I am delighted to invite Michael to answer some questions. The answers will be especially relevant to those seeking recovery from ME/CFS – chronic fatigue syndrome – and they speak of alternative approaches we can take generally, both to learn from illness and recover from illness.
Michael and I – Katherine Owen – met in 2010 when we both took part in a spiritual author competition. A group of us spoke regularly on a membership site and became familiar with each others work and approach to life. I was struck by Michael’s integrity and commitment to his work of emotional healing.
I’d like to share with you an interview I had with Michael when I got to ask him about his approach on how to alleviate chronic fatigue, how to heal chronic pain, and how to feel safe as a sufferer of chronic fatigue syndrome. I recovered from CFS after 14 years.
Note: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME. ME involves muscle pain with inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Katherine: How Would You Advise People to Alleviate Chronic Fatigue, One of the Symptoms of CFS/ME?
Michael: I have experienced “burn out” twice in my life. In other words, I had expended my physical energy from overwork. As a consequence, I felt tired all the time. It took months to recover.
Fortunately I have never had CFS/ME. I will answer your question Katherine by sharing the suggestions of one of the contributors to my book, Pat Gurnick who faced the challenge of CFS for years and her treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Emotional causes lie behind much physical pain. Heal the emotions and the pain dissolves.
Gary Craig, developer of EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique, has clients and healers use his technique around the world to release the emotions behind physical ailments. Gary says, To me, fibromyalgia and most other physical ailments are merely bodily manifestations or symptoms of unresolved fear, trauma, rejection, anger, guilt and other emotional causes. Take care of the emotional causes and the physical symptoms tend to fade.
Pat Gurnick tells of her long journey rebuilding her health after suffering for years with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia pain. In some cases, like Pat’s, emotions may not be the core cause of the physical pain. The cause may be environmental like pesticides or molds. In Pat’s recovery her body needed to be flushed of toxins and the emotional component involved the regulation of her emotions.
This is how Pat handled the emotional component of CFS.
To this day, I rarely have pain from Fibromyalgia. As for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I had a slow, gradual increase in vitality. I learned how to “live within the energy envelope” using a simple energy level rating scale of 1 to 10 and pacing myself to attain a better level of functioning, says Pat.
Initially, I went back and forth from remission to relapse, until I changed my lifestyle. No cure exists, the cause remains uncertain, yet I have found once I adapted my lifestyle, I achieved greater health. I am well now.
Today, I have my life back. As a psychotherapist, and “survivor” of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, I help others develop and adopt strategies like energy level management and self-pacing to function better on a daily basis and have a better quality of life.
Pat through perseverance learned to overcome the challenges of CFS and fibromyalgia. Through her power of choice she discovered over time positive ways to manage her energy levels. She also chose to use her life experience and learning in service for the easing of pain and suffering in others with similar conditions. Pat learned a valuable lesson of loving her body and herself.
Do you give yourself permission to:
- Nourish and love yourself?
- Be aware of your needs and feelings?
- Give expression to your needs and feelings for your well-being?
Pat describes and lists in detail all the medical and other alternative medical methods she investigated and used over years for chronic fatigue syndrome treatment in my book on Emotional Health.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael David Lawrience is the author of Emotional Health: The Secret from Drama, Trauma, and Pain His book provides ways for improving emotional health, easing pain and stress, healing physical and emotional abuse and suffering, and spiritual awakening. See book on Amazon
Michael as a Residential and Self-Esteem Coach and Mentor has over 15 years’ experience teaching teen’s self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-reliance. eBook Self Esteem- A Teen’s Guide for Girls This book is valuable for women also. See on Right Side of Page
Michael offers Bowen Therapy in person in Sedona, Arizona for easing physical and emotional pain. https://www.emotionalhealthtips.com/bowen-therapy-sedona/
Michael also conducts personalized hiking tours in Sedona for emotional and spiritual breakthroughs.