Inner Pilgrimage (Part I)


”Within my body are all the sacred places of the world, and the most profound pilgrimage I can ever make is within my own body.”



Just as life speaks to us through the senses and nature, the body speaks to us through sensation and symptom. Learning to understand and appreciate the language of the body comes through a fine tuning of the inner ear and senses to hear the truth speaking from deep within. There is a certain kind of poetry expressed in symptoms- a distilled, clear and creative flow of felt experience, symbolism, and metaphor that encompasses more than words alone. It is the language of the soul speaking from ancient archetypal wisdom that can open us to a whole new world- one that is rich with its own mythology of meaning and support.

When compassionately connecting with the wealth of intelligence in one’s living breathing flesh and bone with openness and curiosity, one finds that the body is a wise ally rather than a mere vehicle to use or abuse. One discovers that symptoms are creative messengers, oriented toward connecting parts of one’s self that have been cast out, forgotten, never known or acknowledged. By deeply listening to the unique poetry of one’s symptoms, one learns to align with a deeper truth- a potential that yearns for expression, places of unprocessed trauma, and more. One begins to discover what wants voice, movement- to live, and what needs to be let go of.

We exist in an internal and external landscape that is always changing- a dynamic dance of opposites (yin and yang) which is the essence of all creation. If we view healing as a life long dance of whole-making, we come to understand that all polarities that exist within each of us are the prime material for realizing one’s full potential.

Within the landscape of the body one finds that what is needed is right here within each of us, and has been all along.




About the Author: Monique Gaboury is a licensed acupuncturist, in Freeland, WA, specializing in Alchemical Acupuncture. She loves sharing her passion for natural healing at her clinic and through writing her blog ’Nourishing Change Through Connection’.

Juniper Medicine Alchemical Acupuncture serving the greater Seattle area on Whidbey Island. To schedule an appointment call 360-672-1506 or email


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