Removal of Wisdom Teeth Allows for More Wisdom

by Jemma Moses, Newrybar, Australia

I am a 26 year old woman and I am currently working on a psychology thesis at university, looking at self care practices among students and the relationship with stress. Since my teenage years I have felt a lot of anger. I have come to be aware that this anger comes from not truly being me in many everyday situations and with a range of people in my life. This can bring me much sadness, for I haven’t allowed myself to be me, the best thing ever! This anger has been expressed in my body as hardness, including arthritis in my right hand and tightness in my jaw.

I recently had my four wisdom teeth removed and therefore was unable to clench my jaw while the stitches healed. As I went about my daily routine I noticed I couldn’t do simple things like open a jar, whisk eggs, wash my hair, text a message on my mobile, the list goes on, without clenching my jaw. This was great, for I hadn’t been aware how often I clenched my jaw. I noticed I clenched my jaw when I got out of bed in the morning, not on waking but as I went to start the day. When I initially wake I feel lovely, but as I get out of bed I am clenching my teeth in anger and therefore starting my day that way. In other words, I am angry before I go to situations or meet people because I know I will not allow myself to be me in that setting. This is something I continue to work on. Opportunities like having my wisdom teeth removed have been a great chance for me to be more aware of how I go about things in my daily life.

Whilst allowing myself time to recover, I noticed that I didn’t need to say as much as I previously did. As my jaw was very tender I tried not to talk as often and to my surprise found I could still communicate effectively, if not better, with fewer words. I was choosing my words wisely and really taking time (probably only a second longer) to respond, instead of responding in babble something that I think I should say. This was not just isolated to the actual words I said, but also when meeting someone I didn’t feel I had to be something for them because I was using all my energy to focus on being gentle with myself and in this I realised the world will be ok even if I am not being something for it. This was a huge thing for me, for previously (and yes, still working on) I thought the world needs me to play a different role for different people, to make them feel good about themselves or keep them in their comfort zone. Thankfully this does not work, for it takes a lot of my energy.

Prior to working on living an esoteric life (with the assistance and support of Universal Medicine) I would not have allowed myself to stop and learn from such an experience as the removal of my wisdom teeth. The day before the operation I had a session with a Universal Medicine practitioner to honour myself that the next day was going to be a big day for me. After the operation, I kept a healthy balance of taking Panadol, but also not numbing myself too much, so  that I went about my day being aware that I needed a lot of rest and little physical movement. If I had had this procedure done two years ago (before coming to Universal Medicine) I would have fought needing to rest and probably would have deemed the whole experience a nuisance.

My experience has helped me understand how medicine, which includes self-care, can be practised all the time. Ideally self-care should be a natural activity, but we tend to let things in our life get in the way. It may have taken having my wisdom teeth removed to learn how often I clench my jaw, but I think this is wonderful. Looking at it in such a way can allow us to become more responsible and aware during times that would normally be seen as a painful nuisance and just something we do or have to get over.  If we allow it, it can be so much more.

503 thoughts on “Removal of Wisdom Teeth Allows for More Wisdom

  1. Jemma as I read your blog what was beautiful for me to receive was how events in our lives have such a full implication for each one of us in its own way. I have often asked myself how could I have gotten to the awareness I now have without having to experience a particular medical issue. I love also your self care and how simple things have such a profound impact in our lives.

  2. Jemma this is such a lovely read. You’ve highlighted fighting rest as something you would have done years before learning self care, and it’s brought awareness to me that is something I still do. It’s such a good one to let go of and to not judge rest or inactivity as less than activity. I really enjoyed the beautiful honesty of your expression, thank you.

  3. Wow, that’s amazing that having your teeth removed made you realise how much you clench your jaw. It’s actually something I’ve become aware of this week in myself is that at work how much I am clenching my jaw – like you saw its amazing to become aware of things like this so we can begin to address what is actually going on.

  4. It’s great to appreciate the care that we give ourselves and to allow that care to deepen every day as we accept ourselves more fully.

  5. Its those little changes we sometimes experience in our body that make us aware of some patterns which are affecting us more than we think. Being open to that awareness is what allows us to make the adjustments we need to be more loving with ourselves in the details and the whole picture of our life.

  6. When we become aware of even small habits – and observe them, we can learn so much about ourselves. Applying more self love can sometimes then allow them to dissipate naturally if we need medical or complementary health support we can then embrace a new way of being.

  7. It’s amazing how what can be seen as a small habit – like clenching our jaw – can lead to so much self-discovery and unfolding. It just proves that nothing should be overlooked, especially when it comes to our bodies and how we look after ourselves.

  8. There is always something for us to learn from an illness, and it really brings our awareness to things we didn’t feel before, and an opportunity to change our choices too.

  9. It is very insightful when we observe the nature of our behaviours, where they come from and the effects they have on our body. Are they a natural extension and expression of our connection to our essence where there is an effortlessness and flow to how we move and are, or are our behaviours an expression of the unease of our emotional state as a result of our disconnection and resistance to the responsibility we all hold to live who we are? The beautiful thing is our body will always reflect the truth that which is our true way of being and that which is not, we only need to deepen our awareness and listen.

  10. “If I had had this procedure done two years ago (before coming to Universal Medicine) I would have fought needing to rest and probably would have deemed the whole experience a nuisance” – I can so relate to this and it is actually huge when we are able to observe and appreciate every part of life as learning, including the difficult, the uncomfortable and the ugly, we stop fighting, and truth seems to eventually find its way, pushing the right and wrong out of the picture.

  11. I agree it does take a lot of energy trying to be something we are not and we end up draining ourselves from the effort of playing a role in contra to simply being ourselves in our natural flow. Stop moments offer us opportunities to learn more about ourselves through deepening our connection with our body and opening up our awareness to know the wisdom from the whole of our body.

  12. It is phenomenal, how lovely those first moments in the morning can be. And the fact that, no matter how much jaw clenching protection we can go in to during the day, that loveliness remains and returns day after day, morning after morning.

  13. “I realised the world will be ok even if I am not being something for it.” A beautiful nugget in the midst of your article. We just have to be our natural selves and all else unfolds from there – something I am still working on.

  14. That’s fascinating that you found that you clenched your jaw all the time when you were previously unaware of it, it makes me wonder what else we do, or where in our bodies we hold tension everyday without properly realising or releasing it.

  15. Being ill or recovering from a operation like that always brings something to learn way more than just waiting till we can be back in ‘action’ again.

  16. There is definitely a responsibility with our illnesses and diseases. For sure we need to take care of ourselves which even at this basic level many do not do or at least not enough. There is also a deeper understanding of how the way we have been living up until that point which has caused it that has to been read and understood. When a car is pulling into the pit stop and goes back out again we are eager to know what has caused it so it does not happen again. We have to do the same to ourselves and our body.

  17. ‘Ideally self-care should be a natural activity, but we tend to let things in our life get in the way.’ I agree Jemma, when we make self-care part of our daily rhythm even in the simplest of ways, this eventually builds and deepens and supports us in all areas of life.

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