Art by Hugo Patel Thompson

In a recent video, I talked about the messaging system that exists between the body and the mind. My body communicates physical, emotional, and spiritual information that I need to know in order to be the healthiest, happiest person I can be.

WHY does the body do this? Because the body is the densest part of the soul – not separate from the soul, not something to be transcended or a set of limitations to be escaped – but, actually part of the soul, or, the embodiment of the soul. And therefore, a repository of wisdom far beyond our imagining.

This is really useful if you’re trying to heal from an illness, or injury! If you can view every symptom, ache, pain as a message; as your body communicating directly to you. And then you welcome that message and ACT on it. Guess what happens? Yes, the symptom/ache/pain is resolved and disappears. Let me tell you a bit more about how this works and what it looks like in real life…

Symptoms Are Messages

Linda Kohanov in her book, Riding Between The Worlds talks about an injury she received to her shin. And rather than just saying, “Oh darn it, I hurt my shin.” She went deeper and looked at WHY the injury occurred, and what was the significance of WHERE the injury occurred. As she dialogued with her body and then did what her body asked:

“The ache in my shin disappeared completely, indicating, as I had so often told my clients, that the message had been received and processed to my body’s satisfaction…. When you get the message behind these “negative” feelings, and change something in response, they dissipate on their own.”

I have had many experiences like this over the course of the last 25 years – too many to even remember! So I’ll just tell you about the latest one that occurred.

Mind/Body Communication

cupI was drinking a decaf coffee from Starbucks (a real treat for me) and felt my throat closing up. I was also eating some stew at the same time, so wasn’t sure what was causing my throat to swell. I waited a few minutes, then took another bite of stew (chewing it very well before swallowing) and my throat was okay and didn’t get any worse. Then I took another sip of the coffee and instantly my throat began to swell again.

It swelled so much, I decided not to eat anymore and went to get some water instead. It was difficult to even swallow the water! Over the course of the next few hours, my throat worsened. I took a shot of wild oregano (to combat inflammation) and went to bed. I figured if it was any kind of histamine (allergic) reaction, it would settle down by morning.

The next morning it was just as bad. If I took a sip of water it would hit a wall of tissue and bounce back out. I went online and looked up Starbucks decaffeinated coffee and learned that they use a chemical decaffeinating agent that hardly any coffee producers use anymore because it is so toxic. It is the same substance used to strip paint!

Well, you’d think that’s it, that’s the reason, right? Well, it’s the physical reason. But why did I react that time and not other times? And why my throat? And why was my throat no better after 24 hours (mucosal tissue heals very quickly) and the wild ore