Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, cont.

      I am enjoying this book (see Sunday's post) very much.  It seems to answer some interesting questions, like why do some people get sick while others stay mostly healthy.  Even though it is not written as a Christian book, many of the concepts can be related directly or indirectly to scripture.  For instance, here is a quote from Hands of Light by Barbara Ann Brennan:  "Illness is the result of imbalance.  Imbalance is a result of forgetting who you are.  Forgetting who you are creates thoughts and actions that lead to an unhealthy life-style and eventually to illness.  The illness itself is a signal that you are imbalanced because you have forgotten who you are.  Illness can thus be understood as a lesson you have given yourself to help you remember who you are."
      This quote makes me think about who God says we are and what Jesus did for us on the cross.  He said that by His stripes we are healed.  Illness causes me to pray which reminds me who I am--a child of God--and what He has already provided for me if I am walking according to His will.
     Dr. Bernie Seagel says in Love, Medicine, and Miracles, a book I read years ago and loved, "I suggest that patients think of illness not as God's will but as our deviation from God's will.
    He then goes on to say, "I feel that all disease is ultimately related to a lack of love, or to love that is only conditional, for the exhaustion and depression of the immune system thus created leads to physical vulnerability.  I also feel that all healing is related to the ability to give and accept unconditional love.  I am convinced that unconditional love is the most powerful known stimulant of the immune system.  If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know how.  But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same changes happen automatically.  The truth is: love heals."  
    And the Bible says, God is love.  He says we are to love one another as He loves us.  Could it be that if we actually chose to follow the "Good Book" we would live much healthier lives?  I believe that is true.  God has given us all we need for life and health, but we refuse--or ignore--what He has said and then try to find health in our own way.  How foolish we are!  I am often reminded of Romans 1:22 when I hear some of the ridiculous things said by politicians, but it applies to all areas of life.  It says, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."  (In case you're interested, Romans 1:18-32, tells us what happens when we choose to go our own foolish way instead of acknowledging and glorifying Him.  It sounds just like the world we live in.)
     I am interested and excited to be learning ways I can unearth some of my buried feelings to become a healthier and more loving person.  If this interests you, too, I recommend this book.  

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