As a society, we have become almost solely dependent upon our medical system for the direction and standard of our health. It is, and has been the norm for many decades, for the consumer to remain under-educated about his or her health and to entrust all of the knowledge and decision-making to doctors and physicians without ever becoming involved in the process, without ever really exploring or becoming curious as to why the body may be responding in the way it is.
If the symptom is the body’s way of communicating a deeper statement and physical disease, pain, and discomfort is a last resort means of drawing our attention to an aspect of lifestyle that needs to change, and a relationship does exist between emotions and physical symptoms, then choosing to treat our illnesses and ailments solely from a physical angle may be stifling the messenger and turning a deaf ear to its message.
We may be treating our cars better. When the oil light lights up on the dashboard we stop the car immediately and either put oil into the engine or, if the oil light continues to come on, we check to see if there is a deeper concern going on for the engine. There may a leak somewhere, the engine may be burning oil, or a change of filter may be needed.
Very few of us would have the mechanic take out the oil light because it gets in our way. In a sense, if it wasn’t for the oil light in the first place we wouldn’t have had any indicator that there was a deeper problem and the engine might have seized up completely causing irreparable damage to the car.
A holistic approach to health takes into account all human factors as potential contributors to health. The allopathic approach to health should never be ignored but included as one of many optional roads to travel down on the journey towards greater health.
This book – A Return to Consciousness – is studying one of those potential contributors: the connection between emotional lifestyle and physical health, and advocates the inclusion of our emotional life into the health equation.
The statement being made here is that it is important each one of us explore the possibility that our symptomatic discomforts and diseases may, at times, be our oil light. One that comes on when there is emotional congestion due to deficient emotional representation and expression over time, and an indirect way of drawing our attention to the need for better representation and expression of our emotions.
If I check inside the engine and top up the oil in my car as needed, then there is no need for the oil light to bring my oil deficiency to my attention. This is a preventative approach to the care of my car.
A preventative approach to the care of your body may then be to attend to deficient emotional representation by supporting emotional expression, if and when it is needed, thus reducing the need for a symptomatic oil light to claim our attention.
Click here to read: Can Unexpressed Emotion Be Linked to Pain, Discomfort, and Disease?
Do you believe – or do you not believe – that unexpressed emotions influence physical health?
Do you believe that emotions have the potential of contributing to illness and pain?
Let us know what you think.
In Next Week’s Blog Post:
Should Western medicine include emotional issues as part of their treatment of physical symptoms?
As consumers of the product our medical system offers, what has been our contribution to a system that often overlooks lifestyle, stress and emotions as influences in the creation and/or development of the symptom? What expectations do we place upon our medical services?
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