The concept of Phantom pain is one aspect that tells us that the relationship between body and mind is more than meets the eye

By  Mertha Mo Nyamande

A human being is a body, mind, and all that lies in between; the relationships that we term “Spirit, or life-force”.

In all life is dualism, but in between lie the essential elements that keep these main components connected and balanced.

The “Spirit” holds not only the body and mind of an individual together, but it also bonds and holds together the minds of more than one individual.

It also plays a crucial role in the formation of all new life.

According to the philosophy of Mind, and echoed by Descartes, the body/mind problem is a complex one, yet so simple at the same time but requires a lot of attention to establishing the right grounding that supports its existence.

So, Between the mental mind and the physical body is the relational spirit. It is easily confused and lost that, it is the way we relate that cause damage to the body and mind, for we cannot damage one without damaging the other.

The image of the Vitruvian man is the closest visual depiction we have of what the duality of man looks like. It simply shows how the physical directly matches the invisible mental, but what is not clearly outlined is the glue that holds and binds the two together.



The concept of Phantom pain is one aspect that tells us that the relationship between body and mind is more than meets the eye. How else can we explain feeling pain from a limb that has been amputated?

What does all this mean for us on a daily basis?

When we understand that our life is linked in both mind and matter, we can start to realise that so is everything else. How duality in everything is all so connected.

Comprehending that what we all do in the privacy of our own homes can have a profound impact on a complete group of strangers on the other side of the globe.

While we may think of those suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders in their rituals believing that not washing their hands seven times each morning or each cycle will bring catastrophic consequences elsewhere, as insane or an illness, what if this could actually be proven on that “spiritual” plane.

There are also reports of realisations from people suffering from traumatic responses, like PTSD, that they felt a sense of responsibility for the outcome of whatever catastrophe that informs the guilt and shame that maintains their struggle.

If we understood the core of where these thoughts and beliefs emanated from, perhaps we could get a better understanding of this long ignored and misunderstood plague of mental illness.



The body is a manifestation of the mind in all its faculties: “we think, therefore, we are”. What we think about becomes what we speak and act on and therefore becomes our realities.

If we think of eating well, our bodies are therefore nourished with good nutrients, and conversely, if we neglect our diets and just eat for sake of eating without thinking of the nutritional value, the quality of our thoughts is directly impacted.

The dilemma that we have is that we have been for the longest time been conditioned to think in a certain way, a way that supports and encourages external gratification over intrinsic value.

We have bought into the trap that enslaved the wily fox.

It has taken many years and centuries to study us and condition us into living life away from the things that matter most to us, that is our health; our biology and our psychology.

We are encouraged to maintain poor habits; smoke and drink toxins, eat poorly, study and learn Accounts, Mathematics, Geography, or how machinery works before we understand our own cells. When the bodies faulter through poor mindsets, we are directed to medicines.

The practices are not in harmony with the principles that maintain and prolong life.



We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit.

Poor mental health or emotional decisions lead to poor physical health like; Strokes, Heart Attacks, Diabetes, HIV, and a lot more. It does not only take knowledge to act, but also skill and desire or the right motivation.

Biblically, man lived for 800 years, but now we hardly make it to a hundred. The knowledge that we require is all around us and it is up to us to seek it and change the way we treat our bodies and minds.

We need to understand what each organ of our bodies needs in order to remain well and effective, and such is the mind’s role to ensure this, and when the body is well-nourished, it maintains a healthy mind.

Perhaps nutritionists ought to work closely together with psychologists and other social scientists for us to strengthen these new habits.

We only have this one body and this one life, if we take care of them, they will take care of us too, and benefit us with long and prosperous life.

We do not necessarily need to go back to college for this information, we can simply access therapy through those who already have it to help us. No one makes it out here alone, we are in this together.


By Psychotherapist Mertha Mo Nyamande @





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