THE SPIRITUAL VALUE OF ILLNESS
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, CCH, QME, PhD
“In meeting yourself, free of all shoulds and musts and wills, for even a moment, you realize that even if nothing gets fixed or done, simple natural fulfillment is already here.” – Gangaji
Often, we unconsciously use illness as an excuse for not achieving our deeper goals, or for limiting ourselves in some way. This is called a “secondary benefit” from the illness, and in psychology and counseling, this is a common subject of discussion.
It’s helpful to try to realize that in some larger, spiritual way, we have actually co-created with the universe our illnesses and our limitations—in some unconscious way, the illness is what is keeping us stable, even as it limits us.
Why? Well, in some skewed way, we have created our issues and illnesses in order to keep us safe and secure. In homeopathy, we call this our “unconscious defense mechanism.” The illness serves to “protect” us.
It’s not that the illness is in any way our fault, or that we have conscious control over it. We don’t. But if we stop and really think about it and are honest with ourselves on a very deep level, we realize that there is a part of us that’s afraid to live without the limitations caused by the illness.
This deeper realization is the beginning of learning to change and heal. Beginning to realize that we are exactly in the right place right now, and that we don't really need to change anything about ourselves, is our first step to healing.
After this first step, this initial realization, we can begin to explore the complex web of events that went into co-creating our illness and our subsequent limitations. This web can be undone. In other words, piece-by-piece, we can learn to emotionally, intellectually, and physically remove the threads of the intricately crafted web that has limited our life.
We are human, and all people create these unconscious self-limiting webs in some part of their lives. Some people feel limited in their physical bodies, due to an ailment such as migraine headaches, uterine fibroids, psoriasis, or low back pain. Other people may feel limited in their ability to create a rewarding work experience or a fulfilling relationship. Still other people feel limited emotionally in their ability to connect with love and vulnerability to others. Through the use of spiritual acupuncture, classical homeopathy, and the creative application of Chinese herbs, we can slowly unwind the web that limits us and creates pain and discomfort.
But know this will be neither a fast task nor a simple one. Rather, it will be an ongoing commitment to work as a team with your health professionals to identify the kinks and knots in the web and to remove them one by one, to free your soul, and thereby free your body of the pain, dysfunction, and pathology that has been created over the years.
You might say, "Why me?” But a better question to ask is this: "Why am I blessed with the greater awareness that allows me to be consciously involved and evolving in this healing process?” Once you can ask this question, you can wholeheartedly and with gusto grab onto the loose ends of your web, ripping them apart and peeling them back to discover newly accessed freedom, personal power, and balance. Freedom from pain, freedom from patterns that have held us back, and renewed energy to accomplish our goals—these are the promises of the holistic approach to health.