To Get There
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
Make A Better Place...
Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me"
~ Michael Jackson ~ Heal The World ~
Recently, I read about Dr. Bernie Siegel. For some this name may sound familiar ... Dr. Siegel is a physician who has cared for and counseled countless terminally ill patients. He embraces a philosophy that bridges medicine and spirituality. And although he has a few best-selling books, I am intrigued by his book titled Accept, Retreat & Surrender: How to Heal Yourself. Heal Yourself resonates quite nicely with me, but I was curious of the acceptance, retreat and surrender aspect.
For me, now, I look at my illness as an opportunity. What am I to learn from this dis-ease and where do I start. Knowledge is power right? ... so I have been super keen to learn as much as I can. According to
Dr. Siegel he asks the question "What approach should you take to your illness?" and has three words of advice .. Accept ~ Retreat ~ Surrender. He says those words might scare us if we were inexperienced, but according to him, those that have employed these tactics have won great battles.
Acceptance ... Dr. Siegel says we need to accept our situation if we want to be empowered to change it. He doesn't mean we need to accept any particular outcome of a dis-ease, but need to accept that the dis-ease exists in our lives and that we are a participant. Once we accept that the dis-ease or other misfortune has become a part of our lives, we can eliminate or alter it. We cannot play a part in changing it and our lives if we avoid, deny or feel hopeless. Accepting the situation does not mean accepting someone else's prediction about what will happen to you. No one knows what your future will hold ... the best course is accepting that you have problems while denying anyone's predictions about how the situation will turn out. My favourite saying .. "Individuals are not statics".
Retreat ... retreat does not mean withdraw. According to the wise doctor "