Health Is Your Natural State

beautiful four years old with watermelon

by Gregory Toole

The human body is quite the work of art, its organs of varying colors and its functions so amazingly calibrated, with billions of cells all working together to orchestrate a healthy body. It is designed to be healthy.

We often treat our bodies more like machines, and while one could certainly relate some aspects of bodily function to being mechanical, its organic self-generating and self-renewing properties make it so much more than that.

The body’s relationship to our spiritual and mental well being is another dimension beyond the physical and mechanical. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Science of Mind philosophy, said “Health and sickness are largely externalizations of our dominant mental and spiritual states.”

It is fascinating how, even as practitioners of metaphysics, we sometimes engage in discussions about germs and viruses, and ‘catching something,’ when we know that there is always something to catch in the atmosphere, but our susceptibility to it is largely dependent on our spiritual and mental state.

New Thought spiritual teaching largely derived from mind-body healing successes. It was the healing of diseases like tuberculosis (which had no known external cure at the time) through spiritual and mental means that laid the foundation for modern metaphysical teachings around healing and manifestation in all areas of life.

It is easy to shy away from thinking that dis-ease has a mental or spiritual cause because we want to be compassionate with the patient and don’t want to blame a person for being sick. While it is true that one who is sick is not at fault and should not be blamed or shamed, it is also true what Ernest Holmes said about the role of our mental and spiritual states in health and sickness.

That we are powerful creators of our reality is always both good news and bad news – good news when we are able to manifest something wonderful, and bad news when seemingly negative things show up in our lives and we have to take responsibility (but not blame) for them.

And so it is with our health. Our natural state is wholeness and wellness. If we get out of balance mentally or spiritually we can create dis-ease in the body. However, we are also able to maintain a healthy body by keeping our mental and spiritual states in balance and in harmony with life. And just the same, we are able to restore our bodies from illness to physical wellness by re-aligning with balance, wholeness, and harmony. Of course, we are also served by taking care of the body’s physical needs, such as good nutrition and exercise. These are part of living in balance and harmony with life.

I do want to note that optimum health manifests differently for each person, and it is good to stay out of judgment about others, and rather understand and create what optimum health looks like for ourselves, while supporting others in knowing what it looks like for them.

A votre santé! (To your health!) Let us stay in balance and harmony, even as life has its way of ebbing and flowing. Let’s remain in the flow of life, not resisting, but embracing the current of life that moves us hither and thither, as we remember that we create, but we do not control.

Enjoy the journey.

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