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How Physical Symptoms Alert you to an Emotional or Mental State


The Science ~ The Clues ~ The Symptoms

According to author Louise Hay and scientist Bruce Lipton, physical symptoms are the tangible evidence of what is going on in your unconscious mind and how you are REALLY feeling deep inside.  Your emotions play a crucial role in ensuring your needs are met, so if they are ignored, your subconsious mind must find another way to get its message across that your deeper needs are not being met.   Symptoms occur because your body is trying to communicate with you and alert you to where you are out of balance.  Both animals and humans show physical symptoms when they have an out-of-balance emotional state  

see also Emotional Balancing for People

The Science of Psycho-neuro-immunology   Every time you have a thought or feeling, your body releases chemical proteins called neuropeptides.  There are more than a thousand different neuropeptides--each triggering its own specific physiological effect.  Without neuropeptides, your body could not function at all.  Your heart would not beat.  You would not breathe.  You would not move.  Hormones, for example, are neuropeptides, as are endorphins and adrenalin

When an animal's mental and emotional state are out of balance, the resulting neuropeptides eventually have to cause physical symptoms to appear.  This may occur over a prolonged period of time, so that by the time you see symptoms, the animal has held that state of being for quite some time, or may even no longer have that state of being.  Any prolonged negative mental state will weaken a correlating area of the animal's body.

In fact scientists have now been able to measure the physical effects of emotional states.  Your body actually becomes weaker or stronger depending on your mental state.  Shame holds the lowest vibration, followed by guilt and then apathy, grief, fear, anxiety, craving, anger and hate.  Conversely, trust, optimism, willingness, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, love, reverence, joy, serenity and enlightenment strengthen you

Your heart emits a much stronger electro-magnetic force field than your brain.  So, your brain entrains with your heart, and matches its biological rythm.  That means if you feel love, appreciation and gratitude in your heart, your brain will entrain with that and enter a coherent pattern.  If your heart feels anger, frustration or fear, your brain will entrain with that and go into an incoherent pattern 

Recent medical studies prove that depression is a greater cause of heart disease than smoking.  Researchers found that in depressed people the blood platelets became more sticky, clogging arteries and veins. Depressed people lose hope.  They have simply given up on getting their needs met.  Lacking a feeling of satisfaction and empowerment, they view life from a negative perspective.  Animals can be no different than humans, as we are all mammals

Pay attention to what was happening in your animal's life at the time of an accident or injury.  Recall how YOU were FEELING at that time.  When an accident occurs, your emotional weak areas are where an injury will gravitate

Bio-energetic Clues  Pay attention to the bio-energetic process.  It is a combination of verbal, intellectual, physical and psycho-emotional states of harmony or conflict.  For instance, the left side of the body reflects the problem has its roots in the past, while the right side reflects the future.  When an animal experiences problems on the left side, they are generally emotionally-related to the animal's past.  When they experience trepidation or fear about their future, it will show up on the right side

Your front side reflects your social self, the part of you that is consciously shared with the world.  It reflects those aspects of you that are active ingredients in your day-to-day living.  This includes communication, desire, caring, loving, happiness, sadness.  These show in your face, posture and body language

Your back side, however, reflects private and unconscious elelments of your life.  This side becomes the storehouse for everything you don't want to deal with or don't want other people to see.  Hidden or unexpressed feelings become frozen into the structure of your body.  The effect is the same in animals

That means a lot of negative emotions become stored along your horse's spine and in the backs of its legs.  Most of the powerful emotions such as anger and fear are stored in the back.  Of course, this creates an imbalance

Think of it like a house, with the living room all neatly arranged to present an appropriate social image, while the attic and basement are crammed with junk, memories and remnants of your life 

While a situation may eventually change, the initial damage created by the body's 'chemical programming' won't change unless you deliberately 'reset' it.  For instance, your heart may have begun to have problems because you lacked love for many years.  You may not have seen or recognized any symptoms at that time.  Now you have found love and are happy.  But, your heart is showing signs of damage

That's because you haven't cancelled out the earlier 'chemical programming'.  In fact, the lifestyle change will precipitate the release of beneficial neuropeptides that may actually bring the initial issue to the forefront of your awareness to show you where you were out of balance. 

The good news is that the higher, faster frequencies of positive emotions can nullify and dissipate negativity.  You have the power within you to increase your vibration rate and access the highest fastest energies to nullify problems in your life.  Animals have no such conscious ability to do this.  So they can get 'stuck' in an emotional state that they cannot release on their own.  That's why they need help.   We can assist your animal ...    

We also highly recommend Bowen Therapy for animals


Here are some common physical manifestations of emotional states of animals ...

Eyes are like windows.  They provide your perspective of the world.  Eye problems can indicate the animal isn't looking at something clearly, or doesnn't want to face something.  Is it the left eye (past) or right eye (future)?

Hearing problems or excess wax buildup indicates the animal doesn't want to hear what is going on around it.  Perhaps there are family fights that are making the animal feel insecure?  They are effectively 'tuning out'

Neck, cervical vertebrae, and shoulders support the head and must be flexible.  The neck is the bridge between your head (logic) and your feelings (body). Tension and stiffness in the neck area indicates emotional resistance.  Perhaps the animal metaphorically has its head turned backward looking at the past?

Lungs and heart sustain your life.  When you aren't sharing love, your heart and lungs deteriorate.  A horse with heaves has been unable to share its love, and may also feel unloved, which can make the animal feel as though life has no beauty, joy or meaning

The spinal column and skeleton literally support the animal's body.  Problems with the skeletal structure indicate obstacles and challenges that are affecting the animal mentally and emotionally

          Upper vertebrae (withers) are connected to the heart chakra and feelings of love or nurturing.  (see heart and lungs above)  Eyes, heart, heart chakra, and lungs are often affected by injury to this area.  Perhaps the animal doesn't feel loved or able to love? Perhaps it is lonely or has lost a companion or home, has been abused, or is experiencing a new owner or situation.  Change and stress can also affect this area   

          Solar plexus region (mid section in front of the hips--where the back of the saddle rests) can affect the stomach, digestion, liver, gall bladder, adrenal gland, and reproductive organs.  Middle back hold our self empowerment and self-esttem.  Emotions greatly affect this area.  Mid-back pain is carrying the weight of the past and reveals feeling fear from disempowerment, diminishment, and lack of support.  Lack of forgiveness can cause congestion here.  Feeling a lack of freedom or sense of purpose can affect this area.  Adrenal stress from fear (for instance, after competition or racing) can also cause congestion or pain in this region.  Pain or congestion in mares can also can indicate inflamed ovaries, or that a follicle is about to be released 

          Injury to the hips or sacral spine can indicate the animal feels insecure

          Lumbar (lower) vertebrae and tailbone controls survival issues and natural instincts.  Injury here can affect the reproductive organs, hips, feet, large intestine, immune system, kidneys and bladder.  Damage here will block the root chakra, leading to feeling insecure and anxious.  For example, an alpha mare that has lost her social ranking due to illness or injury will begin to show problems in the lower vertebrae, back legs and tailbone area  

Chronic pain   Resentment and bitterness are like acid.  They cause inflammation and pain.  Stubborn, inflexible resentment goes to the knees and joints--the parts of your body that are designed to be open and flexible.  Arthritis is bottled-up hurt         

Cancer can indicate a deep secret, hatred, guilt, or grief 'eating away' at you.  Breast and uterine cancer reveals a lack of nurturing or self-nurturing in your life, or an inability to nurture others

Stomach and digestion take care of the physical assimilation process.  Likewise, you assimilate information from your environment and process your emotional responses.  Digestive problems in an animal occur when it has no ability to 'digest' or absorb what is going on in its environment or inside its head or heart

Liver and gall bladder help all other organs work together harmoniously and in balance. The liver also holds your drive to live or survive.  If your liver or gallbladder becomes constricted by chemicals, drugs, wormers, etc., its energy slows to a standstill.  This creates a backlog of energy that erupts as anger, irritation, impatience and frustration.   By the same token, negative emotions such as resentment and anger weaken the liver.  Resentment and anger will also manifest as arthritis and degenerative states of the bones.  There is also a correlation between anger and urinary problems ('pissed off')

Hips, legs and calves are how you move forward in life.  The legs, hocks, cannon bones and feet store heavy negative emotions such as trauma, resentment, jealousy, and emotional pain, both past and present.  Problems in this area show a block in the root chakra, which makes the animal feel fearful of moving forward or making changes. 

          Front leg and foot lameness issues show the 'brakes' are on mentally or emotionally.  The animal doesn't feel safe, so it doesn't want to move forward into new experiences.  This is common among young racehorses when they go to the racetrack.  

          Knees and feet carry the energy of your negative emotions.  Stubborn, inflexible resentment goes to the knees and joints--the parts of your body that are designed to be open and flexible.  Is the animal fighting training?  Is it being rigid and inflexible?  Have you created too many rules in its life?  Is it holding on to the past and carrying the heavy weight of this?   


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