Over the years I have met a number of people that have been challenged by fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and MS. The vast majority have been women. Those seem to be the most common conditions I encounter with people, and I wondered if that was reflective of who I attract or rather universal. So I did some research. First, I explored some statistics and clinical information, then I meditated to discover if there is a common emotional and spiritual root.

According to Salyn Boyles research for an article in WebMD in 2007: Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) now appear to outnumber men with the disease by a ratio of four to one in the U.S., new research shows.

From a Science Daily article from 2008, we learn that: Fibromyalgia may affect as much as 3-6 percent of the U.S. population. It is more common in women than in men, but the reasons for this difference are unclear.

Mary Shamon, respected patient advocate, author and guest on ABC World News, http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm, states: The majority of diagnosed cases of CFS occur in women, most of whom are 25 to 45 years old.

The three conditions I mentioned are considered to be autoimmune diseases. So what is an autoimmune disease? Here is a brief description from Auto Immunity Research: ‘Autoimmune’ is a name frequently given to diseases characterized by the presence of Th1 inflammation. Patients are still often told there is no known cure, while they are given palliative medications intended to reduce symptoms, without changing the outcome of the disease.

Here is a more detailed medical description from Professor Trevor Marshall’s website on autoimmunity: Th1 Spectrum Disorder refers to the group of chronic inflammatory diseases, which are hypothesized to be caused by the Th1 pathogens, a microbiota of bacteria which include L-form, biofilm, and intracellular bacterial forms. Although the exact species and forms of bacteria, as well as the location and extent of the infection, vary between one patient suffering from chronic disease and the next, the disease process is common: bacterial pathogens persist and reproduce by disabling the innate immune response.

Further, according to Professor Trevor Marshall’s website: Although patients who become infected with the Th1 pathogens are given a variety of diagnoses, there are often no clear cut distinctions between one disease and the next. Rather, symptoms frequently overlap creating a spectrum of illness in which diseases are more connected to one another than mutually exclusive disease states.

I bet you could add a few more conditions to this list that women seem to be experiencing in unusually high numbers, with symptoms that cannot be easily attributed to a single medical condition. So what is going on with these debilitating, life-altering conditions? And why are so many women affected by them? As I got still and listened within, this is what I came to understand. I suggest you be with this quietly yourself and see if this aligns with your own inner wisdom:

Women are at war within themselves. We are in a great internal conflict between achievement and the call to stillness. During this time on our planet, there is an urgent need to experience more of the feminine and yin nature of ourselves—to become more compassionate, quiet, able to listen with understanding, move more slowly and with greater consideration, and to heed our intuitive insights.

On the other hand, many women are providing, caring for and raising their children; progressing in their careers; planning for retirement; and making their mark in the world. With a more immediate and pressing need to achieve, women soon find themselves out of balance and disconnected with a vast and significant part of their nature. The sacred and still place within them must also be honored in order to enjoy mental and physical health, and is required for spiritual awakening.

As a result, the toll of being out of balance emotionally, spiritually and physically often results in a cellular attack that we know as an autoimmune disorder. It forces a woman to slow down and to engage her yin nature in order to survive. It forces a woman to step back from her insistent instinct to take care of everyone else, and to consider more carefully when she places another’s needs over her own. It requires she take care of herself. In effect, it is a demand from the soul to create greater balance.

Creating balance is not an easy task. The house might end up being a mess a lot of the time. The kids might have to do more on their own. Partners might have to get used to assuming more responsibility at home. Most of all, as women, we have to let go of the habits and choices we make that allow ourselves to become depleted. If no one picks up the slack, then there are some things that just won’t get done, if we are choosing to be true to our inner call for stillness.

I know this personally, because I healed myself from the early onset symptoms of MS. When I asked a spiritual master to help me better understand what this meant energetically, he took me into a vision in which I was racing, without pausing or stopping. That was when I realized my energy body was on a race course that would eventually stop me altogether. That’s when I changed my life, dramatically.

I took my meditation practice into my active life, by learning how to pause within the moment, as I felt my anxiety rise. I put my healing first and all other activities second. (If I had been a mother to some very young children, certainly there would have been times their needs would have taken precedence, but I understood sacrificing my needs consistently was part of the cause of the illness.) Some chores just didn’t get done, until my husband offered to help me. I created resting times with my sound medicine that were not interrupted. I committed to the stillness within me that restored my inner balance.

Then, as I was finishing up this portion of my healing journey, I created a non-profit organization, that is now dedicated to the Sacred Feminine and the inner loving, stillness that is the very essence of the Sacred Feminine http://www.NewDreamFoundation.com, because I recognized how vital it is for us as individuals and for the planet to establish balance for that wonderful and powerful drive to achieve. It is a magnificent energy until it consumes us. Then it ravages our bodies, minds and spiritual bodies. Fortunately, there is an energetic cure that any of us can begin accessing right now—inner stillness.

Author's Bio: 

Misa Hopkins is the author of the best-selling book, “The Root of All Healing: 7 Steps to Healing Anything,” named the first-aid handbook for the new 21st Century consciousness. Hopkins is an astute observer of human motivation and potential. Her observations about the healing progress of her clients and her own miraculous healings led her to ground-breaking conclusions about why people remain ill. In her writing and workshops, she provides insights about breaking through barriers to wellness. You can ready more of her work a http:self-healingsecret.com