Thank you so much for all of the informative information you post. You are a wonderful teacher, educator and writer. It is so easy to understand and follow your advice. I love the You Tube videos and your recipes and the call that you and Donna made together on Food.
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all that you do for the website and it will be very much a part of continued healing for new people for many years to come.
Blessings and love,
Here's another thought about your last post in this thread...specifically related to your friend with the green thumb.
I'm writing this response for two reasons...one just because those of us who know Mel will laugh...and for those who do not yet know Mel and who may be a little intimidated by his style of communication.
If you're new and you've been listening to past conference calls, you might think of Mel as pretty straightforward...or sometimes even a little aggressive in his responses and comments. He does seem that way sometimes...but...it's because he's very passionate about helping others get better and this side of his personality will come through if he thinks he needs to make a point.
Combine this with his life experiences (he played semi-professional hockey for years), and one might conclude he's a little bit scary.
Ok Mel...I'm about to tell off on you.
Mel's true personality is just so opposite from that image.
Case in point...his love for plants. Maria...you mentioned that your friend with a green thumb is like a miracle worker in bringing plants back to life because of the love she gives to them. This clearly illustrates that loving energy is felt by every living thing. Like the lady in the "Your Words Have Power" said...(something like) your words echo what is in your heart.
I guess you can't fake it with plants...you have to have real love in your heart for living things to help them thrive.
Mel is like your friend...he has a miraculous green thumb. I couldn't believe how beautiful his plants were in his house. Every single plant (all grown indoors) look like a perfect specimen...like something out of a seed catalog. He's had some plants for years and through multiple moves...some as far back as the 1970's...all still thriving under his care.
I watched him taking care of them. He has a whole bag of tricks in his "protocol" for plant care. I cracked up watching him get his watering can, tiptoe over to his plants, and talk softly to them while watering.
The plants must be "listening" and responding because they all sure look good.
Ok Mel...I've now revealed what a big softie you really are.
Consider yourself exposed.
Dear Chrissie, Laura, and Maria,
Thank you SO much for your feedback. Your kind words help keep the positive momentum going, and that is a key factor in dealing with this disease.
These Youtube videos have given me much to think about...they really illustrate how our thoughts and words can affect the outcome of...well...just about anything.
I think our prayer meetings harness the power of doing this as a group...which is of course something the Bible teaches us...
Matthew 18:20 New International Version (NIV)
"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
I believe we were all led here to help each other...and I think we are doing a very good job of it too!
If you are new and reading this...if you are out there and suffering and have no idea of who to believe or what works or even if anything works...then...please pause for a moment and take a breath. God has led you here and has provided a group of strong and caring individuals who will understand and offer much practical and emotional support. I know this is true because it happened for me and for every person here.
We hear this story over and over again from every person in the community...words like...I was at my breaking point and had tried so many things. I prayed and asked God to please help me...to please show me what to do...and then I found this site.
There is a way to beat this disease...and there are many people who have gotten well and stayed well over the years using this protocol. There are answers...not easy ones...but there are definitely answers that work.
And you are most welcome here.
What a beautiful post, thank you! I immediately shared it with my family, and it will change the way we communicate, going forward.
I especially found the water experiments video fascinating, and it affirms what already made sense to me intuitively...I've always loved classical music for the calming, centering effect it has on me.
My friend, who has always chatted with her plants, telling them she loves them, has the greenest thumb of anyone I know..she can nurse a plant back from the edge of death, truly a miracle-worker.
And we all know how children flourish or perish from love, or the lack of it.
Truly, it is God's manifestation in this world--love. And gratitude.
My two daughters bicker and quarrel, as siblings do...but they will never ever say they hate each other again!
I'm grateful for many things in my life, and being part of this extraordinary community is one of them.
thank you again, Karen!
Your post are beautiful and have such great messages. It is important for people to let go of fear and replace fear with knowledge and even more importantly; a positive attitude.
The words and songs you discuss in your post will do just that. So thank you for your continued support and uplifting spirit. You are a blessing to this community.
In Christ Love,
Thank you for your beautifully expressed post. This video also is very powerful, evocative and so true.
It is so important that we all focus on the things we have control over. It is imperative that we don't lose our sense of self to this disease. We are NOT this disease, we may have it, but it is not who we are.
Before i joined this community, when I was flailing about trying to fight this on my own I was lost. In the times that the disease was taking over my body I thought I had no control. I didn't know about the diet, I didn't have the means to get the meds I needed. I felt as if it was engulfing me. I felt as if I could never be happy not when dis-ease was having a field day/week /year at my expense.
The truth is that the very time when we need to think or express ourselves in a positive way, is WHEN we are SICK.
We all need to challenge the sad thoughts, face the fear and throw it out the window, it won't help, it will hinder.
When we are fearful, God's love can't get through, fear blocks the love. If we allow worry and fearful thoughts to dominate our bodies, our immune function will stay depressed also.
We have the knowledge and life experience and community now. We know what we can do with , 'the sum of the parts,' the correct food, water, rest, fresh air, protocol.
Yes Karen, you are so right! A huge part of healing is watching our thought processes and our words.
Are we making a conscious choice every minute of every day to disregard the unhelpful thoughts and words and focus instead on what will be nurturing, positive or helpful. Both for ourselves and for other people?
In times of struggle do we dwell on the difficulties or do we choose to focus on something that will help us or others to feel better?
We have to have hope. We have to be positive both for our own health but also for others around us.
This is not an easy illness. It is a difficult journey. No one has ever said it would be clear sailing. But even in the days when it feels too much, it is better to rest and sleep rather than over think it. It is better then to tell our thoughts, that's enough for today. We must learn to be gentle on our minds as well as our bodies.
We must learn to be loving to ourselves and also loving to each other. The protocol works because it is a synergy of wonderful nutrients, herbs and vitamins all working together to help us to heal physically.
Like you say Karen, we have to be holistic, in body, mind and soul. In this way our body will have the emotional and spiritual nutrients it needs in order to fully heal.
I've been thinking a lot lately about attitude. Maybe attitude isn't the right word. Maybe a better term is...life view.
A holistic approach to healing involves body, mind, and soul, and I believe our community has much to offer in all areas. However...today, I "accidentally" found something that has reminded me of the limitless power of our thoughts.
The name of this thread is "What is Under Our Control." One of the hallmarks of this disease is the feeling of a complete loss of control, but in reality we have much more control over our healing than we might think.
Mel often talks about the "Sum of the Parts." One of the biggest areas of control we have is over each small decision (there are dozens daily) related to staying in compliance with the "Sum of the Parts" in our lives. Those choices are physical...we choose to take our supplements, eat the right foods, get enough rest, drink water, etc.
WE are the ones who make these endless small choices, and each of these has a cumulative impact on our healing.
However...there are other very powerful decisions we can make that will have a direct and powerful impact on our healing.
We decide what we think...and...we decide what we say.
As mentioned, I'd been thinking about attitude...life view...just some random thoughts rattling around in my head while I was driving. And then...this morning...something very "interesting" popped up. I picked my phone up and was doing my usual morning internet check in...FB...email...Youtube...etc...and suddenly the following Youtube video popped up.
I decided to listen to it, and...all I have to say is...there is no doubt in my mind that this was a direct heavenly message I needed to hear at this point in my healing.
The truth of this video touched me in a very profound way.
And of course...I wanted to share this with my sweet and precious friends in this community.
Here it is. I felt very empowered after watching it...and I hope you will too.
I hope you will all take a few minutes to read this thread. Especially watch the fascinating video of Dr. Masaru Emoto's Water Experiment, which is only a few minutes long, and read Karen's 10 tips on how we can get a handle on our emotions and send positive signals to our bodies.
I was going to post my favorite of the 10 tips here, but they are all fantastic. I would only add to #2 that when my mind gets caught up in circular thinking, and I realize it (It usually takes a few minutes of that kind of thinking for me to realize what I am doing.), I start combating the negative thoughts with what I call intentional thinking.
No matter how hard I try, I can never get myself to just stop thinking about something negative. However, I can intentionally add positive, good thoughts.
So, I might intentionally think of a Bible verse or song that I like a lot, or something I have been reading. I might intentionally think about something I watched on TV or YouTube, or listen to the Bible on YouTube. (David Suchet, who played Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot on PBS has a great reading voice, and reads the Bible on YouTube).
As long as those bad thoughts keep coming, I keep adding good thoughts. The bad thoughts will eventually stop. The truth of the matter is that it usually doesn't take long for that to happen. Once your mind grabs onto an interesting positive thought, it will usually think on it for awhile.
You can't stop negative or scary thoughts from popping into your head, but you don't have to welcome them with open arms. There are things you can do to combat them.
Watch and really think about what is shown in the video below. Try implementing some of the tips and suggestions shown in this thread into your own life.
If anyone has other ideas on how to combat negative thoughts, please post them here. Your ideas might help somebody else.
Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Thanks so much for the tip on the Inner Talk recordings. I bought an Mp3 recording off the site but had some problems with downloading...and the transferring to my phone was another whole app that got a little complicated.
However...here's an easy option...Youtube has some of these recordings. I found one about stress that we could all really use...here it is...
It's great! Thanks again for the idea.
Happy New Year to Everyone…..
I totally agree with Karen’s message (and always enjoy what she has to share!).
I am very close to the finish line as well but there have been times when I have had to tell myself 'STOP' because this thing will come back with a vengeance just when you think you are in a good place - and brings despair and negative thoughts with it.
Our mind is a very powerful thing and it is not easy to always keep a positive attitude with everything we have to deal with.
I have been listening to something called InnerTalk – ‘Accelerated Healing and Well Being’. Simply stated it is subliminal positive affirmations that are hidden within either music or nature sounds (waves).
I’ve had experience with these products before when I was in a corporate position and would listen to one that was focused on Powerful Speaking and Communications every time that I had to do a presentation. You can read more about the person who created this technology – his name is Eldon Taylor.
I listen to Accelerated Healing for one hour a day (per the instructions) and read the affirmations which are included with the mp3 or CD. The mp3 is $39.00.
Most of these are also spiritual in nature – as some of the affirmations reference God and His love, etc.
Here is a sample of the affirmations.
"I am positive. My body is powerful. My mind is powerful. My mind and body function powerfully. I am whole. I am healthy. My body responds. My body is well. My mind expects health. I am happy. I relax. I am comfortable. Pain is a signal. My body heals. I am healthy. All is well. I smile. I laugh. Pain is gone. Health is within. I am healthy. I am strong. I am ambitious. I feel strength. I release fear. I release dysfunction. I release dis-ease. I release anger. My cells are perfect. My cells replicate perfection. I will perfection. My cells have consciousness. I love my cells. I love my body. I accept perfect health. My body responds," etc.
I feel this is making a difference for me and perhaps it can help some of you as well.
Best Wishes, Anne
We all know the downside of these toxic diseases...and dealing with them can be so difficult that we sometimes become discouraged and feel like victims. Victims are those who feel they have no control over their situations...and it's easy to develop a victim mentality when facing this disease.
If you ever find yourself sliding into a victim mentality, then remember...the opposite of a victim is one who is in control...and...if you think about it, we actually HAVE the control. It's not easy...but the ball is definitely in our court. So...with this in mind, here are some things to remember that will keep YOU in the drivers seat:
1. You can get well. Evidence supports this. The evidence is in the large numbers of people who have gotten well and stayed well using this protocol. It's not easy, but it can be done.
2. Time plus effort will equal the results you desire. Granted...it's a long period of time to get to the finish line, but it's do-able. In life, there's always a flip side to every coin. We know the negative aspects of this disease...but there are positives too...and this experience offers us the opportunity to learn consistency, patience, discipline, and management of our emotions at a higher level than we'd have ever thought possible. Morgellons is a great teacher (not one any of us would have ever signed up for...but we can learn much from this experience, nonetheless).
3. You CAN manage your emotions. That is the hardest part...not giving in to despair. Management of your emotions is important because it has a very direct impact on your physiology. Many of you have already heard of Masaru Emoto, but if you haven't please take a moment to enjoy this link:
It clearly illustrates the effects of emotions on matter. The "matter" involved is water. A very high percentage of our bodies are water, thus...our emotions have a direct effect on our physical bodies.
We can use this to our benefit or to our demise.
So...how can we make ourselves calm down enough to take advantage of the benefits of positivity? How can we do that when we're so very scared and dealing with the range of symptoms that would make anyone want to get extremely upset? Well...I've given this a lot of thought...and here are some tips that have helped me:
1. Get the "sum of the parts" under control. Do what ever you can to get your food organized, your supplements...water...exercise...rest...all of it. Don't obsess on house cleaning...just simplify everything as much as you can and clean reasonably using non-toxic methods. Shove stuff into garbage bags and park it either in the trash can, or in another room until you get better and get a chance to go through it. Keep everything super simple for now. It won't be forever. I'm going through things now that I put away a couple of years ago and I'm fine. You will be too.
2. If you find yourself going into that circular thinking of how your life has changed, how it will never be the same again, how in the world am I ever going to ever get through this, am I contagious, where did all my money go, how unbelievable the medical community is, how disappointed you are in the medical community...and how, if they've missed something this obvious, how can you know what to trust from them ever again, how your family has treated you...any of this...if you find yourself going into that kind of thinking, do this. The minute you start the thought, mentally (or even out loud if you're alone), yell STOP. You have to do this quickly to stop the neurotransmitter loop that will perpetuate the circular thought pattern. Then get up and move. You have to physically move to stop the thought process. Go outside for a minute if you can. If you have a rebounder, hop on it and jump a few times...that will offer other benefits as well.
3. Surround yourself with positive things. Youtube videos...music...movies...books...and people. Read this forum and take notes. Get a big spiral notebook with tabs in it to separate your notes into topics. That will increase your sense of control and that always makes us feel better. Find a friend from this site to communicate with. That person will understand what you're going through and you can help lift each other up. Bear in mind that Mel will not automatically give you numbers of others. He is very thoughtful in how he does this. You might ask for someone's number, but he will also have to ask the other person if they want to communicate before numbers are exchanged.
4. Stay OFF of other sites. I was the world's worst offender on this. Most other sites have at least some negativity...and we all know the negative side...but dwelling on it even in the most minor way does not benefit us.
5. Create one beautiful corner in your home where you spend the most time. I put a pic of a tea corner I made in my office in the post "Hyacinths for the Soul." It's really important to have some beauty in your life. You don't have to go out and buy anything...everyone has "stuff" around their house...just take a mental inventory and maybe use something you already have in another way. One example of this is an old vase I had that holds a "bouquet" of combs and brushes in my bathroom. I also use a pretty glass coaster to hold my "about to take" supplements. I have the spot I sit in at home surrounded by pretty and functional things. My big box of supplements (a lovely floral decorated box with a lid)...tea things...phone charger...napkins...stevia...my laptop...a pretty tablet and pen...all are in close proximity to my rocking chair by the fire. I keep this area clean and organized at all times. It just makes my life less stressful. I also don't ever allow junk to pile up in this area...no mail or flyers...magazines...nothing is allowed to stay past the time I'm actually reading it, with the exception of magazines or catalogs that I really enjoy...but I have a special shelf close by for those things, and I keep them neatly organized. I try to do anything I can to alleviate stress, and keeping visual clutter down and practical things handy helps to do this.
6. Figure out snacks and meals you can eat, cook ahead, and don't get yourself in a place where there's nothing you can eat in the house. Keep it simple. One of my favorite things on a cold day is egg drop soup (super easy and recipe is in the recipe post) and hot tea. There are really a lot of food options...take the time to read the Beginners post that Anna wrote...there are lots of good ideas about foods.
7. Take a bath...not super hot...and not every day. Mel says to alternate baths with showers...but the plus side to baths is that you can add things to the bath water like epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oils. These things are very soothing...and it's nice to take a bath with low light (candles are nice) and soft music...that is very calming. Lavender is very relaxing smells wonderful as well.
8. Chamomile tea is very soothing and most of us can drink it with no problems. I like to sweeten it with stevia and lighten it up with almond milk. It's very calming and tasty too.
9. Listen to past conference calls, and attend current ones as well.
10. Read the forum every day, and make posts often. Don't be shy. If you have a question, ask. We are here to support each other, and that makes us all feel better. We cheer each other on and delight in every small step forward for each and every one of our community members.
Once again...a very long post from me, (and I apologize) but...I'm hoping it offers something of value in positivity and in keeping YOU in the drivers seat.