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The Single Cell Knows [Redux]

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When we have emotional pain/trauma so intense that it could shatter bones, the most yielding of ourselves – the soft, connective tissues of our bodies step in to absorb as much pain as they could absorb, such that we can muster up a smile on our faces day after day, such that we can go on living through what’s happened long enough to survive – and to emerge from the other side of pain.

A special reader of The Youngest Light inspired me with a touching email and made me remember how in 2003 when I was going through an ethical struggle with an employer, I sprained my neck during a business trip.

I’d sprained my neck many times before and always recovered within 2 or 3 days. But this time it remained, injured and worsening, until at the end of the week I could no longer turn my head.

When I went to a physical therapist, he told me that bone breaks are faster to heal compared with soft tissue injuries and connective tissue injuries. Not only is it difficult to pinpoint methods to effective treat/heal it, soft tissue injuries can take months – even years (or never) to heal.

Most bone breaks? Give it a few weeks.

How can we expect our physical bodies to remain separate, as if it were nothing more than a casing for our life force?

The cells of our bodies know everything we’re going through.

Before we even register the thoughts that transform into emotions — our cells are immersed in the biochemical changes that signal “something is wrong… something is not quite right”.

Our cells are intelligent.

Our body is intelligent.

The single cell knows.

Written by Jane Chin

June 9th, 2011 at 1:38 pm