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Heal yourself and heal the world

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM


You may have heard of The Butterfly Effect, which is both the title of a movie and the name given to one of the concepts in chaos theory. According to this theory, in complex situations, such as the formation of a tornado, changing one tiny circumstance in one location can result in a totally different outcome for the entire situation. Edward Lorenz who was studying weather patterns, coined the term “Butterfly Effect” in 1972 when he used the example that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil could potentially set off a tornado in Texas.


This is an intriguing idea that is worth some consideration at this time and place in history. Our planet Earth is currently being challenged with numerous environmental difficulties that also threaten the survival of mankind. There is no time left for arguing about the cause of climate change – it doesn’t really matter at this point. The only question worth considering is how we can best make an impact that might alter the course of events and salvage life on this planet.


As individuals we can certainly follow environmentally sound practices, like recycling and reducing waste and consumption. But I believe we could have a more significant effect on this world of ours if we would focus our efforts on healing ourselves, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.


When we heal our old wounds and bitterness, we begin to behave with more clarity and integrity. We are free to take greater responsibility for our actions because we are no longer hiding from the truth.


When we stop feeling sorry for ourselves for the events of our past, we can become more authentic in our relationships and share love with those around us. We can help them begin to heal their own wounds and change their behavior as well.


When we clear away the tangles of resentment and anger within our hearts, we make space for more positive energy to radiate from us. We become like the flapping butterfly wings that can set in motion an amazing and unpredictable series of events. The possibility exists that we can change the planet around us simply by changing our own inner world.

But the difficulty then lies in how we go about making these interior changes. How do we actually heal ourselves? What does it take to let go of bitterness and move toward wholeness?


In my work over the years I have seen some phenomenal examples of emotional and spiritual healing that have led me to believe that anything is possible. I have recorded many of these stories in the book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.” And I plan to share even more stories in the books I am currently writing. 


Through these stories I have learned that there are three conditions necessary in order for such healing to take place:

 

  1. Courage. Those who eventually heal must have the strength to face their suffering and pain without running away. 
  2. Honesty. Healing requires telling the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be. 
  3. Acceptance. Ultimately, those who heal are willing to let go of the need to blame someone else for their suffering.

 

Courage, honesty and acceptance are three character traits that seem underdeveloped in our present society. So it is no wonder that we find ourselves in desperate circumstances, wondering if we can save our planet.


But there is hope if each of us will look within and focus on the steps needed to heal our own wounds. In the coming weeks I will share information and ideas about how to begin this process and heal the past, once and for all. Meanwhile find your courage, commit to telling the truth, and stop looking for ways to blame someone else for your life and the state of the world.


You are the butterfly whose flapping wings could change everything. Let’s set you free!


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About Dr. Wyatt:

Dr. Karen Wyatt is a family physician who spent many years of her career caring for patients in challenging settings, such as nursing homes, hospices, shelters and clinics for the underserved. She is the founder of Creative Healing, LLC, which has a mission to restore spirituality to the practice of medicine. She has followed a contemplative path for most of her life and uses her own spiritual wisdom in the care of her patients. Dr. Wyatt is also the author of the book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.

 

 


Categories: Illness & Healing, Current Events, Transformation

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Reply Cindy Areglado
4:46 PM on May 14, 2013 
I loved this post and it's true I would not believe that love heals but it happened to me at a wedding. I suffered a hormonal depression 8 years prior and lived in fear for 8 years. I thought I was doing well, but I was about to find out when god decides it's time you have learned we are hear to spread live he takes it to a higher level so I would have no doubt. Best I can explain it my entire being was filled with unconditional love from all me relatives and people didn't now. Intense left me in tears. Then total calm, blissful state. It was A magical moment and the biggest aha of my life. I am at peace and blessed even for the depression all simply to show me we can heal one another with our live it's that powerful. I live everyday totally detached from fears and emotional pain. I wish I knew how it works it happened twice to me so I could help others.
Reply Cindy
4:58 PM on May 14, 2013 
Cindy Areglado says...
I loved this post and it's true I would not believe that love heals but it happened to me at a wedding. I suffered a hormonal depression 8 years prior and lived in fear for 8 years. I thought I was doing well, but I was about to find out when god decides it's time you have learned what we are hear to spread love he takes it to a higher level so I would have no doubt. Best I can explain it my entire being was filled with unconditional love from all me relatives and people didn't know. Intense left me in tears. Then total calm, blissful state. It was A magical moment and the biggest aha of my life. I am at peace and blessed even for the depression all simply to show me we can heal one another with our love it's that powerful. I live everyday totally detached from fears and emotional pain. I wish I knew how it works it happened twice to me so I could help others. Hard enough trying to tell people because unless it happens to them or some test proves it happened people have a hard time believing. Key here is how do we explain those healings and it's hard to find words to explain the experience. From then on you are never the same person and rest of the world seems backwards in their thinking or should I say worrying. Thank you I live what your doing any ou seem genuine in your desire to transform people's thinking about their health.
Reply Karen Wyatt
12:14 AM on May 15, 2013 
Thank you Cindy for sharing your beautiful story of healing! I definitely know that love has the power to heal and i am so touched to hear how your life was changed by love. I hope you have many opportunities to share your gift of healing with others!
Cindy Areglado says...
I loved this post and it's true I would not believe that love heals but it happened to me at a wedding. I suffered a hormonal depression 8 years prior and lived in fear for 8 years. I thought I was doing well, but I was about to find out when god decides it's time you have learned we are hear to spread live he takes it to a higher level so I would have no doubt. Best I can explain it my entire being was filled with unconditional love from all me relatives and people didn't now. Intense left me in tears. Then total calm, blissful state. It was A magical moment and the biggest aha of my life. I am at peace and blessed even for the depression all simply to show me we can heal one another with our live it's that powerful. I live everyday totally detached from fears and emotional pain. I wish I knew how it works it happened twice to me so I could help others.
Reply Takara Shelor
2:04 PM on July 3, 2013 
Lovely article and very well written. I resonate with so much that you mention in the article. I say the same things to my own clients - using slightly different words of course. Transformational healing is the most powerful way to become all you desire and to experience health, happiness, and success in a consistent way.
Takara,
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Reply Tanner Kennedy
2:39 PM on July 3, 2013 
Karen, I couldn't agree more!
You said it perfectly... " When we stop feeling sorry for ourselves for the events of our past, we can become more authentic in our relationships and share love with those around us."
As a Dating & Relationship Coach, this is an obstacle that many of the women I work with face. Once they let go and move towards the future, their entire love lives start to change significantly for the better.

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Reply Karen Wyatt
5:32 PM on July 3, 2013 
Thank you Tanner. I look forward to learning more about your work!

Karen
Tanner Kennedy says...
Karen, I couldn't agree more!
You said it perfectly... " When we stop feeling sorry for ourselves for the events of our past, we can become more authentic in our relationships and share love with those around us."
As a Dating & Relationship Coach, this is an obstacle that many of the women I work with face. Once they let go and move towards the future, their entire love lives start to change significantly for the better.

Tanner
??
Tanner Kennedy
Dating & Relationship Coach
Helping Women to Create the Love Lives They Desire

Get your free report:
?3 Steps to Being the Woman Every Man Desires?
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Reply Cathy Severson
6:07 PM on July 3, 2013 
You're absolutely right. There is no journey really besides the one we take internal. Well written.
Reply Jen Jones
7:11 PM on July 3, 2013 
Wow, the title of your post made me pause and enjoy. :) We are all connected (even though it took me years to realize this!) and every one of us is someone else's answer to prayer. Beautifully written.
Reply Peggy Lusk
9:20 PM on July 3, 2013 
Wonderful article, Karen. Where I have experienced this first-hand is that as I've come to surround myself with positive people who are taking accountability for their own life; I become more shocked when I encounter someone who is still in a Victim mentality. Even though growing up I knew a lot of people who were willing to be victims, the amazing people I connect with today are all helping to move all of us forward. It feels like a completely different world.
Reply Denise
12:09 AM on July 4, 2013 
I had a lot of healing to do form my childhood. At 48 I feel that I am just beginning to live. Looking back, I think I spent most of my life in a depression. Not a good way to live or raise your children.

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Reply Suzanne
9:15 PM on July 4, 2013 
I loved this post. You explain it so beautifully. I especially love how you explain about how healing old wounds allows for taking on more personal responsibilty for our actions and then those three tenents of healing; courage, honesty, acceptance.
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Reply Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist
4:12 PM on July 5, 2013 
I love the butterfly effect and love that you suggest we use it for healing ourselves and the world!

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