Thursday, March 19, 2015

Family Secrets Making You Sick?

Here is an article that was published on NPR that sheds more light on "Making Ourselves Sick"

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

(If you would prefer to listen to the interview the link above gives you this option)

Maria Fabrizio for NPR
Maria Fabrizio for NPR
This article resulted when a doctor found a link between obesity and childhood emotional trauma (associated most often with neglect or abuse). I found it interesting because emotional trauma created a very real physical problem. Just to be clear, this is not the same thing as somatization disorder where a person experiences pain but there are no physical causes.  In this article, patients with physical illnesses like heart disease, stroke, obesity, cancer, addiction, etc also scored high on the ACE test (Adverse Childhood Experience).

Childhood emotional trauma is a terrible thing and I want to be clear that I do not believe that children choose this. From my resent studies, I am exploring the possibility that human beings choose to be sick. However, the word "choice" may come across too literally. Humans have the choice with how we cope, however there so many instances where these choices are made subconsciously. The conscious decision on how to store, release, or cope with emotional pain is often not possible until we are adults (and self-aware adults, at that). Our culture does not do a great job in teaching healthy methods for self-care and self-awareness. 

In my discussion of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), this therapy is used to help rid the body of emotional blockages resulting from your body holding emotional pain in it's cell memory. These emotional memories are said to eventually create physical pain, illness and even disease. EFT can help a person learn to choose to let go of those burdens. The result of choosing to allow your body to release these blockages is health and healing. 

I can't help but wonder how EFT might help some of the patients in this study. It seems to me that EFT will be most effective when it is taught and used before a person has a chronic disorder of some variety. Preventative care is key to good health. However, if you already have a disease or pain, the practice that the medical intuitive showed us (tapping into your body/inner goddess/inner child/Holy Spirit) would be able to connect these patients to their first memory of the emotion trapped in the area causing the illness or disease. Connecting to the first memory and the most recent memory associated with the emotional pain being held in that certain area of your body, helps you to then recognize, claim and then release the burden being carried and nourished there. This stops feeding the blockage allowing your body to return to it's balanced energy flow (a.k.a health). 

Whether you are comfortable talking about your body as the "inner god/goddess" or whether you think this is is all bull-honky, there is reliable research that shows links between disease and emotional pain. The better we, as humans, can learn to not just cope with our emotions but actually release them, the healthier we will become.  

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