Seeing my Doctor is now Part of my Self-care

by Jane Keep, UK 

Some years ago, I believed that getting ill was a sign of weakness, and that going to the doctor was not necessary.  I was strongly independent, and pushed hard to keep going, feeling that if I got ill, or used my local health services, that meant I had done something wrong, and that others might judge me.  I also went through a phase where I didn’t want to use any pharmaceutical medicines, as I wanted to avoid putting ‘toxins’ into my body.  There were times when I had an infection or an ache or a pain and I would struggle through, trying to find some natural remedy, which usually didn’t work.  I prided myself when I spoke to colleagues and friends that I rarely saw my doctor and, looking back this was rather odd, as I have worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for 33 years, in many forms of care environments, yet I never actually considered that I myself may need support or care from the NHS or my local doctor (General Practitioner /GP) at any time.

Thirteen years ago, I was very sick, with a number of illnesses – all of which I had consistently ignored until the day when I woke up and I couldn’t get out of bed.  I felt so ill that I realised that I had no option but to seek some form of support.  I didn’t want support from my local health services, and sought the support of a herbalist.  I realised I needed to get time off work as I could hardly sit, yet stand, so working was out of the question.  I went to my local doctor and asked for some sick leave, which she agreed to on the proviso I checked in with her fortnightly. She asked that I had some blood tests, but I refused all her offers except for the certificate to take time off work. Over a number of months of bed rest, and support from a herbalist I did actually improve, though looking back, I got back to a level of function, though I wasn’t really well, and I wasn’t able to get back to physical exercise for 2 years, and had to work part time for a year.  I still didn’t consult my doctor any further than getting a sick note.

A few years later I went to a workshop presented by Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine, and for the first time in my life, I realised that there was something about the way I was living that was not at all right, but until that moment I hadn’t been willing to look at my own life and daily living choices.  I didn’t smoke, rarely drank alcohol, had never taken drugs, didn’t take pharmaceuticals, ate organic food, and was back to being fully functional. I had prided myself at being stoic, seemingly well, and so why would I need to look at my life, let alone the way I was living?  However, at this workshop, and a number of subsequent workshops presented by Serge Benhayon, I felt as though a mist was lifting and that I was starting to truly feel how un-well I actually was.  I could feel somewhere deep inside me that what Serge Benhayon was presenting, whether it was about considering food choices, or the natural rhythms of our body, (for example, going to bed by 9 pm) made sense. At the same time, I could also feel my own resistance to truly feeling how I was living, and, that the way I was living was running me ragged. Never once did Serge Benhayon tell me or anyone else to follow what he presented, he merely shared his own experiences, and it was always up to me to discern whether what he shared made sense or not.

One day, after having attended a number of workshops, I became aware of how constantly tired, depleted, and exhausted I was, how sad I felt, and, how I did actually have some health problems that I had just taken for granted, as ‘part of being human’, and I hadn’t ever wondered why those health problems consistently blighted my life. I had endometriosis (for 20 years), with excruciatingly painful periods, I had eczema, asthma, food allergies, regular bouts of rhinitis, and constipation to name a few, but I just managed them, struggled through and thought they were just part of ‘the deal’ of daily living.  So, on this particular day I asked myself – what if there was a different way of looking at this? What if there was more that I could do to support myself in my daily life?  That day I decided to have a go at looking at how I was living; after all, it couldn’t make my life any worse, and it may just support me if I took time to look at how I was caring for myself.  And that was a day that began to change my life.

From there on, I started bit by bit to look at how I was living, from my food choices, to whether I was adequately hydrated, to how much rest I allowed, to giving it a go to go to bed earlier, and to taking more care and attention in the way I planned and prepared for my busy working days.  Over a number of years, I started to feel different, and, what I would call ‘well’ for the first time that I could remember. My eczema, asthma, rhinitis dissipated, and I slowly started to feel less depleted. During this time I undertook a PhD study on self care at work (selfcare at work part 1 and part 2 ), as I also realised from observing my work colleagues, that I was not alone, and many others I worked with didn’t seem to pay attention to the way they lived or their daily work choices.  I also realised that some of the things that I changed, such as going to bed by 9 pm ( as I have written about on this blog) felt really natural, and that my body had always wanted me to go to bed at this time. It really was beneficial, and now I absolutely cherish going to bed by 9pm as a deeply self-caring way to live.

Some months ago, I was feeling tired, and for the first time in a long time I was drawn to go along to see my local doctor.  As I arrived at the surgery I could for the first time feel how supportive and self-caring it was to go to my doctor.  I spoke to her about my tiredness, that I was going into menopause, and that something just didn’t feel right in my body.  We agreed that I would have a whole battery of blood tests, and other tests, to get a fuller understanding of what was going on in my body.  The doctor was very supportive, and took time to organise these tests for me.  As I left the surgery I cried, as I realised how many times I had ignored my impulse to go to the doctor for support, and how going to my doctor is actually deeply self-regarding.  A week later my GP phoned me to tell me that there was something in my bloods and suggested a way forward, which again for the first time I agreed to proceed with (as I usually discounted much of what any doctors in the past had said to me). Actually I was relieved to realise that there had been something that needed my deeper attention and that with the help of the GP I was able to take care of it.  Some months later during a presentation at Universal Medicine I then realised that it is actually natural that the physical body does get sick, or does need medical attention, and, I could for myself feel just how normal that was – that at times, just as in my experience with my bloods, my body had got sick, and did need support, not just from me, but from others e.g. my doctor.

Where am I going to with this? I had a deeply ingrained view that medicine was for others, and that being ill was weak.  At the same time I didn’t really take care of myself on a daily basis in a way that supported my body.  Serge Benhayon by his presentations, but more so by the inspiration he offered in the way he lives, and in the way he is when he presents, offered me an opportunity to realise that I too could change the way I was living if I was prepared to take a look at my daily living choices.  In choosing to look at my daily living choices over a few years, I got to understand deeply how many things in life are self loving, and one of these was that it is actually deeply self caring to go to my doctor and get support when I need to, and, that getting sick was my body’s way of alerting me that something about the way I was living was not working.  The combined effects of attending Universal Medicine workshops, and, choosing to take care of myself on a daily basis enabled me to realise the importance of recognising when I was unwell, and also that asking my local GP for support was a very loving choice, and a natural part of taking care of myself.  During these last few months I also now enjoy my regular visits to my local dentist, the dental hygienist, as well as my local optician, and I can honestly say I feel very supported in my life.  Esoteric Medicine has a role to play in our health and wellbeing as does Western Medicine. Together as I am experiencing they are a very powerful combination.


318 thoughts on “Seeing my Doctor is now Part of my Self-care

  1. It’s a huge topic and concern that many live like this Jane .. live in a way with conditions they think is normal.. “What if there was more that I could do to support myself in my daily life?” That simple question coming from the heart and someone who has already lovingly contemplated that question and made changes brings a truth to it. That same question I’m sure has been raised by many and no real or significant change has been made by the masses. So, therefore how important is it to be living what you know for any true change can be made..

  2. How many of us have lived by the adage ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’? Regarding the body as a machine that we can just flog to go and go and go until it starts to show signs of wear and tear and only then do we stop and with utmost arrogance, expect others to fix it for us.

    What a blessing it is instead to see it as Serge Benhayon presents, that ‘life is medicine’ and when we view the body as a vehicle through which we express our divinity – the love of God – then we are in a far better position to truly nurture and take care of our physical forms, no different to how we would regularly service our cars. If we look at the car as being an extension of our body, the state of what we drive around in and the degree to which we care for or do not care for it, says a lot about the choices we are making on a daily basis.

    A simple truth that we as a race of beings seem only too willing to overlook is that we are multidimensional beings living through these forms of flesh. How we care for these vehicles will determine the level of communication we will be able to receive from Thy Father, the Body of God, The Universe we belong to. Looking at the way we as a whole currently bludgeon our bodies with excess food, behaviours, emotions, reactions and the like explains why so many of us do not believe that God even exists and if he does, then we have got the entirely wrong picture of him. Quite simply we have become deaf to his voice. God is love and as such we are his many Sons that have the perfect vessel through which to express this love through. And because God is love, we also have the free will to override this and choose otherwise.

    1. Absolutely beautiful Liane – a blog in itself. I love what you say here “Quite simply we have become deaf to his voice.” The more I deeply care for myself, my body and the quality of the way I move, and am in life the more connected I feel. The body is a super amazing vessel when we connect to who we truly are, and learn to live in a way that is multi dimensional.

  3. The beliefs and pictures we hold often stop us from allowing the lessons to be communicated, as we have put up the barriers, and these reflections are for us to feel and can come in any guise from a butterfly, to an accident, a doctor or an argument, they are all there to return us to our truth and by staying open we are free to clear and heal and evolve.

  4. The ingrained view that being ill is being weak has done more damage to society then we care to realise. The real truth however is that illness and disease are massive opportunities to see, feel and heal ways in which we had been living. Thank you Jane great blog.

    1. Yes I agree, it is like someone has left half of ‘the purpose of life’ out of our instruction manual! We flounder as we try to reconnect, taking this trip into doing and achieving rather than seeing and appreciating that how we look after ourselves is directly related to how well we look after another and comes through everything we do. When we get sick it is a massive opportunity to heal patterns of behaviour that do not support us or others.

  5. This is a human trend for sure, we run our bodies into the ground and then consider it to be normal to be ill. Before Serge Benhayon introduced the term self care, the very idea of self care seems to have been one that did not occur to us. How can that be? How is it that we can not even consider self care as a concept? Sure, the concept was put out there 17 years ago, so there are many now who have picked this up, but I find it mind boggling that I, who I have always considered to be an intelligent member of the human species, used to not care for myself in so many ways. Thank God for Serge Benhayon.

  6. It is important that we all take stock of how we are living, is it truly supportive and caring, or is it just functional to get by, are great starting points to consider. Things like our food choices, some form of regular exercise, taking time to wind down and go to bed early are some simple starting points to reflect on.

  7. It’s ironic that even if we work for an organisation that is all about medicine, like the NHS, we can still ignore impulses to go to our own doctor and get support. We pride ourselves not just on being stoical, but on having a body that is fully functioning and ‘perfect’ – yet we place all kinds of unreasonable and unrealistic demands on it, from what we eat, to taking on the stress of others or our environment. Thanks Jane for sharing how you’ve let go of old beliefs that you had to do it all on your own. When we accept that we are fully supported in so many ways, that in itself is a big part of the healing.

  8. It sure is a powerful combination Jane, I fully agree. And I can relate to this one; ‘ As I left the surgery I cried, as I realised how many times I had ignored my impulse to go to the doctor for support, and how going to my doctor is actually deeply self-regarding.’ I was totally against western medicine and saw illness as my fault and was quite hard for myself, asking support was the last thing to do. I’ve let that idea and behaviour go (although sometimes it wants to creep back in) and still cry now and then if I let myself feel how much support there actually is when I am honest and step out of the hardness and protection I have kept myself in for so long.

  9. A great blog Jane. It is our willingness to embrace both Western (Allopathic) Medicine and Esoteric Medicine that allows us the greatest health and when we accept that life is medicine and it is the way that we care for ourselves, the way we breathe and move and how and what we choose to say that accounts for harmony or disease we can choose to support ourselves in that on a daily basis. I find it really helpful to have regular sessions with an Esoteric Practitioner and to have regular check ups with my GP even if there doesn’t appear to be anything”wrong”.

  10. Jane what I love about this is it shows that we can’t simply do one thing on its own, everything is connected and by looking at all parts of our life, we start a whole different relationship with our health and self care.

    1. I agree MA – in the end it starts with us choosing to take responsibility for our health and our lives, and in that, I am learning that there are times when I do need the support of others, e.g. the GP where recently I needed to have some blood tests, and other times when it is absolutely up to me in the way I am living that gives me all the support I need. Our health and self care is all of our life, not just on the moment when we do nip to the doctors – it is in everything we do.

  11. I agree with you Jane. The moment I felt and honored the impulse to take care of myself and allow western medicine to support me with esoteric medicine, I am saying yes to more trust in myself and in the world. In the past, when I did not go to doctors, even though I may feel better after a while, there was always a niggling feeling that there is something I have not taken responsibility for to bring to light, and eventually this way had to be discarded when my body alarmed me in illness. Returning to being truly caring to myself, is a gradual letting go of holding back myself in living the responsibility that I know.

  12. How far away from the truth are we, when we stay shut up at home, and don’t even access the care we need? For what I hear in what you write Jane, is that there is a much bigger part of life for us to look at. If we are depressed or blaming others, feeling rejected or fed up with our situation, that is already a substantial un-wellness that it is essential we also stop and get support for. These emotions need not be our normal.

  13. There is a stigma that is attached to being sick that often comes loaded with judgements in how people are living. What is powerful in this blog is your willingness to combine Esoteric and Western Medicine to support and understand the ideals and beliefs that can cloud our way and noting that the signs of tiredness etc. was a simple connection from your body that there was more here to delve into that would bring back the vitality you knew was a natural way to be.

  14. Caring and nurturing myself , looking after my diet and body in a way that I am enhancing the quality of energy that I bring to all of those things, has had a doctor ask me at a check up ‘What do you do to maintain your health?’ No, I am not on any regime that is not sustainable, and that in the end actually exhausts and depletes me. I endeavour to consider my energy first, listen to my body, and not to go into an over-drive that hardens my body. Thank you Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for all the incredible wisdom… .which, when it comes down to it makes absolute common sense.

  15. Caring and looking after ourselves is often glossed over and not felt or taken to a deeper level, in order to look after ourselves we have to realise that every choice we make has an impact on our body either in a healing or harming way, and we are oblivious to many of the choices we make. Through connecting more deeply to ourselves and accepting that at times our body needs support as the physical body has to deal with all our harming choices, and on occasions we will get tired and unable to fight off viral infections, doctors are indeed there to support us, they don’t judge us for our choices they are there to help, prescribe or refer us. The best support we can give ourselves is to make space in our lives to deeply and tenderly care and nurture ourselves.

    1. I agree Sally – how different our world would be if we were truly responsible for our body, our health in the best way we can, and then when we did go for support from our GP or healthcare practitioners we went along willing to learn more, to understand more and to see how else we can deepen our care for ourselves. Ive recently again been to my GP for some support, and that support combined with esoteric medicine, and my own deepening of responsibility for my health and wellbeing have made a brilliant combination.

  16. How is it that with all the so-called intelligence we have in this world, we still have a level of self care that is crippling both our bodies and our health care systems. We are wrecking ourselves faster than we can demand it to be fixed. This will be exposed at some point, for if you burn the candle at both ends… you’re gonna get wax everywhere!

  17. It seems that our most basic bodily functions are the ones we take for granted and look after least. When we start to care about the way we breathe and the way we feed ourselves and the way we move we start on a self care programme that begins to appreciate the amazing bodies we have and all that they do for us. We begin to appreciate ourselves and live more fulfilling lives.

  18. Thank you Jane for inspiring us to truly look after ourselves and our health by taking responsibility for our health by visiting our Doctors, Dentists and Practitioner on a regular basis. What a difference it can make to our quality of life when we take all aspects into consideration.

  19. It is interesting how we can have a sense of failure when we get sick and may resist seeking support from the GP as this would seem like an admission of weakness and failure. Perhaps this comes from an inner knowing that the way we have been living is a contributory factor in our illness and we are resisting taking responsibility for the choices we make for our own wellbeing.

  20. Western and Esoteric Medicine is indeed a very powerful combination and one that brings us a complete package for us to support and heal our body. I took my body for granted for a long time and although I went to my doctor for support, I was never truly supporting myself. I did not want to take any medicine for my terrible headaches and migraine as I knew I had these because of the way I lived, so it was my fault and just had to put up with it. There was no love or regard for my body and Esoteric Medicine has been my inspiration to love my body and myself more and more, to not be so hard on myself and like you say Jane how natural it is for the body to get sick and to get support for ourselves.

    1. You’ve nailed it Annelies, if we don’t love ourselves, which hardly anyone does, we will not have the foundation for a healthy state of wellbeing. We need to self love as a first step.

  21. Re-reading your blog Jane I can feel the arrogance that I operated with for so many years that I did not need support from the medical profession and how much I prided myself on finding another way around the messages that my body was communicating with me about just how ‘unwell’ it was. The more I have opened up to myself the more willing I am to seek support from the medical profession and work in partnership with them to heal any imbalances.

  22. Jane this is a really great blog to be reminded of and for me to choose to look at a healthcare checkup to keep myself checking in with how healthy I am versus waiting for myself to get sick and then checkin.

    1. I agree – I am proactive now and every couple of years I ask for blood tests to proactively keep an eye some of the basics of my health rather than waiting for a problem to arise.

      1. That’s great, and it gives you a very clear picture of how you are and if there are things in your lifestyle that are harmful that you may need to drop.

  23. The ‘I can do it all’ approach is so familiar, yet it turns its back on the services that are there ready to help us. The doctors and the beautiful care they offer are not the whole answer and I wonder if that is why we can turn our back on them. Perhaps we know on some level we have equal responsibility but until we are willing to see it we turn our back on everything. I don’t know, I just wonder. What I do know is we need one of those forms of support or we simply go round and round getting progressively worse till even the ‘function’ stops.

  24. I guess we get it from each other, but it is odd that it is so say, normal, to be disregarding of our bodies and our health. If we stop and think about it for a moment, surely the normal should be for us all to take great care of ourselves and to use the medical profession to support us with this, rather than taking a deeply disregarded body to them with several unaddressed ailments. Every illness is for a reason and to show us something about how we are living.

  25. I grew up in a household where not needing to go to to the doctors was celebrated, like we saw it as a weakness or that we perhaps didn’t need them? Thank goodness it is something that I have dropped now as I have learnt that it is actually a great thing to do to check in with how we are and seek support when needed.

  26. It makes sense that regular check ups with our GP as well as our dentist and optician need to be a normal part of our self-care. Being responsible for ourselves and taking an active part in our health and well-being is empowering. The more I am willing to open up and be aware of the way I am living and making choices that feel truly caring and self-regarding, the more I naturally want to take an active part in my health and well-being particularly when something within my body does not feel right and get the professional support I need with the willingness to be open to learning more and to deepen my understanding of myself and the relationship I have with my body. Both esoteric medicine and conventional medicine work beautifully together in consideration of the whole of our body on a physical and on an energetic level.

    1. I agree Linda, I love knowing I have the support of my local doctor (who is amazing) my dentist (who I love) and my opticians who are brilliant – and of Universal Medicine practitioners of esoteric medicine – as the whole combination deals with the whole, all of me and not just parts of me.

    2. I agree, esoteric medicine and conventional medicine go hand in hand like a teabag in boiling water. Understanding the energetic cause behind an illness and working with that whilst getting the conventional treatment for it is just so powerful.

  27. I can still feel a lack of acceptance when I feel tired and my body is not performing how I want it to, yet I agree with Jane it is natural for the body to get tired or sick sometimes and it is not to beat ourselves up but to take note and appreciate what the body is sharing with us and to seek the essential and what feels true means of support.

  28. I am very much like you Jane, having come from a very anti-medical stance following my Naturopathic training. Even though nothing overt is stated about medicine, there is a constant pervasive attitude that it is inherently bad, poisonous and dangerous, and treats only at a symptomatic level. I could not differ any more to this these days, thanks to the understanding I now how have of what healing actually entails, and how this can be supported in the body. That understanding has been provided by the presentations, workshops and teachings available through Universal Medicine.

  29. ‘As I left the surgery I cried, as I realised how many times I had ignored my impulse to go to the doctor for support, and how going to my doctor is actually deeply self-regarding.’ Beautiful to read how you allowed yourself to seek the self-loving support of seeing a doctor, and how through that relationship we are able to build a confidence within ourselves and with those who offer us medical support.

  30. Fabulous article Jane, it really highlights the devil-may-care attitude so many of us adopt when it comes to our bodies and our health. I know I lived with a similar level of disregard until two things happened: one, I heard Serge Benhayon present on self-care; and two, my own body crashed and burned and I was forced to really attend to all you describe. But I’ve come full circle and also like you, now love going to all the people who provide the support I need, medical and esoteric. It really does feel good to be taking such good care of myself.

    1. It’s interesting that often we pay attention to self care, medical needs and other support only when we crash and burn – yet if we did pay attention earlier we might avoid the crash and burn.

  31. It’s incredible that we don’t put 2 + 2 together when it comes to us being sick and that it may be related to the way we’re living. I think in general we need a completely different relationship with our health and our health professionals so we can begin to learn what ill-health is really truly about, and begin to address it in a way that supports us to make changes in our lives so that we truly heal and not ever return to that way of living of that illness.

    1. I agree Meg – what is also interesting is why those working in medicine/healthcare not only don’t put 2+2 together, but also don’t seem to be curious as to why it is that for instance we have more pharmaceuticals, more medicine, more research, more healthcare than ever, but, our illness and disease rates continue to rise almost exponentially.

      1. The only reason that makes sense to me is for health professionals to not do the maths is a more comfortable position for them to be, because if the maths is correct then not only do massive changes need to happen in the way we treat patients and within all our systems but they also have to do the maths in their own lives and ultimately take full responsibility for the way they’re living too, and in that become role models for what health should actually look like.

  32. There have been times in my life too, where I have arrogantly refused to see a doctor. I am sure much of this has stemmed from not wanting to take responsibility for the conditions that have presented or to deal with what they are showing me about choices made. However over time in letting go of the walls of protection and hardening and in developing a much more loving relationship with myself I find that nurturing my body has become much more normal and now I wouldn’t hesitate to go to the doctor if I needed to.

  33. Before starting to attend UM courses, I didn’t even consider going to my GP. I had registered because I knew I had to be, but I did not bother to go in even when I did not feel well. However, as I started to pay more attention to how I’m feeling and how my body is functioning, I’ve had to see a doctor quite a few times over the last year or so, and each time the way I was approached by the health care professional reflected exactly how I had been treating myself up until that moment. When I am more caring, the doctors are more compassionate, they listen and they are just eager to support my recovery. When I am in disregard, the doctors seem to be in a rush, trying to do a few things at once, and even creating a mix up.

  34. It is beautiful to be able to come to a greater awareness and understanding so that you can let go of ideals and beliefs that do not serve you and embrace a way of thinking that is more supportive in the way you look after your health and well being… and able to take responsibility for your life in ways that you had previously disregarded or overlooked.

  35. Thank you Jane, I can so relate to what you have shared here. My whole attitude to self-care has transformed in recent years and I have realised that seeing my GP is a natural part of this. I used to have a bit of a ‘head in the sand’ approach to health believing that I should just put up with a certain level of discomfort because ‘everybody has it’. Having become more responsible for my own wellbeing, I now enjoy understanding my body and its workings and the knowledge our health practitioners offer is a key part of this.

  36. This is a completely different way to appreciate our bodies – “I then realised that it is actually natural that the physical body does get sick, or does need medical attention, and, I could for myself feel just how normal that was” I have found the way I now view illness and disease and how I am when I become unwell has completely turned around since understanding what my body is actually showing me.

  37. Jane I agree how supportive it is to go to the doctors and get a full understanding of what the body is doing on a physical level and what maybe causing this. For a good few years I have been pro-active in having check ups and following up on something that might not be quite right and the support I have been given from the Doctors has been awesome. A very empowering process and I can see how huge my responsibility there is in having a healthy body, mind and soul.

  38. I cannot but laugh and see the irony that someone who has worked in the NHS system for 33 years not using it when she needed the support – and instead ‘would struggle through, trying to find some natural remedy, which usually didn’t work’. The mind sure can work in funny ways and explain the illogical so logically so we go along with that train of thought and believe it is true.

  39. It is amazing how little we choose to listen to the body and signs of illness until we are on our knees, and even then we think we can go it alone and try our own remedies. I have done this too, thinking I can sort it out but in the end I usually need to visit the doctor. Natural remedies have their place but once the body is sick we need conventional medicine. Caring for the body is something I am learning on a daily basis, the deeper I allow myself to go, the more I can feel the pockets of disregard I still have in not listening to my body.

  40. There are many complaints about the medical system and yes, it is not perfect. But the intention of it and its set up is about supporting people. Why not take support when we need it?

  41. Jane this is a great reminder and note for everyone to appreciate that life is about taking care of our body and not pushing ourself in ways that we get sick out of disregard, that part of the support for life is to have checkups and to see the doctor and not leave medical support until we are ‘too far gone’. Self care and seeing the doctor for a checkup would change our health-care system for the better. It seems clear its all about priorities.

  42. Thank you Jane for a great sharing. We need to reassess where we are at in our lives at times and health too is one such area.

  43. Agree Jane, I also now go for an annual medical check where once I thought that was unnecessary unless I was sick. Such is the indoctrination of the alternative therapies (which I studied at length) which makes most things medical to be the enemy of true health. Nothing could be further from the truth as it turns out and while the medical world definitely doesn’t have all the answers, nor the whole picture, it is certainly an important part of it.

    1. I also found when exploring alternative therapies a pretty pervasive attitude that Western Medicine was evil and to be avoided. Medical people were actually held as the bad guys. The truth is that Western Medicine is so very needed and people working in medicine are mostly there because they deeply care about people. And even though there is corruption in the pharmaceutical industry there are also many medicines that are truly beneficial for human health and wellbeing, some of which people rely upon daily. I used to be suspicious of Western Medicine but now I am a huge fan – an amazing change thanks to the support of Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon.

      1. Yes absolutely agree Melinda, I have come across so many medically trained professionals over the past decade who are incredibly dedicated and caring, with great integrity, just required to work within a very flawed system. I have a greatly renewed respect for the profession as a whole and for the enormous benefit it offers. It is very possible to take full responsibility for your own health and to utilise whatever is needed of the medical system in the process.

  44. I too had some resistance to changing how I was living, not being unwell as such, but often feeling tired and pushing my body hard to manage through. Being presented that there was a different and more caring way of living, being present with the body, was a revelation and inspired me to build far more awareness making self-caring choices that truly support the body.

  45. Self-care and doctor visits often don’t go hand in hand when we are taking about looking after ourselves. The visit to your local GP is where one goes when they have noted that self-care is far from a daily focus in their lives and when aches or pains and in some cases illness and disease forces us to visit. What a great insight in another way of living that brings us lessons in how caring for our body and making these regular visits is all normal and taking full responsibility for how we live and how that affects us all.

  46. So many people are living with pain and illness, and yet how many are either not aware or not willing to make changes to their lifestyle, I love the process you have shared here Jane, it is clear you always had a dedication to being well, but have since fostered a deeper understanding of how to make that a reality. Perhaps the simple skills you teach are what we need to have in schools.

    1. The other point to is there are also constant developments in the treatments of illnesses and disease, so seeing the doctor regularly, even if it’s for a chronic condition, means we can also keep up to date on advancements and maybe receive help that wasn’t available in the past.

  47. It makes absolute sense that seeing our doctor is part of our self care as it is another way to support ourselves. Doing this as consumers of health then supports medical professionals in their work and role.

  48. Thank you Jane, I also completely changed my attitude to western medicine and doctors after attending a Universal Medicine workshop where the benefits of medicine were spoken about in detail, as was the importance of self care by seeing the doctor. Because of the common sense of what was shared I changed significantly to now allow myself regular medical care, but I also feel there is another level to go to here for myself which your blog has inspired me to explore.

  49. I do know in every moment what supports me and sometimes it can be easy to make the much needed changes and at other times not so easy as I don’t want to see the changes that will support me because of long held beliefs, hurts, attachments and pictures that I have allowed to run my life. One challenge in particular is my relationship with my children. It is a constant learning to self care as the pictures and investments of what a family should look like are being called out and let go of.

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