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Have You Been Abducted?

UFO’s have captured our attention for many years.  Every flash in the sky coupled with the pictures satellites in space make us believe or want to believe that there is life on other planets.  There have been many accounts (albeit in the Enquirer) about people who get abducted by aliens and are returned with a new sense of wonder and enlightenment.

The same can be said for those who are diagnosed with a chronic or other life-altering illness.  Many feel as if they’ve been abducted by aliens with this foreign presence in their body.  There is an intruder that has presented itself and this alien being at times may seem to be more in control of your body than you.

Remember in all those alien movies where the alien approaches the human and says, “We come in peace”.  That works great in the movies, but it’s not a reality when it comes to a health challenge.  The truth is the alien is compromising your feelings of peace and well-being.  You may not be taken to a far-away planet, but you are taken to a view of life you never had before and as you know it’s unknown territory.

The aliens in movies are always exotic, dressed beautifully, and even if “ugly” they command a presence.  The alien in our bodies can’t be seen by the eye and I would venture to say that no one thinks they’re exotic except maybe researchers looking for a cure.  Illness in the body is like the invisibility cloak in Harry Potter; we know it’s there but we can’t see it and that makes it difficult to confront.  You have to confront in differently, through physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences that work to strengthen your natural defenses warding off the evil alien.

It would only be possible to see the alien if we were like those in the movie “Fantastic Voyage” where a team entered a human’s body and explored the inner workings.  Someday that may be a possibility.  For today, just know that there are aliens around and be suspicious of them because their intent is not honorable.  Develop strong internal resources so you don’t get abducted.

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Where Does Wellness Reside?

I think about health and healing constantly.  I’m always reading, listening, and contemplating how those of us diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness can invoke wellness.  I’m not thinking about invoking it like an incantation, but bringing it consciously into our lives so that we can activate all the positive energy we need to overcome any and all health challenges.

So where does wellness reside?  Is it something we find in a bottle or a book?  Is wellness in a meditation or supplement?  I guess it can reside in all those places, but overwhelmingly I keep coming back to the fact that wellness resides within each of us.  I remember when I worked at The Wellness Community and the doctors who supported the organization discussing how our cells have a memory of wellness.  If our cells have the memory of wellness then doesn’t that mean that wellness resides within?

As I sit here typing these words I think about that old movie, Fantastic Voyage (1966), where a submarine with scientists is injected into the bloodstream of a person.  I know this is far-fetched, but what if we could do it without the submarine; would that make a difference for you?  Well that’s what I’m thinking is possible and why wellness resides within!

If we’re brave enough and persevere, I believe that we can find those hidden pockets of wellness that lie deep in our bodies.  When we activate these pockets of wellness we can bring wellness into the light and aid us in achieving new levels of peace-of-mind.  It’s interesting because when we make the conscious decision to go within instead of finding a book, pill, or guru to aid in health and healing we access infinite resources.  When we access the depths of the well, we’re able to bring forth body, mind, and spirit to unite and take on any and all health challenges.

I hope you find where wellness resides within you?