It never ceases to amaze me how much my body tells me, if and when I listen to its messages. Many years ago I had back problems. At that time, the message was loud and clear that I did not feel supported, that I felt nobody “had my back,” and I felt as if I had the entire weight of the world on my back. Over and over again, during the many, many Rubenfeld Synergy sessions I have received, I would say to the practitioner “I don’t feel supported.” Gradually, over time, my perspective changed and I was able to give and receive the support I needed.
Years later, when I was elected chair of my college department and I was about to move from my small office into the much larger chairperson’s office, I began to bang my knees. I had been in that small office for over 15 years and never ever banged my knees on the desk until I was ready to leave. Once I knew I was leaving, it was as if my knees were impatient for me to get out of there already. The office space suddenly became too small for my body.
At times I have experienced a pain in my neck when I could not make a clear decision and other people were upsetting and confusing me. At other times I felt an acute pain in my stomach or my chest when someone unexpectedly attacked me with harsh and critical words.
Lately, as my business model is about to expand beyond the limits that have been comfortable for me in the past, my body is again giving me lots of signals and not so subtle messages. According to Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life, my current body symptoms are definitely connected to my business expansion – or my fear and resistance to the changes that are coming. The symptoms in my toes, swelling and discomfort, “represent the minor details of the future.” The symptoms in my fingers ”represent the details of life,” my current life, my emotions (intellect, worry, anger, sexuality, family and pretending). As I strive to be more authentic in the world, as I become more fully myself in the family of life, my body reminds me of all the ways that I am not yet there, not yet fully present, not yet fully free. My shoulders, tensing up and creating painful spasms from years of holding on to the burdens of my life, are preparing me to expand and allow joy and pleasure and success into my daily life.
And when my neck pain limits my range of motion, it reminds me to keep my focus forward in the direction of my vision. The spasms in my neck encourage me to let go of preconceived ideas, to be open to new possibilities, and to remain flexible, calm and peaceful no matter what is currently happening in my life.
In my Rubenfeld Synergy Sessions, I help your body to become the center of attention and to teach you from its vast store of accumulated wisdom. Does your body know where you are going? Have you paid attention to the possible meaning of your own physical aches and pains and symptoms? Your body stores all the impressions and memories of sensations and emotions that you have experienced in your life. Pay attention to your own storehouse of wisdom.
What messages are you discovering in your own body now? Does your body know where you’re going, maybe even before you consciously know?
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Dr. Erica Goodstone can be reached at her web site DrEricaWellness.com.