Step one and two
when you are diagnosed with
an illness or face a big problem
If you are a shaman, healer or practitioner; and you are diagnosed with an illness or have a big problem like a divorce, you have to approach it different than the rest of the community (AKA non-practitioners).
Illnesses and problems are tests and trainings in a life of a practitioner. Once we conquer them, then somehow we start having clients with those problems or illnesses. We experienced them to help us develop understanding, compassion and skills to heal and help our clients.
What is the step one? How can we approach it from a practitioner’s side?
Everything starts with energy. Thoughts are energy. First thing to do is to look into the subconscious mind to discover the cause or thought that is creating this sickness or problem. As practitioners it is very difficult to look inside our own subconscious mind. It is also difficult, if not impossible, to heal ourselves. That is why we need a community of practitioners or close friends that are practitioners. Our ego and fears don’t allow us to “see” our subconscious mind. Somebody else has to do that for us.
If we cannot get a hold on our practitioner friends and if our ego is on the way, how can we get subconscious mind information? This is the trick that my mom taught me more than twenty years ago. I still use it. Not only I use it for me, I also use it with family, friends and clients.
There is a book that is a dictionary of illnesses. It is so little than you can carry it in your purse or medicine bag. I have one in Spanish and one in English. The translations are slightly different, both books complement each other. I use it so much that I have it also at home, in the car and also it is my preferred present for Christmas, birthdays or special occasions.
How does the book work? Once you find the illness in the book, you will also find information about the mental cause or thoughts that are producing it. And next to the mental cause you’ll find some positive affirmations to counteract the negative thoughts. That is the step one….finding the mental cause.
You have to have an open heart and set your ego aside. Sometimes when we read a cause for an illness, the first thing we say to ourselves is…..“The book is wrong”…. Let me tell you that in my own experience and with my clients, the book hasn’t being wrong.
This is the way I discovered the book. In my twenties I had a scuba diving shop in the Mexican Caribbean. I taught and guided scuba divers. Once a month when I had my “moon time” (Native American for period), I experienced terrible cramps, headaches and weakness. No matter how bad I felt I needed to go out into the ocean and dive.
One day when I was visiting my mother, I was experiencing a terrible moon time. I told my mom and she took out the book and explained how to use it. I had nothing to lose, anyway I was miserable. This is what the book says about menstrual problems:
“Rejection of one’s femininity.
Believe that genitals are sinful or dirty”
These are the positive affirmations that the book recommends:
“I accept my full power as a woman
and accept all my bodily processes
as normal and natural.
I love and approve myself.”
Wow…. Yes, I was able to relate to that! I hated being a woman and having cramps and moon times. It didn’t click the guilt, fear, and genitals stuff, but at least the first part was exactly how I felt.
I had the cause and I had the positive affirmation…..then what?
My mom said: “Now you have to change the negative thought in your subconscious mind and implant the positive thought”.
Yeah right! Sounds great but how do I do that? Then another big chapter of my life opened up……“Affirmations”… the greatest tool to change from the inside out. Affirmations are staples in my healing practice since then.
I won’t explain the process of using affirmations in this writing (I will later), but for now, I can tell you a simple way to use them. This is what I did:
After my mom wrote the positive affirmations in a paper for me, I went back home. My town, Tulum, was two hours from my mom’s house. All the way home I repeated the affirmations. I repeated them the next day. And the following day as well, with no noticeable change. I keep repeating them until one day something clicked inside me. I was not longer repeating the affirmations I was “feeling them”. I was “experiencing them”. I cannot say that they worked because by then my moon time was over.
Next month came. When I had my moon time and I felt the cramps, I ran to my purse where I left the paper with the affirmations. I sat on the floor, took the meditation posture, closed my eyes, took a big deep breath and repeated the affirmations slowly until I could feel them …..cured! done!
Since then, when I have moon times, I don’t experience discomfort. Sometimes I get little cramps and the only thing that I need to do is go to my medicine bag, take out the book and repeat the affirmations.
Yes you guess it!….Step two is working with affirmations.
A simple way to use the affirmations is just to repeat them until you become one with them. You can also write them, so you have them there, in front of you all the time. You can hang the affirmation in a paper in your car, bathroom, computer, etc.
Before I give you the name and author of the book, I just want to warn you about not judging people. We have used this little book so much, that when somebody comes and says what illness he or she is experiencing, we know the mental causes and therefore we kind of discover their private life.
Among us, family and close friends, we don’t dare to say how we feel when we are getting sick because coming from a Mexican family, with Mexican ways, everyone starts picking on you.
The name of this wonderful book is “Heal your body” by Louise L. Hay. Among all the books that she has written, still this is my favorite. If you are going to buy just one of her books, this is the one that I will recommend.
Also at the end of the book, it has a chart about back problems explained vertebrae by vertebrae. I think this book is just awesome (Californian word for great).
You can use it in your practice too. I have a Native American Medicine friend that has no ability to “read” or “see” the client’s problems. But he is extremely good in taking away illnesses. So what he does is the following: The client tells him the problems, and then the client lies down and closes his or her eyes. My friend sits with the back towards the client and reads the book. Then talks to the client, removes the illness and gives the client a list of affirmations to work on.
We tease him about cheating the client, but in reality he can work by himself without the help of a “seer” or a “medical intuitive” person. As my teacher always says: “What matters is the end result”. And the end result is a healed person
This book is so helpful in so many ways. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped us for so many years. Please leave a comment or suggestion if you can add something useful about this book or the way to use affirmations, so we can all learn.
- Illnesses and problems are energy.
- Thoughts are energy.
- Negative thoughts can turn into illnesses and problems.
- It is difficult for a practitioner to heal him or herself. We need help and/or tools.
- Tools to heal yourself:
- Step one: Use the book “Heal your body” by Louise L. Hay to find the mental cause.
- Step two: Work with your affirmations.
……Happy healing! ……
Note: The first time that I posted this writing somebody told me about offering this book through our store. That was a great idea to help support our web site and blog. We receive a small referral fee if you order the book through our link. We appreciate your support. To get the book follow this link. If you speak Spanish, I would recommend to get booth books, English and Spanish, because the translation is slightly different and each book complements each other.
Paloma Cervantes is the Author of the book “A Shamanic Way: Rituals, Rattles, and Recipes for Awakening Your Inner Spirit” and the e-books “10 Steps to Stop Feeling Drained after a Shamanic Journey”, “Spiritual Intention or La Mira”, “Spiritual Baths in the Mexican Shamanism Tradition”, etc. She is a Mexican Shaman or Curandera practicing since 1987.
In 2013 Paloma finally obtained permission to share the teachings learned from her mentor, a Mexican Shaman or Curandero trained in the traditional way, in order to keep alive the tradition. In 2014 her mentor retired leaving her in charge of the practice and classes.
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Disclaimer: The information given is strictly for educational purposes and does not imply or express any health benefit. This information is historic, cultural, folkloric and traditional in value. The author cannot proclaim the effectiveness of the contents of this writing and does not have any responsibility for the use that the reader gives it.