Are you ready to reorganize your life?
A woman's journey in discovering Network Spinal Analysis and its unique approach to pain and healing.
Let your spine show you the way
By Lucy French
According to US-based Dr Donny Epstein, our physiology says a great deal about the structure of our lives. Asking “why is this pain or symptom happening to me?” invokes a higher level of thought and stimulates further investigation behind the real purpose of the illness or symptom. Research by the University of California indicates that as the structure of the spine improves so do people’s lives.
Have you ever thought you are living in your own Groundhog Day movie? Where life repeats the same old series of events until one day you wake up, smell the roses, see things differently and create a new ending? Well, that’s what happened to me, but it wasn’t in the way I expected! My life-defining moment began 6 years ago, when a friend introduced me to Network (also known as Network Spinal Analysis), a revolutionary methodology developed by Dr Epstein.
Dr. Donny Epstein
A graduate of the New York Chiropractic College, Dr Donny Epstein is the author of The 12 Stages of Healing and Healing Myths, Healing Magic, and a member of the science board of the distinguished Angelicum Council, based in Milan, Italy, which is a think-tank for world visionaries and academics. His advocates include peak performance coach and author, Anthony Robbins; Candace B Pert, PhD, author of Molecules of Emotion; and Deepak Chopra MD.
My journey of transformation started when I met my Network practitioner. I explained how a disc in my lower spine, which I’d injured over 15 years ago, was still causing me pain from time to time. What I wanted was someone to fix it so the pain would never come back.
The purpose of pain
To my astonishment he didn’t see my pain as the problem – or something to be ‘fixed’. Pain, he explained, isn’t normally an isolated incident but is connected to other life circumstances.
Fixing the pain and restoring the person to the way they were before may feel like a safe option, but if nothing else changes in the person’s life the pain is more likely to return again and again.
‘What if the pain or symptom has a good purpose? What if it is asking you to stop, take an inventory of your life, and look at what needs to be done differently to achieve the life you really want?’
How do I know what needs to be done differently? ‘We need to put the pieces of your life back together so we can see the bigger picture. Like a jigsaw, we can see how the pieces connect and learn how the circumstances have affected your overall level of wellness.’
To put those pieces together I was asked a series of thought provoking questions:
What was happening in my life when I originally injured the disc in 1985? That was easy – my marriage was on the rocks and my stress levels had gone sky high.
How was my injury treated and did I take any time out to reflection the bigger picture? Rest was the recommended cure at the time and, yes, I spent a lot of time thinking about what had gone wrong with my life. The previous 5 years had been especially difficult. I was exhausted from trying to save a failing marriage and coping with a very difficult family issue that wouldn’t go away.
What did I do next?
I decided to stop rescuing my marriage and taking on the rest of my family’s problems. Once I recovered I left to travel overseas. Although it was a hard decision at the time, it gave me a whole new lease on life.
So why had the pain returned? What was happening in my life right now? I explained how the previous year had not been kind to me. First I’d lost my job, along with thousands of other Ansett Air New Zealand employees, and although I’d landed a new one within months it involved relocating to Queensland. Six months later, just as I was getting my life back, I found myself in hospital having an emergency hysterectomy. I didn’t like the job, so I returned to Melbourne to be close to the rest of my family while I recuperated. This time going overseas wasn’t going to be the answer. What I needed was a way to reorganize my whole life!
Dr. Sara O'Neill practicing Network Spinal Analysis
Do you want to restore or reorganize your life?
According to Dr Epstein the structure of our physiology says a great deal about the structure of our lives. If the shoulders are hunched forward, the physiology is placed in defence, the life force is drained from the body and the person feels inadequate and helpless. Unfortunately, if the physiology of the person’s body doesn’t change, neither will the structure of their life. Pain can become a positive and motivating force for that structure to change, but it depends on which direction the person wants to take. Do they want to restore or reorganize their life?
In restorative healing the person tends to want to go back to where they were before. Something has disturbed the status quo
– I’ve lost my job, my partner has left me, I have this symptom
– please stop it so I can go back to the way it was before all this happened!
Although the desire to return to the way it was before is admirable (because it creates certainty and familiarity for the person), there is a high risk that the symptoms will return again and again.
Asking “why is this happening to me?” empowers the person. It invokes a higher level of thought and stimulates further investigation behind the real purpose of the illness or symptom. Known as Reorganizational Healing this approach gives the person the opportunity to actively participate in their wellness process and choose which direction they want to go in.
To find out how Lucy, alongside her network practitioner, reorganized her life, and the Epstein Triad of Change read the rest of the article here
For more information on Dr. Sara O'Neill, Network Spinal Analysis and re-organizational healing visit her website.