Illness As a Conflict Between Mind and Body

Illness As a Conflict Between Mind and Body

Last update: 04 June, 2017

The body talks and expresses itself through symptoms. Illnesses, wounds, pain, and discomfort indicate that something bad is happening in the body. Most of the time, this “something bad” has to do with emotions.

This approach can be addressed through different therapeutic techniques. It might seem too closely related to Freud’s obsolete theories of psychoanalysis and repression, but there’s more to it than that. Third generation therapies like mindfulness, yoga, cellular regeneration therapy, biochemistry, and quantum physics have arrived, through different perspectives, at the idea that the mind and the body are directly linked and have a very powerful influence over each other.

Bodily warnings

When you are in pain, feel tired, or develop an illness, it means your body is warning you of something. Your mind is interpreting a situation that might be closely related to your emotions. It’s time to stop and analyze what’s happening, how you’re feeling, and how much it’s affecting you.

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If you always use traditional medicine as a first option, you can use the power of your mind to maximize the effects of your medical treatment and self-care behaviors. But to explore the power of your mind, you have to give yourself enough time, permission, and patience.

“Disease is, in essence, the result of conflict between soul and mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort.”

-Dr. Edward Bach-

The power of thoughts

Your mind is made up of thoughts. Every thought that passes through your mind influences your life, your body, and pretty much your entire reality. The thoughts that have the most influence over your environment are those that you pay the most attention to and feed into with your words, actions, and reactions.

If thoughts affect reality and the body, then thinking positively can help solve problems, cure illnesses, and compensate for shortcomings. However, thinking positively alone isn’t enough. Thinking only about what you consider to be “good” involves passing judgments and assuming you’ll get whatever you want without having to do anything.

To change this way of thinking and interpreting what you perceive, you have to go deeper into the world of emotions. This involves developing your emotional intelligence and learning more about yourself.

Illness as an interpretation of reality

An illness can reflect that your mind is doing something you don’t like. To change this, you’d have to observe how your mind is programmed, how you acquired this programming, and how it’s manifesting in your behaviors. Emotional management is learned from one’s family.

Emotions like fear, anger, rage, sadness, and doubt reflect certain mental attitudes that cause us to react in an inappropriate way. Perhaps you have trust issues, or you expect too much from others.

Certain bodily issues are planted and sown in the soil of emotions. Some aches and pains are the consequence of not being able to understand an experience that caused pain, dissatisfaction, or anger. These experiences lie dormant within you, and slowly manifest in physical bodily symptoms.

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In summary, certain bodily symptoms are related to unhappiness, dissatisfaction, attachment, control issues, repressed or misunderstood anger, etc. They say that deep down, every illness reflects something that’s hidden deep inside. If the heart is hurt, annoyed, angry, or disappointed, the body will reflect those feelings. The body is the most direct reflection of how you think and feel. 

Emotions and diseases

The research revealed in the book Emotions and Health, published by  Editorial Ariel, describes how emotions and behaviors play an important role in the well-being of people and the development of illnesses from a psychological, physiological, and social perspective.

We’re learning more about the variables that are beneficial to health, but we’re also more knowledgeable about the pressure, competition, and demands that are imposed on our daily lives. In this regard, emotional management is a determining factor of health, and by extension, diseases. 

I think, therefore I am

Louise L. has dedicated much of her life to teaching people that their thoughts can change their lives. She’s written many books that have helped people discover their own worth. She believes that if children learn the power of their thoughts from an early age, their journey through life will be much happier and more gratifying.

We invite you to think about the power of the thoughts and words that we use every day. If you’re able to identify them, transform the negative ones into positive actions and words, and internalize them, you’ll change the way you feel and live.

“The point of power is always in the present moment.”

-Louise L. Hay-

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How to feel better

Everything happens for a reason, and you can learn from every experience. You learn to get to know yourself and accept yourself. You learn to have a good relationship with yourself and others. You learn that you have to stop waiting and start loving yourself. That way, you can be more loving, patient, trustful, and compassionate; stop criticizing yourself and demanding too much of yourself; enjoy what you have; allow yourself to get excited over things; and believe that the universe has given you everything you need to be happy.

If you learn to manage your emotions, your body will stop sending you such concerning signals. If you’re always tired or sick, this can be a sign that you’re compromising your immune system by poorly managing your emotions. When you’re in a state of happiness, calm, growth, discovery, and fullness, you secrete hormones that give you energy, life, and health. 

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.