In every class, the following questions are often asked. Also, patients will sometimes bring up questions like this, so it’s helpful to go over them and think of what you’d like to say in response.
Taking Responsibility for One’s Health vs Being Blamed for the Illness. What is the difference?
Very often, when people are introduced to the idea that their thoughts and beliefs have manifested their illness, they have a sort of knee-jerk reaction to say, “Oh you’re blaming me for my illness.” It’s not a very wise retort, but happens often enough nevertheless. All the practitioner needs to do is explain the difference between taking responsibility for and being empowered for their own healing versus being blamed for their illness. It is not about blaming anyone. It’s about recognizing the truth that we are responsible for our illness, and since we are responsible for it, we also have the power to heal ourselves. What would you prefer: Having no say in your illness as if there is something that has simply gone wrong in your body and relying entirely on the doctor to fix you, or being responsible for both the cause and the healing of your illness?
The Big Question – What if someone is not ready?
They came to your office, didn’t they? So they are ready, even if
they say they are not.
That is the basic answer to this question.
True, they may not be entirely desirous of facing their inner
demons and choices that have locked down their system,
mentally, emotionally, and physically. And the disease itself does
gain a mind of its own with a wish to survive. So when a person
says they are not ready, it is only the disease speaking or the part
of them that does not wish to do what is required in order to
heal. But since the practitioner has gone through their own
healing and helped many others do the same, they know that the
patient must face the lurking fetters of their illness. So if a person
says, “I am not ready to go there.” I will begin to ask them what
makes them say so, and nonchalantly continue with the
questioning in hopes that they get past the hurdle of inertia. If
they make a very strong declaration of not being ready, then, of
course, I will honor and respect that, because then it is real and
not a declaration of the disease’s desire to survive. And it is very,
very rare that I have ever seen a patient declare, with all
sincerity, that they were truly not able or willing to be ready. It
has perhaps happened once or twice during the entire time I
have been in practice.
Use of supplements? Vitamins?
Giving supplements or vitamins that support the body nutritionally are fine. This can work in harmony with Holism. Giving
supplements that have many medically active ingredients and
herbs that are created specifically for a condition or disease, in
my opinion, is not good. They, like drugs, are designed to treat
the symptoms of disease and thus create suppression, worsening
the Vital Force due to the blockage of the expression of the
symptoms, and thus, in the end, they are doing some harm. I
would recommend these to be stopped and often do so, in order
to help a patient recover fully and not depend on the supplements as a crutch. It is the same as with drugs. Supplements and
herbal preparations act as drugs when they are administered
specifically for conditions and symptoms. Sure, they are more
natural, but they still act in the same model as their pharmaceutical allopathic counterparts.
Holsitic Counseling is a lot like Homeopathy. They both are
very subtle medicines. They both endeavor to target the
pathology by it being faced, both in their own way. And, both can be upset or offset by intervening factors that throw the remedy or
the holism off the tracks.
NB: This is answered more fully in the book Holistic Counseling.
Dr. Moshe Daniel Block, ND is a leader in mind-body medicine. A Da Vinci of our times, he is a Naturopathic doctor, homeopath, author, inventor, musician and has cured himself of a rare disease.
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