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!

307 thoughts on “From Resistance to Embracing Western Medicine

  1. There is an important awareness here – that we have a responsibility in this process and do not expect our medical professionals to do it al for us. Healing is a co-operative process in that we work with our doctors and other medics, not simply expect to be fixed.

    1. Indeed Richard, when we bring in our own responsibility into the healing then the path for true healing is being walked.

  2. Healing is always a multi-faceted process and we need to take into consideration that every aspect of our life does either hinder or support our overall health. Using Western Medicine and Complementary Medicine to gain a broader outlook on our health not only gives us a greater understanding of why we are sick but also a surrender to our bodies honesty and our willingness to go there.

  3. I can relate to what you share Angela, I was practically the same, championing the fact that i almost did not see any doctor and could fix whatever came up with one or another ‘alternative’ healing modality or medicine. But what I can see now is that this came from an arrogance and a lack of responsibility to truly heal what my body showed me bringing to the surface, and instead choose to keep it in the veils of irresponsibility, as the treatment I chose at that time did not bring me any healing, but buried the root cause only deeper in my body.

    1. I used to count the number of years that I had not even taken a basic painkiller (I got to 10 plus years) and I used to champion the fact that I did not use anaesthetic when I went to the dentist to get a filling done. But in the meantime I was not really taking care of myself and not really taking full responsibility of what was going on for me as I only chose to use natural medicines thinking that was ‘better’ for me! Thankfully I have come around to seeing that we need to work hand in hand and that each one has so much to offer. And then the next step, like you have mentioned Nico, was to see that so many alternative treatments actually drive things deeper into our body rather than offering a true healing. Thankfully the esoteric modalities have been a true complimentary medicine to work with Western Medicine to offer the whole picture of healing. What a blessing to have had and still have access to these amazing therapies!

  4. I have had this belief as well, although looking back I have no idea where it came from. ‘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 think from anything it was a fear that I could not control my own health (that my health was not in my own hands), but along with this, crazily enough, I didn’t look after my own health! Ironic really and I feel today we very much still have the same situation. I certainly have loads to learn with this and if we are honest and take a look in the world, I would say on a very large scale we don’t take full responsibility for our health and well-being and sometimes don’t even know how to! For example if somethings happens in our body .. we have a stroke or are diagnosed with diabetes. I feel we do not go there in asking why do we truly have this? what is the body showing us? what have our choices been and can we change or heal this by making different choices/taking care of ourselves more? Instead we carry that diagnosis and feel we have no input into it. And yes alongside our taking responsibility and getting to understand the true energetic reason why something has manifested, Western Medicine definitely has a role in the healing process.

  5. There is a distinction between complementary and alternative medicine – complementary medicine is when natural medicine works hand in hand with conventional medicine (Western Medicine), but with alternative medicine it works in separation to conventional medicine. The latter is an avoidance and a separation of the whole picture. Without the whole picture a person does not get all the options presented to them to best support them in their healing and return to well-being. How important is it that we work together as a team?

    1. Sure there is a distinction to make in Complementary and Alternative medicine which is not always understand by current medicine and general public. But finally we all will come to the conclusion that Alternative Medicine is indeed as you say as received as a separation and a replacement for the Western Medicine while the Complementary Medicine is actually the missing part Western Medicine is so much so looking for.

  6. Western Medicine is not appreciated enough for what it brings to humanity but it may be because it has lost in time that part we nowadays call Complementary Medicine, that addresses the underlying causes of the conditions where Western Medicine marvels in curing these. The re-bonding of these two would be a blessing for Wester Medicine as it will by that act return to its original imprint and from there truly serve humanity in healing its ill ways.

  7. “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 used to think this too. I feel because we know that Western Medicine doesn’t have all the answers we tend to discard it, rather than be open to accepting the fact that there are times through the un-loving way that we live, and our dis-connection to our true selves that Western Medicine is a necessary and for many an unavoidable part of our healing.

    1. I agree, Alison. to acknowledge that at times we require the support and help of Western Medicine is being self-responsible and loving rather than,”… a ‘failure’, a ‘step backward’ and even a ‘weakness’.”

  8. Changing our attitude to Western Medicine as the go-to to fix illness and disease, to one of being self-responsible for one’s own health, and that Western Medicine is there to support, has been a great understanding presented by Serge Benhayon.

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