Spirituality In Recovery is a supplementary page which supports the page on Recovery From Severe ME/ CFS.
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.
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.
We hold out for the possibility that we are part of the infinite and "Nothing is impossible to God."
We may end up finding peace within our current circumstances or we may find that our circumstances change.
However, for now we experience ourselves as physical, and it is important to state that Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a physical illness.
It's not complicated: if you cannot physically carry out 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.)
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.
One of the Doctors who supported me in my journey with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ( 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 among others.
Improvements in physical health were seen.
When the HIV was identified and drugs were developed, the clinic closed down.
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.
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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Move to read the home page on a practical spirituality- prayer, forgiveness, love.
Or click the link 'Return to Health' below to read more about what sustained me and assisted my recovery from living bedbound with severe ME to a less severe level.