“Man’s heart may be depressed or excited. In either case has fatal result”. Lao-Tzu
When a symptom manifests in the body of a person, it calls for his attention whether the person wants to give the symptom attention or not.
Sometimes, the symptom can interrupt a person’s normal life, forcing him to abandon his daily activities.
From the material point of view, this represents a bothersome inconvenience and we quickly seek an effective treatment to eradicate the symptom. When we do this, healing does not take place.
After some time, the symptom will reappear, stronger, calling our attention again.
The first step towards healing consists in accepting the symptom, no matter how inconvenient it might be. We need to listen to the it, acknowledge it and discover through the guidance of the body’s language, the real cause that originated it.
Before a symptom appears in the body, it is manifested in the mind as an idea, thought, fear, desire, fantasy, mood, etc.
In our daily life, we experience different situations, the key is, how do we live them? What is important is not the situation itself, but how we go through it.
If we go through a situation in a peaceful, serene way, accepting what is, the situation will not cause an emotional impact.
On the other hand, if we live it as something dramatic, if we don’t express our feelings, if we don’t act coherently and if we are unable to find a solution on the outside, our biological unconscious will have no choice but to look for a solution on the inside in the form of a symptom.
The precise moment a symptom occurs is very important since it can help us deduce the relationship of the symptom to the current events in our lives.
Every part of our body symbolically represents a specific area of our life.
For example, our legs allow us to advance and to reach for other people, establishing a personal or a social relationship.
Our eyes represent how we see life, our ability to focus and how we see others.
Our ears represent our ability to hear, to listen and to maintain balance.
The skin represents the boundary of the self, it is the limit that defines the boundary between the I and
Thou, and it talks about our contact with other people.
Our arms represent our actions, our ability to act, to “rely on good arms.”
The genitals represent sexuality, our intimate relationships with others, but they are also related to our relationship with our children, our ability to parent a child.
When a part of our body is demanding attention, causing discomfort, it is communicating that we have a problem with the area in our lives that is represented symbolically by the body part or body organ that is being affected.
We need then to look for the event that is causing our physical discomfort.
When we understand the message and agree to reconsider the causes that have created this problem and we are willing to change our erroneous mental models, that part of our body will no longer seek our attention, it will stop hurting and we will return to that state of balance, called health.
As we can see, the purpose of the symptom is to shed light on those aspects of ourselves or others that we do not accept.
The symptom forces us to change our negative beliefs so that we can overcome the situation.
Therefore, when we reject a symptom, we are really rejecting a part of ourselves and it is precisely the part that most needs our acknowledgment and acceptance so that we can be whole and so that we can be healthy.
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