Do we really listen to our bodies?

  • Do we really 'get' the clues our physical bodies are sebnding us all the time. Dis-ease and illness are how our bodies tell us that there is something wrong with us, some issue has not been resolved or healed, on the inside. Ignoring our bodies may even start well before illness manifests.

    5 WARNING SIGNS YOUR BODY SENDS (from Dr. Judith Orloff's 'Guide to Intuitve Healing'

    1. Do you ever walk around feeling "off-center?" Oddly numb? Out of focus? Detached? As if you're somehow missing a beat? How long do you tolerate this sense that your body just isn't right?

    2. Do you sometimes feel "toxic," as if you're coming down with the flu, though there are no other signs of it?

    3. Have you experienced unexplainable symptoms that may have gone on for years? A knot or emptiness in the pit of your stomach? A lump in your throat? An aching heart?

    4. Do you ever have a distressing sense of rawness or feeling exposed? Everything seems to get to you and you feel you have no defense?

    5. Are you chronically tired?

    Listening to your body can improve not only your health but your whole life. Ignoring its cries for help will only bring trouble and suffering. Something noticed early can save you a whole lot of doctor's visits, examinations, medications, maybe even surgery, later.

    It's vital to re-train yourself to override mechanisms you've developed to push through discomfort. To prevent illness, pay special attention to physical distress signals. Honor your body's messages; don't discount them. Simple, prompt action is sometimes all it takes. If you're tired, rest. If you're hungry, eat a delicious meal. If you're stressed, get a relaxing massage. The price of not listening? You could come down with the flu. Maybe your back goes out. You still don't listen? Might be chest pains. Ulcers. Depression. The thermostat gets turned up until you pay attention. Being aware of the body can open intuition because you're focusing on your physicality, getting out of your head and into your sensual awareness. This may mean noticing the early signs of pain so you can act on them, trusting your gut about relationships or awakening your sexuality, like maybe being around someone who makes you feel queasy or uneasy. We can't afford to ignore life-informing signals our body sends.

    And what about actual illness? Your bad health is trying to tell you something. Perhaps that you need to slow down and rest more or maybe something deeper. The body is a messenger system. It will create symptoms and become ill as a way of communicating to us that something isn’t in balance. If you find yourself in the unfortunate place of being ill, why not open communication with your body? All you have to do is get quiet and ask what your body what it is trying to tell you. One thing you can trust is that your body is on your side. It’s working with you, sometimes to deliver not only simple guidance that will improve your life but also powerful, life changing lessons. Healer Louise Hay links unresolved emotional issues directly to our state of physical health. Your guides and angels will no doubt have some ideas too. Causes may be very old sometimes - something nasty someone said way back when you were a toddler may still be affecting you and festering away at your emotion, making you ill.

    Physical symptoms are merely tangible evidence of what is going on in your unconscious mind and how you are REALLY feeling deep inside. Your emotions play a crucial role in ensuring your needs are met. So, if they are ignored, your subconsious mind must find another way to get its message across and help you see that your deeper needs are not being met. Symptoms are the way your body alerts you to how you are out of balance. Both animals and humans show physical symptoms when they have an out-of-balance emotional state. Your body actually becomes weaker or stronger depending on your mental state. Recent medical studies prove that depression is a greater cause of heart disease than smoking. Shame holds the lowest vibration, followed by guilt and then apathy, grief, fear, anxiety, craving, anger and hate. Conversely, trust, optimism, willingness, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, love, reverence, joy, serenity and enlightenment strengthen you. The good news is that higher, faster frequencies of positive emotions can nullify and dissipate negativity. You have the power within you to increase your vibration rate and access the highest fastest energies to nullify problems in your life.

    Quoted from an article by Louise Hay and scientist Bruce Lipton (this is just a general guide to possible bad health causes, but may provide some clues and ideas as to your illness' improval):

    Your front side reveals your social self, the part of you that is consciously shared with the world. It reflects those aspects of yourself that are active ingredients in your day-to-day living. This includes communication, desire, caring, loving, happiness, sadness. These show in your face, posture and body language.

    Your back side, however, reflects private and unconscious elements of your life. This side becomes the storehouse for everything you don't want to deal with or don't want other people to see. Hidden or unexpressed feelings become frozen into the structure of your body. That means a lot of negative emotions become stored along your spine and in the backs of your legs. Most of your powerful emotions such as anger and fear are stored in your back. This pulls your body out of balance. Think of it like a house, with the living room all neatly arranged to present an appropriate social image, while the attic and basement are crammed with junk, memories and remnants of your life. While your situation and attitude may eventually change, the initial damage created by your body's 'chemical programming' won't change unless you deliberately 'reset' it. For instance, your heart may have begun to show problems because you lacked love for many years. You may not have seen or recognized any symptoms at that time. Now you have found love and are happy. But, your heart is showing signs of damage. That's because you haven't cancelled out the earlier 'chemical programming' at the cellular level. In fact, the lifestyle change will precipitate the release of beneficial neuropeptides that may actually bring the initial issue to the forefront of your awareness to show you where you were out of balance.

    Headaches and hitting your head are the equivalent of a rap on the head to say "wake up and pay attention". You are ignoring your intuition - your gut feelings, or you are ignoring your own deep needs.

    Pain in the back of the head C1-C5 (where it joins to the spine) or pain in the neck means you believe you have made mistakes and haven't yet forgiven yourself. You (and perhaps others) are judging yourself harshly. A helpful daily self-help trick .... Look yourself in the mirror, cover this area in your right palm, and repeatedly say "I am not guilty and I forgive myself for any mistakes I have made".

    Eyes are like windows. They provide your perspective of the world. Nearsighted people tend to live in the moment and not plan for their future. Farsighted people tend to plan for the future and project their thoughts to the 'what if's'. They have a hard time staying in the here and now. Eye problems can indicate you aren't looking at something clearly, or don't want to examine something. Check the windows in your home. Are they dirty and murky, too? Often something as simple as cleaning your windows or getting new glasses can tell your brain "I want to see this situation more clearly".

    Hearing problems or excess wax buildup indicate you don't want to hear what is going on around you. You are effectively 'tuning out'. Right ear: Challenges in the right ear represent the thought process: “I don’t want to hear it!” You may be extra sensitive to what others are saying to you or around you. You may even be fearful of what you are hearing around you. Or you are shutting out criticism or conflict around you. Left ear: Challenges in the left ear represent the thought process: “I don’t want to listen to myself”. You may feel extra sensitive, fearful or not wanting to hear their inner voice or thought process. Or you may be avoiding internal criticism or conflict.

    Your mouth is how you taste the world. It deals with your senses, your 'sensuality'. When you lose your taste, you are disconnecting from the physical world. Your 2nd chakra is out of balance. Therefore, you are denying yourself pleasure. 2nd chakra deals with self identity, your creativity, your sexuality, and how you experience yourself in relation to others. When you disconnect from the world or other people, you disconnect from yourself.

    Neck, cervical vertebrae, and upper shoulders support your head and must be flexible. Your neck is the bridge between your head (logic) and your feelings (body). It is also the most narrow point on your body, so energy can easily become restricted here. The throat/thymus area is the point where your soul leaves your body. A blockage in your throat area can cause feelings that you don't want to stay in your physical body. When tension and stiffness are in the neck area your prosperity consciousness may be out of balance. You may be worrying about money, or placing too much emphasis on money, or not enough attention on creating security. You may be judging or doubting your ability to make money. Maybe you don't want to acknowledge that money is important. Or maybe those around you are out of balance in their prosperity consciousness. Perhaps you have your head turned backward looking at your past and judging yourself now?

    Arms and hands reach out to others. Are you stifling your need to reach out and connect with others? Are you feeling alone and isolated? Are you feeling rejected?

    Skin problems - You may have intense concerns about how you think others see you, and often have deep insecurities and fears and feelings of lack of worth or unattractiveness or needing to be perfect. You might be letting things or others “get under your skin.” You may have a strong desire for affection but are fearful of being hurt if you search for affection and do not receive it. Unfelt, unexpressed anger is the most common psychological mechanism beneath troubled skin such as shingles, hives, eczema, warts, acne, or whatever. Since it is unsafe or unacceptable to feel anger toward others, the skin is elected to take a beating – another way that anger is directed against the self. Pent-up emotions can be released through the feet. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass. Walk along a beach, especially an ocean beach or beside waterfalls where negative ions are released into the air by the moving water. Negative ions are healing and emotionally uplifting. No ocean? Soak your feet in epsom salts and hot water or have a Reiki or Reflexology treatment!

    Lungs and heart sustain your life. When you aren't sharing love, your heart and lungs deteriorate. Expressing love is more important than receiving love. You can intellectually know that someone loves you. You can experience demonstrations of that love. But, you cannot FEEL their love. The only way to actually FEEL love is to express it yourself. When you are in a state of love, your heart chakra and whole chest area expands. Your body's vibration raises. You feel happy, elevated, alive. You feel closer to God or something larger than yourself. Loving, therefore, is really a gift to yourself--not to another. So, stop feeling sorry for yourself if you think that no one loves you! That vibration is killing you! Realize that you DO NOT have to have personal love in order to feel love. You can feel unconditional love for everyone in your life, for humanity, for your pets, for the awe-inspiring beauty of our planet, for yourself. You can take action to seek closeness with others, instead of waiting for people to come to you. The important thing is that you allow yourself to feel love. It is your natural state. Expressing love attracts love from others. Get a pet and love it. Volunteer to help others. Let yourself be overwhelmed by beauty. Let your love out!

    Your spinal column and skeleton literally support your body. Problems with your skeletal structure indicates obstacles and challenges in your life that are affecting you mentally and emotionally. Back pain reveals feeling a lack of support.

    Upper (thoracic) vertebrae are connected to your heart chakra (see heart and lungs above). Eyes, heart, heart chakra, and lungs are often affected by injury to the thoracic vertebrae. Perhaps you don't feel any love in your life or don't feel supported by love?

    Damage to the mid thoracic section of your spine can affect your stomach, digestion, liver, gall bladder, adrenal gland, and reproductive organs. Middle back pain is carrying the weight of the past

    Damage to the lumbar (lower) vertebrae and tailbone can affect the reproductive organs, hips, large intestine, immune system, kidneys and bladder. The consequences of your childhood show up in this area of your body. Lumbar also causes family issues to surface. Damage here will block the root chakra, leading you to feel insecure and anxious. You may fear success or failure. You will feel a lack of financial support in your life - as though you are struggling alone. Your creativity and sexuality may be stifled. Routinely crossing your legs or clasping your hands in front of this area is an indication of imbalance in the lumbar region.

    Chronic pain Resentment and bitterness are like acid. They cause inflammation and pain. Stubborn, inflexible resentment goes to the knees and joints - the parts of your body that are designed to be open and flexible. Arthritis is bottled-up hurt.

    Cancer can indicate a deep secret, hatred, guilt, or grief 'eating away' at you. Breast and uterine cancer reveals a lack of nurturing or self-nurturing in your life, or an inability to nurture others.

    Stomach and digestion are your physical assimilation process. Likewise, you assimilate information from your environment and process your emotions. Digestive problems occur when you have an inability to 'digest' or absorb what is going on in your environment or inside your head or heart.

    The Flu or Influenza – When you contract the flu, it means you feel overwhelmed by negative forces or beliefs and feel weak and helpless i.e. “at their mercy”. There is a fear that the worst is going to happen to you and as a result, you are afraid of taking life in fully. You may feel unsupported or unprotected and may be undergoing great change at this time in your life.

    Liver and gall bladder help all your other organs work together harmoniously and in balance. Your liver also holds your drive to live or survive. If your liver or gallbladder becomes constricted, energy slows to a standstill. This creates a backlog of energy that erupts as anger, irritation, impatience and frustration. By the same token, negative emotions such as resentment and anger weaken your liver. Diseases of the liver, such as Hep-C show long-held suppressed anger. Resentment and anger will also manifest as arthritis and degenerative states of your bones. There is also a correlation between anger and heart disease and stroke (constriction of energy), and urinary problems ('pissed off').

    Reproduction is our most creative process. It is how we expand and extend our inner selves into our environment. Problems with your reproductive system - uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, testes, fertility - show that your 1st and 2nd chakra are out of balance. 2nd chakra deals with your self identity, individuality, creativity, sexuality, and your ability to experience pleasure. It's how you experience yourself in relation to others. 1st chakra is your root of being. It holds your survival issues, your sense of personal security. When you are feeling insecure, you will experience problems with your reproductive system. Your insecurity can also lead to insecurity about your future child, leading to infertitilty. You may believe 'the world is not a safe place'. Feeling vulnerable can also lead to shut down of the reproductive organs, or problems such as dryness and irritation in the vagina or vulva. After all, it is the most vulnerable spot on a woman - the place where you allow someone else to literally 'enter you'. Stifling your creativity can also lead to problems with your reproductive system.

    Hips, legs and calves are how you move forward in life. Your legs, calves and feet store much of your trauma, resentment, jealousy, and emotional pain, both past and present, especially in regard to your family. Problems in this area show a block in the root chakra, which makes you feel fearful of moving forward or making changes. You may be experiencing issues about your self identity. You may not feel any support in your life - as though you are the one supporting everyone else, or as though you cannot support yourself.

    Knees and feet carry the energy of your negative emotions. That is because the vibration of negative emotions is lower, heavier, and more dense, causing these feelings to drop to the lowest points of your body. Inflammation here shows you are nursing hurt feelings. Stubborn, inflexible resentment goes to the knees and joints - the parts of your body that are designed to be open and flexible. Are you being rigid and inflexible? Have you created too many rules in your life? Are you holding on to the past and carrying the heavy weight of this?

    Don't wait for disconnect between your body and mind to create pain or health issues. Take steps now to achieve perfect balance between your thoughts and feelings and your body.

  • It makes sense. This was a very interesting article. Thank you for posting Capt 🙂


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