Illnesses have meaning the same way that dreams have meaning. Like symbols in our dreams, our illnesses are messages which can be interpreted and understood if we pay attention.
By describing dis-ease as only relating to the physical body, the medical model has distracted the thoughts of people from the true origin of dis-ease, and has created fear that only drugs and other intervention can help. It’s a fear which should never have existed. When medical treatment alone is apparently successful, it is nothing more than a temporary fix unless the real non-physical, spiritual cause has been removed.
Dis-ease can teach us about the lessons we are here to learn. It can only be truly healed when that lesson is learned. That willingness to heal comes from a soul level.
Dr. Bach wrote in Heal Thyself that "dis-ease is in essence the result of conflict between Soul and Mind and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort. No effort directed to the body alone can do more than superficially repair damage. This is not a cure since the cause is still there and may at any moment again demonstrate its presence in another form. The apparent recovery hides from the patient the true cause of the trouble."
If we are to understand our illnesses and the lessons attached to it, we have to stop suppressing certain feelings and parts of ourselves, and simply take a look at what is going on with us, without judgment. We need to start consciously placing light into all areas of our life. That means placing light into those areas that do not seem to be working for us. For anything to evolve, it needs to have love, light and acceptance.
Many diseases are directly related to or caused by stress, anger, suppressed hostilities and resentments. There are many times when illness actually serves a purpose for an individual by taking them out of a situation that they are not happy with. I am certainly not implying that people really want to be sick, but that their thoughts are part of the co-creation of what is directly affecting their bodies and their lives in general.
As our spiritual growth unfolds and we begin to pay attention to signals, we will become increasingly aware of how we create our own reality and how our thoughts, ideas, emotions and beliefs influence the reality we experience around us.
Most often, healing occurs when an individual is ready, and willing, to make some major changes in his or her life. The achievement of balance and harmony on one level automatically requires and affects balance and harmony in the others. We must pay attention without judgment to all areas of our lives when we are in a state of imbalance. Our bodies are merely temporary instruments to be used for the fulfillment of the purposes of our Higher Self. Being aware of this is the first step toward paying attention to the messages our bodies are sending us. This is the essence of holistic healing!