5. The Role Of Feelings
One important adjunct to recovery from illness that needs to be addressed when planning mental and physical activity for a client is that of Feelings. Seldom do sick people express their feelings in a positive way. They are usually revealed in negative attitudes, words and actions.
The client who slumps in his chair reveals perhaps that he is listless, tired, or simply not interested in the present activity. He also reveals that his body is highly toxic.
The facial expression may be tense, the expression worried. The spoken words may be sad words, not happy ones. The eyes are often dull, lacking the sparkle of interest in life. The whole attitude can be one of removal from the real world, of extreme depression. When the mind is depressed, the organs and systems are in a like state.
When exercise is first proposed to such clients, they often, on first venture, tend to withdraw, even to express verbally a reluctance to participate. This is where group activity can prove enormously helpful. If our depressed and discouraged clients can be stimulated to perform even a few simple exercises they soon find their former depressed feelings being replaced first by the satisfaction ‘ of accomplishment, however limited, and, as time goes on and they become more skillful and begin to acquire increased endurance and strength, they often become imbued with a sense of happiness, of joy, which is in and of itself highly conducive to a resurgence of health.
Replacing negative depressed feelings with a series of Positive Belief Systems causes a realignment of the thought processes which project into the consciousness creating a climate in which problems are capable of solution. Once Belief engages the consciousness, it is sometimes amazing to watch the physical responses that begin to take place. For example, skin disorders that may have troubled for years often clear up with surprising speed.
When the system is engulfed by such feelings as jealousy, worry, anxiety, anger, superior health is impossible. When the system is engulfed by the feeling of Fear, this can be the ultimate confusion which can destroy life.
Whenever a person is ill, any feelings that are held in tend to distort the whole person. They can soon undermine the health of the mentally-tormented person. We find that women and men alike, as they begin their middle years, the so-called middle-crisis years, are often actually terrified at the prospect of the future. They fear the horrible diseases – they feel are sure to come. Are they not all around them?
Are not all older people decrepit and senile, a burden on society? Do not the young desert the old ones and leave them totally alone? Is THIS not the only possibility the future can hold for ME.
We must change all that! This kind of negativity will give way when confronted by knowledge. We must convince clients that this kind of unfounded fear is a cover-up, pure and simple, a cover-up for not acting intelligently and for not actively pursuing the kind of lifestyle that is known to be more conducive to health than that pursued in the past. We must show our clients that when one harbors a vision of a future filled with diverse diseases, then the body is not only already well filled with toxins but is continuing to gather more.
Only when fear is driven out of the body can the individual be free again to activate both mind and body in such a way that forward movement toward improved mental and physical health becomes a matter of fact and not an impossible dream.
When the fluids of the body once again course through the arteries and veins in a cleansed and purified state, then disease becomes impossible. The tormenting visions leave, never to return.
Healing begins the instant that tenseness, depression, fear and other feelings depart. At that moment positive things begin to happen.
As the minds of clients are activated to believe that the future lies almost entirely in their own hands and that their destiny can be of their own making, they rapidly begin to show improvement.
Goodness always feeds upon itself and draws to itself even greater good. The pains of life are revealed in feelings, to be sure, but these psychic pains can be used to motivate. Activity, mental and physical both, can help a client to let go, to fight for the health rewards that are sure to come when the lifestyle habits become normalized; that is, in tune with organic laws.
Certainly, if the future is to be at all normal—lived in health—then clients must begin now to incorporate into their lifestyle all of the known requisites of human existence, including a full quota of correct physical and mental activity. Often just knowing that they can do it can motivate a client to make the necessary changes.
Bernard Jensen in his book, You Can Master Disease, says it quite well: “More important than the cleansing of the bowel, more important than correcting a mechanical maladjustment in the body, is teaching the patient how to remove fear, how to control his emotions, and how to get ease of mind.”
And, to quote Shelton, “Joy and happiness are essential to health. There are few Hygienic influences that are equally as conducive to health and long life as a cheerful, equitable state of mind.” (From Living Life to Live It Longer.)
Free-form dancing or performing tensing exercises to a happy lively tune cannot help but cheer and activate the mind, sending it spiraling in a new and healthier direction. Encouraging such activity, which combines both the physical and the mental, can greatly assist the sick, the mentally weary, the depressed to enter a totally new dimension of life, one rooted in feelings of joy and happiness and destined to grow in health.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Activity Is Required
- 3. Positive Versus Negative Thinking
- 4. Physical Exercises Suitable For The Bedfast
- 5. The Role Of Feelings
- 6. Four Case Studies
- 7. Conditions Where An Exercise Program Would Be Contraindicated
- 8. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Fitness Guide
- Article #2: Application of Gymnastics To The Sick By Herbert M. Shelton