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Allergies, addictions, phobias and vow changes

Included in the Journey 'toolkit' are several shorter processes which can assist you to overcome and heal from the effects of allergies, addictions, phobias and vows which are no longer healthy or appropriate. These shorter processes can be included in a complete Journey process or can be used either singly or in combination as standalone treatments.

Allergies
Allergic reactions which people may suffer can range from a mild case of sniffles or skin blotchiness, through stomach upsets and 'feeling unwell' after eating certain foods, right up to life-threatening anaphylaxis. Allergic reactions may be recognised by parents early in a child's life by a particular reaction or behaviour pattern occurring after the child eats certain foods or does certain activities. Common allergens are wheat, gluten, peanuts, dairy, seafood, bee and wasp stings, house dust and dust mites, and animal pets. The usual medical response is to treat the allergic symptoms caused by exposure to the allergens while also counselling avoidance of the cause(s). When a person manifests an allergic reaction to several fairly basic food types, avoidance of these can become difficult and limiting. It is a far better option to cure the allergy rather than avoid the allergen.

The philosophy behind the Journey allergy healing is that there is a controlling part of every person which seeks to protect that person against whatever it is that the person is allergic to. We call this part the Guardian Part. When exposure occurs, the Guardian Part causes the person's body to manifest the allergic reaction which the Guardian Part has chosen. The purpose of this is so that the Guardian Part can protect the person from any harm which may be caused by the allergen simply because the Guardian Part does not know how else to deal with the situation. So in the case where a person is allergic to a great many things, the Guardian Part is perhaps unusually timid, or extra careful, thereby limiting the person's choices to things which the Guardian Part feels are safe for the person.

The Journey treatment causes the Guardian Part to select different, healthy behaviours in response to exposure to the allergens. These alternative behaviours usually take effect immediately and frequently enable the person to be exposed to the former allergen with absolutely no ill effects.

Examples of treatment from my own cases include a young girl living 400km away who was allergic to wheat, gluten, dairy and house dust, and was covered with eczema. I worked for 15 minutes by phone with her one evening. The following morning her eczema was about 50% improved (it subsequently vanished completely) and she was able to eat any food she chose without any reaction at all. I visited her a few months later to find her happy and healthy, but still suffering from a dust mite allergy. After repeating the process for that allergy, she immediately went under a bed and played with cushions there that were full of dust. She came out, gave a sneeze, and had no reaction. Her parents said that before the process she would have come out in blotches all over her body. Similar healing from allergies to wheat and dairy occurred with three children during a joint session. The evening after the session they had pizza and cream-filled doughnuts for dinner, both absolutely forbidden before the treatment, and had no reaction at all. (Their mother commented that she now has to use the 'not good for you' reason rather than the 'you're allergic to it' reason for them not to eat junk food.)

After treatment, it is necessary to challenge the old allergy, as the people in the examples above did, to determine the extent to which the process has reduced or 'cured' the allergy. In the case of life-threatening allergic reactions, e.g. anaphylaxis, it is essential that the allergen is initially administered in a small dose and in an environment where all antidotes and other safety measures can be taken. Very often, the application of an allergen to the skin, rather than consuming it, will provide an indication of whether or not the person is still allergic to this substance. If the person reacts to skin contact, do not allow them to eat the food item.

It is important to recognise the differences between an allergy and other inappropriate reactions to food. As an example, after consuming sugar- and caffeine-rich substances, e.g. cola or 'energy' drinks, or food with additives, people will often react with hyperactive behaviour (frequently followed by tiredness and lassitude, which is often alleviated by another sugary caffeinated drink). This is not an allergic reaction to the 'food' but rather a reaction to a toxic overload of sugar and/or caffeine, or a reaction to artifical additives and sweeteners. This cannot and should not be treated by the allergy treatment described above, but must be treated by removal of the toxic 'foods' and replacement with healthy food.

If this short process does not completely clear the allergy, then it is likely that there is a deep-seated reason for this, possibly extending back into past lifetimes, and a full Journey process is recommended.


Phobias
A phobia is an irrational fear of something. It may have developed because of some conscious memory of an unpleasant or life-threatening event, or it may be due to some unconscious fear (possibly from a previous lifetime). Examples of fears could include fear of insects and spiders, fear of water, fear of heights, fear of flying, fear of mice and rats, fear of enclosed places (claustrophobia), fear of making decisions, fear of being alone, fear of men with beards (I had a client who had this phobia so had to clear it before we could do a Journey), fear of open spaces, and many, many more.

The Journey phobia cure process effectively protects you while you observe yourself responding to situations of the type which would cause you to respond in a phobic manner. So, for example, if you were afraid of insects, you would be safely kept away from those insects while you visualised yourself having the insects in close proximity. This visualised sequence is then scrambled in your brain so that the behaviour you have developed to deal with that situation is no longer your immediate response (similar to pressing a 'Reset' button in your brain). Then you are given emotional resources which will enable you to deal with the situation in a healthy manner, and you visualise yourself doing that, before bringing all those resources back into your own body.

An example of the effects of a phobia cure can be seen in a client who was afraid of "spiders, insects and other creepy-crawlies", and was also afraid of anything adventurous including water on his face (he told me that when washing his hair in the shower he would stand with his back to the water so he could keep his face dry.) After the processes (one for each of these phobias) I received a text message from him the next day saying he had walked into a spider's web, it and the spider with all its dead flies were all over his face, and his only reaction was annoyance that he would now have spider's web in his hair. A few days later he sent another text saying he had a lovely big spider crawling over his hand, he thought he would keep it and call it Gerald, and he was off to show his wife. A few weeks later he sent another text to say he was swimming in a pool for the first time ever, and had been swimming underwater. The changes didn't stop there. He resigned from his dead-end job, they sold their New Zealand house, which they didn't like, and left to start a new life in Australia, where they are both thriving, healthy and happy. He sent me photos of himself in Australia cuddling koalas and holding snakes and crocodiles and is now also taking swimming lessons.

After a phobia process it is very beneficial to challenge the old phobia by doing whatever is necessary to expose yourself to a situation in which you would have felt the effects of the old phobia, as the person in the example above did. If there are still signs that the phobia has not completely cleared then it is likely that the phobia comes from a deeper place inside you, possibly from a past lifetime , and a full Journey process is recommended.


Addictions
An addiction is a type of behaviour which a person feels compelled to do, often against their will or better judgement, and which usually is harmful to them in some way. It can also manifest as a compulsion or an obsession to do something even though that action has been done very recently. They may range from an addiction to television, computer games or internet use, through smoking, alcoholism, sex and excessive eating, right up to addictions to narcotics and other harmful drugs, and may also include obsessive and compulsive behaviour such as checking a door is locked or a switch is off many times before going to bed. Many people are in denial about having an addiction, feeling that it is somehow shameful and they need to hide it. This is not the case and before a person can deal with addictive behaviour they must recognise that they do have the addiction and must want to cease the addictive behaviour. No treatment will be effective if these conditions are not met because ultimately we all have free will to respond to a situation in a manner of our own choosing. Very often the addict has attempted to cure themselves of the addiction before, in some cases many times, and this has simply strengthened their belief that curing the addiction will be difficult.

The Journey process which I use to modify addictive behaviour has three steps: Step 1 changes the addict's belief that it will be difficult to cure this addiction into a belief that the addiction will be easy to cure and in fact that they have already been cured of the addiction and now just need to attract the cured self to them.
Step 2 is similar to the phobia cure process described above, in which the person scrambles the mental pictures of themselves manifesting the behaviour associated with this addiction.
Step 3 enables the ex-addict to visualise different, healthy responses to the situations that would have triggered the addictive behaviour in the past.

An example of the power of the addiction clearing process to modify a person's behaviour was the case of a client who smoked, ate junk food and was a couch potato in front of a television set whenever possible. We worked on his addictions to smoking cigarettes, to eating junk food, and his preference to watch TV rather than engage in more energetic and healthy pursuits. Immediately after the process he visited a friend, who is a smoker, and refused to smoke. He told me afterwards that he didn't even want to smoke and that he was aware of the repugnant smell of those who were smoking. His diet changed; he couldn't even stand the smell of takeaways but chose instead to eat salads and fresh food. He stopped watching television, bought himself some training shoes and started running with the stated intention of running a marathon by the end of the year.

As with the other processes in this section, as soon as possible after the process it is highly desirable to expose yourself to a situation which would have led to your addictive behaviour. By consciously doing this you can be aware of your new reactions and the behaviours you now choose in preference to the old addictive behaviours. By focussing on the new healthy behaviours, you are beginning to develop the neural pathways in your brain which will result in these new behaviours becoming habitual, just as the old addictive behaviour was habitual.


Vow changes
Vows are extremely powerful in creating behaviour patterns. Some vows are made in formal settings, e.g. wedding vows, while others may be made as a result of an unpleasant experience or situation, e.g. hunger may cause an internal vow to be made that "I'm never going to be hungry again". Given the power of vows to determine our behaviour, it seems strange that there is not more emphasis on maintaining an inventory of the vows that we have made with the aim of removing those which are no longer appropriate and healthy, e.g. loyalty to a former spouse.

The Journey vow change process allows a person to identify the vow that was made and the circumstances in which it was made. Then a setting is arranged to allow those who were present when the old vow was made to appear, any forgiveness that is necessary can take place, and the old vow is stated and erased. Then a healthy new vow is put in its place to allow the person's response to the situations in which the old vow came into play to be healthier and more appropriate.

Examples of this are very common amongst clients who are overweight and have usually tried many different 'weight loss programmes' and diets to deal with this situation. Usually the problem results from poverty or maltreatment in childhood, which has at some stage resulted in hunger for the child. The child makes a vow at some stage that they will never be hungry again. As a result of this vow they will eat whatever food they can whenever they can, resulting in obesity. The vow change process allows them to revisit the time and place where they made the vow, forgive those who were instrumental in causing the young person to make that vow, receive forgiveness for having made the vow, and put in place a new healthy vow along the lines that they vow to eat healthily and to be slim, fit, healthy and beautiful. Such is the power of vows that this is what they become without any real effort on their part. Other common examples of vows which are no longer appropriate are vows which have been made to a former spouse. After this relationship breaks up, these vows can prevent the formation of a normal healthy relationship with a new partner. It is a very simple matter to remove the earlier vows and install new, healthy vows that are effective in the new relationship.

While vows are very powerful and are often overlooked in the healing process, they are not necessarily the only cause of problems such as those descibed above. If problems persist after a vow change process, a full Journey process is recommended. If contemplating a vow change process as a means of facilitating weight loss, there are other processes which can also help, e.g. a similar process to the allergy treatment to allow the Guardian Part to reprogramme itself so that it chooses healthier ways of responding to situations than simply eating more food. For a complete discussion of weight loss options go to the weight loss section of this website.



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