“Man’s heart may be depressed or excited. In either case has fatal result ”. Lao-Tzu
When a symptom is manifested in the body of a person, it calls his/her attention, willingly or not, and even sometimes it can separate him from his/her normal life, forcing him/her to abandon that in which he/she was busy.
From the material point of view, this is an inconvenience and a bother and quickly we have to resort to effective treatment in order to be free of the symptom; but then the cure has not been possible. After some time, the symptoms will reappear and stronger, claiming our attention again.
The first step toward healing is to be willing to accept the symptom, no matter how inconvenient it may seem, to listen to it, recognize and discover it, helped by the body language, the real cause where it has come from.
Before a symptom appears in the body, it is manifested in the mind as an idea, thought, fear, desire, fantasy, mood, etc.
In our daily life we live situations and our way of living them is the key. The important thing is not the situation we live, but how we live.
If we live a situation with peace, acceptance, serenity, this situation will not cause us any emotional impact. However, if we live it as something dramatic, we do not express what we feel, do not act in coherence and do not find a possible solution (outside), our biological unconscious will have no choice but to seek a solution (inside) through a symptom.
The precise moment when a symptom occurs is, then, very important, because the relationship of our current life situation can be deduced.
Every part of our body symbolically represents a specific area of our life, for example legs allow us to advance and go towards others, to establish a personal or social relationship. The eyes tell us of our way of seeing life, the ability to focus life and see others. Ears tell us about our ability to hear, to listen and to maintain balance. The skin represents the border of the self, it is the envelope that defines the boundary between the I and the Thou, it tells us about the contact with the other. The arms tell us about the action and the capacity to act, "rely on good arms”
The genital system speaks of sexuality, intimate relationship with the other, but also of the relationship with the children, the ability to be a parent.
When a part of our body catches our attention, it bothers us, it is to communicate us that we have a problem with the area of life that part or that organ represents symbolically, and, therefore, we must start looking for the event it has caused our discomfort.
When we understand the message and agree to reconsider the causes that have made possible the problem and change our own erroneous mental models; that area of our body will stop calling attention, hurting, annoying us and we will come back again to the state of balance called health.
As we can see the function of the symptom is to bring to light that we do not accept in ourselves or others, forcing us to change our negative beliefs to overcome the situation.
Therefore, when we reject a symptom, we are rejecting a part of ourselves, precisely the one that most needs our recognition and acceptance to be complete, to be healthy.