September 6, 2023
This has gone on for way too long…
The pain you’re experiencing doesn’t make sense. You’ve done everything you’re supposed to and can’t shake it. But the thought “I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired” plays in your head on a loop.
After going to your doctor, you still don’t know the root cause of your pain – which leaves you feeling confused and frustrated. You know there’s something wrong, but what?
Unfortunately, modern medicine tends to focus on our physical pain and symptoms. It often disregards the other interconnected layers (mental, emotional, and spiritual) within us. But the root cause of our pain and illness could reside on these other levels.
As a spiritual counselor who’s worked with hundreds of clients, I’ve seen people discover the source of their pain in unexpected places. This brings my clients so much joy because they finally have the answers they’ve been searching for.
It’s something you can uncover, too. And the first step is understanding how the term “root causes” relates to your healing journey.
In healthcare, the term “root causes” refers to the core issue of a problem. It’s the source of your symptoms causing pain or discomfort.
For example, a queasy stomach is a symptom that causes discomfort in your body. When you describe this symptom to your doctor, they’ll search for the source, or root cause, of your nausea – which could be a physical illness like the flu or emotional distress like anxiety.
While this seems like a straightforward concept, many healthcare professionals don’t look beyond the physical level for the source of your pain or illness. They might ignore your mental, emotional, or spiritual state – wrongly assuming the root cause of your symptoms is purely physical.
But pain, illness, or trauma can reside in the other layers of our being.
As I explain to my clients, there are four layers or levels within each of us: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. These layers are connected like the rungs of a ladder. So what happens on one rung can move up (or down) the “ladder” and affect the other “rungs.”
This concept is also supported by science. Studies show that our brains process emotional and physical pain in the same part of the brain.¹ Getting a headache or being socially rejected by your peers activates the same neural pathways – our brains can’t tell the difference between the two.
So when you experience the symptoms of pain or illness on one level (like the physical), the root cause of it could be located on another level (like the spiritual).
The father of one of my clients passed away recently. She was incredibly close to him and extremely upset at his passing.
After giving the eulogy, my client left the podium, and something strange happened: her lower back seized up, her muscles clenched and spasmed, and tingles ran up and down her spine.
Startled by these strange symptoms, she didn’t know what they meant. So we talked about it at her next session. After a few minutes, she told me, “I think that’s where all my grief and sadness lives,” – and I couldn’t agree more.
Even though she experienced physical pain in her back, the root cause of that pain lives in her emotional (and probably spiritual) levels. It simply manifested as a tangible symptom she could experience.
Since she discovered the root cause of her pain – her grief over her father’s passing – she can now address the root cause of this in our sessions together. (Instead of popping a pill for back spasms and ignoring her sadness.)
This is the perfect example of the strength and connection between our bodies, minds, spirits, and emotions – but many of us only look for answers in our bodies.
When it comes to dealing with illness or pain, many of us search for the root cause in our body or physical self. We often ignore the idea that the source of our pain could be a mental, emotional, or spiritual wound.
Why? Because of how the modern healthcare system is structured and our training within this system:
It’s common to assume the root cause of your illness or pain is a physical problem – and neglect your emotional, mental, or spiritual levels as the source. Because that’s what you were taught.
But you can learn how to pay attention to the connections between your mind, body, spirit, and emotions – and discover the root cause of your pain in these unexplored places.
Discovering the root causes of your pain and illness isn’t always easy – especially when Western medicine and modern society teach us to focus only on our physical selves.
But your body is also connected to your mind, spirit, and emotions. These other layers within you can be the source of any illness or pain. With the guidance of a spiritual counselor (like me), you can discover the root cause of your symptoms using techniques like:
With these methods and my guidance, you can dive deep and find the answers you’ve been searching for. To start uncovering the root causes of your pain, book a call with me today.