Even though my children are grown up, I have remained a fan of animated movies. I recently went to see Frozen, and as is often the case, I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and then found myself contemplating the underlying message.

Spoiler alert: this is the story in a nutshell. A girl’s heart is frozen and she is dying. The only thing that will save her is an act of pure love. As the story unfolds we anticipate what this act will be. Will she be saved by the man of her dreams? Will her sister’s love save her? Will one of her creature friends do something extraordinary? It is none of the aforementioned. It is her own act of selfless love that saves her.

This brings me back to the Lyme community, the many tens of thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) who feel frozen in their illness, just as I was, waiting and hoping that the perfect healthcare provider or healer or protocol or new product will thaw out the relentless symptoms that have us feeling as though we are forever stuck in disease and suffering.

Our healing does not come from sources outside of ourselves, it comes from within. It is up to us. This is good news! It is our shift of attention back into the greatest source of love and power there is, our Selves, that alters our path into one of well being. It does not preclude asking for help, it does not preclude taking care of our bodies under the guidance of those who are experts in their various fields of health and wellness, for in all of that we have the opportunity to learn what there is to learn and let go of that which no longer serves us. It’s the opportunity to shift the context in which we create and live our lives, and this is such a gift to give ourselves. The journey may be long or short, easy or difficult and everything in between.

The great act of love in the movie was one our main character provided herself. We can learn from this. I invite us all to be our own hero.