Do You Trust Your Own Intuition?

By Barbara Cunnings-Versaevel

Information abounds on how to heal from cancer and many other afflictions our modern day society bears. North Americans are awash in maladies yet we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world. That should be our first clue that something is not right.

Have you questioned this premise? Why are we so sick? Why are so many people overweight – especially children? It’s alarming.

Cancer is one 2x 4 learning that will catch your attention and hopefully create a need to search for answers. As good as traditional medicine can be it is not the whole answer. We really need to look within and take responsibility for our own health. In fact, our health care systems are not going to be able to support the millions of people aging and unwell. It’s time to learn how to trust ourselves and use all the resources we have.

What about Your Own Intuition?

Over the years, I’ve learned to trust mine. It’s a matter of being aware of what is happening around us and within us. A good example is food. My body will usually tell me when I’m eating incorrectly for me. Notice I say ‘for me’. No one diet or way of eating can work for the majority. The principles of the regime can be adapted – maybe more than one regime – to work best for you. I’ve also found in my extensive reading that research results can be tweaked to mirror the outcome desired. For me, then, how my body reacts, how I feel, is more an indicator of effectiveness.

What are the Signs?

Here are some of the signs I notice after eating certain foods – signs to me that have provided clues to what works for me and what doesn’t.

  • Fatigue – general lethargy, not the fatigue from treatment
  • Brain fog – aside from chemo brain
  • Irritability – a nagging unsettledness within that makes me edgy
  • Insomnia – my body just doesn’t feel right – it won’t release and allow me to sleep
  • Bloating – definitely a sign that what I just ate didn’t sit well
  • Weight gain – often in unwelcome places.
  • Poor vision – this is a new one for me – when I’m eating right, I see more clearly without glasses.
  • Itching or hives – since I have a penicillin allergy, this is a big one. It indicates to me that the food source (often chicken or cattle) have been given penicillin which shows up in the end product and I react.
  • Flatulence – can be from eating raw foods such as salads in the winter when my body doesn’t want them – or too much fibre and too little water – or not the right ingredients because sometimes I can eat salads with no problem at all.

Can you see where I’m going with this thought? We have to be our own body detectives and become aware of what is really happening. You will be amazed at the insights you gain.

Other Sources of Intuition

When I am working on a problem, the solution will show up in many places. Again, I can take food as an example. I’ll be checking out recipes in a cookbook, then I will read a novel and there will be useful information about what I’m researching. A magazine article will appear out of nowhere and a TV show will be talking about it. Life is saying – don’t you get it yet!!!

This can apply to almost any situation you are working through. Answers will appear in many guises to give you what you need to make a choice.

Another one is a body reaction – a strong sense of moving forward or an equally strong sense of pulling back. Can be in reaction to what you are deciding to do, a person, a situation, a product, etc. Sometimes the reaction is subtle but there nevertheless when you are tuned in. This reaction is your subconscious talking to you . . . intuition from your inner self.

What about those incidents where people have missed or cancelled flights that later had accidents. The few minutes delay when a person leaves for an appointment that saved their lives. A fortuitous meeting with a stranger and the change it made in their lives. Examples are everywhere if we are open to acknowledge them.

How Does This Apply to Healing

For those of us who have gone through or are going through cancer, we know at some level how we got off track. It may not be one thing and likely is not, but there will be a sense that we know what we really need to do to put ourselves in a place to heal.

Cancer didn’t just happen by itself. Did we cause it – no. Did we have input into how it manifested – yes. Somewhere along the line, we are not in harmony with ourselves at whatever level. This disharmony can be at a physical, spiritual or mental level. Healing requires detective work – digging down into the layers, trusting your intuition or ‘gut feeling’ to source out areas that need exploring. This takes work. It takes courage. The rewards are so worth it though. This is an opportunity to create the life you were born to live.

When the body is in harmony, healing becomes easier. Will this affect a cure for cancer? Maybe! Will it heal your life – absolutely! In the end, healing your life is what’s important. It will increase your quality of life while you’re alive and the quality of life for those around you. Wellness will be your reward.

Why This Concept Appeared for this Newsletter

As I’ve indicated, I listen to my intuition. For the past couple of years, I’ve been leaning strongly towards a vegan way of eating. I read ‘The China Study’ and listened to many authorities on the benefits of eating this way. Mostly it works for me, but it is a struggle to create balanced meals and make sure I get all the nutrients I need, especially since I’m allergic to soy which is a big part of this way of eating.

Once before, when I lived in England, I had put on weight. Then I thought back to how we ate at home when I didn’t have any problems, and started eating that way again. It was the basics. And, it worked.

I’m now reading ‘The Happiness Diet’ by Tyler G. Graham and Drew Ramsey and getting some ah-ha moments. So, what am I going to do? Test it out. See if it really does make a difference for me. Or maybe just parts of this way of eating work for me. It’s what I’ve done all along. Look at the evidence, try it out, trust my intuition and how my body reacts and proceed from there. I’m still here.

The premise and goal of most of these different approaches to our food is to eat whole foods, free of pesticides and additives, as natural as possible, from sources that are raised or grown as natural as possible. We have become a nation of food that looks like food but really isn’t. Guess I could get in trouble for that statement, but truly, when you look at what people have in their grocery carts when they check out. Most of it is packaged, manufactured food. Then we wonder why people are getting overweight, sick and tired.

Trust Your Intuition – a Challenge

For the next while, check in with your body. Be aware of what is and isn’t working on all levels. Keep a diary or journal and record what you learn. It will be an amazing journey of discovery.

As always, your comments and feedback matter. The opinions stated here are mine. Yours have great value and we can all learn from each other. Do these comments resonate with you? Do you disagree? Share your thoughts with us on Do you disagree? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. You matter!! We’d love to hear from you.

To your wellness,


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