Day 9 on ‘Emotions & Body (Part 2)’ on ‘Emotions’ Chapter
From the ‘Remembering’ Series
[Listen to the audio with guided alignment at the end]
How do you feel now?
However you are feeling, welcome it.
This post continues after the previous post of emotions and body from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspectives. Here, we intend to share the inter-relationships between emotions and the body so we can bring more awareness to both aspects of us.
Take a look at our emotional body
“The emotional body (or the feeling body) is the truth of who you are at at a feeling level.”Teal Swan
This is where we find our memories and current emotional state. With one thought, we are able to feel it, from the secretion of hormones in the body creating sensations of what we call the emotions.
Note that this emotional body is not an actual body, but it is an etheric one. Let’s understand more on how emotions and body are linked.
Mapping emotions in the body
When we are experiencing an emotion, it can be felt in our physical body, for example, how we usually feel like having ‘butterflies in the stomach’ when we are nervous or feeling chills down our spine when we are in terror mode.
Just as the above where neuroscience study maps where we feel emotions in our bodies, for example, the anger, fear and disgust are mapped in the upper body. Watch here for more when the researchers show pictures or videos to provoke emotional responses.
This shows our feelings are linked with our physical reactions.
Now, let’s look deeper on why our physical illness are related to our emotions and thoughts. Hereby sharing my learnings from Deb Shapiro’s book :“Your Body Speaks Your Mind.”
Where does disease in the body comes from?
“There is an innate connection between the mind and the body … All diseases have their origins in the mind. The pains that affect the physical body are secondary diseases.”Indian Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda
First, we understand that physical symptom is the first indication of something out of balance.
Due to excessive and chronic stress, with the high levels of adrenaline and cortisol sustained, the body does not return to the homeostasis balance thus its dysfunction are more likely to attract physical sickness.
When we have physical pain in our body, it can also be interpreted as “a hurt inside me is manifesting in my body.”
Because thoughts and emotions are energy, our physical pain or disease are the energy manifested related to the accumulation of what we think and feel especially when we repressed them, as they have no way to go.
Look out for clue of emotional issues from the physical symptoms.
Some examples from the book..
A stiff neck is when we find it difficult to turn our neck, meaning there is a block in the energy flow, it can be interpreted as rigidity in you, perhaps a fear or expressing emotions, maybe there is a conflict in knowing which way to turn, or a resistance to see another point of view, or it means you are only seeing what is right in front of you. It may indicate you have been keeping your head low for a period of time in submission or fear.
When there is a break out in an itchy rash, perhaps there is something or someone who have gotten you itchy to do or say something.
When one has problems with the shoulders, it relates to the weight of responsibilities you are carrying and it may indicate the avoidance of your own issues being busy to deal with others’ requirements but not yourself. Rigid and tense shoulders can be seen as one not expressing your real needs, doing something you would not like to do, or feeling you have so much to do or feeling scared of reaching out.
When one has weak or tired arms means an inability to allow feelings or energy to flow outward. Perhaps not being to make decisions or not able to express own needs. While one with painful or stiff arms show a resistance to expression.
When one is experiencing muscular back stiffness, it shows resistance and inner struggle. If it is a posture problem, you look at your standing in the world. One with slipped disk deals with feeling pressured with responsibilities or feeling unsupported. One with broken back represents a deep split and conflict with your purpose and place in life.
When one with tight muscles or excess fatty tissues in the thigh, there could be resistance and fear as a protective wall associated with sexuality and intimacy, dealing with issues from the past, perhaps parental problems, traumatic childhood memories, anger or resentment.
When one with bruising leg shows that you are knocking into something or going in the wrong direction with the need to re-route.
When one has cold feet, relating to the circulation and the withdrawal of blood or love, perhaps one is emotionally fearful of moving forward so one pull back from the path or one feels unclear about the direction to go.
Understand the right and left side of the body
The right side of the body represents the masculine side of both men and women, which deals with the ability to give and to be assertive. The right side also reveals our relationships to the males in life, our father, brother, lover, and son. For women, this side reflects on her responsibilities to be competent, to earn, and to make decision.
The left side of the body represents the feminine side of both men and women, which deals with the ability to ask for help, to receive and to surrender, to nurture and care for others, to be creative, and to listen. The left side is reflecting the relationships with female, our mother, sister, lover, wife, and daughter. For men, this reflects one’s ability to nurture, to be sensitive, in touch with intuition and to show his feelings.
Examine your body parts to look for the hidden causes of illness.
Take this moment to notice which side of your body is most dominant- right or left. Start paying attention to the symptoms of your body.
Practice: You can try writing a dialogue with your specific part of the body in the form of letter or journal, first, you write to it and then, let it write back to you.
Kindly read the book for more detailed information.
Review The Emotional Pain Charts
Based on what I found on the net, these three images summarise and briefly run through of our emotional pain with specific location.
PS: I would recommend to find out more on the metaphysical reasons on body pain.
May you discover your underlying cause of pain and may you pay attention to what it has to say.