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How To Understand The Physical and Metaphysical Meaning of Back Pain.

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

A metaphysical cause of pain is the reason that your physical body does not heal. Often it is the emotional and spiritual issue that have not been addressed. This emotional and spiritual issues can manifest in your body as physical pain. If your brain will not acknowledge this issue, your body needs to keep hounding you until you pay attention. In general, issues with the back reflect our support of life.


Every time something “bad’ happens to your health or breaks your daily habitual routine, you have two options: try to immediately “fix” it and restore to a familiar habitual state. Or you can observe what lessons this symptom or situation can teach you and treat it as an opportunity to make corrections and adjustment to your lifestyle and goals. 


The key to successfully addressing any issue is in analyzing the problem from all four sides and balancing your “quaternity,” a metaphor for the interplay of mind, body, spirit, and emotions. After you understand the cause you then can address and attack it on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.


On physical level chronic pain, especially chronic lower back pain, is a result of tensions in your body-mind-soul that reflects how you respond to your life's experiences! Chronic contraction of the muscles, never allowing them to relax, is a set-up for constant pain. Being always in a DO/WORK mode and never allowing enough of BE/RELAX time put enormous stress on the muscular and endocrine system. Tense constricted muscles prevent normal circulation of blood and lymph leading to accumulation of the cellular waste and toxins.


My meditation: running my own business of selling products and consulting require being always present and on top of all business operations. There is always a huge TO DO list that somehow is not getting smaller. But with all my knowledge and training I realize that the body and mind need down time to rest and recuperate. How did it happened that I denied myself any rest time and  where this “always doing” mindset come from?


Insight: I suddenly remembered my grandmother. She is 94 years old and lives with my parents in Costa Rica. She retired 24 years ago. Retired, but never calmed down. She doesn’t have a hobby, she doesn’t know what she likes to do. All her life she was working very hard in Soviet Russia, went through WWII, knew what death and starvation is. I see her in my head: walking endlessly in circles on the terrace of the family house, asking my mother every 10 minutes if she has a task for her, because she feels so useless and unworthy.


The more I work with my own trauma and teach workshops about trauma, the more I realize the importance of working with historical and transgenerational trauma. We are not isolated individuals but are part of a larger picture. That larger picture consists of our own individual family trees and their place within a community and a larger collective.


I was raised in the family and society with attitude that leisure time is evil and it rots your soul. Work, work, work. Keep yourself occupied no matter with what - this is your purpose. Being productive is a measure of your worthiness for your family and your country. Work during the week and work during the weekend. You rest only during the vacation (unless you work in your country house’ garden) and on official holidays (when you cook for two days to feed your guests and then clean up after them). 


I realized that I wasn’t allowing myself any down time, because I knew how much is left undone and how much my newly born business needs. Any leisure time seemed like a crime, like a waste of time, like procrastination. I would get that strange anxiety feeling that will poison any rest or fun time, as if my worthiness is determined by my work progress.


On metaphysical level your body speaks through your lower back in the form of pain when you have emotional and spiritual issues that you have not acknowledged.


The book by Louse Hay, called "You Can Heal Your Life" is one of the 'bibles' for the metaphysical cause of symptoms that I use for reference. She suggests that:


L-1: Signifies a crying out for love. Needing to feel lonely. Lack of security.

L-2: Signifies the inability to see a way out. Remaining stuck in pain from childhood.

L-3: Signifies strong feelings of guilt and self-hatred. History of sexual abuse.

L-4: Signifies one's rejection of her/his sexuality. Feeling financially insecure, and fearing having or changing careers. Strong feelings of powerlessness.

L-5: Signifies feeling insecure. Difficulties in communicating. Strong feelings of anger. Denies the right to have pleasure in her/his life.


Sacrum: Signifies stubbornly holding on to old anger. Feelings of powerlessness and loss of power.


Coccyx (tailbone): Signifies blaming oneself, holding on to that which no longer serves the self, being out of balance with oneself, "sitting on old pain”. Or tucking your tail between the legs in fear of facing the world.


In my case, L5 referred back of denying myself and fun time in favor of work obligations and responsibilities. And L4 signified my rejection of sexuality, feeling financially insecure, and fear of having a career, strong feelings of powerlessness. Spot on!  Thank you, Louse Hay!


My meditation: where did my insecurity about my career, feeling of lack and distorted relationship with money came from?


Insight: I suddenly again remembered my grandmother and her stories about the WWII and the life of Soviet Russia. During the war, your life depended on finding anything to eat, shelter to sleep and ability to stay quiet and low. Life in the communist Soviet Russia wasn’t much different: stay low and do as you told, don’t be bright, don’t show if you have anything extra. If you think differently or have any extra material belongings you will be punished and your property confiscated. 

That was another Aha! moment. I was bearing the fears and limiting beliefs that I inherited through generations of my lineage. My grandmother felt insecure, my mother felt insecure and they couldn’t give me any support on my career choices that they thought were rebellious. "A woman running a business and making lots of money? This is shameful and unacceptable. What will the neighbors think? You don’t know how to do it and you will fail. Why can’t you be like everybody else?” This record play was deeply imprinted in my subconscious, into my body and messed up with my base chakra. It is now on the surface of awareness and available to be healed!


I THANK my low back pain for its messages! Now I am aware and I am working and healing the traumas.

If you are interested in getting insights on your symptoms, decode the messages and dig deeply into the root of your hidden limiting believes, traumas and addictions, contact me at anna@maitriverde.com or book a life changing consultation that will take your wellness on an uprated level.


My personal holistic approach and protocol to address the four sides of lower back pain:

  • Chiropractor adjustment and deep muscle work once a week for 4 weeks.

  • At home stretching, trigger point therapy with lacrosse ball and Trigger Point Performance Cane Massager. Paying attention to any memories, information or insights that come to mind while performing the exercises.

  • Icing of the inflamed vertebrae area, arnica gel on overworked muscles.

  • Supplements: Vitamin C 5,000 mg/daily, Magnesium glicinate/malate 750 mg/day, Bromelain (apart from food for joint health), GABA Calm 750 mg/day

  • Hot tub with Epson salts, magnesium flakes and dried Golden Seal herb.

  • Surrender Flower Essence blend with Rose extract that includes Scotch Broom, Angelica, Chamomile, Centaury, Cherry Plum (please contact me to pre-order). The blend helped me and my clients, so I decided to release it for sale.

  • Release aromatherapy blend: inhalation and topical application on painful areas, trigger points and acupressure points.

  • Shadow aromatherapy blend: inhalation and spraying on the pillow before bedtime to get insights during sleep. 

  • Tranquility aromatherapy blend: inhalation and topical application on acupressure and pulse points o ease tension and anxiety. Especially effective while combined with Surrender flower essence blend.

  • Intuitive movements for the lower back, deep breathing, meditative foam rolling with gentle yoga movements to enhance your healing. and paying attention to any memories, information or insights that come to mind while performing the exercises.

  • Meditation on the historical trauma. Sitting quietly, feel with the pain and sufferings of my ancestors. Feel compassion and understanding for their reasoning. Forgiving and letting go.

Resources:

Michael J. Lincoln, Ph.D. “Messages from the Body – Their Psychological Meaning.” Talking Hearts, 2013. 

Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life.” Hay House,1984