Healing From Within

The definition of the word “heal” is “to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment”. Since I have first hand experience in healing myself this word means a lot to me and not a day goes by when I don’t say to myself “I am SO grateful for my healing and health”. Since I have healed myself not only do I NOT have Fibromyalgia, Benign Hypermobility Syndrome or Chronic Mono anymore but I have only had two colds in the last 15 months. Even those 2 colds I can attribute to me not getting sleep, not treating my body well, getting caught up in the stress of the moment and falling into old patterns of behavior. Once you understand JUST how much the mind affects the body anyone can put into practice what I have done and obtain better health.

I gave a synopsis of the method I adopted (and coach from) in a poem I wrote on  “The Paging Me System” which is a short version of the process I wrote about in my ebook. Today I want to talk a little about what we do know about how the mind affects the body, about how consciousness affects your health and also discuss the role of forgiveness in being healthy.

Your Body Is Always Creating New Cells

This knowledge was my “AHA moment” for me in the movie “The Secret“. KNOWING that my body is always creating new cells and replaces itself continuously. Understanding that WHERE your mind is influences what kind of cells your body is creating hit me like a ton of bricks. Dr. Deepak Chopra goes into this in much more depth in his book “Ageless Body Timeless Mind“. The following quote from the book lays out the facts clearly, “The skin replaces itself once a month, the stomach lining every five days, the liver every six weeks, and the skeleton every three months. To the naked eye, these organs look the same from moment to moment, but they are always in flux. By the end of this year, 98 percent of the atoms of your body will have been exchanged for new ones.” Followed a few pages later by “A lifetime of unconscious living leads to numerous deteriorations, while a lifetime of conscious participation prevents them.”

This totally rang true on so many levels. I WAS my illnesses. I had been going to doctors for years to get these diagnoses and doing tons of research on what having these diseases meant for my life and for the future of my family. The doctors confirmed that I WAS chronically ill and gave me many diagnoses. They told me I would not get better and would be getting worse. I had a multitude of medical tests over several years that proved it so. But yet with this new information something snapped in me and I knew “I COULD and WOULD heal myself”.

What does Being Conscious Have to do with Illnesses Anyway?

EVERYTHING! Your body hears what your mind is saying and more importantly HOW those words are making you FEEL. Are you on auto-pilot through the day or are you aware of your self talk? How do you react to others? What is your general mood? What are your most common emotions? Are you holding onto some anger or blame so tight that it consumes your daily thoughts making you feel drained and “bad”? Or are you able to notice but “let go” of negative feelings and move on to something happier and more productive? Think about it for a minute…. how did you feel the last time something unexpected that you perceived as negative happened? Did you think about it for a few moments, recognize how it made you feel but then decide to move on? Did you attempt to try to find the “good” in the situation? Most people will take one thing that didn’t go their way and let it spiral them downward. Some will let something eat them up so badly they start experiencing physical symptoms; a headache, tension in their back, aches….

Eckhart Tolle in “A New Earth” defines emotion as “the body’s reaction to your mind or a thought”. When you think something (even if it is subconsciously) your body FEELS the result of that thought. Tolle describes a negative emotion as “an emotion that is toxic to the body and interferes with its balance and harmonious functioning. ” Fear, anxiety, anger, bearing a grudge, sadness, hatred or intense dislike, jealousy, envy — all disrupt the energy flow through the body, affect the heart, the immune system, digestion, production of hormones, and so on. Even mainstream medicine … is beginning to recognize the connection between negative emotional states and physical disease.”

After you have just talked to someone — does the emotion that person was feeling rub off on you? I know there are plenty of people and situations that I could put myself in (but choose not to anymore) that would leave me feeling drained and defeated and sometimes physically in pain. I am sure you know some people that do the following — you ask “How are you?” and you either get a smirk, complaint or an “Okay, I guess”. How does it make you feel when you hear them respond like that? Eckhart Tolle states, “An emotion that does harm to the body also infects the people you come into contact with and indirectly through a process of chain reaction, countless others you never meet.”

Throughout life EVERYONE has experienced “let downs”, “chaos”, “difficult times” and Yes, MOST have experienced the “less than perfect childhood”. It is what you have taken and learned from these experiences that will make you stronger inside and out. If there are issues you have not come to terms with whether it be anger, blame, fear, self-esteem issues — they will manifest in other ways. Healing these issues, facing them head on MIGHT cause some discomfort (emotionally or physically) but it will allow you to release them and become aware of how they have affected you for so long. There are many methods of letting go of past issues such as EFT or The Sedona Method but the one I find most effective for me is good old forgiveness.


Pardoning is the P of my Paging Me System and there is a reason it is first besides the fact that it worked for the acronym! I have written 2 posts so far about forgiveness, “Heal Pain by Saying I am Sorry” and “Heal Pain with Self-forgiveness“. Aaron Potts of “Today is That Day” has a wonderful article on the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono which is an easy yet powerful forgiveness technique to put into practice.

The thing that has helped me the MOST with forgiveness is really examining the situation I was hanging onto and coming up with WHAT I learned from that experience. Forgiveness of myself for bad judgment, mis-said things or actions I wish I could have taken back. Forgiveness of others for how I perceived what they said or what they did and what lessons I learned from the experience. Yes, even situations that when I would think back would make my blood boil — those are exactly the experiences you need to revisit and learn from.

Dr. Deepak Chopra has one of my favorite quotes that I remind myself of often, ‘Everyone is doing the best they can from their own state of consciousness”. Most people that abuse were abused themselves, most people that spread gossip have grown up hearing gossip… these patterns repeat themselves and while it does NOT make what anyone did “okay” it makes it a little easier to wrap your head around and get yourself ready for forgiveness. A lot of “hard” life lessons result in us being stronger, some make us look a little closer at our life and we gain some insight as to what we will and won’t allow to happen to ourselves. If you don’t take some time to gain this insight in a way you are setting yourself up for the same things to be done to you again until you “get it”.

Harboring anger costs you so much energy — by letting it go you are telling yourself “I have spent enough of my life worrying, dwelling on this”. You can choose to forgive and put the past behind you and decide to be present instead. The past can only hurt you if you keep bringing it up over and over again. If you figure out WHY what happened occurred and what you learned from it you can still have the memory but leave the emotions associated with the memory behind. It is by being PRESENT and not worrying about the past or the future that you can control your emotions and use them to bring you healing, health and happiness.

I have to reiterate that the Oprah/Eckhart Tolle FREE Webinar is nothing short of brilliant. Mr. Tolle is all about “awareness and consciousness and being in the now”. This coming Monday, March 31 he will be discussing the Chapter 5 “The Pain Body” which is brilliant. In my post “Influences: People, Places and Things — Make them Predominantly Positive“, I have a short video of Mr. Tolle talking about “The Pain Body”.

I have officially started as a mind/body mentor and my clients are seeing amazing results. I offer a free 1/2 hour consultation if you contact me at jennymannion.com or via Skype at jennifer.mannion

Nurture Your Creativity to Relax and Rejuvenate

Everyone was born with the capacity to create. Whether it be through music, art, dance, writing, cooking or any other way you can imagine. When you connect with a creative outlet it brings you joy, a sense of wellness, healing and self-confidence. I have several creative outlets and grew up befriending many who had different creative interests. No one is saying to quantify how good you feel you are at creating — whether you are an artist, musician, chef, author… just the act of creating is beautiful and holds so many benefits to your well being.

If you feel you want to learn more and deepen your skill at something creative there are tons of ways to nurture and learn more from online courses, courses in your community, swapping lessons with friends or simply “letting go” and creating without thinking. I find my best poetry and some of my best meals have been created when I am not “thinking” so much but just experimenting and “letting go”.

I was the girl in class staring longingly at friend’s doodles that were in my eyes works of art and thinking “wow, I wish I could do that”. I made some of my closest friends in grade school by doing just that — I guess someone gaping wide-mouthed in amazement and awe at your “doodles” kind of endears you to the person! 😉 I started writing poetry early and have written on and off throughout my life. I used to write mini plays for my friends and now get my writing in right here and through other projects. I could go on for QUITE a while about my love of dance as I did in my post “What Dance has Meant to me — Can Dance Heal?” and a recent post about exploring different cultures. I also LOVE to cook and hope to learn more about other cultures of cooking. A dream is to go to a week retreat in Mexico to learn from the owner of Rosa Mexicano a beautiful and AUTHENTIC Mexican (No Tex Mex) restaurant in NYC.

Can you remember what got you excited creatively last or even as a child? Cooking? Singing? Dance? Painting? Journaling? It doesn’t have to be something you even share with anyone else if you don’t want to…. Is there something you wished you could do? Dance? Draw? Now with videos and online sites teaching you — you can begin to explore some of these things without even leaving your home to find out if

it is indeed a passion. Do you enjoy to sing but get embarrassed or shy with others around? When you are alone BLAST that music and sing your heart out! Do you love to draw and want to learn how to be more confident in your drawing? Drawspace is a wonderful site for drawing lessons for FREE. Do you love to dance but don’t “get out” quite like you used to? (Sigh…. doesn’t THAT sound familiar?) Grab your kids or your mate or blast some music alone and dance through your living room!

Sometimes you don’t even KNOW you have a creative talent until you try it. I wrote a post Andrea Leake who just had a feeling one day to draw wild birds and was amazed to find out she was an expert at it without even a single lesson. You need to try different things and listen to your intuition to discover all the creative processes that you can enjoy. There are many stories of people who use art to aide in healing. My step-mother, Darcy Lynn had cancer and wrote her book, “Myself Resolved” on how art helped her get through her treatments. She is a wonderful artist and her paintings continue to inspire me.

There is a reason hospitals have recreational therapy where patients dance, draw, sing… it is to enliven them and make them happy! Creating brings joy and a “letting go” of some issues you might have been preoccupied with. If you take a break to create something you will probably come back to the issue at hand with a much clearer picture and in a better space to deal with it. Creating relaxes, rejuvenates, gives your mind a break and gives you self confidence in the process. It doesn’t matter HOW you do it. Do it for fun and the enjoyment. Do it to “let go” and relax. Do it to break up the routine of your day. Do it to create something different in your life and for a few minutes “just be” instead of thinking your way through the day. Creating will make you feel great, relaxed, rejuvenated and healed on many levels!

Inspirational Movies That Can Change Your Life

If you read my blog regularly, you know that after seeing the movie, “The Secret” I became inspired to learn all I could about the Law of Attraction and the Mind /Body Connection. It was because of the push that movie gave me for knowledge that I did heal myself of several chronic illnesses and chronic pain and that I am now healthier than I ever remember being. Books, movies, people all have the ability to change your life instantaneously if you are open and they resonate with you. Yes, I have heard the criticisms of “The Secret” and never did I say it was a perfect movie or that I believed and resonated with everything in it. But it did change my life. It makes me so happy to realize that even more inspirational movies are coming out. A few weeks ago I wrote about an ongoing project to finish and release the movie, “The Shift” that looks amazing. Now I will talk about one movie that is out now on DVD “You Can Heal Your Life” and one coming out very soon in theaters “The Opus Movie“.

I started hearing about Louise Hay almost as soon as I began reading about healing, the mind/body connection and the law of attraction. I read bits and pieces of her writing, heard rave reviews on her book, “You Can Heal Your Life“, watched some videos featuring her, saw her on Oprah and it was obvious she was inspirational and that she has changed MANY people’s lives. I was excited when I heard about her movie, “You Can Heal Your Life“. I looked into getting it shown in my town and is still something I think would be GREAT to pursue. Our town has definitely lost a bunch of stores, jobs and restaurants recently and I hear often of people “not having enough”. Through my invention being manufactured in my town I am hoping to bring jobs to my community but I know it needs even more than that. I think showing the movie to many would inspire people and it is something I will look into some more and I recommend others doing as well for their own communities.

You Can Heal Your Life” has a few other inspirational speakers such as Gay Hendricks and has many stories of people who have healed themselves of illness. Louise Hay has an extraordinary life story. After she had been teaching about healing from within because she had undergone a traumatic childhood filled with sexual abuse that she had healed herself of, she was diagnosed with cancer. She healed herself within 6 months. It is amazing to me that when I started to study the mind/body connection how many people had contacted me who had done just what I did — healed themselves by using their minds when doctors offered no “cure”. “You Can Heal Your Life” talks about affirmations but also really lays out how important feelings are behind the affirmations. It goes into how important it is to be “awake”. Esther Hicks talks about how the feeling behind your words are what puts you in vibration with what you want to manifest. This movie is very powerful on so many levels.

You Can Heal Your Life” takes many moments to show people throughout their days and what “negative self talk” might be going on. You NEED to be awake to hear these messages. You need to WANT to change the way you look at things. Many people do not love themselves — this movie and Louise Hay enforce JUST how important it is to love yourself. There are so many positive messages in this movie and they give a lot of good affirmations to start with no matter what you want to manifest in your life. I can see this movie changing many lives and am very grateful for Louise Hay, Gay Hendricks, Esther Hicks and all the others that contributed.

Following is a preview from “You Can Heal Your Life” which is available now on DVD.

The Opus Movie” has the following statement behind its origination on its site: “One dictionary defines an Opus as the most grandiose and memorable composition of a composers life and legacy. It is this definition that we wish to acknowledge. It is this definition that is the objective of the film The Opus. Every person born on the planet arrives with the potential to create an incredible Opus. But only some people do. Why is that? In this spectacular follow up to the Law of Attraction you will find amazing insights from Top Achievers and Teachers on how to turn your intentions into accomplishments. In The Opus you will be shown the formula and patterns Top Achievers use to create greater abundance in Wealth, Health, Relationships and self achievement.”

What is the Opus then? “To Become the best, biggest, most incredible, abundant, and spectacular YOU possible.” The Opus — From Vision. To Plan. To Performance.

This movie has a lot of the same speakers from The Secret and MANY more. I first heard of it through Douglas Vermeeren who I came in contact through selfgrowth.com. Douglas is the creator and producer of The Opus. He has interviewed more than 400 of the world’s top achievers and because of what he has learned, he is known around the world as “the achievement expert”. This movie looks like it will almost pick up what The Secret left out which was talking about inspired action. Yes, the Law of Attraction is about Asking, Believing and Receiving but you must be conscious and listening to your intuition in order to take inspired action to make your intention a manifestation. I am very excited to see “The Opus” and I think you will be as well after watching this following trailer:

I have written before about how important it is to keep the influences in your life positive. The people, places, news, movies, books — everything you surround yourself with — you internalize and they affect you. These movies will help and inspire many and it is a joy to see the increase in these positive and inspirational films. To manifest you must be conscious and though I have recommended it before, “A New Earth” by Eckhardt Tolle and the Oprah/Tolle free webinar being given are great ways to achieve consciousness and really start listening to those inner voices.

I am now available as a Mind/Body Connection Mentor and can be reached at jenny@jennymannion.com or via Skype: jennifer.mannion for more information. As always, I welcome comments, questions and suggestions.