Chapter XIV — You Can Heal Your Life

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“I listen with love to my body’s messages.”

I believe we create every so-called illness in our body. The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. The body is always talking to us, if we will only take the time to listen. Every cell within your body responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak.

Continuous modes of thinking and speaking produce body behaviors and postures and “eases” or dis-eases. The person who has a permanently scowling face did not produce that by having joyous, loving thoughts. Older people’s faces and bodies show so clearly a life-time of thinking patterns. How will you look when you are elderly?

I am including in this section my list of Probable Mental patterns that create illnesses in the body, as well as the New Thought Patterns or Affirmations to be used to create health. They appear in my book Heal Your Body.  In addition to those short listings, I will explore a few of the more common conditions to give you an idea of just how we create these problems.

Not every mental equivalent is 100 percent true for everyone. However, it does give us a point of reference to begin our search for the cause of the dis-ease. Many people working in the alternative healing therapies use Heal Your Body all the time with their clients and find that the mental cause run 90 to 95 percent true.

THE HEAD represents us. It is what we show the world. It is how we are usually recognized. When something is wrong in the head area, it usually means we feel something is very wrong with “us.”

THE HAIR represents strength. When we are tense and afraid, we often create those bands of steel that originate in the shoulder muscles and come up over the top of the head and sometimes even down around the eyes. The hair shaft grows up through the hair follicle. When there is a lot of tension in the scalp, the hair shaft can be squeezed so tightly that the hair can no longer breathe, and it dies and falls out. If this tension is continued, and the scalp is not relaxed, then the follicle remains so tight that the new hair cannot grow through. The result is baldness.

Female baldness has been on the increase ever since women have begun entering the ‘business world” with all its tensions and frustrations. We are not aware of baldness in women because women’s wigs are so natural and attractive. Unfortunately, most men’s toupees are still discernible at quite a distance.

Tension is not being strong. Tension is weakness. Being relaxed and centered and peaceful is really being strong and secure. It would be good for us to relax our bodies more, and many of us need to relax our scalps, too.

Try it now. Tell your scalp to relax, and feel if there is a difference. If you notice that your scalp visibly relaxes, then I would suggest you do this little exercise often.

THE EARS represent the capacity to hear. When there are problems with the ears, it usually means something is going on you do not want to hear. An earache would indicate that there is anger about what is heard.

Earaches are common with children. They often have to listen to stuff going on in the household they really don’t want to hear. Household rules often forbid a child’s expression of anger, and the child’s inability to change things create an earache.

Deafness represents longstanding refusal to listen to someone. Notice that when one partner has a hearing impairment, the other partner often talks and talks and talks.

THE EYES represent the capacity to see. When there are problems with the eyes, it usually means there is something we do not want to see, either about ourselves or about life: past, present, or future.

Whenever I see small children wearing glasses, I know there is stuff goin on in their household they do not want to look at. If they can’t change the experience, they will diffuse the sight so they don’t have to see it so clearly.

Many people have had dramatic healing experiences when they have been willing to go back into the past and clean up what it was they did not want to look at a year or two before they began wearing glasses.

Are you negating what’s happening right now? What don’t you want to face? Are you afraid to see the present or the future? If you could see clearly, what would you see that you don’t see now? Can you see what you are doing to yourself?

Interesting questions to look at.

HEADACHES come from invalidating the self. The next time you get a headache, stop and ask yourself where and how you have just made yourself wrong. Forgive yourself, let it go, and the headache will dissolve back into the nothingness from where it came.

Migraine headaches are created by people who want to be perfect and who create a lot of pressure on themselves. A lot of suppressed anger is involved. Interestingly, migraine headaches can almost always be alleviated y masturbation if you do it as soon as you feel a migraine coming on. The sexual release dissolves the tension and the pain. You may not feel like masturbating then, but it certainly worth a try. You can’t lose.

SINUS problems, felt right in the face and so close to the nose, represent being irritate4d by someone in your life, someone who is close to you. You might even feel they are bearing down on you.

We forget that we create the situations, then we give our power away by blaming the other person for our frustration. No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for “we” are the only thinker in our mind. We create our experiences, our reality, and everyone in it. When we create peace and harmony and balance our mind, we will find it in our lives.

THE NECK AND THROAT are fascinating because so much “stuff” goes on there. The neck represents the ability to be flexible in our thinking, to see the other side of a question, and to see another person’s viewpoint. When there are problems with the neck, it usually means we are being stubborn about our won concept of a situation.

Whenever I see a person wearing one of those “collars,” I know this person is very self-righteous and stubborn about not seeing the other side of an issue.

Virginia Satir, the brilliant family therapist, said that she did some “silly research” and found that there are more than 250 different ways to wash dishes, depending upon who is washing and the ingredients used. If we are stuck in believing there is only “one way,” or ‘one viewpoint,” then we are shutting out most of life.

THE THROAT represents our ability to “speak up” for ourselves to ‘ask for what we want,” to say ‘I am,” etc. When we have throat problems, it usually means we do not feel we have the right to do these things. We feel inadequate to stand up for ourselves.

Sore throats are always anger. If a cold in involved, then there mental confusion, too. LARYNGITIS usually means you are so angry your cannot speak.

The throat also represents the creative follow in the body. This is where we express our creativity, and when our creativity is stifled and frustrated, we often have throat problems. We all know many people who live their whole lives for others. They never once get to do what they want to do. They are always pleasing mothers/fathers/spouses/lovers/bosses. TONSILITIS and THYROID problems are just frustrated creativity, resulting from not being able to do what you want to do.

The energy center in the throat, the fifth chakra, is the place in the body where change takes place. When we are resisting change or are in the middle of change or are trying to change, we often have lot of activity in our throats. Notice when you cough, or when someone else coughs. What has just been said? What are we reacting to? Is it resistance and stubbornness, or is it the process of change taking place? In a workshop I use coughs as a tool for self-discovery. Every time someone coughs, I have that person touch the throat and say out loud, “I am willing to change,” or “I am changing.”

THE ARMS represent our ability and capacity to embrace the experiences of life. The upper arms have to do with our capacity, and the lower arms have to do with our abilities. We store old emotions in our joints, and the elbows represent our flexibility in changing directions. Are you flexible about a changing direction in your life, or are old emotions keeping you stuck in one spot?

THE HANDS grasp, hands hold, hands clench. We store let things slip through our fingers. Sometimes we hold on too long. We are handy, tightfisted, openhanded, penny pinchers, butterfingers. We give handouts. We can handle ourselves, or we can’t seem to handle anything.

We put a handle on something. It’s hands down. It’s hands off, hanky panky. We give someone a hand, are hand in hand, it’s on hand or out of hand, underhanded or overhanded. We have helping hands.

Hands can be gentle or they can be hard, with knotty knuckles from overthinking, or gnarled with arthritic criticism. Grasping hands come from fear – fear of loss, fear of never having enough, fear that it won’t stay if you hold lightly.
Tightly grasping a relationship only has the partner run away in desperation. Tightly clenched hands cannot take in anything new. Shaking hands freely from the wrists gives a feeling of looseness and openness.

That which belongs to you cannot be taken from you, so relax.

(contd to  part II    … The fingers ……)


In this chapter each part of the body is described with its influence on mental plane




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