Dear Steven: About three
years ago I hurt my right shoulder while chopping wood.
It still hurts every now and then. My doctor diagnosed
it as bursitis, and recommended I see a specialist
to look at my rotator cuff, but I want to avoid surgery.
What should I do? Any help would be appreciated. At
that time in my life, I accepted a job with more travel
and higher pay, and my wife became self-employed out
of the home. We also got our child into preschool.
Sincerely, Tim, Philadelphia,
Dear Tim: Please
do see a specialist and explore medical options available.
However, much can be done to help the healing. The shoulders
represent perceived responsibility. The right shoulder
reflects giving support to others. The "itis" in Bursitis
points toward anger. For you specifically, you may be
angry and feel you are giving support (emotional and/or
financial) to someone out of a sense of responsibility.
Release the anger constructively, without blaming yourself
or others. Explore means of helping others in ways that
FEEL good. Do you wish to travel more, or less? Can
any "excess" responsibility be shared with someone else
or fulfilled in more MUTUALLY rewarding ways? You may
also discover that half the things you "should" do are
also things you want to do. Getting help from a third
party with the intent of changing relationship patterns
may also be extremely useful.
Positive thought to
manifest: "I, Tim, now ALLOW myself to give support
freely without obligation. I ALLOW others to support
me on this."
Blessings and happy
Dear Steve: Recently,
my left knee has been locking up on me. Sometimes it
just gives way and doesn't support my weight. I also
frequently wake up with my fingers bent and painfully
stiff. The doctor says it's the onset of arthritis,
but I'm only 27 years old and too young for this to
happen. I'm just finishing up my internship as a school
counselor. My husband and I plan to move back down to
Georgia in a few months because of a job transfer he
Thanks for your help,
Jennifer, Orlando, FL
The knee has to do with either being too flexible in
your decisions or too stubborn. The left leg represents
the need to be honest within personal relationships.
The "itis" in arthritis in the hands reflects anger
at the perceived need to hold onto or let go of something.
For you personally, you vary between being too indecisive
and too stubborn. This is ruled by your emotions and
can be remedied by deciding what things in your life
are important for you to hold onto, and what things
you really wish to let go of. You need to be totally
your husband about your feelings regarding the upcoming
move. I wonder if you want to stay where you are and
not make the upcoming move, and if your husband can
have enjoyable and rewarding work in the present location.
Positive thought to
manifest: "I, Jennifer, now acknowledge my needs and
wants. I communicate them clearly and lovingly, and
I allow others to gain joy from that."
Blessings, and good
luck with the (non?) move, Steve
Steven Rogat is a
metaphysical consultant, Spiritual & Shamanic Healer, Licensed Professional Counselor,
personal growth facilitator and author of Healing Thoughts, Therapeutic Shamanism:
A Bridge Between Metaphysics & Psychotherapy. Along with his wife Marcia, Steven co-ounded the Creative Thought Center (www.creativethought.org)
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