taking our first steps into the forbidden planet

This entire blog has been a progression.

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A searching & re-searching for something – but not knowing what it was.

I am fairly sure I do know now.

Initially I was discouraged by how many readers deserted this ship when the topic of parental cruelty was raised – I understand now that I may write about anything, BUT that.

Guess what?

I’d rather lose readers,
than shy away
from the healing scalpel of truth.

Forthwith I whole-heartedly choose to create a path / framework for myself & those who have the rage of heart (cœur rage = courage) to work with the body’s everconstant truth.

What we need to know is all there, and always was.

So let’s begin with
what we have been …


… forbidden
to hear.

We begin with stories, laying out in full view
some of the raw, vivid associations
that we see between …


… personal experience and physical disease …

… No matter how we twist and turn, trying to make sense of these phenomena, the truth is that our current biomedical assumptions cannot account for the expression of …

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…  highly specific and personal meanings in bodily disease …

at times with extraordinarily obvious symbolic features … In some, the meaning is so obvious that the observer is stopped in his tracks

“The notion that highly specific personal meanings give rise to disease remains, for many, …

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…  incomprehensible and even offensive,
violating entrenched assumptions about disease and illness”

“These patients … somehow know …

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… that they are sick because of the meaningful things that have occurred in their lives. They know that their stories and their illnesses are deeply entwined

“In many circumstances we are expressing our ‘stories’ in illness and disease because the strands of meaning and their associated feelings …

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… are too difficult to handle in other dimensions or personal expression”

It is much more ‘respectable’ to have a completely physical illness than one rooted in meanings. … fears of being labelled a “nutter” …

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… will drive many people away from acknowledging the role of their stories in their illnesses, therefore, in many cases, lock them into chronic disease

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… and this is truly shocking, that the most popular models of disease actually maintain many illnesses and diseases.

All quotes in this article come from Meaning-full Disease by Brian Broom – a man whose work helps put people …


… back together again.

It is way beyond time to comprehend that an adult is the OUT-growth of the physical body, not a disembodied entity.

Broom found that by listening to people’s stories he could hear their body speaking‘:

The main point is that that form of the body we know as the diseased body can also no longer be divided off from meaning and language

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An exploration of language-making in relation to meaning-full disease is crucial

Our illnesses are nestled in the way we describe things, the words we choose. Yet the words we choose are an outgrowth of physical experiencing – language is an OUT-growth of the body:

The point is that language, thought, and communication eventually arise out of … embodied experience; they are rooted in physical experience

not listening

an understanding of the patient’s disease as emerging within and because of the patient’s language story

The way we language things influences how we imagine the relationships between our minds and bodies

Our stories are so vital, so life-connected that every facet of our lives is yelling them from the rooftops.

We can consider the infant in the first few months of life as experiencing life as some sort of preverbal holistic integrated structural unity where …


subjectivity and physicality are indivisible

Disease is just one of these rooftops:

I am saying that the language of the patient, and the patient’s experience in the body, of disease are not really as separate as they might appear to be

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What are the implications .. if we bring disease and meaning together? Why do we hesitate to look at the  possibilities of doing so? What are we afraid of? Why do many patients look more willingly at meaning in their illnesses than do their doctors? How is it that so often patients know that they are ill because of this or that event or circumstance, but have never discussed this aspect with their doctors?

A stout heart & good pair of walking boots are recommended for this journey.

~  ~  ~

Thanks to Max for his Humpty Dumpty picture.

All text in this colour from Meaning-Full Disease by Brian Broom

April 29, 2013. Uncategorized.


  1. Gladys Molina (@EmpoweredByKnow) replied:

    “Why do many patients look more willingly at meaning in their illnesses than do their doctors?”

    – Because we are supposed to be our own doctors?


  2. Barb replied:

    Well this is a sync, I’ve just completed my course load in German New Medicine” which essentially states that every so called disease is

    “a meaningful biological special program designed by nature to assist us during an unexpected crisis. The psyche, a specific area of the brain, and the correlating tissue of an organ are all simultaneously affected by this unexpected emotional shock.”
    We experience a “disease” in two phases: conflict active where we are constricted, cold all the time, fighting insomnia, etc. we only go into the second phase, the healing phase, when we resolve the issue, and that has to be a subconscious/emotional truth like “well, it is what it is.” In healing, we are sick, fatigued, hot from fever in pain, there is inflammation, in other words, Nature kicks in to help us self-regulate; we are repaired, physically stronger and hopefully wiser than we were before. The thing is, most of us never fully heal. We go into hanging healing and allow the “slings and arrows” of life constantly trigger us, put us back on a track. And surprise, we get so worn out here, we die in this phase. Can’t get more meaningful than that.

    I think what you’re onto is the most important subject you’ve dared to delve into. It is for me.



  3. Max replied:

    You’re welcome, Alex!


  4. Sinead replied:

    Thank you for being brave enough to question/talk about these ideas. Your work has helped me so much.


  5. alex robinson replied:

    Perhaps Gladys we might say we are meant to be our own listeners

    Very best to you

    Thanks Barb, was good to hear of your sync. At the moment this path is getting stronger by the day, as if it has a life of its own – I do completely agree that this is the most important topic I have ever dived into – it gets a whole lot bigger!

    very best to you

    Max, I’d give you a kiss on the cheek but you might turn it into a strange picture :)

    Sinead my striving friend, you are always welcome


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