Your body has the answers.

by | June 30, 2022

Your body has the answers.

Solving a life problem is difficult because no matter how objective we think we are, we get entangled in our subjective interpretations.

So, where can we find objective information about ourself?

Our body.

Beyond all our “theories” about who we are is an objective reality we can tap into by processing our body experiences.

The great success of modern medicine has made us conceive of our physical being in a one dimensional way—purely as a biochemical machine.

But the body is more than this: It’s the metabolic expression of our entire conscious and unconscious psychological process.

Our aches and pains, health and illness, physical joy and energy (or lack thereof), are communications from our deepest self.

In addition, our process flows through our body in ways we don’t consciously perceive until we work on it.

Try this:

1. Choose a problem to work on.

2. Describe how it feels.

3. Make a picture in your mind of the feeling.

For example, your depression might look like a heavy boulder you drag around or a dark cloud.

Your anxiety might look like a hurricane or a chaotic energy field.

Your headache might look like an object being squeezed or someone using a jackhammer.

4. Translate the picture into body movement by acting out the image.

5. Ask yourself how this feeling and state of mind provide a solution to your problem.

For example, one of my clients felt suffocated by her controlling husband, and visualized a snake squeezing her to death.

She acted out the constricting snake by strangling a pillow, and said she felt powerful doing it.

“What would you do if you were free to express this feeling of power?” I asked.

“Divorce him!”—which she eventually did.

A depressed client suffered chronic stabbing stomach pains which he visualized as a knife.

He acted out the knife by making abrupt, cutting motions with his arms.

I asked him how he could use this sharp energy in his life, and he realized he needed to “cut through” his hopelessness and take action.

Doing so healed both his depression and his belly aches.

Don’t just try to figure yourself out; tap into your body process!

Dr. Zwig

©2023 Dr. Adam Zwig

Meet Dr. Adam Zwig—psychologist-musician, educator, and author. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, has had 9 Top Ten hit singles on the U.S Adult Contemporary charts, and is an internationally renowned workshop leader and lecturer. He has been featured on Billboard, SiriusXM Radio, CBS Radio, and many other stations, and in People Magazine, SPIN, Pollstar, and many other publications. Dr. Zwig has released 7 albums, and his music can be heard on National TV, including NBC, Fox, and Fuel TV. He has more than 160 million views on YouTube, over half a million social media followers, and has scored in the top 10% of rock artists streamed on Spotify in 2022. His forthcoming book, Your Problem Is Your Teacher, shows how life problems are not pathological but rather personal growth processes trying to happen. His podcast, The Dr. Zwig Show, posts new episodes every Wednesday.

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