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Metaphysical Meaning of High Blood Pressure

I truly appreciate your questions regarding your healing journey. One of our readers asked about healing high blood pressure.  You’ll read the results of my meditation regarding high blood pressure below, but first lets take a look at some research.

According to an article at: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/high_blood_pressure/article_em.htm,
High blood pressure has become the second most common reason for medical office visits in the United States.

Further this same article warns us:
Important complications of uncontrolled or poorly treated high blood pressure include heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, peripheral artery disease, and aortic aneurysms (weakening of the wall of the aorta, leading to widening or ballooning of the aorta).

So clearly, high blood pressure is not something wise for us to ignore. There are many physical causes spelled out quite well in this article form WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/blood-pressure-causes. I recommend reading this to see if there are any changes you need to make in your life that could be contributing to high blood pressure.

Many of us are now aware that studies indicate salt can contribute significantly to high blood pressure. (Some source as above.) So if you are a heavy salt user, that is one thing you can change immediately.

The two articles above also indicate that in 95% of the cases multiple causes may be involved and there are incidences in which no clear cause can be determined. This is where taking a look at the emotional root could be helpful.

Before I share with you what I received about the emotional root, I’d like you to consider this excerpt from medicinenet.com, http://www.medicinenet.com/high_blood_pressure/page4.htm: The vast majority of patients with essential hypertension have in common a particular abnormality of the arteries: an increased resistance (stiffness or lack of elasticity) in the tiny arteries that are most distant from the heart (peripheral arteries or arterioles). The arterioles supply oxygen-containing blood and nutrients to all of the tissues of the body. The arterioles are connected by capillaries in the tissues to the veins (the venous system), which returns the blood to the heart and lungs. Just what makes the peripheral arteries become stiff is not known.

This stiffness is significant. Let’s consider what came to me in meditation and see how the symptoms (which I read about after the meditation) correlate with the spiritual guidance I received. Energetically, high blood pressure is about stressful, unrealistic pressure you place on yourself. This pressure often leads to a sense of overwhelm, helplessness, frustration and exhaustion. Being too rigid (stiff) in your expectations, you find it difficult to trust yourself or others.

When I asked about what you can do emotionally to address high blood pressure, this is what I heard: Give yourself a break. Relax your standards. Surrender your need to control, know the outcome or be right. Find compassion for the imperfections in life and notice all the imperfections of nature that actually make it so wonderful and relaxing. Discover the humor in human imperfection.

I’m getting out Louise Hay’s book right now. Let’s see how this compares to her intuitive wisdom.  She suggests that high blood pressure is about a long-standing emotional problem not solved.

Let’s look at one more physical/emotional relationship. It is also believed that inflammation may be a predictor of high blood pressure. So if you are eating a diet of foods you are allergic to, you may be stimulating an inflammatory response by putting your body under too much stress. If you have toxins in your body, such as bacteria, metals, parasites, yeast, molds, or viruses, they create significant stress on your body.

Inflammation, according to Louise Hay, is about fear, seeing red, inflamed thinking…Anger and frustration about conditions you are looking at in your life. In my experience the word itself tells the story: feeling inflamed and angry about what you seem unable to do.

We’ve got a lot here, so let’s put it all together. Emotionally, you may be feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and out of control about your life.  You are probably a bit or lot of a perfectionist and have little tolerance when your expectations are not met. You are rigid about your standards and therefore have a difficult time trusting that you or anyone else can meet them.

Your diet may include too many foods that are inflaming you (in parallel to the inflamed state you feel internally). You may not be getting enough of the right kind of exercise to keep you limber and relaxed. You may have too many toxins in your system, causing your body to inflame in response.

Many of us grew up in emotionally stressful homes where expectations for performance were unreasonably high. Many of us had parents that had no idea how to be with their frustrations, and so we didn’t learn proper methods of learning how to be with anger’s true lessons. Some of us came from families with rigid political or religious views and so we learned to hold on tightly to our perspectives. We ate sugary and carbohydrate-laden foods that critters such as bacteria, yeast, molds and parasites feed on.  And we may also have learned very little about how to keep ourselves physically fit.

We grow up to work in stressful environments where the same habits we learned at home are repeated. Now, 72 million people in the US alone are diagnosed with high blood pressure. It isn’t really a surprise is it?

So what can you do?  First I suggest reading the articles mentioned above to see what changes you could make in your life-style, exercise and diet.

Second, give yourself permission and opportunities to get comfortable with a little more chaos, lower standards and no control. I know it’s really scary at first, but your health is worth it. Nature is a great place to learn about the wonders of chaos and imperfection because it is all around us, and we can actually find peace in its raggedy edges, unpredictable growth patterns, and erratic sounds. Read the second chapter of my book, “The Root of All Healing” for more ideas. http://misahopkins.com/bookstore/

A good bio-feedback technician can help you discover what may be causing inflammation in your body. Then you can choose an appropriate course of action for eliminating toxins and addressing food allergies that may be stressing your body.

Use the Creation Meditation to be able to hold your frustration and anger in compassion. Compassion naturally dissipates the charge and allows you to experience emotional clarity. http://www.newdreamfoundation.com/forums/index.php?topic=75.0

I have had two clients that have successfully used my sound medicine CD, Body Harmony, with appropriate herbs to reduce their blood pressure significantly.  It’s a far-out sound healing CD, but it has been helpful according to my clients. http://www.spirittreasures.com/Body_Harmony.html

Most of all, laugh at life, as much and as often as you can. Notice that comedians make their livings out of poking fun at all of our “mistakes.” Without our foibles and imperfections, life would be so dull and boring.

You are probably a colorful and dynamic person just waiting to express yourself in wild abandon. You may need to do that one small step at a time, but enjoying yourself and enjoying your life in all its minute detail is a journey worth taking.

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  1. Dear Misa
    I must agree that the causes of high blood pressure, or hypertension are multiple, and the "normal" american diet would have to be high on the list. The australian dietary is not much better. The medications prescribed by the doctors only attend to sysmptoms. The emotional aspect is probably more important than we realise, and added to the other factors create this dangerous condition. Society with its bombardment from the media (even on the Internet!) helps to maintain the condition. Defusing the time bomb has to be done one step at a time, but I feel sure the problem can be solved and meditation can help by taking your foot off the accelerator (the gas pedal, as they say in your country) and start to take a calmer, clearer view of life. Definitely take a look at the dietary as a first urgent step. Tell the Colonel and McDonalds to find another victim!

  2. Hi Misa

    This is a wonderful resource. I am so glad that you covered it. As much as I help people alter their dietary and lifestyle habits, for a while now it has been clear to me that whether we are talking about high blood pressure or cancer, the root is always emotional in one way or another. Yes, environmental factors like toxins, stress, diet, etc play a HUGE role in what and how things will come to pass, but our emotional/spiritual/mental state of being is at the root cause of what we create at the energetic level.

    Thus I am finding the area of looking for and understanding the root causes of all conditions very fascinating and look forward to exploring more and more on all these fronts.

    • Evita, thanks for sharing your insights and experience. I agree. There is a lot going on when our health is challenged. It is far too easy to assume we are having physical problems that requires only a physical solutions. Yet all the while, there are undercurrents of emotion motivating and affecting who we are, as our spirits long for us to step into our full potential. When we have the courage to address the internal roots and undercurrents, we free up our life forces to be more available for physical healing. Addressing the habits, as you do, is significant because habits often reflect old beliefs and ways in which we attempt to meet emotional needs. Bravo, for helping people address the changes they need to make as they are adopting new perspectives, beliefs and feelings about themselves.

    • Evita,

      I have discovered this too. When both the physical and emotional roots are addressed, we have the best chance of healing. I look forward to hearing more from you!

  3. hi there…

    I am 28 years old and every time I had checked my blood presser I had that strange look on the face of the doctor for I used to donate blood every three months but I stopped because my blood presser was too high to allow then taking any of my blood. I agree with the reasons, and I know I never ate from KFC, McDonald or any junk food for that matters but the other reasons are 100% true and matching my situation, here is my problem, talking about taking life lightly and laughing about myself is a very strange concept to my mind that I can understand it!! I am serious here I want to get red of this sickness and I am not ready to take any of the medicines for high blood presser cause I red about it I am afraid and I tried them out for two months and the only out come was I can't wake up at the right time and makes me more angry! I am not aggressive, not with other people anyway, but I need some help to understand the way!! Thanks for the help.

    • Muhammed Amin,

      Thanks for sharing your story. I do hope you can find a naturopathic doctor or herbalist to help you lower your blood pressure naturally. Feel free to check out my CD if you feel that might be helpful too. Your thoughts about laughter touched my heart. I remember a dear friend telling me he had to teach himself how to laugh because the concept was so foreign to him. He said his voice sounded very strange at first because he had not heard himself laugh. Now, he laughs with ease and there is a beautiful cadence in his laughter. Here is one of the wonderful secrets about healing that I have discovered. Sometimes we work too hard at healing by trying to make it happen, as if our thoughts alone could force healing to happen. Healing is often about diligently, lovingly and gently changing our perspectives about ourselves, others and life in general. In your case, it sounds like you identified the starting point—learning how to laugh. It sounds like your healing wisdom is coming through. Let me know how it goes.

    • Muhammed Amin,

      Thanks for sharing your story. I do hope you can find a naturopathic doctor or herbalist to help you lower your blood pressure naturally. Feel free to check out my CD if you feel that might be helpful too. Your thoughts about laughter touched my heart. I remember a dear friend telling me he had to teach himself how to laugh because the concept was so foreign to him. He said his voice sounded very strange at first because he had not heard himself laugh. Now, he laughs with ease and there is a beautiful cadence in his laughter. Here is one of the wonderful secrets about healing that I have discovered. Sometimes we work too hard at healing by trying to make it happen, as if our thoughts alone could force healing to happen. Healing is often about diligently, lovingly and gently changing our perspectives about ourselves, others and life in general. In your case, it sounds like you identified the starting point—learning how to laugh. It sounds like your healing wisdom is coming through. Let me know how it goes.

  4. hi there…

    I am 28 years old and every time I had checked my blood presser I had that strange look on the face of the doctor for I used to donate blood every three months but I stopped because my blood presser was too high to allow then taking any of my blood. I agree with the reasons, and I know I never ate from KFC, McDonald or any junk food for that matters but the other reasons are 100% true and matching my situation, here is my problem, talking about taking life lightly and laughing about myself is a very strange concept to my mind that I can understand it!! I am serious here I want to get red of this sickness and I am not ready to take any of the medicines for high blood presser cause I red about it I am afraid and I tried them out for two months and the only out come was I can't wake up at the right time and makes me more angry! I am not aggressive, not with other people anyway, but I need some help to understand the way!! Thanks for the help.

    • Hello Muhammed, there are many helpful approaches to rebalancing blood pressure, and Misa's reply to you is wise and wonderful. I hope you have found a way to be kind to yourself and release any unhappy stories you may be carrying around – as we all tend to do. If you are looking for a sense of empowerment in maintaining your own well-being I suggest you learn a relatively simple procedure called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or 'tapping'. It is one of a range of self-help techniques generally known as Energy Psychology. There are many instances recorded & available from reputable websites where, within a very short period, people have reduced high blood pressure, and retained their good results simply by tapping on meridian points and focussing on their feelings, problems, underlying issues or whatever may be contributing to the physical condition, and releasing the stress therein. Check out EFT. It's a lovely way to 'diligently, lovingly and gently change your perspective' as Misa has written here. And it's surprising how easily we can shift from anger, fear, anxiety etc to a sense of relief and light-heartedness. And thank you to Misa for providing a beautiful space to share.

      • Lynsey,

        Yes, EFT is a wonderful way to help free emotional blockages. The emotion code, freeing emotional blockages with magnets is also highly effective. Because emotions can be so visceral, it is easy to forget that they are also energy and can be addressed as energy. Sometimes we need the catharsis of emoting. Other times, we simply need to release the energetic charge. Whether you use the Creation Meditation, EFT or do Emotion Code Work, these are all ways of addressing the energy behind the emotions, freeing yourself to experience greater physical and emotional ease. Thank you Lynsey for suggesting such a beautiful and powerful tool!

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