Excited About a Root Canal…WHAT?!?

I have taken the last couple of weeks off because I have been nurturing a tooth abscess. When I was told I needed a root canal at first, I couldn’t help but chuckle. Why is this you ask? Well it’s simple I have worked really hard and earned this root canal and I was ready for it!

It all started a couple of weeks ago, I had a pain in my jaw and ear. I went to see my applied kinesiologist for an adjustment. At first, I thought nothing of it, just a usual adjustment for my jaw. After the adjustment, I was confident that the pain would go away within a day. This did not happen, in fact, the pain worsened. It literally started throbbing, it had its own heartbeat! That was when I realized this was not a typical jaw out of alignment. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, so I made an appointment with my dentist.

Not really convinced this was a problem with my tooth, while I waited for my dentist appointment, I started my usual protocol of oil of oregano. I thought that maybe it was just an ear infection, I mean we have had some really cold weather and I had been walking my dog, so maybe that’s all it was. I waited a couple of days, but it really didn’t seem to be helping. So, as I usually do, I consulted my Louise Hay “Heal Your Body” app on my phone.

Excited About a Root Canal...WHAT?!?

For those of you who have never heard of it, Louise Hay believes that we can heal our bodies and when our bodies are manifesting dis-ease, then we need to look at what is happening in our lives and our thinking. As she (and I) believe, this is what is creating the suffering. This book is like my go-to, I always reference it when something is going on. In the book (and app) she lists numerous ailments alphabetically, everything from abdominal cramps to yeast infections and, under each problem, she lists the probable cause of the ailment and then a new thought pattern to adopt to help fix the problem.

I consulted my app and looked up earache and the probable cause was “Anger. Not wanting to hear. Too much turmoil. Parents arguing.” I thought about it and that didn’t really fit for me, so I continued searching.

I looked up jaw problems and again it said “Anger. Resentment. Desire for revenge.” Again, I reflected on this and checked in with myself, no this didn’t fit either. I continued to look. I next looked up Teeth and it said, “Represent decisions”, I thought ‘ok this could be’, but still didn’t totally feel quite right. I looked deeper into teeth I started scrolling and root canal popped into my head. To be honest, at this point I was not even sure what a root canal was but it was in the list, so I looked at it. I read “Probable cause – Can’t bite into anything anymore. Root beliefs being destroyed.” YUP! I thought “This could be it!” I have spent the last year or so working on some pretty core beliefs and I was feeling like I had gotten a handle on them. I was practicing awareness and was counteracting these limiting negative beliefs when they would arise. It felt like these beliefs were finally letting go. They were still showing up occasionally, but not nearly as often, and very rarely were they slipping under the radar causing an onslaught of negative self-talk. When I read “root beliefs being destroyed”, I thought this is exactly what I have been working towards. I eagerly awaited my dentist appointment, feeling sure that she was going to say I needed a root canal.

As I sat in the dentist chair they did x-rays and the dentist walked in and said, “You clearly have an abscess, I could tell from across the room.” Ok, one mystery solved, that’s why the pain. She looked in my mouth and at the x-ray and quickly determined I needed…wait for it… a root canal! I couldn’t help but chuckle. YUP! I needed these root beliefs to be removed completely once and for all! The prospect of physically getting these infected dead “roots” removed was exciting. I felt like I had done the work of removing them from influencing my life and this was the last step to actually physically remove them. To me that was great news, not to mention an end to the pain, both literally and physically that these “roots” were causing!

When I left the dentist, I re-read the “new thought pattern”. What I realized is that I had worked so hard at eliminating the old sabotaging beliefs, but I had not spent the time replacing them with new self-serving beliefs. I was ready for the new, I just needed to set what these new beliefs were. Over the next couple of weeks while waiting for my dentist appointment, I took time to really contemplate what beliefs I wanted to create my strong foundation with. I determined that I wanted trust, surrender and self-love.


Excited About a Root Canal...WHAT?!?


When I returned to the dentist a couple of weeks later to have the root canal, I went in with a feeling of gratitude for all that I had learned from these beliefs and a willingness to finally let them go. My self-talk was “I release these old beliefs and I create a new strong foundation on the beliefs of trust, surrender and self-love.” I was ready!  The root canal went well and within a couple of days the pain had mainly subsided, and the tooth was healing.

I have embraced my new beliefs and feel that the old self-sabotaging beliefs have been finally been removed completely from me. It is such a rewarding feeling to know that I have worked through some pretty core beliefs that were holding me back in many areas of my life.

I practice in my life looking at things holistically and this is just one example of how we can really get answers to what is going on with us, when we are open to looking at the whole picture from an aware space. Once we understand, we have a choice. It’s only when things are in the dark that they have control over us.


Excited About a Root Canal...WHAT?!?


For some of you, this may seem a little bizarre, but I challenge you to get the “Heal your Body” book (I can’t find the app anymore). Look up any ailments you are experiencing in your body and be open to the wisdom.  I do it whenever something arises, and it is always (whether I am ready to admit it or not) a good perspective on what is going on!


  1. Thank you very much for sharing your story! I’m going through a difficult dental process myself and your writing has really helped me change my perspective on it. I’m also an avid follower of Louise Hay.

    I was seeing the root canal as a defeat, but of course it isn’t. And it makes a lot of sense.

    I will use these couple of days prior to the procedure to center myself and be truly thankful for this opportunity of release and growth. I have a wonderful dentist, what else do I need.

    All the best to you,


  2. Hi Tara… am having a similar issue with a tooth…and with my life I suppose.. newly moved and experiencing some regrets, and fears about going forward in this weird time of change–I am terrified of the dentist…terrified of root canals…but it sounds like yours went well? Can you share?

    • Thanks for commenting Nikki! It did go well and I did a lot of prep work to clear what needed clearing then I supported my body in the healing mind, body and soul. I used arnica for the physical (well all actually) and I did some flower essences to release the energy, as well as energetic belief system changes all of which I know helped me recover fast! Happy to help if you are wanting support on what is underlying your root canal or all the changes you are going through! Much love Tara

  3. I am in a huge amount of pain right now; and was told today that the nerve is dead and that I need a root canal. I have to wait two weeks and don’t know how I am going to deal with the pain.
    Found this article and can’t tell you how much it has shifted my perspective. I had looked up what Louise had to say about dental issues but it was not clicking. You made it clear for me that it’s about putting old dead beliefs to bed. So helpful!
    Yes, I am still in pain; but in a place of gratitude and surrender. And for that I am very thankful.


    • I am so glad it helped put things in perspective! It really helps me to understand things, it doesn’t take the pain away but like you said it makes surrendering into the situation so much easier! Thank you for your comment and hope all went well!

  4. This makes me hopeful. Last few days I’ve been having excruciating tooth pain, and I’m almost sure it’ll be root canal at least. All while this year I’ve gone and still going through major shifts, letting go and replacing old limiting beliefs with new ones. I kind of though of not having beliefs is like lacking clarity, but I guess it’s not. Thank you for sharing this helps a lot!

    • Best of luck with your root canal! It sounds like you are in a position like me out with the old in with the new programming. I am so glad it helped!

  5. This was very helpful. I find Hay’s book immensely helpful in solving spiritual causes for physical ailments so they cease to be reoccurring.

    I too needed a root canal recently, but I couldn’t see how a health issue would arise from destroying old “root” beliefs (which I too had been doing – unhelpful beliefs I was happy to let go). What I now see I did was create a void! I need to create new healthy beliefs too, not just destroy old ones. Thanks!

    • Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it. It really is fascinating how our bodies can give us so much information about what is going with us. What a great observation about creating the void, I think a lot of people (me included) are prepared to let old root beliefs go but often forget to replace them with self-serving ones. Thanks again for sharing your experience!

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