The way I interpret the circumstances depends on the image I have of myself. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself. Chèrie Carter-Scott
First and foremost is our willingness to deal with the symptom to discover not only its message and meaning, but also the feelings and emotions that are below those messages.
To do this, we must give up the physical causes (viruses, bacteria, hereditary conditions, climatic factors, etc.) Although external conditions are always there, they do not sicken anyone, though man uses them for the disease manifestation.
Neither blueprints nor bricks make the house, but the architect uses them as a means to carry out his/her construction. Therefore, first, we should learn to make a qualitative and subjective assessment of symptoms:
What did this happen to me for? What is it? How is it? How does it manifest?
What makes me feel?
Secondly, the precise moment when a symptom appears is very important. We must take account of any event occurring at the same time to the appearing of a symptom, and not only external facts but also see what happens in our mind.
In what aspect of my being, emotions, thoughts, or attitudes is happening the same conflict that happens to my body? What happened before it appeared? What was I doing? Who was I with? When did it start?
What were my thoughts and feelings at that time?
What were my fears, fantasies, or frustrations?
We must dig deep into our personal situation.
At what level the symptom that has manifested in my body describes or expresses an event that is happening in my life?
Has something happened in our family or affective domain? Has it happened a change in our lives? What do I refuse to live? Have we received any news or we are experiencing some transcendent event?
The most acute symptoms have their true cause in the moment, a few hours before having appeared or, at most, a few days ago before its manifestation.
However, in those known as "chronic conditions" their cause is not so close.
Anyway, it is not important if a disease comes from a few days ago, from our childhood, from what we feel in the womb of our mother or from some inheritance from an ancestor. What we really want is to discover what it wants to transmit to us and which negative belief has helped it.
What does my soul and my Higher Self want to tell me through this symptom? What happens to me this for?
When we ask ourselves this question we must be careful because often the first thing that comes to our mind can be correct.
The third stage raises the need to observe carefully the language, the words and the tone we use, the turns and expressions we use to verbalize the process. Do not forget that language is deeply personal psychosomatic. Our physical symptoms correspond to our mental and emotional imbalances, which means that emotional problems are related to body sensations. So we find that when the patient talks about his/her physical symptoms, is always telling us about a psychic problem.
What are the internal feelings and the language used to describe the problem? Example: "I do not see clear, my eyes hurt- the heart is leaping with joy, do something with all my heart - I am keeping a cool head - I could not stop in time - I cannot swallow it, if I see it my stomach becomes sick – It keeps me asphyxiated, I am breathless ", etc.
The last phase of analysis leads us to a personal reconsideration: What is this symptom preventing me to do? What is it forcing me to do?
What should I stop doing? What new action should be taken?
What am I getting through it? Could I do the same without this disease?
Because we cannot forget that there may be hidden reasons of our illness that give us a reward and this alienates us from the desire to improve. You may get more attention or affection when we are sick. Or maybe it is a resource to manipulate, to blame. You can also hide hidden fears, problems of undervaluation or low self-esteem ... Innumerable reasons that each person will find depending on their individual characteristics and their vital task. As we have seen, a symptom is always the physical manifestation of something we reject inside, something that is in the shadows and comes in order we live with it. Almost always it forces us to change our behaviour to correct imbalance, so the right thing for our evolution is voluntarily desist from that which we are removed of and willingly accept what we are forced to do.