Why does the mind sabotage the healing process?

Like it or not, it happens!

When we have ongoing health conditions, we do our best to resolve the problem the best way we can, as quickly as we can, and as painlessly as possible. It's a natural thought process, isn't it? Well, yes, but it's not that simple.

When we are going through a healing process, we need more than the intention of getting better. We have to ensure we understand the recovery process.

When you have lived with an ongoing condition for some time for example with Stress or AnxietyIBS or Insomnia etc. and are moving through the recovery process, there comes a time when you start to feel better, and you expect good feelings to be there again all the time getting better and stronger - right? Wrong!

Because at this stage, it is not uncommon for symptoms to return, out of the blue and you think, “Oh No! The Anxiety or Stress or IBS or Insomnia or whatever is coming back. and not only that the symptoms and feelings may feel worse than they were before you start your healing journey.  Although this is not the reality.

Fear and disappointment grip you and the negative thoughts feelings and worries feel like they are pouring back in. What's going on?


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Well you might be pleased to know that this process is a natural one when it happens, it happens to some people and not to others, either way, it doesn’t matter too much because we can understand the reasons why, when it does occur. 

It is much more difficult to explain why it happens to some and not others, and to be honest the reasons are not fully understood (code for we don’t know!).

Anyway, as you progress through the therapeutic/healing journey whether it is with one-to-one sessions, or through listening to structured audio recordings, on occasions, symptoms will likely come and go and come again before finally leaving altogether. 

I will explain the best way I can.

Let's set the scene:

Imagine the Anxiety or IBS or Stress or Insomnia symptoms etc, that you have been experiencing, and which have been a part of your life for so long, as a resident army of negative thoughts.  

This is what we need to change or wipe out.

Now imagine for example my one-to-one sessions, or any of my full audio recordings and their imagery, suggestions, considerations, options of choice and learnings as another army, an army of positive thoughts, that are going to displace the previously mentioned resident army of old negative thoughts.

The learned thought processes of Anxiety, IBS, Stress or whatever other issues you are working through have become a part of you. The subconscious has learned them, and that is the place where they reside within you.

Think of the subconscious as an overprotective parent and not very intelligent. Generally, it has learned a new thought process (the anxiety, stress, IBS etc), and the new thought process is, in its belief, helping you.  

That belief is flawed and needs to be changed.

However, even though you try all sorts of things to get better, and to reduce the negative thoughts and feelings you will invariably fail - even if you know about them!  But why?

There is resistance to change from the subconscious mind. Despite your conscious mind knowing change is needed to get well, resistance is met, the fact is you know once the symptoms are reduced, managed or even eliminated you will feel better, this too is met with resistance from the subconscious mind.

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 Side Note:

Remember you were not born anxious or stressed, they are learned responses, as are so many other debilitating conditions.

Those living with these types of feelings can often run negative thoughts in their mind relating to their anxiety/stress/IBS condition, sometimes even before they open their eyes in the morning. Thoughts such as

  • what's the anxiety/stress going to be like today?
  • how am I going to get to work?
  • what happens if there are traffic queues?,
  • what if I have a panic/anxiety/IBS attack?
  • And many other thoughts besides.

These thoughts add to the fear, add to the worry, and add to the belief that you are going to spend the rest of your life thinking and feeling this way. 

That too is false, as long as you find a way that is right for you, and you work at taking the steps needed to start the process of healing and change.

Overthinking and worrying, also reinforce the existing army of negative thoughts in the subconscious.

In short, the subconscious does not want change, because the anxiety/stress/IBS feelings are familiar to it. 

  • They are part of your life.
  • no matter how bad the feelings feel,
  • no matter how often the symptoms are felt,
  • or fears experienced,

you have a history of surviving them, and you have and you will continue to do so!  

But your quality of life will not improve until you introduce change to your thinking.

Once you change thoughts, these create a change in feelings, it is as simple as that. And that is what one-to-one therapeutic sessions do, and so too the structured audio recordings on our site. 

So while these negative feelings are uncomfortable, they are not life-threatening, so why should the subconscious want to change. It believes it is keeping you safe!  

The subconscious does not like change, and will resist it!! It will use excuse after excuse to do something else with your time rather than embrace change.

That thought process needs to be disrupted, and that is what my one-to-one sessions, and in my audio programs set out to do.   


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Back to the Scenario again; 

After a while of therapeutic intervention, the individual will often begin to feel better, notice a reduction of symptoms, and frequency of presentation, and feel more relaxed and less anxious in the case of the anxiety sufferer, the IBS sufferer will feel more control of their digestive system, or the person living with stress will feel calmer, more confident for example, or as happens sometimes, might not even be able to put their finger on the reason, but they do feel better in themselves generally.

This is a sign that the new thoughts, the new army of positive thoughts have begun to displace the old negative thoughts. Once this happens - the new army of positive thoughts and new positive feelings begin to relax a little, they are making progress. So they begin to let their guard down!

However! As any general in warfare knows, if they are being beaten, they do an organised retreat and regroup, ready for another attack. When the old thoughts re-group and attack again, the old feelings come back and often feel as if they are just as bad as before, however, this is not true!

The fact that the old army of negative thoughts is pushing back, is natural and normal. However, up to that point you are feeling better, the positive army is more relaxed and therefore don’t put as much energy into defending their newfound space and comfort. In short, they get overconfident!

When the negative army of thoughts push back again and bring with them the old unwanted feelings, thoughts and discomfort, this happens to some people, but not always, and if they do, it is often only temporary.

Alerted to the changes, the new positive thoughts fight back, these have been reinforced by the continuing support of the structured audio program listening and they once again push away the old army of negative thoughts, defeated once again the old thoughts are weakened further and pushed back again. 

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Remember the subconscious does not like change, and generally does not learn quickly (although there are times when it does). However it does learn new ways, and once again the positive army of thoughts are encamped, their position is strengthened.

At this time the subconscious begins to understand that it can still survive with the new positive thoughts, it begins to feel better too, it begins to understand that the new positive thoughts and feelings are not going to hurt it or you, and because of that, the subconscious, through gentle learning realises that it too is feeling better, the body is feeling better, and the outlook and attitude of mind are better also. This is when you are in recovery - the process of recovery is underway. 

All these things come together to move you forward, reducing your symptoms and frequency of presentation, reinforcing positive thoughts, feelings and expectations.

The army of negative thoughts will fight back again, (though you might not feel them doing so) however, the strength of the old thoughts is much less, the times that the old thoughts try and come back become less frequent and much weaker and that continues until the old thoughts, feelings and negative expectations are a thing of the past. 

The subconscious finally learns that the new information and understanding gained through learning new ways of thinking is the better one.

The establishment of new positive thoughts changes the way you feel, in body, mind, emotion and self.

You once again feel empowered by your new learning and understanding, resulting in a better quality of life, which is all we need.

Feeling better in your thoughts, feelings and emotions can bring empowerment, growth and further understanding, of the mind and body connection and the power and authority you have reclaimed. 

It is my hope that this brief explanation will help in understanding the importance of knowing and understanding the internal process of learning to heal again. 


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