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Overgiving, Resentment and Breast Cancer

I’ve now had numerous people contact me with the same general follow-up question to my Medical Intuitive Observations about Fukushima Radiation post. Essentially, these people have asked if I’m aware of the connection between “overgiving” and breast cancer, and — given this connection — shouldn’t I amend what I’ve said about potential radiation and breast cancer in Marin County?

I hope this article further illustrates what I’ve attempted to share. Again, please take what resonates and leave the rest. These articles are based upon my own observations and thousands of Medical Intuitive and Life Coaching sessions, which began before I even started offering these readings professionally in 2001. Although I’ve done a lot of readings and helped a lot of friends and family members over the decades, I do not claim to have “the one right answer” all the time. It’s always difficult to write a catch-all article for anything, due to so many individual facets and layers of living and healing; however, when I publish general observations, I do so from a place of very obvious (to me) long-term patterns. I have not worked with every breast cancer survivor, nor do I know everyone in Marin County.

Neither do I intimately know the inner process of every single frustrated artist, caregiver or person who feels called to collect healing modalities without paying the blessings forward in some tangible offerings to community. I don’t suggest that everyone needs to become a healer, but rather that the process of joyfully offering your deepest, heartfelt gifts to the world — whatever these are — has a noticeable, consistent healing effect. A commenter on Zen Gardner’s site referenced the Gospel of Thomas: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” That’s essentially my observation here and in the Fukushima article. Radiation acts as a catalyst and an amplifier of whatever dynamic already exists inside.

In response to the idea that breast cancer comes from “overgiving,” I’ve replied enough times now that it feels right to share this publicly:

Yes, I am familiar with the overgiving thesis; however, in my own work, I have noticed that it is the RESENTMENT that causes the toxicity, regardless of the actual degree of overgiving. If someone resents what she perceives as overgiving, then sometimes that turns into a need to “get this off my chest.” When the soul cries out for change but the person refuses to shift the energies, then the body expresses a symbolic then literal “need” for mastectomy.

I have known extreme narcissists to develop the same pattern of breast cancer because they felt the resentment, even when the woman was actually quite an energy vampire in relationships. The perception of overgiving is much more relevant than the actual quantity of giving. Many times the perception is correct, but I find it so interesting (and consistent) about the resentment. All that talk of “joyful giving” is really a good and healthy thing — if you can’t give joyfully, then there comes a point where it is healthier not to give (and to be honest with yourself about why you feel you cannot do so). Otherwise, both soul and body will demand changes to the attitude/circumstances around giving.

My 2009 article follows:

Breast Health: Some Medical Intuitive Observations

Medical Intuition is the ability to access information from a person’s body and surrounding energy field, which exists on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. With so many women suffering from breast cancer or monthly breast pain, I thought I’d offer some Medical Intuitive insights on breast health. In this area, prevention works especially well. I’ve divided this post into physical, mental, emotional and spiritual patterns I frequently see affecting breast health. Please keep in mind that I do not intend this article as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. I’m only sharing patterns I’ve noticed in nearly eight years nearly 13 years as a practicing Medical Intuitive.

Physical Factors

1) Diet. The American Cancer Society recognizes the role of antioxidants from fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds as protective against free radical damage associated with cancer. Some studies have also shown correlations between heavy meat-eating, colon cancer, and breast cancer. For a comprehensive list of FAQ’s about the ACS research on various foods and supplements, please click here.

Eating lower on the food chain does seem to help people, but I have known plenty of vegetarians and vegans who still got breast cancer. Clearly diet doesn’t change everything, but it does seem to offer some protection. I have noticed some correlation between following a 100% raw vegan diet (organic when possible) and the cessation of monthly PMS-related breast pain.

2) Vitamin D-deficiency. Dr. Mercola and Dr. John Jacob Cannell have both raised the awareness of Vitamin D’s importance in overall health, including breast cancer reduction. Having worked with several intuitive clients for whom Vitamin D deficiency came up as an issue for testing, I’ll say that so far, my Medical Intuitive observations seem to agree with what these doctors share; however, I’ll let them explain the science!

3) Self-Breast-Massage. Sluggish lymph causes much of the pain of tender breasts, and it can also put people more at risk for future breast cancer. You can get that lymph flowing through brisk, bouncy walks without a bra, jumping on a rebounder, or by doing a self-breast-massage. This short YouTube video shows you exactly which movements will pump the lymph out of your breasts in a healthy way. Highly recommended!

4 ) Reiki. This ancient form of energy healing operates on all the levels, including physical. Because stress activates potential for all health issues, especially those affecting the breasts, Reiki’s relaxing effect supports breast health. As a non-invasive treatment, Reiki also allows a woman with breast cancer to receive physical nurturing without the risk of spreading tumors. For more on Reiki for breast cancer, please click here.

Mental/Emotional Factors

1) As part of the Heart Chakra, the breasts house our deepest emotional wounds and our greatest capacity for love. Resentment aggravates the breast tissues as much as physical factors like caffeine! Practice forgiveness for breast health. If you have trouble letting go, you might find this meditation helpful.

2) Combat Candida. You might wonder why I list Candida here instead of under “Physical Factors.” True, yeast overgrowth affects the physical body, but it also thrives in thought and emotional patterns that negatively affect breast health. Candida resonates with “victim.” A particular kind of victim: the kind of victim that feels overburdened by life, that feels like everyone walks all over her. The kind of victim that carries a lot of unexpressed resentments and worries. The kind of victim who just can’t seem to move beyond the inertia of current life circumstances.

Candida thrives in this environment! You can take all the pau d’arco tea, probiotics, and oil of oregano you like, but if you don’t change the mental/emotional patterns, you’ll have a very difficult time ousting your Candida. Meanwhile, you’ll have all that grief, mild depression, and resentment festering in your Heart Chakra. Not good!

If you catch yourself acting like an oppressed person, shift that energy immediately. You create your external world, and your experience of the external dramatically influences your internal terrain. For the sake of your breasts (and your happiness), take steps to move beyond your self-imposed limitations.

3) Get Creative. The breasts and arms extend from our hearts. Breasts produce milk to nurse babies, and arms produce artwork, healing, writing and hugs. The Heart Chakra wants to create. If you do not channel that creativity into some positive flow, the urge for creativity may not disappear. Cancer is a very creative disease.

Even if you’ve never painted before in your life; even if you’ve never considered yourself a healer: get some energy flowing through that Heart Chakra! Hug a stranger. Awaken your healing gifts. Embrace your desire to beautify your surroundings. Doing so may just save your boobs.

4) Love Your Breasts. While I have never read any official study on this topic, I have noticed that women who have difficulty accepting their breasts or femininity often develop breast cancer or other problems with the breasts.

Remember, the body responds to your thoughts, attitudes and the deepest longings of your soul. If the body hears that you hate your breasts, it may take you at your word and orchestrate a removal of them via mastectomy. As part of your Heart Chakra, the breasts listen very closely to the cries of the heart. If you want healthy breasts, let them know you love them. And let your softer, feminine side know that it’s ok to be a woman. In fact, it’s beautiful, and wonderful and you honor the breasts as two of those obviously feminine markers.

In February 2009, Rory Freedman of Skinny Bitch fame wrote a great post called Boobs. Go ahead; follow Rory’s lead. Release your inner diva and let those breasts know how much you love ‘em!

Spiritual Factors

Breast issues encourage humans to explore the tender realm of the heart as an evolutionary portal. Offering ourselves as channels for unconditional compassion for humanity, the galaxy and beyond supports the breasts. So does honoring Mother Earth. More than any other part of the body, breasts symbolize Motherhood. Awakening the Goddess within, loving Earth’s creatures and Nature, and cultivating a spirit of generosity all resonate with the wisdom and guidance of our breasts.

When we actively engage and listen to our bodies, they can speak in gentle whispers instead of screaming for our attention with pain or disease. With communication and love, body and soul become intimate, and we radiate their joy.

Medical Intuitive Observations about Fukushima Radiation

This post has been rolling around in my brain for quite sometime, and I’ve now had several requests to write about it, including in the comments section of “Amazing Orgone.” The paragraphs that prompted the questions were:

“… I was inspired to check for the effects of orgone after listening to some dire reports about Fukushima’s effects on all foods grown in the Northern Hemisphere.

“I track radiation via my own internal Geiger counter, and Leuren Moret’s assessments jive with mine. She recommends using a BioMat, following a macrobiotic diet and many of the things I listed in an earlier article about radiation and diet. From a Medical Intuitive perspective, I’ve also noticed that clients and friends who embody and pass along the most positive healing energies are actually thriving on the Fukushima radiation, whereas ones who refuse to share their spiritual and creative gifts are noticeably struggling, oftentimes from illnesses directly associated with radiation poisoning.

“I keep saying, ‘It’s evolve or die time,’ and I’m not kidding. If you have gifts, please pass them on. As with Reiki, whenever you give a treatment, you receive one, too, because of the positive energy that flows through you. Share your gifts with the world, whatever they are. The process of passing along the good vibrations may well save your life. The energies on this planet are shifting so that they will eventually no longer support parasites and vampiric energies. No time like the present to ensure you’re giving and receiving in balanced ways, and if you must, erring on the side of offering more than you demand in return.”

I need to preface the rest of this article by reminding readers that I am not a nuclear expert, not a doctor, not a scientist, and the only Geiger counter I use is the energy reading mechanism that naturally exists within me. Although I have clients and friends literally on every continent of this world, including in Hawaii, Taiwan, Australia and many on the US West Coast, statistically speaking, these people represent only a very tiny slice of the larger population. I also need to note that my clients and friends tend to be much more conscious and aware than the average population. I do, however, also occasionally interact with people who don’t even know what Fukushima is, who have no idea why we’d want to avoid GMO’s or even what they are, who think “energy work” involves an electrician, and who live paycheck to paycheck from jobs that don’t require them to think beyond the immediately pressing details of their lives. The observations I present in this article include those people, as well, but I’ve obviously had greater opportunity for discussion and energy scans of clients and friends.

All of which is to say: take my observations however you will. I offer them here not as a definitive, provable conclusion, but rather in hopes that they may help people to live more fully, generously and healthily in these extremely challenging and exciting times.

Awareness about Fukushima radiation has begun to trickle into public consciousness, despite a near media blackout, quietly raised official levels of “safe” radiation, the turning off of West Coast radiation monitors, and a new Japanese law that criminalizes reporting about Fukushima. In a sudden switch from the typical media silence, the LA Times recently urged its readers to stop eating Pacific seafood.As a result of growing public alarm about dying, tumor-ridden, starved, ill and/or bleeding sea life off the West Coast, as well as individuals recording extremely high radiation levels via their own Geiger counters, local governments and news media, along with some internet articles have all tried to quell public outcry by assuring us that, though they’re “baffled,” and “mystified” by all these “inexplicable” things happening, they can certainly confirm that none of this has anything to do with Fukushima.

Cleverly, they don’t say it has nothing to do with radiation, just “not from Fukushima.” The creepy part is that it may not matter. Does your body care if radiation comes from Japan or from illegal nuclear dumping off the US Coast? Does your body care if radiation leaks out from Japan or from the nuclear reactor or weapons dump closer to home? We’ve had a nuclear waste issue in this country long before 3/11/11. Due to Fukushima concerns — which imho, are quite real — people have also begun to uncover invisible elephants closer to home. Instead of “either/or,” think “both/and.”

Having lived all along the Central and Northern California Coasts, in addition to the Oregon Coast and Seattle, I’ve been well aware of the pockets of cancer, particularly in Marin County, which has the highest breast cancer rates of anywhere in the nation. Marin is gorgeous, and I loved all the misty magic of that area, so I considered moving there until a friend told me to research breast cancer. Sure enough, Marin County has 38% higher breast cancer rates than most of the US. A regular at the various Cafe Gratitude organic raw food restaurants in Northern California, I always felt vaguely alarmed when I’d see a sign by a donation jar for one of their young, high vibe and organic-raw-food-eating staff in San Rafael undergoing breast cancer treatment. As a Medical Intuitive, I know that many factors contribute to cancer, and extensive studies of Marin County have apparently revealed the same thing. No environmental toxin factors were discovered to account for the absurdly high rates of breast cancer. On the other hand, I do recall reading a study that found clusters of breast cancer closer to water there.

I’ve shared Medical Intuitive Observations on Breast Health before, but I mention the Marin County situation because I’ve intuitively monitored it on occasion since 2008 when I began to formulate a wild theory about radiation and health as it relates to one’s connection to place. At that time, I did sense some kind of radioactive waste coming from somewhere, and I still do; however, I also sensed that some people — not me in this instance, but some — could live in that environment without developing cancer, so long as it was the right place for them to be.

I also noted (and I mean this as no offense to anyone living in Marin County) an odd disconnect between level of Consciousness and level of generosity. Psychics, raw foodists, yoga teachers, channelers and self-proclaimed New Age guru’s are a dime a dozen in Marin County, yet despite what you’d expect to be an atmosphere oozing health and joy, I often felt a palpable contraction of ego, competition and sadness in the air whenever I visited. The consumption of high vibe things was off the charts, but the practical offering of those gifts from high vibe living seemed disproportionately lacking. The passage from Luke 12:48 often came to mind: “But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Update: this verse triggered some people due to its seeming judgment, so I am replacing it with a Gospel of Thomas verse that declares more closely what I was originally attempting to convey:

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

Until Fukushima happened, these observations and words just kind of floated around in the realm of curiosity and a possibly isolated scenario, but since Fukushima began dumping untold amounts of radiation into the air and ocean, I’ve noticed these factors becoming much more apparent and consistent. Long ago, I received a message that human evolution would be triggered by a nuclear event. I thought maybe a war, but whenever I encounter someone undergoing radiation treatment or exposure to excessive radiation, I always remember that original message. Radiation triggers mutations. It activates and accelerates potentials, both negative and positive. In November 2013, I commented on Jon Rappoport’s (possibly tongue in cheek?) poem, “Fukushima Man,” which profiles “the one schmuck in fifty million who thrives on radiation”:

“Brilliant! And I have been getting that message for about a decade, maybe more, that radiation mutates with a possibility of TRANSmutation. Evolve or die time. I love this poem.

“In all seriousness, do you think that’s why 30 states have recently created police blockades demanding cheek swabs and blood?

“As a Medical Intuitive, I’m noticing these effects very clearly. The clients who are really stepping into their full beings are thriving on this radiation, even if they live on the West Coast. On the other hand, those who continue to resist the shifts they’ve known they need to make are exhibiting many effects of radiation poisoning. It became really noticeable about six months ago and it has definitely stepped up a notch in recent weeks. Thriving vs. thyroid nodules, hair loss, unexplained weight loss, etc. … But the ones who’ve figured out how to use this radiation as juice are supercharged.

“We do have the means of cleaning up Fukushima — through mushrooms, through a dimensional rift, through a massive healing of the waters and realigning with Nature. It IS possible. Whether or not most people do it is another thing entirely…. Much Love and tangible, loving, healing ACTION is what I keep recommending. Those doing it are thriving. Those not? Not so much….

“Brilliant, brilliant poem.”

What’s frustrating for some of the people struggling with radiation symptoms is that by society’s standards, they seem like people already sharing their gifts. Only they — and people like me who can read their energy — know that they present only a fraction of the value they could offer to the world. They wonder how cancer scares, hair loss, thyroid issues, etc. can be happening to them when they “have studied Reiki,” “meditate” and “think positively” … when they try to live such a “high vibe life” and yet other people in their lives who have no interest in spirituality don’t seem to have these sorts of problems.

Again with the Gospel of Thomas verse: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

When I ask if they’re offering Reiki, teaching it, sharing their insights from meditation, actively generating positive actions from their positive thinking … I get a bunch of excuses for why “that hasn’t happened. Yet. I’m going to do all of that when ____ [indefinitely postponed future external event resolves].” This pattern involves all energy, including money, which is simply one of our most dysfunctional means of circulating energy into our environment. People who handle large volumes of money need to be especially careful right now how that money passes through them. Do they use the energetic gifts at their disposal to transmute blood money from corrupt institutions into energy that promotes good in this world? Do they invest their own money into generous healing and liberating projects for the Earth and/or their community? If not, then handling all that money energy becomes exponentially toxic to their system.

Ditto all the high vibe lifestyles that summon energy into the body, mind and spirit. After that energy arrives, what happens to it? Cancer is incredibly creative energy. If someone summons massive amounts of energy and then refuses the call to create something positive beyond themselves, then that energy pools inside them and creates malignant, rapidly producing cancer cells. “Pay it forward.” The more you receive, the more evolution requires you to give. No, it’s not fair, and no, you can’t fake it. From the outside, someone can look highly generous, but inside themselves they know they’re really not living and giving anywhere near their full potential. [Please also see the follow up post, “Overgiving, Resentment and Breast Cancer,” which explains in detail what I do and do not mean by generosity and bringing forth what is within you.]

This planet has reached crisis stage largely due to the selfish and oblivious actions of humanity. Consciousness can be taught to people with kind, generous hearts, but selfishness and people who consume as much or more than they return are an evolutionary liability. This trait of excessive consumption is a stronger evolutionary filter than what’s consumed. From an evolutionary standpoint, a gas guzzling redneck who offers everything he has to those in need will pass through easier than a New Age dabbler who collects training and certifications but fails to translate those gifts into tangible offerings to Earth or community. The gas guzzler can be given a new car, but the spiritual energy guzzler who refuses to dirty themselves with nitty gritty compassionate action requires much more internal shifting.

Kindness counts, and radiation amplifies the internal effects of whether or not kindness creates positive things outside oneself or whether it ferments, festers and mutates inside. The Universe does not demand everyone quit his or her day job to become a healer; evolution simply asks that people share what they can where they can, now, without excuses. Art counts. Platitudes don’t.

If someone has the consciousness to recognize how deeply this planet and its various species are struggling and still continues to postpone action, then really … what will it take for change?! If pondering the imminent extinction of life as we know it can’t get that person over the ego concerns or fears of vibrant living and giving, then the greater creative wisdom of this planet will not likely view that person’s particular genetic/spiritual mix as an evolutionary combo to carry forward. The Original Instructions for humanity require us to live in balance with Nature and as caretakers. From an evolutionary standpoint, people who recognize those Original Instructions and yet knowingly neglect or refuse to implement them, are part of the problem, not the solution they smugly consider themselves to be.

The other big factor, unrelated to generosity, but equally important in my observation, is how connected people are to place. When someone feels deeply connected to where they live, their energy interacts with the planet at that location, healing and evolving with the Earth. Many people have felt led to move in recent years, sometimes to hot spots — radioactive or otherwise. By tapping into our specific contract with the land, sea and sky, then we reconnect with the larger whole. Radiation becomes simply one of many, many factors, rather than an overwhelmingly detrimental one. As with generosity, though, we can’t fake it. We’re either connected to where we live, or we would be wise to find some way to get wherever we do belong.

Again, that Gospel of Thomas verse applies: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Those who lack the conscious awareness to know whether or not they belong somewhere or have a higher calling elsewhere won’t feel the effects of misalignment as much as someone who knows better but refuses to act on the message. Those who recognize the need of this planet and its various species, who know that Spirit supports right action and yet refuse to walk in Faith find themselves struggling right now. This is not a time for fence sitting or talking the talk without walking the walk. I strongly recommend finding ways to connect with the land, sea and sky wherever you are and to ask for guidance and support in getting wherever you feel called to go.

What’s the positive in all of this?

I cannot prove any of this, except as I’ve heard from various “talkers” recently that life has taken a sudden turn for the worse. It seems to improve for them as they invest larger parts of themselves in the areas their heart and soul cry out to support. Whenever they pull back those energies they feel called to express, then the symptoms or life circumstances hammer them again. The more energy someone summons, the greater the effect. The more exposure to radiation — from Fukushima or otherwise — the greater the effect.

“Where there is fear, there is power.” People can shift their attitude and response to fear and tap into huge surges of power to move beyond perceived limitations. Visionaries can tap into their local environment and thereby create a positive feedback loop of radiation and creativity. People can use these intense times to hone awareness of preferences or longings that well up deep from the soul. This is not a time for repression; it’s a time of increased awareness and compassion followed by creative action. Magick, art, volunteer work: whatever positive channels of expression feel right will experience extra juice and transmutation the more radiation we find ourselves exposed to.

And if I’m wrong, and all radiation is completely toxic and unavoidable? Well, then we’re all Fuk’d and we might as well live in ways that invite and invoke miracles and a state of Grace.

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein

“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” ~Jackie Windspear

Healing and the Heart Chakra

When most people start studying the mind-body-spirit connection, they realize that the heart helps healing. Unconditional compassion, pure love: intuitively, we know that these vibrations can transform dis-ease into wholeness and bliss.

We also sense that a “broken heart” can contribute to illness, and that extreme anger can cause a heart attack. During my eight years as a practicing Medical Intuitive, I’ve found even more activity and potential  in the heart chakra! As humans, we could study the heart chakra forever because it continues to expand and evolve, but here are some of the most common things I’ve seen:

Major Systems of the Heart Chakra:

Circulatory System

This one’s pretty self-evident to most people. When speaking of the heart chakra, we expect to see the heart as part of it. High cholesterol, heart murmurs, heart attacks: all of these make sense. But the circulatory system also includes the blood itself, which means things like anemia and leukemia. Additionally, the movement of that blood comes into play with varicose veins, cold hands and feet, Reynaud’s Syndrome, and high or low blood pressure.

Some of these conditions straddle other chakras, and they all carry their own unique vibration and set of symbols, related to the individual soul and body in question. To give you an idea of how deeply and beautifully your body can talk, let’s look at something obviously related to the heart chakra: a heart murmur. If someone were to call me regarding a heart murmur, I would take a few moments to listen — really listen — to what that heart was murmuring! Intuitively, I would commune with the heart and ask what secret hopes, loves or desires it wants to express. Why does it feel compelled to murmur instead of thumping joyfully to the universe? A heart murmur usually sounds like an extra beat or “turbulence” in the blood flow. How do this heart’s natural desires not fit into the normal beat of life? In the case of a weak valve, where might the person be backtracking in life — expressing dreams and then pulling those back, not honoring the heart’s deepest desires?

Science recognizes connections among emotions and stress, and among stress and heart attacks. But these connections exist on all levels and in all disorders. With compassionate attention, the body’s secrets can be unlocked, revealing insights and opportunities for healing on all levels.

Respiratory System

Housed in the chest, the lungs make up a huge part of the heart chakra. I cannot tell you how many times someone calls me with pneumonia, bronchitis, the flu or lung cancer after experiencing a major period of grief. Grief resides in the lungs, and when we don’t fully release our grief, our lungs start shedding tears for us. Excess phlegm and mucus are the tears of the lungs.

Emphysema and asthma often occur when people cannot articulate their grief or when the cause for grief seems too little to justify its full expression. Coupled with this fear of being understood, grief literally suffocates until someone or something intervenes.

Lung cancer tends to come from extreme grief combined with anger/frustration and a sense of utter depletion from imbalanced giving. When Dana Reeve died of lung cancer, many people felt surprised because she hadn’t ever smoked. As a Medical Intuitive, I have seen lung cancer in a number of long-term caregivers, even (especially) if they felt very close to the one who needed care. Rather than directing the anger at the spouse or child, the anger starts to bubble up at the universe at large: how can a loving God allow such suffering? Why, after all this caregiving, all this love, is their loved one still dying? In the presence of grief, anger and what I call soul-weariness, that love begins to mutate, sometimes into cancer cells.

Immune System

This one surprises many people, but the thymus gland, located under the top of the breast bone, is part of the heart chakra. In children, the thymus gland plays an important role in developing the immune system. In adults, tapping on the thymus gland can “remind” the body to stand strong in the face of infection. All lymph nodes begin with seeding from the thymus gland, which means the emtire lymphatic system begins in the heart chakra. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymph system does not have a pump. It needs regular exercise and/or massage in order to move things around and clean house. By extension, issues with the lymphatic system require self-care, self-love and attention.

Common immune system/heart chakra issues? Allergies, auto-immune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer (especially breast and lung cancer), influenza, AIDS/HIV, Lyme Disease, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr … Swine Flu … As humans, we are being asked to evolve in a major way through the heart chakra. It should come as no surprise that so many of our biggest killers  or most commonly “communicated” illnesses reside in the heart chakra.

Many people have heard me speak of Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue as “seventh chakra issues.” Indeed, they do affect both the heart and crown, one reason that survivors of these types of illnesses tend to become healers themselves. In general (and this is very general) I find that people with extremely wide open hearts often have immune issues, like their system is too friendly to bacteria. A solution is allowing the self to feel completely at one, and balancing the ebb and flow of love. Too much love out without receiving the equivalent from self or others can weaken the immune system. The solution is not to send out less but to allow the self to receive more.

On the flip side — also a generalization — I find that people who struggle with an overactive immune system benefit from backing down judgments of self or others. Allergies occur when the body recognizes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This mistaken attack by the immune system causes the symptoms we associate with allergies. I’ve found that people with intense allergies tend to have unresolved past life issues driving the reaction. Bringing those events to light can allow the immune system to stop attacking itself or innocent bystanders like food or pollen.

The Breasts

For the purposes of this article, I’ll just note that breast are also an important part of the heart chakra, especially for women. Breasts represent mothering, nurturing and the feminine principle. Breast cancer happens when sluggish lymph and toxins stagnate in the breasts. I’ve written much more extensively on breast health here.

Emotional Disorders and Imbalances

Depression, Phobias, Grief, Fear, Sorrow, Anxiety: all have at least one foot in the heart chakra. As the bridge between our three lower chakras and our three upper chakras, the heart picks up on a lot of imbalances from both the gut and the brain. For this reason, cleaning up the diet can affect both physical health and mood; practicing meditation to reduce stress offers the side benefit of opening the heart and radiating joy.

What You Can Do

Spend some time each day connecting with your heart. If you feel strong emotions there, you can try this meditation, which I’ve affectionately termed, “The Grief Eater.” Reiki also offers a way to balance your heart chakra. You can find a certified practitioner or learn how to give Reiki to yourself.

In general, if you have any health issue, you would be wise to ask your heart what it wants to share with you and with the world. As a culture, we have nearly lost touch with the language of the heart, but our hearts continue to cry out in layered songs and symbols.

Listen.

Love.

And do not be afraid.

As Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

Laura Bruno is a Medical Intuitive, Soul Reader, Reiki Master Teacher and Life Coach. Click here to set up a session if you’d like more support.