Our bodies are giving us messages all of the time. Chronic pain or unusual disorders (like a skin rash) often appear when we are not listening to something important that our intuition is trying to tell us. Our physical body manifests the urgency to get us to pay attention.
Let me give you two examples of what I mean. The first occurred when a friend and I were chatting one day. She said she had started feeling a random weird pain in her elbow. When I asked her what message her elbow might be giving her, she said that she knew it was physically connected to the heart but wasn’t sure of the message. Earlier she had been telling me about how a dear friend of hers had just entered Hospice. I mentioned to her that maybe the pain was related to heart grief about her friend’s impending death. She immediately nodded and said, “You know, the pain in my elbow did start about the time that I learned she only had a few weeks left to live.” And then we discussed how she had been trying to be strong and not cry in front of her friend, but maybe she needed to do just that.
The other example is something that has occurred in more than one healing touch session with a client. During the session, I began to feel acid reflux in my own body as I was connecting their heart and throat chakras. I felt like this was saying that something from their heart wanted to be spoken aloud but that they kept shoving it down. For one client, I even heard sirens in my head and so I felt that there was a sense of urgency for him to voice his truth. After the session, he told me that he had been experiencing acid reflux for months. In all the cases, I later found out that they were not admitting something to themselves whether it was abuse, addiction or the need to leave a toxic working situation.
If you are experiencing any weird quirks with your body or chronic pain, I recommend trying a dialogue journal activity. Use your imagination to have a conversation with that body part. Begin by asking it what message it wants to give you. See what pops into your head first. Write it down. Then ask it another question to dig a little deeper until it reveals to you a truth. I assure you, you will know it when you hear it!
And if you are having a tough time healing physically, perhaps you can try talking to that body part like a pet and encouraging it. I know that it sounds funny, but you have probably heard the studies about how plants grow fuller or come back from the edge of death when their owners talk lovingly to them, so why not try it with your body. It certainly can’t hurt!
About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and learnings with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.