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August 26

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The Spiritual Cause of Candida Overgrowth

By Christina Ammerman

August 26, 2020

candida, core wound, psychospiritual root causes, unworthy, yeast

[Updated 11/1/22]

Since you’ve landed here, I’m guessing that you’ve got an ongoing issue with Candida albicans overgrowth that you’re trying to solve.

As a master energy healer with 17 years of professional experience, I’m not a medical professional, but I know a lot about Candida from reading up on it and helping myself and my clients heal the spiritual, emotional and physical root causes of it.

In case you don’t know, Candida albicans is a species of yeast commonly found in the human body. Everyone naturally has some Candida, but it becomes problematic when conditions let it get out of balance and take over your body – starting with the gut and often expanding to the skin, vagina, anus, ears, and mouth.

I’ve read descriptions of Candida as having hook-like protrusions for attaching itself to interior surfaces. Also, every Candida spore is coated with a thick protective layer that has to be dissolved before the fungus can be killed. Those are two very stubborn design features!

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 non-physical root causes.

That’s what I do: look for the root cause under the root cause. Gut health might be the physical root cause, but what causes the poor gut health? I believe that every physical ailment has a “psychospiritual” (i.e., spiritual/emotional) root cause, and Candida is no exception.

After several years of helping clients heal Candida, these are the 3 most significant psychospiritual root causes I’ve identified – how many of them do you relate to?

1. Feeling Unworthy and/or Unsafe to Receive

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.

If you experience Candida or any other parasite in your body, then I can guarantee that you’re also experiencing parasitic relationships elsewhere in your life – business, romance, friendships, etc. – because these patterns are never isolated. How you do one thing is how you 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. Here are some examples:

  • 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 intimate partnership 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. (Either because you chose a partner who doesn’t try, or because you’re blocked from receiving their sincere attempts to show you love.)
  • Your childhood relationship 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. (For example, if your parent was emotionally unstable or an addict.)

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.

Applying the ideas of “As Within, So Without,” if you’re experiencing physical parasites and parasitic relationships, then it means that your subconscious mind either needs or expects you to give without receiving in return.

Blocks to receiving could be a Worthiness issue, such as if you were taught “‘Tis better to give than to receive.” I’ve seen this in clients whose fathers had a strong influence on their character, making Worthiness a very important matter.

Blocks to receiving could also be a Safety issue, such as if in your past, gifts always came with strings. I’ve seen this in clients with manipulative or emotionally unstable mothers; I’ve also seen it in those who were groomed by abusers in childhood and felt they couldn’t leave or report recurring abuse because of the gifts they were being given. These experiences taught them not to accept gifts or help so that they didn’t owe anything to anyone.

Whatever your circumstances, the theme is the same: Something in your formative years (ages 0-7) conditioned you to close yourself off to receiving so that you only give.

Now, as an adult, you’re still living that way.

Even if you’ve changed the outward behavior and learned to let yourself receive, the subconscious beliefs could still be there, so they trigger the same emotions of Guilt and Shame as before.

This matters because Guilt and Shame are the emotions that Candida thrives on.

What we need to do for you is release those hidden beliefs that block you from receiving so that you feel truly open to receiving on all levels, so that you’re no longer vibrationally aligned with parasites. This is one step toward rebalancing your Candida, and will vastly change your human relationships too.

These are tough patterns to get rid of unless you know what you’re looking for. 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.

In this case, these blocks to receiving have two root causes:

  • the Unworthiness Core Wound, which happened while you were in the womb and created your perceived separation from Source
  • unresolved safety issues and trauma that originated at the moment you got your Core Wound

By healing these, we open you back up to receiving in balance with what you give. But that’s not the only root cause to Candida – keep reading below to learn the other two.

Related post: How Anti-Candida Diets Make Candida Worse

2. Repressing Emotions

Since you are an adult living in the 21st century, I’m gonna guess that you have a love-hate relationship with your emotions.

On one hand, you may be waking up to the need to live authentically, which includes letting yourself feel what you feel when you feel it.

On the other hand, that awakening happens slowly and clumsily, because if you’re old enough to be reading this blog, then I know that during your childhood, the world was not yet a place where emotions were honored. It really still isn’t now, although it’s slowly getting better.

How does this relate to Candida?

Well first, any physical ailment is caused by unresolved emotions. And an emotion that has been repressed cannot be resolved. You need to let emotions out, else they fester and become illness.

In addition to the guilt and shame about receiving that I mentioned above, there’s another emotion that doesn’t get dealt with: Anger.

Not even anger about any specific thing – just Anger in general.

This world doesn’t allow people to get angry. Angry people get villainized, sometimes labeled as “Karens” even when they are simply expressing themselves. Or anger comes out all of a sudden in groups as riots and violence.

It’s a societal issue because it’s an individual issue. Anyone who was told as a child “Don’t be so angry! What are you angry about?” instead of being taught how to properly process their anger learns to choke down their anger until it finds a way to burst out.

Our world is made up of those people who, as adults now, have plenty of anger that they’re choking down. Does that include you? Do you choke down your anger? Or perhaps reframe it as “I’m not angry, I’m frustrated” instead of allowing yourself an authentic expression of it?

The thing to know is, every time that you stuff down your anger, you’re using Guilt and Shame to do it – thus, triggering the potential for more Candida growth.

To take care of this, we need to dive in and find those subconscious beliefs that taught you to repress your emotions, so that you can express them in a free but controlled way without feeling guilty or ashamed about it.

There’s one more major root cause of Candida overgrowth to explore.

3. A Poor Relationship With Your Body

One of the common characteristics among my Candida clients (along with all the others who’ve had chronic health conditions, including myself) was having a poor relationship with our physical bodies.

This subconscious patterns gets created for several reasons:

  1. The physical body is an extension of the self, so those blocks to receiving mentioned above got projected onto the body as the body not being worthy or safe to receive.
  2. Our world, at least here in the first world, honors intellect and knowledge over the physical self. Unless you are an elite athlete, you may have been (and still be) frowned upon for prioritizing your time to take of your body through proper eating, exercise, etc. (Another societal pattern that is changing but slowly.)
  3. The body expresses emotions, so in order to effectively repress your emotions, you’ve had to ignore the signals that your body has been sending you.

This downplaying of the physical body has resulted your not being able to recognize the messages it gives you.

Your body is actually trying to tell you all the time what it needs, but instead of learning how to listen to it, you’ve been taught that only people outside your body like doctors and healers know what’s right – even when that’s not true. Even when that practitioner is going on what’s generally right for other people in your situation instead of considering your needs specifically, you’ve been taught to ignore what you know and listen to them instead.

One of the lessons I offer my clients is about listening to your own Inner Authority, not just outer authorities.

In addition to that, we release the subconscious beliefs you’ve been taught that cause you to disregard your body’s needs and signals, so that you can reconnect with your body and know what to do when it’s out of balance.

We also help you let go of the need to be right in other people’s eyes, so that you can do what you know is right for you instead, with grace and ease.


To sum all this up, if you have Candida overgrowth, do yourself a favor and don’t try to address it as an isolated physical problem. Rather, look at it holistically and explore how else the underlying patterns are showing up in your life.

Here’s feedback from one of the very first clients that came to me for her Candida issues:

 
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Steph

 

“Hi! 👋

I wanted to let you know that the yeast has gone away fully.

FULLY. 😊

I appreciate so much your work with me on the core wounds of being lovable & worthy.

I feel a tremendous healing began with you and continued until the yeast was gone!

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About the author

Christina Ammerman is a Master Spiritual Healer, Medical Intuitive, and Mentor for Professional Healers.

As a Divine Truth-teller and peacemaker, her soul purpose is to offer Divine Love, healing, and guidance to anyone who seeks alignment with their Divine Self.

Her “why” is Peace - World Peace as the result of more and more people finding Inner Peace. Her own experience with childhood abuse and its effects on her adult life is an ongoing catalyst for her to explore peace in all its polarities.

Christina is an avid student of Abraham (Esther Hicks) and A Course in Miracles. She strives for unconditional acceptance of everyone including herself, believing in the inherent right of every person to choose how they identify and express themselves.

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  1. Beautiful! Thank you! I've struggled with losing the parasite of candida for the past 6 years..it has robbed me of so much; but at the same time has been a blessing because it has caused me to really look within. I can't even begin to express to you the healing in me that came as a result of this post. If I'm ever fortunate enough to meet you, I will give you the biggest hug ever!! It was a definite "word in due season" . This student was ready and the teacher appeared. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! XOXO

    1. Hi Genefer!

      I feel honored and blessed to receive such effusive gratitude. You are so very welcome.
      May this insight accelerate your healing. Does it inspire any next steps?

      Christina

      1. Genefer you said this all so beautifully. I couldn't have expressed my gratitude for this article better. I have struggled for the last 20 years with thrush and now I have a better idea on how to deal with it. Thank you!
        Shelly 💟💟💟

  2. Wow, amazing article. I am studying reflexology and we just learned about candida. I have an ongoing issue with it for a long time. It was nice to read a different perspective on it.
    Hoping to start my healing journey soon🙏

  3. It wasn't a coincidence that I came across this article. Do you have books referring to "World causes and spiritual meaning? This makes so much sense.

    1. Hi Katrina!

      I'm so glad this came to you at the right time.

      There aren't any specific books I can recommend related to this. What I've written comes from my own observations and intuitive insights, and I haven't written the book yet. 🙂

      If you have additional questions, I'm happy to continue the conversation here in the comments.

      Christina

  4. Christina, Thank You So much for the wonderful article on thrush. You are absolutely spot on about unworthiness. I'm so appreciative of your incredible insight, and will really work on it.
    Shelly, Lions River,

  5. Thanks that was very useful I shall get to work on the unworrhiness stuff. Funny I've been working on no date and detoxing! Then thrush comes up!

  6. Hello and thank you.
    You know its funny I am also a survivor of childhood abuse, and in my early teens, twenties probably all the way through I had this a lot! The spiritual cause was likely this. It's funny cause today, I let my unworthiness out, and expressed my feelings to my partner on how I was feeling about his being stuck and his feelings that he is non verbally putting into our relationship and in all honesty you are spot on! I believe his unworthiness is affecting our relationship and me. I was not completely aware of it until I read this post, however I am believing that he makes me feel unworthy of his love and affection, when he withholds how he is feeling. He does not celebrate Christmas, birthdays, literally most anything,… graduations from any of the holistic therapies that I have studied hard to achieve. I do take it on, however today I expressed how I felt about his being stuck in a rut and not putting any effort into getting himself out of it, his not being in the present moment awareness, and him really not being of any mind for our future or even his own.
    I have not had thrush in many many years, however as usual I do believe the body is sending a message, and these last few days I do believe my symptoms are back. Thank you for your time with this post. Namaste

    1. Hello, Alocin!

      Thank you for sharing all of that so openly.
      It’s always amazing to see the role that relationships play for us in this attraction-based universe. When we hold something within us like unworthiness, we end up attracting partners whose behaviors reflect what we’re holding. And while it’s important to remember that is the correct order: We have it first, then we attract people who reflect it. Which means that if we want our relationships to change, most of the solution is to change what’s within us so that we attract different relationship experiences, either with the same person or with someone new. In the end, that’s actually so much easier, since we can’t really change anyone else’s behavior but we have full control to change ourselves.

      Much love,
      Christina

  7. wow, very beautifully said. thanks for this article.
    what can i do to heal it by myself if i cannot pay for the fearless course? any meditations or mantras suggestions?

    thanks

    all the best

    lu

    1. Hi luna!

      You are very welcome.

      As to your question about how to heal candida, I believe in each person’s ability to heal themselves. In fact, even when I’m working with clients, it’s still them healing themselves. My role is to facilitate the process and make it easier.

      Whether you heal yourself alone or with a facilitator, the answer isn’t a meditation or mantra. The way to heal these issues is to change your life.

      In Truth, Life already gives you opportunities every day to heal this problem of candida (and all your problems). When you resist those opportunities, it’s because you’re attached to how things are, or afraid of what will happen if you change.

      You like eating what you eat. You benefit somehow from saying you can’t afford the solutions. You benefit somehow from not having strong boundaries.

      To heal parasites, you have to start saying No to whatever’s unwanted in your life. I don’t mean saying “No” once and then giving up when nothing changes. I mean being insistent, determined – doing whatever it takes to make sure the unwanted thing leaves. You might have to confront people, cut them out of your life, quit your job. You definitely have to monitor your own thoughts and refuse to think the ones that aren’t abundant, joyful, and peaceful.

      But these are brave, bold moves – and like all humans you were conditioned at a young age to be afraid of what people will think if you act different from them (especially if you put up boundaries with them).

      Even if you enroll in Fearless Freedom or work with another healer, you still have to make the type of changes I’m talking about. It’s unavoidable. What healing work does is make it easier for you to change by dissolving the emotional attachments and conditioning within you, but it doesn’t circumvent the need for action.

      If having a mantra to start with would help you, try this one: “What can I say ‘No’ to today?”

      Offered with Love,
      Christina

  8. So that was a great article thank you so much explains a lot. I was hanging on the edge of my seat though waiting for suggestions on how to heal unworthiness, or at least where to begin. Prob start by going within and meditating though, right? Again, awesome read.

    1. Hi Melissa!

      Thanks for the praise. I’m glad this article spoke to you.

      So Melissa, since I can see what you call yourself in your email address (and I love it!), I’m going to push you a little. Is what you want to just begin to heal unworthiness, or do you want to GET THAT SHIT OUT OF THERE?

      Life is always giving us what we need to heal our wounds. That includes bringing us to the resources we need. (Or bringing them to us – you can look at it either way, since it’s really a meet in the middle kind of thing.)

      That means you were brought to this article for a reason. You know that. But the part I’ll remind you of is the paradox that although we always get what we need to heal our wounds, the wounds often keep us from seeing that we’ve gotten what we need. Healing comes when we take new actions, like claiming worthiness to receive support instead of duct-taping our lives together with meditations and mantras.

      Do you feel where I’m headed with this? I’m sure you do. You aren’t someone who is satisfied with baby steps. You found your way to me because together, we can bring you quantum leaps of healing and worthiness. Maybe it’s not with Fearless Freedom – I’ve been guided to offer some custom packages for people who’ve come to me through this article.

      I always tell people that the most healing moment of working with me is when they say Yes to doing it. Because it’s about the new decision and new action. It’s about being fearless in the face of big fear and unworthiness and discomfort. If you want to explore what that would looks like, let’s do a Discovery Session: https://zenquility.as.me/discovery-session

      Offered with Love,
      Christina

  9. Wonderful insight I found myself audibly humming and sighing in agreement with your wise perspective. Very Illuminating my mind is blown and my spirit fortified. Thank you for this and may you receive many blessings

  10. Thank you for this page on Unworthiness and Candida. I can totally relate to what you are saying as the root cause of my Candida overgrowth (years and years of it). I studied A Course in Miracles years ago, but it just seemed so heavy. What would be my next step? I'm 74 years old and quite tired.

    1. Hi Kathy!
      Thanks for your note.
      For you, the next step I recommend is going back to ACIM but finding a group to read and study it with. I was in a study group for several years and found that the conversations with others enlightened the heavy experience. You need more of that exploration on the mental and emotional levels before you’ll be ready for healing.

      Christina

  11. I have always seen the connection between physical ailments and the metaphysical meanings behind them. The thing is that I discovered my root cause years ago but still continue to cycle feelings of unworthiness in my business and in my marriage. I don’t know if the solution is to leave the marriage and business or spend more time visualizing a better situation. I see the problem I just have a difficult time finding a solution. This cycle of reflected unworthiness loops around every year no matter how much hope I have for change and sometimes I just want to give up.

    1. Hi Mickey –

      Thank you for sharing your experience with me.

      I can understand that feeling of wanting to give up. Let ‘s get you pointed in an empowering direction.

      What I feel in your case is that you’ve spent most of your life feeling unworthy, and now that you recognize it, you want to completely turn your life around and “fix” all the unworthiness “problems.” Trust me, I can relate 100% to the desire and the impatience. The answer, though, is to start with baby steps. Think of Worthiness as a mindset muscle you need to build, just as you would need to build your physical muscles bit by bit before you could lift 250lbs.

      Start by observing your daily life and looking for small ways you could claim more worthiness. Here’s an example from earlier in my life: I decided that I deserve to feel good about the clothes I wear, so I went through my closet and threw out everything that was torn or stained. It was uncomfortable at first: My emotional self protested that I was “wasting perfectly good shirts,” but I responded to myself that a T-shirt with a grease stain was no longer “perfectly good” by the new standard I was setting, and that I would rather have fewer options of what to wear than wear clothes that embarrassed me.

      You could do that exact exercise if it’s appropriate, or come up with something similar. What’s something in your life that is constantly below the standards you’d like to set for yourself and would be really easy to fix?

      We refer to this, by the way, as “plugging an energy leak.” A relatively small change like this can have a huge benefit!

      Let me know how it goes. (I mean it!)

      Much Love,
      Christina

      1. Also so helpful to provide this starting point! I’m struggling with candida and parasites. I’m supporting myself physically but have know for years it’s deeper, more spiritual. I don’t want to continue investing in physical bandaids although I’m open to supporting my physical body. I know there is more to be done with support and on my own. Thank you again!

  12. Thank you so much for this article. Like many in the comments I feel like this came at extactly the right time. A few years ago I had outbursts of recurring candida and the only conclusion my research led me to was that I was carrying unresolved anger showing up in my relationship the time and that I should probably change my diet. This led me to breaking up with my then partner and starting a cycle of very restrictive eating and control and guilt/shame spiral with food and body image.
    A few years on, healing some of this cycle, I had another outbreak of thrush. Reading your article now, it all just makes so much sense.
    I have acknowledged some ancestral wounds around worthiness and really want to practice feeling worthy in my daily life, business and in relationships. Especially around knowing who I am, what I stand for and having the courage to share it with others.
    I AM worthy. Thank you and blessings to all.

    1. Hello Jessica,

      Yes, you ARE worthy.

      Since writing this article, I’ve worked with several clients privately who have had great success in stopping recurring thrush by healing their Core Wounds. Is that something you’d like to explore for yourself?

      Much Love,
      Christina

      1. Hi Christina, thank you for your reply. Yes I'd love to find out more about your offer, what's the best way to get in contact?

        Love,

        Jess

  13. thank you so much, after my kundalini awaken , all candida are coming out after 20 years of my own struggle.

    now i can work on my root issue.

  14. Blessings to all, and many thanks Christina for your article and enlightening clarifications on your correspondence to the readers.
    I wish I had the budget to talk to you.
    But just reading you is of so much inspiration and help.
    May Good karma bring blessings in return.

  15. Thank you very much for your generosity writing this. I am struggling with a subconscious belief of unworthiness. I am in therapy, but it seems like I need more deeper transformation of the source code.

  16. Thank you so much for the insight on this subject it has Definately made sense to me and I know realise why this is happening to me and I realise I’m a healing from unworthiness in my life . You really are a inspiration thank you thank you thank you much love Susan xx

  17. Hi Mrs Christinaan l have been given up because of the infection , l can't focus on my education, church activities and I can't eat properly. Please can you help me get rid of the infection. I have been suffering for the past 2 years. My dream is to get out of the vaginal yeast infection but still having it.

    1. Hello Leticia,

      I see the struggles you're having and can only imagine how miserable you feel.

      You have asked for my help, and as much as I want to be of service, I have to ask you something first: Have you really given up?

      Christina

  18. Thanks for the encouragement but please is there any remedy for the parasite of the infection. So that I can be free from the infection

  19. I have no idea how you know this kind of thing but I'm very grateful.
    Seems to be very accurate.
    I don't believe I will survive, though.
    I want to be pathetic and I want to die.
    I hate myself and life is far more than I can handle.

  20. Wow, you hit the nail on the head for me! I’ve struggled with candida most of my adult life with some persistent symptoms that parallel certain relationships and circumstances including a current acute and persistent skin breakout (hence me searching and finding this website). I’ve always understood the mind/body/spiritual connection, but never connected the dots on this particular issue until reading your words now… of course!!! It’s so clear and makes so much sense on all levels! Now I’d love to say that just reading your words is enough of an ah ha for me, but inside I’m screaming “help!” With a struggle that’s this deep seeded, I’m a bit overwhelmed… but I am also encouraged that even through family trauma and abuse you were able to heal this core wounding. I would love to learn and explore more, but I see the course has already begun.
    Grateful for any guidance.

  21. Hi there,

    Thank you for this remarkable article, clearly I was only now ready to “hear” it as I have been on this journey for so many years already and never came across such direct interpretation . Thank you so much, it makes so much sense and resonates deeply and has offset a deep healing… so much gratitude and love 💕

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