“I don’t like what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.”

The shoulder is the most dynamic yet unstable joint in the body. In fact, the only place there is a bone-to-bone connection is where your clavicle meets your sternum. This makes the shoulders the most articulate yet vulnerable places on the body.

When discomfort begins to arise in the shoulders, it is invariably a result of feeling overly responsible with how your life relates to the rest of the world. If you could imagine how your shoulder begins to ache when you continuously reaching for something that is just out of your grasp, you would get the picture.

Wikipedia Commons Image

Wikipedia Commons Image

This leaves your shoulders tired and achy and feelings of victimization and overwhelm begin to surface.

The arms, which are anchored by the shoulder, are part of the heart level, but have a more active ‘yang’ role with regard to the activation of the will in matters of the heart. The shoulder generates the action of whether you pull something closer to you, or push it further away.

Beliefs behind the shoulder often find their origin in being forced to take on responsibility before it was time for you to do so. This starts the process of making the taking of responsibility a tedious process, saturated with joylessness, that becomes a sense of heaviness that appears to have no end. I call this, The Atlas Effect.

It is interesting to note the habit gone unchecked will start to result in the skewed desire to take on responsibility that is really none of your business.

To the person who addresses the beliefs behind the shoulder, there comes a relief when there are no longer supportive beliefs for taking on the world’s problems and the skewed illusion that it is your responsibility to do so.

I imagine what it felt like for the mythological Atlas, to finally shrug off the weight of the world from his shoulders and start living his own life with his own gifts. Maybe this was Ayn Rand’s message when she wrote her famous 1957 book, Atlas Shrugged.

Next week I will dive into the difference between the Right and Left Shoulders.

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