by Mark McFeely, Master healer / Bodymind Transformation Consultant.
Normal tends to imply that it's what is to be expected, and that there is not much point in trying to do anything about it.
It would have been normal for me to have developed arthritis in my knees several years ago, as there is a strong genetic tendency for it in my ancestry. One of my brothers is already well on his way to having serious problems with this condition which is normal for our family.
When I was 20, my hair was beginning to recede quite rapidly, so I visited a hair specialist (trichologist) to see if there was anything I could do to reverse the process, or at least, slow it down. His response was to enquire about my ancestors on both sides of our family, concluding that as there was a history of baldness, I would follow suit. In his opinion it had nothing to do with me, and I would be wasting my money to try anything to change it. His advice to me was to either invest in a hair-piece, or simply grow bald gracefully. To put it simply, he told me that this was "normal" for my circumstances.
At that time I accepted his opinion and advice, and chose the latter option. One of the things that made that decision easy was the fact that my grandfather was quite bald, and to my mind, a very handsome and wise looking old man. I must admit that there was some appeal to the look.
Several years ago I decided that I would actualy like to grow my hair back for a number of reasons. For example, it would afford protection from the Arizona sun, knocks on my head would be less damaging, and on top of that, I reckon that I would look even more handsome than I do now. The good news is that my hair has started growing back, slowly but surely. Isn't it curious that when you think you can't have something, it is easy to decide that you don't want it.
Many years ago I decided that I was going to break free of my genetics and to rid myself of the Arthritis that was already establishing itself in my joints. Over a period of 3 months I actually achieved this through a combination of meditation, herbal remedies, dietary changes, self healing techniques, and a very clear and focussed decision within myself. For about 6 weeks I experienced the most excruciating pain - even my flesh hurt to touch. It felt as though my condition was getting worse, and there were moments when I was in question as to whether I was fooling myself or not. Fortunately I stayed focused on my goal, and one day it was all gone. To this day I am free of that condition, and it is my decision that it will not return.
In the course of my work as a healer I have seen this type of transformation so many times in my clients, but it took many years for me to even consider working miracles on myself. I hope that I can inspire other healers and therapists to take the time to take care of yourselves.
I am both proud and thankful that I do not settle for being normal. I am extraordinary, and encourage you to pursue the extraordinary in you, that will cause you to be healthier than normal.
You deserve it. Don't you?
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