Everything on the Physical plane is a manifestation
of something on the Metaphysical plane. When we speak of abundance,
what we are really talking about is an abundance of emotional,
mental and spiritual energy. We fill ourselves to the brim with
these energies and it is the overflow that is manifest on the
The signs and symptoms that are apparent on the Physical plane
lead us to inquire, ultimately, more deeply into ourselves as
energetic and spiritual beings.
We tend not to worry too much about this sort of
thing when our body is working well, we are not feeling pain,
or we are not in the throes of some chronic disease. But when
our body feels pain or becomes disabled by disease or accident
we tend to start reaching out for answers. We want to know why.
Or maybe we don't even want to know why we just want to fix something
we perceive is broken.
Realistically, when our body refuses to do what
we want it to, metaphysically, it is not actually broken. It is
doing its job. One of its functions is to carry messages from
the higher energetic planes to us. It is then up to us to interpret
these messages and take action.
Western medicine takes the position that we feel
pain because we can. Western approaches to pain, as the main symptom
of any disease, are pretty much limited to drugs and surgery.
Treatment consists of numbing or diverting pain receptors in the
body or cutting off the offending organ. While this approach does
have its place in acute situations, it is at best a temporary
and often harmful way to approach pain or other disharmonies we
feel in our bodies. Most often, western medicine has little to
offer most of us and incredibly makes us wait until our symptoms
become unbearably acute before it can even acknowledge a disharmony.
The trend today, as much for economic reasons, as
for reasons of spirit and human development is to encourage people
to take responsibility for their own lives. This is the approach
of ancient wisdom. We use our bodies to communicate with our selves
and with others. We use our bodies to work out emotional, mental
and spiritual questions. While we do tend to judge a diseased
body negatively, there really is no right or wrong about it.
The ancient Taoists theorized that good and bad,
right and wrong, yin and yang, were just different points of view
that we all adopt at one time or another. Because the earth plane
is dualistic in nature we all view, at one time or another from
both the Yin and the Yang ends of the telescope. There does not
seem to be a point in judging one good and one bad or judging
one good and one evil. These just are the symptoms of being human.
Still, there is such a thing as being well, and
there is such a thing as being sick. When we get sick we tend
to want to do something about it.
Enter the healer.
A healer is trained in the observation and interpretation
of signs and symptoms, and in methods for dealing with them.
Wholistic Healing of the individual occurs at different
energetic levels. These are the physical, emotional, mental and
spiritual levels. For those on the path, there are a great many
more levels and sublevels identified in various cultural, religious
and philosophical traditions. But for our purposes we can look
at the individual in these four broad realms to at least begin
the process of healing.
Healing by the way occurs not only at the individual
level, but also at the family, community and global level. When
one heals 'mindfully', as the Buddhists say, these other aspects
of individual healing may become apparent.
There are healers operating today at all these
levels. Still, a good place to begin is in the individual body.
With this in mind, the following is a list of physical symptoms
and the metaphysical disharmonies they may reflect.
Louise Hay, in her book, 'You Can Heal Your Life,'
has done some interesting work in this area. I use her book occasionally
in my Reiki II work. Other references are; Traditional Chinese
Medicine diagnostic principals, my own Reiki teacher, Denise Crundall,
and my own experience.
Please note that these are only general observations,
serving hopefully to illuminate areas that you can look at more
closely in yourself or with the help of a healer. You are the
one who knows you best. As you go through these observations try
to expand your awareness beyond your own life to see also how
these disharmonies are reflected in your own family, community,
country and in the world. Ultimately it is our own choice to heal
or not to heal and it is our own innate healing ability that is
Headaches; Pain always
indicates a separation of some sort from something. Usually we
say separation from what is the Truth. The greater the pain the
more important that something is. Depending on which part of the
head is afflicted the meaning changes. Louise Hay suggests that
Headaches indicate invalidating the Self out of Fear. In Chinese
Medicine there are several different kinds of headaches according
to the quality of the pain and the location on the head. Read
Vertex; The top of the head is associated
with our connection to the Universe or God. Pain here is associated
with separation from that higher power. It is also associated
with the Kidneys and the emotion is Fear. Both the Gallbladder
and Urinary Bladder channels traverse the top of the head. The
Gallbladder is associated with Courage, and the Urinary Bladder
through its associate with the Kidneys is associated with Fear.
Du 20 (Baihui) located at the top of the head is used extensively
to 'calm the spirit' in Chinese Medicine.
Forehead; The forehead
is associated with the 3rd eye, both in Chakra Theory and Traditional
Chinese Medical theory. The 3rd eye is associated with introspection
and illumination of your own Inner Being. Pain here is associated
with separation from your own Inner Being. In Chinese Medicine,
Yintang, which is located midway between the inner ends of the
eyebrows, Du 23 (Shangxing), Du 24 ( Shenting) which are located
at the hairline directly above Yintang and Du 20 (Baihui) located
at the top of the head, all have the action of 'calming the spirit.'
Yintang is associated with the eyes; not only the eyes that look
outward but the eyes that look inward and is indicated in some
Temporal; The sides
of the head are associated with courage, especially courage to
face your world. Migraine Headaches, usually located in the front
quadrants, right or left, indicates a separation from your world.
The involvement of the eyes in Migraines indicate not only an
unwillingness to look without, but to look within. Most Migraine
sufferers report, not only severe pain behind the eye, but also
acute sensitivity to light. In Chinese Medicine, a number of Meridians
run through this area. The Gallbladder Channel is associated with
courage. The San Jiao channel is involved with processing of water
(the elixir of Life), and the Small Intestine Channel is involved
with deriving nourishment from the world. Both the San Jiao Channel
and the Small Intestine Channel are connected to the Heart, whose
emotion is Joy and where the Mind is located. Lack of Joy (with
one's self) is strongly indicated by pain in this area. There
is also Anger indicated by the Gallbladder channel's link with
Occipital; The back
of the head represents your past. Some say also this is an area
of spirituality. Pain here represents something in your past that
is not complete and remains unforgiven. The back of the head is
traversed by the Gallbladder Channel and the Urinary Bladder Channels
indicating Anger born of Fear. The Back of the Head is thought
to be the seat of Spiritual Experiences. The only way to see them
is through inner sight. Pain in the back of the head represents
an unwillingness to look deep within for the source of Light &
Spine; The Spine Represents
the support you think you have in Life and your alignment with
those supportive forces. Curved spine, or Scoliosis represents
a misalignment with Life. Spasms represent an unwillingness to
accept the support that is there.
represent burdens and responsibilities. Frozen Shoulder for example
represents a complete unwillingness to shoulder your responsibilities
in Life, especially your own Life. Pain and dysfunction to varying
degrees represents varying degrees of unwillingness to be responsible.
Moving forward in Life sometimes requires that you 'put your shoulder
to the wheel' to overcome inertia. the Gallbladder channel traverses
the shoulders and indicates Courage ( or lack of...).
The back, in Chinese Medicine, is considered to be your Yang side;
the active, aggressive, lighted side. The back also represents
that which is behind you. Very often we do not see clearly that
which is behind us. Back problems generally represent conflict
between the urge to move forward and the inertia of an unforgiven
past that holds us back. This tension very often separates us
from both and pain is the result. Louse Hay suggests that backs
generally represent support.
Mid back; The mid
back is the link between the shoulder and the lower back. It can
be a weak link. As we firm up our shoulders and become willing
to take on the responsibilities of Life, and we have gathered
around us the financial and emotional support we need (lower back),
something sneaks up and stabs us in the back. This is a blind
spot. Not only can we not see it, but is very difficult to reach.
The weak link crumbles. It is the saboteur or seducer that takes
us off our path. Located in this area are the Tonification points
(called 'Shu' points) for the Liver, the Stomach, and the Spleen.
These organs are responsible for the transformation and transportation
of Qi, and the free flow of Qi in the body. Blockages here affect
the entire body and can stop you dead in your tracks. The Spleen
represents Worry or Overthinking and the Liver represents Anger
or base emotions. Both of these can sabotage even the best laid
plans. Louse Hay suggests that the mid-back represents Guilt and
stuck in the past stuff.
Lower Back; The Lower
Back represents support; financial support, emotional support
of family and friends, and support of God or the Universe. The
Kidneys are located in this area and Kidney dysfunction results
in Fear/Fright/Phobias. A sore lower back may indicate that we
have taken on more than we think we can handle. This is a dysfunction,
only if it is not the Truth. If we have indeed taken on too much,
that would be indicated by a physical trauma to the back and all
we need to do is lighten the load. Chronic low back ache, though,
not associated with any trauma is the one with the Metaphysical
application, and the one related to Kidney depletion. Kidneys
are considered to have a central function relative to other organs
since it is where Yuan Qi or our Primary Essence is stored. Yuan
Qi is also known as Primary Qi or Congenital Qi. It is the Qi
you are born with and determines your relative strength in the
world. It is considered to be quite difficult to strengthen an
already weak Yuan Qi, but it can be done. Low back pain is often
diminished by strengthening the Kidneys. In short, Low back pain,
generally refers to a lack of trust in the Universe to protect
and support. Louise Hay suggests Fear of money is indicated.
Coccyx; The Coccyx/Sacrum
is the seat of Self-pity. There is a fear of asking for help.
One would rather sit and feel sorry for one's self than get of
one's ass and do something.
Hips; Hips represent
decisions in Life, especially decisions about moving forward.
Pain in the hips is a sign of being 'stuck', unable to make a
decision, or see clearly what is needed to be done next. The process
of walking requires that we first thrust the hip forward and the
leg etc. follows. This is actually, an act of faith on our part,
since we are quite literally initiating a fall to the ground and
trusting that our legs will save us. The Gallbladder Channel traverses
the hip which again represents Courage and confidence to move
forward. Louise Hay suggests that hip problems represent fear
of going forward with major decisions. Hips represent the idea
that the next step in your life is important. Pain or discomfort
advises you to slow down or stop, look around, buy a map, or ask
someone for directions.
Upper Thighs; Thighs
are the link between the Hips & decisions, and the Knees &
pride. Very often, when we have made a decision and take the next
step, Pride gets in the way. "What if I look stupid? What
if it's not right? What if it doesn't work out?" Our knees
lock up or turn to jelly, and we are prevented from moving forward.
The pain that begins in the Hips and shoots down the Thigh (Sciatic
Nerve), is the separation from our desire and decision to move
forward and our Fear of falling flat on our ass. Louse Hay suggests
that Upper Thigh problems represent retaining childhood trauma.
Knees; Knees represent
Pride. In spiritual practice it is suggested that one must go
down before one can rise up, as Jesus did before John the Baptist,
before taking up his own ministry. Pride or Ego keeps us from
surrendering to the Will of God or the Universe. In practice,
every time we move forward in Life or approach change, we approach
the unknown. We may feel vulnerable or unsure. We may stand still,
stiff kneed resisting the winds of change. It is interesting to
note that stiff, sore knees are a symptom of Kidney deficiency,
whose emotion is Fear. Rather than admit our fear, we resist it
until it overwhelms us. While knees represent Pride, and it is
said that 'Pride goes before the fall', knees can also represent
Humility which is the wisdom to be yielding in the face of change.
Briefly, Knee problems may be said to indicate being stuck in
the Ego, too proud to bend. Louise Hay also suggests that Knees
represent Pride and the Ego.
Shins; The Shins represent
another weak link. Although the Shins are mostly bone, the hardest
substance in the body, the Shins are actually quite sensitive
and brittle. A slight whack on the Shins is not only painful,
it weakens the entire body and stops it cold. When we have organized
ourselves to move forward, to take the next step towards the goal
we have set, and are in the process of taking it, something comes
along and sends you tumbling. It is something we trip over because
we don't see it, even though it is right there in front of us.
In ancient times the shin pads that worriers wore were called
greaves. Very often what trips us up is something, the loss of
which we haven't properly grieved. Moving forward always means
something gets left behind. Interesting to note is that the three
Yin channels of the foot all criss cross at Spleen 6 (Sanyinjiao),
representing a confluence of Worry, Anger, and Fear. Moving forward
is often marked by a jumble of emotional responses which need
to be sorted out, especially if we are resisting it. Louise Hay
suggests that problems are fear of the future; not wanting to
Ankles; Ankles represent
flexibility, which is important as one navigates the twists and
turns of Life. Stiff, painful ankles means that change is difficult
for you. Maybe you are one who digs in your heels and resists
moving forward. The more Life forces change upon you, the deeper
you dig in. A broken ankle is a good sign to develop some flexibility
in your Life. Louise Hay suggests that ankles represent mobility
Feet; Our feet represent
our connection with Mother Earth. Sore, swollen, numb or painful
feet represent the state of our relation with our Mother. Mother
Earth, and our base energies. While it is legs that carry us forward
into Life, it is the feet that actually make contact with the
ground and can stop any advance, or at least make it difficult.
In modern society with its asphalt, concrete and High Rises, we
lose touch with the Earth and its energies. This may be reflected
in our relationship to the one who gave birth to us. Separation
can cause real pain.
All the Leg Yin & Yang channels meet and flow into each other
in the toes. This is an area of high energy and strong effect
on the body. This is an area where strong energies are in transition,
so our contact with Mothers, Mother Earth and our base energies
is always ambivalent. We want to draw closer to that love, but
at the same time move away on our own course.
In my experience, the feet often store toxic energies (as often
to do with grief or resentments as not), as far away from the
Heart as possible. This means, in the feet. Often, these are issues
that go all the way back to childhood. Lacking the tools to effectively
release grief or resentment the body stores it, like it stores
fat. Over time, more and more toxic energies are stored here and
fill up the receptacle. In many cases, the entire leg can become
involved and the waste starts leaking back into the system. This
is a very serious situation indeed, that can lead to amputations,
blood disorders and even death, as the body struggles to protect
the Heart. Metaphysically, it becomes clear that the space you
are standing in is painful. The key is to move on. Stop dwelling
on the past, release or transform whatever it is that keeps you
emotionally standing still. Louise Hay suggests that feet represent
our understanding of ourselves, of Life, and others, and toes
represent minor details of the future.
Throat; The Throat
represents our Will, and our ability to communicate, both with
others and with ourselves. Sore throats, lumps in the throat,
tumours all represent difficulties in saying what we want to say.
Lumps, both physical tumours and those that are non-manifest (Hystericus
Globus) are our willful attempts to block free expression of emotion
and of our identity. The Throat is another one of those weak links
that can seduce or sabotage you from your path. The Throat is
the channel between the Head and the Heart. In Chinese Medicine
it is said the Heart houses the Mind, especially in its connection
with the emotion of Joy and the expression of Love for ourselves
and for others. Have you ever had a great idea, gotten your body
motivated, put your Heart into it, only to say something completely
stupid which makes a mess of things? Have you ever felt the urge
to say something complimentary and suppressed it? Have you ever
just blurted out something that just seemed to by-pass the brain?
How often does a careless or ill chosen word create havoc in your
Life? Where this comes from is all the things you have not said
over the years that get stuck in the throat, needing to get out,
and out they come, one way or the other.
All emotions are designed to be expressed, even the ones we judge
to be negative and especially the ones we judge to be positive.
Louise Hay calls the the Throat an avenue of expression and a
channel of creativity. Problems indicate an inability to speak
up for one's self, swallowed anger , stifled creativity and refusal
to change. Thyroid problems indicate difficulty in analyzing,
digesting and assimilating the communication between the Head
and the Heart.
chest area represents the Feminine principal of nurturing and
nourishing the connection with the 'breath of Life' as it flows
through the Lungs. In men, pain or discomfort, not associated
with any organ or vessel represents a disconnection from the Feminine
principal. Breast envy, may exist in men; the desire to connect
with the feminine side, the same way penis envy is said to exist
in women; the desire to connect with the masculine side. In Chinese
Medicine, the front is considered Yin. The chest is the confluence
of the three most important kinds of Qi, that nourish the body;
Zhong Qi, from the Lungs, Jing Qi, from the Spleen, and Yuan Qi
from the Kidneys. Breast problems represents a denial of the Mother/feminine
principal to nourish the self and to nourish others. Louise Hay
suggest also that the breasts represent mothering and nurturing.
Cysts, lumps etc. represents over mothering.
Solar Plexus; Is said
to the be the seat of the Ego and Individuation. Some call this
the Negative Ego. In general this area represents the conflicts
in your life. Pain or discomfort in the Diaphragm area represents
unresolved conflicts. In Chinese Medicine, pain in this area indicates
Liver Qi Stagnation, usually associated with Anger.
Stomach; The stomach
represents digestion, not only of food and physical nutrients,
but of new ideas, new ways of doing things, and accepting change
of any kind. The Stomach is nothing more than a big flexible bag
of muscle whose job it is to ripen and rot whatever is put into
it. That is, its job is to break down what is put into it into
a form that the body can deal with. This it does by adding Hydrochloric
Acid, Hormones, Enzymes and Bile which reduces every sold morsel
into an undifferentiated mass called Chyme. Simultaneously it
rocks back and forth swishing and swilling this mess until it
is liquefied and able to pass through the small Pyloric Valve
into the Small Intestine where the actual absorption of nutrients
mostly takes place. Metaphysically, when we come upon a new idea
or a new way of doing things, the process is similar. First we
must swallow the idea, either whole or in handy bite sized morsels,
break it down into a form we can handle and finally absorb that
which we need to nourish ourselves. In the same way that a bad
diet poisons the body, toxic ideas, suppressed emotions and resistance
to change can have a poisoning effect. In traditional Chinese
Medicine, long standing emotional disharmony is seen as a primary
cause of disease. Strengthening the Spleen/Stomach which between
them are responsible for transforming food and water into Qi,
and transporting it throughout the body, is seen as a key strategy
to deal with almost any disease. Metaphysically we need to nourish
ourselves every day, just as we need to eat nourishing foods.
Just as the physical body needs nourishment to grow and carry
on its day to day activities, so do the Emotional, Mental, and
Spiritual bodies. Metaphysically, 'wellness' is not accomplished
by a change in diet alone. Louise Hay suggests that the stomach
holds nourishment, digests ideas. Problems indicate dread, fear
of the new, and an inability to assimilate the new.