Sunday, May 23, 2010

Body Mind Connection - Stomach & Intestines

Body Mind Connection - Stomach & Intestines (3 Minutes)

The body reflects what is happening on both the conscious and unconscious levels, so the mind uses the body to express itself. It uses particular symbols and patterns with which to communicate, and these patterns manifest themselves through illnesses, diseases or accidents. By learning the language that is being used, we can understand our innate connection to the body.

What is it that is actually happening, when for instance we get an ache from which we are suffering? If we look at what message or meaning the body is trying to communicate, we can begin to learn how to talk to our body.

Our bodies clearly reflect the imbalances of energy within us, for when we do not recognize what is taking place psychologically or emotionally, when we are blind to our own attitudes and behavior, then that energy will find another way to come to our attention.

Since it is my personal opinion that many people in the near future will develop new symptoms in their 2nd and 3rd chakra centers, I’ve decided to give some insights that could prove very helpful regarding the stomach and intestines.

The Stomach:

Our abdomen is where we process our reality. We then build upon that reality, and finally share the result with others. If our reality is painful and abusive then we are more likely to give pain and abuse in return. If it is warm and loving, then we will be well nourished and our own loving and creative energies will be free to express themselves.

This area is closely connected to our inner thoughts and feelings, recognized in such statements as ‘having a gut feeling’, ‘having no guts’, or being ‘unable to stomach it’. Here resides our deepest intuition and sense of what is right or wrong; a response in our stomach is often a better guideline to what is going on than our sensory impressions may be. When we have a strong gut feeling we can guarantee it will be right.

Food represents mother, love, affection, security, survival and reward. We replace our need or desire for any one of these with food as a way of filling the emptiness within. We use food instead of affection and love, especially at times of loss, separation or death. We also use it to ease financial or material tensions.

The stomach modifies and breaks down the food and renders it capable of being absorbed, before sending it further down the body. So it is not surprising to find that thoughts and feelings can also sit here creating nausea and tension.

A rigidly tense stomach area can indicate a “resistance to allowing” issues to pass through, a holding on to reality in an attempt to prevent inevitable moves and changes. If what we are taking in is causing imbalance, pain or indigestion, there we will not be receiving the nourishment we need. This applies as much to thoughts, feelings, impressions and information as it does to food.

All of this is dealt with in the stomach. Here the longing, unfulfilled desires, worldly pressures and external conflicts are first assimilated.

The Intestines:

From the stomach the food passes down into the small intestine and then into the large intestine, or colon, before elimination. This involves a process of integration and letting go, not just of food but also of feelings, thoughts and experiences. If this process of letting go is restricted (due to insecurity, fear and so on), then a holding on takes place and constipation, intestinal ulcers or a spastic colon can develop.

Short Story: A doctor visits Africa and began to witnesses so many people living in extreme poverty. Within hours of his arrival, he began to empty his intestines at a rapid rate! He had literally been hit in the guts by what he was experiencing.

A nurse that works in a mental hospital sees the suffering of many people of every age. She is empathic and takes these suffering emotions to her gut. She more than witnessed the pain; she took it on energetically to her stomach and heart.

Their healing meant that they had to learn how to be objective and free from taking on the suffering; how to be compassionate and unconditionally loving yet without getting subjectively involved in the reality they were witnessing.

What is Constipation?

Constipation is a holding on, a tightening of the muscles so that elimination, or release, cannot take place. The constipated personality arises when, we are controlling and dominating and have a hard time being spontaneous. This can be due to a fear of events getting out of control.

Allowing life to unfold in its own way is one means of dealing with this. But it is not always easy: the very nature of constipation is to hold on, and this holding on will be as much to the illness as it is to the emotional causes of that illness!

We are more likely to have constipation, digestion problems and low back aches when we are experiencing financial problems or relationship conflicts.

These are times when we are feeling insecure and ungrounded; we want to hold to everything as it is and not let it change, as we do not know what will come next.

Letting go means trusting that it is safe to let go; trusting that life will resolve itself and that we do not have to have the power in our hands in order for the world to function. It means learning how to play; how to express ourselves freely, and how to be at peace with whatever happens.

Here is the message: Slow down, take time to listen and absorb one situation fully before moving on to the next possible challenge. Let go and let God!

By Badeish Lange