How Well Is Your Body Running?
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How Well Is Your Body Running?Listen to your intuition.
The human body is an amazing machine, and as a machine it requires regular maintenance and care to run as efficiently as possible. There are a variety of reasons your body can break down and get sick: genetics, the environment, diet, and so on. But as Louise Hay found in her career—and published in Heal Your Body —every illness is affected by emotional factors in your life. And decades after Louise presented her conclusions, the scientific community has put forth studies that support them.
Research has shown that fear, anger, sadness, love, and joy have specific effects on the body. We know that anger makes muscles clamp down and blood vessels constrict, leading to hypertension and resistance to blood flow. Cardiac medicine tells us that joy and love tend to have opposite effect. If you look at Louise’s little blue book, a heart attack and other heart problems are “squeezing all the joy” out of the heart, a “hardening of the heart,” and a “lack of joy.” And her affirmation to reverse these problems? “I bring joy back to the center of my heart,” and “I joyously release the past. I am in peace.”
Specific thought patterns affect our bodies in predictable ways, releasing certain chemicals in response to each emotion. When fear is your dominant mood over a long period of time, the constant release of stress hormones, specifically cortisol, triggers a domino effect of chemicals that lead to heart disease, weight gain, and depression. As with fear, other emotions and thoughts follow a typical pattern as they are projected onto the body in the form of illness. In my work, I have also found that while emotions travel everywhere in the body, they affect organs differently depending on what is happening in your life. This is where intuition comes in.
Often if we are not aware of an emotional situation in our life or the life of a loved one, this information comes to us through intuition. We have five earthbound senses that can evoke our feelings: seeing, hearing, body sensation, smell, and taste. And we have five parallel “intuitive senses”—clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing), clairsentience (body sensation), clairalience (smelling), and clairgustance (tasting)—through which we can gain additional information.
For example, you may anxiously receive an intuitive image, a clairvoyant flash that a friend is in danger. Or you may feel dread when you hear the phone ring in your head five minutes before it actually does, relaying bad news about a loved one’s death. You may get that famous “bad taste in your mouth” or feel like you “smell something suspicious” right before someone asks you to agree to a bad business deal. Or you may experience a bad feeling in your body, whether it’s that “gut feeling” or that “heartache” warning you about a problem you will be facing in your relationship.
In addition to the commonly understood intuition that guides us in these matters where we have insufficient information—like the intuition that has helped me throughout my medical career—our bodies also have innate intuition. Our bodies can tell when something is out of balance in our lives, even if this knowledge is unclear in our conscious minds.
If we are to fully heal, we must bring our attention to the messages our bodies relay through intuition. But we also need logic and facts to fully understand which imbalances in our lifestyle are affecting our health. Just like needing both tires inflated on a bicycle, you need to balance emotions and intuition with logic and fact. Both extreme logic without intuition and intuition without logic breed disaster. We must use both of these tools to create health.
The Intuitive Emergency Dashboard
So how do we tap into our body’s intuition to read and interpret the messages it is trying to send us?
Think of your body as a car dashboard; it has a series of emergency warning lights—regions that light up symptomatically when something in your life needs attention. Who hasn’t experienced that irritating gas light? Always going on at an inopportune time, this dashboard warning light aggravates you when you drive your car until it’s so low on fuel that it’s almost running on fumes. Similarly, if an area of your life is empty—or running on excess—a part of your body will hint, murmur, even scream out in distress.
You have seven warning lights, each consisting of a group of organs. The health of the organs in each group is associated with specific types of thought patterns and behaviors. For example, the organs associated with feeling safe and secure in the world are the bones, blood, immune system, and skin. If you do not feel safe and secure, you are more likely to experience illness in one of these organs than if you do. We refer to this group of organs as an emotional center because their health is connected to the same emotional issues.
Just as we need a balanced diet to be healthy, we also need to make sure we have healthy sources of love and happiness. By working to invest our energy among various areas of life—family, money, work, relationships, communication, education, and spirituality—we can create physical and emotional health.