• Serena James

Your Ailment Means More than You Think

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

Have you ever sat back and thought about your current state of being? What's going on around you? How are you feeling? What's right? What's challenging? Have you ever wondered what life lesson you're supposed to be learning in this moment? After months of hints, I finally woke up to what the Universe has been wanting me to know.

Arthritis has been coming up in my own personal energy sessions for quite some time. Although I have family members with arthritis, I am not aware this is something I have, but it continues to show up during my sessions. The past few weeks I have been doing yoga on a regular basis. I find some of the poses really strain my upper back, neck, and shoulder area.

Since this pain was occurring regularly, I finally smartened up and asked my guides what was causing this. Do you have any guesses what I learned? If you guessed arthritis, you are correct!


My mind immediately went to the spiritual implications of arthritis. I am a firm believer in manifestation and karma. I believe that obstacles and challenges we face, including physical pain, could potentially be a message from our guides alerting us to a lesson that needs to be learned. Let it be known I am not diagnosing myself with any particular disease, rather I am merely discovering what underlying issues would manifest itself into these symptoms.

The website Heal Your Life Forever has a great article Spiritual Meaning Of Illness. They have an entire list of common issues and what they can mean. Looking at arthritis, it says lack of self-love and self-acceptance. Other sites, like Bolshy Divas, also suggest feeling unloved, criticism, and resentment.

I admit I looked for several more resources to see if these descriptions were accurate. I even checked to see if people really experience arthritis pain in the neck and shoulder area. I mean, it wouldn't be possible that I don't love or accept myself or that I would feel unloved or resentful. Right? But site after site said the same things. It's really difficult to acknowledge something undesirable about ourselves that runs so deep.


I gave these issues a lot of thought. When did I not love and accept myself? What do I feel resentment towards? Do I have these feelings now in the present moment? Are these feelings about something from the past?

I clearly remember a few years ago being very open and honest with my closest friends, being at an extremely low point in my life. While crying I told them I couldn't even think of one thing I liked about myself. For my birthday my friends made a list of all the things they loved about me adorned with pictures of us together and the fun times we had. Although I had help addressing lack of self-love and I can finally think of things I do like about myself, it could be possible that the energy from that point in my life is still affecting me.

I recently went Live on Facebook by myself for the second time in my life. It took me 30 minutes, lots of Valor, deep breaths, and positive self-talk to get the courage to do this. Why all the nerves? Fear. Fear of judgement. Fear of criticism. Fear of messing up. But if I truly loved and accepted myself, there wouldn't be any room for fear.

While I wouldn't identify myself as a resentful person now, having this come up did make me think about times I have felt hurt, disappointed, or let down. I may not look at certain people or situations and immediately feel the resentment, but that doesn't mean that low vibrating energy no longer exists.


It is clear to me I have some work to do. I feel the lesson in my pain was to recognize this baggage I am carrying around that is or has affected my self-perception.

As an energy healer, I can address these issues by clearing out the non-beneficial energy around these emotions and events, and then transforming the energy into something better. I can also use an essential oil blend called Forgiveness. The aromatic influence will support me in forgiving myself and forgiving others. Meditation will also be very beneficial in paving the way towards self-acceptance.

It may be difficult to recognize our deep-seated issues, but it is truly

the first step toward personal growth. Pay attention to the signs. Look to your body, your environment, or your current situation. There might be a valuable lesson waiting to be discovered.

Be love. Be light. Just Be.

About the Author: Serena James is a holistic healer and the author of Vibe Higher. She offers a variety of energy healing services and workshops to help individuals experience a life of love, abundance, and wellness as they were meant to.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any action you take as a result of this information is self-prescribed and your right to do so.

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