Albatross Around Her Neck
“I feel like I’ve got an albatross around my neck,” Viana (not her real name) said.
A baseball-sized tumor grew on the right side of her neck.
I Body Dowsed her, and said, “You have a problem with your mother.”
“You’re the first person who ever found that. Yes, I hate my mother.”
“Maybe it’s time to forgive her.”
“I’d rather die than forgive her.”
Viana died a month later.
An albatross is a metaphor for a burden that feels like a curse.
Killing an albatross at sea was considered bad luck, e.g., in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner …
“Instead of the cross, the Albatross / About my neck was hung.”
“Having a millstone around my neck,” is a similar statement.
It’s in the Bible (Matthew 18:6) …
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
According to “How a Pain in the Neck Could Be Bad For Your Blood Pressure,” Science Daily, Aug. 2, 2007 …
“A chance discovery in the lab has helped scientists to show how the treatment for a stiff neck could do wonders for your blood pressure. Researchers have examined pathways between the neck and the brain to show how the neck muscles could play a crucial role in controlling blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.”