And finding Ourselves in the Process
I was married in 1992. My husband and I moved away so he could attend Chiropractic college. We decided early on we wanted to live more of a natural lifestyle. We wanted to stay away from medications and look to herbs and other natural healing remedies. We wanted to try to eat healthily and eat foods prepared from home. We wanted to improve our immune system by regular Chiropractic adjustments. Our bodies are amazing and we can heal them if we give them the right environment.
Even though we lived by these standards, throughout these years I would have, what I know now, unexplained inflammation issues in my body. It was the same old routine. I would have an inflammation flare up in my body and after a few months, I would go in for an MRI. Like always, it would be the same result. “There is nothing wrong only inflammation pockets”. My husband got to the point where he would joke and say “I can fix everyone else’s wife but my own!” Yep, it was true, no matter what I had, my husband could not help me. I just dealt with the pain until it would finally go away. I came to realize whenever I had stress on any part of my body, inflammation would follow. Because of the inflammation, I was in constant pain. I began to exercise less. I had chronic constipation problems. My PH was always off causing burning and irritation. I also had a corn sensitivity that sent me to the bathroom every 20 minutes. I had unexplained numb spots forming on my back. When I look back, I was a mess. Like most people, I looked at my life as being normal. I just accepted that this is how life is.
In the meantime, my husband was starting to expand his practice and was studying and performing more Functional Medicine concepts. With Functional Medicine, you find out what the root cause of your problem is rather than just treating the symptoms. He changed the focus of his practice and was changing peoples lives that he was unable to help with Chiropractic only.
By the spring of 2014, I now have 6 children. I kept having a tugging on my heart that I needed to learn a new trade where I could “Help and Serve Others“. I have had many spiritual experiences in my life, and this is another one of Heavenly Father’s guiding hands telling me I needed to help others. As I was pondering this feeling, I had a strong impression that in order for me to help others I first needed to help myself.
I read more than I ever had in books and articles. I watched many videos. After much hard work, I came across a technique I kept being pulled towards. It was the process of fermentation. I never knew you could ferment foods and have them be better for you. I began making fermented foods and adding them into my life. After a short amount of time, and to my surprise, I started to notice a big change in my life and in my family’s life. We began to see miracles of healing and our lives changed for the better. All of my symptoms began to go away. I call these little veggies “Miracle in a bottle” because miracles were happening in my life. I could no longer be silent with this. I started to teach classes to all that would listen. I began making them and selling them. I experimented more and made other fermentation such as Kefir, fruit vinegar, sourdough bread, and fermented granola.
I also saw miracles in my family and in others. My daughter’s eczema went away, my son’s allergies disappeared, and many people who I introduced them to also had similar results with much more healing’s. Talk about miracles!
Realizing I needed to do more to improve my health, I began to decrees my sugar levels, have little gluten, concentrated on minerals, increased gut healing foods and cooked and focused on nutrient-dense foods. With these changes, the numbness on my back started to heal. I had far and fewer flare-ups and my overall health had increased dramatically.
Something Beautiful Happens
I felt I had found my calling. Not only was my body healing, but I had learned a skill where I could help and serve others. But the Lord wanted more from me. Again I had a tugging at my heart and I knew my calling was not finished, so I began searching.
Looking at all the ways people heal naturally, I realized that health isn’t just about the food we eat or how much exercise we do, but the mental state we are living. Emotional issues, if not properly worked through can be just as harmful and and sometimes more harmful to our health.
We all experience emotions, this is normal. Emotions come in, we work through them, and then we let them go. This is the process our bodies were intended to do to handle and experience life. Sometimes these emotions do not go through the right process and they build up resistance in our bodies, thoughts, and feelings. Giving ourselves permission to work through this resistance can help us feel lighter and happier.
We are Blessed with Struggles to Help Others
Through my whole emotional mindful journey I have come to realize my story did not begin 5 years before or even 20 years before, but when I was in 4th grade. One of my best friends and I went to the restroom at school. She was sitting in her stall and I was in mine. To my surprise, she blurted out, “Do you know what I heard about you? I heard you were a Polygamist! Isn’t that funny?” I sat there in awe and disbelief and didn’t know what to say. As a 4th grader, how would I tell her the truth? I responded back “Yea, that is funny”. I still remember every detail of that bathroom and see it clearly in my mind. I remember the details of that conversation and how it took me by surprise. Why? Because I did come from a polygamist family. At the time my dad had two wives and later on, he went on to have four. Each wife had their own separate home so on the outside we looked like a normal family, but on the inside, we were not. We were a polygamist family. I did have a happy childhood in many ways, but that was not what I remembered at the time.
That conversation started to shape the way of my thinking about myself, others, and how people perceived me. It imprinted in my mind that I was an outcast, I thought I would never fit in. I thought I could never be normal. I thought people would always talk about me, and sadly, I thought they would always laugh about me behind my back. I also learned that I had to keep my life a secret if I didn’t want others to know. I had to live a life full of lies so I could just fit in.
What are the two things I took from that conversation with my best friend that day in the bathroom? First of all, I was different from everyone else. And second, everyone was talking about me behind my back and I was embarrassed at what they were saying. I never really thought about it then, but when I walked out of that restroom my whole outlook on life changed. My ideas about who I was and what value I had in the world was shattered.
On top of all of this, I had dyslexia. I struggled in school. I was taken out of my class to be in a special resource program. Feelings of inadequacy followed me during this part of my life. I could not learn like others. I could not read and write and to this day, I still struggle with spelling. I again felt like an outcast. I had to spend hours upon hours training my mind to learn things differently. Basically what it came down to was that I was never good enough. I was never going to be smart. I was just going to be stupid my whole life!
When I entered high school I made the cheerleading team. I was so excited about this part of my life. I was starting a new school. I had a chance to make new friends. They could actually get to know me and like me before they knew what family I came from. I finally tested out of recourse. I could actually be a normal kid walking the halls of the school. Two weeks into my sophomore year, I ended up tearing my ACL and was in the hospital for a week. I was pulled out of school and had to be homeschooled. Five weeks later I had a severe case of staph infection and had to be hospitalized and have another surgery. I ended up going back to school during the second quarter but I had to be on crutches for six months. By the time I got back to school, everybody had made their friends and their cliques and I was not part of any of them. Needless to say, high school was not starting out as I expected.
The problem was, even though I had gone on to live a wonderful life I was still wearing these labels on me for all to see. In order for us to be truly healed, we need to remove the labels we are showing to the world. Every thought we hold has a piece of who we are. If we are radiating out something negative, not only are we showing the world our negativity, we are telling it to ourselves every day, every moment. Soon we don’t know what is real and what is made up. We begin to tell ourselves lies and unfortunately, we begin to believe them. Our subconscious mind does not know what to believe and so it just starts to believe what we feed it most.
When I started to work with clients, I noticed that change is hard. We all know we need to change but why can’t we make the changes we need to? As I was trying to fix myself with external things and trying to coach others by giving them what I thought they needed, I was soon discouraged because change was not happening as quick or as much as I wanted. It was at the moment in full discouragement, I had another voice in my head that said, “You can not change yourself until your first change your mind.” I paused for a moment and let that sink in. For the first time, I realized I was not going to change a thing until I first learned to change my mind. Learning this part of my journey was a game changer not only me, but for my clients. I needed to learn this important puzzle piece so I could help others bring lasting change.
I was inspired to learn how to change the neural pathways in our brain. What we feed our brain is just as important as what we feed our bodies. By learning and incorporating these simple techniques, change can becomes automatic. It is so empowering when your mind starts making the choices you desire so deeply. Your mind is very powerful and when you learn to train it in the direction you need and want, you can finally make lasting change.
Yes, I had to change my life, but more importantly, I had to change my mind. After realizing this important key to full body health, this was my new mission. I began to plead to my Heavenly Father for answers. It was at that moment while on my knees, I soon realized there was more to healing that triumphs everything. I could not do this alone and I was not created to do this alone. We cannot make a lasting change unless we turn our lives to Christ and give him all of our shortcomings. He is the only one that can break the chains I held around my neck. In order for Christ to help me, I needed to not only use the atonement but I needed to live the atonement and become more like Him. Christ can do anything because He is the only physical descendent from God sent here to take our burdens upon Him. Why could he do this? Because he is the son of God. If I want to change, I need to be like him. I needed to have his light fill me more. I realized that if I could become more like Him, I could change anything in my life. I could actually be the person I was meant to be. I could take all of this baggage I held and throw it out. I could be the confident, smart, fearless person I was meant to be. I could change whatever did not serve me and turn it into good. I could be who I was created to be.
Journey of Healing has given me my life back. My health is better, my body is not in pain, I have an abundant amount of self-confidence and courage, and most importantly, my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has increased ten-fold.
Because You Were Created For Greatness
You are made to have an abundant life. We all hold the power in each of us to create the life we were meant to live. Journey of Healing is an inspired program to help each of us to reach our divine potential and be who were are meant to be. My commitment is to provide a way so each of you can achieve this. Each of these areas is all equally important in raising the light within us. If we leave off just one of these areas we will not be truly healed. Start your Journey today by calling us. Stand up and say “No More”! You are worth it! Not only do you need you, but the world also needs you! More importantly, the Great Divine, our Heavenly Father, needs you!