Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT) or tapping, gave Matthew some big insights into his physical illness, and the spiritual and emotional actions he had to take to resolve it. The stomachache went away, but a couple of months' later, it resurfaced.
This is not an unusual phenomenon. It doesn't necessarily mean that the original problem is back, because once the 'issue', whatever it is, is resolved at its root in the soul, it's gone for good.
But what can often happen is that some previous symptoms can resurface, as G-d gets us ready to tackle the next layer down of the problem, or issue. And that's exactly what happened with Matthew. I had a suspicion that the stomach was hiding something big, emotionally.
I had Matthew draw a mind-map, with the word 'stomach' in the centre, boxed-off. Then, I asked him to write anything and everything that came to mind, without censoring it, connected to the word 'stomach'.
A couple of minutes' later, we had the following list:
- Black Hole
The stomach told Matthew that he didn't have to hate himself. Matthew was surprised, first of all that his stomach was really telling him things, and also that it appeared to be pretty intelligent and clued-in. We continued.
After a few more minutes of Gestalt dialogue, Matthew's stomach had told him that he was eating junk food to try and make himself feel better, instead of just liking himself more. It also told him that he was nervous about making mistakes and doing things wrong (connected to what had surfaced earlier, about 'being a failure, just like his dad'), and that's what was making him feel ill.
I instructed Matthew to ask his stomach what, in particular, he was nervous about right now. The answer came back very quickly: things had been left up in the air with Matthew's former business partner. The business partner hadn't acted in a 100% correct way, and Matthew hadn't paid him money that otherwise was clearly owed to him, when the business dissolved.
Matthew was in a quandary, and didn't know what to do about it all.
The stomach is connected to Deeper Need number 3, Truth.
Whenever people are living a lie, or telling lies, even unconsciously, the stomach, (and everything associated with it) is the place that's going to be directly affected.
The good news is, telling the truth usually solves the spiritual problems affecting the stomach at their root, and immediately.
After some discussion, Matthew acknowledged that he knew that the truth was that he should pay his former business partner what he owed him, but hadn't wanted to from fear of 'making a mistake' or being taken for a ride (again, connected to his fear of failure).
The stomach / solar plexus area is also the physical home of the ego. What we want, or what we feel is in our best interests, can sometimes clash with 'truth', as it did here.
Once the penny dropped that Matthew had to pay his business partner, he felt immediately better.
The stomachache reduced 90%. We ended the session with a visualisation, where I asked Matthew to picture his stomach being filled up with the light of truth - G-d's truth - a kind, loving, warm, healing light (as opposed to a harsh Alcatraz-type spotlight).
We ended with him feeling much happier and more energetic, if still a little nervous about making the call to his former partner.