In the light of more news coming out about the Cholesterol and Statin conundrum, let me tell you a story.
Seven years ago, I found out that I have what the NHS considers to be high Cholesterol. 11.5 I was put on statins, and very quickly began to have such bad side effects that I had to leave them off.
Then, the GP sent me to the Lipid Clinic. I felt humiliated and angry to start with when a young student interviewed me to find out my background. She said that I was over the safe limit on the BMI table, (27) and that I had better do something about it. She was supposed to be asking me about my lifestyle, but never asked whether I had been “Doing Something About It!”
I had been doing something about it all of my life, and was feeling great that I was still only 27 on the BMI table! So you can imagine my anger. But that is another story.
However, the Lipid Consultant gave me some other drugs than statins, which I took. When I went back four weeks later, my Cholesterol had gone down. So she then gave me an added drug. To this day I cannot understand why she did that if the other one was working anyway. In my ignorance, I began to take them.
By now I was beginning to do a lot of research of my own. And discovered that this drug had NOT BEEN ENTIRELY PROVED TO BE SAFE!
The rest of the story, in brief, was that I wrote to the consultant, discussed it with my GP, (who was very open-minded) and left all the drugs off.
I had read two books which I highly recommend to you, and which the consultant said that she would be putting in an official complaint about the authors because they were damaging peoples health! She was bringing my case up at the conference she was attending on Heart research, and she was writing to my GP with a disclaimer notice.
My GP laughed when I went to her next, and put my head around the door before my body, and asked if it was safe to come in, seeing as she had had this letter from said Consultant. But she said that she had already written back to the consultant saying that her patient (me) had obviously done a lot of research and that she was entitled to make up her own mind.
Since then, my readings have gone down to 7.5 which is about right for someone my age. Without any drugs, but eating a balanced diet and NOT LOW FAT.
So, before you carry on believing all that is said about having to keep your Cholesterol Levels down, far too low for many of us, read these books. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I know enough to realise that I am a lot better off letting my body do as it thinks best.
The books that I read were The Great Cholesterol Con, by Dr Malcom Kendrick, whom I have now met and he gave me a signed copy in honour of the way that I stood up to these medical bullies. His book is informative, easy reading and funny in a tongue in cheek fashion.
Many of you will know that I see myself as an expert on food issues and addictions to certain food.
I have written books about it and numerous blogs and even designed a workbook to help people. A lot of my work has been entitled around “What does food mean to you?”
I am an expert because I have been obsessed with food and weight issues for nearly fifty years. And that means that an awful lot of calories, pounds and food has passed my lips.
My bulimia has been anything from living on virtually nothing to eating an entire loaf of bread spread with butter and jam in an afternoon.
Seven years ago, I came across a diet that made sense to me. This way of eating helped me to break away from sugar and carbohydrate addiction, by controlling my intake of those foods.
But, it was all coming from the outside; in. Even though this diet made sense, and there was loads of support, conferences and a forum. As well as the books, recipes and menus, seven years later I have still fallen back occasionally to the old ways. I have still fallen back into the habit of being obsessed with my body weight.
In the last seven years too, I have been working on my personal and spiritual self. It has been quite a trip.
In fact, when I sometimes read the stuff that I have written, I wonder if it was me that wrote it. But at present, I seem to be in a phase where I am catching up with my own advice.
In the last two months, I have been reading, learning, studying and practising with a chap called Dr Joe Dispenza. He has written several books, but I started with one called “Breaking the Habit of Being You.”
He explains that no matter how hard we try if we don’t change our thinking and core beliefs about ourselves, we cannot change the ingrained habits of our way of thinking.
Changing our thinking has been talked about over the years, in connection with Spiritual development. We hear about the Law of Attraction, Quantum theory and the laws of the Universe.
Yet all of these will not work completely unless we are willing to meet them halfway. This can be with illness, lack, addictions, broken relationships, and so on.
JD has gone a step further and explained HOW we could change our thinking, by changing our brains.
When I started to read his books, I became aware of the large amount of headspace my food issues was filling up. I had often tried to change my thinking around several shifts that I have wanted to make in my life. But somehow there has been something lacking.
For me and countless others, Joe has hit the proverbial nail on the head.
If you want to know more, you would have to listen to him on YouTube or read his books. But basically, he works on using the brain, body and mind together, by meditation. Choosing what you want to change, you then do the meditation, and state your intention.
He explains in details why it works, and at his seminars and workshops, you can see the activity in the brain, on the EEG machines that he uses. It is all carried out scientifically and not just pseudoscience.
So, I began carrying out his instructions, and now, two months later I am finding that my attitude to food is changing dramatically.
For example, I am now eating a lot less and satisfied quicker. I am enjoying my food, and am not afraid of it anymore. When fear sets in I simply say the word “Change.” Doing this brings my awareness to what I am doing and why. I am no longer in the fridge or cupboard wondering what to eat between meals.
I am bringing foods into the house that I would not have before. Yes, there is still a way to go with that because there are still some foods that I fear will bring on a binge. But that will change with continual everyday meditation and choose to use the word change when I find myself in the food cupboard, and I am not hungry.
Most surprising is that I find that given a choice between eating what I know is good for me, and some other food that I have banned from my diet in the past, I am actually choosing the good food.
I surrendered my anxiety over what I eat because I was still in a kind of diet trap. I was still using the diet to control me, instead of allowing my body to say what it wants.
There are probably people who are thinking, “If I did that I would be totally out of control because the sugar would trigger me off.”
I was saying that too until I decided that I wanted to change enough to make a difference in my life. In the past, I would have been afraid to let go, because the addiction was controlling me.
But now I realise that I want to have dominion over my body. Which has not meant that I am dictating to it what it has, but because I am also respecting its needs, my body is responding with “Thank you for listening to me, I can now let you know what I want!”
And rewarding me for making me aware of the times when if I fancy something sweet, I can have it. Without the fear of losing control.
For many years I have been cooking separate meals for myself and my husband. I still do occasionally, because there are some things that he likes that I don’t.
But there have too many occasions when I have cooked separate meals, and simply do not want mine, and yet would fancy his. It dawned on me that perhaps I would be healthier if I had a little of what I have cooked for him rather than sitting down to something I don’t fancy. Why go on torturing myself, because I am afraid of food!
People with weight, self-image and food problems, have a complicated relationship with food. I have been telling myself all those years that I love food. But the constant input from various diets and slimming clubs has made me afraid of it.
We hear so much about what is good for you, or what is not so good. The media bring mixed messages to people, no wonder we get confused.
We all need to eat. We need to eat nourishing foods and enjoy them. Above all, we need “Soul Food!”
That means that we need to nourish our mind, body and soul. Eating out with friends is a good example of that. Are you eating out with them because of the food, or because of their company?
When I have been not eating particular foods in the past, I have felt almost cast aside. Now I can just eat a little of what the others eat and just be seen as having a small appetite.
Are you eating something that has been slung together for the sake of satisfying your physical hunger? Or are you eating something that has been lovingly prepared?
Yes, there are times when we are in a hurry and may turn to some fast food. But that does not mean that it cannot be nourishing.
However, I digress. The point is that I have realised a wonderful change in my attitude to food and my body since I began the meditations with Joe. It is not Joe that is making the difference, but my intention of making the change. He simply gave me the tools.
I am making good use of those tools, I know that I have a way to go, fifty years of dieting and not eating certain foods, will not be changed overnight. But the important thing is that I am now aware of what the problem has been.
If you are stuck in any area of your life and want to change it, whether that is lack, addiction, or an illness, take a look at Joe Dispenza. I am aware that he is not the only person teaching quantum, but his teachings have hit the spot for me.
Joe Dispenza has written, “Evolve the Brain.” “Breaking the Habit of Being You.” “The Placebo Effect”.
Recently he wrote “Becoming Supernatural”, and he is touring the world presenting a workshop on it. I am looking forward to attending his London workshop on April 14th. 2018.
On Saturday, February 24th I attended a talk by Caroline Myss in London UK.
Many people have asked me to tell them about it. So I have squeezed Caroline’s 5-hour teaching into this five-minute blog. Take the five minutes to read it, and then find out more about her teachings, if you want to know more by going to her Website. https://www.myss.com.
The Workshop in London was; Power Choices: How to Make Creative Decisions in Times of Chaos and Possibilities.
Are we operating from the inside out or outside in? Are we reading the books and putting them on the shelf and moving onto the next one, but never taking any action.
It is a privilege to be alive at this time of change.
Caroline always illustrates our consciousness and growth like a multi-storey building. When you are on the ground floor, the view is completely different from the Penthouse. You can have the same address. But you seem to live in a different place because you cannot see very far.
Getting to the top floor requires a journey and succeeding comes from our choices. We are led to believe that living in the penthouse would result from having money, luck or being the CEO of a top firm. And many of us use lack of those things or our past to stop us from moving up.
The Law of life is that all things are moving.
The nuclear age brought about a new world, in attitude, behaviour, evolution, and how we experience time. We used to wait for things and save for them, but now we want it instantly.
We are educated to use the five senses. Hearing, seeing, smelling, taste and touch. But there is more than that. But that is a misrepresentation. We also have emotional, spiritual and intellectual senses and sacred intellect. Every time you make a decision you use these other senses bringing us to balance. The whole system kicks in to keep this balance.
When you are craving something for example, it tells you that something is seriously out of whack. Your choice is based on the whole BIO system, and you are having a consultation with your intuitive self. You know you should not give in, so you have a conversation with yourself. (She made us laugh at that point by admitting that she has a craving for sugar. That is what I like about Caroline, she owns up to her own humanity.)
Ask; Why do I want it? Guidance. When you make a choice, you are choosing to distribute the energy of your energetic being. You are made of energy.
Power play comes into it too. How many times do we use “Shudda, wudda, cudda?”
We blame others for our hurts, but ask yourself; “How many are in therapy because of me?”
Do we have a script in life? What do we expect from others? Do we believe that we deserve? What do others expect of us?
Do we expect others to; be nice, use your manners, don’t speak to me like that etc.
Where am I anchored from my past? What do I believe I am entitled to?
The feeling of being entitled to something uses a lot of energy. Who says that we are entitled to something?
What are my current fears that drive my choices?
Your intuitive system will tell you what to do. Gut, heart and so on. But we run past that to our wounded history. Then we end up doing nothing because we are anchored to our past.
We turn to healers, teachers, books, learning, seminar’s and so on. Crystals, acupuncture, Reiki and on and on, but it is your own energy holding you back. We need to meet it halfway for it to work.
The immune systems collectively and individually are breaking down. Metabolic diseases, chronic fatigue, cancer etc. because people are stressed and cannot wait for things. We used to save for material possession’s, but now we want them instantly.
We are in transition of the nature of God, but we are still subject to the Universal Laws.
We have taken on collective moral responsibility; it’s not safe out there.
We think that we are entitled to things, or we deserve them.
But we need to not rely on fear, money and power or being famous; we need to respect ourselves and stop betraying ourselves. Tell the truth as you know it. Use the intuition that you know you have.
We also need to be aware of the power of our words. There are words that have been dropped from our modern day vocabulary, such as God, sin, conscience. Why? Because they are not considered to be productive; our souls are not valued anymore.
When you make decisions so much depends on whether you want your life to change. Are you a choice maker, a victim or is it someone else’s fault?
No one else can do something for you. Stop telling yourself fictional stories.
“I’m going to write a book.”
“I’m thinking about moving house.”
“I’m thinking of changing jobs.”
Complaining can become a hobby. Talking about it can also become a pastime when you do not move.
Either stay with your disempowerment and stop talking about it or go with the empowerment.
You are being called to help, be courageous- be collective – but don’t make it about you. The world is changing and becoming a global community.
But you are only one tiny part of the whole. You are part of the mystical consciousness.What is the one part is in the whole. A statement, not a question. Wars and strife are caused because so many people do not want change.
People just don’t like change, every time there is change there is an uprising.
When we use the word energy, we mean grace. The word energy by itself will not heal. Use words that get you to a higher place. Such as devotion, prayer, belief, and most of all grace.
Never use another person’s name for your choices in life, the only person occupying your body is YOU. Don’t use phrases such as “But she said…..Or he thinks………”
How we age and deal with our health and healing depends on the words that we use.
With Quantum, science became invisible. Atoms, particles, energetic particles etc. The world we were taught about does not exist anymore. What we know now is the world of energy; not matter.
We feel we know God because it does not exist outside of us anymore, it is the Cosmos. The Truth. “I am one with everything. One huge breath. You breathe it, you create it, all one. All oneness; One big huge!”
I FEEL THE FLOW OF NATURE AND NATURE ALWAYS BRINGS ME BACK TO BALANCE. THAT’S LAW. THAT’S GOD.
When you make a choice, ask yourself “Will it bring me back to balance? Your gut and your heart and your throat will tell you.
Humble up. Pride will always get you into trouble. Edit your little book of expectations.
You don’t deserve anything. Don’t make any decisions under the guise of “I deserve it.” Don’t buy, don’t eat, don’t do it just because you think you deserve it.
Start small with your goals. Don’t try to get to the top of the mountain before you try the bottom few slopes.
“Why am I here?” is a prayer. Just the same with; “ What am I doing here?” “What do you want of me?”
Let’s look at The Dark Night of the Soul, first described by John of the Cross in the sixteenth century.
The Night is a three-part journey. Firstly, look at all the things that didn’t turn out as you wanted them to be, or what “was done” to you? The course of anger and depression has turned inward.
Here, Caroline told us the story of a bad nose bleed in which she was hospitalised and had to have transfusions, after an awful betrayal. She was enraged, and the loss of blood was the symbolic energy of the betrayal; A Dark Night. Our suffering is about how we deal with the experience.
Secondly, there is the Illumination stage. There is power in pain. It keeps our control over others. She talks about that in her book “Why People Don’t heal”. We can consciously choose to stay wounded.
Take your eyes off everyone else and purge yourself, your agenda and your ego. By choosing to heal or change, everything in your life will change.
God is consistent; you will rise again like a phoenix from the ashes.
Thirdly, during the Dark Night of the soul, there will come a time when joy comes knocking at your door. God built life that way, Spring after Winter. Trust it. There is nothing personal about your life – move onto the higher truth. You are not special. Follow the path of being ordinary. Ordinary; is knowing the path of nature – the laws – the mystical – Prayer.
And how do you pray? Where is the connection when making a choice? When it is a significant one that has a profound effect on you and others; do not look back. The world you were in before making that choice is gone.
Talk to someone about it, a sacred counsel, not an opinion. Counsel should come from someone who is being transcendent in their wisdom. One who does not have an agenda.
When you pray say the words; Do not let me make a wrong choice.
Imagine a bridge. The world you are coming from is behind you and the world before you is the choice you make. When you reach the other side of the bridge having made that choice do not ask yourself if it was the wrong one. Don’t second guess yourself.
Become observant of your vocabulary. How you talk, what you say and the words you use.
Put yourself to bed with faith, not fear. Get your eyes off what others are saying and the way they are looking at you.
We came away feeling refreshed, enlightened and entertained. Caroline is so funny with her descriptions and illustrations of every day life as a human. A brilliant teacher and modern day mystic. She calls herself a mystic without a mansion. But we were aware that we need to practice what she preached, and not just tuck it all away on the proverbial shelf.
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