Best-selling author Jean Shinoda Bolen, based in San Francisco, explores the “moments of truth” patients may encounter when experiencing dire illness or other medical conditions. She explores the complex roots of sickness, from personal emotional conflicts to diet, environmental factors and genetic predisposition. And however illness arises, it presents the patient with an opportunity to step back and observe personal patterns of thinking and living, we might otherwise avoid looking at. An eye-opening and thought-provoking discussion with a leading thinker in this field.
We might have a pain in our gut, a pain in our head, a pain in our back. I mean, those are very common places in which the body says ‘stress’. That we are feeling badly about some major aspect of everyday life and it hurts us, but instead of being in touch with our feelings, [we] try not to feel the conflict… Well, we don’t get away with that. When we are in conflict over how we are living our lives, some part of us is going to be in pain if we don’t acknowledge it ourselves, and that part is often the body and so we have these headaches, tension headaches, we have back problems, our digestion, our appetite, our sleep patterns are not very good, and they’re all initially just symptoms.”
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, Jungian analyst and author of “Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey”