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The Spiritual Aspect of Disease

Our health is influenced not only by our body and mind but also by our spirit. Therefore, the spiritual aspect of disease and illness cannot (and should not) be overlooked. Consequently, addressing the spirituality in our life can (and usually does) improve our overall physical and emotional well-being.

Medicine has always been linked with spirituality – but with changes in time, it changed its focus to a cure-oriented model of health care.

The current medical system begins with a medical diagnosis, which is a complex process of determining which condition explains particular signs and symptoms.

Although medical identification of disease is extremely helpful, yet it is still far from being complete, primarily because it does not include the spiritual dimension of illness. As a matter of fact, this is the Achilles’ heel of Western medicine, by some even perceived as its most serious deficit.

We all should always remember that disease (suffering) is never meaningless. Actually, it is a “palpable” internal message brought to our attention, a signal and, in most cases, an urgent request or even a desperate cry for help.

Clinical medical studies have confirmed the power of our attitudes and beliefs and, consequently, their influence on our well-being. The existence of our inner resources to heal also has been acknowledged.

Our spirituality undoubtedly has a strong effect on the decisions we make about our health and illness, including the choices of treatments.

However, we must first enable ourselves to tap into these hidden inner resources. And this can only be done through the power of our spirituality.

Spirituality can be attained primarily by letting go of the negative, destructive emotions toward ourselves and others, such as:

  • anger
  • hatred
  • envy, and
  • jealousy.

Spirituality, then, is much more than a power to cope with a difficult condition, more than just positive thinking, meditation, yoga, relaxation techniques, or asking (God) “why ‘this’ is happening to me,” “why I am being ‘punished’,” etc.

Suffering (illness) should be perceived as a chance, or even a seemingly paradoxical gift, for a spiritual enhancement, an opportunity for a change of our attitude and character; a definitive signal that a necessary internal transformation must be done here and now, before it’s too late. There’s no room for despair or guilt here.

There are people who seem to have an absolute belief in prayer and cure, but when the long-awaited cure does not occur, they become overwhelmed by…  hopelessness and anger – another pair of destructive emotions.

Yes, we should pray – but for receiving enough inner strength to do our own hard internal spiritual work on improving and transforming our character.

How all this relates to the problems with the urinary tract?

It has been noticed and confirmed by many religious thinkers and spiritual healers that negative emotions, such as  jealousy, envy, contempt, self-hatred, and depression have a damaging impact on the urogenital system.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the urinary bladder is related to… fear, another destructive emotion that makes us vulnerable, fragile, and weakens the immune system.

So, beware of negative emotions. The right spiritual attitude in life is utterly important in your quest for optimal health and wellness.

The take-home message?

Once again, look deep into yourself to find your authentic inner strength and unwavering willingness to improve your spiritual attitude, and truly change your character for the better, primarily by breaking from all negative, destructive emotions toward yourself and others, that is from anger, hatred, envy, jealousy, contempt, and depression. That’s how miracles happen!

And don’t fool yourself into believing that you are free from these conscious or subconscious feelings, as they might  – slowly but surely yet completely – ruin your health and well-being.

So, think about it and act now, before it’s too late.

The full version is available at:
The Spiritual Dimension of Illnes.

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