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My Thirty Year Anniversary

By: Caroline Sutherland

This year 2013, I am celebrating 30 years as a health educator in complementary medicine. I got my start in this field through a serendipitous moment when my primary care physician sent me to a medical doctor specializing in Environmental Medicine. When it comes to higher purpose or your true purpose, be prepared for the Universe to drop it in your lap. For many people, illness can open a door to higher purpose. At the age of 39, I was displaying some very odd, seemingly unrelated symptoms that had me and my doctors baffled. It turned out that I was allergic to common foods, suffered from systemic Candidiasis and hormone imbalances. After four weeks of treatment, I was symptom free – a well woman! From that dramatic moment, I was hooked and I have spent the next three decades helping and educating others. But all of this started much earlier.

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in medicine. As a young child, I would run around the house in a nurse’s cap, taking people’s temperatures, checking pulses, and wrapping bandages around the imaginary wounds of my family members. I used to pull a huge chair over to the desk in the library where my father was studying for his final exams in tropical medicine. I would clamber onto the desk so that I could reach for the medical books that seemed twice my body weight. There I would pore over pictures of people in the advanced stages of yaws, elephantiasis, and leprosy trying to figure out how they got so sick. Little did I know that seeds were being planted which would bear fruit decades later in the exciting field of medical intuition.

Medical intuition is the ability to see beyond the normal levels of perception into the subtle levels below as it pertains to the physical body. Many people have this ability. Your local chiropractor, for instance, uses applied kinesiology, a form of medical intuition, to determine structural imbalances. The body speaks through this method, enabling the chiropractor to determine the appropriate adjustment. Applied kinesiology or muscle testing is now used by many alternative and mainstream health care practitioners. It is the body’s way of revealing hidden clues to the practitioner, and this system can be easily learned.

The key to medical intuition or any other intuitive ability is a quiet, receptive mind. A mind that is well-trained in any profession will almost always develop intuitive ability. The more a person works at their craft, the more intuitive that person will become in their area of expertise. The rational or trained mind becomes the filter through which the intuitive impressions are received. Meditation, prayer, and quiet receptivity are prerequisites for this ability. Medical intuition comes from God where everything is known.

My medical intuitive ability does not revolve around the emotional or spiritual levels or the sleep state. My eyes are wide open, I’m fully aware, and the practical suggestions drop into my mind. What does this body want? is the question that I ask myself.

While the emotions and the spiritual are taken into account, my strength seems to lie specifically on the physical level, probably as a result of my training in Environmental Medicine, where I worked as an allergy-testing technician for many years.

The body only wants to repair - we just need to give it the tools to do so.

During three decades of immersion in the complementary or alternative medical field, it has been clearly revealed to me that there are certain simple principles, when implemented can make a tremendous difference to a person’s health and well-being. Like the indigenous people who saw Columbus’s ships for the first time, when their eyes were trained to see beyond their normal experience, they were open to whole new realm of possibility.

Medical intuition, like anything else, is not the domain of a very few. Medical intuition or body awareness exists within each person. Allow yourself to develop your own instincts in ways that are appropriate and make sense to you. Trust these instincts and utilize them for better health. Optimum health is not a mystery. I have to report that people are looking all over the place for answers to their health concerns when most of the solutions are readily at hand. If I had not witnessed this dramatic transformation thousands of times in a clinical setting and in my own work, I would not have believed it myself. God makes things simple - if we need something, it is never very far away.

For the past 30 years I have had an incredibly fulfilling career. Helping people to regain their health is very rewarding. If you are looking for answers to your health challenges, you’ll enjoy reading my books – all titled The Body Knows. They will help you to discover your own intuition and to open the gateway to optimum health.

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