We’re going to focus attention on what illness is and how to correct it, but it is important to begin with the essential question: What is Health?
Most people don’t really know what it is, but it’s important to know. To be effective in your healing of yourself or others, you need something to move toward, not just something to run away from.
It’s also important to understand what health is because you need some standard by which to judge whether you’ve established a state of health effective enough to move on. You see, you have healing that takes place on the physical body, but there’s also the mental body, the emotional body, and the psychic body – which are parts of the Limited Self. Beyond the Limited Self is the synergy of the limited components which is the Spiritual Self. It is also in need of healing. Beyond that Spiritual Self are the Soul and Higher Consciousness, which are healthy. But your RELATIONSHIP with them needs healing, and to be established in a state of good health.
So what is health?
Health is the moving toward, and the fulfillment of, learning to have fun and consciously creating success.
Health includes the freedoms, gifts, actions, and joys of living that you give to yourself and then … and then … give to and inspire in others.
Health is the means to the end – the way that you succeed, not just that you did. It’s the way you acquire your freedom, the way you acquire the gifts of life, the way you take action, the way you experience and express your joy.
Good health is the aliveness – aliveness with love, trust, expectancy and enthusiasm – with which you live your life and explore your reality.
Health is the means that you use to reach that expanding, embracing, living, loving relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is. Health is the means of your spirituality. Health is establishing the greatest freedom, which is responsibility … establishing the greatest gift, which is choice and subsequently decision … establishing the greatest act, which is to love yourself and others, to be loved by yourself and others … establishing the greatest joy, which is healing yourself and then others. Health is seeking the greatest or the highest truth.
Health is knowing how to have fun, knowing how to consciously create success. It starts with the moving toward, and completes with the knowing of how to have fun and how to consciously create success.
Those are the criteria of the ever-changing, ever-expanding state of awareness and realization that is health. Now we’re going to talk about illness, and we’re going to talk about healing. That’s the juicy stuff, yes?
Illness is disorientation, alienation, disorder, and/or failure. Illness is also the coded messages that your Higher Aspects are trying to communicate to you. Therefore, when you develop an illness, if you don’t pay attention to those messages, then all you’re doing is manipulating symptoms.
It’s ironic. New Age healers are very critical of the allopaths (AMA-type doctors) because all they do is treat symptoms. True enough; the criticism is well-founded. But if alternative-method healers do not help you find the answers to those messages, then all they’re doing is treating symptoms as well.
True healers will help you discover what illness is saying to you, and help you answer those messages. It doesn’t matter whether they work with acupuncture, acupressure, crystals, psychic surgery, massage and running energy, laying on of hands, or spontaneous healing. The true healer is going to work with the cause of the illness, the messages that are there, and then will find a particular way of focusing that energy for the return of good health.
So what are the messages your Higher Self tries to give you? How can you interpret them? You don’t have to go ask someone. You can figure them out yourself.
The First Step of Healing: The Seven Questions To Ask & Answer
One: "What is the message my Higher Aspects are trying to give me?"
Two: ‘What’s this feedback that I’m getting?’
You see, illness is not just the message. It is also feedback. You will give yourself feedback when you’re screwing up in your reality. When your dear policeman keeps stopping you for going too fast, that’s feedback to slow down and be more careful. How many of you have gotten a speeding ticket and then have proceeded to screw something up 10 or 20 or 30 minutes later? The body similarly gives you feedback. "I have an ache or a stiffness or something that’s telling me to slow down."
Three: "What are the conflicting beliefs and attitudes that are creating this static and interference in my reality?" That is what illness is, also: static and interference that let you know you aren’t on a clear channel. You have conflicting beliefs, not the least of which is the fact that you are striving so quickly to grow and to finally move beyond this physical body, and at the same time you believe that death is bad. That’s a conflict. Those two beliefs rub wrong, creating friction, static, and interference.
Four: "What is the manipulation or potential manipulation this illness is?"
This is a toughie. This is one you’re not going to want to look at, particularly if you’re not feeling well, which is often the case when you’re ill, yes? … (laughter) …
"Not me! My back really does hurt. My arm really is broken. I really am bleeding." It’s, well, true but what is the present or potential manipulation? We’ll give you that little bit of room, yes? … (laughter) … And that’s an important question to answer. And you know, there’s always an answer. Some of the questions don’t always have answers, admittedly. But this one does. The first one, the fourth one, and the last one always have answers. There’s always a manipulation, or a potential manipulation based on the way in which you handle yourself from this point forward.
Five: "What could I be releasing or relieving from my reality?"
Sometimes as you work through something and begin to release it, it will have an illness effect upon the body. The "illness" you have may be a way of releasing something from your present, past, future, or some other lifetime. There are other ways to do it, but this is the way you chose. If you can understand that, you can decide if you want to continue to release it this way or if you’d prefer a different way. This is another question that may not have an answer.
Six: ‘How is my body cooperating with my programming?’
This one also may not have an answer. Sometimes, when your programming’s off or doesn’t make sense to your subconscious mind, a Higher Aspect of yourself may respond with a reaction in the physical form to let you know that it’s not going anywhere.
This doesn’t necessarily refer only to outward programming that you sit down and do in your meditations. This can be the programming of the other 23-½ hours of your day … "I wish I could begin again. I wish I could just start all over again." That’s programming. And your body may well be cooperating by giving you cancer, because that’s what cancer does. It reverses the growth of the cells. They stop growing and functioning normally, and start returning to a womb-like state.
Seven: "What lesson(s) could I learn, or am I learning, from this illness?"
See, everything doesn’t happen for the best. Everything happens. As long as it does, you might as well turn it into the best thing you can …
If you ask yourself these seven questions, and answer them honestly, you will have taken the first very giant step toward healing. And if you can’t figure it out for yourself, you can get some help from your friends: your counselors, Spiritual Self, Higher Consciousness. You also have a synchronistic reality that is constantly giving you feedback. It’s a matter of listening and paying attention.
The Healing Process
So what is involved in healing?
The first step we’ve talked about. Ask yourself the seven questions. That’s the first step, and a giant step, most definitely.
Second step: Process and program. We know there are those who are telling you that you don’t have to process anymore, that all you have to do is declare your intention and that’s it. There are many who are wanting to give you simple, simple, simple little formulas for being spiritual. But when you find out they’re wrong, they’re not going to be there to tell you why they lied to you. … After you hear the messages and understand them, process them through. Clear them out of your system.
Third step: Select a healing modality. What methods of healing do you want to use? You make that decision. Don’t throw your hands up and say, "Whatever, whomever. I’m just going to wander in the maze of illness until somebody comes along and does it to me." You make those choices. You make those decisions.
The fourth step is the most important and most determined step. It’s the one where you can screw up, or where you can really get into some marvelous freedom. The fourth step is that you make the decision to return to health. Ultimately, the decision is the healer. You can go to any healer, however powerful, but if you have not decided to get back on the pathway of health instead of stagnating in illness, they aren’t going to be able to help you. You have to make the decision!
And the decision needs to be made after you’ve taken the first three steps. You see, you don’t just start out, "I’ve decided I’m going to get healed." First, figure out what the messages are. Then do the processing and programming. Then you make the selection of what modality you’re going to use. And THEN you make the decision: "I’m going to be healed."
And fifth step: You participate in the healing. You don’t just drag your weary body in and lie it down on the healing table and say, "Do it to me." You participate with aliveness, love, trust, expectancy, and enthusiasm. "I’m too exhausted." Then give what you’ve got of these energies, because you must participate in a living way. You can’t just lie there like a limp noodle and expect any long-lasting or serious results.
Sixth step: Program and process again at a deeper level. If the fact that it takes time concerns you, how serious is your decision? How alive, expectant and enthusiastic are you? How much love and trust is really there?
And seventh: Move back into that dynamic aliveness that is your good health. Having learned what you needed to learn from the messages, leave the illness behind, moving out of it into the dynamic flow of health.
That’s what takes place in healing. The power of healing is immense. And there are many, many methods, as we suggest. And one or several of them are right for you.
With love and peace …