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My Big Toe Taught Me a Lesson

Understanding and Treating Dis-ease


Whenever I am faced with dis-ease or discomfort my primary concern is to treat the physical aspect. If I don't know what I'm dealing with, then getting a diagnosis is the first step. After the initial flare up has been treated and is under control then I will attempt to analyze what lesson the ailment or dis-ease is offering to teach me. Then I take any information I've learned and will attempt to change my behaviors or patterns to avoid experiencing any recurrence.

  • Determine the Diagnosis
  • Treat the Ailment/Dis-ease
  • Understanding Lesson the Illness/Injury Offers
  • Change Behavior/Pattern
  • Live Better
At one time I was feeling some soreness surrounding the nail bed of my right toe. At first I thought it was possibly an irritation from an ingrown toenail that might be penetrating the skin causing my discomfort. I am prone to ingrown toe nails and try to keep my toes trimmed to avoid pain associated with this.

I trimmed my toenails and soaked both my feet in a basin of warm water and dissolved Epsom salt, then I coated the nail bed with iodine before going to bed to prevent any infection. In the morning a throbbing and purplish streaked swollen toe made me think I had an infection raging. My toe was warm and tender to the touch but didn't show any signs of underlying puss or liquid that would indicate an infection. My toe had a rash and a fever. I didn't know why for certain, but I began to suspect I had been bitten by either an insect or spider that had apparently been lurking in the toe of my boots.

On a spiritual level I understand what the spider was teaching me by biting my toe. It taught me to take a closer look at my lower body. My lesson was a need to focus on anchoring or grounding my body to the earth. Duh... I understand the importance of grounding. But, during that period of time my head had been in the clouds, so the reminder was timely. In the end I was grateful for the spider bite as it turned out not to be serious. My discomfort was minimal, but enough of a bother to get my attention. I got the message loud and clear -Root Your Energies- without having to experience a more painful ailment such as a broken toe or sprained ankle.

Are You Ignoring Your Body's Lower Energies?

Anytime you are experiencing an injury to your toes, feet, or ankles even if it is as harmless as carelessly tripping over your own feet or stubbing a toe, it may very well be an indication that you are ignoring your lower body and not rooting yourself well enough into the nurturing earth source that is available to us.
Are You Adequately Grounded?

How often have you been told that "grounding" is important? What does it mean to be ungrounded anyway? Taking this quiz will offer you clues as to which characteristics you have, and whether the actions or reactions that you take are helping you to stay grounded or are actually aiding your energetic retreats from your physical self.

Are You Adequately Grounded? - take this quiz now
Note: Insect and spider bites can be serious and should not be ignored. Check out About article from Vincent Iannelli, Pediatrics Expert on treatments of insect bites and stings.
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