The Spiritual Significance of Sickness

Hey there, gorgeous beings! Such a joy to connect with you all again!


I wanted to talk about a topic that is quite often overlooked in our awareness of health and medicine as we navigate our spiritual/human experience: the experience of getting sick!


Of course, this happens a lot throughout our lives; we get runny noses, colds, flu, sore throats, and all manner of different illnesses and diseases. When I was younger I would get sick all the time, mostly because my immune system was heavily weakened as I was living in a perpetual state of fight or flight. What I learned over time and through my healing journey, was that trauma and density live in our body as toxins, and as we take the time to cleanse and purge our emotional body, it’s also necessary to give that care and attention to our physical body as well. Everything is a reflection, and being aware of why something comes up and inquiring deeper can be a deeply healing process to understanding ourselves.


So in our society, we’re so used to getting sick - but do we ask ourselves why?


When pandemics and illnesses are pushed and aggrandized in the news and popular narrative, we can get so attached to the fear of our “physical body death” and the loss of our health. But we also get to see that every time we do face sickness or experience one - it’s always giving us an opportunity to go deeper.


For example, I’ve recently been sick the past few days. This is quite abnormal for me because since I started my healing and Reiki journey, I rarely ever get sick. When I do, it’s usually something energetic or spiritual that is moving through me and being purged. So with this Aquarius Full Moon, and such huge influxes of beautiful, high-vibrational energy, I’ve been knocked down flat for some time with headaches, sore throat, weakness, and exhaustion. For me, sometimes this process can be frustrating because my masculine energy wants to get up and go, but I have to choose to honor my body and listen to what it needs - which is rest. This feels like healing for my masculine energy and our collective energy - the vulnerability that comes up when our “perfect health” feels threatened, and we’re not able to push forward or take action like we’re used to. This always invites deeper surrender and listening, honoring what’s coming forward and being with it. Oftentimes our bodies and immune systems really need that reset time - to strengthen and integrate to be able to move forward when it’s aligned.


Sickness always gives us an opportunity to strengthen our immune system, reflect and respond, rest and recharge, and often change our perspective. Below I’m going to give some common “spiritual” causes of illness in the physical body. Feel free to reflect and let me know if any resonate for you/or have in the past.


Disease is simply broken down to the root of its word - dis-ease, the opposite of ease. When we deny or cover over things in our life, they will manifest in our bodies and health. These are some common reasons for feeling “dis-ease” in your body and how to work with it.


  1. Denial


When we deny our true feelings or awareness of something, this goes against our natural instincts and causes a dichotomy or split in our consciousness. When our subconscious or higher self is aware of something and trying to get our attention - but we keep plowing forward and denying it - sometimes there is a certain “intervention” that needs to happen, knocking your body down and getting you to sit and reflect and be with what’s coming up.