How Thought and Emotion are Connected to Physical Illness

For the last 25 years I have explored consciousness through many varied modalities; meditation, therapy, yoga, energy work like reiki, EFT and shamanism, the written word, psychics, mediums and channelers.  What I have found are common threads, throughout all these modalities, that are woven into the fabric of our physical and even non-physical existence.  These threads unlock some of the mysteries and age-old questions like “Why” are we are here, “What” are we supposed to accomplish during our life and “How” do we navigate our way to these ends while we are here?

I would like to share some observations about one of these threads with you.

There are volumes and volumes of personal experience relayed through writings by those who have explored consciousness and I have delved and studied some of the more prolific and non-prolific ones:  Robert A. Monroe, Barbara Marciniak, Barbara Hand Clow, Louise Hay, Jane Roberts, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, David Bohm, Gary Zukov, Caroline Myss and others. Their experience and understanding of personal belief systems, thought and emotion are quite consistent and here is what they reveal: Our thoughts, anchored to our belief system and propelled by our emotions have the capacity to instill signals in our physical body where the results can vary from health to illness and even death.

In short, our thoughts and feelings about “who” we are, “what” we represent to ourselves and those around us, and “how” we judge our self-worth all have an impact on our mental, spiritual and physical state of well-being.

For someone who has been unaware of these connections, the implications and emotional impact can be overwhelming and, maybe for some, are too “out there” to really accept. But, for the rest, there is great responsibility that accompanies the understanding that “you” and “you” alone are accountable for the state of your well-being and that you possess the ability to manifest everything from the flu to back problems to acne to heart attacks and cancer.

And, however shocking it is to hear that we alone are the directors of our own illnesses, it should be comforting to know that we also possess the power to reverse them. 

“Louise Hay described how in 1977 or 1978 she was diagnosed with “incurable” cervical cancer, and how she came to the conclusion that by holding on to her resentment for her childhood abuse and rape she had contributed to its onset. She reported how she had refused conventional medical treatment, and began a regime of forgiveness, coupled with therapy, nutrition, reflexology, and occasional colonic enemas. She claimed that she rid herself of the cancer by this method…” (,had%20contributed%20to%20its%20onset)

She published many books, but here are her two most famous: Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them and You Can Heal Your Life.  In these books she offers the reader an explanation for the emotional cause of many diseases and here are just a few:

  • Addictions: Running from the self. Fear. Not knowing how to love self.
  • Anxiety: Not trusting the flow and the process of life.
  • Asthma: Smother love. Inability to breathe for one’s self. Feeling stifled. Suppressed crying.
  • Back Pain: Fear of money or lack of financial support. – Mid-Back Pain: Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there. “Get off my back!” – Upper Back
  • Baldness: Fear. Tension. Trying to control everything.
  • Cancer: Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds.
  • Menopause Problems: Fear of no longer being wanted. Fear of aging. Self-rejection. Not feeling good enough.
  • Heart: Represents the center of love and security. – Heart Attack: Squeezing all the joy out of the heart in favor of money or position. Feeling alone and scared. “I’m not good enough. I don’t do enough. I’ll never make it.” – Heart Problems: Longstanding emotional problems. Lack of joy. Hardening of the heart. Belief in strain and stress.
  • Prostate: Represents the masculine principle. Mental fears weaken the masculinity. Giving up. Sexual pressure and guilt. Belief in aging.
  • Herpes Simplex: Bitter words left unspoken.


Note: Please refer to her books for her story, the full list of emotional causes of diseases and the affirmations, diet and methods used to cure those diseases.

Jane Roberts through Seth, explains that epidemics, pandemics and even natural disasters are a product of the population’s mass consciousness responding to “appalling social or political conditions”:

“All epidemics, however, are mass statements both biologically and psychically. They often go hand-in-hand with war and represent biological protests.

(Long pause.) Whenever the conditions of life are such that its quality is threatened, there will be such a mass statement. If mass action against appalling social or political conditions is not effective, then other means are taken, and these are often in the guise of epidemics or natural disasters. The blight is wiped out in one way or another.

Such conditions, however, are the RESULTS of beliefs, which are mental, and so the most vital work must always be done in that area.”Jane Roberts, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events Chapter 1: Session 804, May 9, 1977

I can tell you from experience that even accepting the idea that we are the force behind our well-being and the cause of our own illnesses is daunting.  I have undertaken on many occasions to trace minor to more critical health issues back to emotional causes and it is painstaking and at times overwhelming work.  But, I continue to work the process with my shaman, my chiropractic kinesiologist and a host of energy workers (when the need arises).

Good Luck to you on your journey to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

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