If you grew up in the developed world, you were probably taught that three main things were impacting your health:
Your genes are the basic physical material that got coded into your DNA at the moment of conception (or if not exactly at that split-second, then pretty soon afterwards.)
Your genes coded you to have blue eyes, or brown; to be tall or short; to be petite or more heavy-set. You may even believe that your genes decided everything about you, right down to what job you were going to have, and how much you were going to love Black Forest Gateau.
But in the “Talk to God” system of wellness that you're about to learn, your genes play a pretty limited role in determining your behaviour, moods and general level of health and wellbeing. You'll find out why a little later on in the course, but for now, think of your genes in these terms:
Genes are the broad frames around the blank canvas of who you are going to turn out to be, and what issues you are going to have. But they are NOT the deciding factor in your health or happiness.
This statement is both empowering and terrifying; on the one hand, it means that you don't have to be limited by the dictates of your genes, your past, or your family circumstances.
Just because your cousin was an alcoholic who died of cirrhosis of the liver, or your grandma struggled with manic-depression all her life, doesn't mean that you have to.
On the other hand, as soon as you start to accept that certain behaviours and states of mind are CHOICES, and not automatic default options predetermined by your genes, you’ll come face-to-face with some very uncomfortable realizations.
Free choice gives us freedom, and the ability to change course and start over again at any point in our lives. But it also carries with it a huge responsibility.
In this course, you're going to learn how to wield your free choice in a way that will enable you to maximize your health and happiness, without being crushed by the guilt feelings and sense of dread that so often accompany a misplaced sense of responsibility.
We can sum up the “Talk to God” approach to genes like this:
You may have a genetic disposition to get more angry, depressed, stressed or sick than the average person, but with God's help, you can definitely overcome it.
“Talk to God” exercises
I just want to pause for a moment to tell you that throughout this Talk to God and Fix Your Health Course, I'm going to give you exercises to do that will help you internalize everything you're learning. The exercises will range from the basic to the more complex.
You can skip these exercises if you like, and that's okay. It's your choice, and every choice you make is valuable.
If you do choose to do the exercises as you go along, they'll help you to grasp the material you're learning in a very immediate, impactful way. So with that introduction out of the way, let's move on to the first exercise (for ease of reference, the exercises in this course are in purple):
Exercise 1: Germ Nation
Next time you pick up a newspaper, or browse a news site on the web, count how many stories you find about germs.
(Those germs could be E-coli, salmonella, or the really scary big guys like Ebola and swine flu.)
Take a moment to consider how reading these stories makes you feel. Do they contribute to your sense of happiness and well-being, or do they make you feel uneasy and anxious?
The next big culprits as a cause of illness in the Western Medicine paradigm are germs. Germs are such big business these days, that millions of dollars are spent every year trying to kill them off via antibacterial handwashes, soaps, chopping boards and who knows what else - and that's before you even start specifically talking about medicine and antibiotics.
Why there is more to illness than germs
Now, we're not saying germs don't exist. In the 19th century, French chemist Louis Pasteur famously discovered that infectious diseases can be caused by certain types of bacteria.
Germs do exist, and they can cause serious illnesses and even death. But not in isolation. Dangerous bacteria will normally only flourish and cause illness in a susceptible host – if the person concerned is already weak, for whatever reason.
Dr Michael D. Gershon, MD, author of “The Second Brain”, tells us that:
“All of us harbour in our colons something like five hundred species of potentially deadly organisms. We are able to do this because of the efficiency of the nervous and immunological troops that hold the line at the colonic border.”
In other words, a strong nervous system and immune system usually help you to keep all these nasty at bay.
But the problem comes when your nervous and immune systems are weakened, increasing your susceptibility to germs. Learning what might be weakening you, and what you can do to strengthen yourself, is a huge part of staying healthy, and that’s what you’re going to learn in this course.
Although Pasteur is lauded for his discoveries as well as the methods he developed to eliminate dangerous pathogens, by the end of his life even Pasteur himself had turned his back on the idea that germs were the sole cause of disease.
On his deathbed, Pasteur is quoted as saying: "The terrain is everything, and the bacterium is nothing."
The “terrain” is you! What Pasteur belatedly discovered, and what the holistic health people always knew, is that germs only survive in specific environments, and need some very specific conditions in order to thrive and multiply.
If your terrain is in great shape - if your immune system is working well, and your spiritual and emotional health is also good - then the germs won't be able to get a foothold anywhere near you, and you can stop panicking about getting coughed on by the person sitting next to you on the bus.
Exercise 2: What came first? The 'down' or the disease?
Think back over the last 12 months, and try to make a list of all the times you remember getting sick. Hopefully, they'll just be small things, like a cold, or an eye infection, or a sore throat.
Now, try to recall the circumstances in your life around the time you got ill. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Were you more stressed than usual?
- Had you just come through a very difficult situation or period of time?
- Were you feeling down, disappointed or cynical about life, prior to getting ill?
- Were you waiting for something to change in your life, that hadn't yet materialized?
- Had you just received some bad news?
- Were you dealing with a particularly 'difficult' character?
What connections can you start to make between your state of mind and your state of body?
You can hear how I started to make the connection between emotions and physical health in the following AUDIO PODCASTS (just click on the buttons to play them):
The final reason Western Medicine believes you get ill is broadly-speaking, your environment. Clearly, if you were outside doing a spot of gardening in the Ukraine when the nuclear power station in Chernobyl went into meltdown, you were probably going to get sick.
Ditto, if you work in a smoke-filled office and you're forced to breathe in poisonous fumes every day. Ditto, if you live next to a smog-causing super highway, or right next to a pesticide-drenched farm, or you're eating mercury-contaminated tuna.
As we'll discuss a little later on, there is more than a little validity to the argument that environmental factors can make you sick. But as you're probably starting to figure out for yourself, the big picture is rather more complex.
For every person negatively affected by his environment, there'll be someone else who continues to live in excellent health, regardless of the amount of radiation, asbestos or lead fumes he’s exposed to.
Clearly, while genes, germs and environmental factors have some influence on our mental and physical health, something else is at play here too.
Exercise 3: Identify environmental stressors
1) Is there anything in your environment that you know isn't good for you? What?
If you do identify environmental stressors that may be having an impact on your health and happiness, that doesn't automatically mean you have to sell up and move somewhere else (although if you live close to a nuclear reactor, that might not be such a bad idea…)
2) Think about what message God might be sending you, via the issues that are troubling you in your environment. For most people most of the time, environmental issues are connected to some subtle, internal transition that they need to consider making.
A little while back, there was a spate of break-ins in one of the wealthier local communities. Residents were living on tenterhooks for months, waiting for the police to catch up with the burglars, who had already robbed tens of homes.
It prompted a lot of communal soul-searching, and a key insight that surfaced was that people seemed to be too wrapped-up in themselves - in their i-Phones, in their videos, in their Facebook - to notice the strange-looking car that was parked outside their neighbours' houses.
The spiritual and emotional dimension to happiness and health
So now you know that while genes, germs and environment can certainly contribute to your health and outlook on life, they are by no means the ultimate deciding factors. So what really is important? If “the terrain” is all that counts, as Pasteur stated, what can you do to keep the terrain, i.e. you, in the best possible shape?
That's what you're about to learn, because there is another dimension to healthcare that's usually either ignored or discounted by Western Medicine, and that's the spiritual and emotional angle.
According to Kabbalah, a human being is made up of three distinctly separate parts:
- The body;
- The mind (including emotions); and
- The soul
In order for you to enjoy peak good health, each of these separate areas needs to be getting the energy, nutrients and “juice” it requires to function. Together, these three areas constitute Pasteur's terrain.
If all three of these areas are strong and operating efficiently, then 99% of the time, you'll be happy and healthy. (I'll explain more about when the 1% may come into play a little later on.)
And if not? Then it's only a matter of time before a spiritual, emotional or physical health problem arises.
The Chinese Medicine paradigm of health
Every healing tradition in the world, except Western Medicine, operates on the principle that body and soul are intrinsically connected, with the health of one directly affecting the health of the other.
To use just one increasingly mainstream example, Chinese Medicine identified a system of energy networks in the body that it calls Meridians. Ancient Chinese physicians observed that when the flow of energy in a meridian became blocked or weakened, it was often a pre-cursor for emotional or physical illness.
They developed a number of systems to manually strengthen or release this trapped energy, the most popular of which are acupressure, which uses gentle pressure from the hands, and acupuncture, where needles are inserted into particular points along a particular energy meridian.
(JEMI members can download a free Guide called: The Basic Guide to Strengthening Your Meridian Energy which will tell you everything you need to know in order to start using acupressure to boost your health. If you're not already, you can become a member, free of charge, by clicking here.)
Directly manipulating the meridians can be very effective at clearing stagnant energy and removing blockages. However, what I am about to introduce you to is the most powerful energy-boosting technique ever discovered: God.
What keeps you healthy, spiritually
The Chinese physicians were way ahead of their times when they determined that illness occurs when the body's energies are blocked. What they weren't so hot on was understanding what the energy that animates the body actually is. In Talk to God terms, we call it the soul.
When your soul is healthy, you feel full of energy and motivation, and your state of mind is great.
What exactly keeps your soul healthy? In a nutshell, developing a close connection to God, or what we like to call “working on your GodJuice.”
When your soul is disconnected from God, it's like a laptop that's been away from its power source for too long. Sure, it's got some battery reserves that can keep it going for a while, but sooner or later, if it doesn't get a top-up of GodJuice, it's going to go to sleep (or even shut down completely, God forbid.)
Just like the laptop starts to slow down and freeze in place as it begins to power-down, a human being starts to splutter and stall when it doesn't have enough GodJuice.
So that's the first area to consider, when you're looking to boost your health and happiness: How much GodJuice do you have? You'll learn more about what that actually is, and easy ways to boost it, a little later on.
What keeps you healthy, emotionally
If your soul isn't powered-up with enough GodJuice, the next place that problems can show up is in your emotions – your state of mind. This could manifest itself as anxiety, paranoia, phobias, or hysteria. You could even tip over into depression.
Other people might become angry, selfish, or irritable. Still others will start spacing out and even entirely detaching from reality.
At this stage of the game, the problem is still at the energetic, or soul level, and can be resolved fairly easily, once you know how.
In a later module, you'll learn about the three foundations of emotional health, and how keeping them balanced can maintain your emotional energy flow and keep you in good shape.
Last stop: The Body
If the energetic, or spiritual imbalance isn't identified and corrected at the emotional level, then the next stage is for some sort of physical issue or illness to crop up.
God always starts small, so it'll be a small headache, a minor cold, a small pain or perhaps a mouth ulcer. If you get the message at that stage of the game - great!
But a huge problem for many people is that because Western Medicine doesn't acknowledge the spiritual component of illness, they often don't even realize that their physical symptoms are directly connected to their state of mind and their level of spiritual development.
So instead of taking the cue to explore what might need to change in their lives, they simply pop a pill to take care of the physical symptom.
Of course, that's completely understandable, but it's also problematic. Why? Because when you don't get the message God is trying to send you via your emotions and physical health, He doesn't just give up and go away - He ups the ante.
The minor cold turns into pneumonia; the small headache becomes frequent, full-blown migraines; the little mouth ulcer turns into a big stomach ulcer. You get the picture.
At each stage, all that's happening is that God is trying to start up a conversation with you.
It's not a punishment, and it's not a random act of Divine vengeance or cruelty. All it is, is an attempt to get your attention, and to encourage you to look at your life and identify anything problematic that might be going on.
Nine times out of ten, once you get the underlying message God is sending you via your emotional difficulty or illness, the problem will go away.
Over the coming modules, you're going to learn how to decode the messages God is sending you, by:
- Boosting your GodJuice
- Learning the 3 foundational skills of good emotional health
- Identifying the specific message contained in your health issue
Each module, you'll get a written class (like this one), audio podcasts to develop and explain some of the ideas in more detail, plus a PDF exercise workbook that will help you to concretize your learning by applying it directly to your own life.
At the end of six modules, you'll be able to take the Talk to God and Fix Your Health exam, if you'd like to receive a diploma. But the real proof of the pudding isn't in having something to frame and hang on your wall. When you suddenly realize that you're feeling happier, calmer and healthier than you have done for a long while, then you’ll know that you’ve really gotten somewhere
And that's the real goal to aim for throughout the next six modules.
Exercise 4: Where are you holding?
Rate the following statements between 1-10, 1 being absolutely never, and 10 being absolutely always:
- I enjoy my life
- I feel happy
- I’m satisfied with my current state of physical health
- I feel calm
- I feel connected to God
- I understand myself
- I have peace of mind
- I can interpret the messages God sends me
- I have good relations with other people
- I like being me
At the end of the course, come back and re-do this exercise to see how much things have shifted, and hopefully improved.
DOWNLOAD YOUR PDF EXERCISE WORKBOOK FOR MODULE 1, BELOW: