According to esoteric teachings , we contribute to every “illness” in our body. The body, as with everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. Our body is always listening as well as talking to us, if we will only take the time to listen we could learn a lot, not only about ourselves and our body, but about life as well. Every cell within our bodies responds to every single thought we think.
When we discover what the mental pattern is behind an illness, we have a chance to change the pattern and, therefore, the dis-ease. Most people don’t want to be sick on a conscious level, yet every dis-ease that we have is a teacher. Illness is the body’s way of telling us that there’s a false idea in our consciousness. Something that we’re believing, saying, doing, or thinking is not for our highest good. I always picture the body tugging at us saying, “Please—pay attention!” Many times we can be healed by changing our thought patterns and thinking more positive.
Sometimes people do want to be sick. In our society, we’ve made illness a legitimate way to avoid responsibility or unpleasant situations. If we can’t learn to say no, then we may have to invent a dis-ease to say no for us.
There was an interesting report a few years back. It stated that only 30 percent of patients follow their doctor’s instructions. According to Dr. John Harrison, author of the fascinating book Love Your Disease, many people go to doctors only to have their acute symptoms relieved—so that they can tolerate their dis-ease. It’s as if an unwritten, subconscious agreement exists between doctor and patient: The doctor agrees not to cure the patient if the patient pretends to do something about his or her condition. Also in this agreement, one person gets to pay, and the other becomes the authority figure…and so, both parties egos are satisfied.True healing involves body, mind, and spirit. I believe that if we“cure” an illness yet do not address the emotional and spiritual issues that surround that ailment, it will only manifest again.
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