Both spiritual teachers and modern science confirm the mind-body connection. Thanks to this powerful interaction between the body and mind, we can use energetic tools to heal dis-ease and discomfort in the body. Tarot is one such tool you can use to start healing the body – all by addressing your mind.
Western thought has done an excellent job dissecting the human body. With just one look at the sciences, we see that the human body is made up of many separate systems and parts – all coming together to make the human body. But this is all a bit misleading.
Yes, there are definitely different systems and parts in the physical body, but they don’t exist in a vacuum. They are intricately connected.
Health experts and spiritual teachers are now teaching that there are powerful connections between what happens in the mind and what happens in the body. What’s more, your emotions, spiritual beliefs and behaviors impact your physical self.
The body and mind always talk to each other
Medical doctor and alternative medicine expert, Deepak Chopra writes, “Different mental states can positively or negatively affect biological functioning. This occurs since the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems share a common chemical language, which allows constant communication between the mind and body through messengers like hormones and neurotransmitters.”
In short, there is constant communication between the mind and body. Our mental activity might start in the mind, but it doesn’t stop there. We can’t keep our thoughts, beliefs or emotions a secret. Our body hears every single one, and our physiological state is directly influenced by them.
Thought vibrations change cells behavior
In addition to the intricate communication happening throughout the body, research shows that our thoughts and emotions have specific vibration frequencies. These vibrations create waves that alter cellular structures. In this way, thought vibrations can actually influence your overall physiological state.
This study, for example, shows that our thoughts, words, and emotions alter the structure of water crystals. Whenever the structure of a cell is changed, the function can change, too. In fact, this study showed that water can store either health-causing or disease-causing frequencies. Now, consider that up to 60 percent of the adult body is water.
If we have positive and loving mental and emotional activity, the cells can vibrate in a more health-supporting way. If not, we can actually alter our DNA, as additional research has demonstrated.
Emotions always show up in the body
When we feel emotions, they show up in the physical body. This is something you’re probably familiar with. When you feel stressed, you may feel tense or experience headaches. What about nervousness? That often shows up as butterflies in the stomach.
Research also shows that if we repress our emotions, we’re more likely to disrupt the main stress hormone, cortisol, and throw it out of balance. This chronic imbalance in cortisol can lead to hormonal and immunologic problems later on.
So, we can either feel emotions in the body at the moment we’re feeling them. Or, we can repress them and “not” feel them, but they don’t go away. Instead, they move to an area of their body, where they can create dis-ease, an inspirational teacher, Louise Hay, has taught.
Yes, disease and illness manifest in the physical body, but they’re not random. They don’t just happen. Disease and illness are actually representations of our deep, emotional and energetic state. And they directly correspond to an unresolved emotion.
From this point of view, the root of the problem is an energetic disruption, and in order to initiate healing, we have to go to the root of the problem: energy.
This is amazing news because it means we are not victims of what happens to us. We have the ability to change our energetic state and influence our physical bodies.
This brings us to tarot.
How tarot supports physical healing
Tarot is a powerful tool that allows us to read energy. It does this by prompting us to reflect on our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. Then, we’re encouraged to ask questions about our mind’s activity – questions we might have never asked before. Or, things we’ve been ignoring or suppressing.
With the help of tarot, we can uncover our energy, and come to understand why we have a physical problem.
For example, tarot can illuminate an energetic pattern you’re continually creating and stuck in. Subsequently, you create physical pain, too. Tarot can help explain the energetic root cause of the physical problem. And your physical state can mirror what the tarot reading reveals.
Remember, tarot isn’t a diagnosis, and it isn’t going to heal your body for you. Instead, it brings to your attention your energetic patterns. This is powerful information because when you know your own energy, you can take responsibility for it, and release stuck energy with love and compassion.
How to use tarot to heal the body
You can use tarot to start the healing process. One way to do so is to meet with a tarot reader who can help you explore your present energetic state. By considering her reading, you can deepen your understanding of your own thoughts and beliefs. How might they be influencing your current mind-body connection?
You can also use tarot on your own. Spread the cards facing up, and consider them. Then, choose the card that resonates with you the most. Explore the meaning of the card, and ask yourself how it relates to your current life situation.
Another method is to shuffle the cards and spread them facing down. Allow your inner wisdom to choose the card for you. Why do you think the Universe gifted you this particular card?
Whether you choose the card with knowing intention, or whether your intuition chose it for you, spend time meditating on it. Is it suggesting that you make changes in your life?
If you draw a card from the Major Arcana, it may indicate that you need to surrender to change. Or, perhaps you need to go with the flow into a new phase or chapter of your life. This could apply to relationships, both with yourself and others, or it could relate to your career or life situation.
For example, a Minor Arcana card represents the feelings, thoughts, and beliefs we hold deep within the mind. For example, the Wands encompass creative energy. The Cups correspond to trust. Pentacles represent living a spiritual life in a material world. And finally, the Swords help us identify the truth in our thoughts and experiences.
If you draw one of these Minor Arcana cards, which thought or belief is it highlighting for you? How can you pay attention to it and bring healing to yourself?
Finally, the Court Cards refer to relationships we need to learn from and maybe even move on from. But they can also highlight an aspect of our own selves that we need to attend to.
If you’re not sure what your tarot card is telling you, get curious and ask your intuition for guidance.
These mental, emotional and spiritual areas of our life might seem like a far cry from our physical selves. But we know that’s not the case. The mind-body connection is always communicating. This can lead to either energetic harmony or imbalance.
To help you figure out which energy is out of balance, and even contributing to your physical state, consider using tarot. It can be a powerful tool to gently and subtly point out your energetic state.
When you listen to what tarot is saying about your energy, you can start adjusting your beliefs and thoughts. This way you can create health-supporting energy rather than energy that leads to dis-ease.