How Emotions Affect the Physical BodyAre you trying to heal but struggling to find the missing piece of your health puzzle? Let’s explore together the intimate connection our emotions have with the physical body – and what we can do to harmonize them!

Jini always speaks of the mind/body connection, so today I want to talk about my personal journey to better demonstrate that deep connection…

Mind/Body/Spirit Healing

Out of all the things I had to do to heal my IBD, getting through the “emotional stuff” was by far the most work – and definitely the hardest.

But why is it so necessary to do this emotional work? Jini always says that root-level, long-term healing comes from healing ALL levels of the self, and that we must go into the emotional and spiritual aspects or messages of our dis-ease.

Many people contact us here at LTYG and they’re very frustrated because they’ve been following the appropriate diet, taking supplements, they’ve made lifestyle changes, but they’re still not seeing great results in their bodies. Here is a great excerpt I took from Jini’s blog post, Why Am I Not Healing?

In many cases, the person is not seeing progress/healing take place because they are not sufficiently addressing an entire component of their gut: Emotional trauma or wounding. The gut registers and processes emotion as much (if not more than) the brain! Over 60% of the body’s neurotransmitters are not in the brain but in the gut, so you see there is NO WAY you can achieve full healing without addressing the emotional issues in your life/body.

Remember that your gut is affected and degraded by emotional pain, anger, trauma, etc. Do NOT underestimate the importance of healing your emotional/spiritual body! So many people are very rigorous about implementing all of the physical aspects of my protocols, but they ignore the emotional healing and then wonder why they are not getting great results. Please know that until you have gotten into the emotional and spiritual side of your dis-ease, you have not given my healing methods a proper try.

So, consider this for a moment – could not addressing your own emotional trauma/wounding be the reason you developed a gut disorder in the first place?

My Journey With UC & EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus)

Disease-causing organisms like yeast (Candida albicans), viruses, parasites, and bad bacteria are major contributing factors when it comes to gut issues, so most commonly the physical symptoms of illness are addressed – but the emotional roots of disease are often overlooked.

We are all exposed every day to different pathogens (bacteria, viruses, etc.), but take a moment to stop and think about what made you susceptible to getting ____ that made you sick with Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS, SIBO, etc. in the first place? With this in mind, whenever an issue, symptom, or something similar shows up, I ask myself from an emotional standpoint, why did I get ____ pathogen? Because in my opinion and experience, there is usually an underlying emotional reason that I got a specific pathogen.

Let me give you a personal example:

One of the root cause issues of my Ulcerative Colitis was EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus). This is a common virus that was suspected to have originated from a tick bite in my case, but it can also be obtained through sharing drink glasses with other people, toothbrushes, surfaces – anything really.

Of course, I immediately hit the ground running searching for natural treatments/protocols, but one day I stopped dead in my tracks because a thought ripped its way through my mind:

What if there is an emotional connection with EBV? Let me look into this…

Sure enough, what I found was exactly the issue! You see, the pathogen itself can be trying to teach you a lesson, so it’s up to us to find what that emotional linkage is.

You may be thinking right now, “yeah right!” Well, let me share a very personal experience in which I learned this lesson hard – and it changed everything.

One of my favorite books, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, has a section where she lists the problem, probable cause, and new thought patterns. Her probable cause of Epstein Barr Virus is pushing beyond one’s limits. Fear of not being good enough. Draining all inner support. Stress virus.

When I read this my jaw dropped. Stress virus. Those two words lead me down a new path of looking at root cause issues and WHY they are (or came to be) in the first place.

Here are two more emotional links to EBV….

Attachment anxiety is related to Epstein–Barr virus latency
Emotional repression, stress disclosure responses, and Epstein-Barr viral capsid antigen titers

You see, I got EBV because my body was trying to tell me the above messages, but for some reason, I hadn’t listened to it – so it manifested itself in illness. Sound familiar? If it does, it’s because Jini addresses this all over her blog!

When I spoke earlier on why you get a specific pathogen, this is what I meant. There was a reason I got EBV, a lesson to be learned, which is why I got EBV and not another virus! This could be the reason why others are exposed to the same stuff and don’t get a disease, but we did. Emotional issues can not only manifest disease, but they also leave us more vulnerable to getting a pathogen, virus, etc. which causes disease.

So then really, our emotional well-being is at the heart of everything.

When we are emotionally stable, our body is in a normal rhythm and can naturally fight things off as intended, but when we experience trauma, stress, etc. we are now trapped with negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and patterns. These, in turn, create inflammation in the body.

Think about it – if someone has a huge fear trapped within, the body is always in fight or flight, thinking danger is everywhere. It anticipates danger in every corner and can’t distinguish a real danger or a fake one. The cool part is, though, that once we release the deep patterns, our natural immunity shoots up and the body actually begins repairing itself – even without any external assistance!

Knowing emotional issues may be the root of things can also alleviate some fears because whenever you suffer from all this physical stuff, you can become a bit of a germaphobe! Anything and everything you eat or touch can seem like a danger because you are afraid of getting ____ again (or another pathogen) which may trigger a flare!

Realizing that the power lies with you to regain emotional connection (which builds natural immunity and resilience as well) could help you mentally let go of the fears! Try to focus on releasing as much negativity in the body as possible and see if your resilience goes up! 🙂

Just because you got exposed to ____ doesn’t mean you will get ____. This can be very empowering for those with IBD, as we may have been programmed for so many years to AVOID this, don’t touch that etc…as a protection mechanism against our flares.

You will know when you’ve had a big breakthrough emotionally. I had it, Jini had it. I would get extreme fatigue after super deep tapping sessions (a big sign I was releasing stuff), but within a few hours, I felt such peace and lightness. Like a burden had been thrown off of me – just absolute freedom! If you haven’t tried a free session with Jini yet, I highly recommend giving this powerful tool a try. You really need to experience it yourself to know that feeling of freeness I’m talking about! One of the sessions that has helped me the most is one on setting healthy boundaries, but you can choose from 3 different free sessions here.

I’ve tried many healing modalities, but the added benefit I found with Lazer Tapping was that I could focus on strengthening my emotional self-support – and then I could release those emotions from my body. Once I realized this release was what was going to shift things for me, I dropped everything else. To be honest, all the modalities I was trying became too overwhelming since I was trying to implement them all at once.

NOW when I get a “diagnosis,” the first thing I ask myself is why this particular issue is here…and then I tap on it!

Additional Resources

I’ve written several blog posts on addressing the emotional trauma and wounds that accompany IBD, as well as how to shift your thinking to create a more positive and healthy life for yourself. If you know my story, you’ll know I struggled HARD. And some days are still harder than others. My hope is that these posts I create give you hope, inspiration, and courage to keep moving forward in your healing journey.

Here are a few posts I’ve written you may resonate with:

Beliefs & Patterns – How Can They Help Heal IBD?
Do I Have To Be In Control To Heal?
Chronic Illness: Stress, Trauma, and Flare-Ups
Letting Go of Revenge & Moving into Love/Acceptance
A Healthy Perspective In The Face of Chronic Illness
Let Go Of The “I Am Sick” Identity
How Do You “Listen To Your Gut?”

As always happy healing – and remember to always listen to your gut. 🙂