I am so pleased to hear your feeling better!!!
I just thought I'd jump in here and share this wonderful book with you all....it's called Never Be Sick Again By Raymond Francis.http://books.google.com/books?id=JMvWua ... &q&f=false
Unfortunatly the full book isn't available on Google books but a great deal of the book is here for free!! You will get more than a flavour of the book on Google and lots of good information about health,in my opinion the book is a very helpful read for anyone needing to have a serious discussion with themselves about their health.
I noted that there is a passage on page 8 that mentions spondylitis and a guy called Norman Cousin's who cured himself of spondylitis and wrote a book on the subject of illness from his experience called Anatomy of an illness,this book isn't on Google books either but I have just had a look on ebay and found some really cheap second hand copies.
I'm gonna buy it!!!! lol
I'll let you know if it's any good. : )
Or if anyone else has read the book please feel free to give us a review.
I did notice Ted that you alway used to talk about your illness as being a definite state that doesn't seem to be improving or that seemed the case until recently?
I find with me that my own healing went so well because I would never give illness an inch!
I never spoke of my illness or referred to it as an illness progressing,I always thought of my problems as those which were passing and believe me my skeletal problems were much more advanced and systemic than the wonderful opportunities and challenges that you face.
I think if you continue with your new sense of optimism and the realisation that stuff does get better you will find yourself getting better by the day.
Your gonna learn a lot from this process!
Keep it up my friend and use all the tools you can find to undermine the problem, both in mind and physically.
I used to take great satisfaction in prying illness open from a new angle and working away on it!!
The brain loves feedback and success starts to snowball if you use every treatment,ointment,mental technique,mantra,meditation,excercise,supplement or whatever ways of encouragement you like,I guess there just tools? Tell yourself you are getting better even if you only hope your getting better and don't see physical results,I preferred to see the results in my mind and deny the physical symptoms at all cost.
Physical symptoms are temporary so I didn't pay attention to those,the version of events that were in my mind were the truth and that's where it took me!!
The power that made the body can heal the body.
Something else I have found is that problems that are out of sight are much easier to heal?
I guess it's easy to explain in a way because it's so much harder to deny something you see all the time like me with the work I still need to do to my right hand.
The back/neck area should be relatively easy as it's out of sight?
I believe you can be healthy and I am sure your new take on your situation will help more than any pill from a doctor,the enthusiasm of this group will also help and will reinforce the feeling for you mentally and I think this will have a huge effect on your condition because as I said... The brain loves feedback and you rightly enjoy the feedback and love you get from this group and now in turn from the results in your body.
I generated incredible will and intent during the dark days of my problems and thinking back that power blows me away now?
It seems incredible to me now that I summoned that kind of persistant ,controlled and consecutive positive thought? I really need to get back to that place as I think it was the key to life itself.
Bottom line was that health was the only option out there for me and I wanted to get better,I mean really really wanted to get better to the point of refusal of all other outcomes.
One last thing.....
I have notice that you sometimes talk about your body in less than flattering terms?
Your bodies never going to respond to you if you see your body as not being whole,perfect and beautiful?
Sure you may have problems but please never forget your body is still an amazing thing!!!
Please Never speak ill of your body. :(
I know you realise this body is just data but on some level loving your body does make the process of healing a whole lot easier.
The bodies yours Ted...love it ,appreciate it,be mindful when you have a shower or bath and be greatful and thankful for the body you have and you will soon start to notice that the body is actuallly pretty AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your body is your responsibility and still has a lot to teach you about yourself, maybe even learning to love yourself on all levels.
I love my body now and we have an awesome relationship?
I take care to notice the way it feels and behaves and take steps to ward off any potential problems,I look after my feet now which I would never of previously done?I take time to massage them and feel good about the unseen heroes and previously unheralded parts of my body!
I love my skin too and apply skin cream and stuff when I get out of the shower but I undertake this process mindfully,secure in the knowledge that I'm showing my body love and respect rather than abusing myself until a problem arises.
It feels good to take that kind of care in your physical body,not for the ego but for health of body and mind.
I wonder if this is part of the reason women live longer than us guys?
Please don't be offended by any of the above Ted.lol
Some of it may not apply but I do find writing these things hard and kinda spit out what I feel might be helpful rather than what might be pleasing to the ear?
I also dislike the constant droning on about "me" as it sounds awful and makes me cringe but I don't know how else to describe my experience to you? This is such a personal thing to me and that probably means it has no bearing on the way you feel about yourself?
Hopefully I have struck some of the right notes but it's way past midnight again here and I just wanted to get this down before I go to bed.
I hope this helps describes some of the mechanisms that helped me and that you or someone else reading this might find help or encouragement here?
Afterall the futures not what it used to be?
The easy roads are crowded,
And the level roads are jammed;
The pleasant little rivers
With the drifting folks are crammed.
But off yonder where it’s rocky,
Where you get a better view,
You will find the ranks are thinning
And the travelers are few.
Where the going’s smooth and pleasant
You will always find the throng,
For the man, more’s the pity,
Seem to like to drift along.
But the steeps that call for courage,
And the task that’s hard to do,
In the end result in glory
For the never-wavering few