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First let’s take a look a medical perspective of rheumatoid arthritis so that we have an idea about what the body is doing and then we’ll take a look at the emotional belief that allows it to happen.  I like this particular page because it provides some drawings so that you can see what is happening. If you visualize in your self-healing practice, you may find the drawings to be helpful. Here is how rheumatoid arthritis was described:

 Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. The immune system contains a complex organization of cells and antibodies designed normally to “seek and destroy” invaders of the body, particularly infections. Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood that target their own body tissues, where they can be associated with inflammation. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease.

First of all, I want to offer my compassion to anyone suffering from this. I understand this condition can make even the simplest of everyday tasks very difficult to do. By the way, ladies, according to the same source mentioned above, this is three times more common in women than men.

In the article above, I talk about autoimmune diseases being the physical manifestation of an inner war going on inside of us. Understanding what the inner war is all about provides you with some insights about what changes you need to make in your beliefs in order to experience the emotional and spiritual balance that will help you physically heal.

When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, this is succinctly what I understood from my meditation and it complements what I had heard in my previous meditation about autoimmune diseases. Here is what I learned. I suggest you also sit quietly and check into your own intuition to see if this resonates as true for you.

Rheumatoid arthritis is about being angry with yourself for what you did not do or accomplish that you think you should have done.

Here is what Louise Hay suggested about it: Deep criticism of authority. Feeling very put upon.

So let’s put these two perspectives together:

Rheumatoid arthritis is about being angry with yourself for what you did not do or accomplish that you think you should have done. It includes a deep criticism of authority and a feeling of being very put upon.

When you put these two insights together it becomes apparent that in order to heal rheumatoid arthritis you will need to develop some new perspectives and some skills. Here are some suggestions for focusing your energy:

  • 1.    Discover that deep intuitive voice within you that knows what is absolutely right for you to do, regardless of what other people (knowledgeable or in authority) might think.
  • 2.    Hold yourself in compassion for the choices you regret that you did not make. Honor yourself for doing what you thought was right, or felt pushed into doing, even though it may have gone against a deeper intuitive wisdom. After all, intuitive wisdom has not received much societal acknowledgement until lately. Stop blaming anyone else or yourself by finding compassion for making the choices that you did. 
  • 3.    When you have held yourself long enough in compassion, you will find yourself really noticing your critical inner voice—you know—that bullying voice you learned from someone else and you have now adopted as your own. You need to know what you tend to criticize and why, because if you stay present to the voice you are likely to discover that what you are really angry about relates to your own expectations about you and life. If you have my book, The Root of All Healing, use step 1 to begin observing your criticism habits. If you don’t have the book, you can get it in The Root of All Healing.
  • 4.    Gently and lovingly begin replacing critical words with words of gratitude. For example, when you catch yourself saying something like, “I wish she would show up on time,” quickly change the statement and the energy behind it to, “I’m grateful she is coming.” Pretty soon, you’ll find the critical thoughts start dropping away, and in their place you are affirming a more positive reality.
  • 5.    Give yourself permission to start following your intuitive wisdom, even if it makes other people unhappy with you for a while. Consider this: you’ve probably been deeply unhappy with yourself and others for a long time. So why not do what it takes to make yourself happy? Other people will get used to you being happy and either join you or they will give up, step back and let you be. After all, it’s difficult to argue with happiness.

While you are doing all of this wonderful inner work, discovering what really makes you happy in the world, I suggest doing a little research about foods and toxins that contribute to inflammation. Discover choices you could make that would reduce inflammation and enhance your flexibility and physical healing.

Most importantly I hope you are following  your intuitive guidance so that you can be happy every single day, and let the critical, authoritarian voice within you finally get some rest.