Our bodies want to help us stay healthy. They have a lot to say and are a wealth of information. We get busy, life is loud, and we miss the subtle tones of our body trying to get our attention. No matter, our bodies will eventually find a way to stop us and make us listen – which at that point we might not like what it has to say.
It’s a good bet you’re here to grow, and when I say “grow” I mean evolve into freedom by shedding the shrouds of the past to become a better, more compassionate, kinder you. Most of us learn from each other – what we judge in others we also judge within ourselves.
For example, I feel anger when I see a bully hurt someone who is too weak to defend him/herself. My anger reaction is a sign letting me know I too can be a bully and be mean to my perceived weaker self and to others who remind me of this weakness. It’s the perceived weakness that triggers me and makes me angry. I’ve been a very harsh judge to my inner child – believing she’s always been too weak to defend herself. I’ve learned to have compassion for my bully who is just on the other side of my weaker self’s coin.
Because I continued to judge myself as weak, I forced myself to live a life always trying to prove I was strong. I exercised my body to the point of injury. It couldn’t last because it was all based on a lie.
That’s when our bodies come into the picture. If we’re not seeing the consequences from our reactions, judgments and circumstances – our bodies will intervene and start sending us symptoms because we asked to grow which doesn’t include blaming ourselves or others or causing wars within and without.
I needed to stop blaming and stop seeing my inner child as wounded. I help her heal by giving her love and compassion. I needed to forgive myself too for believing I was overpowered because I was too weak. I was a small child at the time. I also needed to acknowledge and forgive the bully within me.
Your body will get your attention by choosing the perfect symptom or illness. For example: back pain. Millions of people have some sort of back pain. Many times, it starts out as an ache, then moves to a pain, or maybe it happens quickly, like out of the blue. Either way – it’s still a sign from your body to pay attention – it’s time to heal this debilitating pattern or negative belief.
A great place to start –
Ask Yourself: What was going on in your life when the symptom first occurred?
Many times, that’s where you’ll find your answer. A friend of mine came down with major low back pain suddenly and had to go to an osteopath for treatment. The osteopath had to ask my friend three times if anything significant happened to her lately before she shakily replied – “Well my mom just died recently?” It never occurred to her that the death of her mother would cause physical symptoms within her own body.
My friend was feeling the recent loss of her mother and her grief manifested as pain in her low back. This symptom usually means feeling unsupported.
There’s a wonderful book available that I always refer to when I have physical symptoms – Heal Your Body by Louise Hay. It’s a wealth of information and a great place to start. This book provides the symptoms, their probable cause and a helpful affirmation.
A next great question:
Why this particular symptom in this specific part of my body?
Your body’s wisdom will give you the exact symptom or disease that’s relative to your issue without question. Again, refer to the list of symptoms in Louise Hay’s book for a place to look for answers. You should know:
Once our destructive cycling patterns and negative beliefs affect us on the physical level – it’s tough, but not impossible, to clear them. It takes diligence and a willingness to let go of the pain or disease. There are many people who are attached to their illnesses because the payoff is greater than the pain. Be willing to not need your pain or disease in your life. I personally know people who were grateful they got cancer. When they realized it gave them permission to make needed changes in their lives, and they followed through with those changes, they were healed.
Fear will sabotage your progress. Trust yourself and your body. Your body has the wisdom and tools it needs to heal. And, if you feel you need to get the appropriate care and help, then do so.
Also – watch what comes out of your mouth. This too can manifest into unwanted symptoms! Just to name a few:
- I can’t stand her (leg problems)
- What a pain in the butt (polyps, hemorrhoids, colon issues, etc.)
- That’s so lame (debilitating illnesses)
Take care of yourself and start to listen to your body. If you feel too tired to go out – stay in for the evening. If aches and pains are showing up – pay attention and spend a bit of time listening to your body’ signals. It’s an investment where you’ll have nothing to lose.
Heal Your Body by Louise Hay is available on Amazon and in any bookstore. I also recommend You Can Heal Your Life also by Louise Hay.
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