In this blog post, I, Leslie Hu, an empath, healer, and acupuncturist, help empath seekers release trauma trapped in their bodies without years of therapy. I talk about the protector system, which is a part of the subtle levels of the mind layer in the mind-body system. It is responsible for keeping us safe, but sometimes it can keep us stuck in unhealthy ways. For those who are in the natural health, healthy living, spiritually oriented, sensitive club, the protector system can use this against them. I discuss how this strategy can catch us, and how understanding the protector system can help us in our healing journey.
The Protector System
I share a common issue that many of my clients face when trying to make positive changes in their lives, particularly related to their diet and gut health. These individuals often experience negative self-talk, where their mind tells them they are not capable of sticking to a healthy diet or healing their gut health, which can cause feelings of doubt and frustration. I explain that this is a normal occurrence and something that I myself have experienced in my own journey to become a natural health expert. By recognizing these negative thoughts as part of our protector system, we can learn to overcome them and continue on our healing journey towards a healthier and happier life.
Just do whatever you’re doing. And I thought, man, this is not a good sign. I know more about diet and health than my medical doctor. And the benefit of that was that I really healed myself from some deeper things that Western medicine wasn’t helping with. And the tricky side that my protector system latched onto was I kind of became an annoying zealot and started lecturing anybody who would listen at various random unexpected times about gluten and dairy and diet and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Not exactly a crowd pleaser. What I really learned when I reflected on that after some awkward and difficult and painful conversations with friends and a couple boyfriends over the years, I really realized that that was actually part of my protector system was covering over wounding of deeper wounded things, self-esteem, healing, worry insecurities by coming at it with this healthy type of way.
Orthorexia and Overcoming the Cycle of Obsession
Leslie recommends the book “Orthorexia and the Obsession with Healthy Eating” to help overcome the harmful cycle of obsessing over healthy eating. It helped her understand her own struggles and how it was linked to deeper emotional wounds. It’s important to recognize this as a strategy and not be too hard on ourselves. In the Body Wisdom Academy, they use techniques like statements of will to release these negative patterns from the system. It’s important to address these issues in a holistic way to heal both physically and emotionally.
Sometimes our mind can play tricks on us, making us feel unworthy or guilty about our actions or choices. These thoughts may have a flavor of worthiness, such as thinking that because we ate something off our diet plan, we are not good enough. Leslie suggests that we need to catch these thoughts and recognize them for what they are – tricks of the mind. For practitioners, these thoughts may manifest as imposter syndrome or guilt about not being able to adhere to their own recommended diets. By being aware of these thoughts, we can take steps to overcome them and move towards a healthier mindset.
In this section, I suggest two techniques to catch the mind’s tricks when it comes to healthy eating. Firstly, I advise paying attention to the underlying message of the thoughts. If the thoughts make you feel unworthy or inadequate, it’s a sign that your mind is playing tricks on you. Secondly, I recommend reminding yourself that your mind is not a qualified medical professional. Your mind may be making connections about healing that it’s not qualified to do, so it’s important to put your mind in the right place. For example, if your mind is telling you that you’re not able to heal your gut, remember that your mind is not an Ayurvedic physician or Chinese medicine practitioner.
Catching the Mind's Tricks
I explain that while there is a connection between the food we eat and our mind-body system, our mind often exaggerates this connection. Our mind may try to act as an authority on natural health and ancient wisdom, but it’s not qualified to do so. Therefore, it’s important to catch this trick of the mind and instead seek guidance from a trusted advisor who is qualified to offer advice on natural health. Ultimately, we are souls with bodies, and while what we eat does have an influence, it shouldn’t be given more than a 7 to 10% influence on our mind-body system. So, don’t believe the mind lies that say because you’re not doing a particular diet or practice, you won’t be able to be an embodied person or have a presence.
I highly recommend seeking guidance from experts in natural health, such as Chinese medicine practitioners or Ayurvedic practitioners, who have a deep understanding of how the elements in our body and health fit together. As a practitioner, I believe that these experts can clarify questions and help us understand the influence that food has on our mind-body system. It’s important to catch our mind making false qualifications and remember that we can still be spiritual even if we have a messed up gut or indulge in a cookie. Instead of harming ourselves with negative self-talk, I recommend using forgiveness statements as a baseline to shift our relationship with food and ourselves.
I want you to start using forgiveness statements instead of negative self-talk. Whenever you catch yourself in a pattern of harmful self-talk, immediately use energetic and forgiveness statements like “Even though I just ate that cookie, I deeply love and accept myself anyways. I forgive myself for anything that I did that harmed myself in my body today with food or at any time. I deeply love and accept myself anyways.” By doing this, you can break down the game that your mind is playing. It’s important to remember that catching yourself in this pattern means you’re getting closer to healing. Your body or protector system may be using food as a cloaking mechanism, but it’s important to remember that food and holiness are two different categories. So anytime you see your mind trying to merge them together, it’s just a smoke screen.
Seeking Guidance from Experts in Natural Health
I believe that if you’re experiencing anxiety, it’s important to remember that it’s a natural response to stress and that it can be managed. One of the ways to manage anxiety is to identify and change negative thought patterns. By shifting our focus away from negative thoughts and towards positive self-talk, we can start to rewire our brain and reduce feelings of anxiety. It’s also important to practice self-care, such as exercise and relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing exercises. Additionally, seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor can also be beneficial in managing anxiety. Remember that you’re not alone, and there are resources available to help you manage anxiety and live a fulfilling life.
I’d like to provide some links below for those who are interested in delving deeper into subtle body work. Dealing with a protector system is the most common issue I’ve encountered across various healing modalities, and it’s not always addressed in a holistic manner. If you’ve been doing the work but feel stuck, it’s possible that you’re missing these components, which we address in subtle body work. Remember, you are a soul with a body and deserving of great things. May you find nourishment in both the elemental and spiritual aspects of your being. Your worthiness is not up for question. Thank you for joining me, this is Leslie Hunter and I’ll see you next time.
Disclaimer: This program is not intended to be a substitute for professional mental health or counseling services. No practitioner-patient relationship is established and the training content is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and nothing here is intended to diagnose, cure or treat any disorders.