Having originally trained as a doctor, this continues to be an area of great interest as well as experience.
My decision to leave medicine came about in part from feeling restricted when working within “the medical model”.
Also, I discovered through my NLP training that my desire was to work in the area of mental health as opposed to mental illness – this was an important distinction for me and one that determined the direction I wanted to move in.
Throughout my training I had been less than impressed with the results achieved in psychiatric medicine and this led to a move towards using NLP therapy processes and in particular, the area of mind-body healing.
One important thing I have learnt is this:
When you position the doctor (as opposed to yourself) as the expert on your body, maybe what you are really doing is shooting the messenger – your symptom(s) may return or get worse.
And until your body begins to feel safe in your hands, it will keep trying to get your attention, by sending you symptoms!
There is, of course, a place for traditional medicine and at the same time there is a real need, now more than ever, for each of us to take responsibility for taking care of our health – both physical and emotional – and in particular to start listening to the signals from our bodies… often in the form of symptoms.
So how does your body talk to you?
And if it were talking right now, what might it be saying?
Or what might it be objecting to?