Recently I’ve been reminded I need to honor my own authority and trust my intuition. In July 2012, a routine doctor’s appointment revealed unexpected weight loss which led to a diagnosis of celiac disease. By the time of diagnosis, my autoimmune response to gluten caused my small intestine’s villi, normally hair-like structures waving around catching nutrients, to flatten. Over the first year or so my health improved dramatically while I ate gluten-free and meticulously avoided possible sources of gluten cross-contamination but since August of this year I’ve experienced increasing digestive issues and exhaustion.
My sudden health reversal after months of improvement led me to try healing modalities I normally wouldn’t consider. I tried to follow the recommended protocols and to take whatever wisdom and support I could find, but eventually realized I must trust my own sense of what does and doesn’t work for me. While I found useful bits and pieces during my search for help, this experience primarily reminded me I don’t respond well to physically intense treatments, supplements, or when a practitioner finds their beliefs more compelling than my truth. Jin Shin Jyutsu®, the Akashic Records, “food as medicine,” and meditation remain essential healing components for me.
The takeaway from my experience: You must honor your own knowing and exert your authority on your own behalf. Even when ill or desperate, you still know better than anyone what you need. What worked for someone else may or may not align to you. If one approach fit everyone, we’d only need one approach! Likewise do not allow anyone else’s apparent authority to veto your own knowing. While you need practitioners with confidence in their work, you also want them to honor your reality and experience. Get as calm and quiet as you can and listen to your inner expert around what you need.
For those interested in Jin Shin Jyutsu, Safety Energy Lock (SEL) 19 addresses owning your own authority whereas SEL 17 enhances intuition. Safety Energy Lock Diagram
Ideally practitioners help you access what works for you. Have you encountered people who helped you trust your knowing? How do you get quiet enough to hear your own inner expert?