Let's face it, one of the most common things we take for granted is our health. It serves us when we need it, and yet when it fails us, it reminds us of just how precious it was all those years. We then begin to inquire more into our own mind-body complex and wonder what went wrong. The reality is, at times we're dealing with an illness that was triggered by older patterns, recurring emotions, and even certain habits that we never realized we had.
In our journey regarding health, it can be said that our awareness magnifies any existing problem, it can even cause one. It is that powerful and we must remember that. Our consciousness has the ability to extract meaning from a situation without built-in meaning. This gives us a lot of options when it comes to deciding what our life means, but it also confuses us. It can be overwhelming, and not as freeing as it seems. This I find to be an illusion, and a journey that we must undertake. By going into the depths of our psyches and examining our patterns of thinking, as well as our emotions, we can develop a sense of control over the meaning we establish in our lives. We can further develop a strong sense of Self, of integrity, and of power within ourselves. This is not the Ego reaching the sky, but the Self. It is the power within us that is awaiting for us to break through...
In terms of emotions and our health- they both affect us tremendously. Western medicine has identified that stress is an incredibly poisonous factor in regards to our physiology and it has the power to diminish the immune system, the heart, brain, and the list goes on. In terms of behavioral factors, there are many. What we do, when we eat, what we think and how we feel all affect our health. Holding onto a grudge toward someone can actually come back and bite us years later in the form of an illness. Traditional Chinese medicine has a very intricate system of identifying the 'emotional organs', so to speak, as the seat of each major emotion. Let's take a child for example, who is afraid and has a nightmare, they will usually pee the bed. It makes perfect sense that the kidneys are the seat of fear and their element is water. Below are more details on these:
The liver- Anger
The spleen- Worry, over-thinking
The heart- Joy/sorrow
The lungs- Sadness, melancholy, grief
The kidneys- Fear, shock
These organs are basically the centers of these emotions, their physical counterpart. When we experience a specific stagnation or repressed feeling, this can show up in those specific organs whether we know it or not. It can also be compared to the seven chakras, which are also energetic centers but have a physical component as well, such as the thyroid gland for the throat chakra. These have been studied and known by the Eastern ancients for a very long time, and it is through these centers that we experience pain and emotion.
Here are some great some references and sources on how to find out more on this system of medicine which is one of the oldest in the world. In terms of these emotions and their respective organs, we should keep in mind the damage that our thoughts have on our bodies. This is a glimpse into the era of spiritual awareness finally dawning on us, the era when we are finally realizing the mind-body connections are very real and very strong. More importantly- it proves that consciousness has the power to originate matter, and it clearly affects it. It shows us that consciousness is primary and guides the physical world, not the other way around!
Mina Vintila is a Chicago-based writer, advisor, and activist. In her passionate approach to everything she does, she makes an effort to aide humanity in any way possible. As a writer, she started when she was 11 years old and was never caught without a notepad everywhere she went. She was published regularly in the Roosevelt University Torch newspaper as a poet. She loves fairy tales, vintage jewelry and is a true idealist, as her writing reveals.