Disease as an Opportunity
How could disease possibly be a gift or an opportunity, you might ask, as I once did? How could we conceive of disease as a welcome occurrence, especially given the undesirable symptoms and limitations it brings? Many view anyone stricken with a chronic disease as a victim of very unfortunate circumstances, and those in which, they had no choice or role in its creation. Others believe that the propensity for disease is predetermined by either a person’s genes or their environment. In these cases, the causal nature of disease is seen as being entirely physical. As someone who knows first-hand what serious, life threatening disease is all about, I have come to learn that, when we look beyond our physicality, there is a much bigger, and more plausible explanation for why we become ill, and why disease is not necessarily a dreadful, horrible thing.
We Are Here to Learn
To put things in perspective, we must remember that in the greater scope of things (at the non-physical level), as souls, life represents nothing more than a learning opportunity for us to grow and expand our consciousness, through our experiences. This is why we are here- no matter what happens to us. Each of us follows a life path that is entirely unique to us- custom tailored to meet the objectives of our divine plan, and one that unfolds in such a way so that we can live out major themes, challenges and soul attributes as a means of learning. We may have forgotten this key aspect, and thus, may not appreciate that what is presented to us along the way may be both good AND bad. Sadly, it is the human condition and a tendency towards the opposite (referred to as dualism), which creates the view for some that the experience of illness is bad. On the surface, at the physical level alone, the terrible symptoms, the progressive failing of our bodies and the unrelenting compromise associated with chronic disease, have allowed many conclude that disease is indeed a bad thing. However, in reality, as souls, we must experience both good AND bad, so that we can understand the entire spectrum of the human experience. It doesn’t mean that all bad things are difficult, and good things are easy. It’s how we respond that matters. It can even be the other way around, for it is all relative and the quality of the subjective experience truly lies ‘in the eyes of the beholder’. Most importantly, we don’t have to suffer just because our circumstances ‘seem’ bad. As has been said so often, “suffering is only that which we accept for ourselves”.
We Choose How We Respond
Either way, we are meant to apply conscious discernment in that which we choose along our paths- to say, to do, to be, or to experience, with the ultimate goal of serving our best and highest good. If things prove difficult for us, often despite our own conscious acknowledgement of the glaring opportunity that shifting a particular response or the perception of how we experience something, may present to us, we may choose not to exercise that choice. Usually, if we miss the learning opportunity, another one will come up again at another point in time. Most often, these opportunities will surface again and again, until we finally concede to apply the lessons to our soul’s learning and make the changes that serve us in our growth and evolution. The situations typically become more and more intense and pronounced each time they appear, in order to catch our attention and provide us a chance to respond in some way that is more appropriate. In the process, the knowledge and wisdom we acquire is cumulative. This is carried throughout our entire existence and expression as a soul, and is therefore not limited to any one particular lifetime (or this dimensional reality for that matter). The energy that is created from the thoughts, emotions and beliefs we accumulate as a result, good or bad, is actually stored (as information) in our soul’s records, which are a part of our DNA. Therefore, all experiences count, including chronic or major disease- for it too, can be seen as a learning opportunity.
As souls, we may actually elect, prior to our birth, to undertake a life in which a major disease is present, as a means of learning. It is hard to believe that this might be so, but this has most certainly been the case for me. At the soul level, we can choose a disease in order to learn to face and cope with the various challenges that ensue. Disease may represent an opportunity for us to move beyond our physical reality by teaching us to transcend our condition, or to expand our conscious awareness into the non-physical realms. It may be a way for us to remember what our souls already know at a very deep level, which is how to manifest self-healing through our consciousness. Disease may also provide opportunities for those, other than ourselves, including family and friends, to grow and develop. Sometimes, undertaking the experience of a disease, can be the ultimate life’s calling from a spiritual perspective, giving us a chance to serve the ‘highest good of all’. Those who recognize this and are able to embrace what disease offers, have progressed their evolution and often emerged from their ordeals as teachers, creators, healers and mystics.
Disease is a Choice
We do not inherit disease, we only inherit the potential for it, based on the choices we make as souls. Once the decision is made, there are certain genetic codes (quantum energetic information) held at the soul or spiritual level, which are communicated through our consciousness to our biological DNA. Our biological DNA contains the instruction sets that govern our bodies and its ability to regulate, repair and restore function. Thus, the encoding of our biological DNA is much more deliberate than most could ever imagine (and also, the secret to addressing illness and disease). Disease is not fate. It is not bad karma. It is programmed at the soul level based on our choice.
In other cases, disease may be acquired during the course of a person’s lifetime. This is the more commonly understood situation, particularly for those who subscribe to alternative or complementary medicine philosophies, most of which take into account the emotional, mental and spiritual triggers for disease, in addition to the physical. In general, the same principle described earlier, regarding the fact that we may live in contradiction to the lessons that our experiences are presenting to us, applies. This generates discordant energies and a state of disharmony at a single or all levels of our being, which eventually, through our consciousness, translates to energetic imbalance and eventually disease in the physical body. When disease is ‘taken on’ in this manner, it serves to draw our attention in a more pronounced way to our choices and how we are conducting ourselves as we move through life. I can personally attest to the fact that pain and discomfort in the physical body are very strong signals that prompt us to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions and our spiritual nature, and the reality we are creating for ourselves. The emotion of fear is one of the biggest generators and propagators of illness of all, both in terms of the severity of the symptoms we experience, as well as the progression or persistence of the disease itself. Fear (of oneself, of others, of what is both inside and outside of us) is incredibly powerful and it is critically important for any diseased person to understand this. Once again, this type of situation presents us with an opportunity to embody the lessons that our disease has reminded us of. It may also facilitate an opportunity for us to use our own consciousness to redirect ourselves in a manner that creates balance and a state of health in our bodies.
The Illusion of Disease- A Creation through Consciousness
In essence, then, disease isn’t real. It is more or less, a response to something that is much greater than us, and what we have actually chosen, for reasons we may or may not be consciously aware of. Its origins are rooted deeply in the non-physical realms, and through some sophisticated quantum dynamics involving our consciousness, disease manifests in the physical realm. Whether the disease is elected or acquired, through our consciousness, we create what occurs in our bodies. What should come as a relief to everyone, is that if it wasn’t created in this way, it could not be changed.