The immune system that lies at the heart of your physical protection from predators, viruses and external danger, is not just some isolated physical entity that exists separate to what you think and feel. If only that were true it would be a damn sight easier to heal it and optimise its function.
But immune system is complex, subtle and even mysterious. That is my personal experience and the experience of countless clients.
What I am going to discuss here is something of what the immune system represents for us as human beings. My position on this is that the immune system represents our relationship with the outside world, or what we imagine is the outside world. In many ways the word represents is misleading, because it implies it doesn’t have any influence or power.
But here is the thing:
The body, which means the gut and the immune system included, cannot tell the difference between what is ‘real’ and what is imagined. It responds to the intensity and power of the thought and feeling, and that should give us pause for thought and care.
What this means, in effect, is that how we are in our relationship to the outside world, or what we think of as the outside world, or life itself, can be hugely influential on the integrity and power of our immune system. And it cannot be fooled by positive thinking or just being happy go lucky.
All this is compounded and intensified for those who have reached a point of ‘chronic dis-ease.’ Once chronic dis-ease symptoms have manifested to the point where they need serious attention and radical lifestyle change, the immune system is way down the road of under or over activity.
Think of it like an army that has been assaulted over and over and over again. It has become ragged and chaotic. It may be demoralised, but it may also be trigger happy, firing at anything it believes to be a threat, and that could be friend or foe. It can no longer discern itself from the outside world it is so confused.
Or else it is just beaten down and no longer cares much what happens. Maybe it will struggle to send some troops to fight off yet another army that appears to be invading the inner sanctum of the body, but the army is ineffective and easily disarmed and overcome.
The first one may be ‘auto immune’ dis-ease, and the second one the body surrendering itself to infection and illness, unable to fight it off.
Remember, I am talking almost metaphorically and symbolically here. You don’t have to take it literally. Just allow this to become a contemplation or meditation.
My experience has shown me that almost all people who are have some kind of chronic condition need to understand just how two-way the mind/emotion and immune system relationship is.
Our relationship with what appears to us as the outside world is fundamental to our wellbeing. The outside world is our environment. And just to be clear, I don’t just mean the town, city or country we live in, but it can also include that. I mean the world itself. OK I will get more detailed.
Are we scared of the world? Is that relationship fearful? How does the world make us feel about ourselves? Good? Bad? Ashamed? Guilty? Does our experience and perception of the world create lack of confidence or trust? Do we trust ourselves and/or others in the world? Is the world a scary or benevolent place? Does the world just make us tired and beat us down over and over?
All of those possibilities will be felt and ‘lived out’ by the immune system. It is responsive and is focused on maintaining the integrity of the organism, you. So if it feels and senses fear of the outside world, off goes the alarm, which engages the army (even though it may be depleted and tired) to be on high alert for danger and invasion.
Or if it senses and feels lack of self worth and shame it grows weary and flattens, sensing a lack of life force or ‘chi.’
Backwards and forwards the pendulum between the body and the mind swings, until you cannot tell what is what.
If you accept some of what I am saying, in essence that there is a relationship between your immune system response to the outside world and your mind/emotions and your relationship to the outside world, and you are one who is impacted by chronic dis-ease, then we have to take one step further and ask the fundamental question about healing.
Does healing our mental and emotional relationship with the (apparent) outside world have an impact on our immune system, and conversely, does healing our physical immune system, which means resolving leaky gut, gut dysbiosis and inflammation in digestive system, affect and heal our mental and emotional relationship to the world?
Very interesting questions! Obviously there is no conclusive yes/no answer. BUT, there is supposition and experience.
My own experience, and seeing all this play out in other people, is that while it is impossible to speak of scientific ’cause and effect’ relationship, we can speak of subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) influence.
I have seen people get everything right physically but not attended to their fears and anxieties about their relationship to the world, and they have been locked in a cycle that goes round and round.
My own personal experience is of a synchronous healing. What do I mean by synchronous healing?
I mean that everything is connected to everything else with no distinction. That means that when there is a commitment to healing, or you have decided to meet chronic dis-ease fully, there must be no stone left unturned, and no clear distinction between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. They are all one thing, an energy system. One area of focus takes you to another area that needs attention, and that takes you somewhere else, and you follow the scent and the prompting.
It means honouring the whole holistic system. And that means thinking of a chronic dis-ease as a whole holistic experience. We must steer away from trying to think in isolated ways and move forward to an advanced holistic approach. You are a dynamic system, highly complex and interwoven. Mind, spirit, emotions, immune system, gut health, cells and microbes, and everything in between, all working as one thing to enable life to exist and flourish.
It is profound, and when this awareness is believed and lived as truth, it is natural to understand that life is microcosmic. Everything is a microcosm of everything else, and ‘as above, so below.
Returning to the healing question. Healing chronic dis-ease is a calling to attend to all areas of life. Your psychic, mental and emotional relationship with the world is not an area of minor significance. It is a deeply felt and experienced metaphor of your own immune system. Thought and form are hardwired together.
My suggestion is thus:
Get to work on healing the gut.
Get to work on contemplating your relationship to the world.
Get to work unravelling, in the way you are called, old and toxic emotions and beliefs that create your relationship to the world.
Make necessary lifestyle changes that include more real, natural, raw and healthful foods.
Get the body and lymph system moving through exercise.
Meditate on your inner truth everyday.
Find peace, within and without.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope this blog has given you something to chew over.
If I can help at all, please contact me, or comment below, I will gladly answer any questions if I can.