I’m a big fan of Louise Hay’s book, “You Can Heal Your Life.” Whenever I’m working with clients or friends (or even myself!) with an illness or injury, it’s one of my go-to reference guides. However, through exploring energetic and emotional bodies through my Soul Voice work, I have noticed that not all suppressed emotions, memories, and thought patterns manifest in the same way. And why would they? We each have our own unique life experiences. Our cells not only carry the imprints of this lifetime, but also karmic information and ancestral patterns. The way we carry our emotions is different, too: how comfortable do we feel in the world, how do we express ourselves or suppress ourselves. Here’s where my inner sociologist merges with the energetic practitioner, researching the inner soundscapes of the unexpressed world. I am not a doctor, nor a scientist. What follows is based on my intuitive impressions, philosophical beliefs, and personal experiences with transformation, healing, and manifestation.
We are born into a divinely designed and refined instrument. The body is an intelligent, complex, durable and adaptable system. Call it the “IBod.” It’s a ‘“How to Human” guidebook and the radio receiver of the soul. When there is a clear connection, we are tapped into the navigational system and receive the messages. Pain, illness, and injury are the soul’s way of saying, “Listen.” Many of us still separate what is happening with the body from habitual thoughts, beliefs, and the inner emotional landscape; however, the system is fully integrated. We must be responsible for our own health and well-being and conscious of the state of our inner worlds.
The impact that pain, illness, and injury have is that they interrupt our normal routine; they often force us into a ‘new normal.’ The body is constantly negotiating equilibrium, balancing the inner world and the outer world. The body speaks the language of analogy. The pain or issue can actually tell you exactly what symbolic ‘medicine’ is needed. The solution is reflected in the problem, like a mirror. For a simple example, my migraine headaches are the result of overwork, information overload, and physical-world focus. My symptoms are heightened sensitivity to sound, light and odor - an overload of sensory information. To recover, I need to stop everything, tune out the world and go inward.
Pay attention to the metaphor or symbol of the situation. Consider the body parts affected and the role they play. How is it relating to your experience of yourself in the world? Feet, knees, and hips can indicate feeling unstable, lack of support, fear of moving forward, or a need to slow down - connected to root chakra issues of grounding, finances, family and security. Arms, shoulders, and hands can indicate an inability to receive, or giving too much, needing support, needing to be more generous, etc - related to heart chakra issues of love, grief, codependency, loneliness. These are generalized descriptions of course, and the organs and systems of the body work in the same way. There are many ways to interpret the body’s signals revealing hidden emotional and mental landscapes. The signals are often complex and convoluted because they are made of memories and feelings, thoughts and beliefs, along with physical life experiences. When we have multiple physical manifestations in the body or the outer world experience, it takes time and patience to excavate and clear. This is why when we do healing work we often come back to the same issue again and again, like the layers of an onion. Instant healing is possible, but because habitual thoughts and suppressed emotions have such an influence on the body, if we do not address them also, the symptoms will return.
The more practice listening to the body’s messages, the more attuned you will get to know what is needed. Right now, you just want the physical problem to go away, but I encourage you to engage with it. This pain, illness, or injury is your soul speaking to you, seeking communion, wanting to help you, showing you the way - not just related to your health, but also your relationships, career, family, spirituality, and the fulfillment of your goals and dreams!
Cancer is one of the most notorious health issues of the day. If we look at the characteristics of the cancer cell symbolically, it says a lot: It defies ‘the norm;’ it’s opportunistic and a survivalist under all conditions. It uses whatever it has to grow, nourishes itself independently. It does not differentiate and it has a single purpose: to proliferate and grow. The cancer cell ‘overrides the system.’ It has been called the ‘abnormal’ cell and the immortal cell.
What does this mean? I feel that cancer represents the soul’s desire to grow through breaking established patterns! Cancer cells express radical growth and expansion, symbolizing immortality, symbolizing tenacity under any and all circumstances. In consciousness evolution, we are called to break through boundaries, expand the possibilities, and thrive! Wherever cancer appears in the body is also a symbol of where in life we are called to release, break free, emerge, expand, and make our presence known!
We are living in an important time of enormous personal and collective transformation. More and more people are choosing to live life on their own terms, catalyzing, engaging, and transforming personal, cultural, political, social, ancestral and karmic patterns. By focusing attention on the physical body and physical manifestations in this analogical way, we open new doors to healing.