Understanding why our bodies send signals of pain or discomfort (i.e., anxiety to back pain) is essential to our survival. A smoke alarm that wakes you from sleep is life-saving, which is no different from our bodies' warnings/symptoms. Suppressing the alarm by taking the batteries out is not a good idea. For the same reason suppressing your symptoms with holistic or medical pills is not recommended and can be dangerous. We thank the smoke alarm; we should also appreciate the signs and warnings our bodies send. Many alarm signals/symptoms are related to minor threats warning us about non-imminent dangers or early warning signs of real danger to come. Holistic & medical doctors often tell us to cut off the signals because symptoms and pain are 'bad.' The results have proven disastrous. This will continue until you understand the purpose of stress, symptoms, and pain. (Taught in The Course) Symptoms like pain, fever, cough, cramps, vomiting, and anxiety are not diseases or mistaken signals. Instead, they are essential defenses to restore health. When the cough or pain is labeled a disease, the goal is to make it go away while ignoring the purpose and cause. The purpose of the cough is usually trying to eliminate something toxic or harmful. Suppressing the cough and not addressing what is poisonous or dangerous is not responsible.
We must try to understand what the symptoms are telling us. Many symptoms do not respond to relief care and require action. Some illnesses involve lifestyle changes, while others require short-term medical intervention. The majority will be resolved when the Emotion-Link is addressed, and lifestyle is modified. Again the problem is that many doctors wants you on pills - even most holistic doctor.
As previously mentioned, the purpose of pain is a warning that something harmful is affecting you. When emotions are repressed, buried, or not dealt with, they get stored in our bodies. Where they get stored depends on the emotion. The map of these patterns is explained in The Emotion-Link Course. Emotions move us to our purpose or towards pain. Love, courage, equality, etc. propel us to our purpose, and fear, anger, worry, etc. move us to pain. Pain directs us to make changes; it guides us to look at the emotions.
The purpose of anxiety is connected to fear and survival. Any dangerous situation requires an escape route. Threats/fear can be real or imagined. Real risks and the anxiety invoked are life-saving or protective. Those not feeling any anxiety or fear put themselves in danger and at a higher likelihood of preventable death. No anxiety can be dangerous; too much is paralyzing.
All anxiety is a symptom of threat. Is the danger real or imagined, manageable, or not? The feelings connected to these symptoms can get buried and harm you - causing the feelings of anger, fear, or panic to continue to cycle until you address the cause.
It has been observed that many people (especially men) will not admit or don't consider their anxiety symptoms to be anxiety. Some call it stress or anger; others deny the feeling.
Imagined or perceived threats causing anxiety to serve a purpose to make you look internally to the buried feeling. Often an anxious person is trying to control the external, so they don't have to go to difficult feelings (like distrust or control). After a failure to control the external, the anxiety has the ability to shift you to look inside. While most doctors don't encourage you to look inside, rather, they sell you a bill or treatment. Admitting you have trust, control, or competition issues allow you to get out of the anxiety trap.
The line between anxious people and the other extreme of those with cut off feelings is a balanced, high functioning, resilient person. Resilient people feel anxiety, react with strength over-dependence, ambition over perfection, patience over being harsh, trust over distrust, etc. The resilient person may show emotion, frustration, anger, or fear but does so for a short period and then responds. The anxious trapped person looks outside themselves to blame or justify, and the resilient person looks inwards and responds.
If anxiety is not addressed, the destructive aspect is cognitive distortions or judgments, creating problems in your life, from panic, withdrawal, depression, and insomnia, leading to the illness's progression. From a physical perspective, anxiety causes a list of ailments from stomach or digestion illness to muscle tension and many other conditions and symptoms. All of which is intended to direct you to the buried, anxious feeling. Insomnia and depression are always directly linked to mismanaged anxiety.
Personality issues with anxiety are linked to being closed versus open, disagreeable versus agreeable, and neurotic versus neutral. All of which are changeable and manageable. Further details of buried emotions and personality traits are addressed in The Course.
Accepting that anxiety is purposeful and applying the steps in the Emotion-Link Course is your next step.
Depression is a state feeling of sadness, despair, and loss of interest. It may involve the body, emotions, beliefs, and thoughts. From an evolutionary perspective, the purpose of depression has allowed a passive-aggressive way to deal with authority and anxiety. Breaking through the challenge of feeling controlled or out of control can be overwhelming and can lead to depression or anxiety.
The feeling of depression allows us a break from competing. It is also likely to help you see things clearly in hard times. People demonstrating a sense of depression see things more objectively or clearly. Otherwise said, the pessimism is helpful if it is accurate, allowing for positive change. When a person fails to gain status or falls from hierarchy, depression is helpful to process and resolve this matter. Depression is constructive if you look inside yourself to make changes. The subconscious secondary gain we receive includes getting attention and or a break. You can subconsciously control others by being depressing or sad or isolated and not taking responsibility, believing in the “poor me.” This retreat is okay if the depression is temporary and specific. Again, feeling depressed allows us to see things more accurately. By not thinking falsely optimistic, your lenses become clear, and you can succeed again. Ruminating, even though associated with negative connotations, allows you to re-play things to make what you had believed to be significant, harmful, permanent, and pervasive to shift and become small, okay, temporary and specific in a real way, not being falsely optimistic. Ruminating allows you to figure things out by looking inwards. When I do this work, I thank the depression as being purposeful, necessary, and healing.
Further details of buried emotions and personality traits are addressed in The Course.
Accepting that depression is purposeful and applying the steps in the Emotion-Link Course is your next step
'Athro' meaning joint and 'Itis,' meaning inflammation. Think of inflammation/arthritis as a fire. It is a response to irritants, damaged cells, and or pathogens. The inflammatory response is purposeful in protecting you, not harming you. The protection makes a joint stiff and painful not to use it while you address what is inflaming the joint. Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sugar are like gasoline on the fire and further exasperate inflammation. Sometimes the irritant can be other foods such as processed foods, nightshade food groups, or other pro-inflammatory foods.
Arthritis does not happen when wholefood diets are consumed. The question then remains, is it the food or the emotions cause arthritis? The answer is absolute; it is the buried emotions that lead us to these arthritis triggering foods. Without addressing these emotions, you eating inflammatory foods will be next to impossible to stop.
When we are critical, angry, or harsh to ourselves and or to others, these feelings and emotions get stored accordingly in our body. Repressed anger, passive-aggressive anger, depression, and anxiety are all connected. These emotions lead us to chemicals and processed foods, leading to inflammation.
Why someone who desires anti-inflammatory foods does so because of emotional stability, the answer is in their personality and Emotion-Link.
Spraining your ankle is similar to arthritis, and the process of healing following the same stages. When you sprain or break your ankle, inflammation does two things first. It creates an immune response to aid in repair. Second, the inflammation causes stiffness, swelling, and pain to reduce motion and further damage. In allowing the inflammation and repair process, we heal the damage and get the joint's full function. If we don't support the immune response and block pain signals and continue to insult the joint, healing is impossible. Arthritis is an immune response to damage to a joint. The damage inflicted upon the joint is chemical, physical, and emotional. The ankle sprain or break is often physical, so limiting more physical damage is essential, hence swelling and pain. Eliminating the toxic chemicals or emotions affecting the arthritic joint must be stopped to prevent more inflammation. Wanting to continue to eat the processed foods(chemicals) or alcohol that is inflammation the joint is as silly as wanting to run a broken or sprained ankle.
Further details of buried emotions and personality traits are addressed in The Course.
Accepting that arthritis is purposeful and applying the steps in the Emotion-Link Course is your next step.
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