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Why do we get sick?
This article was written a couple of years back, and contains the collective mass of my knowledge of illness and health, some secular (not religious) therapies to try and my opinions.
If you are battling a serious illness, PLEASE be sure to read the other healing articles here. Read the "Healing in the Lord's Supper" and "God's 8 Healing Vehicles" as well as the "7 Steps to Healing" for detailed instructions in scripture of what to do. God CAN and WILL heal you!
I believe that good
health and long life are basic gifts of God to His people – especially
His followers. Things go
wrong of course, sin and environmental factors have their part in this
life, but God's beautiful creation (our body) was made to heal itself
and to listen closely to the voice of God.
It not only listens
closely to God's still, small voice, but it hears our own voices loud
and clear! We speak a
constant stream of negative, hateful, hurtful things every day and voice
loudly our strong beliefs in death and disease.
If you were to watch what you say carefully for a week, make a
note of every nod you give to someone else's opinion on death and
sickness, you'd see that your mind and body are inundated with
instructions to DESTRUCT!
So it's very
important to stay away from negative people (no matter how well meaning
they are). Don't listen to
television about health issues, not even commercials.
They reinforce belief in death, even when they are about places
to go for healing.
If there is ANYONE
that you have not forgiven, if you can think of any people that when you
think of them you might cringe a bit or feel uncomfortable, say a prayer
for them. If possible, go
to them, one by one and make amends.
Apologize or make things right.
God says if we do not forgive, He will not forgive us, and
healing hinges on forgiveness. It's
part of the package. If you
can't bring yourself to forgive, then speak the words using Jesus'
forgiveness ("I forgive you in the name of Jesus, with HIS
forgiveness until my own appears!")
Talk to Him about this and request the ability to forgive and the
gift of mercy.
When God created us
in His image, and breathed His breath into Adam's body, He made us
"Co-Creators" with Him, with power to affect the outer world.
Then He sent us instructions throughout history, Jesus
reinforcing these instructions and warnings - that whatever a man
thinks, whatever comes out of his mouth, whatever he dwells on
consistently, becomes his reality!
We frame our world
and our futures with our mind and speech!
Remember the verse "The power of life and death is in the
tongue"? Repeat the Bible
verse affirmations (Faith Confessions) here on this site, pick out what
feels right and applicable and get your whole family saying it. If it says, "I will not die, but LIVE and declare the
works of God"; then have your family say out loud "(your name)
will not die, but LIVE and declare the works of God!" (Psalms
118:17) (Do the same for them too!)
Fill your mind and
all around you with beautiful and peaceful things.
Go sit near a lake or pond often.
Go to a nursery and take some folding chairs (let the owners know
that you are "overcoming" an illness and would like to use
their beautiful plants as part of your therapy).
Sit amongst the fragrance of flowers and let the wind blow their
sweet smell into your face. (Hope
you don't have allergies!)
Have you heard the
story "Downwind of Flowers"?
It's about a Monk who had cancer and being away from Tibet, he
sought relief in our western society.
Beyond the doctor's advice, the thing that he did to heal himself
was to sit daily with his wife among flowers at a nursery.
Local people heard that he was there to heal from cancer, and
they began bringing him cards and gifts, laying them around his feet.
He had been experiencing bitterness and anger at people and
events in his life since he had left his homeland, and these gifts and
the gentle spring breezes with scents of many flowers, healed his
damaged soul and shrank the tumor.
work so hard to sabotage ourselves.
We get hurt feelings, we make mistakes, we see others succeeding
while we appear to fail, and we heap on ourselves MORE self destructive,
low self esteem verbiage. We
believe we're not as good as someone else, we don't deserve this or
that, we can't have this or that… you get the picture!
And every negative word or thought strengthens our body's
intentions to self-destruct.
There is something
else that can help you leap forward into self-healing.
It's called EFT. If you can find a practitioner in your area
(check the website below), it would be best to go to one, but if you
have no one near you – learn these exercises yourselves and apply it
daily. It takes one minute
to do a set of exercises, and involves mainly your face and hands.
The purpose of EFT
is to heal emotional trauma and negative emotions in your mind/heart,
and to allow the healing energy to flow again freely through your body.
It's not one of those far out alternative therapies that "wackos"
do who don't go to doctors. This
is something DOCTORS and NURSES are training to do, that brings nearly
immediate relief from stress and anger, often healing complex physical problems
Luckily for us, it's
also being taught to the general public, with the hopes that everyone
will soon know how to do this simple technique that can turn lives
You can find literally thousands of videos on Youtube.com on how to do EFT and how people have used it. I recommond these first. The first one is by Gary Craig who "invented" EFT, and it is excellent to tell you what it can do. The next ones tell you how to do it.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has been clinically effective in thousands of cases for trauma and abuse, stress and anxiety, fears and phobias, depression, addictive cravings and hundreds of physical symptoms. It's even useful to quit smoking or lose weight!
Some other things to
work on at the same time are:
Did you know that
scientists have discovered that at a level smaller than the atoms and
subatomic particles, that matter no longer resembles matter, but is pure
energy and information? They've
found proof that you ARE made up of the same stuff as a tree, and a
The difference between trees and us is only in the intensity (density?) of energy and the information it contains. The materials that your body is made of can be bought for a few dollars at a hardware store (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, etc.) These same elements are all around us; yet require this INTENTION from God to become a human being. We are of His original thought. WE are localized dense areas of energy of God's thoughts, formed into material substance to hold the spirit being that we are.
It is true what they
say, that we are NOT humans
who occasionally have spiritual experiences, but SPIRITS who have
occasional human experiences!
We know that first
there is energy, and then energy becomes matter.
When the object is no longer needed (such as leaves that are
burned in autumn) their matter is changed to other forms and energy is
released into the air. Energy
is flowing everywhere around us (and through us), and when influenced by
thought, (with INTENTION), it solidifies into matter – particularly
the subject of the thought. (Here
I'm talking about OUR thoughts.)
discovered that cells in our bodies can go backwards in their growth
pattern when needed, for instance - in healing a broken bone.
The adult cells in the area of the damage, that have already
become the mature type of cell they were intended for, (such as tendon
or muscle or bone), can lose the quality of the cell they were, and
remake themselves into the kind of cell that is needed to mend the bone
in that spot. This is a
discovery previously unheard of, and certainly testifies to the ability
of our bodies to heal and of the communication that goes on in our body
on cellular levels!
If we can visualize
this, and understand how marvelous and knowing that process is, it will
comfort us in our journey towards healing.
We are NOT on this journey alone!
God is with us and IN us. And
our billions of cells that make up our earthly vehicle are alive, in
communication and constantly in motion to create, to heal, to procreate
and to facilitate our learning process here.
OUR job is to take
the reins of this great motion forward and direct this life (including
healing) towards our goal. We
gather the information necessary, such as God's specific words on the
subject, doctor's advice, and the quiet voices of nature and energy all
around us, and put it all together.
The Bible tells us
that our STRENGTH is in our JOY in the Lord!
Where do you get more energy for the healing process?
being joyful and thankful towards God.
(Be Loud! Be Joyful!
Jump, dance and run!)
Proverbs tells us
that God's word is life and healing to our flesh.
(Memorize scripture! Share
it and study it.)
Matthew and John
tell us that Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses, that
with His stripes we WERE healed. Another
verse says the same thing but uses the present tense word "ARE
healed". (So that we
know that our healing was ordained from the beginning and we have a
perfect right to ask for and expect the manifestation of our healing!)
Jesus went to the
cross and rose again, to redeem us from the curse.
With our belief on Him, we have abundant life in Christ.
Sickness, fear and
oppression have no power over us, for God's Word is our confession!
(Give your testimony, proclaim your healing, and claim what is
promised even before you have confirmation from other sources.)
Our body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost, and as long as He resides in us, we have the
perfect, vibrant life force of the Creator of the universe dwelling in
our bodies, and as light dispels darkness, sickness must flee!
(Make Him welcome; invite Him in as Lord and Master!)
We are told to
submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us!
Use the "7 steps to healing" - click
One of the promises
of obedience to God's commandments is LONG life in the land.
(That is promised many times, including no plague or illness
coming near our dwelling, and being blessed when we go in and blessed
when we come out.)
upon those things that were not, as though they were", and his
faith was counted unto him for righteousness.
(He believed God's word and called himself Abraham "Father
of Nations" before God had yet given him even ONE son.)
I'm sure there are a
lot more verses you can draw upon, but I've written all of this out for
you to help build your faith, and to give you new hope.
I've listed a few empowering, life changing resources, just ask me and I'll help you get them.
** These I highly
They are not all links, you may have to do a search in your web
browser for them, or check with Amazon or your local public library.
Proctor's "You Were Born Rich"
Wattles' "The Science of Being Well"
**Deepak Chopra's "The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success" (Get this on tape at your library, or in book form) Very good.
**Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra "Living Beyond Miracles" (Get this on tape at your library, or in book form) Very good, they explain how we're made and how it all works.
"The Greatest Networker in the World" Very good story of a man who could seemingly do anything and how he taught that power to others.
Hill's "Think and Grow Rich"
I included these that say "rich" because the techniques
they mention and the theory for it have as much to do with our health
and all that we desire in this life, as it does with money.
I also recommend Anthony
Robbins' "Unleash the Power Within"
(Get this on tape at your library, or in book form.) This one is
more how to change bad habits or angers easily but it's very good and
It is not God's will for us to be sick or have accidents. (God created us perfect, in His image, to be indestructible. Although we're given just 120 years for the life of man, (see Genesis), nowhere does scripture say man must be sick during life, or get sick to die.)
There are no victims. (God gave dominion of this planet and our bodies to us. Who do YOU blame when something goes wrong? Hopefully you've matured to the stage where you accept each moment as it is, and ask what can be learned from this experience, how can I use it to help my fellowman?)
All illness and accidents are purposeful. (Meaning they fulfill a purpose. You may not be consciously aware of how your illness is serving you, but you alone are the one who will decide when you're tired of illness and ready to move into health.)
Illness is often an error in a thought process. (All emotion draws in like kinds to you. Whatever patterns of emotion you have, result in life or death. Stress, anxiety, guilt or shame, self hate and self punishment, naturally are negative and draw death. If you correct that error in your thoughts, be assured your body will correct it's condition.)
Illness is reversible. (Just as the body changed INTO illness, it can change back to HEALTH. Your cells are aware and in communication with your soul every moment. They are like mini brains all working in unison with your subconscious wishes and most heartfelt words.)
Denial does not cure illness. (You must take authority over your body and life. Most likely you have been sick because you've been denying something your heart was trying to tell you, for too long. It's easy to let life float by you without having to push an oar or steer your boat, but if that's all you're doing, don't be surprised if you're headed for the edge of a giant waterfall.)
is often a signal from spirit that something is not working in one’s
life. (Learn to listen to your
body and heart, you are the best lie detector system on the
planet! Use this gauge: Ask yourself if a certain decision
will result in comfort and happiness for you and those around you.
If you FEEL a sense of comfort or happiness as you think about it,
proceed. You can also use this to ask your body what you
need. Always move towards your inner joy.)
Think about each one
of these. Even if you can't imagine that you AREN'T a
"victim" of your illness or disease, realizing that you HAD to
participate in your illness, or at least take your hands off the
"wheel" so to speak to allow it to get started, you might try
to ask your inner wisdom to tell you what purpose might this illness
accomplish? What does it do
for you, or prevent you from having to do?
If the illness
wasn't there, where would you be? Or,
what emotions and events in your past brought this about?
If there IS something wrong in your life that your body would
want to bring your attention to, what would it be and what should you be
doing to set things right?
I believe that many
illnesses and conditions are brought on by spirit attack, but some are
clearly self-induced. In
the case of weight problems, people have been doing this to themselves for years.
Death by overeating! Don't
laugh, it exists!
Anthony Robbins said that when we're eating most of us are not
really IN the present. We're
in a trance state remembering previous good food and hoping to recreate
the wonderful warm and cozy feelings from sometime in the past.
You may notice that after you begin eating you suddenly wake up
stuffed and sick, and the whole meal has gone by in a flash.
So if you
could bring myself to stay focused in the present tense as you eat, and
speak to yourself before eating anything – giving yourself permission to
eat this or that for the good of your body, you might be able to eat less.
that weight loss isn't usually the crucial thing to focus on.
It's what put you in that state to begin with that needs to be
changed and when joy returns to you, freedom and liberty...you'll
naturally lose weight.
I have a friend who was contemplating suicide recently. I stayed up through the night talking to him, trying to comfort him. His girl friend had left him.
It would be so
wonderful if I could find a quick way to help people understand how
amazing the gift of life is, so they wouldn't want to cut it short or
bail out of here. ESPECIALLY when a problem is something
If you were a
paraplegic trapped in a bed all your life, I could ALMOST say you'd
be excused, go ahead and go. But even that would be stupid.
Obviously God put you here for some reason. If not for what you
can do for others, then for what they need to do for you. I'd
start praying for someone to come along who would be a caregiver that
would read to me, or give me interesting puzzles to keep my mind busy.
Let me grow in my mind then, and honey I sure would!
I'd want to study how to leave my body and experience the world
in the spirit!
But just because
you're having trouble with a lover or mate is no reason to
want to bail. You've got 2 legs, WALK! I know that's MUCH
easier said than done.
Life is short
and we're given a whole world of opportunities. The only
restriction is what WE put on it. You can do anything at all you
want to do.
that you can't because you're not smart, or educated, or free--- because
you can learn any skill you need, if you're motivated enough, and you
can change your circumstances to be free to do it.
The problem mankind
has is in vision, or a lack thereof. If you would stop building
little boxes around you, and look up to the sky and realize THAT
is the height and depth and breadth of all your world, then move freely
in it and GO places!
We're our own worst
enemy. We don't even need the devil or a bad guy to thwart all our
plans. Man has gotten it all down to a science. One step
forward, 2 steps back. Of course not all people, but many of us.
After I thought my life was over, I became an ordained minister, and did many things that I
wanted to do. I've illustrated books, written some, even got to
act in a play put on by President Carter's family here in Georgia.
I found out that life
CAN be SO good!
I have a handicapped
son who reminds me to love and think of Jesus every day. He has
always wanted to be a preacher, and now we travel a bit locally to give
our testimony. I have 2 other sons, one has children of his own
now, and the youngest is now in college. Both of these sons are computer whiz's and amaze me with their knowledge.
It's hard to find
time for everything so just do what is most important and try to enjoy
life as you go along!
Life. It's a
gift to you. It wasn't meant to make you cry or be unhappy, or
imprison you in some situation that ties your hands so you can't do what
you want to.
This is my son
Christopher's prayer beads site. http://www.blessingmeadowsministries.com/Beads.htm
This page contains
the list of miracles we experienced up until a year or so ago. http://www.blessingmeadowsministries.com/christopher.htm
My art website is www.chastityrose.com
Our racecar has a
website too at www.r2kracing.com.
There you can see Rodney and his proof that there IS life after cancer!
I know I still have a lot of work to do on these websites, but I hope what is there will bless you!
I wish you well and pray for you. Write to me if you'd like to talk. Anything you write is strictly confidential, between us. firstname.lastname@example.org.