We know that the world without is a reflection of the world within. What better evidence of the world within than our own health. Mr. Haanel teaches us in 22:8
“When our thought has been uplifted, progressive, constructive, courageous, noble, kind or in any other way desirable,…the result [is] mental, moral, and physical health….when our thought has been filled with envy, hatred, jealousy, criticism or any other…form of discord…the result is…inharmony and disease.”
He further teaches us that “every cell is intelligent and will respond to your direction” (22:15) A person we know was horribly injured in a motorcycle accident and badly burned over much of his body. Yet he insisted on silence in his hospital room as much as possible and through many weeks of recuperation meditated only on health and physical perfection. No one in the hospital could believe the result of his mental efforts, he healed in record time and none of the scarring that was expected materialized. Haanel shares with us the story (week 9) of a young man (Frederick Elias Andrews) born with a severe disorder, who resolved the problem for himself with an uplifting affirmation we have all come to use and enjoy: “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” (9:12) Years of affirming and visualizing his perfect health eventually manifested in his outer world.
What is true health? True health is a inward state of harmony, a place where we are in accord with every person and event in our lives, a place where forgiveness and release are complete. If we hold resentments, if we bear grudges, if we wish someone ill, we create an environment where sickness takes root. Yes, the external forces of food, exercise, cleanliness, etc. add to or subtract from our health. But the bottom line is, that like every other condition in our lives, health is an inside job and once we create harmony in our inner world, true health in the outer world will inevitably follow.
On Zig Ziglar’s well known recording “See You At The Top” he tells the story of a man who weighed 400 pounds and had created a mess in many areas of his life. He had an awakening and realized that he deserved better than that, and began to make improvements in every area of his life, including his physique. One night, walking home from a movie, he paused to look at a display window. He saw a reflection of a fat man in the glass and whirled around to see who it was; he realized that it was himself. You see, he had so intently visualized himself as a slender and fit man, that he no longer recognized his own reflection. Needless to say, he continued on his journey and in a short period of time his body matched the image he had created in his mind.
A decade ago I faced a life threatening illness that had originated in my kidneys and bladder. While it was very difficult to admit, it is, these many years later, so very clear: I was pissed off! Life had dealt me a rough blow, and my shattered dreams had left me angry and resentful at the world. My resentment had festered for years, fueled my pity party, and almost cost me my life. It was up to me to let go, to release the bitterness I had come to cherish, and to move forward. The battle was not won in the doctor’s office, hospital or with drugs and treatment. The battle was won within, and the tools in there remain mine to use or neglect everyday.
This post is not meant to belittle anyone’s physical challenges, I certainly don’t know all the answers. A woman I know gave birth to a precious baby with cancer and that child’s life was far too brief. It is not within me to explain or know why. If you are struggling with health challenges and you are able, ask yourself the important question we have learned: What am I pretending not to know? Go into the silence, search for the places that are hurt, stuck, sorrowful, or out of harmony. Bring them forward, and with the greatest love and tenderness you can muster, release them. And as Mr. Haanel says: “[Your] realization and recognition of [the] Omnipresent power will quickly destroy any and every form of sickness or suffering and substitute harmony and perfection.” (22:29)