A Personal Story of Releasing Dogma and Listening To Your Gut
We all read the headlines. The headlines that tell us exactly how we should be eating, living, medicating, praying, meditating, exercising and on and on. Each claim positions itself on a throne of authority that is very often backed up by the ‘latest science.’
And yet, the ‘latest science’ is ever changing. And depending upon who is sponsoring a given trial, it is very often biased. But most disturbing is our predaliction to kowtow to an outside source that dictates how we should be living our lives.
When I pulled out of the dogma game and all that comes with it (guilt, social expectation, adherence to outside sources) my life really, really changed. I no longer felt like I had to live my life in accordance to a ‘science’ that didn’t know the first thing about me or my wants or my needs.
Because here’s the thing. We each have, within us, the best authority figure that could ever be appointed to us: A soul.
Our souls know exactly what fills us up; what makes us shine; what dulls our shine; what puts a smile on our face; what keeps our bodies healthy; what we’re meant to do with these lives of ours.
Our souls are constantly communicating with us. They’re letting us know in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways that our path goes left rather than the culturally-acceptable right. Or that we need to move and breathe and eat and sleep and sing and smile in certain ways. And that none of these things are random.
So, why don’t we listen?
We’ve come to fear being the odd guy out. We’re repelled by anything that looks different and acts in discordance to what is currently culturally or dogmatically acceptable.
I’ll give you a very personal example. One that has taken me a long time to write about.
Years before I was even pregnant with my daughter, I started to get this overwhelming nudge to not vaccinate her. At the time, I had no knowledge of vaccines (other than I received all of mine as a child) and absolutely no opinion on the subject.
But these nudges persisted and got louder and louder in their murmurs. Finally, about 2 years before I got pregnant, I decided that I’d better look into this topic. After all, this wasn’t letting up.
I ended up coming across a large body of peer-reviewed evidence that linked vaccines to altered immunity; to changes in the developing neurology of infants and toddlers; and finally, the kicker that firmed up why I was getting this persistent nudge: That children who are susceptible to autoimmune diseases (due to a history of autoimmunity in the family) or for those of us with autoimmune diseases, that vaccines are actually contraindicated.
As someone with an autoimmune disease, this was both disturbing and incredibly validating.
This body of evidence is brought forth by an Israeli clinician who is referred to as The Godfather of Autoimmunity. Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld has produced extensive clinical work in the world of autoimmunity and explains the dangers of vaccination on certain, susceptible individuals.
This body of work has been both extensively researched and published. So why, then, isn’t this being talked about?
Because it doesn’t fit into the current dogma on vaccines.
This is a beautiful example of a struggle against something that has become so culturally and even moralistically dogmatic that my own family had a very tough time with my decision for a very long time.
And yet medicine, like anything else, is most certainly not a one-size-fits-all science. I would say medicine in particular cannot be cast into some mold because we all have varying and unique health profiles.
This would turn into a huge lesson in conscious self-evaluation and trust for me. Could I, in the face of hard-core dogma, do this? Could I listen and act on the intuition within me that said, “Don’t do this Ann. It won’t go well.”
Yes, I can. And I’ll do it again.
I look at my 6 year old now and here is what I see. I see a little girl who has never had an ear infection. I see a little girl who has never taken an antibiotic because she’s never had to. I see a little girl who, despite the sketchy health of her mother, is really, really thriving.
Might her outcome have been different had I not listened to my persistent inner voice? I don’t know. I’m just glad that I listened. And then acted.
Here’s what else I know.
That decision didn’t just impact the health of my daughter. It served as a catalyst for all of the ways in which I now choose to exist within this world. I’ve come to completely trust in the value and potency of NATURE.
Exposing yourself to morning sunlight actually sets up your circadian rhythms for the day, increases seratonin, which is a precursor for melatonin and therefore helps you sleep at night.
Or how about this…
Walking barefoot on the earth lowers inflammation, improves sleep, increases wound healing and can even increase heart rate variability.
Why aren’t we tapping more into this natural wellspring of support?
Because dogma is most often fueled by people and organizations with a bottom line. That is precisely why these motivations are so dogmatic. They need them to be. They need your buy-in.
But I’m proposing that you question everything. Why? Because your life might depend on it. Why? Because it might change the course of your life. Why? Because the best, most loving teacher sits right inside of you. Listen to her. She has never, nor will she ever steer you in the wrong direction.
As I move closer and closer to nature (my own nature and the natural world we live in) and move farther away from culturally-propelled dogma, I find myself more at home in my body, more at peace and certainly, healthier.
Be willing to listen to the murmurings of your soul. It might fly in the face of current dogma, but who cares? Who are you here to serve? Some outside influence that may or may not have your best interests at heart? Or the light within you that never stops caring about your best interest.
I’ll pick the later.
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