The past 3 decades have registered an explosive rise in diabetes among people the world over. WHO states that nearly 422 million people are afflicted with this disease that is caused by higher-than-optimal levels of blood glucose. In 2016 it emerged as the direct cause of 1.6 million deaths. Even while a diabetic person’s body doesn’t display high enough glucose level that warrants a diagnosis, it is at constant risk of cardiovascular diseases.
On the diabetes world map, India appears to have a prominent place. Nearly 73 million people are currently living with diabetes and statistics reveal that over half of these cases remain undiagnosed.
Diabetes – when love goes awry
That emotion plays a predominant role in the development of diabetes is evident from its impact on the body manifested in the form of symptoms. In many people, the stress caused by adverse emotions directly affects the pancreas – reducing insulin production and therefore, raising blood sugar level. Various researches are bringing to the fore the cause and effect relationship between emotions and the development of diabetes.
An article published by the New York Times in 2015 mentions a study conducted by the University of Sweden which zeroes in on the role of serious life stress in triggering the onset of Type 1 diabetes in children. The study conclusively associated adverse life events such as death or serious illness in the family, divorce or parental separation or intense family conflict with the development of Type 1 diabetes in children. Diabetes is developed and fostered when under straining family circumstances children feel deprived of parental love and acceptance, mainly from the father.
As we explore the connection between diabetes and the emotions, we see how physiology holds the mirror to the feelings and cognitive states. Thus, we see that the absence or the lack of ‘sweet’ love in a diabetic gets uniquely translated into the pancreatic cells’ inability to assimilate sugar.
The Greek origin of the word diabetes which means throw or pass through something further strengthens the truth behind the emotion-body complex. Using a word which means ‘siphon’ in English, the Greeks understood and perceived diabetes as something reflective of throwing or passing through something. In a similar vein, diabetes was earlier called “sugar diarrhea” which implied “diarrhea of love”.
Suffering from diabetes is a sour experience both for the body and the feeling parts of our being. The body of the diabetic is scientifically known to become “sour” due to hyper-acidulation (eventually, leading to diabetic ketoacidosis), in the absence of production of the pancreatic alkaline substance. At the emotional level, the afflicted see their lives as “sour” because it is bereft of love’s sweetness. As life seems unbearable just as the taste of sourness is, a mistaken impression that turns into a complex of feelings and gets stamped into the diabetic’s psyche is that their lives will remain forever sour and miserable.
Diabetes – body’s proclamation of revolt against its Creator
Interestingly, the word pancreas is derived from Pan (which means the whole, the universe, the god of creation) and from Crea (which means flesh). Hence, the malfunction in the pancreas is indicative of a disturbing relationship with or a revolt against the divine creator, whose mortal equivalent is diabetic’s husband or the father.
Contrary to the experience of love or its search, diabetes patients develop a completely opposite set of feelings that can be described as those dealing with revulsion (repugnance). The person’s tension translates as: “I cannot oppose fate. And I am not receiving my correct share of sugar (love, affection). I would like to get out of this because it disgusts me, but I can’t.” Repulsion is also an underlying feeling in the individual’s relationship with the significant male member of the family – father or the husband.
Due to the malfunctioning of the pancreas, people suffer from chiefly two types of pancreatic disorders, namely, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.
Hypoglycemics have sparse levels of sugar in their blood as most of it is eliminated from the body through urine. Typically, they are deprived of affective states of love and tender feelings and their beliefs in them is drained from their mind like sugar from their anatomy. Due to the real or virtual absence of an appropriate father figure in their life, they are in constant search for norms and regulations that had failed to establish in their life.
In the case of hyperglycemia patients, there is an excess of sugar in the bloodstream, mainly as the body’s reaction to the missing love and shortage of ‘sweetness’ in life. Since the significant male member is found to be indifferent towards accepting or loving them in their childhood, the affected individuals turn to their mothers, who also comes around represents their indulgence in sweetness and their consequent over-weight.
The real cure lies in Stillness
When it comes to understanding and treating diabetes, the approach of medical science, unfortunately, is found inconsistent with the ‘intelligence’ of the body – its truth is experienced as a relationship between the material and emotional fields which gets expressed in the forms of symptoms.
In the state of meditative stillness, an individual can reach the deeper realms of their subconscious mind, where they have etched their misconceptions about their inability to receive, give or seek love. As the intelligent body brings forth the story of the past, the ‘lies’ that the individual believed in the light of body awareness starts to delete. As a result, the pancreas begins to regulate the flow of insulin while ridding the body of diabetes from its very root. When repugnance or self-hate is released from the body, all that prevails for the diabetes-free person, naturally, is love.
It’s important to realize that all symptoms are attempts by the body to be who you truly are. The love that you truly are. The love that everything is.