Arthritic conditions

“Adventure should be part of everyone’s life.

It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.”

Holly Morris

ARTHRITIS:  is an acute or chronic inflammation of a joint.


The term describes around 200 conditions that affect joints, the

tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. It is a

rheumatic condition ie of or relating to any of various diseases and

disorders that chiefly affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles,

and bones and characterised by pain, stiffness, and swelling in

and around one or more joints.


The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common

rheumatic conditions related to arthritis include gout, fibromyalgia,

and rheumatoid arthritis.


Excellent information on descriptions, causes, treatments, can be

found on the websites of the NHS   and  Arthritis Research UK 


When my sister died and then I went on to develop a number of illnesses, I became very critical, angry, and judgemental…I developed throat problems, coughing blood, and had to have nodules investigated. My voice became hoarse and speaking was difficult. I lost my ability to speak up for myself.


I disliked the way I became and behaved and knowing that these were ways that grief manifested itself did not help. It took me a while, about three years, to come through and just as I thought things were changing and I was getting back to my older self, I developed arthritis.

Looking at the metaphysical (ie beyond the physical meaning) causes of arthritis, I am not surprised. There are some key features of someone with a form of arthritis including:-

  1. A tendency to devalue the self, to develop low self-esteem, a grave lack of respect for the self, lack of self-respect and self-recognition.

  2. A strong drive to achieve freedom and repression of the same impulse.

  3. A very critical character, with itself and with others. Criticizes everything in life and the people around him/her.

  4. A focus on the negative, judging everything and everyone. Never pleased, nor satisfied, nothing makes him/her happy, everything is wrong, even himself/herself.

  5. Feels unloved finds it difficult to love or show affection.

  6. A belief that nobody understands him, do not recognise and do not respect him. (In reality the person does not understand himself, does not accept or respect. What he expresses about others is in fact a form of projection.)


Appearances are deceptive; as a rule, people with arthritis present an appearance of being calm and docile, as if butter would not melt, but in their inner world they live with great unresolved anger, which they deny, and which impacts hugely on their health in ways other than arthritis. Watch out for their passive-aggressive ways.

Perhaps, to survive their childhood, they would have witnessed their parents continually pleasing others and not expressing their anger or strong emotions; the child learned to do likewise.


The arthritic character can come across as weak  and helpless and so everyone around them has to feel "sorry" for or "obligated" to them. This becomes learned behaviour and they can become very manipulative, never expressing directly what they want or need. They expect others to mind-read and pick up on their needs, using only short phrases, and then indirectly, hoping that others will pick up on their needs and "assist" them. For example they may say,  "..gee ... it’s so hot in here .....” hoping someone will open a window.

In general, arthritis occurs in people who have difficulty in recognising, seeing and accepting who they are. They are hard people with themselves, they do not let themselves meet their desires or do what they want in life; they are always in search of external responsibilities, ignoring the joys of life.


Rheumatism often specifically affects the fingers. This person often has a conflict of profound devaluation in relation to work, they may feel they are not good enough, don’t deserve to succeed, are unable. They may also live with guilt, especially they will blame them self for not taking care of their mother, for not protecting her. Their adrenal glands may become affected because they lack a sense of direction in life, perhaps because of loyalties to their mother.

Rheumatoid arthritis patient has a very strong reaction to authority and often will criticise organisations and authority figures. They will feel manipulated, exploited, let-down, tied down and whilst living a life of being tied and constricted, will constantly yearn to break free. This takes great strain on the body system.

Recommendations to improve health and wellbeing (based on metaphysical understandings)


Avoid self-criticism. Learn self-acceptance, self-love.


Give up the desire to dominate and control everything


Become aware of your anger and find ways to express it appropriately and thus find inner peace. An anger management course may be worthwhile. Unresolved anger eats away at you - hence cancer and arthritis.

If you decide to do something for someone else, do it with pleasure and not out of obligation or to seek recognition. if you do the latter you will feel resentful when the person you have helped is not sufficiently and perfectly grateful!

Do what you would like in life, release your beliefs of limitation and lack, and don’t expect others to second read you.  In that way you avoid being misunderstood, rejected, disappointed and then getting resentful when others don’t do for you what you are hoping they will guess they should do.


Release tendencies to have things and people be perfect;  examine what lies as the source of this need to “be perfect.” As you release the need for perfection, you will cease to criticise yourself and others.

Learn to find your voice, speak up for yourself, learn to ask for what you need.

Also find out the roots of why you find it difficult to pluck up the courage to make your requests directly and honestly to have your needs met. What happened when you were a child when you asked for something .Did you get the, “I want never gets” response. Were your requests always rejected? I knew of a young man who when he would ask for his mum’s attention would be told, “In a minute.” In-a-minute never came and so he learned that requests would never be answered.

People find your manipulative ways hard to handle so make it easier for them and you by getting rid of your eagerness to manipulate. Be straightforward, honest, truthful, and direct. Be authentic.

Reconsider your employment situation; is there a need to get back to studying, exploring a new skill, changing career, finding a more meaningful way of occupying your time?


Notice which joints are affected and research them more deeply than the tiny amounts of information on this site.


Hands or fingers relate to working life. Any sudden change or trauma to our professional / working life (which is what also happened in my case – my sister died, my health suffered, I gave up work) will trigger a corresponding sympathetic response in our hands and fingers eg pain and swelling to our finger joints.

Feet: Represent our understanding – of ourselves, of life, of others. – Foot Problems: Fear of the future and of not stepping forward in life.

Inflammation: Fear. Seeing red. Inflamed thinking. Anger and frustration about conditions you are looking at in your life.

Knee: Represents pride and ego. Stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Fear. Inflexibility. Won’t give in.

More specifically, according to Louise L Hay, from her book, You Can Heal Your Life ...

Arthritis: Feeling unloved. Criticism, resentment. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Feeling victimized. Lack of love. Chronic bitterness.

Resentment. Deep criticism of authority. Feeling very put upon.

Fingers: Represent the details of life.

Thumb: Represents intellect and worry. 

Index: Represents ego and fear.

Middle: Represents anger and sexuality. 

Ring: Represents unions and grief.

Little: Represents the family and pretending.


Whatever, learn to ease up on yourself, to love yourself, find things to do that you really enjoy where you can truly let your hair down and have fun, enjoy and live life with joy.

You do life, you don’t live it and enjoy it. It’s time to enJOY.


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