Everyone seems to suffer from some kind of “allergy.” It may be hayfever, a physical response to weeds or plants, intolerance to specific foods or groups of foods, or reactions to the ingredients of personal care products or medications. Allergens seem to try to invade our bodies any way they can—through what we ingest, what we breathe or what is absorbed through our skin. I have identified “allergies” as the lie in this instance because I think they mask what is really happening when our bodies react to some kind of enemy outside of us.
Consider for a moment that the allergen is not the invading enemy, but simply a catalyst that is meant to help us understand something that is already happening inside of our bodies. Our physical bodies are reacting to this substance—whether it is peanut butter, penicillin or poplar trees—not because something is inherently wrong with the substance, but because our bodies need to get our attention about something else.
Those who are familiar with energy work understand that any physical ailment represents a deeper problem—one that is usually either emotional or spiritual. Dr Bradley Nelson, author and chiropractic doctor, explained it this way: “When you feel emotion, it is not just a feeling inside you. You actually emanate the energy of that emotion. You may not be able to see it, but it has a direct impact on your health. It can not only cause emotional pain, but physical pain. Hanging onto emotions blocks your energy, holding it back like a dam, cutting off your organs from the healthy flow of vital energy they need. Emotions that stay trapped in your body can make you sick and cause you tremendous physical pain.” Even medical doctors who are not energy healers understand that emotions and pain are connected. Dr David Hanscom, orthopedic surgeon and a contributor to The Doctor Blog, writes about the close connection between emotional and physical pain: “…knowing what our patients are experiencing emotionally can be essential: Researchers have published hundreds of papers documenting the connection between pain and anxiety or depression. ‘Neurons that fire together, wire together,’ the saying goes. The areas of the brain that interpret physical and emotional distress are located in close proximity to each other, and I have indeed noticed that as long as the anxiety and anger pathways are hyperactive, there is a high probability that the associated pain pathways will remain so as well.”
If physical pain is a manifestation of emotional pain, isn’t it safe to say that any kind of physical reaction to an “allergen” can be emotionally related as well? Author Louise Hay, in many of her books, including You Can Heal Your Life, asserts that common food or environmental allergies are only a mask for what one is really allergic to. So you have an allergy. What are you really allergic to? What’s really going on under that physical reaction?
I used to have difficulty eating tomatoes. I loved them but they would cause canker sores in my mouth. I couldn’t drink milk because it would cause my stomach to hurt. Many would label these food allergies. The world would suggest that I just stop eating these foods, but once I learned about energy healing, I took some time to investigate what I was really allergic to. As a young child, when this negative reaction to tomatoes began, there were some emotional issues I had with my family situation. This “allergy” to the chaotic situation in my home caused my body to react to tomatoes. They were something I loved, just like my family was something I loved. Subconsciously I chose to avoid tomatoes because I really wanted to run away from the situation at home.
The milk allergy turned out to be something different. When I was young my family didn’t have a lot of money. At dinnertime, we children were limited to a half glass of milk with dinner. That was the only milk we were allowed because it was expensive. My childlike reaction to this situation was to tell myself I was undeserving of milk, that it was a precious commodity and I didn’t really deserve any. When I drank it later in life, my body would reject it. I have since cleared both of these childhood issues, and I can eat tomatoes and drink milk without a problem.
Seasonal allergies, or hayfever, have the same emotional root. If you have seasonal allergies, consider what else you might be “allergic” to: do you like where you live, are there environments in your life you wish would be different, are there people or situations you wish you could run away from? Look deeper into your past. The answer is there.
Seasonal and food allergies can be miserable. Springtime and chocolate ice cream were meant to be enjoyed, not dreaded and avoided. Your body should be able to handle gluten and red die #5. You have a choice in the matter. It’s your body. You can continue buying medication to suppress symptoms (thus masking the real problem) or avoid healthy foods like wheat, fruit and vegetables, or you can do some investigating and eliminate the “allergy” completely.
In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole and complete.
I recognize my body as a good friend. Each cell in my body has a divine intelligence.
I listen to what it tells me, and I know its advice is valid. I am always safe, divinely protected and guided.
I choose to be healthy and free. All is well in my world.
(From Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life)