A: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I must say it again: I always tells people to get checked out by a licensed professional if they have worries. 98 times out of 100 they’ll tell you you’re fine—your test results will be normal.
Then what? I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to in the last 4 months that have all said the same thing: “I’ve gained 10 pounds for no reason!” and I have to admit the same thing’s happened to me.
Here’s what I know is going on. Since January 1st there have been some pretty intense, pretty fast and furious, energy shifts going on. Do you remember what an energy shift is? The way that I understand them, it’s like going up higher and higher in an airplane. When you get to a higher elevation, your ears pop as your body adjusts to the higher altitude. If you stay at that higher elevation, your blood thins, your lungs have to expand to compensate for less oxygen, and on.
In short, your body undergoes physiological changes to adapt to the change in altitude. So if we are experiencing higher levels of energy, our bodies are having to adapt to those changes. Think of it as rewiring your electrical system in your house - you’re being upgraded to hold more “voltage.”
What I know is that when this happens too swiftly, our bodies kind of go into shock, and experience all sorts of behaviors that we haven’t felt before, and that can be scary. Some of the symptoms include insomnia, headaches, joint pain, bloating, anxiety, muscle twitching, cold hands and feet, backaches, and now, weight gain.
Fabulous, right? It’s almost as if our bodies are trying to hold us firmly to the earth by holding onto the weight—it doesn’t want us to float away! Well, no worries—if we can learn to trust our bodies to make their own unique adjustments, it’s a great lesson in, well, trust.
If you get a clean bill of health from your doctor, you can delve deeper into the symbolic workings of your physical system. Got a headache? Perchance you’re thinking too much about things you can’t control. Lost your appetite? Are you listening to what your body wants to eat, or are you just eating whatever you feel like eating? Try slowing down and just listening to your body. What does it want right now? A salad, no dressing? Some water with lemon? A walk?
As for the 10 pounds, I’m confident our bodies are always doing the best that they can, and if you haven’t changed your normal routine (given up exercise or started exercising really hard, started eating sugar when you normally don’t, or started eating more food than normal), then you can be assured this is all part of the cycle of change that seems to be the norm right now—expect change. Today it’s a headache, tomorrow you’re happy, the next day you can’t sleep, the next day you can’t stop crying.
Crazy? Maybe, but it’s all part of the integration process, getting rid of the old and embracing the new. But the new is taking some getting used to, and your body is the one that has to house this new stuff.
Imagine you’ve decluttered your whole house, gotten rid of most of your old, broken junk. What a great feeling! Now they’re delivering all of this new stuff, and you need to unwrap it and find a place for it. That takes some adjustment, doesn’t it? Maybe you want to put the couch in a new place. That means you have to move everything in the room around.
You get the idea? Change, rearrange, release, receive. On and on it goes - where it stops? Nobody knows. All I know is that is just keeps going, and apparently it’s a learn-as-you-go process.
By all means, get checked out if it will bring you peace of mind. And in the meantime, you might try to live simply, eat simply, be happy, and continue to go with the flow, trusting that your life is unfolding exactly as it should.
Because I think that’s about all any of us can do, anyway. Worrying doesn’t change anything, or help anything; making elaborate plans seems to be a waste of time, as not much seems to go as planned, anyway. Talk to a friend, do something new, take a nap, hug your cat.
And wait for the next exciting adventure to present itself to you. Because it will, I promise.
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