Life sends us messages on different levels. Some of the gentle calls, when not dealt with properly, move on to become more intense calls, which affect the physical body in a more significant way. These take the form of physical symptoms, injuries, physical pain and disease. An intense call is not something that can be ignored and one has no choice but to pay attention to it. I use the word symptom synonymously with a sign or signal that is pointing in a determined direction. The symptom has a purpose of pointing something out; it exists for a reason.

The symptom, the illness, the pain and the diagnosis can all be seen as the messenger, not as the message. From a spiritual point of view and in looking for the next step along our path in life, the messenger is not the important thing. Anything or anyone can be the messenger. It is the message that is of utmost importance. When we focus on the messenger alone, i.e. the pain or the ailment, we are looking in the wrong place. By concentrating on the symptom and how to get rid of it, we ignore and diminish the powerful message that is being delivered by the soul.
A serious illness or an injury is a loud call from the soul. The soul is actually shouting at us at this point and it is indicating a need for a serious change in life. Sometimes it is just an internal change, but it often includes an external change as well. The intense call is an exterior manifestation that reflects your interior condition or state. If you can listen to it, accept the message and undertake the process of inner transformation, then the call can be converted into good news; although it can look like really bad news at first. The call is always a gift from the soul.

Intense calls have the power to radically change the course of our life. If we look closely at any event that created major change in our life, it is most likely not an event that was planned, it was not calculated and not coordinated by our rational side. Accidents, disease, death, separation, injury and pain are not planned events. They are all examples of intense calls that often point to a new direction in our adventure. It is interesting to point out that a new friendship that becomes very important to us, or even falling in love, are not planned events either; they just happen.

These calls are easier to identify, as they are louder, they are more obvious and they generate noticeable sensations or discomfort in us. The gift they hold is often easier to see. Other times it is not that easy because the event arrives disguised as a hardship or a great misfortune. In these cases the gift is more hidden and needs to be sought out. When the soul sends out one of these intense calls the gift carries more value or importance because it has been waiting longer to be discovered.

A call can be dealt with in different ways. One is to face the problem directly instead of ignoring it and living in denial. The next is to be willing to grow and evolve through it, even though it involves experiencing some discomfort or instability. Opening up to the call can mean leaving your comfort zone, the known, your beliefs and your old ways of seeing life. This means venturing and discovering new ways of relating to yourself as well as to others. It can mean that you need to change your way of reacting to events and situations. When you consciously participate in making this happen, you can expect a great gift in return. It is often something that you can share with the people around you.

If one resists the call or fights it or maintains a rigid and inflexible point of view, the message will remain there dormant. The other result is that the illness or the condition will persist and the possibility of healing will get pushed into the future. In the end, a gift that remains uncollected will await its next opportunity; the next opportunity being another surge in the illness and perhaps another round of pain.

The unwillingness to acknowledge the call or the denial of the pending issues can also create a situation where it gets transferred to the next generation through some form of inheritance. It can get passed on to the next generation in a number of ways: as a set of family values, a belief system passed on by the parents, in a way of seeing life, in patterns of behavior or in a situation that keeps on repeating itself over and over again. It can be in the form of deep emotional pain, physical pain and culminating into the condition or illness we are discussing here.

In my work I have had the honor of accompanying people who have collected a gift that had been passed on for generations. We will look at such an example in the next chapter that linked up through four generations on the mother’s side. Finding the gift, which addresses and deals with an issue can not only benefit the person who has collected it, it can also benefit previous generations.