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Decoding Ailments' Emotional Triggers

Mind-Body Wisdom for Beginners

By Colleen FlanaganPublished 9 months ago 3 min read
Your body responds to your thoughts and emotions.

What if, contrary to popular beliefs, your ailment was warning you about a stress-caused imbalance in that afflicted area?

What if each condition was your body telling you exactly what emotions should be released to create healing and total well being?

This concept of seeing the body and its conditions as signs of emotional imbalance or distress is called mind-body wisdom. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, but never really understood how it works or what it means.

Mind-body researchers, including authors Joseph Dispenza, Louise L. Hay, Deb Shapiro, Donna Eden, and Dr. Bruce Lipton, discovered that the human body speaks to us via health or illness. When bodies have emotional blocks to healing, then a lack of wellness and/or pain eventually surfaces.

Dulling pain by taking over the counter medications is ignoring your body’s plea for help, telling it to shut up. In time, the body will stop its mind-body code talking, and lapse into chronic illness.


In 2002, after extreme job stress, the death of my father, and relationship heartbreak, my body ached all over. Doctors offered me medication with scary side effects. I chanted countless affirmations, cleaned up my diet, did yoga and meditated daily. Still I ached with every step, each day a living nightmare, feeling on the verge of collapse. I was only 48 years young, feeling like I was 148 years old.

I discovered the physical benefits of meridian clearing via a holistic radio show. Combining Louise Hay's mind-body knowledge with gentle acupressure called “tapping” provided extreme relief.

I learned to appreciate, rather than condemn, my body’s ailments. They weren’t weaknesses, they were pleas for help.

What a relief to feel empowered again, to regain control of my well being! Let's explore how it works.


The location of your condition is a clue to the emotion or fear to be released. First, note the side of the body on which the condition exists.

The right side symbolizes fears about logical or masculine topics like money, income, school, job, business, and/or power, or similar fears about those issues in your loved ones’ lives.

The left side indicates fears about feminine or love-related topics like receiving or giving love, human and animal loved ones, doing what you love for work or pleasure, i.e., “me-time”.

Conditions on both sides of the body indicate a combination of fears about the above life areas.

Next, consider what the afflicted body area does and how it functions to help you each day.


Hip pain is a common complaint among adults, especially elders. What's the mind-body connection? Your hips facilitate your body’s movement into new activities and directions. They propel you forward to walk your life path.

Hip stiffness indicates emotional resistance to moving from the past into the future, feeling inflexible about change.

Hip joint inflammation can be triggered by repressed red hot emotions such as anger or fury, about being forced to go in an undesirable direction on your life path.

Right and left side hip pain may be a sign of your fears of moving forward in the areas of love and money such as having personal and professional stress and pain.

When you understand what your body is telling you, then release those emotions via any meridian clearing modality, you open your body’s energy channels to well being. I'm now 70 years young, mostly retired and 100% pain-free. I'm living proof of these concepts' success, as are many of my former clients, their families and pets.

No one has to suffer in physical or emotional pain.


Skeptical about your body reacting to your emotions? It happens all the time:

  • When you’re deeply embarrassed or ashamed, doesn’t your face blush?
  • When you’re afraid or nervous, your body sweats and/or shakes, right?
  • When you receive bad news about a loved one, your heart flutters with fear.

Your body expresses your emotions all day long, but you’ve become so used to it that you rarely notice.

Thankfully, more conventional healthcare providers are recognizing the value of the mind-body relationship, too. There’s more mind-body information available than ever before via books, videos and audios.

People around the world have experienced physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation using mind-body wisdom and emotional release modalities. If this resonates, it may be time to explore this topic further.

You are SO worth it!


About the Creator

Colleen Flanagan

Bohemian confessions & healing how-to stories are my gig. Let me entertain you with weirdness & guide you to wellness. Self-care videos on YouTube & Twitter &

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  • Heather Lunsford8 months ago

    Very interesting. I have stage 4 cancer and am currently about 5 years past my diagnosed expiration date. I really believe our whole body is connected including our emotions. I credit my longevity to not just taking care of my body via having a good dr that I trust to manage my disease but also just as importantly taking care of my mental and spiritual health. I never tell anyone else what to do they get to make their own decisions but for me focusing on my whole body and mind health has been working pretty good. Thank you for sharing .

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