You’ve felt it for a while.
That something was wrong with your health. And the moment the doctor told you the diagnosis, it’s difficult isn’t it? Your mind tries to understand what’s wrong. Your heart tries to cope with the emotional shock. At the same time your intelligence begins to figure out how to “fight” against the disease according to the doctor’s recommendation.
But perhaps, for real healing to take place, the most important question is:
Do you want to treat the symptoms, or are you willing to understand the root cause and do whatever it takes to heal wholesomely?
This was the question I’ve had to ask myself this year when I got my diagnosis. As written in my previous post, during the last 2 months I had to work intensively with my healing to recover and regain my strength. I still do. And if there’s one thing that I’ve learned during the process, now as well as in the past, is that effective healing can never take place on the physical level alone.
It’s difficult for me to write this post as I’m trying to convey a wisdom that I don’t even fully understand. It’s not because I can’t due to my capacity, but it’s more about that the answers are beyond our human intelligence. Still, let me try to explain.
When we grow spiritually, the boundaries between different areas of life get blurred. Problems concerning our physical health aren’t only about the strength of our bodies, but as much as it’s about our spiritual, mental and emotional health. This is the reason why I believe that wholesome healing can only take place when we consciously work with all four levels: spiritual, psychological/mental, physical and emotional dimensions of our being.
And the wisdom of Zen is needed as it empowers all aspects of healing!
I believe that the core impulse of life is a yearning for balance. But balance can only arise when imbalance is also part of the dance. Life is a process of a creative dance between yin and yang energies, intertwining and complementing each other.
And when we are conscious of the dance, the “end” sum is always in a balance state, uplifting us to a higher and higher experiences of life. When we’re not conscious, imbalance can take over and one of the consequences that we can experience is physical illness.
Most illnesses are a result of imbalance that has been going on for some time. There are exceptions, of course, which can be related to our karma or our soul purpose that we’ve chosen to experience on Earth.
Nonetheless, healing will be faster if we’re willing to look at the disease from a higher perspective, recognizing the patterns of imbalance and do whatever we can to restore the balance of our spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well-being. After all, disease can be understood as dis-ease.
Life is actually easy.
But to reach a state of easiness in our awareness is not easy at all. It’s hard work where we’re forced to look at unhealthy behavior patterns, beliefs and ideas about who we are and how the world should be according to our mental conditioning.
And easiness is also Flow. The healing process is essentially about getting back to the Flow of Life, allowing everything to happen gracefully where our actions are in alignment with the Wisdom of the Heart.
If we succeed in doing so, we can be at ease in all areas of Life. Then we’re healed. Truly and fully healed.