What Diseases Really Are And What They Can Do For Us
Health issues are a main problem in our lives, yet, in spite of what doctors and scientists keep on saying since a couple of centuries, diseases are not a curse or a nuisance or a hindrance, although they can cause much pain and worries, and there is nothing to fight or to win. On the contrary, not only diseases are a fundamental step in our growth, but they may represent also an exceptional chance of developing a healthier, deeper and more spiritual attitude towards life.
First of all, it is of capital importance to determine what diseases are and are not. According to modern Western definition, a disease is an abnormal condition of the body caused by congenital dysfunctions, microorganisms of various kind, accumulation or lack of chemicals, radiations and wrong lifestyles, which causes pain, weakness, discomfort, a temporary or a permanent reduction of the normal vital and emotional functions and even death. In spite of this definition, some diseases have no known or agreed upon cause. It follows that the aim of modern Western medicine is to suppress pain, to alleviate weakness and dejection and to terminate the ill effects of the pathogens listed above via medications and/or surgery. This is what we are told and this is how we are treated when we are ill practically everywhere on the planet. Yet this is just a small part of the story.
As a matter of fact, different medical systems, some of which date back to several millennia ago, offer a different view on this subject. Ancient Greek medical system, native North and South American medicine, shamanic medicine of every continent, Indian Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and homeopathy all agree that a disease is a state of imbalance in the patient’s body and/or emotional energy due to many different reasons.
Since all is energy, as even modern science is prone to believe after A. Einstein’s famous equation, also our body is made of energy, so it is not unreasonable to think of diseases as a state of irregular flow of energy. What is relevant of this approach is a completely new look on subjects like
microorganisms. Taken to the scientific scene by L. Pasteur, who believed they were the cause of the majority of past and present diseases, microorganisms were a shortcut towards worldwide recognition of Pasteur’s theories, which he disowned on his deathbed in favour of A. Bechamp’s ideas. As a matter of fact, this eminent Pasteur’s scientific antagonist was convinced by his experiments that the terrain, that is, people’s constitution, structure and lifestyle, were the real cause of diseases, microorganism being merely sweepers of cellular waste products created by potentially harmful material that take different forms, according to the case.
All this may seem to belong only to the history of science, yet it has got a very deep impact on our very lives, since what we believe about diseases affects the behaviour we assume, the treatments we chose and even the process and the probability to recover. As non specialized people living in a world where some scientific ideas seem solid , undisputed truths, what we can do is to look at diseases as a response of our mind-body system towards something which it finds annoying or even unbearable. This “something” can come from the inside or from the outside or, more frequently, from both, as combined effects are way more powerful.
Our mind-body energy system may be affected by many disrupting factors, all of which are distorted or disorganized form of energy. To mention some, we can be affected by traumatic experiences and ensuing negative, often unexpressed feelings, by negative surroundings such as chemical pollution, electromagnetic fields, radiations, groundwaters, earth grids and nodes, form waves, by altered climate and weather, by disorders in the emotional plane caused by negative people such as energy vampires, rage stirrers and envious people or natural entities, by family members’ history, by past lives and also by traumatic events that took place in a certain place and disturbed its energetic disposition, microorganisms being a form of compressed “suggestion” of discomfort, a thoughtform passed on from individual to individual as a mechanical and unnoticed way to express one’s malaise.
And it is about malaise indeed, as every disease, every negative feeling, every bad thought, every inadequate response of our mind-body system is but an expression of a feeling of isolation from the real fabric of Reality, that Reality that we should perceive as all-connected, well-meaning and beauty-adorned and which we misinterpret as disjointed, evil and ugly when we feel rejected or ungratified and cannot understand that misfortune, traumas, diseases and even tragedies point to our weaknesses in order to help us improve, grow and become better persons.
There are of course deeper, more mysterious causes for diseases pertaining the spiritual role played by some, such as inevitable trials one must experience as if fixed by destiny, the taking on of the wrongs of the world performed by renown saints, or the choice of becoming a mean of salvation from indifference and cruelty that obscure saints did in order to stir their neighbours’ consciences.
For us, ordinary people with ordinary and extraordinary stories, for us, dreamers and sleepwalkers in a world that is more and more difficult to understand every day, for us, life believers and love believers and peace believers, for us, frail defenders of the light and dark equilibrium, it is vital to rethink diseases and to act accordingly, in order to feel better, solve some of our problems and find a positive meaning in negative events.
First of all, if we happen to be ill, we have the chance to stop for a while and spend some time on our own. Profiting of the forced pause in our often chaotic and hurried life, we can feel our body, we can listen to our thoughts, we can get in touch with our emotions, we can review our relationships, we can connect to our conscience and we can discover hidden sides of ourselves. If we are not too sick and can afford to be really attentive, we may feel what caused our disease so that we can work it out with modern Western tools or different approaches, according to one’s inclinations and situation, we can recover and leave this experience behind. If we are honest to the core, we may even discover what are the secret needs, untold desires and furious urges that particular disease fulfils and to which extend it is convenient for us to stay ill.
Secondly, when we are ill or even bedridden, we are forced to face harsh reality as it is. When we are pain stricken, we cannot play the usual tricks or to tell the usual stories we tell ourselves about our life, simply because our main goal is to stop feeling pain or because we feel too weak or we are too worried. Pain and diseases are terribly effective in teaching us realism. Pain and diseases are also terribly effective in pushing us in a do-or-die position, mostly if our pain is unbearable or the disease is life-threatening. After we have faced our responsibility in causing our sick state, after what we were told by our practitioners, we cannot delay the needed change in our daily life which we have been postponing until now and which lead us to our present state, being it an incorrect diet or a destructive set of thoughts, a toxic relation or the wrong job. Of course, we can ignore the problem and its cause but we must be adamant that the alternative is to go on suffering or to die.
Even if our disease is not serious, it makes us confront with our (momentary) inadequacy. We are weak and we are submissive to something stronger than ourselves. In this way, diseases help us see that what we want and what we get may be be two totally different things. We may have the chance to understand to what expend our mind rules our life and how hard it is for it to surrender – let us remember that our mind has got a precise task of measuring and comparing events, quantities and such alike and it must not overcome other vital functions of ours such as feelings of intuition.
In the same way, we cannot be independent from the other’s help, may it be a doctor’s, a nurse’s, a family member’s a friend’s or a perfect stranger’s, so being sick helps us remember that our life is intertwined with the others’. In an individualistic society such as ours, this is not entirely useless. As a side-effect, this may lead us to regain a sense of respect towards the others as well as a new feeling of our true role which is neither overindulgent not too lowering. Again, a teaching in realism.
In some cases, just because we all are intertwined, our disease may be the chance for someone else to change their life. If we can perceive that, it can be both a source of consolation and a tremendous boost for our self-esteem, mainly if we tend to feel useless or unnecessary, as it may help us think big. Our role within the hidden logic of the universe will be partly revealed and that may help us feel strong and positive and hasten our healing process.
This unusual perspective in looking for unusual causes and unexpected connections may be incredibly fruitful in the more spiritual field of research. Deepening the spiritual aspect of what diseases are means to be able to think, for instance, that diseases may help us consume our karma by bodily and emotional suffering, as a bonfire burns stubble out. That must not become the cause for cheap and easy judgement on our and others’ diseases, as this matters is extremely difficult to investigate. If we think that we or someone else “deserved” their disease because they acted badly in a past life, we are completely wrong, as nobody, sometimes not even the person concerned, can say a definite word about their past and fate and moral liability as much as they cannot raise themselves above God or Life or Universal Law or else you prefer to call it. God, Life, the Universal Law or else you prefer to call it, has got no sense of give and take, no account book and no list of good people and bad people, as these are human inventions set by small minds and smaller hearts to describe the immeasurable complexity of the links forming this plane of reality, among which the law of cause-effect is just one and not the more powerful.
In this sense, since diseases are a painful consequence of the sense of isolation we are educated from birth to believe in in the name of the so-called “rationality”, diseases may be the ultimate chance offered to us to get rid of what keeps us from the bounty of love and joy and well-being that are ours by right of birth and that we cannot perceive due to our small miseries, our sad stories and our limited minds. If pain overwhelms us, if worry for our fate or our dear ones’ wrings our mind out, if impending death or fear of death, which is almost death itself, smites our senses, then we happen to get closer to the very core of the mystery of ourselves and, ultimately, of all that is.
What else could we ask from disease, then? It is up to ourselves to grasp this incredible opportunity we are presented every time we must face diseases. Whatever we choose to believe in, whatever we opt for as a treatment, whatever result we will get, it will effect ourselves, our neighbours and life itself. So, next time, let us try to be grateful even for our diseases, as they are a sign that God (or Life or the Universal Law or else you prefer to call it) is turning towards us.