Expert Author Michael Hadfield
Let us assume, just for now, that the Body is the expression of the Mind. What I mean by this is that you need to pretend that your body reflects back to you what is going on in your mind. So, if there is an ache in your body then we must assume there is an ache in your mind. If there is a pain in your body then there is a pain in your mind. If there is irritation on your skin then there is irritation in your mind.
You get the idea.
Of course, you will be way ahead of me by now, looking within your own Body Mind for those connections past and present to discover if what I say is true - but remember I said to pretend, just for now.
Naturally in your thoughts about this it will be obvious that serious disease processes in the body cannot escape from this allusion. So you would also have to pretend that problems like cancer, diabetes, asthma... all fall into this category. And then we step into that minefield of babies who are born sick, or develop life-threatening or debilitating diseases while they are very young. Then what about genetic problems like cystic fibrosis?
It gets very complicated very quickly.
Then there is another aspect too.
If your body's ill-health is a reflection of your state of mind, then surely that means that all disease is self-inflicted?
Well that would be a yes too.
But there is a world of difference between deliberately causing something to be, with full awareness of the consequences, and innocently causing something to happen because you had no awareness of the negative consequences 20 years later. No one in the process of dying from lung cancer would ever have lit up a cigarette 40 years earlier had they been fully aware of the anguish and agony they and their loved ones would eventually have to endure.
So yes, there are problems with this assumption, but let's just keep it simple for now and pretend the assumption is true for minor illnesses and that it isn't true for children at all.
Give yourself a quick body scan.
Is there any discomfort, irritation, ache, pain, anywhere in your body? If there isn't then do this when there is.
Get a good sense of that area of your body. Feel into the discomfort fully. Move your mind, as best you can, into the space the discomfort occupies. Feel its boundaries and limitations. Then allow your mind to wander and feel your way to what these sensations remind you of. Say, for example, you have an itch - a skin irritation - who or what in your world causes you to prickle inside? Who do you want to scratch when you interact with them? Who makes you see red.
If you have a painful knee, then think about what it prevents you from doing that you don't like.
Look for the connections between your discomfort and your world. See the similarities.
Remember we are pretending. This is just a game of the imagination to see if you can see connections and similarities. Don't forget also to let your mind drift back into the past. Sometimes these things take a while to germinate. Have fun with this and don't take it too seriously.
See what you come up with, maybe keep a notebook on you. One of the interesting things that happens with this game is that you may not be aware of a connection while you are deliberately looking for one, but that connection can pop into your mind at any time. A notebook is a handy way to make sure you don't forget those fleeting connections.
Just collect the connections - no matter how crazy they may seem. Once you have a dozen or so, ponder on your records and see if you think this was just an interesting game or a new reality you have just entered.