Somewhere along the way, we gave up our personal power when it comes to our health. We outsourced that part of our lives to the so-called experts: doctors, nurses, nutritionists, health educators and the like. We let their voices overshadow our own. We let their instincts overpower ours.
The tides are changing, though. We are taking back control. It is a new era - the era of the self-directed patient, the era of physician-patient partnerships, the era of collaborative care. The Patient Will See You Now explores this shift in more detail and is worth checking out.
At the end of the day, you are your own healer. Not your mother. Not your brother. Not your doctor. Not your herbalist. You are ultimately responsible for your own health and well-being; and, there are more tools available to you than ever before.
You are your own sort of expert - the expert on you. The expert on what feels right in your body. The expert on what works for you...and what doesn’t. The expert on what you are and are not willing to do. No one else can decide these things for you.
Only you can choose to be an engaged and active participant in your health management. Only you can educate yourself fully and completely. Only you can advocate for yourself. And, most importantly, only you can take responsibility for yourself. Much like a spiritual teacher, healthcare practitioners are guides but you are the one that chooses what to eat, how to move and who to be each and every day. Healthcare practitioners and wellness gurus can point you in the appropriate direction, but they can’t do the work for you. That’s all you.
You are powerful beyond your belief. In You are the Placebo, Dr. Dispenza cites numerous examples of people healing themselves from disease (e.g., cancer, heart disease, arthritis) through their thoughts alone. The placebo effect is a well-known phenomenon, but he talks about how you can become your own placebo through the power of your thoughts. The examples he discusses are nothing short of extraordinary and they underscore the reason why you are the key to your own healing journey.
Stop giving your power away to your caregivers; you are your own best caregiver and healer.