Chronic illness may be utilised as a tool of enlightenment to discover the lessons of soul journeys. Often times, our physical bodies reflect the spiritual, biological and psychological imprints of our encounters.
When we engage a process of healing, often practitioners deal with the physical or biological features of health issues, however the psychological and emotional aspects are often neglected.
Thus, it is important to check at our psychological and spiritual patterns to discover the classes in particular health conditions.
In the Chinese system of medicine, there’s a mapping of character archetypes that correlate with particular internal organ imbalances. These correlations can give insight into psychological and spiritual facets of health challenges.
For instance, someone with a kidney imbalance or adrenal fatigue or urinary tract problems might lean toward excessive anxieties such that energy becomes stagnant to make kidney stones. We would call this character type a “water” type. They might have a tendency to be very introspective and inward, suppressing feelings instead of expressing them. Also, water personalities might be contested with exhibiting discipline.
Water aspects are about spiritual essence, so lessons that have to do with our jing-our spiritual DNA or legacy, cyclic patterns of energy which are connected with our spiritual ancestors and our spiritual routine.
So, when we suffer from a kidney routine, either in the kind of weak kidneys (sluggish energy), kidney stones, weak bones, or cancer, we will need to inquire, “On a spiritual level, what energies am I holding about ancestors and heritage which might be depleting my kidney energy? What fears am I holding?”
On the other hand, someone with high blood pressure, dizziness, and trend towards insomnia or anger may have more of a wood character, demonstrating imbalances with the liver. The partner of the liver is the gallbladder, another wood component organ. A character archetype of a individual with imbalances of the gallbladder could be one that has difficulty making decisions and defining themselves and their route on earth. There is often a feeling of angst or wavering about what to do or who to be on earth.
Spiritually wood is all about creativity and the many benevolent aspects of soul. So, when we have health challenges which are more of a timber issue, we could ask, “What problems or energies am I holding around blooming compassion or coping with suppressed anger?” How am I letting my soul and character to manifest creativity?”
They tend to be more prone to lung difficulties, asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory and auto-immune problems that can express more on skin or through the large intestine. Metal out of equilibrium can represent someone who tends to be righteous in fighting injustices but perhaps at a level which depletes their energy like the resistance and the lungs suffer. Irritable gut syndrome may also be a tendency for men and women that have a strong metal element, since there might be issues with holding onto feelings and experience that no longer serve the body, creating inflammation in the organ itself which is responsible for removal of toxins. Perfectionists often fit into this metallic category as trying to attain quite lofty goals-part of the righteous part of the self that’s attempting to attain the maximum level of achievement.
Spiritually, metal is associated with our “wei qi”, external resistance that protects” Wei qi” can be compared to an energetic shield. So, we might inquire, “What problems or energies am I holding around security, perfection or the requirement to correct injustices on a soul level?”
They tend to manifest spleen/stomach and digestive troubles. They can also exhibit challenge with boundaries (setting proper boundaries in order to govern relationships and activities such that an individual does not become overwhelmed). Thus, anxiety may arise. Also, the ground personality may often ruminate on thoughts and ideas which can add to stress and the health problems which may accompany anxiety, such as acid reflux, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Earth personalities may be natural nurturers but might have a inclination to over-nurture, not make time for themselves. Thus, nourishing itself becomes an important recovery tool for earth characters. Challenges with grounding and centering energy might also emerge for ground personality individual as frequently their energies are stretched in so many directions in the endeavor to care-take others.
On a soul level, ground reflects the spiritual intelligence. So, we might introspect earth related health issues by asking,”What energies or issues am I holding about letting my instinctive and spiritual intellect to direct my path versus my cognitive, intellectual ego? In what ways am nourishing my ability to allow soul lead?”
Sometimes our soul journeys may involve routines or classes around these elemental aspects of being such that we can carry the imbalance of earlier soul journeys in our own bodies as patterns which reflect our elemental patterns of these times.
This is frequently the case with health conditions that don’t respond to conventional western or traditional eastern protocols. These conditions often reflect deeper rooted soul lessons which need to be resolved. Thus, the procedure for resolution frequently takes time. Yet occasionally people want a fast fix and only wish to invest in their own health with a couple of sessions or herbal formulas. Yet, the condition may have taken several lifetimes form-so the job of healing has to be consistent, steady and routine to acquire optimal resolution.
Understanding this longer cycle of recovery and encouraging the travel with self-empowerment tools like self-acupressure, dietary and exercise advice and spiritual preparation is a part of the sort of Chinese Medication I practice. Thus, customers are provided a palette of resources from which they can pick and choose what resonates for them. Then, they can decide at which level that want to implement tools and strategies in their lives. Thus, the client is the driver in the recovery encounter with the professional only facilitating a deeper road where to journey.