PHILOSOPHY

A chronically unwell body is desperate to be heard.

On average, women live with chronic illness for 19 years, and men for 16 years.  

That sucks. Let’s change it.

Chronic illness isn't rare

60% of Americans have at least one chronic illness. As do almost 50% of Australians.

As many as 50 million Americans have an autoimmune condition, and most of them are women.

Conventional medicine doesn’t always have the answers we hope for. 

Because chronic illness is a complex problem; a mix of imbalances and pressure in our other bodies – emotional, mental and spiritual. 

As conventional medicine is hyper-focused on the physical, it can struggle to zoom out and see the whole human, holistically. Not just the body, but all the other parts too. 

I believe pain and the physical dis-ease are symptoms of something trapped within the intangible bodies. An unprocessed emotion, a false belief, an unmet need, some part of true self that desperately needs to be seen and heard.

My work focuses on helping you and your body feel safe to be seen and heard, to releasing whatever is eating away at you. 

To see if working with me might be a fit for you, here are some of my beliefs about health and healing. 

 

Samantha Mackay

Band-Aids vs Sustainable Solutions

Band-Aids

Our productivity culture promotes solutions that are band-aids. 

Band-aids are:

  • Convenient, quick fixes
  • Using force, control, guilt or shame
  • One size fits all strategies 
  • Single-dimension solutions 
  • Suggesting you are faulty or broken

They are great for short term relief, not long term healing. 

My Perspective

1. Chronic dis-ease is a symptom of something deeper

Chronic illness is a symptom of an unseen imbalance. Which includes tending to unprocessed feelings and internalised beliefs from childhood that are desperate to be expressed.  

When we see the body through the lens of complexity, we see that every physical symptom we experience, also represents an imbalance in our of our intangible bodies. 

2. Pain is inevitable. So is suffering unless...

Suffering is inevitable when we lack the skills, tools, capacity and resources in order to do our own self-healing. Thankfully those are all solvable problems. 

3. Emotions contribute to dis-ease in the body

Unprocessed emotions, wounds, trauma, shocks, play a role in how we think, feel and act on an everyday basis, and how we react when under pressure or experience prolonged stress. 

4. Conventional medicine has its place and its limits

Western, allopathic or conventional medicine sees the problem of health as being within the confines of the tangible physical body, often hyper focused on how a single part operates. Often it isn’t equipped to handle problems that are multi-dimensional.

6. Humans have four bodies

Our intangible bodies are just as complex, influential and powerful as our physical body. Our emotional, mental and spiritual bodies hold many of our imbalances that are the root cause of the symptoms we experience in our phsyical body.

6. There is no mind and body. There is only the bodymind.

Our minds and bodies are not seperate. We don’t have one brain, we have three. Our memories, unprocessed feelings, our trauma, isn’t stored solely in the brain, it’s mainly stored in our body. 

7. Illness can be our teacher.

There are many ways adults are called to do the hard work of maturing. To release the shackles of childhood shocks, hurts and unmet needs. Free to be consciously ourselves, without habitually reacting to the world around us like we did as kids. 

But we don’t do this work because it’s easy. We are called to this work through pain and a desire to find ease. Which is possible, when you have what you need.

8. We create ease by letting go of what is no longer true

No part of you is bad or wrong. But parts of you are hurting, and need support to be heard. 

When we can appreciate and have compassion for all parts of ourselves, change happens naturally. 

9. Healing is universal and individual.

There are universal principles, skills and tools that apply to all healing and growth. Everyone benefits from knowing these. 

But they need to be applied differently, always.

Each person is unique and needs to be supported in a way that aligns with their personality, illness and life experience.

10. Personality is part of the problem and part of the solution

Our personalities (aka our ego) developed around our early wounds, to help us manage the psychological pain that all children experience. This defensive system can keep us in denial, avoiding addressing the pain or illness. 

But when we know how to work with them, we can harness the power of our ego-personality to help us heal. That’s where the Enneagram plays a huge role. 

11. Conventional healthcare isn't designed for women

While women suffer more chronic illness and autoimmune conditions than men, the system isn’t setup to support them. 

Women’s bodies haven’t been studied to the same extent as men’s. Women’s pain is discounted. Women’s health seen through the lens of beauty culture. Anyone who doesn’t fit the mould of the patriarchal, money, speed, driven healthcare system can feel gaslight and overlooked.

Which leaves us confused, overwhelmed, alone and in despair while we look for answers we know must exist.

The Individuo Process

The Individuo Process focuses on being a sustainable solution to healing. 

So it’s:

Holistic

It considers all parts of you: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, energetic, personality, personal history, intergenerational and cultural.

Collaborative

It uses permission to work with your ego instead of against it. Collaborating instead of dominating.

Individualised

Different parts of you call to be healed at different times, and based on your ego-structure, need to be worked with in different ways.

Steady

Change takes time. It takes practice to grow the skills that empower you to make different choices.

Loving

You are whole, always. And you are also healing. Here you are supported to get to know the house you are living in, with love. 

Expressive

Focused on helping you express whatever is trapped isnide your body.

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