Ilze Alberts, founder of Bella Vida Centre & psychologist for 25 years, have been interviewed for Dr. John Demartini’s latest book, ‘The Value Factor’. The book was launched in the second week of October 2013 and it is already a best seller. She was interviewed for the way she has applied the power of the mind to transform her chronic disease, Diabetes type 1. She is characterized by her health and vitality and not by her chronic disease. Here is her interview:
Releasing Diabetes: My student achieves wellness
Over the last several years I have had the opportunity to work alongside a noted psychologist, Ilze Alberts, who has been associated with the Demartini Institute in South Africa since 2005. Ilze has extensively used the Demartini Method in her work consulting patients, as well as in the seminars and workshops that she presented.
About two years ago, she attended my Prophecy II Experience seminar, a program that focused on the concept of “mind over body.” As a result, Ilze realized that her insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes might well respond to the healing powers of her own mind. She agreed to share her story with me for this book: “I was so inspired to actually work with my mind and increase the value that I see on the ability of my mind to have power over my body. So I did a very intensive process using the Demarini Method.”
Ilze’s first step was realizing that her diabetes was not solely genetic but rather also resulted from her unconscious perception that the condition somehow gave her more benefits than drawbacks, more pleasure than pain, and more positives than negatives.
“So,” Ilze told me, “I wanted to know, ‘What is my hidden strategy? Why have I pulled this into my life?’”
Ilze completed a series of processes that she had learned in my seminar. First, she wrote down two hundred benefits that she derived from having have diabetes. For example, Ilze discovered that diabetes led her to eat in an extremely healthy fashion, to work out frequently, and to focus on maintaining a healthy weight. As Ilze told me:
People often comment how young I look, how well I look. So because I have diabetes, I became the master of the way my body looks. That was a very high value for me. After all, I have this chronic illness that goes completely out of control if I don’t do these things. So for thirty years, diabetes gave me my very, very good reason to look great.
Ilze identified a second benefit: people admired her for being in such good control of her health. “The medical profession can’t believe how healthy I am,” she told me. “And I became quite a role model for lots of people. I see my life purpose and vision is to empower myself and others. I dedicate my life to that. So having diabetes is one form where I am truly an inspiration.”
Ilze further discovered that she herself liked saying that she was managing a potentially life-threatening chronic illness “in this amazing way.” So that was another value for her.
Altogether Ilze was eventually able to identify two hundred benefits from having diabetes. Then she went on to the next step of the process, asking herself what else she could do to experience the same benefits without having to use diabetes as a catalyst?
She realized that she didn’t need to have diabetes to continue to exercise, because she loved exercise, which she used for stress release, as a time to think, to inspire herself, and to socialize. Ilze also realized that she could look for even more reasons to exercise so that her choice to exercise was higher on her values and not in any way dependent upon her illness. “Instead of having diabetes, I can look for other opportunities to achieve exactly the same benefits,” Ilze said. “I can actually increase the value for me in having all those benefits, since then I wouldn’t have to use a chronic illness.”
For each of the two hundred benefits that Ilze had found for having diabetes, she then discovered five different viable alternatives or strategies for getting that same benefit.
“Instead of having to rely upon a chronic illness, I can use the power of my mind,” she told me. “I can do those things out of choice, not because I have to.”
So Ilze continued to identify the five most viable alternative ways of achieving each of the most important benefits she had discovered and listed for her having diabetes.
Then, she asked herself, “How can doing each of these five most viable alternatives help me fulfil my three present highest values?” She kept answering this question over and over again until she felt a shift in her perspective and then felt inspired to add these new viable alternatives in to her daily life.
Finally, Ilze wrote down two hundred drawbacks of continuing to have diabetes. “The more angles I could come at it from, the more my body would respond,” she explained.
Upon completing this last step she began applying the Demartini Method on the traits or actions that she was feeling emotionally charged or bitter about within herself or others. As a result, Ilze decreased her insulin dependence up to eighty percent.
“It was quite amazing,” she recounted. “I started to notice that I was in hypoglycemic states – my blood sugar level was dropping too low because the insulin dose I was used to taking was now too high for what I needed. My body was showing me that it didn’t need that much insulin any more. I do test my blood sugar levels regularly throughout the day, and those tests bore out what I could feel for myself, which was that my blood sugar levels were very low – I felt very shaky, as though I wanted to pass out.
“I wasn’t surprised by this – in fact, I expected it! I think I would have been surprised if it hadn’t happened!”
Ilze stressed that her transformation was not an instant one, but occurred over time.
“My mind started to see more and more of the benefits of not having diabetes, and my body started to respond,” she said. “It was a slow process – it didn’t happen in a day. But over a month, my insulin dependence became less and less and less.”
Ilze still needs some insulin to function optimally, but she is looking forward to needing less and less over time. She sees, however, that to achieve this goal – or even to maintain the transformation she has already accomplished – she still needs to repeatedly use the Demartini Method to release any emotional change that results from imbalance emotions.
“I know that the emotional charges – the power of polarized emotions – affect my blood sugar,” she told me. “So when I have those charges, which happens on a daily basis, I use the Demartini Method to release the imbalanced emotional charges. The more my mind is in a balanced state of calmness and not going into infatuations or resentments, the more my sugar levels are also balanced.”
She continued, “The more I understand my behaviour and my reactions to what life brings me, the more I have the tools and the skills and approaches to increasingly master my life. My body becomes more mastered as well. And my diabetes is more under control.”
I asked Ilze what she wanted to share with others who might be interested in using the Demartini Method and the Values Factor to achieve wholeness and wellness. She responded, “The most important thing is to know that you will not achieve the results if you do not do the work. You cannot have fantasies around it. This all remains in the physical: putting pen to paper and doing the physical work. I am still continually doing the Demartini Method for my lopsided perceptions, because my mind can quickly go back into old patterns I allow myself to into those perceptions. And then I’m not being fair to my body. And of course, I still have to attend to my eating, exercise, and so on. If I ate a slice of chocolate cake, my blood sugar levels would be high! So I need to continue to take care of my body and feed it the right foods, in the right portions and in the right times. So this healing experience didn’t give me license to go and become a glutton! I still require great self-governance on how I eat and what I eat, and I continue to exercise and train. Because if I don’t do those things, my diabetes will probably re-emerge in an ungoverned form.”
What was clear to me, hearing Ilze’s story, was the centrality of the Values Factor. As long as her mind perceived more unconscious benefits than drawbacks to having her condition, she would likely continue to have diabetes in the same form, where it was essentially controlling her body. But when she could see more benefits than drawbacks to not having diabetes, then she could change the way the illness affected her body. This in turn gave Ilze the power of her own mind to heal her body.
Ilze’s story is very powerful, because it shows that ultimately, your body is doing everything it can to wake you up and teach you how to live a magnificent and inspired life, to be absolutely authentic. But when you live in ignorance, you tend to pay no attention. Instead, you have a doctor step in and prescribe an artificial drug to stimulate a part of the body that you believe is sedated…and then there are side effects from the drug.
Again, I am not saying that doctors and conventional medicine do not have their place. In acute situations, you may need them. But trying to transform bodily illness into wellness without treating the psychology is to disconnect two parts of who you are – your body and your mind – so that you don’t get to the real source and psychology of what is underlying many of those conditions.