14. ~SOUNDINGS~: PART 3 – The Obstacles | 14th Essay – Disease
by Frank L. Jordan III
Photo courtesy of Podzemnik
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From the dawn of human consciousness,
disease has confounded the hearts and minds
of the people of this world.
Once an ailment was identified
as a source of suffering and death,
it was justifiably considered the enemy
Over scores of centuries, the face and name of that enemy
has changed as our understanding
of just what disease is has changed.
What was once attributed to evil spirits
or to their evil lord, Satan,
is now understood to be caused by certain bacteria,
hostile viruses, malnutrition,
overexposure to occupational hazards,
environmental pollutants, and mutating cancers—
or is sometimes rooted in the very recesses
of one’s genetic material.
Although modern knowledge of disease
has dispensed with many superstitious notions
once held by our ancestors—
and still held by a few primitive communities today—
it has not totally unraveled the deepest mysteries
of many illnesses and why they exist.
For instance, many diseases are caused by living,
breathing microscopic organisms,
but it is my understanding that all life
originates from God.
If God loves us and wants to protect us from harm,
why does he enable so many hostile organisms
to live and thrive—organisms that can infect the bodies
of higher, more developed life forms,
causing suffering and sometimes death?
What is God’s relationship to such microscopic species?
The existence of microscopic organisms—
both hostile and benign—
is evidence of a principle that touches on many areas
concerning the relationship between our God
and life on this planet.
That principle is that if the need
to live and thrive is strong enough,
genuine and authentic enough,
God will empower any life form to exist.
Because God, the very Source of life,
would fulfill any and every authentic need to live.
The fact that a life form is unjustifiably hostile
and destructive to other, higher life forms
seems to have little bearing on this principle—
this basic granting of life.
God rains life-giving power on the just and unjust alike.
What purposes a species engages in during their lifetime
is then up to them.
Often, those purposes are openly hostile
to other more highly evolved species.
So when a destructive strain of bacteria or a virus
infects a lower animal or a human,
that particular infected being becomes diseased,
suffers often debilitating symptoms,
and sometimes dies.
This process of contracting an infectious disease
can awaken within us a powerful need of our own—
a need to once again become healthy and whole.
This is a need that our loving God
can and often does fulfill through healing.
For the alleviation of our pain and suffering from infections,
and yes, any other diseases for that matter,
is justifiable cause for the vanquishing
of any hostile microbe, mutating cell,
or genetic defect.
It is God’s will that we always succeed
in the battles against diseases that would harm
and sometimes kill us,
and kill the animals (and even the plants)
entrusted to our care.
But obviously we don’t always succeed
in our battles against disease.
Sometimes we suffer devastating damage.
Sometimes we die or our loved ones die.
Because God’s will and healing power
is matched up against the intrinsic powers
of organisms existing and circumstances occurring
within a universe that is perpetually deriving from God,
a universe that has significant powers of its own—
being an unfolding, progressing manifestation
of God himself,
of God herself.
Some of these organisms and circumstances
resulting in diseases are more readily influenced
by the healing power of Pure Love,
and some are less so.
And some diseases, probably all diseases,
can be more readily influenced and overcome
by God’s will and power through our cooperation
and collaboration with him, with her
in this tremendous undertaking.
Actually, it is our supreme purpose,
as God’s crowning achievements and achievers,
to work in harmonious accord with Pure Love
to bring about the eradication of every disease.
This is done in a number of ways.
First, throughout the evolution
of the many species of this world,
God has answered the inner needs of each species
to protect themselves from diseases
by enabling them to develop an interior defense—
an immunological system.
This has empowered each species currently existing
to survive as a whole,
although individual plants, lower animals, and humans
still contract or develop diseases sporadically,
Being the sensitive, empathetic creatures
that we human beings are,
witnessing the majority of our race
and other species survive
while a minority suffers and sometimes dies
holds little consolation.
The afflicted must be helped,
and it is through this compassion that humankind
is empowered to help and heal them.
So secondly, the ability to prevent diseases
and treat those afflicted has been developed
within humanity through the medical sciences.
For thousands of years, men and women
have experimented with the substances of the Earth
to bring about treatments and cures.
Using their imaginations
and their thirst for healing knowledge,
physicians throughout history have built upon
previous successes to arrive at the intricate,
specialized, and highly advanced arena
of modern medicine.
And God has been, not only with them,
but within them every step of the way.
God has also been with, and continues to be with,
all of those who pray for healing,
who meditate for healing.
Prayer and meditation are the necessary states of mind
a person must have in order to transfer or receive
God’s cleansing, healing power.
For prayer quiets the mind and engages the will
in a powerful combination of spiritual activity,
enabling one to experience and articulate
their deepest needs—to enter that secret, inner place
where God is most accessible.
Meditation achieves much the same result,
focusing the mind through the exclusion
of outward distractions,
laying the mental foundation
for a deeper renewal.
And those masters of these arts
are much valued persons within the healing arena,
much akin to physicians and their assistants.
The closer all types of healers become,
and the more they learn from one other
and rely on one another,
the closer we all grow to God, and in God.
For the desire to heal,
the intuition and imagination needed
to successfully experiment—the courage to try—
are qualities near and dear to the very heart and mind
of our kind and loving God.
That is why healers are so precious to Pure Love,
who is the Source of all healing.
And the avenues of healing leading out of that Source
are varied and true.
But the truest of them is the exalted way,
which when embraced
can inspire the afflicted, empower the healer,
and disperse the affliction—
thus healing the body, while purifying the heart,
and rescuing the mind.
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