Hi everyone, my name is Barbara Steingas. Some of you know my story and others of you may not, so I would like to share it briefly in order to set the stage for my blog, which I have wanted to do for a while now, but got sidetracked by the sudden loss of my fiancé July 31st. Also, the computer being somewhat of a foreign body to me caused further delay. While I’m more of an expert of the human body (I’m a Physical Therapist), the computer, on the other hand, is not so familiar. I grew up in the era where I was the remote control (i.e. I would have to get up off the coach, walk over to the TV and change the channel). Therefore, I had to wait for someone to show me how to post my blog properly.
Just after graduating college, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disease deemed incurable by traditional western medicine. The first several years I followed blindly along and took the medicines they prescribed that were supposed to control the symptoms of the disease. However, I continued to spiral downward and became gradually sicker until I was a walking skeleton from not being able to really eat and had excruciating vaginal-rectal abscesses. As a last resort to save me from succumbing completely, the gastroenterologist suggested a new treatment option: take an immunosuppressive medication, but there could be a high risk that I could contract a cold, have it turn into pneumonia and I could die.
I was already basically on a death path, so I didn’t feel this was the right route for me to take. It was then I made the decision that would change my life around: I no longer believed that mycondition was incurableand I affirmed that there had to be a way back to health. It occurred to me to think of it like a puzzle and all I had to do was find the missing pieces to restore my health. Eventually I was able to accomplish this, yet it took a lot of time, money and effort.
In my monthly blog, I would like to help streamline the process for others so they may achieve the filling in of their puzzle pieces to their healing puzzle faster by describing one strategy I used per post. As this is the beginning of a new year, I’m starting with the mind/emotion strategy of affirmation stating to help attain your resolution goals. Do you ever wonder why so many resolutions fail after a couple of weeks to months? To me it’s because the way most of us were taught to state resolutions involve stopping or giving up something– like saying “I’m no longer going to be fat anymore so I’m giving up eating chocolate.” It focuses on the problem and what you have to give up and that isn’t very motivating or exciting. By speaking resolutions in this way, we are basically wishing, hoping or trying. In the movie Star Wars, Yoda tells Luke Skywalker that in order to lift the space ship out of the water, which seems impossible to Luke, he must not try, just do (it). In other words, he has to believe he can do it.
Affirmations help us believe and keep us focused on the result thereby creating the way for us to become what we want to have occur. The most powerful ones start with “I am.” Like “I am thin.” When I began to believe and say, “I am healthy” rather than what I was saying, “I don’t want to be sick anymore,” that’s when I truly began to transform and started to gel the pieces of my healing puzzle together. Focusing on getting healthy and feeling good again was very motivating and kept me on tract, especially through the challenging times of my journey when it didn’t seem like I was making any progress and began to have doubts. By repeating the “I am healthy” statement over & over again held me to my resolution that I could find my way back to health.
It was also my late husband’s unconditional love that gelled the pieces of my puzzle together and I attracted him into my life by stating a New Year’s affirmation that 1994 was the year I was going to meet my soulmate. Four months later in April is when we met! It can take time for your result to be achieved because it can be difficult to stop the running of your old programs, but if you stay persistently consistent in affirming your new goals, you will eventually start to see changes.
Write down and state one or a few “I am” affirmations for goals you wish to have occur this year. Our brain is the computer that runs the programs that control the body, so ask yourself, “What programs am I running?” Are they positive & empowering for what you want to achieve (i.e. I deserve & can have better health), or victimizing & disempowering thereby further perpetuating what you don’t want (i.e. saying things like I’m tired/sick of being chronically ill)? Don’t beat yourself up for the latter ones. This first way to spark change is to identify the cause of things. Then we can have the power to change it. By using these “I am” affirmation statements, you are setting a foundation towards achieving your goals.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them
Happy affirming and feel free to leave comments or contact me with any questions. In the meantime, I wish everyone a happy & healthier 2014!
Next post will be the first body strategy: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate