From Resistance to Embracing Western Medicine

by Angela Perin, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Up until a few years ago, I had been a strong supporter of alternative medicine and its various modalities, including ‘new age’ or ‘spiritual’ therapies and techniques. In fact, I considered alternative medicine to be the answer, or to hold the primary solutions and methods to healing illness and disease. When an illness or condition presented with myself or within my family, this is what I turned to, and actively pursued.

Although I grew up with some understanding and use of Western Medicine (to the extent that I did have occasional visits to the local community nurse and saw a doctor on a handful of occasions during my childhood), it was not a big part of my awareness or experience. In my late teens through to my early 20’s, and as a general outcome of my immediate family taking more of an interest in health, I began to become more interested in alternative medicine and therapies (which included general lifestyle changes such as the incorporation of organic food, supplements, regular exercise etc.).

By the time I was in my mid-late 20’s, I was moving more and more towards alternative medicine as the means of healing illness and disease – to the point where I began to discount Western Medicine as a means of support. In fact, to be honest, over the last 20 odd years this was with a large degree of defence and arrogance against Western Medicine, and I avoided it wherever possible. I took great pride in claiming my family and I never went to the doctor, and that we handled nearly every situation without this support. Of course, there were a handful of occasions where I could not avoid this, but even then I accepted the support with a large measure of reluctance and resistance (considering it something that was necessary and unavoidable, but never something that was embraced).

Since 2010 and my association with Universal Medicine, I have had the opportunity to re-look at my beliefs around alternative medicine and Western Medicine, in the context of how they are able to support dealing with illness and disease.

While I have held an understanding for a long time that illness and disease are not random events, and that they result from something else going on (i.e. emotions, lifestyle etc.), I had arrogantly held on to the belief that Western Medicine could not be a part of the healing process (unless of course ‘absolutely necessary’). I had held on to a belief that engaging the support of Western Medicine was considered a ‘failure’, a ‘step backward’ and even a ‘weakness’.

In the past 2 years I have come to an awareness and understanding that Western Medicine is not ‘the’ answer to illness and disease, but it is an important ‘part’ of ‘the’ answer. I have also come to an awareness and understanding that illness and disease come from the way (the quality and self-care) in which we live, and the way (the quality and self-care) we are with ourselves and others. And while it is an individual’s choice to consider and take responsibility for the cause of illness and disease, and to have the opportunity to connect to and be honest about the patterns, behaviours, ideals and beliefs that result in us living a certain way, Western Medicine can offer tremendous support in assisting the physical body as part of this process. Neither of these two is any more important than the other, but rather complements the other in addressing and healing illness and disease.

In the past 2 years, I have had the amazing opportunity to begin to embrace and accept the support of Western Medicine as an important part of a healing process, and to let go of the solid resistance and arrogance I have held for several decades.

And recently I had the amazing opportunity to put this into practice! I had a large abscess on my leg which was not healing, and had no hesitation or resistance in going to the doctors to get it checked out, which resulted in (emergency) minor surgery and a total of 3 days in hospital.

The amazing thing was that I accepted, and in fact, embraced, all of the support that was offered to me – without resistance, without avoidance, and without arrogance. I was able to accept responsibility for my body and my choices, accept the support that was offered – not with an attitude of ‘you (i.e. Western Medicine) fix it’ or ‘I’m totally helpless’ (i.e. giving away my power) – but with an understanding that Western Medicine was an equally important part of this healing process. I was amazed at how much I was supported simply by ‘allowing’ the support that was there, and how this assisted in the overall healing, and the support I received and felt as a result, was truly lovely.

From resisting Western Medicine to embracing it – now that to me was ‘true’ healing!

373 thoughts on “From Resistance to Embracing Western Medicine

  1. Western medicine is staffed by people. People who have trained and dedicated themselves to support other people to live healthy lives. We have a responsibility to care for our own body and appreciate the expertise that is offered by western medicine.

  2. I’ve recently had to go to the doctor because of a possible condition and I’ve felt really surrendered to the whole process. Knowing that I was in expertise hands made me trust as well as knowing about my part in the healing process and embracing it, helped me to go deeper in the understanding of what I was experiencing. This felt complete to my body and soul. Definitely Western medicine and Universal Medicine are great complement in the approach of our health.

  3. I had reason to appreciate western medicine only last week when my 11-year son simultaneously broke both bones in his forearm! The number of people it took to put him back together again was quite surprising..paramedics, a number of nurses, orthopaedic doctor, radiologist, anaesthetist, the person who sorted out the plaster etc – not to mention the administrative team. I have honestly never appreciated the expertise of NHS professionals more. To see my son’s arm straight again was a huge relief. The healing process has been expedited because of their professionalism and care.. the rest has been up to my son and to the connective tissue sessions he has been receiving, which dramatically reduced his pain within days.

  4. I literally marvel at Western Medicine, for example that fact that someone can have a replacement hip or knee so easily … like a hip or knee taken out and replaced and it is such a standard operation now a days, or a triple heart bypass! It is quite amazing. But alongside Western Medicine, as you have shared, we really need to understand and be aware of the energetic root cause of illness and dis-ease; this is the huge piece we are currently missing and of course the two combined together aid true healing. Could it be though if we understood the energetic reason right at the beginning of an illness or dis-ease or even a twisted ankle or bruise and were on to it as soon as possible, looking at our livingness and the way we live, making changes to the way we live along the way, less operations and medication would be needed as we would have dealt with it right at the start before it manifested into something else?

  5. Why do we resist western medicine? Perhaps an arrogance? Perhaps we have seen flaws in it which have shaken us? Perhaps it hasn’t worked? Perhaps, it hasn’t worked because of us and not the doctors, perhaps if we were to consider that & take the blame away from western medicine we will see that our health is entirely dependant on how we behave & treat ourselves.

  6. “I had held on to a belief that engaging the support of Western Medicine was considered a ‘failure’, a ‘step backward’ and even a ‘weakness’” – I can very much relate to this. It’s true that Western Medicine is not THE answer, but for us to have this kind of reaction, in itself exposes our reluctance to be responsible and the fact that we are actually seeking something that would take the pain away from us in exchange for our power.

    1. It is very easy to blame doctors, nurses and everyone else – it takes away our responsibility, we are blinded by our own fury & thus will never be able to truly heal.

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