Exploring Emotional Roots to Physical Issues
January 20th, 2017 by admin
Today, while on a call with my transformative coach, he said something that really struck me, as he often does. He said (or at least, what I heard him say was) that raising one’s level of consciousness is not a process of working out of our conditioned thinking. This is a factor, but the real work happens directly in the present moment–in the now–as well as with the understanding of where our feelings are actually coming from.
This got me thinking about physical healing journeys.
I often write about (and talk about with clients) all of the things we need to address, in order to bring about true, lasting healing, like optimizing digestion, mindful eating, blood sugar balancing, treating infections, managing stress, etc., and while these certainly are crucial, what I realize that I don’t talk about enough, is addressing emotional roots to physical issues.
When our bodies are acting out, so to speak, we often will launch into doing some things that we think will help, whether that is avoiding certain foods, taking supplements, getting more sleep or even resorting to medications.
Granted, some or all of what we do will be helpful and necessary, but it is important to realize that to be truly present to what is actually going on with our bodies and how our emotions (fresh or habituated) are playing a role, is an aspect of healing that is not to be overlooked.
Let’s say you have an issue with your bowels, and you are experiencing constipation. The bowels, as you might intuit, represent the release of waste. If you’re constipated, you may want to explore the possibility that you are having trouble letting go of old ideas or patterns that no longer serve you. If you have diarrhea, you may want to explore the possibility that you are living in fear of something, perhaps rejection. What are you running away from, and in the process, missing out on (ie., not absorbing) love?
And, of course, you can certainly be having a mixture of the two!
A few more examples:
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugars): generally represents feeling overwhelmed with the burdens of life. “What’s the use?”
- TMJ Syndrome (jaw problems): Anger. Resentment. Desire for revenge.
- Kidney Stones: Lumps of undissolved anger.
- Shoulder pain: Shoulders represent our ability to carry out experiences in life joyously. We make life a burden by our attitude.
- Yeast Infections (candida, thrush): Denying your own needs. Not supporting yourself.
- Migraines: Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Sexual fears.
Here’s the book that I use for this kind of emotional/physical exploration. I want point out that these interpretations are general and must be explored individually. Don’t take them at face value–as my coach often says, “the map is not the territory.”
In other words, these interpretations are just concepts. They are helpful at best and serve to point us in a direction that we are then free to explore more deeply for ourselves.
So, for instance, if you struggle with hypoglycemia, I would encourage you to get quiet and grounded into the present moment, and ask yourself, “what, if anything, am I feeling overwhelmed about?” See what comes up. What are your feelings about what comes up? Write it down.
Now, bring your attention to the fact that whatever thoughts come up, which then triggers your emotions, are just that–purely thought, which is being presented to you by your own mind. They are like images on a movie screen that never stop rolling in. Consider that if these thoughts are being presented TO YOU, then they are NOT YOU, nor are they your reality, unless you decide to make them such.
More often than not, we do not realize that our thoughts are not reality. They feel very real.
We live our lives caught up in unrecognized thought–completely identifying with and feeling our thinking about the past and the future, rather than being grounded into the present moment, where none of our guilt, shame, anxiety, fears, etc., truly exists (it’s all thought-created).
Are you with me so far?
So, for whatever is coming up for you in the way of symptoms, I encourage you to explore the emotional roots (whether you use your own intuition or generally accepted concepts), and let that tell you where to begin in exploring your emotional landscape.
But don’t stop there.
Recognize and accept the feelings that come up for you. They are valid and need to be heard. They also purely thought-created.
Know that you can choose to:
a.) recognize your thinking for what it is–just thinking and not reality.
b.) simply drop it–once you’ve acknowledged and validated your feelings–and lavish in the beauty, supportive intelligence and flow of Life,which is happening right now, in the present moment ONLY.
Play with that and see what happens, while at the same time, working on supporting your physiology holistically.
A body that is getting more of what it needs and less of what bogs it down, can better support emotional health, which will in turn, help you to create more physical health.
I hope this was at least fun reading for you, but more so, I hope that it will inspire you to deepen your self-awareness and to highlight another facet of healing for you–a facet which, like all of the others, is crucial to your success in realizing your abundant physical and emotional potential.
If you would like to take your physical and emotional exploration of healing much further, check out my website,enlightenedwellnessfx.com. If you’re inspired to work with me, I invite you to fill out a Client Application.
Here’s to wellness beyond the status quo.