Always Carry Your Medicine Bag (Tool Box)


Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ (Luke: 4:23). The tools of self-healing appear…like the old saying that when the student is ready, the teacher shall appear.

One thing I have learned is to rid yourself of too much toxic anything — a substance, an addiction, an energy, or a bad combination of people who stifle your growth. Even avoid violent TV shows that you watch religiously and have become numb to.

I have had jobs where the energy was really hard to take. Creating a protective shield and saying affirmations on my way in to work was my only way to face the war zone of a plethora of yuck energy and emotional, blood-sucking vampires.

My personal ways of self-healing are always changing and evolving. They change as I change, matching my level of growth or stagnation and allowing repetition to old ways until I grab the new. If I have a major leap in my spiritual life, something new appears as a self-healing tool. I gain the necessary insight to make use of it and then apply it to myself personally. There are personal tools I have counted on in the past and continue to call on without hesitation. Tools are your own — that toolbox is yours and nobody else’s. It is personal.

“The miracle of self-healing occurs when the inner patient yields to the inner physician.” — Vernon Howard

In desperation, I can dig for the old tool, and when it does not apply in the current situation I have to resourcefully find something new. Being a seeker and a resourceful person, you might assume this is easy, but I get stuck and down in the dumps when I cannot crawl to new heights. I have to get serious at times. The door opens when you most need it. In my experience, I have found that a series of events and learning eventually come together — and you get it! Then you’ve got it. You may blend new tools with old tools or use one solo. Such tools are truly objects of magic that flow to us and in us. Blocks can seem significant and hinder us from the lesson, which ultimately is the tool.

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Megan Bacigalupo
Megan Bacigalupo has a degree in Human Services and works in the restaurant business in Minneapolis. She is a contributing writer for The Edge Magazine. Megan is a survivor of a hemorrhagic stroke. Her survival story, “In the Cobwebs of my Mind,” was featured in Hope Magazine and shared by several of the leading Brain Aneurysm Foundations. Megan was featured in Reader’s Digest in April of 2021. Title: Poultry in Motion. She was also featured in Human Events in June of 2021, In a story about living in Minneapolis during difficult times . In the Cobwebs of My Mind has now been expanded into a book, Wisdom Editions (an imprint of Calumet Editions), July 2023.


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