by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground Magazine
One of the things that I like about having freelance clients is that I wind up with exposure to a wide range of topics. Some of them I learn about as I write, while others are already in one of my “areas of expertise.” What is always interesting to me, however, is how many articles sort of tie in to themes that we cover here at Paranormal Underground.
Our tag line is “Explore the Unexplained”. That encompasses a lot. Not just traditionally paranormal ideas like hauntings, cryptids and UFOs, but other subjects as well – such as spirituality, reincarnation and even new advances on scientific frontiers. For me, a decidedly extremely curious person, I can’t think of anything I’d rather spend my time delving into than all of these topics that get my wheels turning. I love to play with thoughts and ideas. And I love a good mystery.
Case in point – the connection between body, mind and spirit. In her book, Anatomy of the Spirit, Carolyn Myss, PhD describes how different illnesses are tied in to the body’s energetic system. According to Myss, these illnesses are almost always tied into blockages of certain energetic points throughout the body (chakras – or sefirot in the Kabbalistic tradition). Further, Myss explains that certain emotional states (such as suppressed anger, fear, lack of security, etc) tie into the blockages of different chakras – which is why certain emotional states correlate to certain physical illnesses.
I first came across Myss’s work about ten years ago. What was interesting was, at the time, I was in a pretty bad place in my life. There was a lot going on – and I felt as if I was squashing my emotional truth. I was aware of it – I just wasn’t speaking it to the people who needed to hear it. Instead I was stuffing it inside of myself. Before I read Myss’s book, I developed a severe sore throat that wouldn’t go away. Instead, it got progressively worse over a period of about a month. My glands were swollen. I had no voice. There were times when I even had difficulty breathing. In desperation, I finally went to a new doctor that I found in the phone book. She was an MD; however, she also advertised that she practiced alternative modalities. I’ve always been an alternative medicine kind of gal – and it was appealing that perhaps my insurance might actually pay for alternative treatments if they were received by an MD. That was my thought process as I went to see this new doctor. As it turns out, it was quite an experience – and NOTHING like I’d envisioned it.
When I arrived at her office, I explained to her what had been happening with me. Instead of examining me, she laid me down on a massage table on my back and started waving her hands in the air above me.
“Oh great,” I thought. “Insurance will NEVER pay for this – and it probably won’t work anyway.” With each wave of her hands, I saw my money washing down the drain.
A funny thing happened. As the hand waving continued, she got to the area above my throat and I felt a noticeable shift. It was both physical and emotional. And then I burst into tears for no reason that I could discern. I’m not a crier – so it was quite shocking to me that I spent the next several hours sobbing. For me, it was a tough one to explain. And even more difficult to explain was the fact that my sore throat disappeared completely.
Later, I asked the doctor what the heck had happened. Her explanation was this: I had been stuffing my truth rather than telling it, and it got trapped in my throat chakra. Her hand waving released the blockage of energy – hence the sobbing and the resolution of the throat pain. Shortly after my session with her, I came across the book, Anatomy of the Spirit and discovered that there is a growing group of alternative health care providers who believe that, indeed, our emotions can lead to specific conditions. Surprisingly, I even found my throat thing in the book’s pages tied in to exactly my emotional state.
I don’t tell you this so that you will go out and find someone to wave their hands over you the next time you experience a physical illness. Instead I use it to illustrate a point. We don’t know crap. No matter how much we think we know, I think human knowledge is represented by a thimble dipped into the ocean. The thimble is what we know. The ocean is what we don’t.
We live in a mysterious universe. Our attempts to explain it – while they seem so darn sophisticated to us – are rudimentary at best. That’s why we should keep exploring the unexplained in all of its forms. Because there is so much to know and learn that we can each spend an entire lifetime experiencing the wonder of discovery and still never discover all there is to know.
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