Bodily functioning is a continuous adaptation process to our external and internal environments that is operated by the brain, which in turn reflects the contents of the mind, the emotions, and the soul.
The key factor in the maintenance of bodily health is the immune system, which is controlled by the brain via neural connections, chemical reactions, neurotransmitters, lymphocytes, neurohormones, endorphins, and the like.
Through these linkages, what is going on in our consciousness is continuously affecting our body -- and vice versa. In many ways, the body and the mind imitate and imprint each other.
Ultimately, of course, consciousness underlies and is the final determinant of everything, and the body reflects this vividly. It should be noted in this regard that "consciousness" will be used here to refer to both aware and unaware processes and phenomena, as well as what is happening in our brains and in our souls.
What is in our consciousness is determined by our life experiences and by the nature and history of our soul. We design our destiny, and then we encounter the interaction between ourselves and the world around us. And we react to what happens.
For instance, one way in which illnesses and such can happen is when the individual's life goals are not being met. The individual then feels so frustrated that bodily functioning goes awry. Their consciousness then becomes permeated with this process.
The resultant in such a situation is that the particular interpretations and interventions that the individual exhibits about this issue are reflective of the agitated state of their consciousness.
And that, in turn, shows up in the form of the disorder that develops. The illness, ailment or damaged condition then reflects the goal-thwarting impacts from our environment, and/or it reflects the effects of our efforts to try to get by without dealing with our goal(s).
The key factor in all this is the "thought form" or pattern of consciousness in the mind and soul, which affects the body via the processes described above. And when something is awry in our consciousness, the body is the place where our consciousness problem; that is precipitating the disorder, is played out.
Illnesses, ailments, disorders and damages in our bodies therefore represent the final warning system regarding the things in which we are caught up that are causing us significant, serious, and perhaps even lethal outcomes. These "Messages From The Body" point to what needs to be tracked and modified in our emotional/cognitive/behavioral/evaluational/spiritual system.
Symptoms and syndromes (clusters of symptoms) express what we are unconscious of, as well as what we are "shoving into our shadow." The "shadow" is that part of us where things that were (or are) not acceptable to us and/or to those around us are relegated.
This is especially true during the intensely impressionable childhood period, where at the beginning in particular, we tend to put God's face on the parents and other significant caretakers and relationships.
What the symptoms and syndromes of illness and disorders often represent, then, is a de-evolution of a "shadow-shoving" process, in which we are refusing to integrate our qualities or needs into our consciousness and lives, due to severely repressive, suppressive, exploitative and/or abusive reactions to these aspects of our nature when we were children.
There is an old saying to the effect that "As a person thinketh, so they shall be." In other words, what is in our consciousness determines the way our life goes. And that gets started in childhood. This means that how one handles one's core themes determines who and how one will become.
Some example core themes here are things like self-support, belonging, being safe, getting love, needing validation, being responsible, knowing and understanding, mutual support, honesty, perfection, being able to love, being able to have, cultural and community commitment, being without doing, attention input, abandonment, cosmic connection, etc.
A major source of bodily malaise is the impact of one's negative experiences on the neurotransmitter conditions that result from formative processes. Chronic and/or repeated traumatic experience patterns have specific impacts on the individual's neurotransmitters that tend to last the lifetime.
Specifically, what has been found is that:
1) Dopamine is lowered by joy-deprivation.
2) Norepinepherine is elevated by fear- and/or rage-induction.
3) Endorphine is lowered by love-deprivation.
4) Serotonin is lowered by status-deprivation and powerlessness-induction.