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The Metaphysical Meanings Of Specific Physical Pains

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Physical ailments hinder an alarming amount of people, and often times we turn to Western medicine to understand and deal with aches and pains. But by doing so, we have lost touch with the ancient wisdom that everything on the physical plane is simply a manifestation of something on the metaphysical plane.

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When we hurt, in one way or another, it is not as a simple as taking a pill to resolve. It’s deeper than that. Our physical body is sent a message from our metaphysical being where our energy and spirituality reside. We often misinterpret these messages from higher planes, and, rather than digging deeper for the truth, we outsource, as is the way of modern medicine.

The Western approach treats pain through drugs and surgery—we numb, we divert pain receptors in the body, or we cut off an organ. This style may be valuable under acute circumstances, but more often than not, the pain must become unbearable in order for us to acknowledge the disharmony occurring.

“Spirit is beyond definition, but is a phenomenon that can be studied like any other,” explains  Dr L. H. Heyse-Moore, DM, FRCP, Medical Director, St Joseph’s Hospice.

Dr. Susan Babel, a psychologist that specializes in trauma-induced depression, wrote in Psychology Today, “Studies have shown that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues.”

She went on to say, “Often, physical pain functions to warn a person that there is still emotional work to be done.”

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There are different energetic levels associated with holistic healing of the individual—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. If you are suffering from any of the following, allow these general observations to serve as a guide to help you heal. You’ll expand your awareness beyond your own life to further your understanding of how these disharmonies are displayed in the world around you, whether that be your family, community, country, or the universe.

Head

Headaches: A common pain amongst the masses, this indicates a separation from the truth in one way or another. Chinese medicine suggests the type of headache you experience provides a specific message.

Vertex: The top of the head represents our connection to spirituality and pure bliss. When we experience pain here, it is associated with separation from the divine.

Forehead: The forehead represents our intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. Experiencing pain at the brow suggests separation from your own Inner Being.

Temporal: Pain in the sides of the head is associated with a fear of courage to face your world. Migraine headaches, which typically occur in the front quadrants, right or left, are linked to a personal separation—an unwillingness to look within as well as without. Severe pain behind the eye and sensitivity to light is associated with a number of Meridians that run through this area (according to Chinese medicine).

Occipital: Experiencing pain in the back of your head represents something in your past that is not complete and remains unforgiven. Thought of to be the seat of spiritual experiences, this pain occurs as a result of an unwillingness to look within for the ultimate source of light & truth.

Back

Spine: The spine is our body’s biggest support system, and pain here, such as a curved spine, represents a misalignment with life, while spasms are linked to the inability to embrace the support that we have in this area.

Shoulders: When we are overwhelmed, we often tense up, causing our shoulders to shrug. Pain here is associated with burdens and responsibilities, specifically the unwillingness to be accountable for such things and move forward.

Chinese medicine believes the backside of your body to be your Yang side—active, aggressive, lighted. It represents the pressure of the past—that which is behind us. Back pain can represent a conflict related to moving forward.

Mid back: This area serves as the link between the shoulder and the lower back and can become a weak link as a result of tension in the shoulders. The weight of responsibilities can become intensified in this region.

Lower Back: Linked with support—financial support, emotional support of family and friends, and support of the divine—pain here may indicate that we have taken on more than we can handle.

Coccyx: Pain in the Coccyx/Sacrum represents a fear of asking for help, as seen by the decision to sit and feel sorry for one’s self rather than get up and do something about it.

Legs

Hips: Because the process of walking relies on first thrusting the hip forward and then the leg, pain in this region indicates moving too quickly in life. Hips are representative of decisions, especially as they pertain to moving forward. You might need to stop, look around, and slow down before making any more moves.

Upper Thighs: A link between the hips and the knees, the latter representative of pride, pain in the upper thighs is related to a separation from our desire and decision to move forward, and our fear of failing.

Knees: Representative of our pride, pain here is associated with our reluctance to admit fear. Knees can also represent humility, which is the wisdom to surrender when change occurs.

Shins: Seen as a weak link, the shins (mostly bone) are the hardest substance in the body, but can be very sensitive and brittle. When we experience pain here, it is thought to be a sign of fear of the future/a desire not to move forward.

Ankles: Representative of flexibility, mobility and direction, pain here is associated with the reluctance to moving forward in the face of change.

Feet: Symbolizing our connection with Mother Earth, painful feet represent our relationship with our Mother, specifically our separation from the one who gave birth to us.

Throat: The centre of communication, self-expression of feelings, and the truth, pain here is a sign of blockage from living out our true identity. When we harbour our reality as opposed to speaking it, we create pressure in the throat, resulting in soreness.

Chest/Breasts: Representative of nurturing and nourishing the connection with the “breath of life,” Chinese medicine views the front of the body as the Yin side. Pain in the breast area is seen as a denial of the Mother/feminine principal to nourish others, along with the self.

Solar Plexus: Signifying self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem, pain in this area represents conflicts in your life. Centred on anger, the Negative Ego takes hold of and hinders confidence from flourishing.

Stomach: The stomach represents digestion of change: new ideas and new ways of doing things. Metaphysically, we process new concepts similarly to how we digest food. We swallow the idea, break it down, and absorb what we need to in order to nourish ourselves. Like eating well for optimum health, we also need to nourish our metaphysical state every day, too. Pain in the stomach is an indication of dread, fear of the new, and the inability to accept new occurrences.

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Parables For The New Conversation (Chapter 8: The Apple Tree)

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The following is a chapter from my book ‘Parables For The New Conversation.’ One chapter will be published every Sunday for 36 weeks here on Collective Evolution. (I would recommend you start with Chapter 1 if you haven’t already read it.) I hope my words are a source of enjoyment and inspiration for you, the reader. If perchance you would like to purchase a signed paperback copy of the book, you can do so on my production company website Pandora’s Box Office.

From the back cover: “Imagine a conversation that centers around possibility—the possibility that we can be more accepting of our own judgments, that we can find unity through our diversity, that we can shed the light of our love on the things we fear most. Imagine a conversation where our greatest polarities are coming together, a meeting place of East and West, of spirituality and materialism, of religion and science, where the stage is being set for a collective leap in consciousness more magnificent than any we have known in our history.

Now imagine that this conversation honors your uniqueness and frees you to speak from your heart, helping you to navigate your way more deliberately along your distinct path. Imagine that this conversation puts you squarely into the seat of creator—of your fortunes, your relationships, your life—thereby putting the fulfillment of your deepest personal desires well within your grasp.

‘Parables for the New Conversation’ is a spellbinding odyssey through metaphor and prose, personal sagas and historic events, where together author and reader explore the proposal that at its most profound level, life is about learning to consciously manifest the experiences we desire–and thus having fun. The conversation touches on many diverse themes but always circles back to who we are and how our purposes are intertwined, for it is only when we see that our personal desires are perfectly aligned with the destiny of humanity as a whole that we will give ourselves full permission to enjoy the most exquisite experiences life has to offer.”

8. The Apple Tree

Every autumn the same argument between the two orchard owners rang through the valley on the island of Allandon. Both claimed rights to the fruits of an apple tree whose roots laid on one’s land but whose trunk leaned drastically into the other’s property. They made their case to a seed planter who worked for both of them.

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“It is on my property that the tree is rooted in the ground,” said the one. “Clearly the fruits belong to me. Is it not so?”

“He is free to pick all the apples he wants,” replied the other, “as long as he keeps his two feet on his land.”

“You know that is not possible. The tree leans over your property.”

“And so the tree, by its growth, has decided that I should have its fruit. What do you say, planter?”

“Come with me,” the seed planter said. He led them up the great mountain in the center of the island, keeping quiet as they continued to bicker. When they reached a lookout point near the top of the mountain, the seed planter spoke to them.

“Now look out onto your vast properties,” he said. “Where is the apple tree?”

“I can’t make out the tree from here,” said the one.

“It’s too small,” echoed the other.

“Exactly,” the seed planter said. “Now perhaps we can talk about this dispute.”

Einstein once said that problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them. And yet in our lives we continue to try to do just that: whenever we see something showing up in the world that doesn’t suit us, we immediately try to change the world until it conforms to how we think it should be. But the problem itself does not originate in the outer world—it originates in our inner world where we first interpreted a thing or event as a ‘problem’. Even if we are successful in changing the external world to our liking at a given moment, it will not be long before the same ‘problem’ arises in a different form. This is like the arcade game where you hammer a mole back into its hole and another mole immediately pops up from a different hole ad infinitum. Instead of rushing to change the outer world, lasting solutions to our problems come from our ability to change our inner world by shifting to a higher level of consciousness.

This is not to say that we should never act in the world. It means that it is helpful to step back to take a better look at these ‘problems’ rather than reacting to them. In a society that still puts a premium on doing, the shift we are looking for brings into balance our propensity to act with our ability to reflect. For in reflection our problems can be re-viewed as opportunities, and the actions we take can become the product of choice rather than compulsion, if in fact we conclude that we need to act at all.

All so-called problems are rooted in the limited vision of our Ego Self. Since the Ego Self makes us feel alone, vulnerable, and separate from the abundance of the universe, we tend to be more focused on what we lack than what we have. So we continue to experience not having enough, even if we have more than enough to live happily. It is said that the richest people are not those with the most money, but rather those who most keenly appreciate what they have. So when wealthy corporate executives ruin their lives by breaking laws and going to jail for stealing money from their companies and employees, it naturally begs the question: What would it take to satisfy these millionaires? Certainly no particular ‘thing’ in this world. There is never enough wealth in the world to satisfy those who are solely following the voice of their Ego Self, since it only sees what is missing and cannot stop asking for “more, more, more!”

For a long time I lived my life from this place of scarcity and lack, where an unexpected expense like a parking ticket or a tax reassessment would send me into a fury. I felt that every penny leaving my hand was lost forever, and I really had to stay ready to fight for what I believed was mine. But now I see this is where all the trouble starts. When we are so singularly focused on what is ‘mine’ and what is ‘yours’, there is no wonder that disputes, arguments, wars occur.

Cultivating gratitude for all that we have can go a long way towards easing this kind of conflict. It becomes easier to defuse our self-centeredness when we consider how lucky we actually are, and acknowledge how other people are not as fortunate as us. Over the past few years I have received several reminders of this in my email inbox, like this one that exhorts us to appreciate the things we often take for granted:

We forget how fortunate we really are.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.

If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all. If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

This kind of message is powerful, and can certainly get us thinking about what we can be thankful for in our lives. I know when I read it I was quite moved by it. When I am willing to take a look at those less fortunate, to really consider what life would be like in their shoes, I cannot help but see my own life in a more positive light. This is the duality of life at play, how we can be touched more keenly by something when we contrast it with its opposite. Do we not most appreciate food when we are most hungry? Do we not revel in the spring after a long winter? Are we not most grateful for our health after a prolonged sickness? Just ask someone who has recently survived cancer if they are happier to be alive than they used to be.

Fine. But we don’t have to be dependent on deprivation or illness to jolt us into gratitude and the feeling of being fully alive. Besides that, I know from my own experience of these phenomena that once things return to normal I start to take things for granted again. And even if I tried to recapture the feeling, the effect would diminish. I learned about this when I was young. The more my mother would tell us to think of the starving children in Africa whenever we would complain that she didn’t make a cheese sauce for our broccoli, the less it really moved us. It may have kept us quiet, but if anything we felt more guilt than gratitude, and it didn’t really help us enjoy our cheese-less broccoli.

Authentic gratitude brings with it a joy that makes us feel connected to each other and to the world. Gratitude based on contrast and comparison rarely has staying power because at a deep level it actually strengthens the Ego Self mindset of division and inequality. It is no wonder that in the face of our disproportionate wealth and opportunity in the world, the message contends that ‘the majority can [truly give thanks], but most do not.’ It is not that we don’t want to hold up our heads with a smile and truly be thankful, it is that our Ego Self cannot see beyond itself. We become restless and start searching for more of what it thinks is missing.

It is only in challenging our Western Ego-Self perspective that we can awaken to a more permanent appreciation of our lives. Chief Seattle gives us a clue as to the character of such gratitude, one that does not focus on the disparities between us but rather what all humans share: life itself and the bounties that it freely offers. When he gives thanks for ‘every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect,’ his gratitude is founded not on have and have-not but on the wholeness of human experience and a celebration of who we are, in the highest and most abundant image that we could have of ourselves.

The holistic wisdom of the East has already begun to penetrate into the fabric of our society. But for many of us who have tasted from its cup, those precious moments of connectedness it brings are hard to maintain, because of our own heritage. We remain hesitant to fully surrender control to a collective sense of self because we take pride in who we are as individuals, and how we have defined our lives. We do not avoid the urge to compare, inherent in a material life, but we seek to no longer be controlled by it. And so we move to and fro, sometimes in fits and starts, between where we have come from and where we think we are going. The ebb and flow of our emerging consciousness is the challenge of our times. And it is the mandate of the new conversation.

The space of the new conversation emulates our connectedness with one another. And so it is not a conversation grounded in debate and comparison, evaluation and judgment. Rather it focuses on building trust, fostering openness and deepening awareness. Our journey of consciousness is not seen as a race or a competition, but rather a shared adventure. It does not measure success or failure, nor concern itself with who is more or less evolved than another. It recognizes that in the circle of life we have all been at times up and down, ahead and behind, and where we are in the moment is precisely where we need to be.

To truly participate in the new conversation is to honor that we are each moving at our own pace and in our own way. It is to recognize that consciousness grows in rhythms, like waves rising and receding on the beach. It is to pledge not only to cheer each other on when we rush forward, but also to break each other’s fall when we tumble backwards.

The rewards of such a venture are not to be understated. Fueled by our shared strength and courage we can make our way up the slope of consciousness, to reach a place where the solution to every problem that exists in our world is in plain view. From this place we can see the forest for the trees, and gain a panoramic sense that we are all one. For it is only in the truth of our unity that we will finally rest in the awareness that we truly have no quarrel with each other. As an old Native American saying goes, ‘No tree is so foolish as to have its branches fight amongst themselves’.

Our work together in the new conversation, like that of climbers whose fates and lives are strung together by ropes and pulleys, will bring us closer to the source of a sustainable gratitude: the incomparable view from the mountaintop of our vast abundance and magnificence.

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Are You Feeling Lost In Life?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Our modern reality has many people feeling disconnected from many aspects of life. This often leaves some of us with the feeling of being a bit 'lost.'

  • Reflect On:

    How connected are you to yourself, nature, your work and others?

In conversations I’ve had and in comments I have seen around social media, I am consistently observing that people claim they are feeling out of touch with themselves, others, society, their world… almost everything. Loneliness is on the rise. People feeling unhappy in their careers is on the rise. People avoid social settings and having fear of judgment from others seems on the rise as well. But why?

There are a number of clinical observations that have been made. Anything suggesting that social media is to blame or that we spend too much time on our phones or watching TV or having unrealistic ideas of who we should be. All of these likely have truth to them, but to me it goes even deeper, it goes straight to connection.

I came across some ideas set forth by Karl Marx regarding alienation. Of course, many in modern times will view Marx as a dangerous socialist and throw out all of his ideas, but perhaps this is just another reflection of how disconnected we truly are from others. What you think of Marx aside, wat he puts forth in his theory about societal alienation is quite accurate in my view.

Marx feels that people have become alienated from 4 key things:

  1. Nature
  2. Others
  3. Our Work
  4. Ourselves

To me, these ideas resonated with what I often share with people through my 5 Days of You Challenge, which is all about getting people back in contact with themselves – deeply.

So I decided to do an episode of The Collective Evolution Show to explore this more deeply and truly get across something I feel we have to begin talking about when we view fixing up or changing our world.

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In this episode I analyze:

– How our world and current consciousness creates disconnection
– Four key areas of reflection when it comes to feeling lost
– Is feeling lost really about being disconnected?
– How we can reconnect with ourselves to find our path

You can listen to the podcast episode here.

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How To Shift Your Perception Of The World

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    An evolution in the way we view our world and the systems within it is necessary to create meaningful change at this stage in humanity's journey. This starts with an evolution in media.

  • Reflect On:

    Can we truly change our world if we don't know where we are truly at? Can we expect to see change in our world if we don't change ourselves?

A look at our current world might bring about emotions or observations linked to feelings of chaos. With the incredible divide happening in the US due to the upcoming presidential elections, the manufactured gender, race and sexual orientation divides taking place all over, it’s easy to feel like there are ‘bad’ things happening all the time.

People often look at the media and say it’s there to ruin or shift your perception of the world negatively, and I would partly agree with this for sure. After all, that’s what inspired me to create a news source that took a different approach. But the reality is, we’re in a time where we have to look at some of the tough things going on in our world in order to understand why they are happening, where we are at and how we can shift. The difference in the way we like to do that here at CE is, we might talk about some of the ‘darker’ stuff, but we’ll always help in moving through it vs leaving a reader hanging.

This is done through an important process I built called The CE Protocol. This is partly how we have been creating an evolution in media for the past 10 years.

My feeling is that we must combine an observation of what we are actively creating in our world with personal transformation so that we can truly change the challenges we face at the core, versus simply throwing bandaids at the situation.

For example, we might want people to unite and be more peaceful with one another, yet we’ll actively attack, mischaracterize others and divide ourselves simply based on something like political orientation. Why do we do that? Because we don’t know who we are deep down, and we actively get caught up in the illusion of politics that has been manufactured to prey on our programmings.

Therefore, the more we wake up and see the illusion that politics is by consuming different media, the more we begin to see truth and are inspired to make new choices. This turns us inward where we make changes within ourselves and this then leads us to interact within our world differently because now we are operating from a different state of consciousness.

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Many people feel we can simply change our world by working only on ourselves, without having to see the truth of our world. Often times that changes a person slightly, but they will still support the systems in our world because they still believe in them, thus things don’t change.

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Here’s How It Can Be Done

In the four short videos below, I will guide you by explaining exactly what this protocol is and how it encompasses the totality of what’s needed to create a shift in inward consciousness and our physical world.

The basic steps are: 1. Breaking The Illusion 2. Awakening Neutrality 3. Deprogramming Limits 4. Living Aligned

1: Breaking The Illusion

2: Awakening Neutrality

3: Deprogramming Limits

4. Living Aligned

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