How One Woman Self-Healed Through Simple Ways of Coherent Living
Achieving a state of physical, mental and emotional coherence is often very simple. It does not require some complicated methods and techniques to turn towards a lifestyle of alignment, harmony and wellbeing. Sometimes an extreme life event, such as a disease or an illness, forces the person to face the consequences of incoherent living, and expedite the necessary readjustments towards a state of wholeness and coherence.
In her early 30s, Adeline received devastating news from her doctor. She was diagnosed with a late-stage uterine cancer which had already spread to other places in the body. She was told that she had to undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Even after completing all that, the doctors said, she had minimal chances of survival.
Seeing the odds stacked against her, Adeline decided not to submit her body to the invasive treatment and therapy. Instead, she thought, she would rather make the most out of her last few months of life. She withdrew from her social life, and stay closed only with her closest friends, whose company she found uplifting and positive.
Adeline turned to a different lifestyle. She began to spend a lot of time connecting to the nature. She lived in Northern California, in a vicinity of a beautiful redwood forest. Each day, she took long walks, immersing herself in the healing greenery, and connecting to the energy of the forest life. She also connected with the energy of the water, by taking long tub baths daily. Her new way of harmonious living was augmented with other activities as well, such as daily meditation and switching to a healthy diet.
While engaged in these activities, she often visualized small, sparkling stars filled with healing energy falling from heaven. She imagined those stars touch her skin, and pass through her body. cells. In her visions, each time those stars touched one of the cancer cells, they would cause it to pop and disappear.
Within just a few months of her new life, Adeline was already feeling much stronger, healthier and better than she had felt ever before. Nine months later, she went for a medical checkup, and her doctors were astonished to see no trace of cancer in her body.
Adeline’s miraculous healing was a result of a simple readjustment to a more harmonious lifestyle. Through a number of positive activities, she aligned (brought to coherence) her body, heart (emotions) and mind (thoughts). Her daily baths and walks in nature nurtured her body and helped her counter the free radicals that cause oxidative stress and lead to cell degeneration. Having disconnected from people who caused her negativity and frustration, she filled her heart with elevating emotions. Her visualizations of healing energy descending upon her body and healing her, meant that she as freeing her mind of negative and fear-based thoughts.
This young woman reclaimed her energy, by withdrawing it from people, places and activities which had caused her chronic stress and a potentially terminal disease. As a result of redirecting this energy towards her own benefit, Adeline experienced a complete self-healing, and she achieved a state of holistic wellbeing. Even though completely healed of cancer, she embraced this new lifestyle as her permanent choice. Seven years later, she still meditated, spent a lot of time in nature, and stayed away from negative people.
Science has confirmed that stress weakens the immune response, alters the hormonal levels and leads to unhealthy behaviors. The combination of these three risk factors is dangerous, as they can adversely affect our health. Stress has been identified as the leading cause of many serious psycho-somatic diseases and to several leading causes of death. People who are exposed to continued stress are at a higher risk for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, type-2 diabetes, weakened immunity system, sleep problems, depression and anxiety.
It is therefore important to understand stress—what it is, what triggers it, and what are some of the more common coping mechanisms that one can easily adopt. Stress occurs as a response to specific situations, challenges, and demands which we perceive as overwhelming. When we feel pressured and unable to cope with a situation, we develop stress. We experience stress as a physical or emotional tension. Stress is a reaction to either actual (real) or perceived danger. As a chronic condition, it can cause chronic ailments and diseases.
Sources of stress can be found everywhere—in situations related to school/education, work/career, finances, family, community, or even the society at large. The environmental triggers of stress—such as aggression, particular noises, exams, interviews, financial loss or a loss of a loved one—are known as stressors. Even positive experiences, such as getting a new job, moving to a new house, getting married or having a baby can lead to stress.
There are three types of stress: traumatic (due to an extreme event/situation), sudden (due to a disruptive change in one’s life circumstances) or routine (due to daily demands). Stress can also be acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term).
It is important to understand that stress in not always negative. Stress is a natural defense/survival mechanism, which prepares our body for a fight-or-flight response. Due to the physiological changes that occur in the body at the time of stress, we are prepared to either evade or confront the situation. Controlled amount of stress (especially when the individual is able to cope well with it) can be a strong motivator.
However, there are many dangers linked to a long exposure to stress. if stress triggers occur too often, or they become regular or there are too many concurrent stressors, then they can take a toll on person’s mental and physical health. Some immediate symptoms of being stressed include feeling nervous and irritable, experiencing headache, heartburn, sweating, back pain, pain the chest, fainting, cramps, etc.
Stress triggers the following changes:
- Physical—The body gets flooded with stress-induces hormones (cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine). It prepares to act, activating all its resources. As a result, our pulse and blood pressure rise, breathing becomes more rapid, we become more alert, we start to set profusely and have muscles stiffen (heightened muscle preparedness). Most importantly, the immune activity decreases.
- Emotional—Some of the most common emotional reactions to stress are nervousness, irritability, restlessness, nail biting, finding it difficult to concentrate, fatigue, forgetfulness, etc.
- Behavioral—Eating disorders, substance abuse, public emotional outbursts, social withdrawal, etc.
Our reaction to stress is subjective. There is no one and unique way how people respond to stress. Some individuals are resilient to stressors and have high threshold of tolerance. Others can respond strongly to a single stress situation.
Fortunately, there are many stress-management tips and tools that can help one become more resilient to stress and cope better with stressful situations. Some of the simple ones include eating and sleeping well; engaging in regular exercise/physical activity; practicing relaxation, meditation, massage, yoga, tai chi, breathwork, and other spiritual techniques; target & goal setting; engaging in hobbies and arts; staying connected to people who make you feel good; spending time with family and friends; cultivating an attitude of gratitude; and learning to say “no” to overwhelming demands.
- The case study is adapted from the book ‘Mind to Matter: The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality’ by Dawson Church, published by Hay House, 2018.