Spirituality In Recovery
From Severe ME/CFS

Spirituality In Recovery is a supplementary page which supports the page on Recovery From Severe ME/ CFS.

ME/CFS Is A Physical Illness, Nothing Is Impossible to God

When you pursue spirituality in recovery, or recover through the Lightning Process™ (I did both), it can shake people's belief system. They may consider the possibility that you weren't really ill.

This is understandable.

But I hope you will appreciate that, having spent 14 years of my life drinking through a straw, with a commode by the bed, it is not a discussion I am prepared to spend much time on.

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Finding that a greater spiritual connection leads to healing does not mean that the illness is not serious. If we are spiritual beings, then both physical illness and mental illness can be addressed by deepening our spiritual connection. The answer may be to find peace in our circumstances or that our circumstances change. But we hold out for the possibility that we are part of the infinite and "Nothing is impossible to God."

rooted in god

However, for now we experience ourselves as physical, and it is important to state that M.E. is a physical illness.

It's not complicated: if you cannot physically do an ordinary activity without it damaging your health or possibly leading to death, then you are physically ill.

(Sprituality is also used very successfully in the 12 Step programs for recovery from addiction.
Author Mal Duane talks about the importance of spirituality in recovery from her Alcohol addiction.)

Spirituality Heals On All Levels

To rest in God is to recognise ourselves as a seed of the Spirit that needs the earth of God's love in which to grow.
God's love is the solution to any problem and so spirituality in recovery brings healing on many levels:

We may find inner peace within the same circumstances.

Mental illness may be alleviated or cured.

Physical illness may be alleviated or cured.

If you have days where you are worried that you have lost the plot :-), know that as long as you are setting out to allow God to love you, you are going in the right direction. It is simplistic but true: Love heals.

Using Spirituality In Recovery May Be Our Second Choice

One of the Doctors who supported me in my journey with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encepholomyelitis ( CFS/ME ) was a haematologist who had worked with HIV patients before much was known about the condition.

He told me how a complementary health clinic had been set up near where I lived, in Crouch End, London, England. It used mind body medicine and spirituality in recovery - drawing on the work of Louise Hay amongst others.
Improvements in physical health were seen.
When the HIV was identified and drugs were developed, the clinic closed down.

Drugs Are Easier

Before they identified
the H.I.V.,
there was a centre set up locally
for those with AIDS.

Using the work of
Louise Hay and others
they learned to love

They were doing well:
in many cases
the illness stabilised.

The centre is now

Who wants to learn to love when
drugs are easier?

It’s OK that when you are in pain or distress you just want to do whatever makes you feel better, even if it doesn’t solve the underlying problem.

© Katherine T Owen, 2009.

Other poems about illness on this site.

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I expect the same will happen with those suffering with CFS. Those with CFS are often willing to use spirituality in recovery and be pioneers in the new field of mind body medicine. We want to get well and conventional medicine is not providing the answers. Once drugs are available, many of us will no doubt take the easier route.

I see no reason why people with M.E. should be obliged to use spirituality in recovery or engage in the area of mind body medicine. But for myself, with no other treatment available, my decision to do so was clear.

The Organic Basis For M.E.

I do not keep up with the latest research into the organic basis of M.E. But, I know it is out there and is important to many.

If you know a site that has good information on the physical basis for M.E. please let me know and I will include a link here.

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Be Loved

15 Spiritual Love Poems
God Love Self Love

(by the author of a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com)

For 14 years, Katherine T Owen was severely disabled with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, unable to walk, with little speech, and with inadequate care.

Katherine's small beautiful collection of poems take the reader with her as she journeys to know both self love and
God's love.

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"One thing that struck me was the stripping of ego in the work. Most of us have a comfy ego façade, but weakness and disease tore Katherine’s away. The poems in Be Loved Beloved come from the heart."

Dana Taylor, Author of Ever-Flowing Streams: Tapping into Healing Energy

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