By HR professional in Healthcare, London, UK
We have a phenomenon called ‘evidence-based’ which we use in medicine, research, science, and other communities. Some herald this evidence-based approach, and whilst it can have value, what if the traditional, scientific, randomised control type evidence is not the only valid form of evidence, and what if there is a far greater wisdom we can draw from? The evidence of our bodies.
I work in environments e.g. health, and universities where when you make a statement or comment, people often say ‘where is the evidence for that?’ This attitude can actually suppress us from saying what we think and feel, for fear of not having the ‘evidence’. I know in my earlier years of working in those environments I felt small and stupid if I didn’t have evidence to back up something I said. There was an air of ‘superiority’ in some people who wouldn’t listen unless there was this particular type of ‘evidence’.
Now I live in a way where I listen to what my body is showing me as evidence of what works and what does not work. e.g. I ate something the other day and my body reacted to it very quickly, telling me it was not right for me. When I pushed through the other evening to complete some work my body had already signalled it was time to wind down, I over rode it and I didn’t sleep so well, as I was unsettled and over tired. These two simple examples say to me that there is a form of living evidence – a way where the body constantly shows us the ‘cause and effect’ or ripple effects of our daily life choices – and so far since I have begun to listen to my body (inspired by Serge Benhayon and whole body intelligence – https://sergebenhayon.tv/episodes/whole-body-intelligence/) and to heed its messages it has not let me down – it always seems to know what is true for me.
So in relation to evidence, the particles and cells that are in my body already have a PhD in being evidence-based, and my body doesn’t need a lab or a set time period to incubate, or a team of scientists – offering evidence is its natural default position. The body has an innate knowing of what is true or not – an evidence base from which it can discern.
So, we live in this crazy situation where, we are actually ‘evidencing’ life all the time – what works, what doesn’t, what supports, what doesn’t (even if we don’t take any notice) and it is our natural way – yet we can give our power away to what others say is the ‘evidence’ such that we recoil or shut down rather than hold to the truth we know in our own bodies.
How is it that we are all living PhDs in evidence from the intelligence of our own body, yet we rely often on a minority (e.g. scientists) to tell us what we need and what we don’t need?
How is it that one type of evidence is given more value than another, e.g. evidence-based science or medicine is regarded with more weight than what we experience in our daily lives through our own body?
What is it about this ‘evidence base’ that makes us shut down the authority of our lived experience – our living evidence?
Whilst there is a place for evidence-based medicine, it is not the only way of knowing what is healthy and what is not for our bodies. Having observed in academic and medical circles how much kudos is given to scientific evidence – and having also observed that the rates of illness and disease in our world continue to increase – I am left wondering what sort of ‘evidence’ there has been that says that this ‘evidence-based’ way of science is actually working? Surely if it was working, illness and disease rates worldwide would be decreasing? And how different might the world be if first and foremost we allowed the intelligence of our bodies to be the evidence upon which we based our way of living…?