I have enjoyed reading Ruth White’s book called Using Your Chakras. She mentions “our bodies speak a very simple even primitive language.” She goes on to explain that many times we ignore bodily symptoms and probably an initial look at the language of the symptoms may help us to understand the symbolic message they are giving. For example, how many of us find that our back or neck is our most vulnerable area?
The author suggests when you get a neck pain, ask the following questions. Each question must always be reversed. It can lead you to explore how it links with your emotions.
• Am I being stiff-necked about certain things? Or. Could I possibly gain from being more stiff-necked about something?
• Is something (or someone!) being a ‘pain in the neck’ to me? Or. Am I being a ‘pain in the neck’ to myself or someone else?
• Am I ’sticking my neck out’ unnecessarily about some matter? Or. Should I try to ’stick my neck out’ more with a present situation?
Similarly, if there is back pain, you need to ask:
• Am I being too rigid? Or. Am I being too flexible?
• Is someone ‘on my back’? Or. Am I on someone else’s back?
• Am I carrying too much for myself or other? Or. Am I carrying enough or taking enough responsibility?
Above exercise can be used as a guide on how to listen and begin to understand our bodily messages.