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What are the Possible Factors Involved in Illness?

There are always many factors involved in illness, including diet, genetics, environment, stress levels, negative thought patterns, difficult experiences and emotions. 

People’s challenging childhood experiences and suppressed emotions become stored in their cellular memories and can cause a lot of physical problems. 

 The interconnection between unresolved negative emotions and disease is undeniable. 

Scientific research has shown that negative thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and emotions weaken the nervous and immune systems and can lead to disease, while positive emotions release endorphins in our bodies, which result in health, happiness and wellbeing.

However, to heal, a person needs to work on several aspects of their life. This is why it is important to understand where the problems are coming from, so as to know the best way to address it. From my experience all ailments are telling us to pay attention, become conscious of what does not work, and start moving towards something that does. 

Why is it important to understand the source of an illness?

It’s important to understand the source, so that you can heal yourself and let go of the limiting and destructive emotions, thoughts, experiences and behaviours which have played the role in creating your illness. 

If you know what caused it, then you have the power and the choice to heal it and prevent it from re-occurring. 

Can you give some examples of the messages our body can gives us when something is not right?

Physical Symptoms

Lack of energy, stress and tension in your body, pain, frequent colds, irritation, itching, illness, disease, infection, deteriorating of organs, falling, hurting yourself, etc.

Emotional Symptoms

Feeling angry, depressed, fearful, unhappy, guilty, and resentful. Playing a victim in relationships. Fighting with others. Feeling emotionally depleted, etc.

Mental Symptoms

Critical thoughts which create negative experiences. Blaming others. Manifesting lack. Making silly mistakes. Having lack of clarity about your life.

Spiritual Symptoms

Feeling uninspired. Disconnected from the source of love, joy and guidance. Unable to see blessings in challenges. 


When I am teaching about the secret language of the body, I encourage people to listen to their bodies and discover what they can learn from each experience. Thus, life becomes richer and more whole. 


A simple exercise you can do is: write down in which areas you are experiencing pain or blockage. Then start to explore how this physical or emotional pain is connected to what you say, what you think, what you feel and the life experiences you keep repeating.

I also encourage you to place your hands on the part of your body, where you are having challenges, breathe into that part of your body and ask, what story are you holding? What is the point of view that this part of you body is feeding? Is this a healthy or an unhealthy point of view? What would be a healthy perspective that you could discover that would allow you to find wisdom from this difficult situation? Give yourself time to connect to that wisdom. Once you have, focus on nourishing what is healthy for you.

Inna Segal is the award winning best-selling author of The Secret Language of Your Body: The Essential Guide to Health and Wellness and The Secret of Life Wellness: The Essential Guide to Life’s Big Questions. She has also created The Secret Language of Colour Cards and Colour Healing Journal as well as Heal Yourself Reading Cards and Mystical Healing Reading Cards and many healing programs. Inna is an internationally recognised healer, professional speaker and author. For more info on her work please go to: or



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