If you’ve explored natural health, you might be familiar with Candida albicans overgrowth as a common health condition.
I’m not a medical professional, but I know a lot about Candida from reading up on it, experiencing it firsthand, and helping clients identify and heal the psychospiritual root causes of it.
Candida albicans is a species of yeast commonly found in the human gut. Everyone naturally has some Candida, but it becomes problematic when conditions in the gut promote Candida growth and allow it to take over your body – starting with the gut and often expanding to the skin, vagina, ears, and mouth.
I’ve read descriptions of Candida as having hook-like protrusions for attaching itself to interior surfaces. (That sounds to me like it would cause significant, even if microscopic, damage.) Also, every Candida spore is coated with a thick protective layer that has to be dissolved before the fungus can be killed.
Probiotics, kombucha, and essential oils are among the treatments I’ve seen for Candida overgrowth – but as with any physical condition, if you want to permanently eradicate it, then you need to eliminate the emotional root cause.
(This is all internalized knowledge for me; Google it if you want to check this knowledge with verified sources, or learn more about the physical aspects of Candida. My intention here is to talk about the psychospiritual root cause of it, so that you can heal it for good.)
The underlying pattern of Candida overgrowth – the psychospiritual root cause – is Unworthiness.
Candida albicans is a parasite, which as a biological term means it feeds off its host without providing any benefit to the host in return.
The underlying pattern of any experience you have with parasites is, “I’m not worthy to receive in balance with what I give.” This applies to biological parasites as well as people who behave like parasites, and even an organization or your own business, if it takes more from you than it gives.
If you experience Candida or any other parasite in your body, then I can guarantee that you’re also experiencing them elsewhere in your life – business, romance, friendships, etc. – because these patterns are never isolated. How we do one thing is how we do everything.
I would even bet that you experienced those other problems first, because the physical body is always where patterns manifest after they’ve gone unaddressed in the mental and emotional levels of your life.
- Your business is a parasite if you’re not making a profit through it – that is, if it’s taking more money, time, and energy from you than it’s returning to you.
- Your relationship is parasitic if you constantly give (attention, time, love, etc.) and make concessions to what your partner wants, but your own needs aren’t being met.
- Your relationship as a child with one of your parents could be described as parasitic if you didn’t feel you were getting as much love from them as you gave. (Children are generally unconditional and unlimited in the love they give, because they haven’t developed the blocks to love that adults have.)
Let’s make sure, though, that we’re not promoting a victim mentality here. We all create our own realities – even when that reality is something undesirable like an unbalanced, parasitic relationship. On some level, you’re allowing it – even if subconsciously.
If you’ve had a parasite like Candida invade your body, it’s because of a subconscious pattern within you that says “I’m less worthy than this other being. I don’t deserve to occupy this space as much as a lowly fungus does.”
It’s a tough pattern to get rid of. There was a point where my subconscious mind was so attached to Unworthiness that it causing my body to vomit up my probiotics. But mostly I just avoided the treatments that I intellectually knew would work. That’s how subconsciously attached to the condition I was until I found and released the root cause.
There are many conventional and natural treatments for Candida, but the key to balancing it permanently is to heal the underlying issue of Unworthiness, which is a Core Wound. As long as your mind holds patterns of Unworthiness, it will continue to re-manifest physical conditions like Candida that reflect those Unworthiness patterns.
What I’ve described so far are the emotional patterns of Unworthiness – the “psycho” half of “psychospiritual.” Here is the corresponding spiritual pattern:
Unworthiness says, “I am separate from God.” Specifically, the masculine aspects of God from which we draw purpose, direction, and value. Of course, you are never separated from God and could never be. You are an expression of God. But the idea of separation is the whole foundation on which the ego is created.
We experience Unworthiness on the emotional level of the ego because it exists within us on the spiritual level of the ego. Because you have a hidden message of “I am unworthy of God” playing on a loop in your subconscious mind, it affects your perception of your entire world. Your mind projects the message, and you see your own Unworthiness reflected back to you everywhere. And the people in your life can’t do anything to change this, because they’ve got their own Unworthiness message playing on a loop too. The world is full of people secretly (or not-so-secretly) walking around, feeling Unworthy.
I believe this is why so much more attention has been given to Candida overgrowth in the last decade or so. A condition can exist for a long time, but it only becomes problematic when the time is right for it to be revealed and healed. Thus, the increased focus on gut health (i.e., rebalancing Candida) corresponds to humanity’s growing desire for a direct experience of God. It’s all interconnected.
To sum all this up, if you have Candida overgrowth, do yourself a favor and don’t try to address it as an isolated problem. It’s showing up now because you’re being called to heal its more important, underlying root cause: Unworthiness. This will not only take care of your Candida problem but so many other problems in your business, relationships, and spiritual path, too.
[UPDATE: I originally recommended Fearless Freedom as the remedy for this problem, but in the Discovery Sessions I had with people who came to me after reading this article, it was clear that private 1:1 sessions were needed. After successfully healing enough clients of Candida overgrowth, I can confidently offer the Candida Healing Package that will completely address the problem. Read more about it here.]