Dr Christina Bjorndal – Does God Really Hate You
Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND is one of the only licensed NDs in Canada who is considered an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and eating disorders.
A gifted speaker and writer, she has shared her personal story and philosophy of wellness with audiences across North America. She has appeared on many health summits, podcasts, webinars, and radio shows, including the Jenny McCarthy Show and a docuseries, “Interconnected.”
Dr. Chris has helped many patients navigate through labels and stigma towards physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Her personal experience with mental health challenges has made Dr. Chris an exceptional motivational speaker on overcoming barriers in life and encouraging others to achieve their full potential.
Dr. Chris is the author of four books on mental health, and the creator of a 10-week online course as well as an in-person retreat on mental health. Her body of works helps teach how to regain mental health using a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual approach to health.
In this episode of the High-Tech Wellness Podcast, Dr. Chris shares her thoughts on spirituality and pain.
1:30 Does God Hate You?
11:30 The Spiritual Role of Pain
19:49 Four Aspects of Being Human
29:52 Soul Contracts
37:50 Love Yourself First
Key insights that Dr. Chris will share include:
Does God Hate You?
When dealing with chronic pain, spirituality can be difficult. People often find themselves questioning the idea of a loving God who has given them such incredible pain to handle.
Dr. Chris emphasizes that although it can feel like God is against you, it’s simply not true.
“We can get a bit jaded and we can lose our way a little bit in this connection with God. But what we really want to understand is God is always calling us to close this gap between this side of ourselves that might become a little bitter…”
The harsh way that people judge themselves can lead to fear of judgment by others and by God, she says.
“But at the end of the day, God is love…there is nothing but love and compassion there for you.”
The Spiritual Role of Pain
Physical pain signals can be a call for attention from the emotional side of pain. The role of spirituality in pain is often to help the person suffering from pain reflect on difficult emotions that may not have been processed. Learning to truly pay attention to the moment you are in can lead the way to real healing.
“One of the main spiritual roles of pain is for you to turn to the present moment…to figure out maybe what is the source and what is the root of this?”
Chronic pain can be the body’s way of letting you know what it needs to release in order to achieve wellness and optimal health. Examining the trauma that you’ve been carrying allows the weight to be lifted.
“We just need to set it down and, I think, move into it with the breath and allow whatever that signal is to give it some attention, some compassion, some love.”
Four Aspects of Being Human
Dr. Chris believes that a lot of illness is a call for love. People are complex beings, she says, with four aspects that must be addressed. These are the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being human.
“If you’re really going to get to true healing…we have to look at all four aspects and be open to the idea that the root issue could lie in one of those four areas. It’s not just always about the physical level.”
Addressing the spiritual aspect involves working with thoughts and beliefs. Dr. Chris teaches a technique, the “Seven R’s” for working with problematic thoughts. Learning to work with your thoughts and gain self-awareness allows you to change your thoughts to change your life.
“I have really learned not to be at the mercy of my mind anymore by managing this thought piece.”
Our thoughts are influenced by many factors, including how we are raised, society, teachers, friends, colleagues, and the environment. It’s important to take the time to think about how those thoughts are serving you.
“At some point you want to stop and pause and say…does this really fit for me?”
Dr. Chris spends time educating people on the concept of soul contracts because she feels that the spirit is the central aspect of humanity. This idea helped her process why she survived a suicide attempt that left her in a coma and on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant.
“We talk with God about what it is that we want to learn in this lifetime…”
These contracts, she says, meaning you will experience really difficult things throughout your life.
“We inhabit the body and we forget that we make this contract…the whole mountain has to come crumbling down before we get the lesson.”
Love Yourself First
The idea that love from someone else is necessary to make you whole is problematic, Dr. Chris says. When people search for love outside themselves, they aren’t missing an essential component to healing.
Caretakers often make the mistake of giving so much to others that there’s nothing left over for themselves. That’s why learning to set boundaries is so important, Dr. Chris says.
“We’re talking about really honoring who you are and what makes you tick as a human being. But at the same time, recognizing that you can’t give completely of yourself to the point where you’re depleting yourself to exhaustion and causing illness.”
Finding a spiritual anchor allows this self-love to develop.
“That’s something I’ve had to reframe, shift my attitude around…that understanding that I am here because I’m a representation of life and love, therefore of the Creator.”
Connect with Dr. Chris
Want more insights from Dr. Chris?
- Website: www.drchristinabjorndal.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org