The Value of Pain: Our Body As A Diagnostic Tool
If you were a safety engineer in a nuclear power plant and an alarm went off – Let’s say it is the Fire Alarm for
the boiler room – Would you call the electrician and ask them to turn the alarm off or would you immediately check
out the boiler room? Of course, you know the answer.
You would assume there was a problem, or the alarm would not have gone off. Only after you had physically checked
the alarm location would you have questioned whether something was wrong with the alarm itself. The body is operates as a incredible alarm system, spiritual in nature which responds in a millisecond to the slightest imbalance, mentally, emotionally or physically. Actually any place within the body. Yet, we tend to blame the alarm and put off checking the boiler room, so to speak.
The only time the body system doesn’t work instantly (sending out alarms of pain, illness, mental struggle or emotional
upset to our mind), is when we’ve decided to turn the alarm off.
It is possible to reroute our own electrical response circuitry. We override our system when it seems necessary
for our survival. Most often, we do it in childhood. Then, over time, we forget that we’ve literally shut our natural
alarm system down. The myriad small, gentle signals of slight imbalance sound out without our conscious awareness.
If we continue in this manner long enough there is eventually such a backlog of unanswered alarms that the system
is overwhelmed. Just as the engineer who would opt to focus on the alarm itself instead of tracing the cause, it
is possible to ignore our own “boiler fires” until they consume us in acts or rage, terminal illness, or
insanity. Turning off the alarm doesn’t make the fire go away but allows it to burn, unhindered and wild.
You are the only one who is with your body system all the time. You are either aware of your electrical alarm system
and responding to it on a moment-to-moment basis, you are in some state of partial awareness – catching some signals
but missing others, or you are running on automatic pilot (using the same programmed responses you’ve used since
childhood, without awareness of other options).
Most of us fluctuate between these three levels. If you deal with any kind of chronic pain at all, it is due to
your tendency (up until now), to blame the alarm and repeatedly shut it off rather than checking the cause. If you
deal with any kind of serious illness, it is because you have (in the past) shut part of your alarm system down and
are now experiencing the inevitable overload to your body system.
In learning to allow healing of the human body, communications between the personality self and the body system
must be clear. The natural state of the body is perfect health. Any deviation from perfect health is the result of
some way we are not honoring our spiritual selves. Any time a physical, emotional or mental imbalance is present,
it is absolutely and always true that a spiritual imbalance is present.
For permanent healing of the human body, the ultimate goal is to utilize the alarm system of the body to investigate
the spiritual state of the being and take corrective, holistic action to bring the being back to a state of living
that is consistent with their spiritual path. It isn’t about religion or life purposes. It is about living in accordance
with the spiritual being each person is, beyond all those ideas. It’s about being true to your Spirit.
The trueness of your Spirit Self can be communicated to you, clearly and precisely, by your own body system. When
you are living in accordance with what you believe to be progressive, joyful experience, your body will respond by
functioning efficiently and in good health. When you go against what you instinctively know to be loving and good
choices in life, your body will let you know by speaking through the language of the body.
At first, the alarms may be subtle – excess tension, slight depression, muscle aches, sleeplessness, congestion,
headaches, etc. Then, they may progress to pain, memory problems, chronic fatigue, spasms. Finally, illness will
manifest and some form of action will be required. To reestablish communications with your body system, devote time
to remembering how your body speaks. You can do this by beginning to pay immediate attention to any feelings of pain,
nausea, spasms, tightness, itching, etc., as well as sudden emotional or mental shifts that seem to take you out
The key is to notice immediately when your body is sending out a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual alarm
and to stop action immediately, long enough to notice what was really going on with you at the moment the alarm sounded.
What were you thinking about, or getting ready to say? Were you in fear? Dread? Is there unexpressed anger, or other
emotion, associated with the current situation? Were you reacting to attachment or expectation? Were you unconsciously
resisting what is? Once you are clear about where the imbalance originated, immediately thank your body for the awareness
it has given you and take corrective action. Say an affirmation, say “no,” say “I’m sorry,” do
some stretching, take a walk, take a hot shower, smudge, do some toning or play music to relax you. Whatever needs
to be done to restore balance, do that.
If it is unclear what needs to be done, just acknowledge the pain as an alarm and do some deep breathing into the
pain area. Your answer may come during the breathing, in dream time, etc. but it will come if you persist in paying
I’ve found the body to be quite literal in it’s communications. For example, pain in the ear is usually associated
with hearing (not wanting to hear something, hearing something inaccurately, missing a Spirit message in dream time,
failing to hear something important, etc.) while blurry eyes can be indicative of something you are trying not to
see or something you are not seeing clearly. Even though you may believe your vision is clear on an ego level, it
may be unclear on a spiritual level.
Stomach-Aches usually point to some aspect of your reality you find “hard to digest” while colon problems
indicate a toxic situation in your life, or something you need to “eliminate.” Problems in the sexual organs
point to surfacing abuse issues or some imbalance in your sexual relationships, your attitudes about your sexuality,
The specific nature of the pain or injury can also be illuminating. A slight bump to the right hand might be a gentle
reminder to pay attention to taking or receiving (depending on the circumstances surrounding the time of injury)
while a broken right hand would indicate a much more severe or urgent message. If we learn to pay attention to the “slight
bumps,” we don’t have to experience the full-scale alarm later on.
Portions of this article excerpted from Moon Lodge Visions: An Acceleration
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