Sickness and Healing
Our education and our culture impel us to look at disease in terms of symptoms. Because of this focus on symptoms, we tend to see any expression of ill health in our bodies as inevitable and arbitrary, whereas it is really just a signal. The symptom is not a “problem” in itself, but rather an indicator of an underlying disorder.
Consequently, attention is focused merely on the sensation of a particular symptom, to be eliminated if it becomes too intense.
The functioning of the human body is originally perfect, physiologically, mentally and emotionally. However, congestion, fatigue and sometimes even obstruction of our systems, due to our living conditions, our environment and our diet, can disrupt the normal operation of our body preventing the expression of its natural state of perfection.
In this sense, a disease (that is, a symptom) is an illusion that blinds us and keeps us from recognizing that our system is actually congested and overwhelmed. With this understanding, we can affirm that most diseases have their origins in congestion and exhaustion.
We can compare medical approaches that fight symptoms in order to eliminate them, to the attitude which would destroy the warning indicators in the dashboard of a vehicle to avoid seeing them. However, if a breakdown is imminent and inevitable, destroying the warning light will not prevent it. The symptomatic approach actually destroys the indicators and other “gauges” that reveal the internal state of the body, which, sooner or later, signal our destruction.