Question: Kelley, I recently did a healing for a friend who is suffering from appendicitis-like symptoms. My question is in relation to what I saw and removed, which was a shiny silver jeweled dagger, about 8 -10 inches long. It was not a black dart, which is a block what I usually see in the back. Have you any explanation for what it represents, and why or how it got there? Jennifer, from Australia

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Hi Jennifer. The form that energy takes is highly individual, and yet often we do tap into collective representations of life force, thus the symbols it shows us. Often in shamanic work staves, knives, or other sharp objects embedded in the form represent a curse or vow that is lingering, stifling the person’s life force. This is a common perception of a block in life force, and it is one that I, personally, have seen many times. It is very astute of you to factor into your work that this one appeared distinct from such items as you have found in the past. I ask to speak with the knife in question, and it shows me that in some other life pattern the individual acquired this knife from a beloved who had died, and placed that knife in her form, herself. I feel the guise of it being placed there for “love” is why it appeared differently to you, as well as the fact that an actual knife had inflicted harm in that area. The knife you saw wasn’t just a symbol of a lingering block, but was actually still there, etherically speaking. Nonetheless, the knife had (prior to your work) become an impediment in her present. I do hear what the exact vow was that was made and how it relates to her present, but I do not feel I can share that without the individual’s consent. I can say that though the knife is gone, the resulting wound bears more work.

Curses and vows are immensely significant to our health. A vow is the only one who fully brings them into the being is the one taking the vow or being cursed. Certainly others can hold power over us, but only when we allow it. For this reason bringing a multi-dimensional approach to healing is important.

We don’t often remember the ill-made promises “never to forgive,” or “to forever remember this pain.” Frankly, we don’t always have to remember them, if we can be comfortable with letting go of the imbalance, itself. Sometimes, though, we need the mental recollection of symbols to bring order to how we are perpetuating resulting patterns in the present. It is through an intimate knowledge of our own mythology and remaining open to collective consciousness that we can process these symbols and release them.

Until we understand the spiritual source of the wound, the wound can’t truly heal. Once we open ourselves to that information, psychology around the physical ailment releases, enabling healing on all levels. Understanding that cycle, and its nonlinear nature, is key to being creators of our own wellbeing. I wish you the best in your healing practice, Jennifer!