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You’re NOT Defective – Your Body is a Reflection of The World, and the World is in Crisis

By January 27, 2020 5 Comments

Your body is a reflection of you and your world, and perhaps we could argue that it is also a reflection of the world at large. But I find it’s more helpful to focus on how your body is a reflection of you and your world, while mine is a reflection of me and my world

In today’s video and the accompanying blog post I’m asking you to consider this theory of mine, by looking at what your body is telling you. I use my own circumstances, symptoms, inner and outer environments to demonstrate what I mean. 

For example: I recently traveled to Texas to spend Christmas with Stefan’s family. While Stefan and I stayed in a hotel, I spent two days cooking for everyone in Stefan’s parent’s home, and on Christmas night I spent several miserable hours in the hotel bathroom acutely sicker than I’ve ever been in my life. No one else got acutely sick. 

Stefan’s mom had told us about a sinus infection she just hadn’t been able to cure, and we asked if there was a chance there was mold in the house. They said no. But recent events have led Stefan’s parents to believe there is in fact mold in their house. My body recognized a toxic poison and did its job of alerting me and eliminating it as fast as possible. 

Only days after moving into our new home in Longmont, CO back in summer of 2017 I began experiencing a growing list of symptoms like a racing mind, inability to sleep, digestive disturbances, total lack of motivation, irregular periods and eventually daily nausea, vomiting, 24/7 muscle twitching and more. 

Every doctor I’ve seen about those symptoms and the longer term health impacts have sung the same tune: “your body must have such a high toxic load that the slightest exposure tips you over the edge.”

Basically they’re saying: this isn’t exactly your fault, but it comes down to faulty genetics and a defective immune system that reacts too strongly (autoimmune response) and hasn’t learned how to detox effectively.

My theory is the opposite: because I’ve created a “clean” inner environment and the feedback channels between me (my conscious mind) and my body are open, this means that my body can alert me (and through me – my community) to danger, often immediately. 

Watch today’s video for my full theory, or find the full blog post here. 

Then, share your thoughts below! I’d love to hear your take on my theory, and whether you’ve had any personal experience being a “canary in the coal mine.”

I’ve made a pact with my body to always listen to her and allow her wisdom to alert me to danger. I grew up in a home free of chemicals, my mom fed us mostly organic food, I’ve tested my genetic mercury inheritance from mom and it’s almost zero, and I’ve been obsessed with health since I was 17 – which means I eat and live very clean, and I’ve done just about every cleanse and detox out there. How can I have a higher burden than other people, such as Stefan, who grew up eating, breathing and ingesting chemicals in the food he was fed and the air he breathed (his family uses chemical household products, and he even sprayed pesticides on cotton for a living one summer!) His body had no choice but to adapt and do its best to combat those chemicals, but he is suffering the consequences now with more persistent deeply held patterns that don’t let go as easily as mine. 

My body alerts me to dangers in my environment that are real, deserve my attention and threaten not only me but everyone else too, even if those other people aren’t symptomatic.


Stefan, for example, had almost no mercury poisoning symptoms but his levels were even higher than mine. 

What’s your version of this? 

While I believe we’re all suffering the consequences of our collective human actions (poisoning our food, soil, water and air), we each react differently. Your body is alerting you to the dangers in your environment, which may show up differently than in my body.

My best recommendation is to gather the data, be as objective as possible and let the data paint a picture. Then, start asking questions. Resist the urge to fix, detox, heal anything right away. Often, our attempts to suppress symptoms (by getting rid of them) mean we don’t get the message or learn what our body is trying to tell us. 

Sometimes we DO have a genetic toxicity burden; sometimes we DO have to confront something in ourselves; and sometimes, the gift we’re given for doing the work of “cleaning” up our internal and home environments (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) is that our body talks more readily, more directly and we get notified of danger faster. 

I believe your intuition lives in your body, and opening these feedback channels means opening your conscious mind to your inner intuitive wisdom. 

Thank you so much for reading. Please share your thoughts below! 

 

5 Comments

  • Debbie says:

    Hi Elisha, I have developed asthma over the past few months and everyone thinks its just me. I live holistic, chemical free and am vegan. No one also feels what I do and the people in my house claim it is just me and there is nothing wrong with my living environment. I do feel alone and think that because I have removed all the chemicals, detergents, scented products, laundry and dish detergents, etc. that may I have set myself up to be super sensitive to things in my environment. My doctor tells me to move out of the house which I own and no one in it will help to remove their chemicals, etc. I stay in my room most of the time and isolate myself. When I have to be in other parts of the house I wear a mask to help keep my incidents down. Atlease now I have figured out the triggers for now. I went to the doctors and had thousands of dollars of tests done, xrays of the lungs and pulmonary tests. They say I am a picture of health. At times I feel like someone is sitting on my chest and I build up alot of mucus such as an upper respiratory infection, however, I am a picture of health. I feel your pain and understand your frustrations.

  • Mary says:

    Wow!! Elisha! You answered my question! I’ve been asking myself why am I feeling stalled out? I’m still doing things like my yoga and skiing a few times a week, daily chores and such, but all I really want to do is sit in my comfy chair and knit!!! I’m usually very motivated to attack projects around the house and ski every chance I get and all I want to do is sit in my chair and knit. Your theory could explain why. I’m deeply concerned about the state of affairs in our government right now and am totally burnt out on the deception and lying I hear everyday. So if your theory is applied to my situation, I’m shutting down my forward movement and productivity just as our government has! Interesting. Thank you for your perspective. I’m believing perhaps I don’t need to feel so guilty for being sluggish. I just wish I could shrug it off and not let it get to me so much!!! There in lies the struggle!!!

  • Ann Marie says:

    Elisha, this time you have surpassed yourself – this was A M A Z I N G !!
    I need to “stew over” it for a few days but don’t want you to be disappointed over what could be perceived as a lack of interest/response. I guess others also need to have a good think before commenting…
    PS. What is the music you play at the end of every talk? I love it!

  • Tania says:

    Hi Elisha, I certainly relate to your experience and feel the same and have come to understand that my body is my greatest teacher….and the metaphor I use is that I feel like a canary in the mines that were used to alert the miners if there was any dangerous gases present!…I totally get what you are expressing and only this morning was reminded (intuitively) that it’s been 25 years since I first found out via Vega testing that I’m highly sensitive to Geopathic Stress http://www.geomancyaustralia.com/what-is-geopathic-stress/ …I’ve been intuitively guided to avoid mainstream health practitioners since my early 30’s when my GP wanted to prescribe me anti-depressants because that’s the only solution he could offer me, and I refused because I knew that wasn’t the right path for me..and a few years ago when I was going through menopause, my Integrative GP commented to me in a pleasant way, something along the lines of, that she’s never had a patient like me, and I took that to mean that I’m so in tune with my body and was partnering with her by letting her know exactly what I sensed my body needed each visit and I’m grateful that she obliged….and the most recent thing that has intuitively come to my attention to contemplate is the correlation between the role of the fungal network in the soil and the role of the nervous system in the body!….thank you Elisha, I really appreciate you openly sharing your experiences and I totally get what you’re saying 🤩💕🇦🇺

    • Hi Tania! Thanks for sharing some of your experience with this concept of “Your body is a reflection of the world.” I think we need more stories out there! The fungal network is definitely an interesting corollary to the nervous system!

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