Power is at the root of the human experience. Our attitudes and belief patterns, whether positive or negative, are extensions of how we define and relate to power. We may be coping with feelings of inadequacy or powerlessness, we may be trying to maintain control over people or situations, or we may be trying to maintain a sense of security (a synonym for power) in personal relationships. Our relationship to power is at the core of our health and happiness.
Power mediates between our internal and external worlds, and as it does it communicates in a language of myth and symbol. Consider, for example the most common symbol of power: money. When a person internalizes money as a symbol of power, its acquisition and control becomes symbolic of that person's health & happiness. When she acquires money, her biological system receives the signals that power is coming into her body. Her mind transmits the unconscious message "I have money, therefore I am safe, I am secure".
In other words, I have power and all is well.
Each of us has numerous power symbols, and each symbol has a biological counter part. The dentist with pancreatic cancer had a symbol of power: his job. But since he had grown to despise his job, he was losing power each day. The power drain created a biological response that continued until it had contributed to a terminal disease.
Our lives are structured around power symbols: money, authority, title, beauty, security. The people who fill our lives and the choices we make each moment are expressions and symbols of our personal power and happiness. In countless situations and in relationships, the underlying dynamic at work is the negotiation of power ... who has it, and how we can maintain our share of it.
We need to become conscious of what gives us power and happiness. Healing from any illness is facilitated by identifying your power symbols and your symbolic and physical relationship to those symbols by heeding any messages your body and intuitions are sending you about them.