Beliefs, Health, and Illness

If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him. ~ Hippocrates

(In my experience and opinion, there are disease states that arise from the physical. The above statement does not apply to those. In this article, I am applying this quote to disease states that have their foundations in the spiritual and emotional.)

There are many reasons we attract things like illness into our life experience. It often has nothing to do with our spiritual purpose, but fulfills other needs.
In my experience, it is not the pushing away that ends the relationship with a belief; it is the embracing of the benefits of that belief that allow us to be at choice as to whether we would like to continue in a belief, or select one that better serves.
When I do this work for myself or with my clients, the focus is on how something we want to be ‘rid of’ in life has actually served us in some way, in finding the benefits, in gratitude, and in acceptance.

A personal example from my life – when I checked into how my food sensitivities had served me, I found that they gave me permission to feel ‘special’ (HUGE no-no in family of origin,) forced me to ask for what I needed even though it inconvenienced someone else (“How DARE you???”) and supported me in setting boundaries (“Boundaries? I’ll give you Boundaries!”)
It’s been a long process. Here’s a synopsis.

Am I ‘ready to do away with the reasons for’ my food sensitivities? The honest answer is that I’m not sure. Further examination is in order.
It’s a lot easier for me to feel ‘special’ now, because I have come to realize that each one of us is really quite special and unique.
I am not as uptight about inconveniencing others, because I have developed a greater understanding that when I do what is right for me, it allows others (even gives them the opportunity!) to do what is right for them.
I am a million times better with boundaries than I used to be, but I still struggle with people-pleasing in certain situations.
I guess the real question is, “Do I need food sensitivities to help me continue to grow in these areas?”
Nope. I am conscious and aware and no longer need an ‘excuse’ to ask for what I want, say ‘no,’ and be who I really am.

I offer this in hopes it helps ease your struggle with a physical issue that is of spiritual or emotional origin. If you find benefit in it, would you please share in the comments? You never know who will relate to and benefit from your experience.

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