GUIDELINES FOR INTERPRETING SYMPTOMS

“The way I interpret the circumstances depends on the image I have of myself. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.” –Cherie Carter-Scott

First and foremost, there is our willingness to face the symptom so that we can discover not only the message and the meaning it has but also the feelings and emotions underneath those messages.

To do this, we must set aside the physical causes of the symptom (viruses, bacteria, hereditary conditions, climatic factors, etc.)

External conditions are always present, but they are not the cause of illnesses, although human beings use them unconsciously so that disease can manifest.

Neither blueprints nor bricks build a house.

The architect uses them as a means to carry out his plans and bring forth the construction of the house.

First, we should learn to make a qualitative and subjective assessment of the symptom:

For what reason has this happened to me? For what purpose? What is the symptom? How is this symptom manifesting?

Secondly, the precise moment in which a symptom appears is very important.

We must consider any event occurring at the same time as the appearance of the symptom, not only external factors but also contemplate what is going on in our minds at that time.

In what aspect of my Being, be it emotions, thoughts or attitudes, is the same conflict showing up as well?

What happened before the symptom appeared? What was I doing? Who was with me? When did it start? What were my thoughts and feelings at that moment? What were my fears, fantasies and/or frustrations?

We must look deeply into our personal situation.

To what extent is the symptom that is manifesting in my body expressing a current event in my life?

Has something happened in my family or emotional circle? Has there been a recent change in my life? What am I resisting? Have I received any news or am I going through a crucial event in my life?

The cause of the most acute symptoms (tonsilities, sprained anke) is found usually in the moment of manifestation, a few hours prior to it, or, at the most, a few days before the symptom manifested.

However, in those referred to as “chronic conditions,” (cancer, arthrosis) the cause is not as close to the present moment.

It is not important, however,  if the origin of the disease lies in the present moment, a few days ago, in our childhood, in our experience in our mother’s womb or in an inherited belief system from an ancestor, what is really important is to find out what is the symptom’s message and what negative belief has fostered it.

What is my Soul/Higher Self trying to tell me through this symptom?

Why is this happening to me?

When we ask ourselves this question, we must pay close attention because many times the first thing that comes to our mind is the right answer.

The third stage suggests carefully observing the language, the words, the tone and the expressions that we use to verbalize the process. We must remember that our personal language is deeply psychosomatic.

Our physical symptoms correspond to our psychic and emotional imbalances which means, that our emotional problems are related to our physical sensations.

With this we discover that when a patient is talking about his physical symptoms, he is always informing us of a psychic problem.

What are the internal feelings of the patient and what is the language he uses to describe the problem?

For example: “I don’t see clearly”, “It hurts my eyes to see that”, “My heart is leaping with joy”, “I will do it with all my heart”, “I’m keeping a cold head”, “This is hard to swallow”, “Just to see that it makes me sick to my stomach”, “This situation is suffocating me”, “That left me breathless”, etc.

The last phase of analysis invites the patient to reconsider: What is this symptom preventing me from doing? What is it forcing me to do? What should I stop doing? What new action should I undertake? What am I obtaining from this symptom?

Could I obtain the same result without the need of being ill?

We cannot forget that there might be hidden reasons for our illness which could be providing us with some kind of reward.

This reward intervenes with our desire to heal.

Maybe we get more attention or more affection when we are sick, or maybe it is a tool we use to manipulate or to blame.

Illnesses can also be a way of hiding deep fears and/or low self-esteem problems.

There are innumerable reasons to be ill, that depending on the characteristics of each individual and their life project.

As we have seen, a symptom is always the physical manifestation of something we reject inside of us, something that is in the shadows and comes up to the surface to be experienced and integrated.

A symptom will usually force us to change our behavior in order to correct the imbalance we have.

The right thing to do for our evolution is to voluntarily desist from that which was taken away from us and willingly do that which we are forced to do.

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Joman Romero

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