Your Biography Becomes Your Biology
I've always loved this quote by Caroline Myss because it was a key insight for me as to why our bodies can become injured or deteriorate until we heal the trauma in the stories we tell.
A few examples from my history.
About a decade ago, I learned a powerful healing technique called EFT (emotional freedom technique). What fascinated me the most was how often a physical injury that lasted for years would miraculously improve in minutes.
Case in point: a woman I met during a retreat had been in a car accident whereby the car had flipped over, and she injured her shoulder. It was so bad that she couldn't lift her arm above shoulder height without experiencing excreting pain. Within about 30 minutes, we worked through all of the fears of that painful memory to the point they were not so triggering emotionally. She could then raise her hand straight up in the air.
Now, as a scientist, can I explain WTF was the actual cause and cure of the pain? Heck no. I would have no idea if she had scar tissue or any remaining damage or even a pinched nerve. What I do know is that much of our body's movement happens unconsciously. This is a good thing. It's how we can multitask while driving a car or walking. I believe the same is true for the tension we hold due to fear. If our unconscious awareness is still in fight or flight from the memory of a trauma, our bodies will continuously fire certain muscle groups (even in very subtle ways). I can only speculate that healing the memory caused certain parts of her tissue to relax and stop a pain that was frozen in a holding pattern. We healed the story, which healed her body.
This brings me to my 2nd example. For a variety of reasons, I've been under a lot of stress over the past few months. I believe most of this is my own doing because of thoughts and stories I keep been telling myself. As a result, my neck has become stiff, and my shoulders are in constant pain. Then a few nights ago, I started doing a ritual before bed to relax my thoughts and achieve a meditative like state. Within seconds my back would adjust. Interesting. The stories I was telling myself was keeping my muscles engaged continuously, which was then causing my spine to stay misaligned. As soon as I released the worries, the tension, and (some) pain went away and within seconds.
I'll leave you with this. What if most of our diseases were just dis-eases caused by the stories that make up our biography, our identity? What if we first healed our emotional hurts, mental distortions, and spiritual distresses? I would bet your body would look and feel a hell of a lot better if you did.
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About Rick Manelius
Quick Stats: CXO of Atomic Form. Graduated from MIT in '03 (BS) and '09 (PhD). Life hacker and peak performance enthusiast. This blog is my experiment in creative writing, self-expression, and sharing what I've learned along my journey. For more information, read my full bio here or contact me.