The Key To Self LiberationWritten by Christiane Beerlandt
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From flu and most common headache to most malignant cancer and hiv-aids, a large number of diseases and organs were analyzed: cholesterol, rheumatism, heart, liver, neck, shoulder. . . . As regards current concepts about heredity and genetic determination, Christiane Beerlandt fiercely pronounces herself against them. Another topic discussed was nutrition. “Just eat foods you like, but you have to apply at same time symbolism of these foods in your daily life.” These days, one often condemns stout people while maintaining cult of slenderness. “This is utterly absurd” according to Christiane Beerlandt, who doesn’t at all advise against use of medicines or medical treatment. “It can be good for many people to resort to them during a certain stage of life; one needs to realize, however, that it’s necessary to work at same time on true healing of an ailment. This can be done by becoming aware of, and by solving, fundamental cause, which is situated on a much deeper level than purely physical or chemical.” As we said before, one needs to search in emotional and psychological realm, in world of one’s convictions, feelings, expectations, and self-image. “Why do I have this illness?” There are perhaps thousands of reasons. If one thoroughly looks for them, it’s possible to find them, to discover that link, and to work on solving them. Concentrating on these underlying reasons and solving them is certainly no easy work. In any case, it allows to have a more healthy relationship with one’s illness, to become aware. Illness is a signal, a warning light: watch out! There’s a bend! It’s up to us to negotiate it well. Lucien Durand n Translated from French by Dirk Lippens For Futher Information Goto www.thekeytoselfliberation.com
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Christiane Beerlandt is the Belgian Author of several books including the best seller The Key to Self Liberation - 1000 Diseases and their Psychological Origins. She writes deeply about self-acceptance and learning to trust ones own truth.
Dump Those Negative TapesWritten by Virginia Bola, PsyD
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How can we jettison this baggage of years?
One strategy is to become aware of your own internal chatter. When something happens and you screw up, it is an independent event: you made a mistake as humans do. Try to separate that one event from anything that has happened in past. One error can be quickly dealt with and resolved. Watch as your mind starts to link that event with every other mistake you have ever made, attempting to form a lifelong pattern of questionable judgments and poor decisions.
Analyze what you are telling yourself and watch for give-away absolutes: "I always . . . I never . . ." Absolutes are irrational and illogical; they reflect our thinking not reality. Being aware of them bubbling in your mind gives you opportunity to negate them: if you have ever, just once, been successful at something, no matter how small, then you cannot be, by definition, a "total" failure. Just one contrary event completely wipes out an "always" or a "never."
Increase your consciousness of your mental processes by writing down your actions and your thoughts. Cognitive therapy uses similar (more structured) techniques to explore your mental processing so that you can understand what your own mind is doing in shaping your vision of world and yourself.
The realization that it is your mind, right now, which is defining your mood and your emotional distress, creates a wonderful opportunity. If your psychological discomfort arises out of your thinking, not out of some long-standing immutable neurosis nor warped brain cells, then you know you have power to change!
This new perspective on world is freeing and empowering. The old recurrent critical tapes can be pushed into dead file where they belong. Your present, your future, your sense of self is yours to control because your thoughts can be consciously directed.
It took years to get you to where you are now. Vow to spend rest of your life nurturing those sprouting positive thoughts until they blossom and fill your entire brain. The old tapes will have no place left to lurk.
Virginia Bola operated a rehabilitation company for 20 years, developing innovative job search techniques for disabled workers, while serving as a Vocational Expert in Administrative, Civil and Workers' Compensation Courts. Author of an interactive and supportive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at http://www.unemploymentblues.com