Ignorant is sometimes BLISS

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Ignorance is sometimes very BLISSFUL
I am dedicating this post to the Doctor Google fans out there.

I recently had the most interesting experience about expectations, beliefs and ignorance. As many of you know, I had quite a fracture on my left elbow, which could have left me with considerable stiffness in that joint. For a long time I didn't want to know how bad the fracture was. And in retrospect, how happy was I that I had made that decision. [Picture to follow in a bit.]

When we are told certain things by an authority figure, we tend to incorporate that as part of our belief system, particularly if we are vulnerable, not feeling well and in excruciating pain, and we base our healing on that often erroneous belief. After nine months my surgeon said that no more improvement was possible, as if that was that. After those nine months of relentless effort, I was inclined to believe him.

Then I saw a fantastic massage therapist. She said, 'No problem, we can and will improve your arm's mobility significantly, and not be held back by the picture that is by now firmly imbedded in your mind.'
She was right, and I'm very happy with the progress we are making and it is still improving steadily almost a year later.

What we focus on becomes our reality. If we focus on what is not possible then that will be what we achieve. If you think of wanting to avoid certain foods, those foods become what you focus on having. It's like me telling you not to think about a pink elephant. Mmm... What did you just think of? You get my point! So when you're going on a diet program, focus on the foods you can have, not the one you should not be having. For example think about how tasty you can make your broccoli. 

This brings me to the point where we start believing, uncritically, certain things that people who are in authority (and that includes Dr Google) tell us. For example, many oncologists tell patients that diet plays no role in helping them cope with cancer and chemotherapy. Every specialist focuses on their modality for the condition they treat often successfully. Their focus would not necessarily be on diet, but rather the medically accepted methods they've studied. If you do the research you will see how diet plays a very important role in good health, let alone treating dread diseases. For example cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment so it is best to avoid acid-producing foods, rather seeking foods that promote an alkaline environment.

If you have felt the need to visit Doctor Google and do research, that is all well and good, and can be helpful. In my experience, however, surrounding yourself with therapists and health professionals who support you in the same goals, is a powerful strategy to complement Dr Google. There is something profound in the energy of face-to-face healing that is often overlooked in our electronic age.

Google will give you a diagnosis and a possible outcome which may be completely wrong in your case: everyone is different. Your attitude and aptitude is your biggest weapon against any health issue.

How to not let others beliefs affect us

There is a very neat trick I use when someone is trying to impose their beliefs on me. If anyone asks: 'Is your arm not sore in the cold?' I imagine a black board, similar to the ones we had when we were in school. I imagine the words on the board and erase them immediately. And I might even add, for emphasis, a monkey on their shoulder, saying, "your circus, your monkey". It is a good idea after that to reinforce my desired outcome with a more helpful image on the blackboard.

Let your own experience dictate your outcome

Here is my X-ray for viewing. If I had seen this a year ago, there are so many things I would probably have been frightened out of doing. For example getting back on my bike. Swimming 2kM weekly, a 17-hour adventure race (cycle, hiking and paddling) and even completing 94.7km cycle race. There is a fine balance between having knowledge and being ignorant, and a place for both.

Debbie Smith Ignorance can be bliss

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Author - Dr Debbie Smith

Published - 2016-04-07