If you want to understand the impact of the coronavirus on your life, start by looking within to release any feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
There seems to be no end to news of horrific suffering around the world as the corona pandemic hits us hard. Our nervous and immune systems are impacted as we worry about contracting COVID-19 and possibly dying from it. Feeling trapped and disconnected with no solution in sight can breed massive hopelessness and helplessness, setting up a situation ripe for a superbug to invade. As a result, many of us might feel powerless as we express anger, even rage.
With our flow of life disrupted, each of us must face the question: “How can we stop the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus from affecting our own health and eventually reaching global proportions?”
The answer requires thinking beyond the germ model of an illness to its underlying mental and emotional factors.
After all, it’s our emotions that fuel our hopeless and helpless feelings. Living in any pandemic can set up feelings of uncertainty, especially when escalated by an absence of a cure. For this current strain, pharmaceutical heaven is closed. This is why now more than ever it is important to understand that the mental and emotional cause of a virus is more important than finding a medication that will mask it.
Illnesses can take hold when our immune systems collapse. To avoid that, shift your focus to understanding the emotional origin, psychological meaning, thought patterns, or messages our bodies are trying to tell us regarding COVID-19.
Covid-19 Symptoms and Significance
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can undermine and collapse our immune systems, causing shortness of breath. Many may be witnessing emotions bubbling up, and some of these feelings may not even make sense. Shortness of breath means having difficulty breathing with life itself. People who have internal conflicts believe they have no viable way out.
Not being able to breathe could stem from many things: Difficult circumstances at work or home; troublesome situations with children; loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or separation; severe financial difficulties; even worry about world events. When financial uncertainty reigns, it can bring feelings of futility to the surface. Lost jobs mean less financial stability. The stock market is a roller-coaster ride; many have lost their savings and reached retirement age with no hope to recover financially. The numbers of businesses lost and workers unemployed are skyrocketing as loved ones are dying alone in hospitals.
COVID-19 has made life even more difficult for millions of workers who care for frail populations at home and in nursing homes. How can they bathe, feed, and care for their patients while social distancing? And having a reliable source of protective gear is not guaranteed.
With all this going on, who can breathe easily?
Coughing reflects feelings of grief, which is a reaction to loss and deprivation. Expressing grief involves the entire respiratory system; suppressing it produces lung problems. When loved ones die, funerals can’t be held formally, producing more grief. Many people in lockdown grieve a loss of freedom. Loss of social and physical connection adds to the grief, which weakens the immune system even more. Amidst all that, people still have cancer, heart attacks, strokes, or other diseases.
Fever reflects a burning-up feeling expressed with intense anger and stored resentments. The anger in the world right now is over the top. Loss of any sense of normalcy is being tested on all levels and causing anger to consume us. Anger can dominate, triggering disease in the body. Sadly, an increase in ALL diseases will happen because of the depleted immune systems from the anger and the hopeless, helpless feelings that prevail during this pandemic.
Pneumonia reflects a belief in needing to handle life single-handedly — the belief that help is not available. As we attempt to block these negative feelings, they can rear their ugly heads as we’re forced to slow down and tune into ourselves. Right now, hospital workers are overwhelmed, under protected with inadequate supplies, and asking, “Where is the help for us?” Patients are feeling the brunt of this. Front-line workers especially are enduring extremely brutal conditions leading to feelings of futility. Although many people feel a need for social, economic, physical, and emotional support right now, they are convinced that they have to endure without it until this is over.
Hopeless/Helpless Feelings on a Global Scale
As the world is out of balance environmentally, politically, financially, and ethically, it seems clear that we are reaching a tipping point that requires a grand reset button. As consuming as the pandemic is for people everywhere, wars in the world continue as does the worry about possible nuclear attacks. Will countries ever find stability? Are our leaders breeding hate, intolerance, and greed in a bigger way than ever? Will we ever overcome financial uncertainty? For many, these fears of the unknown can bring feelings of futility to the surface.
Our collective purpose is being undermined by the anger, intolerance, and greed we see around the globe.
This is happening on both sides of the political fence and creates an intense energy circulating throughout the world. On an individual physical level, expressing hate, intolerance, and greed can affect the heart and lungs due to weakening the bond with fellow human beings — a bond that provides the foundation of life.
As we’re now seeing, the result can be lethal to the human body on a massive scale. I contend that hate, intolerance, and greed was the culprit behind the Spanish flu in 1918 that killed millions. But we can learn from that history of the Spanish flu pandemic so this current coronavirus won’t have to circle the world four times and spark another Great Depression.
The Missing Piece to Healing
The proliferation of hopeless and helpless feelings on a massive scale will allow COVID-19 to spread like wildfire. That’s why it’s important to release them out of our cellular memories.
As a healing practitioner for the past 23 years, I have come to believe…
The psychological meaning and emotional origin of disease is the “missing piece” to healing.
That’s why I help people examine their missing pieces and provide insight into the connection between their feelings and their diseases using the MO (Modus Operandi) Technique.
I recently worked with a 30-year-old mother who had symptoms of COVID-19 which required her to quarantine herself. Married with two small children, she was the one who ‘did it all’ to keep her family running. Being isolated in bed alone and extremely ill, she naturally felt hopeless and helpless. After an MO Technique session with me, she said this: “I had severe tightness in my chest and shortness of breath with a fever and severe body aches. As we did the session, I could literally feel the symptoms melting away from my body. The pain and tightness in my lungs as well as body aches drained away. Over the next three days, my symptoms kept improving. A week later I came out of quarantine feeling good. Now that I have the tools to catch myself, I choose to release the thoughts and feelings causing the coronavirus symptoms rather than stuff them down and let them fester. This is a valuable piece of the health puzzle that’s missing for most us.”
How to Prevent Contracting COVID-19
If we learn to examine our inner environment and determine what thoughts might be causing any feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, we can learn to not only cope but to have hope. As individuals and a society, we can learn from history to avoid feeling helpless and hopeless by looking inside ourselves for the answers.
We can also benefit from applying the MO Technique — an effective, non-invasive technique that everyone can access — to make our emotions work for us, not against us. Becoming free from ALL disease is our biggest message of hope. That’s how we can create a more powerful — and healthier — life for all!
You may also enjoy reading, Mind Body Health: Preventing the Flu Through Emotional Wellbeing by Maureen Minnehan-Jones