Spiritual Meanings Behind Physical Aches, Pains, And Illnesses

The Spiritual Meanings

12. 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. As per spiritual meanings behind physical aches, Louse Hay suggests that upper thigh problems represent retaining childhood trauma.

13. 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, stiffly 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 pains 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’.

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14. 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, but it also 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 that need to be sorted out, especially if we are resisting it. As per spiritual meanings behind physical aches, Louise Hay suggests that problems are fear of the future; not wanting to move ahead.

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15. Ankles

Ankles pains represent flexibility, which is important as one navigates the twists and turns of Life. Stiff, painful ankles mean 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 and direction.

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Helen Noronha

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