As a culture, are we obsessed with symptoms? Does our medical background make us focus exclusively on symptoms – rather than exploring the imbalance in us that is manifesting as a symptom?
In the ancient Acupuncture system, they spoke of three levels:
- the spiritual
- the human
- the physical
And guess what, physical symptoms are considered of least importance! The main thing was to treat the human level (behaviour, attitudes, interactions – becoming a better human being) and the spiritual level (meditation, spiritual practice of some kind).
What happens to the symptoms when you treat the person instead of the disease? The focus shifts to: are you becoming happier? more at peace? do you feel more confident, content, inside yourself?
When those aspects start improving, then either the symptoms diminish and disappear, or they don’t.
If you are no longer obsessed with symptoms, you will focus instead on how you’re feeling: happy, positive, well nurtured by a sensible diet and daily routine, etc. You now have a symbiotic relationship with your symptoms (if they are still there): they do their thing, and you continue to do yours – with joy.
Does this approach work for things like migraines, insomnia, cancer? Why not! We know these are invitations to look at areas of our life or within ourself that are out of balance. And if our focus is on the exploring and the changing of our old patterns, we take the symptom as a signal that there’s still more work to do – if possible, with courage and serenity and a sense of humour.
Bottom line: Take care of the physical needs but focus on the human and the spiritual. Feel encouraged because you are feeling good in spite of your symptoms!