There is a lot you can do to heal rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis itself is a wonderful guide to show you what is in need of healing within and can help you release a lot of unresolved issues and suppressed pain. However, healing may not necessarily cure rheumatoid arthritis. It has been shown that there is a difference between healing and curing..
Many great healers and holistic doctors are educating us about the placebo effect, the nocebo effect, epigenetics and the stress response in our body. These all influence the body’s physiology, even in such a way that people have ‘spontaneous remissions’ or cure themselves from ‘incurable’ illnesses.
Lissa Rankin, who wrote ‘Mind Over Medicine’ tells a story of one of her patients who was diagnosed with a terminal illness..
He decided with the time and money he had left to move back to his native country Greece and spend his remaining days there with his wife. He started growing a vegetable garden thinking he wouldn’t be able to enjoy the harvest, but at least his wife would. Old friends started visiting him and he enjoyed his time with them whenever they came around. He was having a good time. Long story short: he is alive and well and turning 96.
Another patient, who was dealing with chronic symptoms, created big chances in her life. She divorced her husband, sold her business and moved to Santa Fe where she had a holiday home. She started an art course there and met someone. After 3 months her symptoms were gone.
Lissa Rankin has investigated spontaneous remissions like these intensely. She discovered that there are 6 similarities, 6 steps, people with spontaneous remissions implemented, which she explains in her book.
These steps include a healthy diet, exercise, meditation, shifting disempowering beliefs and creating changes in your life and can increase your chances of curing yourself from rheumatoid arthritis.
However, as she points out, curing symptoms or an illness doesn’t happen to all. Not everyone who follows these steps and does all the ‘right’ things experiences remission.
Which leads me to question why someone cures and someone else doesn’t?
Is it, as Lissa queries, because an illness is a wake-up call for some of us? Or because it is what the soul has chosen to experience in this life time? Or simply bad luck?
For me, and doctors like Lissa, the verdict is still out on that one.
I personally have tried numerous therapies, diets/detoxes, vitamin supplements, herbs, you name it, as well as shifting many limiting beliefs. I have experienced tremendous amount of healing over the years, but by no means am I cured of rheumatoid arthritis.
And I am not the only one.
Looking at all these stories from doctors and experts who have written about spontaneous remissions (and the placebo effect, the nocebo effect, the stress response, epigenetics and shifting inner beliefs) and how some cure themselves and some people don’t, I can only come up with the following assumption at this stage:
All the healthy steps these doctors recommend are indeed good for the body, mind and soul. But maybe, just maybe the people who cured themselves of life-threatening and chronic illnesses, get better because they decided to do what they really wanted to do. I.e. to live somewhere else, to quit their work, to get out of their toxic relationship, to start that art course, to ‘retire’ and take it easy.
Maybe at the end of the day it’s not about doing what we think we’re supposed to do to heal or be happy. Maybe it’s all about what we really love to do, how we really love to live and about listening to our hearts and live in a way that makes us happy.
And if you’re doing that and living the life that’s in harmony with your authentic self and you’re still experiencing rheumatoid arthritis, well, then at least you’re enjoying yourself. And perhaps that is what it’s all about. Perhaps that is the message we all need to receive.