In his December 2008 article, Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils, discusses disease and its link to emotions in part one of Disease and Emotion.
I feel impressed to talk about feelings and their connection to disease. Whether you’re working with cancer, arthritis, lupus, AIDS, or any other problem, all of those are associated with emotion.
Now, the big question may never be answered: Do emotions cause disease or does disease cause emotion? If you were to talk to Dr. Bernard Jensen, he would definitely say that disease comes from having a dirty colon—clean your colon and disease will go away. Let me just share Dr. Norman Walker’s theory. He was the man who started raw vegetable juice cleansing. It was a blessing to know him and he certainly was a man who walked his talk and said, “If you drink raw vegetable juices, you will live to a ripe old age!” He was 121 when he passed away.
I also had the opportunity to study under Dr. Paul Brag, his daughter Patricia Brag, Dr. Brauss in Innsburk, Austria, and Dr. Hazel Purcells. I feel that I have had the opportunity to study with the best of the best. We shared a tremendous amount of time together and a great deal of learning regarding the connections between emotion and disease and the importance of cleansing the liver.
In my working and studying with all of these people, a common denominator among all of them was that they also believed that disease originated from emotion. And even though this is not something that we can scientifically pin down and identify without question, everyone feels that way based on their studies.
Let’s look, for example, at what happens when we do have an emotional problem that takes away the zest for life. Take a moment and go into your own feelings of the experience you had of losing a loved one. Whether it be a spouse, child, parent, grandparent—just pay attention to that feeling and close your eyes and get a hold of that feeling. As you get a hold of the feeling, follow it. Follow it to where it connects in your body.
Now for most everyone it grabs you right in the heart. And then it makes your stomach upset. And then come back to the mind—what does it do to the mind? The feeling of despair, absolute despair, puts you in a space to where you just say, “I don’t care anymore.” And those who haven’t lost a loved one, maybe you’ve been through a terrible divorce that you didn’t want.
Now, as you identify with the feeling, pay attention to the mechanics of what happens. First, it grabs the heart; it paralyzes the mind. When it paralyzes the mind, pregnenolone secretion shuts down. When pregnenolone secretion shuts down, so does DHEA, testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Now, if you say, “Gary, I don’t believe that,” then go back to your feeling and ask yourself, “Did I feel attractive at that time?” Absolutely not because those hormones shut down. Now when those hormones shut down, the immune system shuts down; the digestive system shuts down. So now we can truly go to what Dr. Bernard Jensen said about how disease originates from having a dirty colon.
Continue to follow that feeling. Your insides start to burn. You feel nauseated. You might have even run to the bathroom and vomited because of the sickness that it created in your gut. I know these feelings because I have been through all three: death, divorce, and despair. My baby daughter died in my arms, my father died in my arms, and I’ve been divorced. I’ve experienced the worst feelings that could be experienced and I know what it’s like to shut down inside. I also know what it’s like to be told that you’ll never walk again and the paralyzing feeling that you feel when you’re already paralyzed, and only if you’ve been there can you understand it.
So when any kind of emotion, any kind of an intense feeling that causes your heart to ache, your brain to paralyze to where you can’t think, and your intestines to burn until you feel like vomiting—this is when you have set up the stage for disease. To be continued in Disease and Emotion: Part 2
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