“Hello Thyroid”

by Dianne Trussell, BSc Hons, science & health educator & writer

How often do we think about our thyroid glands? Probably only when something goes wrong. Me too, but looking back, ever since puberty or earlier, my thyroid gland has probably been a little bit sluggish. Not pathological, just ‘not firing on all cylinders’. I used to need a lot of sleep, feel the cold, had cold hands and feet, poor digestion, put on weight easily which I found difficult to shift, plus my hormones were out of balance… these are all signs associated with low-ish thyroid activity. Ironically I had enormous amounts of energy for my high levels of physical and mental activity, from waking to bed-time, in contradiction to the pattern of low thyroid, which usually goes with poor energy levels. I was evidently getting my energy from somewhere else – and in retrospect I’d say it was nervous energy that kept me going.

Seemingly unconnected to these low thyroid signs, I did not want to eat broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower or beans. Something in my body didn’t want them, and I did not like the smell or taste of these foods, so it was easy for me to not eat them. That is still true today, and they make my body very uncomfortable for a few days if I consume them.

Fast forward to recently when I discovered that these foods are known to suppress thyroid function! So for me (not necessarily everyone) with my low-ish thyroid, they may not be suitable as regular dietary choices. Obviously my body knew this, even way back as a child, maybe even before scientific research brought us this information.

Apart from the continuous confirmation that our bodies really do know what’s right and not right for them, there is more to this thyroid story than the scientifically known chemistry and physiology.

A recent experience really expanded my understanding of how choices and energy impact the physical well-being and medical conditions of the body. Not long ago I felt as if my energy had drained out through the floor. I was tired all the time, falling asleep sitting at my computer by mid-morning, needing naps during the day, could barely manage a fraction of my normal activities, and trying to push myself to keep going only made it worse. This was so ‘not me’! What’s wrong with me? There were lots of ‘suspects’, such as an enduring parasite that was inflaming my intestines, a degenerate lower spine in pain all the time and headaches. These things made me feel drained and cranky about not being able to do all the things or work at the racehorse pace that I used to and felt I wanted to. But those other symptoms had been going on well before this abnormal bout of extreme tiredness – a level extreme by comparison with anything that had gone before.

My doctor had the inspiration to test my thyroid function. That’s a normal, appropriate response by the doctor – medicine sees the correlation of low energy and low thyroid. But modern medicine doesn’t take it deep enough, because ‘causes’ can just be the effects of something even earlier. My thyroid had tested as being at the low end of normal about 3 years before. But now it showed as abnormally low. My doctor was very concerned, and wanted to put me on thyroid drugs for the rest of my life. Now that option is not one I usually take up straight away, and I’ll try every other less invasive option first. So I asked her to give me a month, then we’d re-test and take it from there.

I wanted to get to the bottom of the cause of my low thyroid. I researched the literature and found plenty of physical causes, most of which I could rule out in my present situation. Regarding energy causes, theories abound, but what is true?

One spiritual new age theory is that thyroid problems are related to how we express.

Now for some scientific testing of that theory! Is low or suppressed thyroid anything to do with low or suppressed expression? Let’s see if there’s a correlation. However it’s important to be aware that even if there is, it might not be a causal relationship. When I got home from the doctor I ‘tuned into myself’, and asked myself this question: “In what ways have I been allowing my expression to be suppressed?”

This ‘inner experiment’ would be called unscientific by the mainstream. But the mainstream is missing a lot of truth and only has a part of the picture. I decided to be totally honest with myself, as truth is very important to me. I discovered that a ‘biggie’ blocking my expression is an old pattern: speak truth – get slammed; see truth and expose that which is uncomfortable for someone else – get attacked; stand in the fullness of who I am, without hiding, lessening, or sympathising with other people’s feelings of inadequacy – get rejected, belittled, punished.

The program this set up in my body was anxiety – as soon as I would see or feel truth and intend to express it, either in words or with my whole being, up would come fear and dread of rejection and aggressive reactions and repercussions, and I’d allow this anxiety to stifle my expression.

Then I’d react by either withdrawing from the person as quickly as possible, or silencing and shrinking myself, calibrating my expression down to let them stay in their comfort zone. Oh yuk! I now know that, apart from harming myself, that harms the other person by denying them the opportunity for greater awareness. How irresponsible! Withdrawing from a situation and not expressing was an understandable reaction ‘back in the day’, but now’s the time for clearing old patterns and getting on with evolution.

What we’re talking about here is energy: not the calories, kilojoules, metabolism type of energy, but the energy behind and from our choices. The energy we choose to let run our thoughts and actions, and the way we are in our bodies, can lower us into emotions or elevate us to a greater, truer form of expression. I learned this from Serge Benhayon, and found from my own experience that it is true. However modern science rejects the energetic science of the Ageless Wisdom. The New Age movement has not helped this situation, with its careless use of modern and ancient science, sometimes containing a seed of truth, but not going deep enough nor being discerning of energetic integrity and is thus often misleading. Nor does current medical science have the full picture. The study of energetic root causes for illness and disease is a relatively new field requiring open mindedness, not dismissal. In this situation, it’s imperative to seek deeper for the truth and not skip to conclusions.

So…. OK me, on with the experiment, and time to stop suppressing my own expression. On with it, even if it means a rocky learning period in how to stay open and be all of myself in situations that could lead to people rejecting, reacting or attacking me. Challenge, yes. Impossible, no. It starts now. Only a few hours went by until an opportunity arose to put my new commitment into practice. And it worked! In fact, the more I choose to connect with myself and hold myself in the fullness of love and understanding, stay open without sympathising, and let go of the fear, hurts, and programs, the more the other person is able to choose true expression instead of reaction, which supports me right back. A positive feedback loop. In the endless ‘mirrors reflecting mirrors’ human situation, this new response to new expression reduces the anxiety that arises from fear of being attacked, which then makes it easier to express fully, which reduces reactions and attacks, which makes it easier to express fully… and so on.

This is a turning point in my life, and can’t be under-estimated.

At the same time as doing this essential bit of work with my energetic awareness of expression and connection with myself, I felt it would be a good idea to do a few things to physically support my thyroid too. I increased my consumption of dietary phytosterols (which help with hormone balance) by taking a supplement, and I researched what foods I’m eating that might suppress thyroids. I found out that as well as the aforementioned broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and beans, phytates are a problem. I already soak my almonds and cook my dark leafy greens to reduce phytates, but there are high levels of them in sesame seed hulls. And I was eating a lot of unhulled tahini made from sesame seeds! So I switched to hulled tahini. These were the only physical changes I made, and I had another blood test quite soon after.

After my little experiment, off I went back to my doctor for the results of the follow-up thyroid function tests. She was gobsmacked because the result was normal! She said that ‘never happens!’

Sounds great, hey? Then another doctor, refusing to accept the science of energetic choices, said low thyroid can sometimes reverse and I must have “just dealt with my stress”.

But the stress level in my life had not changed. Thus I skipped too soon to the conclusion that the rapid reversal of my low thyroid function came by simply looking at my expression honestly and putting the resultant awareness into practice, plus a little bit of dietary tweaking.

But hold on – is poor expression the cause of thyroid problems or only a correlation? I obviously had low physical energy but what caused that? I eat well, sleep well, exercise, do esoteric yoga… and my level of stress was not obviously more than usual.

The esoteric explains it this way: “Hypothyroid issues are a fourth stage kidney issue [from lack of commitment to life] and not a direct result from a lack of expression issue. The process is low kidney life force -> low adrenals -> stimulated nervous system then thyroid problems.” – Serge Benhayon.

(Note, according to esoteric medicine, it is the kidneys that that are the energetic centres of our life force).

Applied retrospectively to my situation, this makes sense. It is going deeper for the truth of causes (which is ‘good science’) to the pre-physical origins of the illness. Is it possible that by withdrawing from a life situation – which in my case was accompanied by holding back my expression – I was reducing my commitment to life and thus choosing an unsupportive source of energy and stressing myself without realising it? The sequence above would naturally follow, and thyroid problems would be a predictable consequence. It also explains the ‘running on nervous energy’ component, which is exhausting below the radar of day to day busy-ness. It also explains the historical sluggish thyroid symptoms associated with holding back out of anxiety.

And so how about my healing? From my personal experience, I can’t deny a link between the healing of my thyroid and my commitment to heal and express in full. When I made the commitment, I was facing up to the life situation, bringing all of me to it and thus renewing my commitment to life and evolution. Up would come my kidney life force energy, followed by the re-balancing of the whole system, and quickly too! Now that is true medicine, and true science!

Thus the important thing here in the healing was the fact of committing to life.

Naturally, each person with thyroid problems (or adrenal or nervous problems) may have a different way than me of not committing to life. It may not be through under-expressing but some other choice altogether. Although modern medicine has great diagnostic and disease management tools, it tends to treat the ‘end of the line’ effects instead of tracing back to the energetic origins of illness. Thus a significant heads-up from my thyroid case is the importance of considering the energetic consequences of choices before jumping to the ‘one size fits all’, physical-based treatment of symptoms (effects). Propping up the thyroid pharmacologically would of course help the person get through each day, but not solve the underlying problem which could then rear up in another way.

Medicine and science have a great deal to learn from the Ageless Wisdom indeed!

 

 

 

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908 thoughts on ““Hello Thyroid”

  1. Getting to know the root cause of illness and disease is an amazing opportunity to deeply heal and understand ourselves at a whole new level.

  2. Dianne, there is much to learn about any diseases and I was very intrigued about low thyroid as I have this condition too. I know what I often go into and that is nervous energy and drive but worst of all, is the holding back with my expression.
    I am learning to express despite not being popular at times for saying the truth and, it is something I need to commit to too.

    What has been shared here needs to be appreciated by many that have this condition- it is a forever opportunity to form a relationship with our bodies.

    Suppression is far worse than expression for your bodies.

  3. I felt such a strong pull to read this again today, and it relates so perfectly to my experiences this morning with learning how to stay in the full expression of my being, despite what others are experiencing in terms of reaction and pressuring me to tone it down – as you say to “stand in the fullness of who I am, without hiding, lessening, or sympathising with other people’s feelings of inadequacy.” Your ability to hold yourself and the other person in love and understanding would be so supportive for you both, There is enormous wisdom in this blog Dianne, and your practical and step-by-step approach to recovering from your thyroid condition is very appreciated.

    1. Melinda, I agree I will be reading this blog again, there are many pearls of wisdom in here. The practicality of taking care of our bodies should not be under estimated and it requires simple steps to make those changes to true health and wellbeing.

  4. I love the idea of having a conversation with our organs – another good conversation would be with our liver when we drank, our lungs when we smoke – if they could speak what truth they would share.

  5. “Modern science rejects the energetic science of the Ageless Wisdom. The New Age movement has not helped this situation, with its careless use of modern and ancient science, sometimes containing a seed of truth, but not going deep enough nor being discerning of energetic integrity and is thus often misleading” – this is so true. And those drips of half-baked truth are very tantalizing to our minds, giving us a notion that we know something a bit deeper than the surface level, but that actually becomes the barrier that stands quite stubbornly in-between before we become humble enough to accept energetic truth to be the truth.

  6. Thank you Dianne, it seems there is a medicine to the way we live life and many of our choices beyond diet, sleep, and exercise either support the body or place it under stress and pressure. Working with Universal Medicine trained esoteric practitioners in complementary to medicine therapies has definitely supported me to understand how the way I respond or react to life impacts on my health and wellbeing, and the body itself shows me also.

  7. I love the way you didn’t simply accept the first reason for your symptoms, but kept on delving deeper and deeper until there was the answer you had been looking for. So often we simply accept a doctor’s diagnosis as being the final answer, but we are the ones’ who know our bodies better than anyone else and these wonderful bodies are constantly sharing what we need to know, we just have to stop, listen and to learn.

  8. For every ailment, illness and disease it makes absolute sense to me there is a reason for it and I don’t mean to blame our genes. We don’t just get ill otherwise we are helpless and powerless victims playing games with one another. How can we think life was meant to be like that?

  9. It is quite usual to live on nervous energy these days…but to what long term cost? It puts a strain on all the organs of the body – we quieten the signs of stress with cake or chips, a glass of wine or even anti depressants and the nervous system takes more flack. Eventually we run our selves into the ground or we pep ourselves up with coffee and sugary things? Another attack on the nervous system. When we start to bypass these solutions to our nervous feelings and stay WITH the feelings it may not be comfortable but it is honest and we give our selves a chance to appreciate that we can make a difference, a healthy and positive difference when we rest instead of hype ourselves up or make an effort when we know we are flagging due to lazy or distractive inducing thoughts. We are not a victim of the world, we can start to attend to ourselves and bring ourselves the kindness and compassion we are waiting for others to bring.

    1. Beautifully shared Elaine, and yes attending to ourselves with care, compassion, and love works wonders for the body and being. We can hold ourselves with the same preciousness we do children, and thrive just as they do with such loving care.

  10. I love Dianne how you brought it back to your own responsibility with your body and took it further than just the body but how you were expressing and how honest you were about the lack of expression. This is super inspiring and you can feel just how much this has supported you and all those you are in connection with. Amazing.

    1. I agree Caroline, we can sometimes be hurt by people’s reactions to the expression of our true selves, or by a situation in life that we are confronted by, and feel to withdraw or stop expressing the fullness of ourselves in some other way. We know the term ‘to get knocked down and to get back up again’, but the getting back up may take some time or not happen at all. I found this line on the topic inspirational “When I made the commitment, I was facing up to the life situation, bringing all of me to it and thus renewing my commitment to life and evolution.”

      1. Yes very true and I can vouch for most of my life I would get easily ‘knocked down’ by the slightest of things, however this way of being is changing big time especially in the acceptance of self, all because of the commitment to loving and honouring me.

  11. I love the curiousity and openness that you have shown here Dianne allowing you to explore and understand all aspects of a condition.

  12. ‘Thus the important thing here in the healing was the fact of committing to life.’ This I love – that committing to life had such a profound impact on your health. It shows we are so responsible for our health and can change it with different choices.

  13. In the last four years my eyes have gone from -1.50 to -0.25. My optometrist was baffled and mentioned that this doesn’t happen. I put it down to choosing to be more aware of whats going on energetically in my life.

  14. I have found that playing with energy as often happens in the New Age without having sufficient understanding can lead to dramatic consequences but may not be exactly the effects we are looking for.

  15. I like your approach of taking a month out to deal with the illness before you go to western medicine and its very well working medication and so forth. There are definitely cases where we do need medication straight away but it is great to bring self-reflection and responsibility back into the picture so we can truly heal instead of just function with medication for life or have reoccurrences. Therefore these testimonials are so great so that we can know there is more to illness and disease and that there is a way to heal though how we are living.

  16. “Medicine and science have a great deal to learn from the Ageless Wisdom indeed!” This is a fascinating and simple to follow investigation into the possible underlying cause of a problem.

  17. It makes absolute sense to me that when we source energy from our nervous system it has to have an impact on the body in exactly the same way as anxiety running through our body. It really does make me pause to reflect on the abuse we do to our bodies without the slightest aware of the harm – it has become so normal to live this way of being.

  18. How often do we think about or consider the wellbeing of any part of our body? This is a great question, as mostly we seem to expect it to just keep doing what we want and ignore it except when we have something wrong with it. That’s what is great about illness and disease is that it offers a reset to be more body centric rather than being run by how we think we should be living.

  19. It’s amazing how a condition can be traced further back from a ‘cause’ identified by a medical expert when Ageless Wisdom is applied. It offers so much more depth in how we can look at what our own body is manifesting, and an opportunity to renew our commitment to take responsibility for the way we are in our everyday life.

  20. I love the approach you’ve taken here Dianne here, the willingness to not take that first answer and get back to the root cause and with it a greater understanding of how energy operates and the outplay of that.

    1. The first answer it not always the only answer. The willingness to sit with and go deeper into understanding how we live is a choice in each moment that we can choose to make. In this blog this had rung true.

  21. ‘The study of energetic root causes for illness and disease is a relatively new field requiring open mindedness, not dismissal.’ There is so much still to be uncovered by science providing they come with a total openness to possibilities.

  22. To me it makes so much sense what Universal Medicine presents:
    ‘according to esoteric medicine, it is the kidneys that that are the energetic centres of our life force’
    If food would be our main energy supplier everyone who actually eats too much would be super fit, whereas in reality it is usually the other way around.

  23. Thank you for sharing your own case study. And I agree with ‘the importance of considering the energetic consequences of choices before jumping to the ‘one size fits all’, physical-based treatment of symptoms (effects).’ To get true healing this part is essential.

  24. We are sold a crumb of truth and when this ‘fails’ us, as ultimately a mere fragment will, we dismiss the entire truth that it was first taken from.

  25. There were so many foods as a child that I didn’t like the smell of, and even more didn’t like the taste of. But these senses were basically forced to be overridden because I was told that certain foods were good for me and therefore I had to learn to eat them. But if we stayed true to all of our senses, our bodies would get all the nutrition and support they needed and we would not compromise them in as many ways as we currently do.

  26. So it is healing at the deepest level that we must seek, and not to overlay symptoms with effective solutions, but rather to allow what is laying underneath to come out and to be seen so that it maybe healed, so that we may truly heal.

  27. Such a great self-study and so very helpful to read. And whether this is called science today or not, this for me is science and in full application.

    1. This is true science. When the patient starts to experiment we are getting somewhere. There is too much of a tendency to give all our power away to the medical professional. They are awesome, no doubt, but they are only looking at a small part of the whole thing.

      1. Yes, what is dearly needed is that we each take care of our body so that when something is not right we can tell our doctor what is going on with us and work with them.

      2. I love it Esther, imagine the difference it would make if we all shared the responsibility for our health and worked with our medical professionals rather than just expecting them to patch us up yet again.

      3. Yes, the power of true self-love and self-care if lived by us all would bring an enormous change not only to our health but our entire lives.

  28. Great to highlight how much our body continuously communicates and confirms when something feels right and harmonious and when something does not, emphasising that the key to truly nurturing and caring for ourselves lies in listening to our body and honouring what we are feeling so that our body responds to maintain its true rhythm.

  29. We have a long way to go with the correlation between energetic and ‘conventional’ medicine but there will be a point where we will not be able to carry on the way we are blind to the power of healing at the root cause.

  30. It is amazing to read these words – commitment to life – and how they describe what is an integral part of health, a health that is lived on all levels and in all ways.

  31. “The New Age movement has not helped this situation, with its careless use of modern and ancient science, sometimes containing a seed of truth, but not going deep enough nor being discerning of energetic integrity and is thus often misleading. I recently attended a presentation that had seeds of truth. I could feel how harmful these almost truths are, as they you keep people from fully understanding life, energetic integrity and their responsibility in the whole scheme of things. So much of what I hear is about changing the way you think more, getting to know the mind better, yet I have found my mind only led to devastation of my wellbeing. It is only through my honest, sensitive body that I am coming to a freedom to know and discern truth.

  32. It was great to start to consider how our natural life-force and energy can be drained (i.e. how energy is consumed and metabolised) by the quality of our expression. On an energetic level it made sense to me how if we hold back or suppress our expression it can end up affecting our hormonal system and its ability to balance our vitality.

    1. I think I always knew and felt the impact of holding back, but didn’t want to be aware of it all, for now I feel how much force I have to use to do it and I don’t like the feeling of that and the consequences.

  33. I have just had a diagnosis of Hashimotos disease which is a thyroid condition. I understand that it is the result of a lifetime of holding myself back, choosing contraction and not expressing myself. Reading this blog is a great support in moving forward and taking the next steps.

  34. ‘“The energy we choose to let run our thoughts and actions and the way we are in our bodies, can lower us into emotions or elevate us to a greater, truer form of expression.” The power of this blog is immense. You are handing back the responsibility for our health to ourselves, so how beautiful is that. We express or suppress our body, the consequences are ours and everyone else who is missing out from experiencing what light we have to share.

    1. I agree Ariana. It is super empowering to know that you hold the key to your health. A thyroid condition isn’t just something medical happening in the body, as if to someone else. It is the result of a way of living, which only we can choose. Know that and you have the power to change everything.

      1. Yes, we hold the key but very few want to take the responsibility for that because when we accept we are in the driving seat we start to see that we are where we are as a result of all of our own choices and that is not easy to accept.

  35. Brilliant blog Dianne exposing how harming it is to the body when we hold back on our expression and what we feel from the body is true. I can relate to this old pattern of holding back and the experience of the points you mention here. Quite daunting and uncomfortable at times, and so worth working with to feel the expansion that occurs in the body particles rather than the contraction of non-expression.
    “I discovered that a ‘biggie’ blocking my expression is an old pattern: speak truth – get slammed; see truth and expose that which is uncomfortable for someone else – get attacked; stand in the fullness of who I am, without hiding, lessening, or sympathising with other people’s feelings of inadequacy – get rejected, belittled, punished”.

  36. “The energy we choose to let run our thoughts and actions and the way we are in our bodies, can lower us into emotions or elevate us to a greater, truer form of expression.” Well said Dianne, it is the quality of energy that we choose to align to that subjects us to how we treat and hold ourselves and others and once chosen we continue on choosing in the same vein. Being absolutely honest with ourselves opens us up to a greater awareness and we are more willing to listen to our body and the messages it is communicating that asks us to become far more self-caring and nurturing as a normal way of being.

  37. It is quite incredible how the effects of how we express, or hold back, are so clearly felt upon the body. Each time I hold back, I feel drained afterwards – as if I’ve been using a force to hold together a dam or a wall that is blocking all that is naturally there to flow through me.

    1. I can relate to this Bryony. By holding back our true expression we are doing untold damage not only to ourselves but to everyone we hold back our expression from.

      1. Yes.. it’s super damaging to relationships, our health and overall well-being and sense of connection when we hold back – which is ironic and ridiculous, because the reasons we hold back in the first place are to not get hurt – when actually, holding back hurts us and others far more than just saying whatever is there to be said.

  38. “The study of energetic root causes for illness and disease is a relatively new field requiring open mindedness, not dismissal. In this situation, it’s imperative to seek deeper for the truth and not skip to conclusions.” This article is a very clear understanding of the underlying cause of hypothyroidism and an opportunity to take responsibility for our own part in resolving the problem.

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