What does it mean to be whole?Jun 16, 2023
When you accept and embrace your inherent Wholeness of Spirit, you can clear any subconscious wellness blocks, optimize your life, and heal from within.
Most people view health challenges on a sliding scale from “nuisance” to “disaster” - an annoying inconvenience at best, or a life-changing catastrophe at worst. But no matter where on that scale their health issue falls (or where they perceive it to fall), the goal becomes the same: fix the problem, and go back to life as they knew it before.
Unfortunately, navigating life’s path and managing our own well-being isn’t that simple. And it’s not just the complicated reality of healthcare and disease that makes this course-correction so difficult. It’s the fundamental belief behind it: that health challenges are problems to be solved, and that once fixed, we will be happy living our “normal” lives again.
In our minds, the suffering of disease comes not from the symptoms themselves, but from our own grief. We grieve the loss of the way things were before our diagnosis. And in clinging to our past, we actually close ourselves off from healing in our future.
In every way that matters, you are whole.
The fear and grief that cloud your mind when dealing with a health setback work to obscure a deeper fundamental truth: there is nothing “wrong” with you!
“Unhealthy” does not mean “unwhole.” You’re not something broken needing to be fixed, or a problem waiting to be solved. You’re already whole and complete in every way that matters. Your Wholeness is inherent to you - to your personhood, to your Spirit - in a way that no health challenge can ever change.
When we view our health as a problem to be solved, it’s not long before we begin to feel like there is something inherently broken about ourselves. So let’s say it again: there is nothing wrong with you, and there never was. When you truly accept your Wholeness, you release the guilt, the fear, the grief, and all the negativity clouding your mind and blocking your path to healing.
Navigating a path to peace and wellness
To better understand why embracing your Wholeness is a crucial step on your healing journey, ask yourself these questions.
Am I my own worst enemy?
It’s easy to list the positive outcomes of healing, so it’s easy to consciously believe healing is what you desire and are working towards. But part of embracing your Wholeness comes from diving deeper into your subconscious. Are you holding on to any limiting or self-sabotaging beliefs?
For example, you may find yourself “going through the motions” when it comes to your health - booking doctor’s appointments, adjusting your diet, and so on. But even as you make lifestyle changes, you find that deep down, you don’t believe they will make a difference in your health. If you want to heal, you have to believe you’re capable (and worthy) of doing so.
Can I face my fears?
Health challenges often leave us on uncertain ground, and that uncertainty breeds fear and anxiety. But your true fears go beyond a knee-jerk reaction to a diagnosis or the unpredictability of your symptoms. To accept our Wholeness, we must acknowledge the deeper fears hiding under the surface. These are the fears that truly hold us back from healing.
For instance, your deeper fear when facing a health setback might be a fear of being dependent on others, or a fear of accepting help. It might be a fear that you can no longer live the life you envisioned, or a fear that your health will make people think less of you as a person or role model. Like you, these fears don’t need to be “fixed.” You just have to be willing to face them and continue forward on your path despite them.
Do I have the strength to move forward, without looking back?
After you release any limiting subconscious beliefs and acknowledge your deeper fears, you’ll be ready to begin your journey to healing. But there’s one final commitment you have to make to yourself - and this one can be the most challenging of all.
We mentioned earlier that people most often look at health challenges as obstacles to overcome on the way back to life as they knew it. And that’s the final mental hurdle: accepting that no matter how your wellness journey progresses, you can’t truly go back to the life you led before.
Experiencing a health challenge fundamentally changes us. To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, “You can’t go back to yesterday. You were a different person then.” Even if you’re able to fully manage your health with treatments and lifestyle changes, the experience of encountering and overcoming your health challenge deeply impacts you mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
Getting ready for transformation
At its core, a health setback is actually a call for transformation. That call isn’t easy to answer. You must have the courage to let go of your past and move confidently in the direction of your future.
Accepting that your healing journey involves a break with your past can be a scary reality to confront. However, when we remember our inherent Wholeness, the anxiety of that transformation is eased. Though your path forward changes the course of your life, you can always ground yourself in the truth that you’re already complete. No fear, misstep, or obstacle along your journey can change that.
Affirmations to accept and embrace your Wholeness
For years, holistic healers have touted the benefits of aligning one’s mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of healing. The foundation of this process stems from the central conviction that our thoughts and beliefs shape our ability to heal, just like our actions do.
One of the pioneers of holistic healing and founders of the modern self-help movement is Louise Hay. Through books like Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life, Hay explored how our mental and emotional state can influence our physical bodies and health. Her healing techniques and emphasis on positive psychology made a huge impact on the healthcare and self-help communities, reaching millions of people worldwide.
Hay believed that by using certain tools, we can all change our thinking - and therefore our health and our lives - for the better. One of her core approaches involves the use of affirmations. Affirmations are self-statements that encourage a person to plant the mental seeds to create positive experiences. Essentially, these self-affirming phrases are meant to be repeated until they take root in your mind - ultimately driving out any negative, limiting, or self-sabotaging beliefs holding you back from healing.
So, in the spirit of Louise Hay, we’ve created the following 10 affirmations to help you accept and embrace your Wholeness and move forward on your path to healing.
1. My Higher Self brings me that which serves my highest good.
Health is not a dichotomy of “good” and “bad”, so healing is not as simple as flipping a switch to “good.” Healing, like life itself, is a journey. To prepare yourself for that journey, you must accept the process of healing and trust your ability to progress down your own path - even when that path doesn’t look the same as someone else’s.
2. I choose and deserve only the best in my life.
When you seek healing, you do so because you know how improving your health will optimize your life. Accept that healing isn’t just something you want - it’s something you choose and deserve. You deserve the best care, the best health, the best life - simply because you exist as your whole, complete self. And you deserve to have those things today, right now, not at some mystery time in your distant future. Ask yourself, “What pattern within me is ready to be released now?”
3. I am ready and willing to heal.
This is a big one. The familiar is comfortable to us, but facing health challenges leaves us venturing into unknown territories. The process means a lot of changes. Changes in how we experience life, changes in our abilities, changes in how we interact with others, changes in our day-to-day routines. It can be intimidating and even scary to face those changes head-on. But healing, at its core, is all about change.
4. I forgive myself and others and set myself free.
Health challenges often lead us to reject our inherent Wholeness. We wonder why we’re experiencing symptoms, or what we could have done to prevent our diagnosis. The fear and anxiety that we’re not good enough creeps in, and we start to feel guilty just for being ourselves. To heal, you have to absolve yourself of that guilt. Embrace your Wholeness instead, and you’ll begin to allow your beliefs to heal you.
5. I am mindful of my thoughts, words, and actions. I release those thoughts that no longer serve me.
You are what you believe. When you trap your mind in negative thought patterns - fear, grief, anxiety, regret, self-criticism - you manifest your inner thoughts as your outward condition. To improve the health of your body, begin with the health of your mind. Project the image that you’re complete, worthy, and perfect just as you are, and create the change you want to see.
6. I’m willing to ask for help when I need it. I am worthy of receiving unconditional care and support.
Though every person’s healing path is different and unique to their needs and experiences, no one walks their path alone. We need others to support us in navigating our journey, from medical professionals to friends and family to spiritual leaders. While self-reflection and personal motivation are important, knowing you can - and should - ask for the support, guidance, and comfort of others on your journey is crucial. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
7. I claim my power and move beyond limitations. I learn and grow through challenges.
You’re not your setbacks, challenges, or limitations. You’re Whole and complete, just as you are. Accept that you don’t have to be defined by your health, because your inherent worth exists outside of your wellness. When you stop feeling like you are a problem to be fixed, you can embrace not just who you are, but who you will become.
8. I feel good knowing I’m constantly discovering new ways to improve my health.
This affirmation lies where hope meets personal agency. One of the most difficult parts of a wellness journey is feeling like you’ve reached a plateau - where your lifestyle changes, medications, or other treatments don’t seem to be making significant progress in improving your life. But there’s always the possibility of trying something new that positively impacts your well-being. Believing in that possibility for growth and change will help keep you from feeling trapped by circumstance, and remind you of your power in your own healthcare journey.
9. I accept and release the past and move confidently in the direction of my future.
To embrace healing and optimize your life, you must focus on the path ahead. Your past shaped you into the person you are today - but it’s also not who you are anymore. Instead of looking backward into what used to be, look ahead into what will be. You can’t move forward on your healing journey while constantly looking over your shoulder. You deserve the bright future ahead of you.
10. I’m whole and complete just as I am.
Finally - and most importantly - you must remind yourself that you’re whole, complete, and perfect just as you are. You’re not defined by your wellness, and you’re in no way “lesser” because of your health challenge. When you embrace your Wholeness of Spirit, you accept the peace and love of the present, while separating yourself from the anxiety, depression, and hopelessness of the past.
Affirming your wellness journey
To start using these affirmations to support your healing journey, choose one from the list that resonates the most with you. Contemplate your chosen affirmation in the morning after you wake up and at night before you fall asleep. You may also want to begin a journal to write down what the affirmation means to you, and how you are incorporating the positive belief into your life. When you feel the affirmation has really engrained itself in your psyche and become a fundamental part of you, choose another affirmation to continue the process of embracing your Wholeness.
Your opportunity to heal from within
Health challenges are mentally taxing, which is why it’s so important to remember to heal ourselves from within. Fear, anxiety, grief, and insecurity flood our minds when we face a wellness setback. But when we remember the truth - when we accept our fundamental, undeniable Wholeness - we can clear our path to healing.
Instead of thinking of a health challenge as a problem to overcome, think of it as an opportunity to embrace. An opportunity to evaluate what matters the most in your life, remember who you truly are, and move confidently in the direction of your optimal life. It’s an opportunity to remind yourself that you’re Whole and complete, just the way you are.
Moving beyond healing words
Are you ready to embrace a comprehensive plan for your well-being, going beyond healing your subconscious mind? If you know it’s time to not only work around your health challenges, but to do something about them, check out My RBI Academy. We’ll send you new tips and tricks for improving your cognitive health each month, all backed by our years of medical expertise and grounded in our holistic six pillar approach.