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Spiritual Meaning Of Lyme Disease

The lyme disease is caused by a type of bacteria that is known as borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans when ticks bite them. Many people have lymes because they failed to take proper measures to avoid being bitten by ticks. The disease can be treated with antibiotic medicines and doctors prescribe these medicines based on the symptoms experienced by each patient.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bite of infected ticks. The most common symptom is a rash at the site of the bite, but it can also cause fatigue, joint pain and muscle aches, headaches and severe neck stiffness. The symptoms do not appear for 4 to 18 weeks after the bite from an infected tick.

Spiritual Meaning Of Lyme Disease

The spiritual meaning of Lyme disease is that you are being called to move beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. The bacteria can cause a range of symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and rash.

While there is currently no cure for Lyme disease, it can be treated with antibiotics.

Lyme disease is a condition caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried by ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash that appears at the site of the tick bite.

The spiritual meaning of Lyme disease relates to the idea that it can be used as a catalyst for change. When you first get bitten by a tick, you might feel a little bit of pain and discomfort—but then it goes away. It’s just one more thing to add to your list of things to worry about. But then you start feeling sicker and sicker—and suddenly, it’s clear how much worse things could have been if you hadn’t gotten treated early on.

That’s when it hits you: Your life could be so much better than it currently is if only you’d make some changes!

Lyme disease shows us that there are always opportunities for growth around us—even if we don’t see them at first glance.

Understanding Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that results when a tick infected with Borrelia burgdorferi—or a related species—bites a person and remains attached long enough to transmit the bacteria. If not treated with an antibiotic, symptoms increase in severity, eventually affecting the nervous system and the heart.

Even though Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infectious disease in the US, we have a long way to go to figure out how to prevent it and how to deal with its long-term consequences. We don’t know why a chronic condition persists in some people despite treatment. Patient activists have contributed greatly to the current understanding of Lyme disease: They have lobbied, protested, written, and funded research, pushing the medical establishment to recognize the full extent of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). They’ve also pushed insurance companies to pay for extended treatments and have supported research on better diagnostic tests and treatments.

Primary Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Stage 1: In early or stage 1 Lyme disease, there may or may not be a rash at the site of the tick bite. The rash may or may not be a bull’s-eye shape. Additional symptoms that may occur in the first thirty days after a bite include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and other flulike symptoms. (If you have diarrhea or upper respiratory symptoms, such as a stuffy nose, this points toward an infection other than Lyme.)

Stage 2: Days to months after a tick bite, if the infection isn’t treated, it can spread through the body, causing skin rashes in multiple places and symptoms including muscle and joint pain, mood and sleep changes, memory problems, and heart palpitations. This stage is called early disseminated or stage 2 Lyme disease. At this stage, the bacteria can go to and damage many places in the body. Headache, a stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, or fever could indicate meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain. Inflammation of nerves can cause weakness and drooping on one or both sides of the face, numbness, tingling, and sharp, burning pains. Lyme can affect the heart in a serious way, causing shortness of breath, palpitations, and chest pain.

Stage 3: Your immune system may be able to fight off Lyme disease completely even without antibiotics. Alternatively, Lyme may hide from the immune system, and months later, it can return and progress further into stage 3, late Lyme disease. There may be severe swelling and pain in large joints that can come and go or be constant. Nerves and the brain can be affected as in earlier stages. Symptoms may include irritability, depression, poor memory, slowness of thinking, and difficulty retrieving words. With symptoms of Lyme being so diverse and poorly understood, many people rightly wonder if their particular spectrum of medical issues is due to undiagnosed or incompletely treated Lyme (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2019f).

Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome or chronic Lyme disease: When muscle aches and pains and other symptoms persist after antibiotic treatment, it is referred to as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome or chronic Lyme disease. In the past, persistent symptoms were typically dismissed by the medical establishment, but it is now recognized that 5 to 20 percent of patients do have chronic and significant symptoms and that in some cases the fatigue and physical impairment are comparable to that experienced by patients with multiple sclerosis and congestive heart failure, respectively (CDC, 2019g; Fallon & Sotsky, 2018; Stone, Tourand, & Brissette, 2017).

How Many People Are Affected by Lyme Disease?

Lyme-carrying ticks are spreading, and case numbers are increasing. The number of cases officially reported annually in the US is around 40,000, but experts think the true incidence of Lyme disease is closer to 300,000 cases a year. The number of cases in Europe was estimated to be 217,000 annually, and Lyme disease occurrences are also found in China (Stone et al., 2017).

Emotional Causes Of Lyme Disease

Causes of Lyme Disease and Related Health Concerns

Lyme disease is caused by infection from the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and other Borrelia species. You may hear Lyme bacteria described as spirochetes, which tells you that they are spiral-shaped. Borrelia bacteria live in mice and black-legged deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis or Ixodes pacificus). Borrelia bacteria are spread to humans when a tick bites and remains attached long enough to transmit the bacteria. Of course, not all Ixodes ticks carry borrelia bacteria. For example, in the Lyme-endemic area of Block Island, Rhode Island, 23 percent of Ixodes ticks were B. burgdorferi carriers (Burke et al., 2005). To make the situation more complex, ticks can also harbor other disease-causing bacteria and viruses (CDC, 2019j).

Why Do Symptoms Continue in Chronic Lyme Disease?

Why symptoms persist in PTLDS is not understood. It could be that antibiotics were not able to destroy the pathogen. Or even if the infection is gone, it might have triggered lasting effects on the immune system or the brain. The immune system doesn’t always know when to stand down. (For example, in allergies, immune cells overreact to things that are normally harmless, such as peanuts.) In addition to infection with borrelia, multiple tick-borne infections with other bacteria or viruses may be present—so just focusing on Lyme may not be sufficient (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID], 2018a, 2018b).

How Lyme Disease Is Diagnosed

One thing that makes Lyme disease so frustrating is that its diagnosis is not simple. You may be asked if you saw a tick, and if not, your concerns may be dismissed. On the other hand, if you saw a tick and removed it right away, your concerns may also be dismissed because many experts believe the tick has to remain attached for at least thirty-six hours to transmit the bacteria. But if a tick has already partially fed elsewhere, it may be able to infect you in less than thirty-six hours (Eisen, 2018). Be aware that there are other tick-borne diseases, and some can be transmitted in as little as fifteen minutes, as discussed in the conventional treatments section of this article.

The Bull’s-Eye Rash

If Lyme infection always resulted in a perfect bull’s-eye rash (the erythema migrans rash) and other conditions never caused a similar rash, diagnosis would be easier—but this isn’t the case. The CDC shows some useful photos of Lyme and other rashes for reference. Similar-looking rashes may be caused by insect bites, brown recluse spider bites, ringworm, bacterial cellulitis, hives, contact dermatitis, herpes simplex, and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI). STARI also occurs following a tick bite, but the infectious organism is not known (CDC, 2018a, 2019a).

Antibody and Western Blot Tests

Diagnosis typically includes testing for antibodies your body has made in response to Lyme bacteria. If antibiotic treatment is started early, the body may never develop antibodies. Somewhere between a few days and six weeks after a tick bite, blood tests called ELISA, EIA, and IFA can pick up antibodies: The IgM type of antibody is made first and then the IgG type. Antibodies can stick around for months or years, though, so they don’t tell you much about when you were infected or whether you are still infected. And unfortunately, the antibodies won’t protect you if you get another bite from a borrelia-carrying tick in the future (CDC, 2019i).

Antibody tests are not infallible, and they may come up with both false positive and false negative results. If an antibody test result is positive, standard practice is to do a Western blot or immunoblot test to rule out a false positive result and be more certain that borrelia bacteria are present. The antibody test followed by the Western blot is called a standard two-tiered test (STTT) (CDC, 2019e; Fallon & Sotsky, 2018).

The bigger problem is that the antibody tests frequently give negative results in people who are infected with borrelia, which would be called a false negative. According to the CDC, even weeks after a tick bite (stage 1), antibody tests will pick up only around 40 percent of cases. Even after months and progression to stage 2 disease with heart and nerve symptoms, only around 65 percent may be detected. It isn’t until stage 3, with arthritis, that most cases are detected with antibody tests (CDC, 2017).

There appear to be two ways to get better results by stage 2 that are not yet standard practice. One is to do two EIA tests, and the other is to use a test called VlsE or C6. Based on research in children with clinical symptoms of Lyme disease, researchers have suggested that when the STTT is negative but children have Lyme symptoms, additional tests should be carried out (Maulden et al., 2019).

IGeneX is a company that specializes in testing for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, such as babesiosis and relapsing fever. It has developed an immunoblot test panel to pick up not only the most common Lyme-causing bacterium in the US, B. burgdorferi, but also all of the species that cause Lyme around the world (Liu et al., 2018). In addition to B. burgdorferi, a bacterium called B. mayonii appears to cause Lyme in the Midwest (CDC, 2019b). Lyme can manifest somewhat differently in Europe and Asia, where it’s primarily caused by the species B. garinii and B. afzelli, instead of B. burgdorferi. Infections from these different species of bacteria may present with different symptoms, and some species are more easily detected by existing tests than others.

To better detect Lyme very early after a tick bite, IGeneX has developed the IgX spot test that picks up white blood cells reacting to the infection. The company also recommends using PCR to detect DNA from all of these bacteria. (This is described nicely on the website Living with Lyme in an interview with the president of IGeneX, Jyotsna Shah, PhD.)

DNA and Culture Tests

Although antibody tests are flawed and it is tempting to use additional diagnostic tests such as PCR or culture tests, these tests have not been validated, and they can give incorrect or misleading results. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is a very sensitive way to detect DNA; however, in early stages of infection, PCR tests for B. burgdorferi DNA on skin samples detect only around 60 percent of infections. PCR tests on blood samples are very insensitive. In late-stage infection, PCR testing of synovial fluid and cerebrospinal fluid is more useful, and it can accurately identify Lyme cases (CDC, 2017). If symptoms suggest infection of the central nervous system, then a spinal tap should be done and both DNA and antibodies should be measured and compared to levels in the blood drawn on the same day (Fallon & Sotsky, 2018). Scientists are developing different kinds of PCR tests that may be more accurate, like T2 magnetic resonance (Snyder et al., 2017).

Culture tests are not a great option—on skin and blood samples, they detect only about half of early-stage Lyme infections and no late-stage infections (CDC, 2017).

Measuring Brain Fog

Significant cognitive impairment is known to occur in Lyme disease, including problems with memory, finding words, fine motor control, and mental processing speed. Comprehensive testing by a professional can take hours and is expensive, but it can help you identify symptoms and determine whether they are responding to treatment. Shorter neurocognitive tests are available online, but they won’t be as complete or informative as a professional evaluation (Columbia University Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, 2018).

Ruling Out Other Diseases

The varied symptoms of Lyme disease and PTLDS may wax and wane. Sharp pains, joint pains, muscle aches, chest discomfort, abnormal heart rhythm, fatigue, malaise, recurrent rashes, memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, and other symptoms may come and go. Before diagnosing PTLDS, your doctor will want to rule out other diseases that could have similar symptoms, including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and other tick-borne infections (see the conventional treatments section) (Fallon & Sotsky, 2018).

Diet And Supplements For Lyme Disease

There is no evidence that specific nutritional strategies are helpful in Lyme disease, but it would seem wise to support the immune system as much as possible to help the body fight the infection. Not every tick bite results in a Lyme infection. You might have immunity to tick saliva from previous exposure, and your immune cells may be able to mount a response on the spot that keeps the tick from being able to transmit bacteria. Unfortunately, ticks have evolved devious mechanisms to suppress immune responses in human skin so that they can feed unhindered (Kotál et al., 2015).

Nutritional Strategies to Support Healthy Immunity

Do all the things you normally do to support your immune system—this includes getting plenty of sleep, eating a varied whole-foods diet, and taking a multivitamin that provides at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for vitamins A, C, D, E, zinc, iron, and selenium. Omega-3 fats are also immune-supporting; good sources are seafood, flax, walnuts, chia, and fish oil (Semba, 2006). You can find additional information about nutritional support for immunity in our articles on vitamin C and vitamin D.

Lifestyle Support for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can become a chronic condition that seriously impacts the lives of patients, family members, and caregivers. We do not yet understand the causes of PTLDS, and treatment options are limited. Patients have been integral in forming networks to provide education, resources, and support.

Support Groups for Lyme Disease

The Global Lyme Alliance is a 501(c)(3) foundation that supports research and education on Lyme disease. It provides a variety of resources to support patients, family members, and caregivers affected by Lyme disease. Its Lyme Symptom Tracker app helps Lyme disease patients track their symptoms and share their data, especially with their physician.

The Global Lyme Alliance’s peer mentor program connects those affected by Lyme disease with others who have dealt with the same kinds of challenges in order to provide emotional support and to share strategies and information. You can search for a support group in your vicinity using the Global Lyme Alliance’s database. also provides information about support groups in your area, as does the Lyme Disease Network.

The Lyme Disease Association has provided patient support for twenty-nine years. It funds research and education on Lyme disease and provides referrals to experienced doctors.


Symptoms of PTLDS can include severe fatigue, muscle pain, and inability to recover from exercise. A very small clinical trial evaluated whether low-intensity resistance training could be tolerated in people with persistent symptoms. The training regimen was one set of five exercises three times a week for four weeks. Patients reported feeling more energetic and healthier at the completion of the study. There was no control group, but this was considered evidence that larger, controlled trials would be feasible and could be useful to develop exercise guidelines for this chronic condition (D’Adamo, McMillin, Chen, Lucas, & Berman, 2015).

The Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases and the Swiss Society for Neurology published guidelines for the treatment of persistent Lyme disease that recommend low-impact aerobic exercise (Nemeth et al., 2016).

Preventing Lyme Disease

In the absence of a vaccine, strategies to prevent Lyme disease focus on avoiding ticks, protecting skin with clothing and repellents, and checking for and removing ticks after possible exposure.

Tick Awareness

Avoiding tick bites is important whether or not you have been previously infected with borrelia. The presence of antibodies to Lyme-causing bacteria is not protective against subsequent infections, and repeated infections have been documented (Nadelman & Wormser, 2007). While there may be more Lyme disease on the east and west coasts of the US, Lyme has been diagnosed in all fifty states. Ixodes ticks feed on deer and increases in deer populations are thought to be contributing to increases in Lyme disease. Ticks are found in tall grasses and low-growing plants, and even under leaves on the ground; only extreme heat or cold deters them.

Is there any way to know if you are planning a picnic in a hotbed of tick activity? If you’ve ever wandered into a large family of ticks and spent hours picking them off you and your pets, you know that they are not randomly and uniformly spread out in nature. We have Waze to see where traffic accidents are happening, and now there is a tick-spotting app. Thirteen-year-old Olivia Goodreau founded the LivLyme Foundation and created an app called TickTracker.

Protecting Yourself From Ticks

There are a number of evidence-based ways to ward off ticks:

  1. • Tuck pants into socks.
  2. • Use tick repellents on skin, socks, and gear.
  3. • BioUD is a tick repellent recommended by the CDC that contains 2-undecanone from wild tomato essential oil. In one study BioUD worked as well as DEET in repelling ticks, while permethrin treatment was not as effective. Volunteers walked around a field for fifteen minutes with socks treated with one of these or with nothing and then counted ticks (Bissinger et al., 2011).
  4. • Mixed essential oils are also recommended by the CDC—rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, peppermint, thyme, and geraniol—for use on skin and lawns.
  5. • Other repellents listed by the CDC include DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), and para-menthane-diol (PMD).
  6. • The CDC also recommends spraying clothing with permethrin or purchasing permethrin-embedded gear (CDC, 2018b).

Check for Ticks

After being outside, check the usual places ticks hide out (under arms, groin, neck, scalp), have someone check your back, and take a thorough shower. Remember that Lyme ticks are tiny—the size of a sesame seed. Wash your clothes and dry them at a high heat. In one study it took an hour at high heat in a dryer to kill ticks that were hiding out in clothing. Washing clothes in hot water doesn’t appear to be sufficient, so don’t wear your favorite cashmere to a picnic (Carroll, 2003).

Check your pets, too. Dogs and cats can bring ticks into the home, and they can get Lyme disease. There is no evidence that the infection can be passed from pets to humans (CDC, 2019c).

What To Do If You Find A Tick

If you find a tick, use fine tweezers, grasp it close to the skin, try not to squeeze the tick body—which would help inject its contents into its victim—and pull straight out. Twisting the tick while removing is not recommended. Clean the skin and your hands with soap and water or rubbing alcohol (CDC, 2019d).

You can have a tick tested for pathogens at TickCheck or TickEncounter or other labs. The Bay Area Lyme Foundation offers advice on when, how, and where to have a tick tested. Even if it is not known whether the tick carries any pathogens, if it is an Ixodes tick and was attached for long enough to transmit pathogens (thirty-six hours), preventative treatment with antibiotics may be warranted, so call your doctor. There are varying opinions as to what that treatment should consist of, from a single dose of doxycycline to twenty days of doxycycline (Cameron, Johnson, & Maloney, n.d.; Wormser et al., 2006).

Conventional Treatment Options For Lyme Disease

If you were bitten by a tick and you have either a rash or flulike symptoms, you will likely be prescribed antibiotics, which are usually effective in treating the infection. On the other hand, there is not yet a clear understanding of or treatment for PTLDS. It is not generally accepted that antibiotics are helpful in PTLDS.

Antibiotic Treatment

Antibiotics are used to treat B. burgdorferi, B. mayonii, and some (but not all) of the other tick-borne pathogens discussed below. The Infectious Diseases Society of America provides evidence-based treatment guidelines for a probable tick bite, a laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease, and everything in between. For someone with the characteristic Lyme rash, the 2020 clinical practice recommendation is for a ten-day course of doxycycline, a fourteen-day course of amoxicillin or cefuroxime, or azithromycin for five to ten days.

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) has published guidelines that are less conservative, recommending four to six weeks of doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime or a minimum of twenty-one days of azithromycin, and extending or re-treating if necessary. When patients have more-advanced disease and they’ve had arthritis for a longer period of time, it’s been reported that longer antibiotic treatment can be successful (Chason, Monaghan, Wang, Cheng, & DeBiasi, 2018).

Even after antibiotic treatment, in a disputed percentage of cases, symptoms may not improve or there may be a recurrence (Lantos, 2011). If a patient still feels sick after their first round of antibiotics, why not routinely extend the treatment for a couple of months or try a different antibiotic? On the one hand, some practitioners have reported that successful treatment may require up to three separate courses of therapy. On the other hand, several controlled studies have demonstrated minimal health benefits and some serious side effects of long-term retreatment with antibiotics, both intravenous and oral (NIAID, 2018a). It seems clear that long-term treatment with antibiotics does not work for most people and is not a magic bullet for Lyme-associated illnesses. Medical doctors who provide treatments that are not standard practice, such as long-term antibiotic treatment without evidence of infection, have been investigated by state medical boards and could lose their licenses (Fallon & Sotsky, 2018). Doctors not only run the risk of underdiagnosis and undertreatment; they also run the risk of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Aggressive treatment for chronic Lyme disease is associated with adverse effects, including intestinal C. difficile infections (Marzec et al., 2017).

What might cause the persistence of symptoms after antibiotic treatment? One possibility is that the initial infection caused an immune disorder, chronic inflammation, or autoimmunity. Another possibility is that because ticks can carry multiple pathogens, the person was infected not only with borrelia, but also with another bacteria or virus that was resistant to the antibiotic. There are still unanswered questions and controversy around what causes chronic symptoms. Scientists recently reported that even after extensive antibiotic treatment, they could detect live B. burgdorferi in blood and genital secretions (Middelveen et al., 2018), but this needs to be verified by other research. These scientists suggest that B. burgdorferi may be able to evade antibiotics by going inside body cells or by going into a tissue that antibiotics are excluded from. Bacteria could be growing in a layer of protective secretions (a biofilm) that keeps out antibiotics and immune cells (Di Domenico et al., 2018). It seems likely that all of the above possibilities could be true depending on the individual and the unique strain of infectious pathogen they are dealing with. None of these possibilities supports the use of extended antibiotic treatment.

It could be a mistake to focus only on Lyme disease, ignoring other possible reasons for continued illness. The Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center in New York State uses two weeks of oral doxycycline as standard treatment, upgrading to intravenous ceftriaxone for Lyme meningitis. The doctors there attribute ongoing symptoms, such as fever, encephalopathy, and myelitis, to coinfection with other tick-borne disease, particularly with Powassan virus (Wormser, McKenna, & Nowakowski, 2018).

Spiritual Meaning Of A Tick

I associate a tick from a spiritual perspective with other people using your energy – just like the tick sucks blood from its host this is about protecting yourself from those that suck out your energy. In all human beings, energy is limited. We must accept this fact. Like a car running on gasoline or a battery with a slowly depleting energy source, you can too run out. In contrast to inanimate power sources, you are able to control where your energy goes. You can decide where to invest your energy and avoid people that can drain you of it. 

The spiritual meaning of a tick is twofold. What is sucking the life out of you? and, secondly, think of the term “tick” spiritually. It may mean there is someone in your life and you want to understand how to make them tick. My aim in this article is to search and pry open a door of wistful spirit and wonder what has existed between our physical world and the transient realm to help and guide you in the meaning of a tick.

A tick is a parasite, it lives on the outer body of the vertebrates such as a cow, dogs, buffalo and deer. They feed on blood from their host. What we mostly dislike about ticks is they give us an unpleasant feeling and make us feel that they are harmful. In extreme cases, we can develop a phobia about their unpleasant nature.

When we notice a tick, we try to kill it at once, due to the irritating feeling that we have. To have a tick as one’s spiritual guide (yes it can happen) will be somehow challenging for us – simply because of the nature of such an animal. Most people dislike ticks – even when we see this parasite we are afraid. We may experience an irrational feeling towards it.

Understanding how energy works in your life is an important tool to use if you encounter a tick. Psychological research suggests that it is possible to be born with the characteristics of sucking energy from people, but many people who use other people’s energy are a result of poor upbringing and close family relationships.

You must first know what they are clinically called. “Energists” are normally those that are sucking out our own energy and have high self-esteem. Excessive admiration of others and an exaggerated sense of self-worth. Furthermore, it results in a severe lack of empathy for others. People feel superior to everyone around them and are more valuable, capable, and talented. They feel they can control the lives of those around them because of this unrealistic view of themselves. The tick in this instance is asking you to be aware of the energy of people around you.

The most important problem is that most people do not understand why they should avoid these types of people. What is so bad about having them around? Your energy keeps you going. In fact, the more energy you have, the harder it becomes to handle all the tasks you need to do. It’s sad that so many people have no idea who or where these people are. Because of their toxic personalities, we end up spending too much time with them. Similarly, energies can make you tired and unhappy, and make it harder to get through your day. These types of people –  do more than just make you feel tired. They take your energy away from you. 

So how do you know if you have encountered a tick in life (whatever the situation) how do you identify these types of people? They can instil anger, hatred, sadness, bitterness and other negative emotions. You will notice they will take your positive energy and replace it with negative energy. They make you feel tired and unmotivated.

Just like ticks suck blood there are people all around us that will take our good, wholesome energy. Some are more obvious than others. Friends, family, or coworkers may appear as these people. They can mask their true nature and trick you into believing that they can continue to control your emotions. 

But we must be open-minded about the worth of all creatures, especially fight against the strong impulse to draw the line at parasites. Ticks are known as “The parable of the beast”. Ticks can live in a state of suspended animation. They are unaffected by heat and cold. They can survive under any condition. When an animal walks by, they stick on the body and then the tick starts sucking blood from that animal.

The symbolism of the tick gives us an alarm that we should be careful even about small things. Even a small thing can destroy a giant remember. The tick sends a message that we should be careful with the words we speak. Even a word can hurt others or can spoil a healthy relationship. The tick also symbolizes the danger of inflating fears way out of proportion compared to risk. Like a tick, fear is also a parasite in human life which sucks the entire life out and makes one feel empty. So, we should make bold decisions in our life with a sense of awareness in our minds.

Fear should not rule us, we should rule the fear. The tick gives us a message which we need to follow in our life. The message is “Do want you to want to do… take sensible precautions and do not let your fears cripple your enjoyment of life”. The tick is the symbol of precaution and awareness. If the tick is one’s animal totem it also gives us positive energy. If one tries to crush the tick, it would not die, it will live, it will try hard to keep its life. The message of such totem animal is that one should not get discouraged when an obstacle comes our way, we should strive hard to get success in our life. In our dreams of a crawling tick appearing, we have to pay attention to our health. We should also examine our love and friendship or whether any human tick is sucking our life.

What is the biblical meaning of ticks?

In scripture, it is widely believed that ticks were made to help the survival of the human species. The reasons why are not explained. They are often unseen by people. There is not much scripture that relates to ticks. There is a verse in Samuel 24:14 that states “a dead dog, a single flea” it is hard to know from the scripture that denotes what the purpose the tick has. I believe we have to relate the flea to ticks as they are blood-sucking and in a further passage of Samuel 26:20, it states that one should not rely on blood to fall from the ground, but search for a single flea, just as one hunts a partridge in the mountains. Therefore, we can assume that the tick is about hunting to make sure we can follow our true path in life. 

What does it mean spiritually for you to have a tick on your body?

To find a tick on your body could be alarming, in a spiritual sense, this is about ridding yourself of negative energy in life. We will all benefit from removing negative energy of some form. In fact, this will help us in life to become better, lighter, and happier people. The first (natural) reaction to a tick on the body is to want to remove it. If we look at this in a metaphorical way, it could signal that we need to remove something in our lives. What do you want to remove? 

Despite feeling better than others, most people are not narcissists. Communication can bring them back to earth. Despite the fact that we don’t like hearing negative things about ourselves, they can help us be more grounded and aware of reality. They defend their self-esteem and don’t fear taking a strong stance, sometimes causing harm to the other person. Particularly when the comments are made by someone you trust and know.

Critics find it difficult to criticize narcissists. Because of their exaggerated self-image, they view criticism from others as a sign of jealousy. Whenever they are confronted with criticism, they tend to either blame or criticize the person who is criticizing them or emphasize the accomplishments and successes they have to dispel the criticism.

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