‘It’s between you and God’ is something I play over and over in my head.
These were the words from my best friend Gulnar, a Master Psychologist and Hypnotherapist. I was lying on my bed where I had been pretty much glued for over 10 days. I was weak and really struggling to do anything, I hadn’t been able to keep any food down for all that time. I had Polycystic Kidney Disease and they had flared up.
The doctors wanted me to be admitted into hospital as I was nearing renal failure, but I was unable to do that for 2 reasons. 1 – I had no insurance and 2 – I wanted to take the natural route – I knew I was ill because I had not seen my kids in 4 months. This was not the first time I had been this ill – this time I wanted to eliminate it completely.
Physical Illness and Mental Struggles
For me our physical illness is a direct response to our mental struggles. According to Louise Hay in her book “You Can Heal Your Body”, problems with kidneys were caused by fear and regret. Well this is exactly what I was going through. My kids were given to my ex-husband when we divorced, as per the law and I was starting a new career and life from scratch, which was really scary. I was fearing the future, starting with no money and on my own and the thought of ‘was it the right thing to leave my kids’.
A friend of mine offered to lend me some money and I chose to go and see my kids and to do what I do best – Laugh! Of course, it took a couple of days of my mother-in-law’s cooking and force-feeding, but after that I started to laugh. My kids bringing in the love and me focusing on those words ‘it’s between you and God’ .
It was amazing how quickly laughing with my kids changed my mood. I felt better with the joy cocktail that gets released through laughter. It’s made up of endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. I practiced my laughter exercises with my kids and felt my cells move around my body filling with oxygen as my body started to heal. Remember, no disease can grow in fully oxygenated cells. I made sure I did laugh/love taps appreciating my body and loving it unconditionally. It is amazing.
Self-acceptance and Self-love
How self-acceptance and self-love can make all the difference and what better way to do this than through laughter.
I became more energetic and generally felt better. I spent 7 days with them and was almost back to normal after that.
I did a lot of healing through loving myself through laughter – using some of the techniques mentioned in that same book by Louise Hay, but I changed it to be done through laughter.
‘I am doing the best I can’. I chanted as I laughed.
I turned these affirmations into laughmations , breaking the critical filter and planting those positive intentions.
‘I love and accept myself completely’ was another one I laughed.
Another exercise I did was to be grateful, and thankful for all I had in my life, no matter how small or insignificant it may have seemed. I also did this through laughter. I basically take all the practices that I like and add laughter to them. This just plants the messages securely in my sub conscious mind and with continuous practice they become habits.
Laughter and Healing
Now this was just the beginning of my healing, it was a daily practice of laughter that really did the trick and I must say that its been over 4 years now that I have been doing this and I have, ‘touch wood’, no signs of my cysts in my kidneys. This is just a testament to the fact that you can keep yourself healthy and well by adding laughter and positivity into your life.
This was one of my experiences and laughter really helped me through some difficult times – in the next few months I will be interviewing a few of my fellow laughter yogis who have had transformational changes through laughter. I am sure some will relate to you one way or another.
Please feel free to contact me for more information on a daily laughter practice. Remember to live life laughingly.
About the author: To find out more about Jo-Dee Walmsley, click here.