Vaishali, author of “You Are What You Love” and
started when I was in my mid-twenties, with a small pain in the
abdomen that became most acute when I would bend over. Little did I
know how this little pain would force me to make big changes in my
life. I did what most people would do when seeking to address
something health related: I made an appointment with my doctor. After
extensive testing, everything we had tried was inconclusive.
the course of a year, the pain spread down the right leg and across
the lower back. I pretty much just dragged my right leg around. My
abdomen slowly swelled until there was a constant state of
discomforting distention. My skin turned a pasty shade of gray with
tiny bumps, the greatest concentration being on my back.
back on it now, I can understand that my skin looked this way because
it was the only organ still detoxifying my entire body. Due to my
declining condition, my doctor suggested that we try exploratory
surgery. My doctor and I discussed best and worst possible scenarios;
the worst case would be that they might have to start removing
clearly remember the moment I regained consciousness in the recovery
room. My doctor wouldn’t make eye contact with me, and I was
thinking, “This can’t be good.” He said, “I
have some good news and some bad news. I’ll start with the good
news. We did not take anything out; you still have all your organs.
bad news is every organ from your stomach to your colon is in
crisis.” Your liver and small intestine are the worst. I could
flip this quarter to determine which organ is going to shut down
first, but most likely you are going to die from either the liver or
small intestine shutting down, and I don’t know why.”
back on it now, I can see this specialist, unintentionally, did me
the biggest favor of my life. I heard about a rare Chinese form of
internal organ massage called Chi Nei Tsang, and decided to try it.
Fortunately for me, I stumbled into the office of Gilles Marin, the
foremost master in this technique.
worked on me for about ten minutes and then said, “Okay, I am
going to tell you what is wrong with you. I am warning you now it is
going to be extremely hard for you to hear, because you have been
diagnosed as terminal and been through so much pain for so long. The
problem with you is you are not breathing correctly.” My first
thought was, “If it were my breathing, I would have been dead
long before now.”
explained that breathing is how we digest our emotions, thoughts and
experiences, as well as supply oxygen to the body. “You have
absorbed as much fear as a person can, and still be alive, but barely
alive.” Gilles further explained, “The diaphragm in the
body is designed to move downwards on the inhale.
is moving in exactly the opposite direction. Instead of going down,
it is coming up. It is pulled up so high in the front of your body,
it is pinching off your liver meridian, cutting off your liver from
desperately-needed Chi, life force, energy. Your liver is hanging on
by a thread now because the flow of energy has been choked off for so
long. The result is that the liver and the liver meridian are swollen
and in crisis.
liver meridian comes closest to the surface of the skin where the
most nerve endings are, and then dives back down here, here and here
(those three spots). So that is where you would be experiencing the
most pain. When you learn how to breathe correctly and bring the
diaphragm back down, the flow of energy will be restored
your liver, and it will come right back, because there is nothing
wrong with your liver. Your doctors were right about one thing, you
will die if you do not change how you breathe. But you do not have to
die, you can reverse this.”
minutes this guy explained my pain, how I got it, and what I needed
to do to recover fully from it.
Nei Tsang is designed to be self-administered, so I spent the next
several years studying with Gilles. The first year of the recovery
process was extremely intense. In addition to retraining the
respiration and actual physical manipulation of the internal organs,
an emotional exorcism occurs.
massage is about purging the body of negative emotions and bringing
consciousness back to the core of the body. The day of the
appointment I would feel great. I could tell I was improving
dramatically. Then the next day, I would be an emotional basket case.
The fear would just start pouring out of me.
that first year I also experienced some profound changes in the
myofacial tissue that surrounds the internal organs. Tissue,
responding to years of fear stimuli, had grown very tight and had a
death grip around the organs.
combination of breathing exercises and the emotional releases from
organ manipulation caused the tissue to rip loose from the inside
out, finally permitting the organs to relax. The sensation of the
tissue tearing loose inside the body was a bizarre combination of
blinding pain followed by the sweet bliss of relief and healing.
prayer for you would be that you are never faced with overcoming two
terminal diagnoses in your lifetime. If it does find you or a loved
one, know you are powerful beyond measure, and there is a wealth of
life-saving complementary and alternative health wisdom out there for
you to discover.
is the author of Wisdom
You Are What You Love,
a columnist for the The Huffington Post and international health &
wellness speaker appearing on The Dr. Oz Radio Show and Oprah.com.
She hosts a weekly talk radio show “You Are What You Love”©
on Contact Talk Radio Fri. 1-2pm PST/4-5 pm EST and Sun.11-noon
PST/2-3pm EST. She learned to transform her life from the threat of
two terminal disease diagnoses, domestic abuse and financial
devastation. Completely recovered, she shares her wisdom @
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