We've all heard that we create our own reality, that our mind plays a major role in our health, the power of placebo or other variations of this metaphysical theme. Personally, I've seen enough effect from the conscious application of these ideas to know there is some truth to it.
So, since becoming ill with Candida (4 years now), I've asked myself in many ways "why?" I've also frequently tried to apply the metaphysical techniques to the illness itself, with little effect.
Well, today I finally made a connection which I'd like to put forward for discussion. (Please don't worry about my feelings in your replies, I'd like to hear people real thoughts, not the PC approved ones!)
Point 1: I've always been shy; not painfully so, but I've always worked (mostly unconsciously) to reducing my social interactions. For example, when invited to parties I usually find some other thing that needs doing, in group settings I usually only talk to people I already know, always making certain I have a million things to do which interferes with my social calendar, etc. Generally speaking, although I'm not considered shy by most, reducing social interaction has been a central theme in my life.
Point 2: A highly-respected TCM Doctor(in Toronto) who I saw for several months last year commented once that deafness was common in elderly intellectuals, suggesting it was a result of not wanting to be disturbed by arguments contraditory to their own hard-won intellectualizing (or some-such). Basically, he viewed their deafness as a self-imposed defense mechanism.
Point 3: The majority of my symptoms seem to have a sensory effect. Blurred vision, allergies generating lots of mucous interfering with the sense of smell, coated tongue reducing taste, tinnitus affecting hearing, painful joints reducing mobility and reduced sexual sensitivity, even impotence.
All of these things seem to be working toward reducing my ability to sense the environment.
Could it be simply that this Candida is simply a physiological excuse to indulge my shyness and effectively reduce my ability to interact with the world? Could it simply be a highly effective defense mechanism like the elderly intellectuals' deafness?
This seems to have a ring of truth for me...does it make any sense to anyone else?
The reason I'm interested is because the only way to heal something permanently is to remove the cause.
If the cause to Candida is rooted in the mind, (like so much else) it may explain why it's so difficult to overcome!