By Jenny Peterson
(For an audio version of this blog, listen to episode #48 of my podcast)
IBS, crohns, colitis, SIBO, diarrhea, and constipation are all survival responses of the body.
Your body is creating these symptoms as a way of adapting to the unconscious stress that you have experienced. You can try all the supplements, diet changes and detoxes to get rid of it, but those are only short term solutions. If you want to get rid of these for good, you have to get to the root cause.
Digestive symptoms are so common and are one of the top symptoms that people come to me for help. By the time someone comes to me they have tried everything to fix their symptoms and they have a lot of beliefs that have been passed on to them along the way that are getting in the way of their healing.
There are so many myths out there that are not true that just confuse you even more when it comes to healing symptoms of the intestinal tract.
Lets talk a little about these a little bit.
Dairy is making you sick
You need to eat vegetarian
Sugar is making you sick
You need to take probiotics
Its an autoimmune disease
Drink bone broth
Your toxic, do a cleanse
Get rid of gluten
Drink celery juice
Oh my god, its no wonder people are confused and feeling hopeless. What a bunch of bullshit.
Let me remind you that your body is simple.
Everything starts in the brain and is based on survival. There is a specific relay in your brain that is connected to your intestines. The only way that area of your body can have symptoms is if that relay is given a message that feels like a threat from the psyche and it sends a message to the intestinal system to adapt.
Our mind is constantly on the lookout for potential threats and dangers, and its always working to keep us safe.
This is the first biological law in play. When someone experiences a situation that feels like a threat it is experienced on the psyche, brain and organ level all at the same time.
Let's talk about the biological connection to digestive issues.
Everyone wants to jump to the goodies when it comes to symptoms, “just tell me what I need to do to resolve it.” But if you don’t understand why your body is doing this, you won’t develop a partnership of trust with it. That trust is necessary to move forward with your healing.
In the brainstem, the colon has four control centers that are orderly positioned within the ring form of the brain relays that control the organs of the alimentary canal, precisely, between the small intestine and the rectum relays.
The control centers of the colon are located on the left side of the brainstem beginning with the brain relay of the cecum with the appendix, continuing counter-clockwise with the control centers of the ascending colon, transverse colon, and descending colon. On the organ level, the small intestine and the colon are separated by the ileocecal valve, marked on the brain level as the transition from the right to the left brainstem hemisphere.
This means that when someone tells you that your intestinal issues are related to your liver, your diet, unhealthy bacteria, etc., you can call bullshit on them. It's controlled by these locations in your brain, plain and simple.
The biological conflict connected to the small and large intestines is an indigestible anger conflict.
It's an inability to absorb or digest a “morsel”. The conflict is experienced as anger about a person, situation or news that is “hard to digest”.
The conflict is experienced as anger. For instance, anger about a person (a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague, employee, supervisor, client, teacher, student, classmate, coach, doctor, authorities), about a situation (work-related anger, school-related anger, relationship-related anger), about remarks (accusations, insults, criticism) or news that are “hard to take” or difficult to “digest”.
For animals an indigestible morsel is a real piece of food; for humans, it can also be a figurative “morsel”, for example, a car, a house, or a valuable object. We might also perceive certain circumstances or an unpleasant event as a “morsel” and suffer the conflict when the situation is considered as “indigestible” or “non-absorbable”, let’s say, when an anticipated purchase, promotion, or promise cannot be “taken in”.
The conflict is experienced as particularly “ugly”, for instance, ugly fights over money or over a property, ugly divorces, ugly court cases, or ugly betrayals.
Lets start where it all begins, with a conflict. A situation that you perceive as indigestible.
When your mind is thinking about the situation, your body moves into the conflict phase and growth of the intestinal cells is happening.
The biological purpose of the cell increase is to better be able to absorb or digest the “morsel”. This is your body adapting to the perceived stress.
During this time, you won’t be experiencing symptoms. If this situation stays at the top of your mind, constantly thinking about it for a long period of time without resolution, a tumor may form due to continuous cell growth.
Once a person resolves the situation, the body moves into the healing phase. Resolution could be a change of perception or by specific actions taken to shift or change the situation.
With resolution comes removal of the extra cells that are no longer needed with the help of fungi or mycobacteria.
During the Healing Phase, the person can experience abdominal cramping, blood in the stool, cramps, diarrhea and night sweats. An “intestinal yeast overgrowth” indicates that fungi are assisting the healing process. Depending on the degree of the conflict-active phase, the symptoms range from mild to severe.
This is where it usually goes down hill because people don’t know that this means that the body is healing. So they take things to stop the symptoms. Anti-inflammatories, remedies to stop the diarrhea, steroids, etc. These all interrupt the healing phase.
It becomes a hanging healing when the healing process continues to be interrupted with these external fixes.
In addition, if a person doesn’t know what conflict caused this, they can have triggers that keep them moving back and forth from conflict to healing phase, never completing the healing process.
Symptoms are a sign that you are healing and chronic symptoms, that don’t go away, indicate that you’re in a hanging healing.
Lets go through an example of what this conflict could look like in real life.
Tracy has chronic digestive issues and has been labeled with celiac disease. She reports that her digestive issues started 5 years ago after recovering from the stomach flu. Tracy admits that her symptoms were mild at first, but then 2 years ago they started to feel worse. She says she now has symptoms daily.
Tracy admits that after going on a gluten free diet she felt relief for about 6 months. However, for the last year, she has had very little relief and in the last few months, the longest period of relief is only a few hours.
Tracy is currently in a hanging healing with many triggers. Her original conflict must be identified and brought to her awareness in order for it to be completed.
Tracy understands the GNM explanation and realizes that her conflict might be related to the fact that 5 years ago was when she witnessed her younger brother in the hospital vomiting and having a seizure. She later found out that he was diagnosed with leukemia. She admits that it was upsetting and hard to accept the news that she had a little brother that was “sick”.
She now realizes that her subconscious must have associated vomiting with meaning that someone is really sick like her brother, which triggers her “indigestible morsel” conflict. Therefore, whenever she sees or hears that someone was sick and vomiting, it became a trigger for her leading to her digestive symptoms.
She recalls that her symptoms flared up 2 years ago when a boy on a plane she was on had to get off because he started vomiting. She also realized that a few months ago, a girl at work was also sick and vomiting and that it could be why her symptoms have since been worse.
The client also mentioned that her last flare up a week ago happened after her son got sick and vomited in the car.
Tracy will need to make the conscious connection that her digestive symptoms are originally related to the “indigestible morsel” she experienced when she saw her younger brother sick in the hospital.
She will also need to address the many triggers that are keeping her in a hanging healing, including foods with gluten. She needs to reassure her subconscious that all food is safe.
She will also need to shift the way her brain sees vomiting or getting sick.
See vomiting as a healing symptom and as a sign that the body is working well, by eliminating toxins that the body didn’t need, instead of meaning something was wrong.
She also needs to shift her perception about her brother and his leukemia diagnosis.
When someone has had symptoms for this length of time, there will be multiple things that need to be looked into. Not just the memory that happened but the beliefs that were formed during that time and any triggers.
This is how resolution is done, and when its done in this way, the brain will no longer send messages of threat and the body will have permission to heal.
It's important to remember that healing will p resent symptoms. When that happens, because you now know why your body is doing this, you can support your body and trust that it knows exactly what to do rather than fear it.
If you're experiencing chronic digestive issues, what has happened that was indigestible in your life? What are you still angry about? What triggers your anger?
There is something within your subconscious that is unresolved. Its also helpful to look into how you learned to respond to life the way that you do. Where did you learn to respond with anger? Was it modeled to you? Are you a person that very rarely shows their emotions but holds it all in?
These coping patterns are important to address so you can prevent conflicts from happening in the future.
While this work is simple when you focus on just the subconscious mind, there are many layers to it. It is important to work on it layer by layer rather than all at once. This isn’t a process to rush.
In the MBR program and MBR classroom I break down resolving the subconscious patterns into easy steps. I teach you how to address the beliefs, triggers, memories and other subconscious patterns connected to your digestive symptoms using the MBR method.
Healing chronic digestive issues is possible.
Imagine being able to eat anything you want, travel, and not having to worry where the nearest bathroom is. If that is the kind of life you want, then you just need to do the mind work in order to have it.
The first place to start that mind work, is shifting how you see your symptoms.
They are there as a message. Letting you know that there is some inner work to do. Your body has been taking the hit for your survival. Your symptoms are actually here to help you grow, break old patterns and deal with life in a healthier way.
After you do the work that is needed to resolve your symptoms, you will actually come out being grateful for this experience because it will change your life in so many ways.
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You are unique, your symptoms are connected to very specific patterns within your subconscious.
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Jenny Peterson is the founder and CEO of Mind Body Rewire (MBR). She teaches those that are overwhelmed with trying to heal chronic symptoms how to simplify their healing by focusing on just one place, the subconscious mind. Learn more about MBR here.