Before I start, I want to explain that I’m not a psychotherapist nor do I claim to be. The purpose of this article is to share some thoughts that are close to my heart that may resonate with some of you out there, and maybe to help you realize that you’re not alone.
Have you ever had a gut feeling about something, but the implication of following through with it is so scary that you find yourself burying it so deep that you can’t even utter it? It may feel like something is off in your life, and there’s a whisper of a feeling deep inside telling you what it is. Perhaps your mind refuses to listen because you just can’t face it. Those messages may manifest in different forms to get your attention and may get more intense if you ignore them. You end up convincing yourself that you don’t know why you feel so depressed. Or are always getting sick. Or always getting hurt. Or suffering from insomnia. Or are being abused or bullied. Or can’t get that job or promotion. The list goes on.
The more you refuse to listen to the messages you receive or to that gut feeling, the more life becomes a struggle – and the worse your situation gets. Does any of this ring a bell? You may be doing everything right as far as diet, exercising, and taking your supplements, but all your efforts may not fully help you unless (and until) you resolve the situation in your life that is going against the grain of your essence. I know this is foreign to a lot of people, but the psycho-spiritual connection to disease has been proven over and over again to be a valid component to health and healing. Not only have I had personal experience with this, but I’ve witnessed it with every single client that comes through my practice. The psycho-spiritual connection has been studied and published by many authors such as Louise Hay, Dr. Christine Page, MBBS, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, MFHOM, Caroline Myss, PH.D., Paul Pitchford, the late Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, and many others.
For those who are reluctant to accept that possibility, then consider the fact that even conventional medicine recognizes the impact that psychology has on health. There have been many studies proving various correlations between the state of our mental and emotional health and heart disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, and many other illnesses.
Fear is the key factor that stops us from addressing and correcting the situations in our life that are making us sick, depressed, unable to sleep, etc. Fear is the body’s defense mechanism that helps us flee when in actual danger. Often, we perceive danger where there may not be any real threat. Having courage does not mean that you have no fear. It means believing in yourself enough to follow your path despite all your fears.
More often than not when we take that leap of faith, everything falls into place in our life. It is as though following the path that aligns with our real purpose validates us. Taking a leap of faith is not easy by any means, but I find that if it’s the right path, then life somehow facilitates the process for me. In case all your efforts to remedy your suffering aren’t enough, it may help to explore this avenue for your healing in case.
Consider this, if you have been suffering from a chronic or recurring condition, ask yourself “when did it start?” and “what was happening in my life when it started?” If there was a trauma during that time, maybe you’re still holding on to residual unresolved pain. If there was a change in your life, you might not be fully accepting of it, or it may not be the right change for you.
Another way to explore the psycho-spiritual connection to an illness is to correlate it to the chakras (energy centres throughout the body) and all of the organs around each chakra. For example, your throat chakra is located in the throat area and is related to being able to speak out and express yourself. Illness related to the throat area, like thyroid disease, could be due to you feeling stifled in some way or unable to communicate something important to you. Your solar plexus chakra is located just below the heart. It’s related to self-esteem issues and how you may relate to others. If you have intestinal issues, liver, pancreas, or gallbladder problems, then you can see if there’s a correlation there. Specific conditions or body parts related to specific challenges such as kidney problems could be associated to fear. Liver problems can be related to pent-up anger. Back problems can be related to lack of emotional support. Constipation can be related to not being able to let go of something from your past. The list is endless and can be more in depth. These are simply guidelines – not diagnoses.
Not everyone is open to the psycho-spiritual connection; however, it’s been shown to have a great impact on our ability to heal. This connection is an important part of the holistic approach towards balancing your health. I’m not suggesting that because you have the physical issues, that you would necessarily have the emotional challenges connected to them. Often I find that they are accurate and it may help to include them in the equation and address them to optimize your health.
May you always have the courage to heal and be whole.
Marina Silverio, RHN, Reiki, and Energy Practitioner
Marina Silverio is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Reiki and energy practitioner, a member in good standing with CAHN-Pro (Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals). She is also a writer, speaker, and teacher. Marina has a private practice in Toronto. Her struggle, with her health, put her on a mission to find answers for herself. Now she is passionate about sharing her knowledge to help others improve their health. She is a nutritional consultant, whose primary, but not sole, focus are cancer clients. She uses an individualized approach that looks at the body, mind, and spirit and how they interconnect, she assesses body systems and how they impact each other to find a nutritional plan that suits the client’s lifestyle, to help reverse, repair health conditions, and optimize health. Food sensitivity, cortisol, and other testing are available. For more information contact Marina Silverio, RHN.