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The “Dizzying” Effect of Understanding

One morning, not long ago, I awoke, sat up in bed as I normally do, and out of nowhere the room started to spin. I laid back down, sat up once more, and it got worse. Not since the hard hits of my hockey career had I felt this way. Actually, it was twice as bad. I was scared and confused, as I had no idea why this was happening.

Before I tell you what took place next, let’s go back to the week before when I visited my naturopathic doctor for a check-up. At that visit, he discovered that I had contracted a stomach parasite somewhere in my frequent travels. He then prescribed a remedy to kill it. Makes sense, right? Well, sure. But as I learned in a call placed to him after I finally got out of bed that morning, when you kill parasites, it’s common for “die-off” to circulate in your bloodstream. And guess what? That causes dizziness.

I asked the doctor, “Are you telling me that dizziness is a normal symptom of the remedy doing what it’s supposed to do?

He replied, “Yes.”

I asked, “Are you essentially telling me that this dizziness is a good thing?”

He replied, “Yes.”

I asked, “Are you going to tell me next that if I want the parasite gone, rather than fix the dizziness, I have to weather this dizziness storm?

He replied, “Yes.”

As a calm washed over me, I thought to myself, “I can do that.”

And that brings me to the core of this article’s message: Understanding how something works, or what’s truly happening within, is the one and only path toward peace of mind. When, at first, I didn’t understand the cause of my dizziness, insecurity reigned; I practically couldn’t get out of bed that morning. But the instant I understood why I felt that way, dizziness lost its grip. In fact, dizziness accompanied me, without incident, through the rest of a busy week.

Here, then, is the fundamental understanding, or principle, analogized above: Your feelings are connected to the ebb and flow of a divine energy called thought. This means that anxious, insecure, or even frustrated feelings are a normal, while sometimes dizzying, effect of being a thinker (or of being human). In other words, no fixing or coping is ever required. But, thankfully, plenty of living and giving—i.e., weathering—regardless of your state of mind, lies ahead.

Thanks for reading,