What does your body want you to know? Part #1
Have you ever asked your body what it wants you to know? The chances are that you haven’t and probably wouldn’t know where to start. In tools for listening to your body, I provided you with some ways to do this. In this blog, we will consider the physical aspects of being human and in another blog discuss the spiritual aspects so that you can pull the two together.
When I began to explore what is going on with me, I initially drew a matchstick woman and plotted out all of the physical and mental issues that I could remember from birth. After that, I asked what did each of these mean to me. I looked at my life, its path, and explored many spiritual ideas (which I will explain another time). Doing this first and reflecting helped me to make sense of lots of things that have happened and are going on. Do this now, all you need is a piece of A4 paper and a pen. Keep scribbling until all of your memories are out. That’s all you need to do for now. Look at this infographic which explains this.
After I had drawn the picture and let it sit for a day, I then went off to explore the spiritual aspects of these. Looking at what other people had written about what physical pain means and what the emotional aspects were fascinating. Additionally, I looked at five element theory (part of Traditional Chinese Medicine) to link physical organs to emotions. When I had done this, I journaled to explore what I thought this all meant. I came up with some interesting ideas, which all make sense to me.
I took the decision to leave this line of enquiry for a few weeks before I sat quietly and simply asked my body what it wanted me to know. First, what is the body and how can it talk to me?
What is the body?
The body is an important physical structure (we’d be lost without it) made up and numerous systems and components which are all (mostly) necessary for a human to function. The body comes neatly packaged in skin which helps it to breathe and sweat. It houses the brain an incredible machine for processing stuff 24/7 and the mind, a construct which we believe to be in our heads and responsible for directing our lives (or so it thinks…).
What is the mind?
The mind is where we consider our thoughts, beliefs, habits, emotions, conscience, consciousness, perception, behaviour, intelligence, language, motivation, drive and will to reside. With our minds, we can apply reason, logic and creativity. We can use it to answer all kinds of questions – what, why, how and what if. It is straightforward and complex and works with the brain to manage the systems of the body. I think therefore I am – the mind grounds our humanness. It’s good to have thoughts; it’s not so good to let thoughts and habits run our lives. Thoughts become our reality, which ultimately obscures our true nature.
What about the mind-body?
Every cell in our body has intelligence and therefore one assumes, maybe, that it has a mind and memories. Can you imagine what is happening in any cell right now? Or how it does what it does? What we can imagine is that via that intelligence it can communicate with the brain and the big mind to help us to operate and heal our bodies.
The body is intelligent and wise
Our bodies are born (typically) perfect. After years of unconscious abuse and battering, they get a bit worn out. This battering is retained in its memory banks and will take some conscious effort to retrain, but it can be done. Beat a dog long enough and it will be submissive, just as if you shower it with love, it will return your love a hundred fold. Your body will do the same. For every negative action that you impose on your mind and body, there is an equal and opposite positive action that you can employ. This comes down to choices, awareness and taking action.
Every time I have been stopped through illness (physical or emotional) I have naturally learned more about me. When peri-menopausal I took radical action, with my diet and it worked. I made these changes because that’s what I heard.
When I sat quietly to ask about the pulled muscle that caused me pain for such a long time, my body said ‘you wanted to slow down to find a new way of being, to explore other career options and other ways that you could be off service. You didn’t listen to the slowing voices and ploughed on regardless. You did this through fear. So, we, your body and mind obliged and stopped you, so that you had no choice. You asked for our help and we obeyed.’
This message married up to the research that I did following the stick drawing.
Getting answers to your questions is helpful provided you follow some simple steps to help the healing process. You may get overnight success once you are aware of how you caused your problems. The chances are that you will need other work to support you. I, for example, took an EFT course, had regular sports massages, Bowen and tweaked my diet.
Get out of your head and explore your body
By this I mean use your minds eye and take a trip around your body to feel any pains. When you take your attention to any part, it will wake up and acknowledge you. Make a note of what comes up.
Lean in and listen
Do as I did, sit quietly and ask. Turn off your inner critic and listen to what comes up. You could also try some deep breathing exercises to put yourself into a trance and then write what comes up. Do not judge and reflect on what you hear or write.
Get touchy feely
Place your hands on the part that hurts, ask your questions and feel the vibration so that you get an understanding of what that part wants you to know.
Drink a glass of water
Get a drink of water and sip it, notice where it flows. What path is it taking, what can you taste, hear, feel or see (inner vision). Ask the water to flow to where it is needed and ask it to report back.
Say thank you
When you have explored and have the information that you need, say thank you. A bit of gratitude works wonders.
Do something fab for you and your body to celebrate this new level of awareness and understanding.
Because you know that your mind obeys you now, you can give it a new set of instructions. Repeat these and soon you will believe them. Language and words are powerful change agents, use them wisely. Next time you catch yourself saying something negative about your body, pull yourself up by your boots and change the words. Put love me notes on the fridge, kettle or mirror and say them when you see them.
Sometimes we forget that the simplest things are sometimes the most powerful. When you get your answers, keep an open mind and consider what you can do to turn around your pain.