Did you know your body has a secret language with which it communicates? By this I mean that your body is like a sponge; it soaks in information you give it and will do whatever you tell it. If you constantly say that you can’t handle things, your hands may become stiff and clenched and you won’t be able to handle anything new. If you say, ‘my boss is a pain in the neck,’ you will likely manifest neck problems. When you think, ‘oh what a headache this will be,’ your body is listening. Because your body is so good at taking direction it may immediately starts building tension in your head, so that you can feel your head ache.
Dr Robin Youngson, Founder, Centre for Compassion in Healthcare says, "Livid, pissed off, torn up inside, heartache, bone weary, jaundiced, gut wrenching, blood boiling, pain in the neck, stab in the back, takes my breath away, a rash decision, sick to death - our language is alive with ancient wisdom about the origin of many illnesses.” He believes that by changing the way we think and speak we can free ourselves, “from the toxic effects of unconscious beliefs and emotions and start on a path of self-healing."
Your Thoughts and Emotions Effect Your Health
In our culture, what many people don’t realize is that what we say and what we hear others say either has a negative or a positive effect on our health. For example, if you are around someone who is negative and who constantly criticizes or judges you, you are likely to feel upset, angry and fearful. These type of emotions can cause your body to tighten, your immune system to weaken and your nervous system to come under stress and attack. If you don’t let go of the negative feelings, after a while your body will start to break down and you will get sick.
Psychoneuroimmunology or PNI research shows that negative thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and emotions weaken the nervous and immune systems and lead to disease. Dr Margo de Kooker wrote, “In the real world, what the field of PNI proves is that what happens in our minds at the level of our perception can have real effects on our immune system. This concept is not new at all, and ancient wisdom has always encouraged us to focus on maintaining a ‘healthy’ mind in order to maintain a healthy body. It is only now that we are able to prove and understand the connections.”
Bestselling author, Dr Bernie Siegel states, “If we do not pay attention to our feelings and the messages from our body then our body will assume we do not enjoy life and get us out of here as quickly as possible. So stop living your untrue self’s life, which others imposed upon you, and eliminate not yourself, but what is killing you. Thus, by paying attention to the messages from within your body, saving your life.”
In my books "The Secret Language of Your Body" and "The Secret of Life Wellness" I explore how different parts of your body contain important messages about your emotions, your life and your beliefs.
I encourage people start exploring what is going on in their bodies by placing their hands on a part of their body where they feel pain or discomfort and ask questions such as:
- "If there was a thought pattern or a belief that was stored in this part of my body, what would it be?"
- "If there was an emotion stored here, what would it be?"
- "If there is a memory that is contributing to this ailment, what would it be?"
- "If there was a colour connected to this part of my body, what would it be?"
- "What would be a healthy colour for this part of my body?"
- "If my body could show me what I need to do to heal, what would it be?"
Below are a few examples of challenging feelings, thoughts and experiences that could be stored in different parts of your body.
Feeling unsupported, overwhelmed and under too much pressure. Carrying suppressed and unresolved emotions from the past.
BRAIN / HEAD
You may experience feeling out of control, depressed, bored, flat, uninterested, disheartened, and sleepy. You may feel like your mind is hazy, scattered, conflicted or confused.
Feeling lack of nurturing, gentleness and love for yourself, while often showering it onto others.
Not liking what you are seeing in your environment. Suspicion of people and events. Seeing obstacles and limitations. Wanting things to be different. Belief in ageing.
Moving in the wrong direction, ignoring your intuition, feeling confused, lost, ungrounded or out of touch with reality. Feeling stuck, bogged down or obligated to others, missing, the big picture. Indecisiveness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Inna Segal is an internationally renowned intuitive healer and author of the best-selling book "The Secret Language of Your Body". Her new book, "The Secret of Life Wellness" (Rockpool Publishing $29.99) is now available at good book stores and online at www.rockpoolpublishing.com.au