It’s All in Your Mind or Is It?

by David Stewart

We are told in Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” When doctors cannot find a physical cause of an illness, they sometimes say, “It’s all in your head.” This is if to say, “It isn’t real. It is all in your imagination.” The implication is that it would be easy to fix the problem by simply changing your mind and controlling your thoughts and feelings.

While it is true that at least 80% of all the sicknesses and conditions we suffer have emotional, mental, and/or spiritual roots, it is not always easy to fix the problem even when one fully understands the non-physical causes. Controlling our thoughts and emotions is, perhaps, the greatest challenge there is. In Proverbs 16:32 we read: “One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city.” In other words, prevailing against our unruly thoughts and feelings is more difficult than prevailing in military battle or material conquest.

The Complexities of Emotional Roots

Back in early 2000 I developed what was diagnosed as osteoarthritis in my right knee. The medical professionals recommended a knee replacement. I refused. Instead, I applied essential oils of cypress and wintergreen (with prayers) and after two months my knee was healed. I did not need a knee replacement. A complete account of this healing can be found in the Raindrop Messenger Vol 3, No 4, May 2005, which is archived on the website.

After several years of pain-free knees, running and walking hundreds of miles, in January 2006 I began to feel pain in my right knee again. I applied the same oils (cypress and wintergreen) but this time they did not help. I realized that a recurring pain meant that there were still spiritual and emotional issues to be resolved, that either I had not completely resolved them the first time or new issues had come into my life. I prayed for guidance.

An emotional release session revealed to me that some of the new pain in my knee was related to an injury I sustained more than thirty years earlier as a young man. I was running headlong down a steep hill and caught my foot in a buried barbed wire, throwing myself hard onto the ground and twisting my right knee. That injury took several years to heal. During the emotional release when I recalled that incident, I asked of my innate intelligence why I had allowed myself to experience such an “accident,” I got an answer. It had to do with some insecurities I was feeling at the time with the company of the other guys I was running with. My respect for them had caused me to feel unworthy to “run with them” and, hence, I incapacited myself so I would not be able to “run with them” any more. That realization brought instant and total relief to my pain, and I even ran up and down stairways for the next couple of days with no pain. But it did not last. A few days later the pain started to return. I then knew there were other issues unresolved.

With some further emotional releasing, I recalled an earlier incident. Back in 1967 I had accidentally pulled a power mower over my right foot and sliced off the end of my big toe. Here I was in 2006, almost 40 years later, finding out that I was still storing some emotional trauma about that experience. Furthermore, My wife, Lee, and I had noticed over the last 20 years or so that I was getting more and more bowlegged and wondered why. We had noticed that for years my shoes always wore more on the outside edges than on the inside.

It turned out that because of my shortened left big toe, instead of properly pushing off with my big toe when walking, I had unconsciously developed a habit of walking on the outside of my left foot. This caused my right side to compensate and walk on the outside of the right foot also. This put an additional strain on my already weakened right knee which was another contributor to the recurring pain suffered at that location. Upon this realization, release of that trauma, and the conscious development of a new habit to use both of my big toes in walking, the pain in my right knee was further reduced and many days it was completely gone.

But the pain still would come and go. Some days were painless and others were very painful. I also noticed that the pain was not always restricted to the knee, but also extended up the thigh and even down to my ankle. Putting oils on my knee only partially relieved the pain. Then one night I realized that when I lifted my right leg, stretching my lower spine, the pain subsided. I then realized that while the pain was in my right knee and leg, the cause was in my spine. It was a form of sciatica.

Assuming that the problem originated from pinched nerves originating through my sacral vertebrae, I began treating my sacral and hip area with cistus and peppermint oils, which helped. I also looked up the emotional issues related to the sacrum in the book, “Heal Your Body,” by Louise Hay, as well as the causes of sciatica in the book, “Feelings Buried Alive,” by Karol Truman and began doing some spiritual work on myself. I was able to get a good night’s sleep by applying these oils and these spiritual principles and, for the most part, I was pain free, but not entirely. So, I kept praying for insight. “God, I am trying my best to learn the lessons you want for me from this pain, so What is left for me to learn? I need your help?”

Things were progressing well and I was well on the way to complete mending when I did something stupid. I was standing on a step ladder to stack some heavy boxes when I decided to put my right foot on a nearby table, leaving my left on the top of the ladder. That is like putting one foot in a canoe and leaving the other on the bank. The canoe will move out and in the water you go. In this case, the ladder tipped over and I fell, wrenching my right hip and knee. I was in pain again in the same knee, this time from a new injury. I used oils and affirmations, but immediate relief did not come. I knew it would heal, but apparently it would take time.

The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis

A massage therapist friend came to visit and mentioned that the chiropractic clinic where she worked was having an open house that day and we should come. She said there was lots of drinks and snacks. Free food was all we needed to hear and my wife and I were off to the open house.

The chiropractor, Dr. Beverly Peters, was offering free spinal scans with her new equipment that measures the electrical currents in your skeletal muscles as well as temperature differences on the skin over the spine. I was in particularly severe pain that day. The electromyogram and thermogram did not show anything significant in the sacral area, but showed extreme inflammation at the lumbar vertebrae–L1, L3, and L5–on the right side. I was astonished and puzzled by the results because I had never had any pain in the lumbar area.

What I learned from Dr. Peters is that pinched nerves in the lumbar area (as well as the sacral area) can result in pains in the thighs, knees, and ankles, just as I had been experiencing. I learned that the location of a pain in our bodies is not necessarily the location of its source. I left her office temporarily confused with the new information on my lumbar. I did not immediately comprehend the significance of what I had learned nor how to make the best use of my new knowledge.

That night, before retiring, I prayed to God for guidance. I said, “God, I am confused. I know my pains are due to some emotional or spiritual deficit on my part, but I don’t know what it is or how to deal with it. Please reveal the truth to me so I can learn whatever spiritual lessons I am to learn. If I am to continue to do your work, I need to be rid of this pain.” The next morning I awoke with the answer. I received a clear message that the chiropractic assessment for the L1, L3, and L5 lumbar was correct and I should look up the emotional and spiritual roots associated with these vertebrae and take appropriate action.
I immediately consulted with Louise Hay’s book, which details the emotions associated with each and every vertebra. I had already consulted her book for the sacral bones, but the affirmations and insights given for the sacrum had not worked. I was focusing on the wrong vertebrae which had led me to the wrong emotional and spiritual issues. With my new knowledge gained by an electro-thermal assessment, I applied the insights and affirmations for L1, L3, and L5, and bingo! My pains were gone within an hour or two and have not been a problem ever since. I sit here painlessly today as I write this article.
It took a correct diagnosis to zero in on the problem and solve it. If I should start to backslide and sense the pain returning, I know I can reaffirm the sayings given by Louse Hay for the issues related to those specific lumbar portions of my spine and the pains will go away.

Several days after the chiropractic clinic open house I went back for another scan (which I paid for this time) and predictably the electro-thermograph showed that the inflammation had almost completely disappeared by then. However, I could see that there was still more work to do, but I feel that finally I have found the last pieces of the puzzle and have a means of attaining and maintaining a permanent healing.

Most Healing Takes Time

The New Testament speaks of various healings by Jesus and his disciples 73 times. We tend to assume that all of these were instantaneous and miraculous. But if you dig into the Greek from which our English Bibles were translated, you find that most of them referred to gradual healing with therapy over time. (See “Healing Oils of the Bible” for more on this.) The reason it often takes time to heal is because it takes time and effort for us to learn the spiritual lessons necessary to allow the healing to take place.

I have learned several spiritual lessons through this experience. Finally, after months of prayer, striving and applying essential oils for physical and emotional assistance, I believe I have finally unraveled my knee problems, which were complex and related to a number of issues, past and present. Along the way I received a series of partial healings, but it has taken time to piece together the whole puzzle facilitated by a resolve to keep praying and searching until the answers are found. Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7-8) This is Christ’s promise that our “finding and door opening” is assured if we persist. He did not say how long you may need to “seek and knock.”

I also learned the value of an accurate diagnosis. In 44 years of married life and raising five children, my wife and I have rarely gone to traditional health care providers of any kind for treatment, but have ocassionally gone to get a diagnosis. We prefer to attend to the healing by our own natural, non-medical means, but determining the best course of action, including adjustments in thoughts and attitudes, is greatly facilitated by an accurate diagnosis. Otherwise you can be spending your time in unproductive approaches. The lesson there is that if what you are doing is not working, keep seeking until find something else to do, knowing that a solution is always to be found if we just don’t give up.

This experience makes me realize all the more that our pains and woes are coded messages to gain our attention to nudge us on our way along the spiritual pathway to God. It is not always pleasant nor painless, but when we achieve a victory, we find the peace, joy and presence of God ever closer.


Feelings Buried Alive Never Die- Karol Truman
Heal Your Body- by Louise Hay
Healing Oils of the Bible- Dr. David Stewart
The Bible

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