Use symptoms to empower your body!

Use symptoms to empower your body! 

Elevate your body’s consciousness

Every now and then life gives us an opportunity (or struggle if you choose to see it that way) to show us areas where we still feel, think or behave disempowered.  Our bodies are often the source of such opportunities.  We have historically called those opportunities “symptoms” and have viewed them as nuisances or threats.

no way outIn general disempowerment occurs when you have an experience where you want to feel, think, see or do something and you feel like you can’t.  It is an unresourceful inner state that says “I’m powerless, helpless here” and there is no possibility that the situation or you could ever change.

Your body is always responding to your inner state or perspective (your consciousness).  How you feel determines how you feel.  Sounds logical and obvious however most people don’t really get this.  They have not been told that they are the choosers of their state and hence don’t realize that they hold the power to choose and feel differently.

Your body is a perfect “physical” mirror to help you see your unconscious patterns that are creating your current reality including how your body is functioning.   To elevate your body’s consciousness you must elevate and empower your own.

Using symptoms 

The opportunity of symptoms

The next questions to tackle then is, how to use symptoms to elevate your consciousness and empower your body?  When symptoms are “physical” we have the tendency to believe that they are real, fixed or static and require aggressive physical measures to change.  Hence the creation of our current mechanical medical model; it perfectly suited our belief systems at one point in our evolution.  We are in a new era now where we have scientifically proven research, that our nonphysical self (emotions, thoughts, soul) inform our physical self (body).  Not everyone has upgraded their belief system yet to include this new information, which is ok, we are a work in progress.

25045469 - young woman with pain in her stomach isolated over white backgroundIn order to use symptoms you must first shift your relationship to them.  We have been very focused on getting rid of symptoms as our relationship to them has been that they threaten us in some way.  Perhaps we think  they are a threat to our health or an activity we want to participate in.  The symptom however, despite what you currently believe, is not the problem.  It is only an effect of an out of alignment belief system and its only purpose is to show you that you are out of alignment.  They tell you “hey- something in your emotions, thoughts, beliefs or behaviors is ready for an upgrade”.  When you shift your perspective in this way you open the door to new possibilities.  You are elevating your consciousness right there.  When you elevate you can hear your body talk in a different way.  Instead of just hearing “this hurts”, you hear new information that may say “hey, you need to stop trying to control everything in your life, you’re making us (muscles, belly, etc.) tense up and hurt”.  Now you have more useful information that you can do something with and you are empowered because you can do something about it if you choose.  When you are empowered and make changes, your body is empowered, and it naturally begins to heal.

At Chiropractic Alchemy we specialize in helping empower people through how their body is expressing, so that you can get the insight, wisdom and create conscious change in your life.

Dr. Amanda Hessel, DC, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado

Empowered Internally Informed Living

These days we often hear that we should be still and listen inside. For many this is a huge leap. We have so many thoughts, ideas, emotions and feelings running around in our consciousness that we can’t hear our own inner voice. If by chance we can get still enough to hear we frequently don’t trust our own thoughts, feelings and inner messages.

Culturally we have learned to receive affirmation and acknowledgment for what we think and feel from outside of us. This may have been in the form of parents, teachers, children, friends or partners. We require external validation for our internal experiences. This leaves us feeling powerless inside to the outer circumstances in our life. We give our power away to those things external instead of deciding for ourselves.

Beginning to live an empowered life requires you to trust yourself and know who you are. It starts with knowing your preferences, your likes and dislikes, and knowing those things that are important for you and those that are not important. It also requires you to see how you create your life and how you feel in each moment. Most people want to feel joyous, elated, kind and loving yet many times during the day or week they find themselves not feeling that way. Instead feeling frustrated, unhappy, angry or sad. We attribute our feelings, both the ones we like and the ones we don’t like, to our circumstances and often feel like when the “outside” circumstance changes so does the way that we feel.

The truth is you have the power in each moment to feel how you want to feel regardless of outer circumstance. You get to choose. There is no one else in your head doing the choosing. Embodying this is empowerment. It is living congruently to you, to what is important to you and trusting that inner voice that is you. It requires that you focus and refocus and bring to the forefront that which is most important, uplifting and energizing for you.  I am not saying that this is an easy process. When things seem to be out of control and not going how we want them to be we often get “hijacked” by our thought and feeling patterns that take us into a downward spiral of feeling less than how we want to be feeling.

This hijacking happens through activating pathways in our nervous system that have been activated over and over again. These engrained patterns are often reactionary in nature unless we consciously begin to change them. These patterns are also bodymind connected, meaning you must address both the mental program and support your body’s physiology. People often tend to do one or the other. They may take a meditation class or repeat affirmations, choosing mental reframing, while other may participate in body-centered work such as massage or yoga but pay less attention to what is happening in their mind. Since the body and mind are integrally intertwined both must be addressed to shift the neurological patterning and programming.

When we support our bodymind and its neurological patterning we begin to be able to hear our inner voice more clearly and trust its messages. Living in an empowered, internally informed state is to live in alignment with what is important to us, not what is important to other people or what we have been taught should be important to us. This is a liberated state where we realize that we have had the power all along.

Dr. Amanda Hessel, DC, MS, L.Ac