We started discussing the body n mind connection while I was at a friends shop hanging out as I had many times and John pointed to a yellowed handwritten letter hanging on his cluttered bulletin board. After reading it, I asked him who had written it and he told me the story of a man named Lynn Henningsgard.
Apparently Lynn abandoned his job and in search of happiness and spiritual well being became a nomad and hermit who stopped in to chat with my friend, John, every few years. John says he was a kind soul and a very interesting man who wandered here and there. Lynn spent a couple years living in a teepee and another couple years living in a two story shack the size of an outhouse. This is even more surprising when you realize he was doing this in the northern woods of Minnesota!
They say people who live this spiritual way (as most of our spiritual leaders have) are open to insights that the rest of us are not. The yellowed handwritten note with a date of 1987, correlates diseases of the body with dis-ease of the mind reminding me of Louise Hay's book, You Can Heal Your Life, which also discusses the body n mind connection.
Mr. Lynn Henningsgard has passed from this world but I thought his handwritten note about mind body dualism should be shared with you and with permission from his friend, John, here it is...
"The Body is the Shadow of the Mind
(what is not solved by the mind is given to the body)
by Lynn Henningsgard
Anemia - not recognizing one's self value; a feeling of weakness
Arthritis - unable to express yourself; feeling inadequate, like being in jail
Cancer - severe hate and/or resentment toward another individual, but not expressing it openly; hate turned inward and carried through one's life
Colds - indecisiveness, need to make decision and not doing so; feeling sorry for self and wishing to delay activity
Diabetes - holding back, a selfish attitude; not wanting to give
Digestive Disorders - worry; not letting self relax (see ulcers)
Elimination Problems - over attachments; holding in communications; not releasing situations
Eye Disorders - inability or refusal to see things as they really are
Headaches - feeling threatened by one's environment; pressured
Heart Attack - feeling pressured by responsibility; wanting escape
Hearing Disorders - inability or refusal to listen or to accept what is heard
Kidney Disorders - condemnation of self; not forgiving self for something said or done; not understanding self value; not accepting love
Lower Back Problems - mental power struggle
Lung Disorders (asthma) - restricted feeling; attitude of feeling loss of freedom
Middle Back Problems - apprehensive; fearful
Neck & Shoulder Tension - carrying other people's problems; feeling you have the whold world on your shoulders
Nervous Disorders - too demanding and restrictive of self; emotional buildup
Numbing of Arms & Hands - failure to surrender to loss of control over one's life
Prostate Disorder (genital) - not aprreciating masculine expression; guilt and/or fear in the expression of the aggressive quality
Reproductive Disorders (female) - not appreciating the feminine expression of the receptive quality; feeling unproductive
Sinus Problems - restricted in expression; feeling trapped; overly sensitive
Throat Disorders - having to do with using the will; need to make decisions and delaying in doing
Ulcers - felling out of control and wanting to control others and their situations "
So take Lynn's handwritten note as you will. If nothing else it's an interesting insight into the body n mind connection! Hope you enjoyed.
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Lynn Henningsgard was a close personal friend, mentor, and teacher to a very young and impressionable version of my present self. He lived on an island …