Why Do We Get Sick
Pain (any pain – emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific… Once we get the pain’s message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away.
When we think about creating and maintaining health, we typically only think about the physical part of our make-up. Little attention is paid to our thoughts, feelings and emotions, even though they are intimately connected to the state of our health and well-being.
Western medicine has only recently begun to appreciate the impact our thoughts and emotions have on our health and has started to investigate the link between the mind and the manifestation of disease in the body. Their work has led them to identify a number of reasons why people get sick. For some, illness and disease is a way in which individuals express unresolved distress and trauma. For others, getting sick may actually provide the person some kind of benefit, even if the benefit is based on an unhealthy belief.
Other reasons people get sick can include: The disease may provide them with an excuse to not meet up to high expectations. It may provide them with a way of expressing inner mental or emotional conflicts. For some, the experiencing of a disease may help them, in a roundabout way, to solve a problem. We may also use a disease to punish ourselves or receive attention from others. Disease may also cause us to find incentive change internally or to modify unwanted habits.
The Primary Cause Of Disease
There are a growing number of skilled observers who believe that health concerns, including diabetes, cancer or heart disease, represent a symptom of a larger pattern of disorder and disharmony in the body. Renee Weber, Ph.D. expressed the cause of disease in this way: “The primary cause of disease is the disconnectedness from the flow and rhythm of the whole, both within the single organism and also among groups of organisms.”
Disease can be seen as the manifestation of some undesirable condition within us that has been brought into physical form so it can be dealt with and eliminated. It can be thought of as a reflection of the conflict between our inner state and outer existence or as our soul trying to get our attention. It works to let us know that our true self is being thwarted or that we are being pulled in two directions at once. It is brought about by our habitual or limiting thoughts and our negative feelings and emotions.
When we experience physical, emotional and even mental discomfort, our bodies are saying to us, “Excuse me, there is something wrong, I’m imbalanced and I want to move back into wholeness.” When we experience pain, illness and disease, on the other hand, it is our body’s way of saying to us, “HEY! I have something I want you to pay attention to. I have been trying to get you to notice me for months. Now you HAVE to acknowledge me.”
From this perspective, every disease, every issue that manifests in the physical body represents an aspect of ourselves that needs healing. It can be thought of as the final stage of a much deeper complaint. It is an indication that there is resistance somewhere within our energetic system. It is a sign that something is out of balance and the body is looking to bring itself back into wholeness. Elida Evens in her 1926 book entitled A Psychological Study of Cancer said, “Cancer is a symbol, as most illness is, of something going wrong in the patient’s life, a warning to him to take another road.” Canker sores, for example are the body’s way of warning us that we are withholding communication, which is now festering inside of us. A bladder infection may literally let us know just how pissed off we really are.
But I Not Trying To Get Sick & Manifest Disease
Our bodies are always sending us signals but more often than not, we ignore them. Instead of paying attention to the aches, pains, frustrations, anxieties and stresses we experience, we allow our conscious mind to overrule them. Instead of following the guidance they offer us, we push them to the side and tell ourselves that what we are experiencing is wrong or unimportant. We allow our ambitions, our fears, our jealousies or our greed to rule, yet each of our should-a, would-a, could-a’s are aspects of our personality that are in need of healing and have nothing to do with our true self.
When we don’t’ pay attention to the messages provided to us by our soul, however, they will get our attention in symptoms such as obsessions, worry, mental anguish, fears, addictions, violence, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer. If its message is received, acknowledges and acted upon, health and harmony will ensue. If it is ignored, the problems being experienced will intensify until we finally get the message. It is only then that balance can be restored.
Unfortunately, we are taught to focus our attention on the expression of the personality and the external world. We are taught to ignore our deepest wants, needs and desires. In the end, we are left with little understanding of our true inner nature and how to recognize the messages from our soul. Inadvertently we become disconnected from our bodies and end up dulling our mind and our emotions. We numb ourselves with drugs and alcohol. We watch television, play video games or peruse other external distractions that overload our senses. We spend our days lying around, overeating or keeping ourselves constantly busy all in an attempt to avoid conflicts between our inner and outer worlds.
Diversions such as these, allow us to avoid dealing with any discrepancies that may exist between our personality and our inner world. As you may recall, the goal of the personality is to maintain the image it created of itself. This is why many people avoid going inside. When we go inside, we are faced with the truth of who we really are. The personality is afraid that we will find out that who we are is not who we think we are. It persuades us to ignore the promptings from our inner world all in an effort to avoid change.
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