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Health, or wholeness, means that we are living like the Creator who made us. We are in alignment with Universal Law, or God’s Laws. Think of some of the infinite qualities of our Creator: being loving, compassionate, generous, forgiving, disciplined, truthful. When you live your life to exemplify these qualities and others that are universally good, you become whole. When you move away from this universal goodness, when you’re greedy, selfish, selfcentered, lazy, hateful, or bitter; you have a tendency to get sick. The more you live to be like your Creator, the more whole you are and the healthier you are. The more you exist for purely physical reasons, the more prone you are to sickness.
Because we have free will we get to choose to be in alignment or out of alignment with our Creator’s plan. Animals, rocks, and plants don’t have that free will. They are naturally in harmony; they don’t have to think about it. We do, so we can choose to be “good” or we can choose to be out of harmony. In the Bible, this state of disharmony is referred to as “sin” or “evil.” One of the things that illness gives to us is the awareness that we are out of harmony with the Universal laws. Illness can help us become self-aware or self-reflective. When we use the experience for that purpose, it is one of the first steps toward healing.
In the Bible, when Jesus heals, he usually asks people questions. The first question is, “Do you want to be healed?” That’s one of the most important elements in healing—a desire.
“There was one man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. Jesus, who knew he had been sick a long time, said when he saw him lying there, ‘Do you want to be healed?’ ‘Sir,’ the sick man answered, ‘I do not have anyone to plunge me into the pool once the water has been stirred up. By the time I get there, someone else has gone in ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up! Pick up your mat and walk!’ The man was immediately cured; he picked up his mat and began to walk.” (John 5:5–9)
Why is desire so important? When one wants to be healed, their conscious mind cooperates with their subconscious mind. The subconscious has a duty to fulfill the desires of the conscious mind, so when a person desires healing, all the invisible and magnetic forces of the universe converge to effect the healing, often in miraculous ways. Desire is a potent force, drawing to it that which will fulfill it.
Next, Jesus asks them if they have faith, or he recognizes their faith: “As they were going, a woman who had suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. ‘If only I can touch his cloak,’ she thought, ‘I shall get well.’ Jesus turned around and saw her and said, ‘Courage, daughter! Your faith has restored you to health.’ That very moment the woman got well.” (Matthew 9:20–22)
“And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, ‘Thou son of David, have mercy on us.’ And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, ‘Believe ye that I am able to do this?’ They said unto him, ‘Yea, Lord.’ Then he touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’ And their eyes were opened.” (Matthew 9:27–30)
“Your faith has restored you to health.” What does this mean? Those who are sick or diseased believe in something that will heal them. It might be a doctor, or a prescription, or God. They may not know where this healing power comes from or how it works, but they have faith that there is some greater power than what they’re experiencing right now. They believe that this power can restore them to health. That’s the second element: faith.
A couple of years ago my husband John was very ill. A diabetic for over two decades, his kidneys were failing, his body was prone to infections, he had gained more than 40 pounds in water weight. He was angry and irritable and miserable. In this state he went to see a specialist in California, a doctor of Oriental medicine educated and raised in China who also holds a Western medical degree. With much experience treating diabetics, Dr. Yeh was familiar with Western prescriptions and methods as well as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, his specialty.