Medical breakthrough! New drug for cancer! New gene discovered! Every day we are told by the media that we are on the verge of a cure for some disease or a breakthrough in the treatment of another. We expect progress in this form, that inch by inch we will crawl in the direction of better health, in terms of better control over some of the many diseases we can expect to be bombarded with all our lives.
There is another way of looking at health which is much closer to the truth. It is actually irrelevant to the individual that the world is full of all kinds of illness and disease labels. You are not vulnerable to developing more than a handful of them in your lifetime. These diseases are not the enemy to be fought with every weapon at our disposal. We are wasting valuable time and money researching drugs to fight particular diseases such as cancer. In doing things piecemeal we have lost sight of the bigger picture.
Instead of looking at individual diseases, let’s start by looking at health.
What is health? In conventional terms it is often seen in the negative, just an absence of disease. But health is a fantastically real and positive state to be in, where a person is full of vital energy, able to resist illness, heal wounds quickly and stay in a state of dynamic balance.
What knocks this state of health? It is not, as is commonly assumed, the arrival of an invading army of bugs – of bacteria and viruses – as these live alongside us all the time anyway, usually in peaceful harmony. Chronic diseases like MS or Parkinsons do not appear randomly, out of the blue. It is not strictly true that these ‘could happen to anyone’.
Something happens to make a person susceptible to illness and if we crack that then we can really start to take control over our health. Well, we think we have cracked it and it is remarkably simple. To stay healthy we need to allow our vitality to keep flowing. We need to not get in the way of this flow by creating problems for ourselves.
It is largely internalised stress that makes us block up our vital flow. The stress that comes from everyday living that can build up an inner tension if it is not released. The stress that comes from continuing to eat foods that we have a physical reaction to. The stress that comes form trauma that we don’t know how to process. Clear away these stresses and the life force can flow strongly again, leaving us as healthy as we can be.