There is a great deal of confusion about what health is and how to invest in it. Many people feel that as long as they have health insurance and the medical treatments that it affords, they are protected. Our culture has become convinced that the human body is destined to fall ill as it ages and that conventional medical care is the path to health. Many feel that once they have been given a medication or have a surgery, they can comfortably go back to life as usual. This is a dangerous attitude. Even though modern medicine has elaborate explanations for “the how” of illnesses, when we dig deep enough we see that it does not answer “the why”. That is because the why we get sick or suffer is always a spiritual question.
Health is the natural expression of a state of well being. Finding and maintaining such a state is an individual endeavor. It is individual in the sense that it requires all of one’s efforts, and so must be self-motivated. It is also individual in the sense that the inner and outer changes necessary to achieve this, are unique to that person. Detailed guidance for making such changes, is not the topic of this article, but can be found at my Mind Body Spirit Clinic and by studying the Spiritual Treasures, Final Edition.
I will summarize my path to well being, to offer a comparison to health insurance and modern medicine. What motivated my path to health, was the realization that my physical, mental and emotional health at any given moment, was the product of my past actions and intentions. What goes around comes around, and I realized this wasn’t just determined by my superficial behaviors, but also by my inner attitude and personal agendas. At the same time that I realized the truth of this message, I was also touched by a deeply spiritual experience. I became aware of another dimension to life. On Christmas Eve in 2008, I was graced with by a loving spiritual presence that had an impact on me and on the people I interacted with. After several intense weeks, that presence faded away, and the memory of that event has motivated me to make many positive life changes so as to realign with that state of being. At the time of this writing, I have been successful in cultivating that state of being, but not on a continual
basis. I have learned to make many inner and outer changes to predispose myself to this state of wellness but I have still have much work to do. I believe that my experiences to date may be helpful for others wishing to achieve lasting health.
The major inner change I have made (and had to repeatedly make) is to consciously hold an inner loving attitude, regardless of the people I’m around or circumstances that I find myself in. I have found this to be very difficult, because life has brought me many challenges, and because my mind tends to shift my attention outwards, instead of allowing me to focus on my true inner attitude. My mind likes to blame many worldly factors for my upsets and insults (including myself), instead of just accepting those things that cannot be changed and working hard to immediately change those things that can be. I have found the book, The Presence Process, Revised Edition by Michael Brown, very helpful in setting the right inner attitude. It has a ten week methodical tool, which helped me recognize when I have lost my loving inner attitude and how to recover it.
I have also made numerous outer changes. I have sold a large, three story “dream home”, which over looked Lake Michigan. The maintenance and financial burden of the home, far outweighed the joy I received from living there. I have slowly transitioned from a profitable conventional neurology practice to a simple Mind Body Spirit clinic. The joy of helping people resolve illnesses, far exceeds the extra money I made helping people manage illnesses. Over this period of time, I also went through a divorce, with two young children involved. I have moved several times and held jobs at several different locations. I have also changed my diet. I am vegetarian now and I stopped consuming alcohol and medications. I also fast or cleanse with a liquid diet on a regular basis. I have given up many personal recreations, so as to invest more energy towards helping others in my life. With each successful change, the spiritual connection within me has grown stronger. It has shown me where I create dependencies and weaknesses, by favoring certain relationships. It has also shown me where I am missing out on deeply connecting to people, because it is initially uncomfortable to keep their company. The spiritual presence has helped me overcome many fears.
After all the changes, I can see that my body is more relaxed, my mind more still and my emotions more peaceful. I am more aware of how food affects me and of what goes on inside my body. As this sense grows, I can tell if I’m going to get ill and know what inner and outer factors are causing it. I can now see how confused our culture is, that we’ve forgotten to cultivate our own inner awareness, and attempt to substitute it by relying on doctors and tests. Even worse, we have forgotten that illnesses are a sign of a spiritual issue, a problem only we can discover and find a lasting fix for. Certainly conventional medical treatments can be very useful and necessary short term fixes. However, it has become a common misunderstanding that taking lifelong medications or having major surgeries are the solution for many chronic illnesses. These treatments are powerful at sedating or modifying the symptoms in the body. However the root cause, a lack of spiritual well being, is not addressed.
Even if the body is successfully prevented from expressing illness in one part, the lack of well being is still present. It is just a matter of time before it surfaces again, and it can do so in any other part of the body, or in any aspect of our life. We may successful treat a nervous bladder with a pill, but then later come to find we have a new problem, such as insomnia. Or we may relieve low back pain with a surgery, but then find shortly after that we have severe constipation. All our body functions are connected. The current “fix the part that is problematic” strategy of medicine, does nothing to account for the holistic and highly intelligent nature of the human being. If anything, this strategy perpetuates illness. It allows people to continue the lifestyles and life choices that cause their illness. It does so by relieving the symptoms, that otherwise would motivate them to change.
As more and more people are getting first and second had experiences of modern medicine, they will recognize its limitations. As they start to open their minds as to “why” they are ill and suffer, it will become clear that this is a spiritual question. A question, which if taken seriously, has a meaningful answer for each and every individual. Pursuing that solution will give meaning to their life, help cultivate acceptance and help resolve illnesses, even some which are currently considered incurable.