We don’t feel well. We have a symptom, a discomfort, a pain, that bothers us. We want it to go away, to be relieved, to not have it anymore.
Symptoms, discomfort, pain are all signs and messages that something is not right. Yes, these signs bother us, but they are not isolated, they are not just to themselves. They are a reflection, a manifestation of something deeper in our bodies, in our beings, showing up in this symptom.
Our bodies speak to us. They tell us about ourselves. And often, it is so LOUD in its discomfort, pain, itching, discharging, fever, that we need to do something about it. The homeopath listens to this sign, and to the whole of the person. They want to know how this particular discomfort, pain, symptom, fits in/relates to the whole person.
A Woman Feeling Vulnerable
Recently, a woman I know had a discomfort in her navel area. Years ago, she had had a laparoscopy and scar tissue developed in her navel from this procedure. She never had any problem with this area until several years ago, and now she was having a recurrence again. The area was painful, inflamed, and swollen which made it very difficult to sit. She was using hot compresses to help relieve and heal the area, wanting the area to start draining.
She was going to an event soon, and was feeling stressed about it. There was an inner conflict. She had been figuring out what would be the best way for her to go to this event. And then her navel became inflamed. She was feeling fearful. How can she travel? And she was fearful that this area could get worse. She decided it was time to see her homeopath.
She described the area of her navel as being very soft and vulnerable. Nothing was surrounding the area to protect it; there was nothing hard to cover the vulnerability. It was completely open and vulnerable to whatever came along. And it being so soft, open, and vulnerable, it could be easily hurt and injured. This is how she described the area and how she felt about going to the event. She knew that no one would actually injure this area or hurt her physically. But she felt very vulnerable, with the feeling that she might be “attacked” (her word), a verbal attack, and it would hurt her, injure her.
The navel area was analogous to how she felt about herself in the world. She felt that she was so soft and vulnerable, and needed to protect herself from being hurt, being injured. She needed to be hard; the hardness would protect her, it would surround her. The injuries could be physical, but more so, she felt the injuries could be from when she had interactions with people. That she she could be hurt by what they said. This was her sensitivity. (There is more to her case than what I have written here.)
In homeopathy, the homeopath hears/observes/witnesses the person’s sensitivity. The sensitivity is expressed through how they talk about what bothers them; how they talk about their symptoms. And the person experiences this sensitivity on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally.
As the person heals, the sensitivity becomes quieter and quieter. With this woman, as she heals, she will not feel as vulnerable, open and soft. She will not feel as though she needs something hard surrounding, enclosing, and protecting her from getting hurt and injured. She can be more of herself, and be part of the world more fully.
Symptoms are an expression of the sensitivity. They are a guide. Homeopathy uses them to learn more about the sensitivity. It is the sensitivity that quiets and heals, and with that, the symptoms, the navel with this woman, heals too.
What are your symptoms? How are they expressive of your sensitivity?
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