Multiple sclerosis (disseminated encephalomyelitis) is an autoimmune disease associated with the loss of the myelin sheath, which protects the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal cord. The loss of this sheath disrupts the process of nerve impulse transmission, leading to various neurological disorders.
Symptoms of this disease vary, as they are related to the location of the destruction focus: ranging from constant fatigue, slight numbness in the hand, staggering when walking, or breathing difficulties to enuresis, paralysis, and blindness. Motor or visual disturbances, which may come and go, are common symptoms.
Along with these symptoms, neurosis-like emotional disturbances (excessive anxiety, euphoria, depression, etc.) may also appear.
The main causes of multiple sclerosis identified in medicine are viruses gradually replacing the myelin sheath with an antigen, triggering an antibody response from the body. Thus, the body’s immune system ends up destroying its own nervous system. The sclerosis foci (destruction) are typically scattered in the brain and spinal cord.
Risk factors include autoimmune diseases, vascular diseases, infectious-allergic diseases, genetic predisposition, Caucasian race, living in northern countries, and disturbed psycho-emotional state.
Psychosomatics of Multiple Sclerosis
The brain symbolizes a person’s “I,” their individuality, and the Divine within. The loss of the myelin sheath indicates a loss of individuality as a Divine particle. The individual lives relying on others’ opinions, succumbing to others, and not consciously engaging with their life.
The term “autoimmune disease” means that the body, through its immune system, attacks itself. The diseased cell (like a person with this illness) doesn’t recognize itself, its nature (as part of a larger organism or, in the case of a human, part of the Divine world), perceives its life separately, and thus harms others.
Psychologists have found that chronic emotional overload and constant anxiety lead to the disease more often than a single intense stress.
Psychological Causes of Multiple Sclerosis
Let’s consider the psychological causes of this autoimmune disease:
- Unsatisfied excessive need for love in childhood.
- A sense of helplessness and vulnerability during or following a psycho-emotional trauma, or suppressed anger and depression due to this trauma.
- Dissociation. During stress, a person couldn’t share (or wasn’t listened to) their experiences, and due to the unbearable nature of their state, they chose to “be absent” at that moment, detaching themselves from their emotions.
- Living (usually in childhood) in conditions of constant psycho-emotional trauma. Or currently forced to live with the person who caused these traumas.
- Natural emotional needs were not met (especially in childhood), but instead were met with aggression or indifference (often by a strict father).
- The person has lost control over their life, handing it over to others. They fear aggression in response to their requests.
- The person believes they are unworthy of success because someone significant once instilled this thought in them. Such a person ignores their successes and focuses on failures.
- The person lives in fear of repeating past mistakes. They feel hostility towards past events or people due to a trauma. Because of fear, they are resistant to change in their life, showing stubbornness.
Louise Hay sees the causes of multiple sclerosis in rigidity of thought, hard-heartedness, iron will, lack of flexibility, and fear.
Liz Bourbeau argues that a person with this illness has long been forced to deny their feelings, “closing up in armor” to avoid psycho-emotional trauma. They lived with the feeling that someone was getting on their nerves, leading to growing internal anger.
According to her, such a person went too far in self-control and self-suppression, feeling lost as they don’t know where to go next. Their emotions are blocked, literally beaten into themselves. Another cause of psychosomatic multiple sclerosis Bourbeau suggests is a person’s reluctance to evolve. They are stagnant, wanting to be cared for but hiding it.
Another psychological cause she mentions is strong disappointment in a parent (usually of the same sex), resulting in a desire not to be like them and elevated self-demands.
It’s also found that a person with multiple sclerosis strives for perfection, idealism. Hence, they have overly high demands on themselves, wanting to please and conform to others’ opinions. Additionally, such a person is characterized by a lack of responsibility for their life, a tendency to blame others (parents, society, etc.), and a painful perception of injustice, rigidity in judgments, “black-and-white” thinking, thoughts like “The world is imperfect,” etc.
Healing Paths for Psychosomatic Multiple Sclerosis
Understanding the symbolism of the human brain as individuality and a Divine particle (living alongside and collectively with other similar particles in one Divine world) provides a clear scheme for healing.
The first point to focus on for the patient is to increase their consciousness. They should ask themselves questions like “Who am I?”, “How do I live?”, “What is the purpose and meaning of my life?”, “What is my destiny?”, etc.
While searching for answers, it’s necessary to increase awareness of every moment of life. Constantly be aware of oneself and one’s actions, thoughts, feelings. A simple technique is to pause and ask, “What am I doing right now?”
Breathing and feeling the air filling your lungs with life. Standing on the earth with your feet and feeling the strength and support given by Mother Earth. Washing dishes and feeling your hands holding the cups, touching the warm water that washes away all impurities. Looking up and seeing the beauty and purity of the clear blue sky, and rejoicing. Talking to someone and sensing their uniqueness with the same right to life and happiness in this Divine world as you have. Etc.
The third important point in healing will begin to be realized provided you diligently worked on the first and second. You’ll start noticing that instead of painful perception of life, you gain the realization that a person creates their own life.
This is indeed so! Otherwise, it cannot be, as the Creator has given each of us, as His particle, the right and ability to create (this is the Divine within us).
Only some people forget that you can create with a “minus” sign. And they begin to create negativity: first in their inner world (resentment, envy, fear, dissatisfaction, malice, anger), then spread it around themselves, harming others.
But as you know, everything created by a person returns to them. Negative emotions of a person do not disappear but transform into their physical ailments.
When you realize this fact, you’ll hardly want to continue living in diseases and discontent.
Naturally, you’ll want to free yourself from all negativity and create a life full of joy and happiness. The beginning of this new life will be accepting yourself as a unique particle of the Creator, as well as true, unconditional Love in your heart: for yourself, close ones, the Creator, and His world. And also the Joy of knowing that you can create!
Create in yourself and around yourself love, goodness, tenderness, light, warmth, beauty, joy, fun, friendship, support, etc.
I wish you remember that you are a creator!