The Spiritual Meanings Behind Physical Aches, Pains And Illnesses

The Spiritual Meanings

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17. Throat

The throat represents our Will, and our ability to communicate, both with others and with ourselves. Sore throats, lumps in the throat, tumors all represent difficulties in saying what we want to say. Lumps, both physical tumors 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 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.

18. Chest/Breasts

The chest area represents the feminine principle 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.

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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 represent a denial of the Mother/feminine principal to nourish the self and to nourish others. Louise Hay suggests also that the breasts represent mothering and nurturing. Cysts, lumps, etc. represent over mothering.

19. Solar Plexus

Is said to 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, considering the spiritual meanings behind physical aches, pain in this area indicates Liver Qi Stagnation, usually associated with Anger.

20. 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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