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Reflective Analysis: Understanding the Theory

One of the tenants of holistic health states that we are whole.  We are one unit, all together, with all of our specialized functions and diverse aspects of mind/body/spirit connecting and overlapping. However, the ‘whole’ of us is complicated beyond the capacity for us to know completely.  It’s much like astronomers telling us that there is a unique galaxy in the heavens for every grain of sand on a beach.  How can we possibly comprehend such vastness or complexity within ourselves? Well, the good news is that, just as we really don’t need to know the nature of the 75th galaxy to the right of mars, we can get by without all the overwhelming details of our own physiology and mind. While we don’t need to know all the details, it is helpful to know enough about our inner complexities to stay healthy and to keep us in harmony with our nature. But even that much requires methods of analysis that summarize our complexities and give us insights into our health that are accessible. One such method of summarization is called reflective analysis.

So what does this reflection idea really mean? It’s pretty simple. You are one whole unit. What happens to any part of you, happens to all of you.  If an emotional stress happens to you, say you have angry words with someone, then that emotional event sends changes through all of you.  And while the anger may originate as an emotion, it quickly becomes a physiological response: hormones released and increased heart rate etc…. Those words sit in your mind causing reactive thoughts and associations that change our future behaviors. Thus, I can find the emotional stress of the fight reflected throughout all of you – in your physical body, in your emotional space, and in your thoughts. You are one complete whole and thus the altercation happened to all parts of you.

Reflective analysis takes a cumulative snapshot of all the things happening to you and allows us to see reflections of those events in one part of the body. For example, by mastering the details of how different stresses send reflections onto your tongue, you can use tongue analysis to gain insight into the state of your health. The physical appearance of your tongue can tell you about the state of your organs.  You can see the health of your organs if you study what the reflections mean! This makes deep insights about our health as accessible as sticking your tongue out and looking into the mirror.

Some parts of our bodies are better at showing reflections than others. Thus, systems of analysis were only developed for those body parts that impart information easily. Next week we will explore some details of tongue and facial analysis to give more specific examples of how reflections are used.

Reflective Analysis: Playing With Details

Using reflections to analyze our state of health has been effectively used for thousands of years. Before we had MRI imaging and comprehensive blood tests, we had to rely on our own senses to gather data about our health. Today I thought we could look into the theory a bit deeper as a means to show just how strongly your heath reflects throughout your being.  We will use the tongue and face for our examples because both of these body parts are available for you to examine in your mirror every day.

Reflection Fact 1: Body parts that share similar functions and/or share close proximity reflect each other more readily. For example, the face reflects the emotional body very well because our facial muscles are directly involved in the communication of those emotions; they share connections of function. We have all heard of laugh lines and worry lines. Thinking deeper about this, you can see how a smile pulls our face muscles up.  If that pattern of smiling is repeated over and over the creases of that habitual emotion start to become etched into our face.  By the same token, stress and worry create lines in our skin above our forehead creating that wrinkled brow.  They also show energetic depletion in the form of black color around the eyes.  And while the two are not always connected, it’s a common sight to see someone stressed out from worry that looks pale, has deep creases in their forehead from intense worry, and has dark sunken circles around their eyes.

I like talking about facial analysis because it shows the reflections between layers of our being. The lines on our face reflect the habits of our emotion.  Very often we like to separate emotional health from physical or mental health. The emotional habits written on our face show us how inseparable mind/body/spirit/emotion are.

Reflection Fact 2: Coloration is one indicator to look for in your analysis. Healthy skin has a narrow range of hues. Typically when our skin hue becomes overly red, white, pale, or yellow it all indicates various dysfunctions or depletions. Take a look at your tongue in the mirror every day.  If there is lots of white buildup on the tongue it indicates stagnation in the GI tract. Overly red or purplish coloration on the tongue indicates you have, or on your way to having, an inflammatory condition.

If you are curious in learning more about facial or tongue analysis, I highly recommend finding some good books.  The truth is that these sciences are quite robust; I have a 350 page book just on tongue analysis sitting in front of me. The general public can find great use in them without complete mastery, and the best part is that all you need is some consistency of study and a mirror to gain access to some deep information on the state of your health.