I held off on replying for a while while I waited to see if putting those methods into practice and making some other changes would help, but so far no luck. I tried the inhaling/exhaling through the skin and getting my feet in touch with the earth outside to try allow the energy to sink down, I thought it was working for a while because the itching became less intense for a few days, then it came back with a real vengeance and I've had to cut my practice back even further.
I'm trying to look at things from a physical perspective as well, I don't have any specific issues with my feet that I know of, but I figured maybe some environment factor (or just the fact that I spend a lot of my time sitting down indoors) is at play which isn't obvious on the physical plane but is having an energetic effect, so I'm making sure to focus on stretching my feet, getting outdoors to get them in touch with the earth regularly, massaging and cleaning them daily, etc. Hasn't seemed to have made much of a difference so far, but maybe it needs more time.
I've also noticed what possibly feels like the sensation of energy pooling in my feet. I'm not sure about this, because I've only been practicing a little while and I'm still getting used to being able to feel these energies, and this could just be in my head, but it does sometimes feel like there's a little, buildup, I guess, there. I've tried to help it flow more naturally back up into the body, and while it seems to relieve the sensation in the short term, either it's in my head, or whatever the issue is, the blockage or whatever, is still at work causing it to re-accumulate.
I'm at the stage where I'm thinking about getting outside help. I'm not really in touch with the spiritual/new age/occult type community in my city, but I know there are plenty of massage/acupuncture/chinese medicine places around, and I've seen flyers for energy healing in bookstores. Are these worth looking into? Do I stand any chance of finding someone who'd understand and be able to address the problem?
I am always glad to help.
The best thing you can do to face your problems is actually deal with them in the phenomenal world, but if this is not possible for whatever reason, meditate on the problem you wish to fix. This is where the mind-body interaction will make it self known. You might get sensation in your ankles like you have been or it may come through as intense emotion or bodily sensations. Allow these to release themselves naturally, this means do not try and remain still when emotional and bodily reactions make themselves known- this will only cause stagnation and a worsening of symptoms. Let your body twitch, yell, cry, burp, fart, sneeze, shake, etc, as this is a physical sign that your are releasing old and unwanted habits and patterns.
Joint pain usually means connection or relationship issues, but body-mind/emotion interface is very personal. Deep insight into yourself with the specific problem in mind should give you something to work with- an answer, another important question or semi-psychotic laughing phase- if you can let these release in there own time and not get too caught up in lack of success or god-complex (insight and realizations into the nature of existence and power), then you will be understand yourself and nature better and can use this and other tools throughout your life path whenever you may need them.
I've been thinking about what you said here, I've tried meditating on the issue but other than that I can't really think of a way to find out if there's some kind of emotional issue connected to the energetic/physical issue at hand. I might try doing a tarot reading, I've found them to be insightful in the past. I'm not sure how else to attack the problem from the emotional angle.
I suggest merging your mind and your body together kind of like mindbender said. You can isolate your pain, or area of body with your mind. As it is in your attention begin to shape it in your mind. Imagine it getting less and less. Place this idea of it into the oncoming time. I use commands and imagination for any pain or unwanted symptoms. Merge your attention to your body.
Knowledge is power and so do not apply any negative idea to the pain, through diagnosis. Keep it simple as you can. With creative power you can alter the symptoms by applying different patterns to it, and so I suggest keeping your definition as simple as possible.
I'll take a crack at this
Either way I think some more meditation is called for, if the issue is in my body then I figure the answer has to be within my subconscious somewhere, maybe I just need to dig further. I'm determined to figure it out and fix it, after the effort I've put into incorporating spiritual work into my life, I'm not going to let an issue like this get in the way.