Did you know an estimated 90% of physical ailments have emotional roots?
This means that whatever pain or discomfort you are experiencing in your body most likely started with a feeling that went unchecked for too long.
These feelings begin as sadness or fear which impacts your Central Nervous System causing a chemical (stress) release that floods your body with a sympathetic response of “fight or flight”. Basically, you go into survival mode – your body’s way of protecting you from the perceived threat.
The problem is, the perceived threat stems from a thought you have that evokes a feeling of sadness or fear. How many times do you think this happens to you in a day? Most of us aren’t tuned in enough to know.
Sadness and fear have deep roots that begin all the way back to our childhood and involve every drama and trauma we have endured since. And they can be deeply buried, staying under the radar of our busy lives, but still effecting us none-the-less.
So how does the “fight or flight” response lead to body pain? Well, your whole body contracts, or tenses up, for starters, and your tissues, organs, and joints become inflamed. Inflammation in the body is the root of all disease. Your cell tissues become compromised as does your immune system, and the next thing you know, you’ve unwittingly opened the door for illness to come on in.
For highly stressed people or those with anxiety, this response can happen several times a day. You may continuously be in this tensed up state and not even register it because it’s all you know so it’s normal for you. So when you finally feel bodily pain, it seems like it’s come from out of the blue but it hasn’t. It’s been building up to this crescendo for a while undetected in your emotional body system.
Pain is your body’s way of letting you know you’ve got a wound in your soul.
So when you feel pain, the most important question to ask is “what is my pain trying to tell me?” If you get quiet and ask that question, tuning into your inner knowing, you’ll hear or feel the answer.
Try sitting in quiet meditation or a warm bath, free of distractions, and see what floats up to the surface of your consciousness like a whisper from your soul. A little free-flow writing in your journal, the kind where you ask the question and then just write whatever comes to mind, can help you uncover it, as well.
Some of my favorite tools to use to help me manage discomfort and feel better are Reiki and Essential Oils. If you’d like to learn more about how you can use these natural tools for pain relief, contact me and let’s chat. 🙂