Acceptance vs. Possibility – can you have both?

When I contracted a 2 year virus in my head in 2005 after traveling to India, and not knowing why I was sick for the first 6 months, I fought hard, thinking, “I’ll get better – keep pushing, it’s just a passing phase.”

I had been strong, full of energy and in the best shape of my life – how could I just barely make it for a walk around the block?

It took those 6 months of crying, anger and fear, and pushing and screaming before I accepted the reality of my body, and that’s when I started to actually heal. I stopped fighting it (which took a lot of energy) and started to actually rest.

After 2 years of recovery, my immune system was compromised for another 3 years, but I was playing outside again. I was in heaven.

I had, what I thought to be, permanent damage from the virus: inner ear damage (couldn’t turn without getting nauseous and dizzy) and a general fatigue if I pushed my body too hard (about half of what I use to be able to do).

I was pretty content with this. I didn’t care that there was some “damage.” I could play outside again and mostly do what I liked to do.

It wasn’t until the past year when I developed EMF (electromagnetic field) sensitivity followed by chronic hip and back pain that this acceptance started to change.

I went through the same cycle of anger, frustration and fear with what was, and settled into a state of acceptance over time. That was a relief. I had thoughts like, “well, here’s what is, accept it and adjust, and make do and appreciate what you have.”

It relieved the anger and frustration, but something was missing. Something that needed to happen in my state of mind.

You see, acceptance is important. It’s important in opening to WHAT IS in THIS MOMENT.

The difference is when acceptance gets carried into “the rest of my life.” This could be coined as “acquiescence.”

The acceptance of the end of a relationship, and letting it turn into, “I’m not meant for a relationship again in my life.”

Or “I’ve tried different careers and they just don’t feel right. This one is good enough. It pays the bills and is giving me retirement savings.”

Or “I’ve healed as much as I’m going to heal. There’s some long term damage and I’m lucky to be able to do what I can.” or “I’ve tried everything, and there’s nothing that will work to get my health back.”

I’m going to challenge you with every one of these statements.

When I was in chronic pain, had to sit on an air cushion, lay on my back at least 3/4 of the day, walk only 20 min. before needing to lie down, I gradually moved into a state of acceptance.

But when I started to be inspired and hear other people’s stories of healing (You are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza), I began moving into the realm of possibility in my mind.

That’s when things started to shift – radically.

I started to have thoughts like, “What IF I could run again? What IF I could be free of pain? What IF I could use a cell phone without getting sick? What IF I could have my full health back?”

It’s not woo woo stuff – it’s actually quantum physics. What you put your attention on grows  – you’re literally moving your energy from one of status quo, to one of possibility. When you do this, the energy in your body (literally your cells and genes) and all around you shifts into change.

I took a workshop 6 weeks later called the Neuroplasticity Bootcamp and learned the 5 pillars of rewiring the brain – literally – creating new neuropathways in the brain.

Your brain can actually change shape and neurons at any point in your life, whether your 10 years old or 92. When the neurons change, the DNA of your cells change – how incredible is that?

When I was feeling pain or the symptoms of EMF’s, I focused not on those things, but on what I wanted my body to be: clear, strong, healthy, vibrant, and energetic everyday.

Over and over and over again (along with other practices to rewire the brain throughout the day).
I can honestly say I’m living every one of the words today. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

I am clear, strong, healthy, vibrant, and energetic everyday!

I can now hike and run multiple days in a row (I gave up running 2 years ago, thinking my hip couldn’t do it anymore), I don’t get dizzy or nauseous when I turn any more, and I can play all day outside and have plenty of energy when I get home for cooking, or dinner with friends, or even tango dancing!

It’s truly miraculous.

And I’m seeing it unfolding in my clients too using neurosplasticity based practices. After only one month of incorporating the practices of rewiring the brain here’s what they’re experiencing: more calm and at ease, more happy, better sleep, more gratitude, more kind with themselves, more energy, more focus, and more clarity. For some of these folks it’s been 20 years since they last experienced this.

Yes, there is truth in accepting things as they are (this is a foundational Buddhist teaching actually), AND, do so while opening up to the idea that anything is possible when you put together the right practices and training to rewire your brain.

I’m living proof.

What if it’s possible you can have your FULL health back? What if it’s possible you can live a career that makes your heart sing? What if it’s possible you can feel happy and content single OR in relationship?

Anything is possible!

Categories: Health & Happiness, Inner Wisdom & Intuition, Stress & Anxiety

About the Author: Angela Patnode

My passion, my calling, is for you to be totally you. Through private coaching, in-depth retreats, and online group coaching programs, I help you tap into your intuition and clarify your desires and vision, I guide you to take active steps toward making your desires a reality.

4 comments to “Acceptance vs. Possibility – can you have both?

  1. Nancy

    Awesome Angela. So happy for you!

    1. Angela Patnode

      Thanks Nancy!

  2. Lois Gronseth

    Angela, I am very inspired by your story, your courage, and your love. I love reading your blogs. I am so happy for you.

    I am very much enjoying my Insight Meditation training with Carol. It has made realize how my brain has been wired to believe that there is a self that is in control and I also realize that it is taking me baby steps to realize my path to freedom, but I am definitely more aware than I used to be.

    My interest is peaked in neuroplasticity and rewiring the brain. I would love to learn more about it.

    Along with working 2 jobs, Cat and I are in the process of building a house and doing some of the work ourselves. Not sure of the finished date yet.

    When time frees up would love to take some more classes from you.

    You definitely are an inspiration.

    With peace and love, Lois

    1. Angela Patnode

      It’s a joy to hear from you Lois! I’m so happy for you and what you are awakening to. Very powerful. I look forward connecting with you again and sharing this passion of rewiring the brain – it’s truly life changing! With love, Angela

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