Maureen Minnehan Jones is many things. A Registered Nurse, Guided Imagery Practitioner, Holistic Healer, Author, and Speaker. She gave me some time to discuss her book Wisdom to Wellness: Healing Your Emotional Sufferings so the Physical Healing Can Follow which won the 2012 International Book Award in the self-help category.
Wisdom to wellness provides examples of how true healing can happen. It reveals the powerful healing system MO (Modus Operandi) Technique by using compassionate case studies of both celebrities and people from all walks of life. It aims to teach us all how to tap into our inner power to heal. But what is behind the system Modus Operandi?
Maureen: MO in Latin is modus operandi and means a distinct pattern or method of operation. Modus Operandi is the way we show up in life—it’s our unique way of operating in the world. We come into this world pretty much blank slates. Our parent’s teachers and family are our main role models and they help us to construe the world into what we see and hear and we take as our truth. Over time we attach names and give voices to the beings and events in our life. Before long our labels confine us. They create patterns that define us. We then cannot read the world in any other language or hear the things that the world might say to us. This way of “reading” the world becomes our MO or Modus Operandi. It’s how each of us learned to operate in the world. By becoming aware of and studying your lifelong programming, the way we show up in life, we can determine our MO or Modus Operandi. Our programming has set us up for a specific mode of operating in the world from birth. Each disease brings with it a soul discovery. Your MO, combined with what your soul came to discover determines the risk you have for contracting a disease. By using the MO (Modus Operandi) Technique, the emotional component that underlies the symptom, condition, or disease can be released out of the body. You can then take responsibility and become proactive in your own healing.
Me: You used to be a nurse, how did this experience influence your work?
Maureen: I am still a registered nurse but I now practice in alternative and complementary medicine. For over 30 years I worked in traditional medicine. After working emergency room, surgery, orthopedics, psychiatric, medical floor, oncology, outpatient surgery, hospice, and home health care I turned to learning and teaching holistic and alternative methods of care and healing. While I was working in traditional medicine I keep thinking there is a “missing piece.” Why don’t we have a cure for most diseases? What are we missing? Consider how we treat disease today. We poison our systems with medication, radiate our bodies to get rid of cancer and often encounter an entirely new set of problems. We take more drugs which continue to mask the emotional component that we should be addressing. We surgically remove organs without learning why they became diseased. With this unnatural approach, the disease then has to find another way in, because we ignored the message in the first place. In my work as an alternative healer I help my clients get to the root cause or the “message “of their ailment by addressing the emotional component of their disease. Understanding and releasing the emotional and soul determinates of disorders that underlie physical ailments is the important crucial piece we are missing in traditional medicine. Once we incorporate this “missing piece” into traditional medicine we will have a chance for the cure.
Me: What are the most common diseases and their causes?
Maureen: Being an alternative healer, I have a different perspective on the causes of disease. That perspective includes that all health challenges have an emotional component or psychological meaning which is “the message” the body is trying to give us when we have a symptom, condition or disease. On page three in my book, Wisdom to Wellness it states the focus of this book is not about the cure—rather it addresses the soul discoveries that illnesses present. These are the real gems that allow healing to take on multiple levels. My book addresses the soul discoveries and emotional components of AIDS/HIV, Allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, breast cancer, cancer and prostate cancer, cholesterol problems, the common cold, flu, fibromyalgia, heart disease, Hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease, menopause, migraine headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. This book offers specific insights and strategies for dealing with specific illnesses from a holistic/energetic perspective. I created the MO (Modus Operandi) Technique—a powerful technique to release the emotional component or underlying cause of disease and have worked with patients for 18 years. Working in tandem with traditional medicine, the MO Technique goes after the underlying emotional source of the disease.
Me: Can illness be a pre-cursor to spiritual awakening?
Maureen: Diseases and health challenges may be wake-up calls, signals to listen to our body and soul so that we can become aware spiritually and bring the personality or ego in line with our authentic divine nature. In other words become our true selves. For instance, if a child or someone we dearly love has a terminal illness it may teach us to see what is important in life. Illness can teach us to look at life with a different perspective. Many times it shows those that are ill and the people around them that life is a precious gift to be treasured. We may then change the way we live our life. What happens when we know of or have a sick child or loved one? Every other worry seems insignificant-right? Sometimes it takes an illness for us to figure out what is really important in life and this helps us to tap into our true selves and spiritually awaken.
Me: I’ve experienced illness in the past. Sparks of dis-ease which brought me closer to my body, deepened my practice of inner balance and strengthened my ability to listen to the energy of my physical. Illness has changed my way of being – have you had a similar ‘healer heal thyself’ experience?
Maureen: I was sent to an oncologist and his words to me were—“I think you have a rare form of cancer of the blood.” I was devastated but also thought this is my ‘TEST.” I was helping clients with the MO Technique with great success. Now it was my turn to heal myself using the MO Technique. I used the MO Technique for 40 days and went back to the oncologist. He then took another blood test and said your blood work is normal. He said “what did you do?” I told him about the MO Technique. He said to me “Well it’s working so just keep up whatever you are doing.” My blood work is still normal and has been normal since that day. I then knew that this work and helping others with the MO Technique was one of my life purposes.
Me: Do you ever feel that our desire for health can hide a deeper reluctance to look at our own mortality?
Maureen: For me, that has not been an issue but it may be for others. I just want to “live” while I am here and I want to do it in a healthy state. That is the reason that I strive to be healthy. I know I am here for only a certain amount of time so I want to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment! Being healthy provides me a means to do that.
Me: How do we start to build a practice of conscious wellness in our lives?
1. Be who you truly are. When you live as the person you truly are, you remove all masks and lets spontaneity in. Connecting with others in honest, vulnerable ways leads to deeper intimacy in relationships and greater pleasure in life.
2. Learn to turn anger into happiness. Whenever you feel anger, turn it into happiness by feeling it, then releasing it out of the body every time it comes up. Step back and ask, “What do I need to feel happy now?” Then fulfill that need on the spot.
3. Tap into your DNA Power every day. Refuse to feel like a powerless victim. Tap into your DNA (Dynamic Natural Authentic) Power and ask, “How do I solve this problem?” Believe that every problem has a solution, even if professional help is needed.
4. Stay in balance to stay well. Your heart sends oxygenated blood throughout your body (giving) and brings back blood to be cleaned and reoxygenated (receiving)—a vital cycle that keeps your body in balance. Similarly, the cycle of self-love keeps your emotions in balance. Give out love and allow yourself to receive it back.
5. Above all, love yourself! Love is the universal energy that sustains life; self-love is the energy that sustains your body. Your heart thrives on and wants your love! Make sure your heart receives lots of sustaining love from you.
Big love to you!
Alex – Editor & Founder