It was the opinion of Dr. Kenneth McAll, a U.K. medical professional as well as deliverance expert, that the subconscious acts out on the body the unexpressed areas of conflict, either consciously, verbally, or physically, by selecting a target or end organ which can deal with them most appropriately.
Now, one can argue that he goes quite far with all this. But certainly, he was an astute man, worth a listen.
Every thought has a physical outlet (Dr. McAll theorized). He spoke much about how past darkness can cause present spiritual afflictions.
Unexpressed areas, he says, in addition to physical and psychological, can be spiritual ones.
“A mother seeking help for her anorexic daughter admitted the fact of an abortion, apologized to God, and in prayer committed the baby by name,” he recalled. “Not only was the girl’s anorexia healed, but the mother’s constant headaches suddenly ceased. [Another] mother and her three children were all asthmatic. Her father’s asthma began at the age of six when he witnessed the death of his three-year-old sister. A tub of water, which was boiling on an outdoor fire of olive wood, fell on her and he was blamed for the accident. Three generations of the family subsequently had allergic sensitivity to olive wood plants or oil. The final therapeutic approach was a repeated Eucharistic service for the three-year-old child whose funeral had been conducted in anger.”
Added the psychiatrist: “At fifteen years old, a girl developed encephalitis which apparently caused complete blindness and she said she was paralyzed. After spending two months in the hospital, she recovered, being left only with spots of numbness. She had two disastrous marriages before she was twenty-three, and four years later was back in the hospital, blind and paralyzed again. The families of both her parents were involved with Curanderos (Mexican witch doctors). There were also two murders, two vehicle deaths, and two people who disappeared, all in three generations. After a hospital visitor prayed with the patient, she began to improve. Three years later, she met and married a caring Christian man and now lives a normal, happy life.”
“Sin is both contagious and hereditary,” says Father Hampsch. “Yet, it is not really correct to say that sin is contagious or hereditary. It is really only sin’s consequences that are contagious or hereditary. Sometimes specific ailments are assigned to specific sins, for example, the offspring of adulterers are often infertile or die young (Wisdom 3:16) and the descendants of those who practice bribery often have defective eyesight (Job 17:5). Many persons are afflicted with excessive fears and phobias or aversions, rage, anger, resentment, outbursts of temper, pouting, an overwhelming sense of guilt feelings, addictions to drugs or alcohol, many types of sexual perversions or sexual drives that are very difficult to control, strong temptations to infidelity and fornication, adultery, many types of relationship problems that affect deep levels of the psyche.”
We must cleanse this. “Two sisters of a lady with breast cancer had died from the disease,” is another account from Dr. McAll. “The family tree showed a history of deaths from cancer in the past three generations. There was also a pattern of disobedience in marital matters, a lack of family cohesion, love, and trust; also, many deaths had occurred at very young ages, plus stillbirths and abortions. At a Eucharistic service, the lady was able to apologize for the misdemeanors of her family and commit those who had died without forgiveness and repentance. She saw a wooden gate beside which stood the Lord Jesus and a flow of people coming and going through the gate. Before passing through, her father paused to give his daughter words of thanks and appreciation.”
[adapted from Life Missions, Family Healing]