Health & Healing

Wellness & Illness

Health & The Process of Healing

About symptoms

Types of symptoms

Dealing with unhealthy symptoms

Effects of stress on the body


Our stories and their effects

The patient should be made to understand that he or she must
take charge of his own life.
Don't take your body to the doctor
as if he were a repair shop.

— Quentin Regestein

About Symptoms

The meaning of symptoms is the most commonly misinterpreted aspect of the healing process. And it’s no great surprise, as we’ve all been subject to thousands of advertisements for products designed to take away every type of pain and suffering that arises. The message is indelibly imprinted on our collective psyche: symptoms are wrong. Symptoms need to be eliminated. Symptoms are frightening.

Day after day in every type of media, we are bombarded with information that takes us further and further from the voice of our inner healer until we’re too afraid to trust ourselves, too disconnected to believe that the Power that created and sustains us courses through us still as the power to heal. The Knowing of our inner voice has been replaced by fear and doubt. The fear that says, “You can’t heal. You can’t do it on your own. You need this drug. Your pain and your emotions are wrong. This shouldn’t be happening. This isn’t OK. Take this and everything will be all better.” As Waters and Gilmour famously stated in their epic 1979 song, “I have become…comfortably numb.” And haven’t we all become so, to a greater or lesser extent?

This unhealthy relationship with body and mind is not engendering a quest for life’s deeper meaning and purpose. We’ve been enculturated to avoid our inner guidance to the point where we fear our body’s natural communication and attempt to silence its voice. This makes it difficult to know who we are and requires us to seek for this meaning outside ourselves. Seeking completion in externals, we’re unplugged from our soul and from remembering the Truth of who we are. Numbing ourselves ensures disempowerment and leads to non-action. And the results speak volumes:

It would be quite an understatement, in light of this information, to suggest that the near-sightedness of focusing on and attempting to control symptoms isn’t working. And this is just a fraction of the overall picture. This approach is actually contributing to an epidemic of unimaginable proportion and consequence. Our health care delivery system has not led to wellness, even though there are highly educated, well meaning doctors in every city throughout the country. It’s also patently clear that placing the health care needs of the world in the hands of pharmaceutical corporations with multi-billion dollar advertising budgets hasn’t led to wellness, either. Our mental and physical health is deteriorating, and it must become self-evident that another approach is in great need. Let’s start by examining the various types of symptoms that arise and understanding what they’re attempting to tell us.

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