Millions of people worldwide suffer from different kinds of eating disorders, including anorexia or bulimia, or a combination of both. These disorders stem from not having a healthy relationship with food. While it seems to be only about food, the reality is that it is a coping mechanism to overcome emotional pain, which can be traced to childhood traumas/issues.
The children are innately powerless, their psyche is greatly shaped by the way they are dealt with by their guardians or caretakers. Sometimes they face a lot of criticism over different matters including appearance or academic performance. The sensitive ones sulk inside, feel powerless and out of control. This results in emotional isolation because the child does not find the sense of belonging and feels like a complete failure. This creates anxiety, intense pain and feelings of helplessness. The child starts associating negative connotation to love and wants to gain back control of his/her life. He(she) tries to gain control which begins by taking control of his(her) weight or looks. Because of the lack of trust, he(she) wants to avoid close relationships and avoid any exchange of energy.
In anorexia, the person starves himself trying to keep his weight in check and stay in charge of his appearance. In bulimia, the person has episodes of binge-eating and then tries to compensate for it through extremes like purging (using laxatives) or over-exercise. In both disorders, the person is obsessed with his weight and generally has an inaccurate perception about his appearance. In the long-term, such conditions could be life-threatening. Both disorders are manifestations of an emotional pain that needs to be released. This catharsis is of utmost importance to experience the best health and harmonious relationships in life.
Here is a brief primer of the steps you could take to heal any kind of eating disorders.
1. Choose an activity to master
Any eating disorder is a sense of feeling out of control. So in your everyday life, set some achievable targets where you are in control of the final outcome so as to heal the original pain that caused it. It could be anything like painting or writing blogs or whatever you enjoy. Engage yourself creatively.
2. Connect with the right people
Eating disorders are rooted in feeling of mistrust and lack of security in relationships. When you connect with the right people, you feel heard, seen, understood, and valued. This helps to rewire your brain and foster trust and feelings of safety. It is equally important to withdraw from the toxic relationships which drain your energy. Reiki helps you attract the relationships which align with your soul purpose as I described in one of
my previous articles ‘Relationships – The Catalyst to Spiritual Growth’.
3. Cultivate self-love and heal your relationship with your body
Eating disorders always have self-hate at the core. Reiki is one of the best techniques to dispel self-hate and cultivate self-love as I detailed in two of my previous articles ‘Reiki – The Journey to Self-Love’ and ‘Attract Love in Your Life – Heal the Inner Child’.
4. Heal your relationship with food
Food is not just about nourishing your body, it also nourishes your mind and emotions. So it’s important to connect with it and look upon it as a gift of nature. Always thank your angels and the Divine Power for the food before taking your meal. Cleanse your food with reiki symbols before you gulp down that next bite as I elaborated in one of my articles ‘Heal Your Relationship with Food’.
Love and light
Article by Dr. Jayashree Ramana
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Dr. Jayashree Ramana is a scientist and nutritionist. She uses Reiki healing as a part of her holistic healing program.
She is Usui Reiki Grand Master and practices Usui Reiki, Karuna Reiki, Crystal healing, Lama fera, Magnified healing, Emotional Freedom Technique(EFT), acupressure, etc. She is a fitness enthusiast and helps people achieve optimal levels of wellness by amalgamating physical measures including nutrition and exercise along with various alternative therapies. Her vision is to empower people and help them tap into their individual power while simultaneously creating a life of abundance and joy.
She is working as Senior Information Scientist at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. She was formerly a university professor and scientist in the field of Biotechnology for a decade. Her own personal transformation with reiki sparked her passion for metaphysical sciences and this led her to found ‘The Healing Soul’.
Get in touch with Dr. Jayashree Ramana through her website www.thehealingsoul.in or you may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her youtube channel is www.youtube.com/c/DrJayashreeRamana.