4 Ways to Recognize the Inner Physician

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Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.”

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

I had independently connected with what I call the Inner Physician and was happy to find a couple of other’s who also found it as an active presence in each of us, even though they were past history.  On the other hand I was surprised that I hadn’t found more people who were aware of it who were using it in healing right now.

Albert Schweitzer, famed medical missionary, believed in the inner healing power and encouraged his fellow physicians to help their patients discover the Inner Physician. If the patient is only seen as “ill” he is cut off from his inner capacity to heal and he gives his power away to the doctor. Those who are aware that they have the innate power of the Inner Physician, are empowered to work on their own behalf to find the best solution, whether it is allopathic medicine, alternative means of healing or a combination of things.

If all of our ideas about who we are, who we aren’t and who we are supposed to be were boiled away, the nectar remaining would be a sense of personal being, a pure sense of existence, of presence, of “I am.” This is our Essential Self, and its qualities, like those of the baby and the enlightened master, are pure and unrehearsed. It is the part of us that never dies. It is our uniqueness and authenticity which is not like anyone else. It is always focused on our best life and resists that which is not in our best interest. The problem is this part of us is subtle and doesn’t have a language. The Essential Self is a very simple and pure sense of Presence and the Inner Physician is part of that.

The Inner Physician is active and engaged in every moment directing traffic within your body, making sure your body is working to the best of its ability, within its given environment. It takes care of the body functions, with or without our help or the help of a medical professional. When we work consciously with it rather than unconsciously against it, miracles happen. We will know when it is time to work in conjunction with our doctor to heal our conditions and we will know when we should use alternative methods. Everything given to the body from the outside must first be inspected and then directed on its course by the Inner Physician so any healing that happens is due to this activity and nothing outside of you. Tapping into this energy we discover lost parts of ourselves and access higher wisdom. It gets blocked by the things we do that get in the way, such as worry, fear, control and trying to do things our way and that is why it is sometimes so hard to get well.

When the Inner Physician is engaged, a union occurs between the soul, heart, mind and Creator so that they can work together to maintain homeostasis. In partnership with the Inner Physician the power to return to wellness is strengthened. The more at ease we are at the idea the greater our chances for true health to occur.  As we see the power and potential that resides within the body, many of the fears we have carried regarding our health fade away. We see that we can have an active role in reaching health and wellness and we are empowered to take steps. When you realize that the Inner Physician is working for you at all times, you will know that you are never alone in this pursuit for health and well-being. The key to self-healing is learning to trust this intuitive part of you.

We promote healing and a return to well-being in two ways. First with a positive attitude toward recovery and healing. This is done through a collaborative relationship between you, the physician, relatives and friends, particularly if you are involved in a serious illness. You support team is there to help you stay focused and confident that you can recover and from that space the Inner Physician can participate to full capacity in the healing process and not be hindered by doubt in your speedy recovery.

Secondly healing is promoted through therapeutic measures which appropriately support the healing process, be it allopathic or natural alternatives. For this to happen it is critical that the patient is an active participant in deciding what the process is and committed to undertaking it. Through this cooperative collaborative the Inner Physician is activated and fortified.

In partnership with the Inner Physician you can overcome not only minor ailments but major illness. You can call it intuition, sixth sense, clairvoyance, prophecy or Divine intervention, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is, it is available to each of us, just waiting for us to call upon it.  The following passage came through the connection I been describing about six months after my uterus prolapsed. I wanted to gain understanding about what was happening in my body at the time. The meditation opened a door for me to access the Inner Physician on a deeper level. It is the best way for me to describe the experience of connecting to the Inner Physician and the wisdom of the body.

Memory is stored in the cells, in the bones and even in the hair. The DNA carries the memory of our family bloodline, which is implanted in the cells where it can be hard to locate.  By developing a loving relationship with the part of us that is in dis-ease we begin the journey to health. Many times the body has become sick as a way of crying out to be noticed and cared for in those times when we are too busy focusing on other things that we forget about our body.  Other times our body becomes out of balance and ill because our Essential Self is trying to teach us something that we can’t learn any other way.

So how can we tell when the Inner Physician is trying to get our attention?

1-Dreams

Have you ever had a dream that there was something wrong with you that you didn’t know and woke up wondering if it was true?  Have you ever been sick and dreamed of something that might help you?  That is the Inner Physician.

2- Body Sensations

Have you ever gotten a feeling in the pit of your stomach or goose bumps?  That is another way the Inner Physician speaks to you.

3-Pain

Of course pain is another language from the Inner Physician.

4-Temperature

Hot, cold, fever and chills are all ways that your Inner Physician tells you something is wrong.

The body gives us clues all of the time about it current state of health.

 

 


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Awakening the Inner Physician: Dead Doctors Left Clues

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I woke up in the middle of the night choking. Out of my grogginess, I realized I was having a full blown panic attack, which made little sense in light of the absolutely exquisite day I had just had. My throat was constricted and filled with mucus that I couldn’t clear.  It was a terrifying 10 minutes of choking and struggling to breath.

I wasn’t sure if I should call 911 for help or wait it out. In the midst of my terror, I said “What is going on here?”  A crystal clear voice in my head said, “Don’t worry. It’s only trauma releasing.” I know that voice, and I knew what it was referring to. A calm started to come over me. Within a few minutes, I was totally calm and breathing normally.

The Inner Physician

The voice that I heard was my Inner Physician, who I have worked with for 15 years in my journey to heal my body. This Inner Physician is a person’s most important resource and greatest asset, and yet we have little knowledge of it. The Inner Physician is not a topic of discussion, so how can the average person know about it?  That is why I feel it is important to start a dialogue.

We have in our consciousness a personal doctor that is an expert on what is happening in our unique body. It is aware of what our body needs to heal itself from any disease, discomfort and illness that we encounter.The Inner Physician is active and engaged in every moment, whether we realize it or not. It keeps all of our systems working smoothly, controls breathing and heart rate, and knows how to maintain homeostasis.  When we consciously work with the Inner Physician, miracles can happen.

Inner Physician” is also known as the “Inner Healer” or “The Doctor Within.” It is a universal archetype that carries our highest and deepest wisdom, as well as our connection to the Source. There is no disease, illness, or physical imbalance which will not respond to the power of the Inner Physician, who is waiting for you to call it into action.

People in touch with the Inner Physician are more likely to accept responsibility for their behavior and are empowered to take charge of their lives. Working in concert with the Inner Physician, you take back your power and gain an ally for life. Your diet might change, you may begin an exercise routine, or seek out alternative forms of medicine because you are listening to its voice.

The intelligence of our Inner Physician is evident by the fact that we can think and pick up a pen or sit at the computer and with our hands, put those thoughts to paper and share them with the world. It is amazing if you think about it. The fact that we can send a thought from the brain, through the body to the legs and feet, so that we can move from place to place is incredible. The fact that we don’t even have to think about it, and our heart beats to pump life giving blood through our veins, and our lungs expand and contract to bring the air we need, is mind boggling. Yet we take all of this for granted, never thinking about it.

This intelligence goes even deeper. We cut our finger and a few days, new cells have closed the wound. After a week or so, you would never know there was a cut in the first place. The same is true of bones. If they break, they heal themselves. Every 5 days, our whole intestinal lining is renewed. Every 11 days, our respiratory lining is replenished. Every 15 days, all our white corpuscles are replaced. Every 120 days, our red corpuscles are replaced.

Every six months, we have a new blood stream. Every 11 months, we have a new cell structure. We get a new set of bones every 2 years. And overall, an entirely new body is recreated every 7 years.

This is pretty amazing, and if true, then all the diseased cells are replaced with healthy cells over time.

Let’s play with this consciousness for a moment. Here is a scenario from a doctor’s visit where someone finds out they are very sick.

The doctor comes into the room and says, “I am sorry to have to tell you this but you have_______”

The blank can be any number of diseases or afflictions that are serious and/or life threatening.  The first thing the patient says to themselves is “Oh God, I have______!”

That becomes the story they tell to everyone.  They announce it on Facebook and tell all of their friends.  What happens?  The moment we give our agreement to a belief, we bring it to life and now we have other people bringing it to life too!  It is easy to predict what is going to happen.

What if the doctor came into the examination room and said something like, “We have some challenges ahead of us, but I am confident that if we all work together, they can be overcome. I will work with you, your family and your Inner Physician to find the right resources to get beyond these challenges.”  Think of the seed the doctor is planting through that statement and imagine what would happen.

Dead Doctors Left Clues

I discovered this concept on my own healing journey, yet the idea of the Inner Physician goes back to the middle-ages and Paracelsus, a Renaissance physician during the 1500’s.  He was part medical doctor, part metaphysician, and part shaman, so it is not surprising that he would take a mind/body/spirit approach to healing.

Paracelsus said, “Nature is the first physician, and man is the second.” He clarified that statement in this way;“By observing nature, the ancient physicians realized that there must be an inner healing principle in living organisms which systematically combats diseases. The defensive processes, curative will and healing capacity of the patient are regulated by a higher authority, which Paracelsus called the “inner physician”. Paracelsus declared that all diseases, except ones which were caused by accidents, have an invisible origin in the inner man. The Inner Physician is part of our consciousness and just as any talent can be promoted or suppressed, so can its activities be encouraged, restricted or even paralyzed.”

This Paracelsus guy was way ahead of his time, and many people thought he was off his rocker! This kind thinking was cutting edge for his time and he angered many physicians with it. Today, it is still cutting edge.

Albert Schweitzer, famed medical missionary, was also onto the idea of the Inner Physician.  He described it this way: “Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.  They come to us not knowing that truth.  We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.”

What a powerful concept that is!  What if every doctor today adopted that philosophy?  It would be wonderful to watch.

Schweitzer believed in the inner healing power and encouraged his fellow physicians to help their patients discover the Inner Physician. If the patient is only seen as “ill,” he is cut off from his inner capacity to heal. He also gives his power away to the doctor. Those who are aware that they have the innate power of the Inner Physician are empowered to work on their own behalf to find the best solution, whether it is allopathic medicine, alternative means of healing, or a combination of things.

The key to discovering this Inner Physician is twofold. First, we must understand that miracles happen all of the time. Second, we must learn to trust ourselves and the ability of our body to return to homeostasis. In partnership with the Inner Physician, you can overcome not only minor ailment, but major illness. You can call it intuition, sixth sense, clairvoyance, prophecy or Divine Intervention. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it’s available to each of us, just waiting for us to call upon it.

When I woke up choking and afraid, just as it has done so many times in the past when my body was out of balance, my Inner Physician stepped in like a loving, nurturing friend to calm me and let me know that it was there. It was ready to support me, and tell me that I didn’t have to worry. The Inner Physician is there for all of us, just waiting for us to ask for assistance.

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