Physical and Mental Illness From A Spiritual Point of View
A natural part of being ill, whether mentally or physically, is adjusting to your new life and grieving the old or what you thought your life would be like.
During this process we are called to find a new way of being that allows for any restrictions our illness may limit us with.
Whilst the ultimate spiritual truth is that we are limitless, this does not stop soul using the paradox that is limits, to help us realise this.
In the eyes of soul we are always perfect and whole regardless of what we are experiencing at a human level.
One of my current favourite teachers, Matt Kahn, says that illness is an initiation into a higher state of consciousness, teaching us to be happy no matter what our circumstance.
If you’ve ever spent time being ill or with someone who is ill, you will notice how mindfulness increases and joy is found in the little things. Illness brings you into communion with the present moment.
When illness takes away the opportunity to get lost in the big things, we turn to more meaningful little things and refrain from distraction.
On the path to wellness you develop a new level of self-awareness that can only help you more.
Whilst herbs, positive thinking and holistic therapies can offer a support for us when ill, they are not necessarily going to cure us. Miracles do happen and we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of an open approach, but there will be times when illness is not here to be cured.
Illness can be part of a complex soul contract that is in place to teach us and those around us. Sometimes it is an agreement within a family line. Since there are many reasons for illness, no-one, except the person with the illness, can know the true answers.
It is not helpful to judge a sick person. Yet it can be seen that some beliefs centre around the judgement that a sick person is ill because they are not dealing with their emotional baggage, do not love themselves, or are not taking part in a particular lifestyle choice.
Each person who is unwell is dealing with such a lot already, it is not compassionate to reach for a list of what emotion they must be suppressing for their illness to have manifest.
The manifestation of illness is not a sign of being a small soul; not coping with emotional issues, or even that you haven’t looked after yourself.
Illness is a messenger and guide, not something to be fixed.
Highly evolved souls use illness as a lever to take consciousness to the next level. The process of recovery – if that is available – is evolutionary and not the point of the illness.
When living and coping with an illness, you do not need to hear from people who wrongly believe they would cope better or have the answers to resolve the so-called problem.
No-one should have to be seen to ‘push through’, ‘get on with it’ or conveniently pretending they don’t have an illness, in order to please those around them.
Only the person with the illness truly knows what will and won’t work for them. Since we are all so beautifully unique, so is our journey with illness.
When we stop trying to end or ignore an illness and instead spend time with it, this gives space for soul to work with us on what the hidden gifts are. Exhaustion, although horrible to have, is one of the side effects of illness that exists to assist with space giving for soul to do its work. In those moments it can be wise to utilise the exhaustion and give yourself a break. However, awareness is required so that ego does not use the exhaustion to re-train the mind into believing that you never have the energy to do any of the things you want to do, as this can create a vicious cycle.
Despite being a reiki healer, I do not condone substituting professional medical health care or opinion with any one therapy or natural medicine. In some instances this is all that is needed but in many more it is not enough.
Instead I encourage mindfulness for the sick person and empower them to make discerning choices about what is right for them.
There are ‘success’ stories where people have been cured following a natural or holistic treatment. Whilst this can happen and can be a suitable care plan for some, it is not right for all.
In stories where people have used positive thinking including affirmations to cure themselves, care should be taken that this does not override what the illness was there to teach. By using such practices without full understanding, there is a danger that the illness be placed in the subconscious and therefore will resurface more fierce than ever at some point.
You can never know what someone’s body is coping with behind what can obviously be seen. Some souls have elected to use their body to transmute and channel powerful experiences that aren’t tangible externally to a lot of people and could not be diagnosed by a Dr.
I feel the most compassionate way we can be with illness is to allow it to unfold, while taking wise steps to support our whole being throughout the process.
If you are ill, I wish you so much love and support for your journey. I’m sorry that you’re going through such difficulty. I pray you are surrounded by love and compassion as you find the best way through for you.
With love, Lu x
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