By Lise Bourbeau March 2004 Lise Bourbeau has worked with thousands of people, helping them to unearth the underlying causes of specific diseases. She professes that any physical problem is a manifestation of dis-ease on psychological and/or emotional levels. The physical body is responding to the imbalance and warning of the need to return to the path of love and harmony Key Questions In order to pinpoint the cause of your physical illness more accurately, ask yourself the following questions:PHYSICAL BLOCK‘‘What are the words that best describe what I am experiencing inside or on my body and how do I feel about it?’’The answer to the above question reflects what you are experiencing regarding the person or situation that is at the root of your illness.EMOTIONAL BLOCKa) ‘‘What is this illness preventing me from doing and/or having?The answers to this question represent one or more desires that are being blocked.b) ‘‘If I allowed myself to achieve these desires, what would I be?’’MENTAL BLOCK‘‘If I allowed myself to be ———————————— (fill in the blank with the answer from the previous question) what unpleasant situation could happen to me AND what would people think of me (or what would I think of myself)?’’Your answers will correspond with the harmful belief that is blocking you from meeting your own needs and achieving your dreams. This belief manifests as a physical block.SPIRITUAL BLOCKRefer to answer (b) under emotional block. Your response indicates a deep and profound need that is being blocked by an inappropriate belief system.CONCLUSION TO KEY QUESTIONs EXERCISEOnce you are able to unearth the belief that blocks you from being what you really want and need, you will have to work on it. The first step is to acknowledge that at some point in your life, you decided to believe this. You thought that this belief would prevent you from suffering the same pain over and over. The next step is to ask yourself if you still need to believe this in order to be happy. If you answer yes, you’ve determined that your belief is still of use to you—by all means continue to believe it and behave as you always have. But don’t expect any change in your life as you are the architect of your own life, the choice is yours. Just know that by refusing to go towards what you want in life, your life will remain the same.If you’ve determined that your belief is still partly true but that it makes you unhappy, determine whether or not it has diminished in strength in the last couple of years. If it has, it will be easier to let go of. By doing so, you will be on the road to recovery.When you know deep inside that you want to change this belief, all that remains is to take steps to achieve your desires in order to let yourself to BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE. If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.—HippocratesMetaphysics is a philosophy that methodically investigates the nature of first principles and problems of ultimate reality. Its link with the physical is critical to permanent healing and is by no means contraindicated in conjunction with conventional healing. On the contrary, it is medicine’s most valuable teammate.I have chosen to use the word ‘metaphysical’ rather than ‘psychosomatic’ because of the implications of the definitions. Psychosomatic is defined as “pertaining to, or caused by phenomena that are both physiological and psychological”. The term carries with it a common misconception that it relates to disease that is ‘all in one’s head’ or ‘in the imagination’.The science of metaphysics has resurfaced since the advent of psychoanalysis. Freud discovered that the body and the psyche are irrevocably linked. Researchers in the field since such as Wilhelm Reich, Fritz Perls and Louise Hay have greatly contributed to the resurgence of the body of information that constitutes metaphysical science.When illness or disease is indicated, the body is communicating to us that our way of thinking (although unconscious) is out of harmony with what is beneficial to our being. Illness indicates the need to change in our belief system and tells us that we have reached our physical and psychological limits. Illness is thus a gift whose purpose is to bring back the equilibrium in our being. The physical body does not create illness because the physical body can do nothing by itself. What maintains its life is our soul, our inner self. If you believe that illnesses, accidents and disorders are relevant only to the physical self, you are dissociating yourself from your mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, thereby refusing to acknowledge the majority of what makes you who you really are!You have only to recall a situation where you’ve experienced instinctive reactions (such as your heart racing when you are afraid or that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you anticipate something you may be dreading), these automatic reactions are not coming from the physical body, but are transferred to the physical body through thoughts or emotions. The most frequent causes of illness are negative attitudes and emotions, guilt, the need for attention, or the need to escape an unpleasant situation. Those who are vulnerable to the suggestion that illness is ‘contagious’ will attract illness because they expect to be sick as a result of circumstances. If they believe, for example, that a draught will result in a cold, they will ‘get’ a cold when exposed to a draught.With each illness or disorder, your body is reminding you to love yourself. Through genuine self-love, you allow your heart to guide you to wellness and wholeness. To love yourself is to give yourself permission to live as you choose. When you love yourself, you accept yourself as you are at any moment—in all your humility—with fears, weaknesses, desires, beliefs and aspirations that are all facets of who you are. AccidentsPhysical block: Because an accident is an unpredictable event, we often believe it happens by pure chance. But now increasingly we are told: “There are no accidents.” Nothing happens by coincidence. I believe that chance and accidents are tools the Universe (God) uses to get our attention. Just make note of what part of the body has been injured and how seriously. These are important considerations when trying to understand the metaphysical cause of the accident. Emotional block: Accidents are interpreted unconsciously as punishment, as on a deeper level we blame ourselves and accuse our inner self. We feel responsible for what goes on around us. For example: a mother, tending to her chores, hears her child calling from the next room. She feels the child can wait and, continuing with her chores, trips and hurts her leg. If she asks herself: “What was I thinking just now?” she realises that she was accusing herself of being a neglectful mother. Hurting her leg was punishment for being such a mother, one that did not want to go to her child. Accidents are a way to neutralise our guilt, to punish ourselves. Unfortunately, all this goes on unconsciously.Mental block: Your definition of guilt needs to be revised. According to our legal system, a person is declared guilty when it has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt that harm was intended. Each time you blame yourself or feel guilty about something, ask yourself if you intended to do harm. If not, stop accusing yourself in your mind. This will help you to stop punishing yourself with ‘accidents’.In the example above, do you think the mother intended to harm her child? Nothing happened that she needs to punish herself for. When someone is actually guilty, the law of cause and effect will prevail and will exhibit itself in his character. A wise and responsible person is one who recognises when he is at fault, and asks forgiveness of the person he has wronged or hurt. In doing so, he creates harmony that will come back to him as harmony and acceptance. This is Divine Justice.If your accident was an unconscious way of giving yourself a ‘break’, it is important to remember that you could have accomplished the same thing without injuring yourself physically. It would be much less painful to simply make your request known.If your injury is significant and painful, such as a fracture, it is an indication that you are consciously or unconsciously suppressing violent thoughts directed at someone else. By nature, violent thoughts cannot be contained and may instead turn inward against yourself. Liberate yourself by communicating your feelings to the other person, forgiving yourself for having the thoughts in the meantime.Spiritual block and conclusion: To uncover the spiritual block that keeps you from responding to the needs of your BEING, refer to the Key Questions at the end of this article. In answering these questions, you will come in touch more easily and accurately with the true cause of your physical problem. AIDSPhysical block: AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is defined primarily by what appears to be severe immune deficiency, and is distinguished from virtually every other disease by the fact that it has no constant, specific symptoms. AIDS is an umbrella term for any or all of some 25 previously known diseases and symptoms. These include cancer, rheumatism, sarcoma, pneumonia, diarrhea, TB, fever, herpes, neurological malfunction, weight loss, night sweats, rashes and swollen lymph glands. If HIV antibodies are detected, or the patient is seropositive, these diseases converge as AIDS; if not, they are diagnosed simply for what they are. Be
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