Illness as Metaphor: How to "Read" Your Heart
by Diane Eble, CHCCP and editor of The Healing Code
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I'd like to
share a case study from a client that sheds very interesting light on how "the (spiritual) heart" works with images
It just may give you an "aha" into the true source of your biggest current
My client, whom I'll call "Todd," had several issues he wanted to work on healing:
irregular heartbeat, enlarged prostate, hernia; "an addictive personality" and fear of something bad
As it turned out, that latter was the source of all the other things. That often
happens: all of the issues end up being connected.
The connection is usually a cluster of
memories with a central theme.
That theme can be a metaphor that runs
throughout the issues. You just have to know how to "think like your heart."
Your mind thinks in words, but your heart "thinks" in pictures, images and
feelings. You might call the "heart" the "right side of the brain" where feelings and images dominate.
For Todd, his physical, emotional, and even relational issues were all
connected by one image or metaphor: a bomb.
Every one of his emotional and physical issues turned out to be a "bomb" of some
sort. They were all things that could "explode" at any time. He felt like he was "walking on eggshells" with his
wife, just as he had with his mother growing up. (Wife and mother's emotions felt like bombs that could go off at
All his physical symptoms were also "bombs": a hernia that could become strangulated
at any moment; an enlarged prostate that could turn to cancer; an irregular heartbeat that could become dangerous
at any time. He also feared that his drinking could turn into an addiction.
In working together to uncover memories with a variety of emotions (fear,
anxiety, anger, feeling trapped), we finally drilled down to several early memories. That is where we
found the connection: Several of the early memories, starting at age 5, involved bombs!
Todd grew up in the Cold War era, where bomb drills had kids hiding under their desks
or going into bomb shelters. (Just watch this YouTube video,
or look at the cartoon of "Duck and Cover" and imagine a 5-year-old experiencing this again and again....) Todd had several
terrifying early memories:being in a bomb shelter, "duck and cover" bomb drills at school starting in
kindergarten, and then later, the Cuban missile crisis and walking home from school (no driving in case there
was a bomb). "Always remember, an atomic bomb attack could come at any time...." became deeply ingrained in
Todd, and generalized to more things than literal bombs.
All his issues boiled down to "fear of something bad happening," the source of
which were his "bomb memories." When we healed the fear in those core memories (and it took awhile to drill
down and get to the core), all his issues were resolved very quickly.
I and many Highly Sensitive People struggle with digestive issues. I can't help but wonder: Since one
of the characteristics of this inborn trait is "depth of processing," could it be that the digestive issues stem
from not being able to "digest" all that's coming at us?
As you think about your most pressing problem,
whether it's emotional, physical, relational, or a success issue, see if there are any images or metaphors or
common threads. Once you find and unravel that, very often the whole "ball" of issues
If you are a Baby Boomer, you might want to do a Healing Code on fear memories
from bomb drills at school. It's difficult to imagine how any young child could watch that film and not become
scared on some level. There may be a whole generation of us who need healing of "bomb issues." These hidden
memories may also be triggered (pun intended?) by "all that's going on now."
And if you need help with that or any other
issue, contact me for custom Healing