Somatisation and the Wounded Soul

Aches and pains are a normal if unpleasant part of life and we learn from birth to deal with it.  Our earliest environment provides the model of response that we will use for most of our life in regard to ill health.   Health however does not exist in a vacuum, it often if not always, is an expression of a whole state of being: a physical state of health is also the barometer of psychological wellbeing and the latter is, generally speaking, the best defence against ill health.  I contend however, to go further than that.images

The premise here places the body as the ultimate place where the wounded soul can express itself.  And express its wounds it will.  Some of our colloquial idioms conveys the meaning very clearly such as phrases like:”…carrying the world on one’s shoulder…” or “…what a headache…”  phrases that we use everyday without even thinking but that actually reflect an actual physical state of unease if not dis-ease. Listening to the body can and will give a fairly accurate assessment not only of our mental state but if we are to believe the newly born science of epigenetic, the trans-generational inheritance of behaviour in response to trauma that can lead to disease through DNA across the generations. Literally our response to trauma alter our genes and is passed on.

The psychological wounds of our forefathers therefore has a place in our genes and is switched on and off generations down the track.  In a way it is not a new idea: Judeo-Christianity has always contended that the sins of the fathers were passed on to the children to be dealt with.

The good news are if we listen carefully to our body we might have a fair chance to respond differently to trauma or at least to address its consequences directly, hence altering again the DNA that is passed on our descendants and heal the wounded soul.  And so our destiny is once again in our own hands. What wonderful possibilities!!!