Saturday, April 29, 2017
Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! The Anticipatory Joy of Healing! Focus on the Healing Not on the Wound!
Ever since the diagnosis of Post-Polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease by Western Medicine standards ten years ago, I have been on a quest to heal my life from the effects of paralytic polio and trauma.
Creating a new reality began with my writing poetry starting with the poem, "Running the Race" in February of 2007 as I faced a grim diagnosis, a poor prognosis and an uncertain future in life and in my career as an award winning social worker at the VA.
I did a wonderful job harnessing the power of my imagination through writing poetry to create a new reality for myself seeing myself running unencumbered and free, practicing an attitude of gratitude, allowing joy to flow AS IF everything I yearned for - reclaiming my life unshackled from the pain of my past - was in existence in my current reality. I was in a leg brace, using a wheelchair at times for mobility; had never run a day in my life and was experiencing chronic pain and fatigue. I was depressed and anxious but when I wrote poetry I lived in the world I wanted to experience.
I worked so hard to heal mind, body and soul from the ravages of having contracted paralytic polio at age 5 followed by 9 years of unrelenting abuse and torture at the hands of family members beginning at the age of 8 years old. I sought out healers and did my absolute best to take the best of what they could offer me but everything fell short especially after the added stress of my nephew's suicide on 3/4/2011 and the traumatic events of 4/15/13.
A very serious knee injury turned into the greatest blessing of my life! All that I set forth in motion through the power of my pen, my Divining Rod for healing began to manifest in the wake of that knee injury in December of 2014.
First I met a chiropractor healer, Dr. Ryan J. Means. He was the one who urged me to read Dr. Joe Dispenza's book, "You Are the Placebo," Candace Pert, Ph.D.'s book, "Everything you need to know to feel Go(o)d" and to watch the movie, "What the bleep do we know...."
It was exactly what I needed!
Shortly after meeting Dr. Ryan and experiencing his gift of healing as a chiropractor, I was led to Jeffrey Spratt,MT who pioneered his very own method of muscular therapy aptly named the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy. His philosophy of massage therapy is:
His tagline: Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life!
As I shared with him how I was using the teachings of Dr. Joe, Candace Pert, What the bleep do we know! and Bernie Siegel, MD who was my original partner on this healing journey many many years ago he reinforced those teachings and my beliefs with the power of his positive therapeutic touch!
I told him how I don't focus on the pain in my knee that had been injured but interpret every pain as a sign of healing. He suggested the image for an old house that makes creaky kinds of sounds. If you are not familiar with the sounds the house makes, you can freak out or you can just say, "Oh it's okay - it's just the furnace." Jeffrey's warm hands and compassionate presence guide my mind, body and soul to heal from the past and from whatever stress life happens to throw my way in the present.
I had a wound on my nose that wouldn't heal - for years - and it would scab over and bleed and swell up and then scab over again. Jeffrey used energy healing on my face and I would share with him the emotional and physical pain of the origin of that wound. It seemed as though one day the wound suddenly healed. I loved when I asked Jeffrey if he noticed it had healed and he said, "Well I notice that I am not noticing it anymore."
When I was recovering from the polio virus (and I'd been initially paralyzed from the neck down), the physical therapy and rehab focused on getting me out of a leg brace and being able to walk again. My weakened arms were never a focus for healing. I could not tell my physiatrist or physical therapist about the brutality I suffered every night. When Jeffrey and I first partnered together and he would work with my arms, I cried saying, "I don't know what I'm supposed to do with my arms." He tenderly replied with, "Just let them be. Let me take care of them. You don't have to do anything. These are your arms. You can reclaim them now."
After clearing out a lot of the emotional and physical pain that was held in my arms, we are now focusing on healing my arms and hands; building new neuromuscular connections and allowing the pain from the past to surface and be healed. There is pain in this process of growth of new neuromuscular connections. It takes incredible focus for me to cue myself to remember to use my whole arms now and to visualize the connections that Jeffrey stimulates during our weekly treatments. He has these incredible techniques that he uses to stimulate integration, wholeness and heal the energy breaches from rape and assaults.
There is also exhilaration to experience the transformation and the easing of the pain focusing on the healing not on the wounds!
I feel this incredible stirring in my soul to experience this power of creation and transformation from a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma to a whole, healthy, vibrant, radiant woman being able to now heal.
As I said to Jeffrey two weeks ago, "I could probably go to a doctor and get a diagnosis of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or a resurgence of the cervical spine disease that caused radiating pain down my arm or carpel tunnel syndrome that was diagnosed on an EMG 10 years ago and nerve damage from the initial polio virus or some kind of "itis" in my elbow. Instead, I choose to harness the power of Divine Intelligence within me, allow your hands to guide my body to heal and to completely fall in love with and trust in the process." Whenever I begin to doubt and there are times when the pain is quite intense, I think about that wound on my nose and remember how Dr. Joe healed the fractures in his spine after a devastating accident - yet an accident that would define his life's purpose and his work.
Having the goal of running my 3rd CONSECUTIVE Bermuda Half Marathon is also a powerful stimulant for healing and leaves me with little time to focus on the pain and the wounds. Instead I experience the anticipatory joy of feeling only the soreness that comes with training, being able to get stronger and continue to build confidence memorizing this new self healed from the pain and horror of the past.
Go the distance with strength and courage!
Be sure to visit my newly designed website at marymcmanus.com
My latest book, 'Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance' is available on Amazon chronicling my journey to health and wellness as a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma and a woman who refused to quit!