Recovering from Spiritual Illness

Many struggle with the meaning of spirituality and religiosity.  Many want to be spiritual but not connected with a religion or church.  Some past experience with people within a religion or church may cause you to painted all churches with the same brush and rejected them.  Coming to grips with emotional trauma by reasoning from cause to effect helps one to be open to various ways of thinking about their pain so they experience healing.

Some spiritually ill persons may not have found the healing they needed in a timely fashion so began looking elsewhere.  What are the signs of a spiritually sick person? Some believe the cause lies in a person’s negative internal states caused by negative or traumatic life experiences. The three negative internal states are disharmony, fear and giving up on life.

Disharmony is losing one’s meaning in live or an important connection to life. For example a survivor from a death of a spouse may come down with a disease that takes their life soon after they lost their loved one. Personal power is diminished at that time and it can also happen when a job or livelihood is lost.

The second cause of a spiritual illness is fear that is chronic and makes one vulnerable to illness because their anxiety aggressively diminishes their sense of wellness and feeling safe. This lowers the ability of the immune system to function causing sickness.  Almost 500 years ago, the Renaissance physician Paracelsus observed, “the fear of disease is more dangerous than the disease itself.”

The third cause of most illness and serious diseases is losing the will to live. Most of the time it’s caused by trauma, which involves dissociative feelings. Traumatic events may be; not being wanted at birth, bullied, bitter divorce, returning from war, abortion or terrible car accident.

Some symptoms are as follows: feelings of being fragmented, or not being all there, blocked memory, inability to feel love or receive love from another, emotional remoteness, sudden onset of apathy, a lack of initiative or enthusiasm, lack of joy, failure to thrive, inability to make decisions, inability to discriminate, chronic negativity, addictions, suicidal tendencies, melancholy or despair or chronic depression.

Those who feel they have lost a part of themselves due to a traumatic event and have not been the same since can receive help to regain wholeness. Psychotherapists are aware of that missing part and it can be recovered in therapy. Healing from spiritual sickness can be experienced when you make the first step to call for a psychotherapy appointment.

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