Spiritual Meanings Behind Physical Aches, Pains, And Illnesses

The Spiritual Meanings

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.

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.

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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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