You'd think I'd said all there is to say about the subject, but you'd be wrong. I got a note last week asking me: '"What's the spiritual causes of haemorrhoids?'
So I went to research it, and here's what I found:
The link between haemorrhoids and anger
According to Rav Shalom Arush, writing in the Garden of Healing haemorrhoids are caused by anger. I'll venture a step further, and say that specifically, they're caused by repressed anger.
For whatever reason, many people swallow down their anger instead of acknowledging it, and dealing with it in a healthy way by talking through the situations and people who are making them angry with God.
When you talk your anger through with God on a regular basis, sometimes you'll realize that actually, it's completely unjustified. Other times, you'll realize the opposite: nearly any other reasonable, normal person would also feel very angry in the same circumstances.
Still other times, you'll see that it's normal and even healthy to feel angry at least initially, but that staying angry is not at all what God wants. And then, there are those times when you don't want to accept or admit that you're feeling angry under any possible circumstances, which in my humble opinion is when it can really start stuffing you up, physically.
But when you talk to God about all this stuff, sooner or later you start to understand what it is you need to do next to start getting all that anger to start dissolving out of your system instead of showing up as haemorrhoids.
The Large Intestine Connection
So far so good, but the Chinese Medicine system adds something else to the picture. Instead of associating haemorrhoids with the Gallbladder meridian, which is the meridian traditionally linked to anger and rage, it links piles with the Large Intestine Meridian.
This Table which sets out what emotions are related to what meridians, says the following about Large Intestine:
Large Intestine Meridian - Emotional energy when unbalanced: Control-freak; a need to be in control, even when it's damaging the self and others; feelings of emptiness. Emotional energy when balanced: Surrenders control; can let go out outmoded, unneeded, or toxic things; inspired; strong relationship with G-d.
Questions to ask the self: Why am I trying to keep control? What am I trying to control? Can I accept G-d's running the world? Can I accept the joy and the pain?
So is it anger, or control issues?
So who's right?
The answer, if you ponder it a little, is 'both of them'. How? Well, it's like this: control freaks are generally very angry people, for the simple reason that it's very hard to keep control over every facet of your life.
Usually, the way extreme control freaks try to keep other people in line is by adopting some sort of angry persona with them. The more aggressive control freaks yell, shout and bully you into submission to doing what they want. The less confrontational control freaks often use manipulation, disappointment and guilt tactics to get you to do what they want.
But whatever the modus operandi, the bottom line is the same: when a control freak doesn't get their way, they can get very angry, disappointed and upset.
Here's the thing: most of us have some control freak issues lurking deep down, even if we'd never suspect it. For some people, they can't let go of trying to micromanage their health issues; for others, it's their careers; for still others, it's their kids, or their spouses, or their real estate portfolio.
It takes a huge spiritual level and a lot of spiritual work to get to the place where you can accept God's will 100%, in every area of your life, and most people (including me) are very far away from it.
So what does God do? He sends us a clue that maybe, we need to work on letting go of the outcome more, and upping our emuna.
I know you won't hear this most other places, but it seems to me the more we can let go of out tendency to try and control every little thing in our lives, the fewer problems you'll have with piles.
What do you think?