The Psychology of Shingles
by Maureen Minnehan Jones
If you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop, you may be opening the door to shingles.
And what are shingles? Consider what this medical website (www.webmd.com/) says:
Shingles are a painful viral infection and blisters along the nerves. Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus “sleeps” (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus “wakes up” when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system. Some medicines may also trigger the virus to wake up and cause a shingles rash. It is not clear why this happens. But after the virus becomes active again, it can only cause shingles, not chickenpox.
But why could this happen? Let me suggest that a “waiting for the other shoe to drop” thought pattern may be linked to developing shingles. Sounds impossible? Not really. Here’s what another health-related website (Wellbeing.com) says:
Thought generates complex combinations of biochemicals which, in turn, stimulate a variety of receptors that create a change in your body structure. An understanding of how to have a healthy diet of thoughts and beliefs can have a great impact on your health. We are all educated to eat well, yet little consideration is given to how your thought diet might be affecting your health.
To explore this idea, ask someone who has shingles this question: “Is there anything in your life you’ve been dreading?” If you’re “waiting for the other shoe to drop,” doing so may cause the unhealthy diet of thoughts and beliefs that compromises one’s immune system. The result? It “wakes up” the chickenpox virus—shingles—complete with its symptoms of blisters and nerve inflammation.
As I’ve written about before, the underlying emotional component of a virus is feeling hopeless and helpless. But what is the emotional component of blisters? They indicate someone is resisting the flow of life, dreading a situation because it feels like no emotional protection is available. Those thoughts show up as emotional eruptions on the body. Blisters.
What is the emotional component of nerve inflammation? It is referred to as an “agitated irritation”. That happens when people feel like they’re continually subjected to tension-inducing stimulation. The stress frustrates them; they feel powerless and undermined because of it. This all ties to the thought pattern behind contracting shingles—namely, a generalized dread about a situation needing to be faced. Those affected may experience so much anxiety that events go badly for them. They labor under the veil of fear. They dwell on the thought that the next shoe will drop.
Chances are they have a deep need for nurturance, protection, and affection. In the meantime, they probably experience anger or frustration as well as blisters and nerve inflammation. In many cases, they have been pounded helplessly by lifestyle factors enduring in their families growing up.
What if you have shingles?
If you have shingles, is your only choice to let it run its course? No.
Using the Modus Operandi (MO) Technique, you can get in touch with your deep feelings about situation you may be dreading. Then you can release it out of cellular memory, thus reducing the time needed to recover from this disease.
Knowing the emotional component of shingles can also help prevent it. For example, if I’m dreading something coming up, I know it’s better to face my feelings about it now than “wait for the other shoe to drop.” Specifically, I release the emotional components from my cellular memory and deal with the situation. That way, I don’t compromise my immune system.
Dealing with situations right away also helps maintain your personal power—another way to keep your immune system strong and healthy. And when you do, you’ll feel so much better!
Because like attracts like, the energy you are aligns with the energy you attract. So what would you attract if you knew at your core you could solve the emotional problem that’s causing your anxiety? You wouldn’t expect that shoe to drop at all! Instead, you’d live with hope and know there’s help available now.
Note: The psychological meaning of the symptoms, conditions and disease presented in this article are from Messages From The Body: Their Psychological Meaning by Michael J. Lincoln Ph.D. used with his permission. Dr. Lincoln’s website is www.talkinghearts.net.
Disclaimer: Although this article depicts the “emotional component” or “thought pattern” of Shingles, I believe in a balanced approach to healing all ailments. Because the emotional component isn’t as readily available as traditional remedies, traditional remedies and treatments are not addressed in this article
About the Author
Maureen Minnehan Jones, a Registered Nurse and International Holistic Healer, has applied her Modus Operandi Theory and MO (Modus Operandi) Technique on hundreds of clients over the last 16 years. Maureen’s book, Wisdom to Wellness: Healing Your Emotional Sufferings so the Physical Healing Can Follow received the 2012 International Book Awards in the self-help category. Her award winning book details the emotional components of how and why disease is sparked in the body. It describes her powerful MO Technique for reprogramming the subconscious, super conscious, and conscious mind to create lasting change. Wisdom to Wellness also features discussions on how and why Alzheimer’s developed in Ronald Reagan, Parkinson’s in Michael J. Fox, and ALS in Lou Gehrig, as well as discussing 14 other diseases and conditions. Maureen helps individuals heal the emotional components of disease through her MO Technique. Visit her website at www.maureenminnehanjones.com.