Are spiritually advanced people healthy?

There is a lot of prejudice around sickness that I think keeps us from receiving the healing that comes with sickness.

As we try to take responsibility for our health, thinking that we somehow unconsciously co-created our uncomfortable situation can either hurt or help.

  • It hurts if we feel we are “bad” or “not evolved” or “punished” for something we have no clue about.
  • It helps if we acknowledge that as inconvenient, unpleasant, expensive and heart-breaking our situation is, there is something positive to be gained from it.
  • When we can step out of the situation and “watch” ourselves going through the situation, we can bring love to it. Love heals and transforms.

Pema Chodrin, a Buddhist, said it well:
“On a very basic level all human beings think they should be happy. When life becomes difficult or painful, we feel that something has gone wrong. According to the Buddhist teachings, difficulty is inevitable in human life. What causes misery is trying to get away from the facts of life, always trying to avoid pain and seek happiness-this sense of ours that there could be lasting security and happiness available to us if we could only do the right thing. It is so basic in us to feel that things should go well for us, and that if we start to feel depressed, lonely, or inadequate, there’s been some kind of mistake or we’ve lost it. In reality, when you feel depressed, lonely, betrayed, or any unwanted feelings, this is an important moment on the spiritual path. This is when real transformation can take place.”

Assignment:

  • Think of some difficulty you have that you really hate having.
  • Watch yourself hating it
  • Have compassion for the part of you that hates dealing with this
  • Have more compassion. You are not approving of the situation as much as you are approving of yourself as you encounter the situation.
  • Ask: “What good is this situation calling out of me that would otherwise be dormant?” Don’t stop with one little life lesson. Write down about 10 or 20 good things that are happening because of your ordeal. What capacities for strength, endurance, forgiveness, compassion, intimacy, love are you needing to grow in order to face the challenge. If you cannot find any silver lining at all, ask the part of you that does know to show you.

Take home:
Do not “blame” yourself for adversity. It’s part of life. Meet it with conscious awareness of how it is a “gift in disguise”. It is in how you meet what life brings to you that you advance in your capacity to be free, not in the absence of challenges.