The physical cause for my sudden stuffy nose, sore throat, and increasing headache was fairly easy to pin-point—I was at a picnic with my family over the long weekend and had accidentally mistaken my ill-feeling older brother’s cup of lemonade for mine.
However, determining the mental and emotional cause for the sickness took a bit more effort.
A Holistic Approach to Healing
By definition, healing is a natural process by which the body repairs itself. But there are many factors that go into this simple approach.
Healing from the inside out requires a willingness to carefully examine all potential contributing factors and treat the disease from a whole perspective. What this involves is carefully looking for and treating mental and emotional causes as well a physical ones.
Finding the Cause
Finding the cause to any dis-ease within the body always starts with examining the thoughts.
Similar to how interpreting the symbols of a dream can help the dreamer find it’s hidden meaning, interpreting the symptoms of any illness has the potential to bring an all new level of insight to the one who is desiring healing.
Interpreting the Pain
Thoughts and attitudes affect one’s state of health in very specific and universal ways.
A stuffy nose symbolizes an inability to be able to fully express oneself, while a sore throat suggests having problems saying what one really thinks and feels. Headaches on the other hand denote a need to utilize the power of one’s mind to restrain from letting the emotions get out of control.
When examining and interpreting the mental causes for my cold—stuffy nose, sore throat, and headaches—I’m able to quickly see the underlining emotional issues behind the physical aliments and fully discern what thoughts had allowed me to become receptive to illness in the first place.
The symptoms all pointed to the difficulties and discord I was having in expressing my thoughts to my mom.
I remember the argument we had while riding in the car together en route to go see the parade. She was wanting me to turn down one road to find parking and I was wanting to go a different way. What ended up occurring was me completely loosing my desire for all of us to have a good time. Instead of calmly expressing my concerns and needs to her, I became upset when I felt I wasn’t being heard and therefore gave into the frustration.
Instead of creating harmony, I created discord for everyone in the car when I snapped by verbally assaulting my mom, getting angry, dropping her back off at her car, and then feeling guilty and shamefully resenting my actions for the rest of the day.
That was Saturday. It wasn’t until Sunday that I drank from my brothers cup and Monday evening that the sickness had fully settled into my body and physical symptoms surfaced.
Using Life to Learn
Communication, self-expression, and being understood are three aspects that are extremely important especially when it comes to people I consider to be closest to me. Although I am not proud of my actions with my mom, my reactions and cold become wonderful teachers when I allow myself to fully use the incident as an opening to learn, grow, and heal from.
Utilizing life as my teacher gives me an unlimited amount of tools in my toolbox and allows me deeper understandings into the why’s of my life. Mostly, it offers me the opportunity to learn from any person or situation and find meaning where it seemed none existed.
“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.” — Stanley Lindquist
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