“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Sometimes when you have ME you feel like you’ve been pushed through a looking glass, down a rabbit hole to be struck by Lightening. You drink strange concoctions to eliminate unseen toxins and open chakras whilst breathing strangely. None of this parallel world is directly related to the experience of the illness itself but the healing process.
How do you approach this if you can’t believe six impossible things before breakfast?
Open-minded, intelligent curiosity
Even if the explanation seems nonsense the approach can still work (perhaps by calming your mind/body).
Words can mean different things to different people. For example, in Traditional Chinese Medicine terms like ‘liver stagnation’ and ‘spleen deficiency’ can have quite different meanings to standard English.
Is this an opportunity to find out about different perspectives and the wisdom of other cultures?
Trust your instincts
If you’re honestly open-minded about what may help, you still need to protect yourself from things that may hinder your recovery or general wellbeing. Questions I ask are:
Does it seem too expensive for what it is?
Does it over promise, using words like ‘proven’?
Does the approach make me feel guilty about being ill or similar?
Does something about it make me feel generally anxious?
Does it go against general advice? e.g. acting as if there’s nothing wrong
If so, I stay clear.
Many resources for this site are rooted in religious traditions (eg Free Stuff). This may cause concern for atheists and those with a strong faith affiliation. I personally take the view that spiritual practices are only worship if you believe they are. If you don’t accept this only use resources suited to your faith position. I intend to add faith specific posts too (see here) .
“For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass