The Body Is The Map: The Hidden Things We Can Learn From Our Teeth
I am a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioner. In my heart of hearts, I believe that the body is always speaking to us to let us know where healing needs to happen.
I consider myself extraordinarily blessed to help others as they find healing in their lives from anything to panic attacks to issues around self-worth to dis-ease that comes in the form of cancer cells, psychological distress, and/or illness.
Many of my clients feel confused when they start talking about psychological concerns and I start talking about their north nodes and nutrition and the gut-brain axis. Much to their amazement, they find that perhaps symptom management doesn’t have to be their life anymore as they find deeper healing and meaning in their lives.
I have also been blessed to be able to heal my own ailments from precancerous cells to mood management and psychological pain using natural methods from singing bowls, proper nutrition, energy work, and inner child healing. I get the sense that my body and all bodies are much wiser than we can even fathom and that if we just listen, we can find the right avenue for our healing.
This is actually what has prompted this article today. I went to the dentist and had a tooth extracted. Now on the physical level, you might be thinking, “Well, that’s what happens when you don’t have proper oral hygiene.” I say yes, you are absolutely correct in that assumption. Improper care of my teeth in my early 20s led to many issues that have had to be corrected over the years. But what if I also told you that much like the rest of our bodies, our teeth carry a story.
I got curious today and started researching the spiritual significance of teeth. Much to my surprise and a general sense of joy in my soul, I found several articles that addressed how our teeth store repressed emotions and that they are actually connected in with the meridians of our organs. When I read about the tooth that the dentist pulled today, I felt a shiver down my spine, as it was the tooth that related to feelings of low self-worth.
Self-worth has been something I have been healing for several years now, and so the idea that this tooth needed to be removed actually made so much sense. I cannot take that old energy with me into my future. That tooth held memories of a wounded feminine. I sensed that because it was on my left side—it also held the broken relationship with my mother and the fragmented pieces of me that were left scattered like gingerbread crumbs to help me find my way home.
Suddenly, this extraction today took on a life of its own and I was once again reminded that our bodies are absolutely incredible. The problem is we are conditioned not to trust them. We are not encouraged to understand our bodies as the vessel for the spirit, but rather something akin to a car that needs a tune-up from a mechanic. Then we are given supplements that mask the underlying problem and we are left feeling distraught, sad, and confused about how we ended up with medicine cabinets full of prescription bottles, and much like hostages being held captive, we buy into the idea that there is no way out.
Our bodies as maps
I believe there is a way out. The body is the map.
Our bodies speak to us through our teeth as well. It’s not always just the bones or cells tissues and organs, but the very things that help us digest our food, speak our minds, and sing from our souls. When we repress our emotions, when we are too controlling, when we are angry, grief-stricken, or in a chronic shame cycle, our teeth remember.
When we feel helpless, depressed, trapped, obsessive, and anxious, our teeth remember. When we cannot find the words to express how we are feeling or we are taught to swallow our feelings, our teeth remember. When there seems to be no end to the bottomless pit of low self-worth and self-punishment, our teeth remember.
And as we heal, sometimes those teeth are too far past the point of being rescued, and the only option is to let them go. In my case, my tooth was too far gone to rectify what had been, and it is through this understanding that, going forward, my teeth will start remembering a different story.
Every time I speak my truth or sing my songs of joy or express my feelings, my teeth will remember. Every time I cry out in sorrow and heartbreak, speak kindly to myself and value myself, my teeth will remember. I get the sense that much like an accurate note-taker recording the minutes at a meeting, my teeth are documenting every single loving action I take toward myself, and much like the rest of my body that finds healing as I continue to dig into the mud and find the roots that need the most tender loving care (TLC), my teeth, too, will be nourished in ways that no toothpaste alone can provide.
I have often thought that health care is more about symptom management—not true healing. This is why we need to be the guru of our bodies. We need to see our bodies as more than just separate components operating at different speeds and levels, but rather as a fully functional and unified system that requires more than just a visit to the doctor once per year.
Our bodies beg us to listen and when we don’t listen, we get hit with psychological distress, panic attacks, disease, illness sickness, and so on. So if you’re reading this, my hope is that you can slow down and listen to your body. Address the little things now before they turn into bigger things later.
And if you’re anything like me, take a look at your oral health for it, too, is sharing your story.
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