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


Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous
than those of the body.

— Cicero

Types of Symptoms

Symptoms provide us with essential communication about our inner landscape. Learning how to properly interpret them is vital for continued health and wellness. Some symptoms indicate that change is necessary, while others occur naturally as you become healthier. We’ve created four classifications of symptoms in our website to make it easier for you to understand their meaning.

1. Symptoms requiring immediate attention: Certainly there are situations when symptoms indicate the need for immediate attention, and attending to them timely is essential, as in cases of heart attack, stroke, seizures, heat stroke, trauma, poisoning, etc. Symptoms of this type manifest when the body is at the limits of its adaptability and requires immediate assistance.

2. Healthy symptoms: The occurrence of many common symptoms indicate that the body’s immune system is doing its job, as in the case of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. These “healthy symptoms” are an expression of health, and while they may be uncomfortable, they’re essential for continued wellness, and interfering with their expression will lead away from health and wellness. Healthy symptoms also arise naturally during the healing process as a vital part of the healing process. Healthy symptoms occur commonly when a person is receiving Emergence Care. These healthy symptoms may spontaneously emerge as you reorganize to a higher level of capacity and function. This process of integration occurs as the long held tension is being dissipated from your brain and body. It’s out with the old, in with the new.

It’s common to temporarily re-experience the same symptoms you’ve had previously as you connect with the energy that’s been stored as unprocessed tension in your brain and body. These symptoms are frequently misunderstood due to the fear they generate, as repeated exposure to marketing causes up to associate the reoccurrence of a symptom with a movement away from health rather than toward. These types of symptoms are a natural and healthy expression of life and it’s best to allow them to run their course and not attempt to interfere with them.

As you progress deeper into your healing process, believing that you can heal from the inside out, without relying on outside intervention, becomes easier. Repeated experiences in which you feel yourself becoming healthier and healthier leads to a profound state of inner knowing and trust in which you marvel at the sacred process of reunification that naturally flows through you, leaving you inspired with the knowing that healing is always available to you.

“Healthy symptoms” are entirely different from those that indicate health challenges, though they may appear to be similar on the surface. Healthy symptoms exist while the body is reorganizing to a higher level of integration, and then they’re gone. They don’t continuously come back. They’re like a road construction project or the process of getting back in shape; the end result is worth the temporary inconvenience.

3. Unhealthy symptoms: “Unhealthy symptoms” surface as a result of not fully paying attention to your life. They indicate a movement away from health, and therefore reappear again and again, and persist even when treatment is sought for their elimination. They necessarily exist as long as the body is becoming less organized and a chaotic state is advancing. Unhealthy symptoms are there to tell you that something is wrong in your life, something is off and you need to make changes. They’re life’s way of saying, “Pay attention!”. These symptoms are warning signs like idiot lights on the dashboard of your car. Covering them up doesn’t lead to healing; it ensures that they will progress and sickness will ensue. Symptoms, then, are an essential component of healing! Without them, you’d have no way of knowing that you’re off course and need to make changes. Unhealthy symptoms are your internal guidance system attempting to right your direction. Taking them away may make you more comfortable, but this can lead to disastrous consequences: being more comfortable will eliminate your awareness that change is necessary, making it less likely that you’ll be able to make appropriate life change. Seeking treatment to eliminate unhealthy symptoms allows you to continue doing the very things that caused them to develop, leading you further from health.

The experience of ongoing unhealthy symptoms is often characterized by worry, confusion, fear, and a lack of acceptance. People experiencing unhealthy symptoms often just want their condition to go away, though aren’t yet ready to take proactive measures to improve their life and health. There typically is a limited ability to comprehend that their current experience of health and wellness is related to their thoughts, feelings and actions. Growth and change is required to transcend the experience of unhealthy symptoms.

4. Symptoms that just are: It’s important to recognize that life happens. There’s an agenda well beyond what we can comprehend. Things don’t always make sense or work out the way we believe they ought to. Life is entirely out of our control. The sun comes up whether you want it to or not. Your flight is canceled and you have to spend the night in Newark or Philadelphia. Without your luggage. The storm knocks out your power. The furnace stops working. Life unfolds perfectly... though not necessarily the way you planned.

There are times when people develop symptoms and it doesn’t make any sense as to why. Life happens, and for some, so do symptoms. Some people develop symptoms that aren’t going to go away regardless of what they may do. It’s not because they’re not paying attention to life and need to make big life changes, as in the case of unhealthy symptoms. Symptoms that just are affect children. They affect the elderly. Sometimes it’s an expression of a plan beyond our knowing, and acceptance is the answer. Perhaps the choice was made on another level to experience this process, and it’s for us to honor, not attempt to fix.

People experiencing symptoms that just are can usually be characterized by a large degree of acceptance of their life’s circumstances. They take empowered actions toward bettering their health, but have recognized that their condition is a great teacher for them and others, and therefore don’t have an adversarial relationship with it. For people in this situation, it’s not about living symptom-free, but about living life to the fullest regardless of their current experience of health. People experiencing symptoms that just are generally express a high degree of wellness, even though they may live with chronic health challenges.

Our culture reduces the meaning of health to the absence of symptoms and disease, though this definition is entirely lacking. There are many happy, vibrant and inspiring people experiencing advanced states of pathology. These people live with grace and dignity, and some have transitioned with the same grace with which they lived. Their expression of symptoms is not an indicator of a lack of health, but an expression of their unique life experience.

Some symptoms result from the body’s inability to adapt and indicate a move away from health. Others indicate an improvement in health, and some just are. There’s a big difference here, and learning to properly interpret the meaning of your body’s communication is essential to your health and well being. The confusion arises from viewing them all the same way and not recognizing that many symptoms are actually important, necessary expressions of a healthy life and therefore require no attention, as well as no interference. Unhealthy symptoms require that we examine our lives and the choices we’ve made and plot a new course, or continue to experience the same old, same old. Emergence Care helps you evolve into a place of greater clarity, in which it’s possible to decipher the meaning of your inner world so you’ll know when to make changes and when to let things be.

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