Decipher Your Heart’s Messages
There is a reason why heart disease and depression are so prevalent in our society: we don’t know how to listen to our heart! We began to explore how to listen to your heart’s knowing in ‘Following the Wisdom of your Heart’ which you can find in our free e-training archive.
As in any part of the body, the heart can be explored to discover the possible opportunity for greater wholeness beckoned by the body’s symptoms. If the usual “ways inward” such as looking at what was happening in your life when the symptoms started, or what is causing stress in your life, we can sometimes start our exploration with the pathognomic, or most common symptoms that identify the disease in general. It is another way of opening the door to deeper exploration and getting to the really important symptoms: the idiosyncratic symptoms that are unique to the individual.
Medical doctors are trained to do the exact opposite. They are trained to ignore the idiosyncratic symptoms completely, and focus only on the most common, pathognomic symptoms so that they can prescribe something to suppress these symptoms.
At MICH, we want to know the true cause of the symptoms, so we focus on what is most unique and individual or idiosyncratic in order to find out why this person has these symptoms, and what this particular individual needs in order to address the cause. To learn more about how to fully explore the opportunity of disease in yourself or another, you may be interested in learning more about our online course: Noumedynamic Health.
How to Follow our Heart’s Messages
In a case of arrhythmia, for example, which is an irregularity in the normal rhythm or force of the heartbeat, we can begin our exploration around feelings of being “out of sync” with loved ones or one’s own joy. Perhaps there are challenges in maintaining steady feelings or relationships. The Greek root ‘arruthmos’, means literally “without measure”, a word related both to moderation and virtue. So we could ask the question “What is out of moderation in your lifestyle or relationships?” This gives us a starting place for our exploration.
Since everyone is different, and every cause is unique, even for the same pathology, it is important to not make any assumptions. Instead, we need to engage in an open exploration without pre-conceived ideas. Courses like Noumedyamic Dialogue (offered as part of the diploma program) provide us with a model of enquiry that is supportive of this kind of exploration, not only with our clients but with ourselves as well.
Each different disease is associated with a different set of symptoms. If you or someone close to you has had heart symptoms, experiment with the questions in this month’s free e-training exercise below and see where they lead.
This week’s e-training exercise
This week, take a half hour or so to reflect on symptoms you may have experienced to do with your heart.
Heart pains or problems are not the only symptoms that indicate a “heartcentered” issue. The flow of the entire upper body is mediated by the heart. An interruption of this flow anywhere in the upper body would relate to the expression of passion, compassion and our heart’s desire. Because the upper body is mediated by the heart, the themes involved in pain or disease in the upper body usually have something to do with relationships, creative expression, crafts and manual work, and what we are trying to, or have the potential to create in our lives.
If you have never experienced any such symptoms, then perhaps you can do this with a close friend or family member. Just remember to keep an open mind, an open heart; an innocent beginner’s mind, so that the unknown can be revealed in an invitation for exploration without blame or denial.
Here are some examples of how to begin an exploration
• A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is an effort on the part of the heart to liberate itself from a confined space. The word comes from the Latin infarctus, “to cram in,” and from farcire, “to stuff”. We could ask: “Could you be forcing your heart’s desire to submit to the constraints of money, position, or prestige?” or “What are you stuffing down?”
Often after a heart attack, someone who has never cried before will cry for days, finally releasing old, internal grief. “What are you grieving?” “What is the saddest thing that happened in your life?” “What sad thing have you not recognized?”
• A murmur, on the other hand, could be the heart’s whimper from disappointment or grief. Questions such as “Has your heart been broken?” “What are you saying so softly that no one can hear?”
• Palpitations are related to anxiety. Questions could be: “When and where do you feel unsupported?”, “When and where do you feel or interpret yourself all alone in the world?” “Do you need to be touched gently (palpitate)?”
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To explore what is involved in identifying and exploring the pattern of chronic disease, watch the recording of our webinar presentation ‘There’s Something Missing in Current Medical Practice’.
Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH
Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 15 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975. To learn more about Judyann, visit her profile page in our Professional Directory, click here to read more posts by Judyann.
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