January Frosty Splendor

Greetings for the New Year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas connecting with family and friends and that the year is starting off with great energy and promise.

Here in my area of Vancouver, we have been blessed with brilliant sunny, crisp, calm weather – perfect for walks in nature. And Nature put on a dazzling display!

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Are you fighting your disease?

Perspective is everything.   Consider if you are fighting the disease that you are fighting yourself because the disease is part of you.  The more you fight, the more stress, the less possibility of healing. Rather than fighting the disease consider approaching it with curiosity to understand why it has shown up and what it might be trying to tell you.

Whom or what are you fighting?  Ask yourself – are you blaming others or your circumstances?  are you blaming your body?  are you blaming yourself because of lifestyle sins you think you have made?  Blaming, complaining, fighting are all energy drains and add stress and do not provide the necessary self-reflection that can move you toward understanding and solutions.  Do whatever you can, as quickly as you can, to let go of these non-helpful reactions.

The disease is what it is.  First step is to recognize it as your reality for the moment, that it has shown up for a reason.  Be willing to take ‘response-ability’ for it showing up – not that you are at fault or have done anything wrong but rather that it is the outcome of an unconsciously held pattern of stress or program of belief.

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The Calm After the Storm

It’s been a stormy time here on the west coast.  We are now enjoying the calm after the storm.   I hope your life is calm for you.  And if not right now, my wish for you is that you find resources to support resolution of whatever may be troubling you and to restore your own inner calm.

A crisp clear day in mid November - blueberry fields, Pitt Meadows, BC

A crisp clear day in mid November – blueberry fields, Pitt Meadows, BC

I have been enjoying several opportunities to network with others and find common ground and support for collaboration.  I am looking forward to  sharing my message of self-healing more widely with video, interviews and with my writing and speaking.  Please watch my Facebook page and blog posts in the coming weeks.

The article this month is a true life story of a courageous woman’s healing journey and how her healing helped many in her family to heal as well.  As I have written before, the greatest gift for those you love is the gift of your own healing.  It is a gift of love for yourself and for those around you.

I want to highlight an upcoming live event for those of you living in the Vancouver lower mainland and Fraser Valley area – Soul Talks – a day of ‘TED’ talks for the soul – on Saturday, November 29th.  For details and how to register at Soul Talks event on Facebook.  Hope to see you there.

Finally, I have made a few new recommendations for book resources.

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Want to use this article in your ezine or website? You can, as long as you include this complete acknowledgment with it -  Dr. Nelie Johnson is a family physician and facilitator for healing – inspiring and guiding people to heal their life and heal their body.  She is a contributing author to a bestselling book and provides seminars, workshops, and private consultations.

Healing Yourself, Healing Family

I recently had the opportunity to hear a story from a woman, I call her ‘Diane’, who healed herself and as she did so, it helped many members in her family to heal also.

Three Generations

Diane described to me that she had a ‘rough upbringing’.  Her alcoholic Dad died when she was just 4 years old.  Her mother went to work to raise her daughter and two older children.  In addition, Mother, I’ll call her Susan, was manic-depressive whose several boyfriends over the years emotionally and sexually abused Diane.

Diane grew up feeling traumatized, really alone and abandoned not only because her Mom was away at work and not protecting her but also because her two brothers who were several years older didn’t want her tagging along with them.  In her teen years she was acting out – hanging out with a wild crowd, drinking and taking drugs.  She felt not worth taking care of.

She married young and attempted to marry someone better than herself.  The marriage didn’t last long, a little more than 2 years.  However, now she had a child to care for.  Although she stopped using drugs and excessive alcohol since age of 17, she struggled with depression.   Her overall sense of herself all her life was that she was ‘damaged goods’.

After her second child in a second marriage (and she is still married to the child’s father), Diane became severely depressed and suicidal.  She was poised to jump off a ladder with a noose around her neck, ready to hang herself but her dog stopped her.  He put his paws on her feet. In that moment, Diane knew she was being asked to choose life and with the help of counselling she chose to live and to committed to a spiritual journey to reconnect with her true self and with a sense of belonging in the world.

Over the next several years she took personal development courses and spiritual workshops.  She uncovered a core belief that she was not lovable  and as she let go of that belief, she grew in self-love and self-esteem to find solid foundation of peace within herself.

An even bigger shift came when she connected with her deep feelings of abandonment and realized that it was primarily her mother’s issue.  Susan, her mother, had lost both her parents at a young age and married in her teens, lost her husband to alcohol in her 20s and had a number of failed relationships.

What was astounding for Diane was that during the days she was releasing her feelings of abandonment, Susan reported to her later that during the same period she was confined to her bed for three days with a severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhea and felt surprisingly well and much lighter afterwards.  Also at the same time, what was remarkable and most touching for Diane was her mother expressed to her for the very first time – “ I am sorry that I didn’t love you as a child.”

Susan, now in her mid 70s, is seeing a counsellor and is starting to heal.  Also Diane’s daughter who has struggled with low self-esteem and depression, like her mother and grandmother before her, is taking steps for her own healing.

With great insight, Diane expressed to me the following -  “ Mom just didn’t have the strength to heal.  I was the one that had to go first.  As I did my healing, I freed up my Mom and my daughter to do their own healing. I am grateful to finally break the chain of this behaviour in my family. ”

I thanked Diane for sharing her courageous story with me and allowing me to share it with others.   In my work with people, I have witnessed similar breakthroughs and the ripple effect of benefit it has for those around them.

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Want to use this article in your ezine or website? You can, as long as you include this complete acknowledgment with it -  Dr. Nelie Johnson is a family physician and facilitator for healing – inspiring and guiding people to heal their life and heal their body.  She is a contributing author to a bestselling book and provides seminars, workshops, and private consultations.

Being Thankful

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends as much as I did.

I am so thankful and grateful for so much that I have in my life – firstly my family and friends (I just became a great aunt for the first time!).   I am so grateful for my good health, my passion and curiosity for so many things in my life – the outdoors, nature, music and dance, self-healing and ways to be healthy and happy.

I am really relishing my retirement from Medicine.   The good weather in mid to late September was a bonus which I used to the full.   I was joined by a friend to cycle the spectacular Myra Canyon portion of the Kettle Valley Railway trail near Kelowna.  We cycled a loop through the vineyards and tasted some wine as well.   Can’t leave wine tasting out of a visit to Kelowna.

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Breast Cancer Awareness or Healing Awareness?

A lot is made of October as breast cancer awareness month.  Why only breast cancer?  Why not cancer awareness month?

I started thinking how the language we use directs our focus.  What about a Healing Awareness Month?

I have been writing and speaking for years about breast cancer, and about cancer and disease in general, and doing whatever I can to bring people’s attention to a healing perspective.

Here’s an all too common and repeating scenario. I use the example of breast cancer but I could use any cancer or serious health concern.

A woman is found to have breast cancer.  Her initially response is shock, perhaps disbelief – ‘why me?  what did I do to deserve this?’

Her fear and stress rise as she reviews what she has heard about breast cancer – how common it is, how disfiguring and sickening the medical treatments are.  She fears the disease and she fears the treatment for it and she fears the consequences if she does not do the maximum medical therapy.  And she fears dying, and how devastating that would be for her, her family and loved ones.

This patient goes through treatment – surgery, chemo and radiation therapy and perhaps Tamoxifen.  In addition she meets with a naturopath and changes her diet and takes nutritional supplements.  She takes steps to reduce her stress with yoga, meditation and exercise.

She gets a good result.  And yet she remains in fear – fear that the cancer might recur.   Where is the peace?  Where is healing in this scenario?  It does not have to be this way. [Read more...]

Summer of 2015

Greetings.   I hope you are well and have enjoyed a wonderful summer.  I most certainly did.

It’s been awhile since my last letter.  I retired fully from my medical practice in mid June and I felt the need to relax, play and restore myself.  The summer here on the west coast was perfect for that with weeks of hot, sunny weather.  I played golf, hiked and biked.

And I went off to the Rockies in the second week of August to hike and climb in the Tonquin Valley – a spectacular region that runs along the divide between Alberta and BC, west of Jasper.  There is a range of peaks over 10,000 feet that are like a huge wall of rock running along the divide and are collectively and appropriately named the Ramparts..

Amethyst Lake and the Ramparts, Tonquin Valley

Amethyst Lake and the Ramparts, Tonquin Valley

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Which ‘world’ are you living in?

Early one morning as I entered my bathroom, I noticed that all the objects appeared in shades of grey.  I could not recognize any colour.   There was just not enough light to bring out colour.

I had a flash of insight!   Just as when there is not enough light, our world appears dark and grey, when we don’t have enough knowledge – ‘light’ – we tend to see things as black or white.  When we don’t have enough of the truth – ‘colour’ – to make informed decisions, we risk making assumptions and false conclusions.

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Message of Healing

Greetings.  Hope you enjoyed a wonderful May long weekend.  We had splendid weather here on the west coast.  I just came in from a late afternoon bike ride (May 18th).  Earlier on the weekend I did a brisk, 2-hour hike.

You guessed it – I am in training again for a week of mountaineering and hiking in the Rockies this summer.   What plans do you have for holidays this year?

Letting you know of my activities in the next month.  I am an exhibitor at the Health Action Network Society’s annual conference on cancer prevention and healing, Saturday, June 6th.  The speaker is a young man that was one of the invited speakers at May 1st Forum 2010 – It’s Time to Heal – that I set up and co-presented at myself.  (www.itstimetoheal.ca)

Here’s a link with details on the HANS event -  http://hans.org/events/public/post/52 .  Look forward to seeing you there.

I have been very much involved with getting my message of healing out there.  I have been working with several new clients and they are getting great insights and breakthrough results.   I have also updated my one-day workshop into a 2-day weekend healing experience.  (No date yet for the next event but keep in touch and let me know of your interest.)

The article this month is drawn from experiences I have had with several clients.  The case study is a composite of a few these experiences.

Again thank you for your interest and your support.   Please share this information with others.   I welcome your comments  on Facebook.

Healing as an Act of Surrender

The more I support and guide people in their healing journey, the more I learn about the process of healing and how to help people experience it.

I can provide very similar information and mentorship to clients and some engage fully and heal and others don’t.   Why is this?

I am reminded of a maxim my own physician mentor and trainer in this healing modality emphasized – “ Healing does not depend on what you know, or what you understand, or even what you believe.  Healing depends on what you do. “

In the last year I have been working with a client, (I’ll call him James) who has a degenerative neurologic disease, similar to MS.  By the time he contacted me his condition had deteriorated such that he could no longer drive and was soon after wheelchair dependent.   He had exhausted medical and alternative therapies and his doctors advised him that they had nothing more to offer him.

Within a very few sessions, I was able to piece together the pattern of stress that resulted in triggering the disease as well as reveal to James that he had resolved the original trauma and had moved on in his life.  Well then, why was the condition continuing to worsen? [Read more...]