this is a FANTASTIC dialogue, and i'm so happy you opened it up in response to my posting!!
Last summer, i had this massive "opening" (realization) about how much my diabetes has effected my life. I, in a way, suddenly realized I have a chronic illness ((though I had it since I was 2))
anyway--- in a rapid amount of research, something I found very fascinating was the link between willpower, the pancreas, and how its described in the chakra-system:
Courtesy of wikipedia, a "chakra" is:
"In Hindu and tantric/yogic traditions and other belief systems chakras are energy points or knots in the subtle body. They are located at the physical counterparts of the major plexuses of arteries, veins and nerves. Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels, called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana), or vital energy moves. Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different number of chakras. There are many chakras in the subtle human body according to the tantric texts, but there are 7 chakras that are considered to be the most important ones."
here's an excellent evidence-based study on various "energy therapies" for better management:
so, the thing about the whole concept of chakras, is basically how anything physical is also emotional / energetic. The chakras are in a way these marker-points for the mind-body connection.
According to the chakra system, each chakra-point is linked to a series of organs.
The pancreas is connected to the third chakra.
The third-chakra (also called the "solar plexus or the manipura chakra) has to do with willpower.
"The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable. The third chakra is the centre of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality.
The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life.
The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner. What does that mean? It means consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra. It means being proactive rather then reactive or inactive."
Now, i'm not proposing that meditation and yoga are going to cure anyone of diabetes. BUT, what I think is 100% spot on, is that will-power is the ability to respond effectively and efficiently to an outside force that has effected you. It is the ability to act in response.
Diabetes- all kinds-- is a problem of energy conversion. Willpower is effective "will" conversion.
So, the physical issues that diabetes brings on in converting energy, manifests as willpower issues in behavior, energy, emotion, psychology.
are you following me?
Also, thinking of my own history, my biggest life struggle- to this day- is self worth. Is finding myself worthy of my own life and care. I've gone to hell and back with a deep-seated insecurity. And i do believe now, that this broken sense of self came from the wound that type 1 diabetes brought into my life as a very young child.
Its only as an adult that I am finally looking at this wound, and healing its pain.
""The wound is the place where the light enters you."
would love to hear your thoughts and responses to all of this.