There is a paragraph from Chuck's guest entry How to Heal that I would like to know more about. Some clarification. That is to say that I have some questions.
I love what Chuck writes, and I love that what he writes stirs something in me. What he writes gives me fodder for thought. He stimulates my thinking. It took Chuck's initiative to write what he did, and it is so easy then for someone to come in and examine it! And that's what I'm doing. Of course, Chuck can't cover every angle in one blog entry. No one can.
Here is the paragraph I refer to:
Perhaps there are other levels, deeper yet, that I have no understanding of, but I believe I am beginning to become aware of the ultimate and deepest level of healing. This would be on the level that Heavenletters™ is speaking. This would be on the level of our understanding of Who God is and our relationship to Him. Seen in this light, our emotional distance from Him, and our misunderstanding of our relationship to Him, would be the ultimate source of all disease, and it would follow that our intimate awareness of our Oneness with Him would be the ultimate healing.
It is the last two sentences that I wonder about. Chuck is referring to the ultimate and deepest level of healing. Here is the first of these two sentences:
This would be on the level of our understanding of Who God is and our relationship to Him.
My initial response to the first of the last two sentences is this:
We're agreed, I'm pretty sure, that we all have the same deep relationship with God. If there is Oneness, there is Oneness, conscious or not.
Regarding our understanding of this relationship -- that varies considerably.
So here's my question: How much does our level of understanding of our relationship with God have anything to do with illness?
On the metaphysical level, do we earn good health? Is our health a question of reward and punishment? It can't be, can it? God in Heavenletters™ says there is no karma.
Can health and illness be a question of exercise? diet? luck? family history?
I hear people often say something like this: "Arthritis runs in our family. So, of course, I have arthritis." Fatalistic thinking that, isn't it. Almost a guarantee of arthritis.
Is it the history of arthritis in the family that causes arthritis? Or is it the belief in inheriting an illness that causes the illness? Or is it perhaps some way of thinking and speaking that we picked up from family members that contributes to the illness? Or, as absurd as it may sound, do we desire illness and/or a particular type of illness? Is all illness of the mind?
How can illness be based on the consciousness of the person? Saints get illnesses. Everyone dies.
I have to mention here the documented stories of people with multiple personalities -- all in the same body -- who may have diabetes in one body and not the others, who may have severe allergies in one body and not the others and so on. Does the body follow the personality? What?
In regard to the following statement:
Seen in this light, our emotional distance from Him, and our misunderstanding of our relationship to Him, would be the ultimate source of all disease, and it would follow that our intimate awareness of our Oneness with Him would be the ultimate healing.
Yes, our intimate awareness of our Oneness with God would be the ultimate healing, yet our body could still have the illness and/or die ostensibly from it.
That brings up another side to the question. What about miracles? Do we earn them or not earn them? It seems to me that miracles can happen to anyone, just as illness can.
As God says, there are some things that, at present, we simply can't understand. And when we can't understand, do we then shrug our shoulders and call it luck or karma?
There are lots of things that are beyond my understanding.
[The photo of the 4-leaf clover above comes from a couple in the Netherlands. The day the wife, Claire, subscribed to Heavenletters, Karel, her husband, found a 4-leaf clover in the grass!]