CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME and/or FIBROMYALGIA
PUTTING YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER
This illness is characterized by a syndrome or pallet of signs.
Illness becomes part of our identity. The process of illness begins with our inherited predisposition to be ill. Each family constellation brings with it myriad possibilities of illness; those attributed to patterns inherited (genetic) and those which we contract from outside influences.
Each part of ourselves is an identity. We can speak from any of these, and indeed we do. The gradual build-up of an illness from vague aches and pains unnoticed, to full fledged pathology is heralded by how we speak and what we say.
Change these identities or the parts of us that may speak as above [picture], then we begin the process of psychneuroimmunology. That is, changing our state (pathophysiology – unease with our chemistry) through changing our consciousness.
The body displays information for us.
From bottom to top, we are a hierachical system. We create illness from a seed – a tiny moment, a drop in time, and then grow the seed into full bloom. Looking at the root cause can ‘dig up’ the original seed and change the outcome.
We inherit the ‘seed’ material from our ancestors which may influence us, even if this is a vague notion that you come from a sickly lot on one side of the family. This is an inherited pattern of discontent, although it may be played out in many differing forms.
If we use the metaphor of your body as if it were a house, we can get to the heart of the matter, and descibe metaphorically something that physiologically is difficult to describe. Your physical body can be looked at as if it were a house, within which you live. In this house are floors or levels, which represent your memory, physiology, actions and thoughts.
We contain our inherited tendancies, or ‘seed’ material down in the recesses of this often dark place, in the base(ment) of us. These are often hidden away, but can germinate, with the right triggers. We also store our live’s memories in the fabric of our tissues, again unseen.
These seeds of discontent begin to grow and germinate, altering our physiology and sense of wellbeing. This is our chemistry.
Altered physiology changes the instinctual or mammalian part of us, altering how we move and act in our lives. Altered chemistry alters our neurotransmitters, and the way we feel and initiate movement. When we feel good, we act well. When feeling bad, we lack the dynamic of positive action.
When unable to change nor act with competency due to the pains of our joints and muscles, we begin to form and create beliefs. ‘I believe I have fibromyalgia.” When we name something, we create a belief. Beliefs may mark or create limitations in our human consciousness and dictates down into the hierarchy of your self like a close loop system. This is an endless loop that we may become held in.
As we live a life such as this, we end up with an identity of ” I AM sick.” If we added all of this together it would go something like this: “I am sick, as others believe that I have fibromyalgia (or chronic fatigue syndrome), and I certainly move and act as if, for I feel ill and actually, this is similar to how some of my ancestors were.”
In any illness, there is always a root problem. We need to use the illness as the gift, to enable us to see why we have inherited such a tendancy. The Chinese would tell us that our ‘soil’ or material foundation was ripe for this seed to begin to grow. Indeed something triggered it off. By finding the root cause – we call this ontology – we can help to unravel and reorganize the parts that have colluded in keeping us ill. They – that is some bigger or more essential part of you – has kept your illness so that in your journey through it, you may grow and develop. In this way you become larger than the code or DNA that you are made of. This is evolution.
The silver lining of all of this is that whilst in the throes of a chronic and horrible illness such as this (or any other), we can begin to look at the components of us – the elements that create and influence us. If we can look at our familial patterns that we have inherited, and see how we may be compromised in our physiology, or in our ambition, sexuality or drive or that we carry similar beliefs; we can start to dismantle and alter the patterns that inhabit us.
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