Stress has become more heightened in America as an additional half-a-million new people lose their jobs during this holiday period. Research shows that high stress levels are one of the key factors that impact our ability to maintain a strong immune system and to even think positively. And along with the loss of so many jobs, more people don’t have health insurance, or the funds to pay for a doctor when a problem develops. One of the best kept secrets is that you can use your intuition to do your own internal “check-up,” to boost your immune system, and alert you when something is wrong in your body.
One of the major challenge periods in my life happened when I was going through a divorce while trying to build a business at the same time. To say that I was scared is an understatement—fear and I got to be old friends. Somehow I managed to squeeze in my annual mammogram right before the insurance cutoff. This is the one of the first things you want to do in a job loss, find out what tests and procedures can be done while you are still covered by your insurance and/or before money gets extremely tight.
Knowing that I had a positive mammogram result just a month before, helped me when a problem developed with my left breast. It was very subtle but I found myself waking in the morning sensing that my breast felt differently. I decided to allow myself time to meditate on the area that morning and ask that whatever needed to be known would be revealed to me in Divine Order.
My then 7-year-old daughter confirmed just a couple of hours later, what I knew intuitively. When I was getting out the shower, she alerted to the fact that the area around my nipple looked red. At first I thought it had to do with my rubbing to hard with my wash cloth, but intuitively my mind kept going back to this area and what I had been sensing the last couple of mornings.
Calling the doctor became the right thing to do even though funds were tight. I was referred to a breast specialist and immediately my mind went into a list of all the other things that had gone wrong since the divorce. In the midst of this inner turmoil, I caught myself listening to my inner voice and it told me “to relax and not to go into this with fear.”
The breast infection diagnosis included a round of powerful antibiotics that the doctor had samples of and would last me a few days. If things didn’t improve after that point, I would need to undergo another round of medication and possibly a very painful draining of the ducts surrounding the nipple.
I came home that day and sensed that it was time for me to intuitively connect with my body and ask what was wrong. What came back was the old nemesis—anger—as the underlying cause.
When my marriage ended, my ex-husband vowed not to provide any help or pay support for his daughter. His moving in with his parents and refusing to work had left me struggling and feeling enraged for about a year.
In addition to the anger there was also the underlying emotion of shame that filled me up and made me not want to reach out to others for help. People didn’t know how hard I was struggling during those times. It wasn’t unusual for me to pay the light bill on the day that the disconnection notice took effect. Or how I convinced my daughter that we were “having a party” when there were only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat for dinner.
Coming to grips with the anger was a bigger part of my treatment than the giant pills the doctor gave me to swallow. In addition to the medicine, the doctor also prescribed hot compresses placed on my breast once or twice a day. I decided to play full out and give myself the best chance for a complete recovery and applied the compresses sometimes 4 to 6 times every day. While the compresses were on, I intuitively went into my body and expressed gratitude for it alerting me to the effects of my anger. And I told myself that it was time to change. Being angry at my ex-husband wasn’t allowing me to connect with the fullness and richness in my life. I made the decision that releasing the anger and shame was the only way to keep my body and spirit well.
There are many people facing tremendous hardships wondering how they can keep their homes, feed their children and even hold onto their spirit. This is a time in which you must consciously choose to connect with your inner knowing (intuition). It can be done in as little as five minutes. On my website you will find a free affirmations & meditations that can be either downloaded or listened to on a daily basis. I created it for busy people who do not have the time or even the foundation for connecting with their intuition. Use it as a precursor to explore what damaging emotions are holding you back in your life. For me, becoming aware and understanding my anger and shame opened the doorway for wellness in my body.
©2008 Sheree Franklin. Sheree is a life coach and entrepreneur who specializes in intuitive coaching. Visit her web site at www.shereefranklin.com or contact [email protected]