A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

by Cherise Holt, Nurse, Australia. 

At times throughout life we may find ourselves searching for a fresh start, to create a new relationship with food and exercise, or to eliminate any form of sickness that our bodies have suffered, or to rid the body of its accumulated toxins and the harmful substances we have poured into it, such as drugs, prescription medications, alcohol, sugar and gluten.

The objective is usually to live with greater vitality and physical energy in our day-to-day routines, where we feel well in our minds and bodies and can live a happy and healthy life.

A quick internet search indicates that there are many products and diet plans out there customised for just this kind of goal. You can cut out fat or carbs, juice every fruit or vegetable under the sun, eat only raw foods or invest in a lemon tree. If you don’t want to look at the food you are eating, you can book yourself in for a colon cleanse or attend a health retreat where all is organised for you. Most detox plans are marketed to increase weight loss, gain a ‘bikini body’ for summer or create a fresh start towards a healthier way of living.

But what happens to us and our bodies when the detox program is complete?

Do we return to our old behaviours and patterns, find ourselves frustrated or deflated when the body physically changes in a way we do not like or when we find ourselves feeling sick, uncomfortable and discontent in our own skin once again?

What would a successful detox actually look like for true health and wellness?

Well I can share this with you, as I have just completed a detox program with a Universal Medicine practitioner. The program consisted of 12, one-hour sessions including chakra-puncture and a supportive consultation in which to share whatever I was feeling.

When I first attended, I had already decided to eliminate sugar from my diet as I didn’t like the side effects in my body. During the first session, I was able to say that the detox program for me was actually about living as a woman, with the love and self-worth I know myself to naturally be. 

Detox was never about a goal, or attaining something (be that a physical change or an improvement of me) by its completion; instead each session was about whatever I brought to it, with honesty and a willingness to be as open as I possibly could. It was with my own sense of responsibility that I knew it wasn’t about my practitioner providing a solution to any issues; she was simply providing a space for me to re-connect to myself and inspiringly shared with me from her own experiences and way of living. We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.

I was continually amazed by the opportunity that presented in each session, to be honest with any emotional issues, old patterns of behaviour and ways of living – some felt like I had been repeating them for lifetimes! And yet the compassion I chose to gift myself allowed me to know that these old ways don’t have to define who I am today, and once declared and seen for what they are I can choose otherwise. When we become aware of how we have lived with ourselves and others, the opportunity is there to make new and more supportive choices – isn’t this beautiful!

My detox program was about being responsible and honest with me. I had an openness to whatever was to come up in my life and a dedication to living in a more loving, harmonious, joyful and truly well way. With a deep commitment to me – and life – my detox was supporting my whole way of being. I chose the support of a practitioner who I know already lives this way, who only shares from her way of living, never imposes and who radiates true responsibility and integrity.

A truly supportive detox is like the blossoming of a beautiful rose…

When a rose ages, its outside petals become discoloured, bruised and frayed, like our old ways of living; we forever have the ability to peel back the layers that no longer belong. We can allow ourselves to name and let go of the old comforts, needs, expectations and behaviours that simply didn’t exist when we started out as the delicate little bud.

Over time we grew to accumulate many beliefs, ideals, constraints and contracted ways of being that resulted in damaged petals, hurt feelings and hardening to protect ourselves from the world around us.

But our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.

It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being; but rather a collaboration of self-perceptions and past experiences that need only be exposed with loving tenderness and compassionso that we may unfold – returning to cherish and accept who we are and live the love we know ourselves to be.









964 thoughts on “A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

  1. Cherise I can so relate to what you have shared,
    “I was continually amazed by the opportunity that presented in each session, to be honest with any emotional issues, old patterns of behaviour and ways of living – some felt like I had been repeating them for lifetimes!”
    I too have felt at times that the patterns of behaviours I have as my go to, have been repeated life after life they have become so familiar, it is hard to give them up, because I want to then replace them with something else to actually come to an understanding that I don’t have to run around trying to fill the gap, that if I allowed myself to let go, what fills the gap is space and this space actually feels very fulfilling, so that I feel less empty, lonely and more settled so that the anxiousness I have felt in my body as my constant companion is not there anymore.

  2. As with any UM based healing approach it’s never about looking at things outside of us but what comes from within such as our ideals and beliefs about the world, others and ourselves that then lead to our behaviours, food and drink choices etc.

  3. Cherise, I love how you are saying that no matter how we have treated ourselves in the past none of this matters if we connect to this inner essence of love that resides in everyone of us. We can gift to ourselves the ability to forgive and move on.

  4. ‘We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.’ When we do not address our hurts we fail to love ourselves. In this lack of worth it is much easier to search for solutions rather than address the root cause for failing to act in a way that is self supporting and supportive of others.

  5. Like many other people, I have done detox’s hoping that I would get that ‘bikini’ figure and they were temporarily successful in one respect, and yet returned me to who I was or worse, in another.

    Cherise this sharing makes me realise that from time to time, ‘a detox for life’ is essential and the weight purpose has nothing to do with it. It’s a good way of getting rid of baggage that has accumulated or been imposed from life, it does not belong to us, it is that simple.

    1. Shushila I agree with you that a ‘detox of life’ is essential, I was talking to a fellow student and during the conversation realised I had been carrying around with me as emotional baggage stuff from my childhood for over 60 years! This negative energy I had chosen to take on has coloured my view and understanding of myself and life all these years. I wasn’t understood as a child and rather than taking the time to understand me, my family labeled me as ‘difficult’ the odd one out. This occurs in our society all the time, if we come across something we don’t understand instead of giving the grace of understanding many people are dismissed or outcast, without the understanding that sometimes society needs to be shaken out of its complacency.

  6. “It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being; ” This is where self acceptance and self love are absolutely vital.

  7. To give ourselves the space to re-connect is everything that is needed to support us on our way. We think we need to fix situations or have solutions but it is through living the connection to ourselves that brings what is needed in every moment.

    1. Caroline, I totally agree, we need the space to ‘re-connect’ wth ourselves and sometimes all it requires is someone to talk to that fully understands, doesn’t impose and allows the space for you to become you.

  8. Detoxing our body and mind from the poisons we have taken on is to reveal to ourselves the preciousness of who we truly are.

  9. “My detox program was about being responsible and honest with me.”- this is refreshing to read and I dont feel there is enough of this in the world today.

  10. Honesty plays big part in detox. There’s so much power in calling out what doesn’t belong. Nothing to do with discipline or will power, but very simple observation and understanding from a very honest place, allows us to change our choices. Even a conversation can be a detox.

  11. With everything I’ve learned from Universal Medicine about energy preceding anything that occurs in human life, it makes sense to detox the energy causing the ill behaviours firstly rather than the other way around. If I address the energy of a behaviour then often that behaviour ceases to exist.

    1. I am only now getting a true sense of the word Religion a return to our innermost, when we start on the journey of the return to who we are we naturally start the process of detoxification of the everything that is not who we are, so that the who we are is allowed to shine though in all its glory, then as you say Leigh Matson the energies of our behaviours cease to exist.

  12. Yes detoxing is only part of the answer but it offers a moment for clarity, and by being honest and willing to see the power of eliminating certain foods it gives us a new marker to feel what really works for us and what doesn’t.

  13. I find that detoxing can only be part but never the whole answer. For example if I find myself eating too much foods that I know are not right for me and detox these out my diet, my body has less tendency to reach for them but I cannot say I’ve truly discarded them without understanding first and foremost what led me to eat foods that ultimately harm me in the first place.

    1. So true.. things only change when we’re prepared to get super honest with ourselves and feel into the root causes of our patterns and choices-simply by opening up to feel more, within. Otherwise we just end up making superficial choices and transferring habits and patterns into other areas of our lives.

  14. Living in a way that establishes space opens our awareness to be honest about how our body is truly feeling and enables us to change our choices as we start to become more tender and caring in the way we take care of our body valuing ourselves and our true beauty from the inside out.

  15. What if we live a life in constant detox- meaning not putting things and thoughts into it, that are poisoning its purity?Then you would never have the need to go for a detox like many people do in todays world. What is though interesting, we all feel, that what we do is not true, otherwise we would not look out for a detox in the first place.

    1. Stefanie Henn-Hecke, you have simply exposed the games we play with ourselves
      ‘What is though interesting, we all feel, that what we do is not true, otherwise we would not look out for a detox in the first place.’

  16. If you told most people that the reason for doing a detox “was actually about living as a woman, with the love and self-worth I know myself to naturally be”, they would either be totally shocked or think you were having them on. But I totally understand why you would feel to do this, as for me, living as a woman in this world has been a very challenging time as everything is set up for me to not discover who I truly am, but to convince me that I need to be what society expects; to play by the ‘rules’. What a lot of toxicity must be held in my body from not living who I naturally am, toxicity that absolutely needs to be flushed out of every particle of my being.

    1. It is like tasting the truth and going for it, but when it comes to living it in a consistency and its resulting responsibility people shy away and turn back to their old comfortable behaviours.

  17. A true measure of a detox is how we are after it finishes, have we changed or have we just had a respite from our norm and now come back to it. When we are ready to look at how we live and to understand that we don’t need to hold onto those old ways, a detox becomes something very different, a way to observe how we are and consider whether our ways of being do in fact work for us or not, and to know that we do not have to keep them, it can provide a space for us to let go, a deeply beautiful process we can surrender to.

  18. We can offer ourselves a fresh start by detoxing our body or through the choices we make, when we realise that we have certain patterns that are not supportive we have an opportunity to let go of those choices and get to the bottom of where those choices came from in the first place.

  19. I like this part about not having a goal for your detox, and instead simply bringing yourself to each session and to see what comes next. I like this because it feels more natural, like it is a part of the natural flow and rhythm of life.

  20. “My detox program was about being responsible and honest with me.” Bringing this responsibility to everything about our lives and not just our internal ‘cleansing and clearing’ suggests that the detox program you chose offered a much deeper and more supportive way for you to continue to make changes to your life once it was complete.

  21. On one hand we could say that life in general is so full of disinformation that we have to be on a permanent detox… and this always starts with …. Breathing gently.

    1. I’d agree because if not then that’s when things go pear-shaped if I am not present with myself or knowing the quality of how I am breathing or walking as very simple examples.

  22. I have received two chakrapuncture detox and with both of them I have been really transformed from the very roots of what I wanted to change in my life. After them, I had access to a deeper and clearer space within me, which is reflected in my expression since then.

    I love the rose’s analogy, as it’s like that how it feels… a discard of what I’m not anymore (by choice and commitment) and a crystal blossoming of who I truly am.

  23. It’s the ultimate detox, letting go of all that is not love to become more love. Once love is in place everything else (diet, exercise, etc) takes care of itself.

  24. Great point about how when our bodies feel looked after, fully supported, tended to and loved, we can start to deal with our deeper issues that we may have buried. If we’re stressed and anxious all the time, there’s no way that we can connect to the body on a deeper level to start to resolve and let go of any issues that we’ve held onto and possibly buried more deeply within.

  25. Tenderly shared thank you Cherise. I am currently on a detox and whilst I initially said that I wanted to look at practical things like diet and sleep what has unfolded for me is exploring the underlying beliefs that keep me following the same self sabotaging paths but with understanding and compassion of my past choices and not judging myself for them but adjusting my movements to support me to detox unsupportive patterns and reconnect to my purpose and what I am here to deliver.

  26. To truly detox is to let go of energy that is stagnant in our bodies. This is the only poison because it leaves the body tired, exhausted even and illness and disease occurs – for the body has to get rid of the energy that does not belong inside. Imagine the constant fight we are under within ourselves when allowing this type of energy to enter.

  27. I have just started a detox programme myself with an esoteric practitioner and my body is responding by letting me know so much more clearly what it really needs. In my case I have been wanting to go to bed earlier and have been sleeping more deeply and for longer. I feel less hungry and am inspired to get on with things that I have been letting slide. I can feel not only the deeper honesty but the deeper love that is calling me to care for myself and I am enjoying the feeling that a fuller appreciation of myself brings. I have also had intense headaches and I feel these are showing me how much I have been trying to go it alone and not gather the support that I have needed. My acceptance of myself with the letting go of what might have been is also taking place – and all this within a week of starting the programme. These detox sessions are awesome as we are offered a clearing for our way forward. Highly recommended.

  28. It is one of God’s greatest gifts that no matter what “our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.”

    1. And when you observe how the majority of humanity lives, and when I am honest about how I have lived, we have all accumulated so many ‘poisons’, toxins which permeate every particle of our body and every part of our lives, holding us back from the living the amazing life we were all naturally born to live. To let these poisons go offers us the opportunity to begin to live life anew.

    2. So true Viktoria and it is the behavioural patterns that we have which do not express the truth of who we are which are the most toxic.

  29. It is awesome to recognise that there is the possibility of living without issues dominating our everyday, knowing of course that there will always be something or many things to be working on and developing understanding with, but that these need not be the overall factor of life, that there can in amongst all of this still be joy.

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