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Metaphysical Meaning Behind Digestion

fruit-and-vegetable-heart-thumb8138624Part One—Explore the metaphysical meaning behind digestive disorders and digestive health.

In two articles, we are exploring these questions:
1. What is digestion from a metaphysical perspective?
2. Emotionally, what is at the root digestive problems?

Before we talk about the metaphysical meaning behind digestion and digestive issues, I’m going to ask you to do something that might be quite challenging for you. But if your digestion is important to you, consider suspending all of your beliefs about food for just a few minutes as you read this, so that you can quietly and serenely hear YOUR BODY’S wisdom about it.

If you believe in metaphysical healing that might seem quite obvious, but diet is one area in which I watch people form very tight attachments to their beliefs and emotions around food, as well as to food itself. If you are attached to the specific foods you eat or your dietary life-style, and are not willing to consider changes, this article probably won’t help you.

If you are willing to consider that your body is talking to you through your digestion about your whole life style, this article can help you turn digestive issues into digestive health.

Let’s define digestion:

Before we discuss the metaphysical nature digestion, let’s define the physical function of the digestive system. Here is one of the simplest definitions I’ve found from Medicine.net (http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2994):grapes

The system of organs responsible for getting food into and out of the body and for making use of food to keep the body healthy.

Here, Dr Ananya Mandal, MD helps us define digestion by looking at two occurrences of digestion at news-medical.net (http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Digestion.aspx):

Digestion refers to the breakdown of food into smaller components that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This digestion or catabolism is divided into two types – the mechanical digestion of food that occurs in the mouth when it is physically broken up into smaller pieces and the chemical digestion that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract when the food is broken down into small molecules by digestive enzymes.

Your digestion and your immune system:

Your immune system’s strength is directly affected by what you put in your gut. I love the explanation below about the work of your digestive system in determining what is good and what is bad for you. There are ways you can help out your digestive system, so be sure to check out their page on “What is Good Digestion?” (Yes, the site is about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but it’s got some simple and clear explanations about your digestive system):


This article offers some tips for maintaining healthy digestion in relationship to your immune system:


A metaphysical perspective of digestive health:

Here is what I received in meditation—

Digestive health is about what you digest in life. It is about receiving the gift of life, and being able to break it down into its component parts for better acceptance, or to eliminate it. It is about becoming aware of what you are asking your body, emotions and spirit to take in. Digestion teaches us to pay attention to what we are taking into our lives physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Digestive disorders are about a refusal to process what is coming in. Your system is responding to what you are receiving as a toxin.

With healthy digestion you are receiving the nourishment of life, in accordance with the design of your body. With healthy digestion, you are taking in ideas and being present to emotions in such a way that ideas that do not align with you pass through and difficult emotions are met with such love that they release.

Ideally, you spend the majority of your life digesting food, ideas and emotions that are pleasing to you and fill you with love. The natural outcome is radiant vigor for life.

In the Metaphysical Meaning Behind Digestion Part 2, we are going to look at creating a healthy physical and emotional relationship to food.

The Speed of Natural Healing

Does the speed of natural healing ever feel too slow for you?

When you are feeling bad, you want to feel good and now! It’s a reasonable desire isn’t it?

If you are as committed to natural healing as I am, it can be quite a shock to discover that natural healing has a speed of its own. It can be amazingly slow or amazingly fast. It just depends upon how many beliefs and emotions are in the way of an immediate response.

In my recent counseling sessions with clients the topic of subtleties in healing has been coming up, so I thought I’d share some insights that could help you in your own healing.

Many natural approaches align with the rhythms of your body, mind and emotions. So just as you are evolving spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally over time, their effects mirror your evolution and therefore, progress can appear to be quite subtle.

As an energy healer, I know sometimes changes are so subtle that if I’m not paying attention, I hardly notice what is happening.

It’s easy to discount subtleties, but the moment you discount them, my elders taught me you disqualify the healing that just occurred. Subconsciously, that means you are resetting your progress, and you are now starting from zero.

That’s why it is so important to attend to disappointments, regrets and resentments, anger, sorrow or numbness with compassion—immediately. If you don’t tend to these emotions with love, they will carry you into a spiral of despair and you lose faith in what healing progress you have made.

The negative feelings and mindset create chemical responses in your body that perpetuate your illness. Your illness progresses, and you could find yourself convinced you are not able to heal.

natural healingThe healing is in noticing the subtle improvements, cherishing them, and increasing the activities, mind and heart-set that stimulated your improvement.

I’m looking out my office window right now at a world in bloom. Spring is a wonderful season for watching the subtleties of change. Watching a bird build a nest, or a flower push through the soil, a tree budding its leaves are all reminders that most of the time, in nature, change happens one little movement at a time.

Every little progressive movement counts, and in the springtime, isn’t it easy to smile when you see each little sign that the lush gifts of the earth are emerging?

I have found, and you might want to try this, that keeping a journal each day about the small movements of positive changes taking place keeps me focused on the natural healing that is actually occurring.

One uncomfortable hour, day or week is like a spring storm passing through. It does not mean that new life is not arriving. It just means that things are clearing out and seeds are being planted in new places.

Your healing might be occurring subtly, as you let go of old beliefs, meet unmet emotional needs, create new habits, develop more positive thoughts and open to receiving healing—and like the stirrings of life in the spring, those subtle movements count.

As you notice them and tend to them, the speed of your healing picks up. That is what sets the speed of natural healing.

Holding you in my heart and songs,


5 Minute Healing Workout

Love Work-outtMy 5 minute healing work-out for building love muscles.

Work-out multiple times per day when feeling bad.

1. Choose a physical task around the house like washing dishes, vacuuming, pick up a room, washing your car, or any mundane task that needs your attention.

2. Dedicate 5 minutes of complete attention to the task.

3. Before you begin, remember a moment, any moment, in your life when you felt love.

4. Open your heart wide and let that love fill your entire body.

5. Begin your task. As you touch whatever you are working on, touch it with love. Whether you are touching a tupper-ware bowl, a piece of clothing, a rag, or a vacuum cleaner—let love fill the space you are working on.

6. Open your heart in gratitude for everything around you that supports you. Be in gratitude for the book you are dusting, the dish you are putting away, the clothes you are folding, the car you are washing, etc.

7. When 5 minutes of living in love and gratitude for everything you have touched are finished, pause to lovingly thank yourself for being such a caring and grateful person.

8. Notice how different life feels inside you and around you. That feeling is the most powerful healing energy in the world. Well done!


2 Huge Reasons Not to Wait to Develop Your Psychic Abilities

psychic abilities and intuition Don’t wait another minute to develop your intuition and psychic abilities (and, yes, we all have them):

1. If you don’t tend to your psychic abilities and use them, they can back-log inside you, creating pressure in the body that can lead to illness.

I’ve shared this story before, and it bears repeating. My friend Ariann was having terrible migraine headaches that seemed to have no relationship to hormones, diet or stress. She suspected she might be picking up on volcanic activity on the planet with her deeply empathic connection to the earth. She didn’t tell me that, and when I did some healing work for her, I told her I was seeing volcanoes exploding inside her.

Understanding that healing energy for the planet was backing up inside her, she put her own psychic abilities to work and found relief from her tormenting headaches. I’ve always remembered this—There can be a price for not recognizing and following intuitive guidance. Since then, I’ve diligently worked to recognize and develop my natural psychic abilities.

You have a more difficult time manifesting what you want, because you are less connected to your psychic abilities and intuition–your sources of inspiration.

Tashene (interviewed as part of my Women of Power and Spirit series) could see spirits when she was a child, but when she told her family, they told her she was lying. As a result she cut-off her natural psychic abilities as a medium, and began living a “normal” life until she was diagnosed with cancer and told she only had 3 months to live. In retrospect, she realizes that while she was disconnected from her gifts, she made choices that contributed to her illness.

A near-death experience helped her reconnect to her Divine guidance, and that powerful connection helped her find her necessary steps to heal her “incurable”cancer. That same guidance led her to the rewarding work of now teaching Levels of Integrated Conscious Enlightenment.

As you can see, it is well worth it to recognize and develop your natural psychic abilities. But how do you do it?

Here are 3 ways you can simply and easily develop your natural psychic abilities and intuition right now.

When resistance does not mean stop

metaphysical meaning behind liver toxicityHave you ever used a clearing technique on some emotional pain and bumped into resistance? Did you think, “Oh my gosh, this must not be working,” and back off from what you were doing?

Did you find tears welling up and decide you just didn’t want do any more? Certainly, if I’m doing this right the healing should be easier than this?

I’ve been there. I don’t know how many times in my life I stopped the process before I understood that the release would occur if I stayed present to it. The resistance was the reason I was experiencing suffering.

Now I understand that when I meet resistance, I’m at the crucial healing moment.

Our tendency is to stop and run. It’s a natural response. We do that by distracting ourselves with our thoughts and our stories.

I was quite masterful at running away. I could find all kinds of reasons to avoid sitting still with myself and compassionately being present to my pain. In retrospect, it made complete sense. It was pain!

However, every time I ran away, I extended the clock on the pain I was experiencing.

Resistance is where we meet ourselves. It’s the stuff that would make us feel uncomfortable about ourselves and our experiences. Behind our resistance, we are protecting our regrets, resentments, vulnerability, feelings of shame, inadequacy—our fear that we were never worthy of the love we truly want to know.

The resistance is also where we keep our stories—our beliefs, patterns of behavior, and all our reasons for feeling bad.

Resistance is the way we try to protect ourselves from our own painful feelings.

The irony is that the more we resist being present to our resistance, the more uncomfortable we feel about our lives, without ever quite being able to put our finger on the reason for that pain.

The answer and the freedom live on the other side of the resistance. In order to get to the other side, the resistance needs to be met, and preferably with love. Your resistance gives way to love because love is what you have been seeking all along.

All those negative feelings behind the resistance are just waiting for you to hold them in your grace and compassion. Deep in your psyche a part of you is waiting to know that you love you unconditionally—that you love the shame, regrets, vulnerability, and fears of inadequacy right along side your love for your talents, beauty, service, kindness and any other qualities you value.

If you only love your positive qualities, you turn away a big part of yourself. You leave the most wounded part of you out in the cold, separated from your love. And those are the parts that are suffering inside you.

For a powerful story about loving the wounded parts of you, I recommend this beautiful self-healing story from this Woman of Power and Spirit interview with Lea Chapin.

When it comes to emotional healing, resistance does not necessarily mean stop. In my experience it means, “Please come closer. I need you. I need to feel your love.”