscious issues keep us stuck in our patterns. I have a client who has been sick for over a year. We did some nutrition therapy, but The Path To Heal sessions were the key to helping them. The underlying issue was the inability to ask for help unless you really, really, really needed it. So a debilitating health issue was needy enough to ask for help!
Which brings me to my own lesson I learned from my hip degeneration – asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness! That was probably one of the harder ones. Being highly independent by nature and by rearing, I did (and still do) most things myself. I thought only I could do it right. I did not need anyone else. But this also closed me off from receiving….from anyone. And we all like to give! Myself included. The Path To Heal did help to clear that issue, but so did my sheer recognition of the issue. How could I learn the basics of the Law Of Attraction, when I was failing at doing one of the basic things – giving and receiving! One of the Path To Heal dimensions is about giving and receiving.
If we fail to give to ourselves, we cannot receive from others. If we don’t give to others, we cannot fully give and receive. “Giving and receiving are one in the same.” Once I started asking for help with carrying things, asking my renter to get the mail when it was icy or snowing, asking for assistance to help get groceries to my car – it was a pretty amazing thing to feel. The gratitude and warmth I felt from others. I allowed them to help which brought both of us joy! People like to help, and for years, I denied them that satisfaction. I hence learned to be more humble. As a result, I am now better able to help others and give more! What a lovely lesson that was!
The hardest and most repetitive lesson learned was about fears. I have plenty of them, mostly about my business and making enough money. Then add to that the fear of criticism or the fear of not being accepted. Fear of failure. Fear of success. I learned to channel message from my guides in October. At that time, I was actually in one of my lowest points for the second or third time last year ….and message was consistently that my ‘fears are stifling [my] progress‘. They were stifling my success. The fears were what I thought about more than anything. And again, as in the Law of Attraction, the more you focus on the fears, the more you end up manifesting them! It didn’t matter how many affirmations I had repeated…the fears were larger and almost possessed me.
Usually in desperation, we pray to God, “HELP!” And I did that, too. He did help. Things did improve. So the fears did not realize. But there they were again a month later. I did more Path To Heal sessions, but not on myself like I usually do, but with the other local practitioners. I built the new grid (from the Divine Grids book by Rebecca Cohen), Optimism with the appropriate crystals to increase the energy. I did more praying, more affirmations, more channeling of messages. And the lesson was right there in front of me! Stop focusing on the fears. I finally got that one! Gosh, I hope I don’t have to see that one again! Scary as it seems, the closer we are to realizing the things we want most, the bigger the lessons we need to learn are.
I am thankful for the lessons I have learned this past year. I am grateful for Rebecca Cohen for creating The Path To Heal and grateful that I am an advanced practitioner able to not only heal my own subconscious issues, but others. I am thankful I had a hip replacement. Without it, I would not know that pain can go away with a change in food (and Path sessions, and reiki, acupuncture and chiropractic, too). I am thankful I had an amazing physical therapist to help me get coordinated again. I am thankful I am back to running, and feel completely blessed that my surgeon ran my first 5K with me in October.
Some years can be a challenge. Some more than others. But I am thankful I have learned many lessons this past year. And hope the next year will have less challenging ones for me! And I look forward to the lessons I will learn, and know that I have the tools needed to face those lessons as they come up.
What lessons have you learned??
Joanna Chodorowska is a multi-dimensional healer. She works with nutrition therapy, intuitive healing and Nutrition Response Testing to help heal even complex issues. She can help you heal your body, mind and spirit! Please visit www.nutrition-in-motion.net for more information.