From Resistance to Embracing Western Medicine

by Angela Perin, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. 

This blog post was initially posted on The Truth About Universal Medicine Blog and we have also posted it here as it is relevant to the medical blog and affirms the fact that Universal Medicine is pro-Western Medicine. 

Up until a few years ago, I had been a strong supporter of alternative medicine and its various modalities, including ‘new age’ or ‘spiritual’ therapies and techniques. In fact, I considered alternative medicine to be the answer, or to hold the primary solutions and methods to healing illness and disease. When an illness or condition presented with myself or within my family, this is what I turned to, and actively pursued.

Although I grew up with some understanding and use of Western Medicine (to the extent that I did have occasional visits to the local community nurse and saw a doctor on a handful of occasions during my childhood), it was not a big part of my awareness or experience. In my late teens through to my early 20’s, and as a general outcome of my immediate family taking more of an interest in health, I began to become more interested in alternative medicine and therapies (which included general lifestyle changes such as the incorporation of organic food, supplements, regular exercise etc.).

By the time I was in my mid-late 20’s, I was moving more and more towards alternative medicine as the means of healing illness and disease – to the point where I began to discount Western Medicine as a means of support. In fact, to be honest, over the last 20 odd years this was with a large degree of defence and arrogance against Western Medicine, and I avoided it wherever possible. I took great pride in claiming my family and I never went to the doctor, and that we handled nearly every situation without this support. Of course, there were a handful of occasions where I could not avoid this, but even then I accepted the support with a large measure of reluctance and resistance (considering it something that was necessary and unavoidable, but never something that was embraced).

Since 2010 and my association with Universal Medicine, I have had the opportunity to re-look at my beliefs around alternative medicine and Western Medicine, in the context of how they are able to support dealing with illness and disease.

While I have held an understanding for a long time that illness and disease are not random events, and that they result from something else going on (i.e. emotions, lifestyle etc.), I had arrogantly held on to the belief that Western Medicine could not be a part of the healing process (unless of course ‘absolutely necessary’). I had held on to a belief that engaging the support of Western Medicine was considered a ‘failure’, a ‘step backward’ and even a ‘weakness’.

In the past 2 years I have come to an awareness and understanding that Western Medicine is not ‘the’ answer to illness and disease, but it is an important ‘part’ of ‘the’ answer. I have also come to an awareness and understanding that illness and disease come from the way (the quality and self-care) in which we live, and the way (the quality and self-care) we are with ourselves and others. And while it is an individual’s choice to consider and take responsibility for the cause of illness and disease, and to have the opportunity to connect to and be honest about the patterns, behaviours, ideals and beliefs that result in us living a certain way, Western Medicine can offer tremendous support in assisting the physical body as part of this process. Neither of these two is any more important than the other, but rather complements the other in addressing and healing illness and disease.

In the past 2 years, I have had the amazing opportunity to begin to embrace and accept the support of Western Medicine as an important part of a healing process, and to let go of the solid resistance and arrogance I have held for several decades.

And recently I had the amazing opportunity to put this into practice! I had a large abscess on my leg which was not healing, and had no hesitation or resistance in going to the doctors to get it checked out, which resulted in (emergency) minor surgery and a total of 3 days in hospital.

The amazing thing was that I accepted, and in fact, embraced, all of the support that was offered to me – without resistance, without avoidance, and without arrogance. I was able to accept responsibility for my body and my choices, accept the support that was offered – not with an attitude of ‘you (i.e. Western Medicine) fix it’ or ‘I’m totally helpless’ (i.e. giving away my power) – but with an understanding that Western Medicine was an equally important part of this healing process. I was amazed at how much I was supported simply by ‘allowing’ the support that was there, and how this assisted in the overall healing, and the support I received and felt as a result, was truly lovely.

From resisting Western Medicine to embracing it – now that to me was ‘true’ healing!

181 thoughts on “From Resistance to Embracing Western Medicine

  1. “I had been a strong supporter of alternative medicine and its various modalities, including ‘new age’ or ‘spiritual’ therapies and techniques. In fact, I considered alternative medicine to be the answer, or to hold the primary solutions and methods to healing illness and disease.” I too had a strong pendulum turn away from conventional medicine after a nursing background experience showed me how much suffering there was and an inability to cure people of disease. I have now returned to embracing conventional medicine where needed, but also esoteric therapies (not New Age ones) as they get to the root of the problem and can truly enable healing to take place. Combining the two gives the best of both worlds.

  2. Resisting medicine is a bit like resisting taking your car to the mechanic when something is wrong – it doesn’t get you anywhere and it’s quite dangerous. It makes much more sense to get your body checked out and accept any medical support that is needed, after all it’s not just our body at risk but our whole life.

  3. Whatever we might think about Western medicine, all the doctors will have studied the human body in detail and will have a great deal of knowledge that we ourselves may not have. Where we lose trust is because of the huge amounts of money in the pharmaceutical industry that could be driving many medical solutions. Developing a good level of trust with any doctor is important and it pays to be open and honest ourselves as well as being prepared to ask lots of questions. Working together as equals.

  4. I turned my back on Western Medicine years ago as well, and now many years later I always see my Dr regularly and have blood tests etc, this has become a part of my self-care routine, and now with the support of the Esoteric Modalities as well, I notice how much healthier and vital I am.

  5. The National Health Service is literally at breaking point, waiting lists are getting longer, doctors and nurses are under increasing pressure and there are not enough beds to go round to accommodate all those who are ill. What I have found is that we all need to take responsibility for health, by choosing to support ourselves through our everyday choices.

  6. This is a great example of how we can hold pictures/ideals/beliefs around a certain topic that may not actually be true to us, even though we could ‘swear on the bible’ that is it true at the time. Universal Medicine are ground breaking in what they offer the world, as they are presenting a way of life for you to easily, practically and simply live that allows you to bring more truth to a situation. It is like the blinkers get removed and you can see clearly and then you decide from there as to what is actually true for you or not.

  7. At a time when Western Medicine is under ever increasing strain from the sheer volume and increasing complexity of medical conditions patients are presenting with e.g. diabetes, cancer, heart disease it feels important to value the amazing resource that it is offering whilst always being aware of the part we play in our own disease. With so much current ill-health being down to life style choices we all need to appreciate and support our medical services in their challenging work.

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