Correlations of Early Abuse and Autoimmune Disorders
When approaching an autoimmune case in a natural, wholistic way, it makes perfect sense that if an individual’s body is starting to work against itself, that somewhere in that person is a deep feeling of deserving to be hurt – an unworthiness to be healthy – an attraction to abuse.
If this sounds outlandish, then consider that this is the case for many of the clients with whom I work for autoimmune support. I’d like to share more about the possible causes of these feelings of unworthiness, low self-esteem, self-depreciation.
An obvious cause that I often identify early in taking a client history is that of abuse or perceived abuse. In a very sensitive individual well-meaning discipline, scolding, criticism of any kind, among other normal family and parenting processes may be felt as personal abuse. And, remember that abuse can come in many forms to each unique individual, so what appears normal to one person may be perceived as abusive by another.
In your early life if you ascertained or felt like some behavior toward you was abusive, then it was. And, if you saw others around you abused and you related deeply with their pain, you might have taken on their energy with the added emotion of guilt – why were they hurt and you were not? You may feel that none of you deserved better.
You may also have experienced real traumatic abuse of some kind. It could have been physical, emotional, sexual abuse that did happen, and maybe has since appeared in your life as a repeated energetic cycle. The earliest event as well as those subsequent episodes on some level might have made you feel that you deserved abuse, that you were unworthy of respect, and thus, you lost any sense of self-respect and esteem that you might have had previously.
In all of these cases your boundaries were not respected. Your territory was encroached upon. You were consciously and subconsciously made to feel bad about yourself.
All of this took its toll on your third chakra personal power center as well as the meridians associated with that central trunk area of your body: the Earth element meridians of the spleen, pancreas, and stomach; and the Fire element meridians of the heart, thyroid, adrenals, and other glands. You probably felt lots of fear related to the abusive episodes: kidney meridian; and, if you were strong enough, you might have felt anger and resentment concerning the abuse: gall bladder and liver meridians. Looking at this profile, there seems to be a lot to work with from an energy therapy perspective.
To start taking the edge off of your inner anguish, get centered and begin to recall memories of past abuse.
As you’re thinking of a memory, start tapping at the heart center area. This is unique to my work and is a powerful tapping or holding area to connect with deep subconscious issues. Put your index finger at your Thymus Point, which is in the center of your upper chest, right in the middle of the ribcage. Then your middle finger goes where a woman’s cleavage would be and the other two fingers directly below that in a vertical line between the breasts. You’ve got your four fingers on one hand stretched out in a vertical line accessing your High Heart Chakra, Heart Chakra, and Central Meridian. Just gently tap there.
Tap and feel the sensation. Feel the emotion of your trauma, abuse, disappointment, or any kind of related shame. Feel some of the residue from any of these as you tap and breathe out the charge, the heaviness, the old negativities around the memory. This was in the past. You have survived. Your future is bright and can be even better now that you are letting go of the pain of the past.
As you feel whatever it is you’re feeling, gauge what your charge is, the emotional charge, from zero = I remember or have heard the story but don’t have any charge, to a ten = I am feeling quite emotional now about this memory. Label your number on the stress scale, from zero to ten. Feel the emotion and breathe it out. Go back to a memory or put yourself in somebody else’s place. Feel what they must have been going through that you inherited. If you know you’ve got issues of worthiness or self-esteem or self-hate or shame or self-criticism or any level of lack of being able to forgive yourself, just focus on that right now. Just be there.
Now continue to tap on the other Classical EFT points, one-by-one, while feeling the charge of past memories of abuse. You need not say anything while tapping. Stay on each point as you feel the charge of your thoughts and memories… until you feel a shift or the charge goes down to neutral. You might feel lighter or even a little “spacey” as the emotional charge lessens. Then go to the next tapping point and again feel the charge until it neutralizes. Do this for each of the tapping points. [For further instruction in basic EFT you may wish to go to: http://is.gd/FreeEFTPacks .]
At the end of the session make sure to drink lots of water and take good care of yourself for the twenty-four hour period while your meridians continue to recalibrate. An Epsom Salts bath will support your continued clearing.
For a longer version of this article with more tapping set-up statements, please go to: http://is.gd/Expert .
Dr. Anne Merkel, Energy Psychologist and student of Energy Medicine & Naturopathy, specializes in supporting clients with autoimmune conditions and training & certifying Health & Wellness Practitioners to incorporate Energy Therapy modalities into their practices. Learn more at: https://arielagroup.com or http://myeftcoach.com .