As happens to all of us from time to time, Ann found herself with a number of big decisions to take: should she move to the big city, or stay in her small, familiar, friendly but somewhat-stifling town?
Should she carry on working for her boss in a job that was easy and comfortable, but not at all mentally stimulating; or try to find work in her professional field, as a plastic engineer?
Her parents and Rabbis were also pushing her to take the plunge, and to settle down: 35 year old Ann had already been married and quickly divorced, and wasn't so interested in meeting any more 'Mr Rights', but her parents were keen for her to try again. Ann didn't know what to do.
In fact, Ann didn't know what to do in just about every area of her life, and she was starting to feel pretty washed-out and lethargic and stuck.
When she came to me, the first thing we did was go through the Talk to God and Fix Your Health Questionnaire, to find out which of the three main 'energy' areas were out.
Ann had a general, fuzzy idea that God was kind of in the picture, in a general fuzzy way, but she wasn't really connecting to Him, or talking to Him, at any real level in her life.
Next, we checked her spiritual energy levels: all three areas of health compassion, accountability and kindness were out of whack.
Ann started to realize that she was taking far too much responsibility for things that were really nothing to do with her, and was blaming herself whenever something went wrong, and feeling like things were 'always' her fault.
The last area we checked was the meridians, and their specific associated emotions and health issues.
Apart from her recent bout of fatigue, Ann ate pretty healthily and was generally in good health, except for a growing 'beer belly' that she blamed on her penchant for iced coffee. So we decided to look at the meridians from the emotional perspective. What was Ann feeling?
Ann admitted to walking round feeling pretty jealous of the people she knew that seemed to have great careers, or who were happily married, or who seemed to be progressing, somehow, in their lives.
She was also pretty cynical and despairing of ever being able to achieve her own 'happy ending' - although she usually did a pretty good job of masking her feelings, and putting a good face on her feelings of sadness, loneliness and despair.
And of course, there were her overwhelming feelings of confusion and doubt about what course of action she should be pursuing in so many areas of life.
We added it all up, and the picture we got was that Ann's spleen energy was weak, contributing to her 'people pleasing' nature and inability to know what she, herself, actually wanted.
Heart energy was also blocked, probably as a result of some deep-seated sadness and heartache over her failed marriage, that Ann had never really been able to properly process.
Lastly, Small Intestine showed up as weak, which was responsible for Ann's confusion and inability to make decisions, and which was also contributing to her beer belly.
Ann left our session feeling like she was finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, and to find her own true path in life. She resolved to start talking to God about the issues we'd identified, and I also showed her acupressure points to strengthen heart, sedate Small Intestine, and strengthen Spleen meridian. In a follow-up conversation two weeks' later, Ann reported that her feelings of lethargy had disappeared, and that a lot of 'hidden' feelings had surfaced in relation to her ex, including a deep-seated fear of making another huge mistake.
Ann recognised, correctly, that this is what had been holding her back in every area of her life, and was now regularly talking to God about solving the problem.
"I'm not 'there' yet, but at least now I know where it is I need to get to, and that is a huge improvement," she reported. "I feel I have so much more direction and focus now."
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