What is the spiritual meaning of physical ailments? “Aches and pains” a seemingly endless supply of possible causes from viruses and injuries to accidents, drugs, not stretching after a workout or even missing vitamins. But how do you know which issue is truly the root cause? If you want to take a look for answers, here are some things to consider…
What does it mean when you don’t feel well? It’s a question that’s been asked for centuries, and one that our ancestors took very seriously. They didn’t just assume that their headache was caused by too much wine or their stomach ache might have been from eating undercooked salmon; they turned to tradition and folk wisdom (which we call ‘old wives tales’) to help solve the mystery, and often prescribed spiritual healing rituals in addition to traditional medical care. In this article, we’ll look at the meaning of physical ailments through the lens of mythology.
The spiritual meaning of physical ailments is one of the most important aspects of understanding our health.
The body is a vessel for the soul, and when it’s not functioning properly, it can be a sign that there are issues with your soul.
There are many different ways to observe your physical ailments. One way is to look at them as a symbol of something going on in your life. It could be something as simple as an upset stomach due to stress, or it could be something more complex like back pain caused by repressing anger.
Another way to observe physical ailments is by looking at what they feel like: do they feel hot? Do they burn? Do they ache? These are all things that can help you determine what part of your body needs attention in order to heal properly.
The body is an incredible thing—we use it every day and sometimes take it for granted. But when you start paying close attention to how your body feels, you’ll see how much more powerful it truly is!
spiritual meaning of physical ailments
When we speak of abundance, what we are really talking about is – an abundance of emotional, mental, and spiritual energy. We fill ourselves to the brim with these energies and it is the overflow that is manifest on the physical plane.
The signs and symptoms that are apparent on the Physical plane lead us to inquire, ultimately, more deeply into ourselves as energetic and spiritual beings. Realistically, when our body refuses to do what we want it to, metaphysically, it is not actually broken. It is doing its job. One of its functions is to carry messages from the higher energetic planes to us. It is then up to us to interpret these messages and take action.
Understanding the spiritual meanings behind physical aches
Western medicine takes the position that we feel pain because we can. Western approaches to pain, as the main symptom of any disease, are pretty much limited to drugs and surgery. Treatment consists of numbing or diverting pain receptors in the body or cutting off the offending organ.
While this approach does have its place in acute situations, it is at best a temporary and often harmful way to approach pain or other disharmonies we feel in our bodies. Most often, western medicine has little to offer most of us and incredibly makes us wait until our symptoms become unbearably acute before it can even acknowledge a disharmony.
The trend today, as much for economic reasons, as for reasons of spirit and human development is to encourage people to take responsibility for their own lives. This is the approach of ancient wisdom. We use our bodies to communicate with ourselves and with others. We use our bodies to work out emotional, mental, and spiritual questions. While we do tend to judge a diseased body negatively, there really is no right or wrong about it.
Wholistic Healing of the individual occurs at different energetic levels. These are the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. For those on the path, there are a great many more levels and sublevels identified in various cultural, religious, and philosophical traditions. But for our purposes, we can look at the individual in these four broad realms to at least begin the process of healing.
Healing, by the way, occurs not only at the individual level, but also at the family, community, and global level. When one heals ‘mindfully’, as the Buddhists say, these other aspects of individual healing may become apparent.
There are healers operating today at all these levels. Still, a good place to begin is in the individual body. With this in mind, the following is a list of physical symptoms and the metaphysical disharmonies they may reflect.
Please note that these are only general observations, serving hopefully to illuminate areas that you can look at more closely in yourself or with the help of a healer. You are the one who knows you best. As you go through these observations, try to expand your awareness beyond your own life to see also how these disharmonies are reflected in your own family, community, country, and in the world. Ultimately it is our own choice to heal or not to heal and it is our own innate healing ability that is activated.
Spiritual meanings behind pains in your Head
Pain always indicates a separation of some sort from something. Usually, we say separation from what is the Truth. The greater the pain the more important that something is. Depending on which part of the head is afflicted the meaning changes. Louise Hay suggests that Headaches indicate invalidating the Self out of Fear. In Chinese Medicine, there are several different kinds of headaches treated according to the quality of the pain and the location on the head (discussed in subsequent paragraphs).
The top of the head is associated with our connection to the Universe or God. Pain here is associated with separation from that higher power. It is also associated with the Kidneys and the emotion is Fear. Both the Gallbladder and Urinary Bladder channels traverse the top of the head. The Gallbladder is associated with Courage, and the Urinary Bladder through its association with the Kidneys is associated with Fear. Du 20 (Baihui) located at the top of the head is used extensively to ‘calm the spirit’ in Chinese Medicine.
The forehead is associated with the 3rd eye, both in Chakra Theory and Traditional Chinese Medical theory. The 3rd eye is associated with introspection and illumination of your own Inner Being. Pain here is associated with separation from your own Inner Being. In Chinese Medicine, Yintang, which is located midway between the inner ends of the eyebrows, Du 23 (Shangxing), Du 24 (Shenting) which are located at the hairline directly above Yintang, and Du 20 (Baihui) located at the top of the head, all have the action of ‘calming the spirit.’ Yintang is associated with the eyes; not only the eyes that look outward but the eyes that look inward and are indicated in some emotional disorders.
The sides of the head are associated with courage, especially the courage to face your world. Migraine Headaches, usually located in the front quadrants, right or left, indicates a separation from your world. The involvement of the eyes in Migraines indicates not only an unwillingness to look without but to look within. Most Migraine sufferers report, not only severe pain behind the eye but also acute sensitivity to light. In Chinese Medicine, a number of Meridians run through this area.
The Gallbladder Channel is associated with courage. The San Jiao channel is involved with the processing of water (the elixir of Life), and the Small Intestine Channel is involved with deriving nourishment from the world. Both the San Jiao Channel and the Small Intestine Channel are connected to the Heart, whose emotion is Joy and where the Mind is located. Lack of Joy (with one’s self) is strongly indicated by pain in this area. There is also Anger indicated by the Gallbladder channel’s link with the Liver.
The back of the head represents your past. Some say also this is an area of spirituality. Pain here represents something in your past that is not complete and remains unforgiven. The back of the head is traversed by the Gallbladder Channel and the Urinary Bladder Channels indicating Anger born of Fear.
The Back of the Head is thought to be the seat of ‘Spiritual Experiences’. So, it is important to understand the spiritual meanings behind physical aches. The only way to see them is through inner sight. Pain in the back of the head represents an unwillingness to look deep within for the source of light & truth.