This is an interesting consideration of what causes illness. Of course, this is not to say that anyone is to blame for a serious illness; it’s not that one can ‘make’ it happen or ‘make’ it disappear. However, this tells me that we in the Western world all too often ignore the spiritual causes of physical distress and disease. The ‘first cause’ is disharmony, which the author weaves into the second cause, ‘fear’.
The second classic cause of illness is fear. A person who is walking around with a chronic sense of fear gnawing away at them is doubly vulnerable to illness because their anxiety aggressively and progressively diminishes their sense of well-being, and this, in turn, affects their feeling of being safe in the world.
This sense of well-being is the base upon which our personal health system stands. When this foundation is affected negatively, it diminishes the ability of our immune system to function. And when our immune system goes down, we’re in trouble.
It’s not too difficult to see that there is a feedback mechanism at work here. Fear, and the anxiety it creates, produces disharmony. In the same breath, disharmony generates fear, and if the two of them are working together, it doubly affects the protective mantle of the body’s immune system, as well as the energetic matrix. Illness is the inevitable result.
It is no surprise to Western medical practitioners that disharmony and fear can manifest themselves in diseases that are recognizable to science. Almost 500 years ago, the Renaissance physician Paracelsus observed that “the fear of disease is more dangerous than the disease itself.”
This brings us to consider the third classic cause of illness–the phenomenon known to indigenous healers as soul loss.
Among the traditionals, soul loss is regarded as the most serious diagnosis and the major cause of premature death and serious illness, yet curiously, it’s not even mentioned in our Western medical textbooks. The closest acknowledged context is “He/she has lost the will to live”.
In Western society, soul loss is most easily understood as damage to a person’s life essence, a phenomenon that usually occurs in response to trauma. When the traumas are severe, this may result in a fragmentation of that person’s soul cluster, with the shattered soul parts dissociating, fleeing an intolerable situation. In overwhelming circumstances, these soul parts may not return.
The causes of soul loss can be many and varied. There may be traumatic perinatal issues that happen around the child’s birth experience such as arriving into life only to discover that they are not wanted, or that they are the wrong gender—they’ve come in as a girl when everyone was hoping for a boy.
Soul loss can also occur when a child is mercilessly bullied or teased at home or at school, day after day, or when a young person is molested by the one who is supposed to be caring for them. When someone has been raped or assaulted, has suffered a shocking betrayal, a bitter divorce, a traumatic abortion, a terrible car accident, or even a serious surgery, soul loss is assured.”
Those of us who have endured some of—or even all—of the traumas listed in the last paragraph, know that recovery involves chasing down those pieces of your soul and attempting to convince them to please come back. This can also be understood as losing bits of your consciousness that have decided to find refuge elsewhere in the universe. This is what a ‘ghost’ is, and you can be physically alive and give them life. What happens then is that your ghost is free to interact with everyone else’s, living or post-living, in a supernatural display of fragmentation and loss.
How does one help the ghosts you and others have created? I think that is what you spend your life figuring out, or several lives figuring out. As Paul told the Philippians, “12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” This doesn’t mean that your actions can accomplish this alone, but that you allow God to work through you to resolve and remove trauma and its effects. This doesn’t have to be the Christian God with the beard and the scepter, and indeed, that is not what I think this passage is referring to.
Call God what you will, envision God however you must, but the key is not banging your head against the wall in this life, trying to understand why you have arrived at the point where you now are. You can’t understand the overall purpose of the pain you experienced right now, but you will one day: 12” For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
For everyone of any religion or spiritual tradition, this is valuable information. You are on a trajectory that you can only dimly perceive right now, due to the limitations of your physical form. It will not always be this way. Don’t rip out your hair because your life doesn’t look like, from the outside, how you thought it was ‘supposed’ to look, or you aren’t doing what you expected to be. Wherever you are in your evolution, there is time to work it out, or observe as it is worked out through you.
Don’t allow for trauma to make you sick. There are ways out of the trap of emotional pain. I won’t be so pretentious as to pretend to give you a recipe for how this is accomplished. For some, it’s as simple as watching an endangered bird find a mate. For others, you have to apply spiritual lessons every day from a variety of angles. For many of us, paranormal investigations are a way of exploring and comprehending our own trauma, and that may stop working one day; and so you move on, always pressing forward, always looking for that next epiphany, that next shock to your spiritual system. Every day, you must work out your salvation; and that might mean giving up all control and plunging into faith with a trembling heart.