Symptoms: Physical, Psychological, or Emotional?

At various times throughout our lives we may experience a psychological, emotional or physical symptom. The cause may be very simple, easily found and sometimes easily resolved; but there are times when symptoms seem to have a mystery of their own and are pointing to something deeper, and not so easily resolved. While it is important to address physical symptoms at their own level by seeking medical help or an alternative practitioner, they can point to unresolved psychological or emotional issues, usually stemming from the past and unconsciously carried into the present.

Unexpressed feelings and emotions can get held or locked in the body, and an unhealthy attitude of mind or way of thinking may develop to try and cope with this. As a result the flow of our energy, including spiritual energy, gets blocked, and can sooner or later manifest as a physical symptom. While this is not an exact science, we need to find a way to feel our feelings in order to free up our energy and our will to experience more of our innate wholeness or well being. After all, it is in our feelings, pain or joy, that we are most alive, and so to push them away often results in pushing away our own life force.

Many alternative schools of health and well being believe that the body mirrors what we have hidden in the unconscious part of the mind; that when we experience a physical symptom, there may be a hidden message that we are not hearing. Thus the symptom calls us to be attentive and listen to its message. This ‘inner listening’ leads to greater self awareness and enhances our capacity for self healing.

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