Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Acknowledge Your Unique Diabetes Journey

You didn’t ask to go, and yet you are on a journey: your diabetes journey. Whether you’re a new diabetic – wondering what the heck you can eat and grappling with the strange paraphernalia of self-care – or an old hand – confidently compensating for the curves that this day threw at your blood-sugar control, or puzzled by the fact that reliable tactics inexplicably didn’t work this time – you’re traveling through life on a pathway shaped by your diabetes.

This journey is shared by millions of other diabetics. Still, your diabetes journey is particular to you: your body, your mind, your spirit.

The diabetes journey is not just a physical one. It’s also a journey for your whole self.

And amid its repetitions, it offers constant change: new sights, new insights, new challenges. What can diabetes teach you about yourself and how you interact with the world? How can you find wellness with it, and keep growing as a person?

For nearly 30 years, I have framed my experience as a diabetic with those questions. With focus and practice, I’ve found some illuminating answers. From the shock of diagnosis long ago to the variations of this very day, diabetes has opened a path for me yielding – along with challenges and demands – more pleasure, insight, clarity, and power.

Part of the reason is that diabetes led me to access and expand my skills as a clairvoyant reader of the human energy system. Working and playing with my intuitive abilities helped me understand and work with diabetes – for myself and others. I came to know myself better and feel more empowered.

But you don’t have to become a clairvoyant reader for diabetes to help you access more of your personal power. Every diabetic has been handed an opportunity to find more awareness, more capabilities, and, paradoxically, given all the demands of this syndrome, the freedom that comes with greater wisdom.

One of the main reasons diabetes offers increased wisdom is that it’s about energy management.

As a diabetic, you already get to focus in a practical, intimate, and, yes, unrelenting way on keeping your body’s energy running, under varying conditions. Whether you know it or not, you’re paying attention not only to your physical self, but also to its invisible but very real driver and companion: your energetic self, that is, your spirit.

Paying attention to the interplay between your body and your energetic self – between the physical car that you’re in and you the driver running it, between the you that is matter and the you that is spirit – is rich with possibilities and revelations.

Fine-tune your energy system – and expand your awareness.

You can learn to fine-tune this interplay between body and energy system using tools that I call “spiritual mechanics” – eight intuitive tools that complement the conventional medical approaches you’re using. Like it or not, you’re already on this journey. Why not bring along some not-quite-visible equipment along with your obvious diabetes paraphernalia for a safer, more exhilarating, and more fruitful ride?

The reward is that you get to play and work more consciously with your own information – that intelligent, shimmering, changing energetic entity that is you and all that you know – to find better health, a better time, and a better life.

copyright © 2013 Lisa Bernstein


  1. This all sounds really interesting, Lisa. You're right about the "like it or not" part of diabetes or any other physical condition. I like how you say we might as well learn from the "journey" you know it takes the self-blame out of it.
    Would your tools work on other health impairments too?

  2. Yes! I love the idea of bringing along "not-quite-invisible equipment." It's like having a not-quite-imaginary bag of tools along for the road, to guide you when you're lost, or change a flat. Brilliant. The other thing I like about this post is how I can think of many other so-labeled "physical" or "mental" being seen from this stand point. I am so happy you're writing this blog, Lisa! Well done!

  3. What I like best about this blog is the sister-like voice. I feel as if I'm getting tips from a trusted friend. Health is the most personal issue in our lives and it's wonderful--I'll say crucial-- to get practical advice from someone who knows what they're talking about. I'm a bit of a skeptical person but after taking a few minutes to try and use some of these spiritual steps, I have to say that this is real-life advice that is useful and do-able even for average folks like me.

  4. I've just been warned I 'm getting close to having Type 2-thanks for the info, I need to learn to use the tools.

  5. This post appeared last fall on my blog on Here are some comments that folks made there:

    From Bryna W., MD, MPH | On November 15, 2012 @12:54 pm
    Lisa B. has a deep understanding of the medical aspects of Diabetes yet concomitantly and beautifully blends the spiritual and alternative perspectives of this complicated disease to give a full and healthy approach on how to successfully deal with diabetes care and management. Kudos to Lisa!

    From Ms. J | On October 28, 2012 @05:46 pm
    OK, I acknowledge the journey :-) It's kind of cute thinking of my body as my car and myself as the driver -- I've never thought of it that way. As long as it's a Porsche!

    From John | On October 28, 2012 @05:41 pm
    This is great stuff. I notice that when I'm stressed out, my numbers go out the window. I'm looking for a way to cut my stress but I need some help with taking time out to do it in my regular day.

    From Mary P. | On October 26, 2012 @02:31 pm
    thanks, Lisa, for this inspiring post. I will contact you soon to set up a reading!

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