Our beliefs come from various sources in our lives. They can be beneficial and provide structure and purpose. However they can also keep us stuck. Your beliefs can impact your IBS too, and the progress you make towards recovery.
Beliefs come from the normal and acceptable beliefs of our parents, other family members and other adults from the same culture that take part in our upbringing.
We also draw them from our very personal experience of life.
As we grow up we have our own experiences that will reinforce some beliefs and challenge others.
We may take some standpoints that are the opposite of our parents, not just to be different but because our life experience gives us a different viewpoint.
Whatever our beliefs are, we seek to reinforce them by finding evidence that they are true.
Beliefs and Perspectives
However this is our perspective. And everyone has their own very personal perspective.
It doesn’t change what is, but it does change how we “see” and experience a situation. And how we react to it.
These beliefs can be very useful to us. They give us a structure, a measuring stick to see how we believe everything else in our lives is.
And from these beliefs we adopt habits and take actions that shape our lives.
Bruce Lipton explores this theme in depth in his bestselling book, The Biology of Belief.
How beliefs can impact our IBS
These beliefs can also get us stuck when they are no longer of positive use to us – like a record going round. A wall. They can directly impact our IBS, and the progress we make towards healing.
If you believe deep down that you need a GI specialist to solve your IBS, and decide to never to challenge this belief – then you will need a GI specialist to solve your IBS.
Even though you’re not just a digestive tube.
If that you believe and see proof of your IBS being genetic, you will probably take a fatalistic perspective – and never expect your IBS to improve.
If you believe that the current health system will give you the solution to your IBS, then you will patiently wait for it to do so while your life goes by.
And you may also believe deep down that you can’t recover from IBS. Because IBS drains us, and we lose hope. After all, there is a lot of “proof” out there from specialists (who haven’t had IBS themselves) telling you that “there is no cure for IBS”.
This is their experience, their truth, their belief based on their own capacity to cure IBS – albeit a very damning one for their patients.
I am telling you the opposite, because I have recovered from IBS. It is my belief and my concrete experience. I decided I was not going down with this ship, and fought hard to come back up. It wasn’t an easy path. 25 years of IBS had left its mark.
I set out to reduce my IBS symptoms. To my surprise, I fully recovered.
None of the tools I needed were provided by the health system I had available. But I chose to believe I would improve my IBS.
I learned piece by piece just what was going on inside me, why I had IBS, and searched high and low for solutions. No pills, no magic wands.
Simply learning to understand how our bodies, minds, emotions and energies work together and why they react in the way they do. And learning to undo what was causing me problems.
To do that I also had to accept that I couldn’t easily “see” myself and my own subconscious patterns, and enlisted help with that.
Having beliefs that serve us allows us navigate with ease through life. However if beliefs can impact your IBS and prevent you getting the relief you deserve, it could be time to start questioning them.
Maybe it’s time to surround yourself with people who genuinely believe that your IBS can change for the better. And to examine your deepest beliefs about recovery.