Severe migraines, high blood pressure, irritable bowel, vertigo, hypoglycemia, anxiety, tremors… The list can literally go on.
You may have sought medical advice, but what do you do when your doctor tells you it’s all in your head? Well, if you have already done extensive testing, exclusion diets etc or even sought a second opinion, there is still one thing left to do: deal with the underlying causes.
If this is all in your head, what does that mean? Does it mean that it isn’t real? Does it mean that you don’t experience physical symptoms?
Not at all.
What doctors fail to express in their very blunt and pragmatic way, is that emotions produce effects in the body in very real terms, but there is no underlying physical condition which can be treated. This pretty much leaves medications for anxiety and depression.
Do these medications help? Fuck yeah they do.
In all seriousness, if you have a cluster of symptoms which are pointing towards the physical manifestation of emotional trauma, by all means, take the drugs your doctor is offering. You can always review them later to see if they work or need adjusting.
In the meantime, with the support of medication, you need to work on your shit. If you think you already have, then your symptoms would suggest otherwise. Your body is calling BS.
What are the fears you still haven’t dealt with? What beliefs are you holding on to which keep you from doing what your really want to do in life?
Neglecting to undertake the work is like a hoarder who is so overwhelmed by the stuff in their house that they don’t even bother dealing with it anymore.
However, until it is done you body will continue to express symptoms of emotional trauma:
- Rapid heartbeat and/or hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Headaches and migraines
- Hyperactivity and/or Fatigue
- Emotional roller-coaster
- Digestive problems AKA irritable bowel
- Generating a lot of static
- Physical vibrations and excess nervous energy/fidgeting
- High temperatures (inflammation, fevers, sweating, don’t feel the cold)
- Anxiety / Depression
- Serious pins and needles
- Sex drive drops or spikes noticeably for extended periods of time
- Back and/or neck problems
- Feel better and calm after a storm / grumpy when one is brewing
- Start speaking your truth (and pissing people off)
- Brain fog
- Extra sensitive senses such as smell and hearing (can affect migraines)
- Unable to sustain old habits and relationships
- Heightened psychic abilities
The last one may surprise you, but is extremely common. Anyone who has suffered a breach of their barriers to their emotional body will develop sensitivities outside of “normal” and in some ways this is both a gift and can compound emotional trauma.
A breach of the emotional boundaries can be as simple as bullying. If you take on board shitty things people have said to you, or shitty ways people have treated you, you may have integrated those into your being and formed beliefs about yourself which run on programming scripts based on what has been said.
That sounded very technical, sorry. If you ever want to understand human programming, try computer programming. Suddenly stuff will make a lot of sense to you.
To get more insight, I recommend reading up on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This will help you to understand how beliefs get implanted, especially in early childhood, and how to overcome them.
Some over-arching themes you may need to work on include:
- Relationships (family, friends and romantic)
- The Ego (either too much or too little)
- Massive changes in your cognitive programming (re-thinking everything you’ve been taught of as “true”)
- Self-loathing / criticising
- The “shoulds” AKA constructs given to us by our society which set goals we may or may not really want. eg; an impressive career, or a big house, or a nice car, or other superficial achievements which keep us busy and drain our souls at the same time.
- Maintaining a facade (like; how many people know the REAL you, warts and all?)
- Denying your inner child and higher self
- Willful ignorance / shirking responsibility
- Belief in perfection (either from yourself or from others)
This work is often referred to in esoteric circles as Shadow Work. Pagans would call it the Shadow Self.
We will get into more about Shadow Work in another article.