Spiritual Awakening Course: Topic 24 — The True Cause Of Ill Health
Greetings beloved being of love and light. We are going to talk about the topic that I’m most passionate about — healing. There is so much to say on healing so I’ve separated the information into 4 separate blogs. In this blog, we will discuss the true cause of all diseases and health conditions. This must be understood first before we discuss how to heal yourself and others. In the last level of the course, we explained that health is best understood in terms of light energy; when our inner light energy, or chi, is able to flow to all parts of the body from our chakras unhindered, the body is in perfect health. When light energy is unable to flow well to certain parts of the body, this results in diseases and health conditions.
The Mind-Body Connection
Your body is ultimately a tool. This tool’s natural state is perfect health. It can fight off any disease, kill cancer cells, and repair damages perfectly before you notice any issues. There is a fundamental link between the mind and the body. One could say that the body is a projection of the mind. Your true self is the projector light, and your mind is the picture that the projector projects. So whatever state your mind is in is what is projected as your body. Therefore, your thoughts and emotions (which are the body’s energetic responses to your thoughts) greatly affect the body, both positively and negatively.
You can see evidence of this mind-body connection every day. Have you ever wondered why sexual thoughts result in changes in your body that show evidence of arousal? Have you ever wondered how wet dreams trick the body into thinking it is actually having sex? Have you noticed that when you take care of your mind, your body feels healthier? This mind-body connection explains why exercise improves your mental health. It also explains why taking drugs or alcohol, which chemically affect the body, will affect the mind. And it is also why some religions encourage fasting — the real purpose of fasting is that, by not feeding your body, you are not feeding your mind. This can be useful when one has particular negative thought streams that they want to get rid of. Ra explains in The Law Of One how the mechanism of fasting works: “This, as all healing techniques, must be used by a conscious being; that is, a being conscious that the ridding of excess and unwanted material from the body complex is the analogy to the ridding of mind or spirit of excess or unwanted material. Thus the one discipline or denial of the unwanted portion as an appropriate part of the self is taken through the tree of mind down through the trunk to subconscious levels where the connection is made and thus the body, mind, and spirit, then in unison, express denial of the excess or unwanted spiritual or mental material as part of the entity. All then falls away and the entity, while understanding, if you will, and appreciating the nature of the rejected material as part of the greater self, nevertheless, through the action of the will purifies and refines the mind/body/spirit complex, bringing into manifestation the desired mind complex or spirit complex attitude.”
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There have been many scientific studies that have proven the mind-body connection. In a pioneering study at the Cleveland Clinic, ten research subjects between the ages of 20 and 35 imagined flexing one of their biceps as hard as they could in five training sessions a week for 12 weeks. Every other week, the researchers measured the subjects’ muscle strength. By the end of the study, the subjects had increased their biceps’ strength by 13.5%, even though they hadn’t actually been using their muscles at all. They maintained this gain for three months after the training sessions stopped.
A research team made up of scientists from the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Kessler Foundation Research Centre in West Orange, New Jersey, conducted a similar experiment that asked subjects to visualise contracting their elbow flexor muscles. As they did so, they were instructed to urge the muscles to flex as strong and hard as possible, which added a firm intention to their strong mental energy, for 15-minute sessions, five days a week, for 12 weeks. One group of subjects was instructed to use what is called external or third-person imagery, imagining themselves performing the exercise by observing themselves in a scene in their heads separate from their experience (like watching a movie of themselves). A second group was instructed to use internal or first-person imagery, imagining that their bodies as they existed right then in real time were doing the exercise, making it more immediate and realistic. A third group, the control, did no practice. The group using external imagery (as well as the control group) showed no significant change, but the group using internal imagery showed a 10.8% increase in strength.
A similar study, this time conducted in France, compared subjects who either lifted or imagined lifting dumbbells of different weights. Those who imagined lifting heavier weights activated their muscles more than did those who imagined lifting lighter weights. The subjects were able to measurably increase their body strength using only their thoughts. What these three studies show is that you do not even need to go to the gym, you just need to visualise that you are at the gym and just go through your gym routine in your head as if it was actually happening. Think of the savings on gym membership fees.
Another team of researchers from Ohio University wrapped the wrists of 29 volunteers in surgical casts for one month, ensuring they wouldn’t be able to move their wrists even unintentionally. Half the group practiced mental-imagery exercises for 11 minutes a day, five days a week, imagining they were flexing their restrained wrist muscles while actually remaining completely still. The other half, the control group, did nothing. At the end of the month, when all the casts came off, the muscles of the imagery group were twice as strong as those of the control group.
A 2007 study involving 84 hotel maids was conducted at Harvard by psychologists Alia Crum, Ph.D., and Ellen Langer, Ph.D. At the start of the study, none of the maids knew that the routine work they performed in their jobs exceeded the Surgeon General’s recommendation for a healthy amount of daily exercise (30 minutes). In fact, 67% of the women told the researchers that they didn’t exercise regularly, and 37% said they didn’t get any exercise. After this initial assessment, Crum and Langer divided the maids into two groups. They explained to the first group that their activity levels related to the number of calories they burned, and that during normal working hours they were getting more than enough exercise. They also educated them about the health benefits of exercise. They didn’t give any such information to the second group (who worked in different hotels from the first group and so wouldn’t benefit from conversations with the other maids). One month later, the researchers found that the first group lost an average of two pounds, lowered their percentage of body fat, and lowered their systolic blood pressure by an average of 10 points — even though they hadn’t performed any additional exercise outside of work or changed their eating habits in any way. The other group, doing the same job as the first, remained virtually unchanged. The only possible explanation for the test group of maids changing their bodies was the belief in their minds that they were getting plenty of exercise.
Researchers from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand invited a group of 148 college students to take part in a study set in a bar-like atmosphere. The researchers told half the students that they would get vodka and tonic and told the rest they’d receive just tonic water. In reality, the bartenders in the study didn’t pour a single drop of vodka; all the students got just plain tonic. The bar-like atmosphere the researchers fashioned looked very realistic, right down to the resealing of the vodka bottles that had been cleverly filled with flat tonic water. The subjects became tipsy and acted drunk, with some even showing physical signs of intoxication. Again, the belief in the minds of the students that they were drinking real alcohol actually caused them to feel tipsy.
Yogis have demonstrated that they can consciously override autonomic controls, such as the regulation of body temperature, blood pressure, and pH, which provides evidence of the conscious mind’s ability to influence the body’s innate intelligence. In a study conducted by Gordon Paul in 1963, hypnotists told individuals in a trance that a burning cigarette touched them, though, in reality, they were touched with only the hypnotists’ fingertips. The individuals expressed a full burn response in the form of a blister and inflammation of the skin, purely because of their belief that they were being burned.
Thoughts & Beliefs
What all these experiments prove is that the mind is connected to the body. This means that our thoughts and beliefs can affect our health, both positively and negatively. In this topic, I will focus on how our thoughts and beliefs cause health conditions. There is no clearer evidence of this than with the nocebo effect — this is where patients can make themselves sick through their beliefs. The nocebo effect is most notably seen when someone is given a placebo drug in a clinical trial, but is told the side effects of the test drug. They then develop these side effects because they believe they received the test drug, despite only receiving the placebo.
Similarly, hypochondriacs are those that have severe health anxiety — they always believe that they have some type of health condition and, with their minds, they manifest symptoms of health conditions even though they do not actually have these health conditions. Hypochondriacs really believe whole heartedly that they are sick, even when they aren’t, and this belief affects their bodies, just like a real health condition would.
Over the course of 15 years, a team led by Dr. Robert Gramling of the University of Rochester surveyed 2,816 adults between the ages of 35 and 75. His study was aimed at identifying those at risk for heart disease. The results showed that beliefs made a huge difference in their health. Those who believed they were at low risk of heart disease had only a third of the incidence of strokes and heart attacks. The effect held even after controlling for variables such as cholesterol level, smoking, high blood pressure, family history, and other risk factors. The belief in, and fear of, heart problems was associated with contracting cardiovascular disease.
Chinese Americans who have a disease, combined with a birth year that Chinese astrology and Chinese medicine consider to be ill fated, die up to five years early, according to researchers at the University of California at San Diego who studied the death records of almost 30,000 Chinese Americans. The effect was stronger in those who were more attached to Chinese traditions and beliefs, and the results also held consistent for nearly all major causes of death studied. For example, Chinese Americans born in years associated with susceptibility to diseases involving lumps and tumours died of lymphatic cancer four years younger than Chinese Americans born in other years or than non-Chinese Americans with similar cancers.
In 1974, Nashville physician Clifton Meador had a patient, Sam Londe, who was suffering from cancer of the esophagus, a condition that was at the time considered 100% fatal. Londe was treated for that cancer, but everyone in the medical community “knew” that his esophageal cancer would recur. So it was no surprise when Londe died a few weeks after his diagnosis. The surprise came after Londe’s death when an autopsy found very little cancer in his body, certainly not enough to kill him. There were a couple of spots in the liver and one in the lung, but there was no trace of the esophegeal cancer that everyone thought had killed him. Meador told the Discovery Health Channel: “He died with cancer, but not from cancer.” What did Londe die of if not esophageal cancer? He had died because he believed he was going to die.
Troublesome nocebo cases like these suggest that physicians, parents and teachers can remove hope by programming us to believe we are powerless. We can make ourselves have colds and flus because we see someone else with them and believe that we will get it too. Have you ever said “it’s the season for it” or “oh I’ll probably get it now”? You are causing yourself to get it with your beliefs. The belief that we can get sick, or that we are sick, creates thoughts of fear within us, and this fear is, ultimately, the fear of dying.
Emotions are the body’s energetic responses to our thoughts. Our beliefs create our thoughts which, in turn, create our emotions. Emotions are manifested in the body in the form of hormones. As we mentioned in the first level of the course, low-vibrational emotions block our inner light, or chi, from reaching certain parts of the body. Ra confirms this in The Law of One, where they explain how prolonged thoughts and emotions of anger can cause cancer: “As an example you may observe the thoughts of anger becoming those cells of the physical bodily complex going out of control to become what you call the cancer. If an entity is not in harmony with its circumstances it feels a burning within. The temperature of the physical vehicle does not yet rise, only the heat of the temper or the tears, as we may describe this disharmony. However, if an entity persists for a long period of your space/time in feeling this emotive heat and disharmony, the entire body complex will begin to resonate to this disharmony, and the disharmony will then show up as the cancer or other degenerative distortions from what you call health.”
The body registers any low-vibrational emotion as stress. Anything borne out of fear triggers the body’s fight or flight mode, and we have discussed in the previous level of the course how fear is at the root of all low-vibrational emotions. Almost every major illness that people acquire has been linked to chronic stress (Sagerstrom and Miller 2004; Kopp and Rethelyi 2004; McEwen and Lasky 2002, McEwen and Seeman 1999). Between 75–90% of primary-care physician visits have stress as a major contributing factor (Atkinson 2000). Think about the times you have been really stressed in your life — did you get any major or minor health conditions at the same time? Perhaps a cold, or a heart attack, or breathing difficulties, or even a stomach ache? Let’s try looking at it in the opposite way — think about the times you have been sick in the past; were you experiencing stress or particularly intense emotions at the time?
Researchers at the UCLA AIDS Institute found that not only did HIV spread faster in patients who were the most stressed, but also the higher a patient’s stress level, the less he or she responded to the antiretroviral drugs. The drugs worked four times better for those patients who were relatively calm, compared to those whose blood pressure, skin moisture, and resting heart rate indicated they were feeling the most stress. Based on these findings, researchers concluded that the nervous system has a direct effect on viral replication.
Researchers at the Ohio State University College of Medicine confirmed that stressful emotions trigger hormonal and genetic responses, by measuring how stress affects the speed of healing minor skin wounds — a significant marker of gene activation. A group of 42 married couples were given small suction blisters, and then their level of three proteins commonly expressed in wound healing was monitored for a total of three weeks. The couples were asked to have a neutral discussion for half an hour as a baseline and then, later, to talk about a previous marital argument. The researchers found that after the couples discussed a previous disagreement, their level of healing-linked proteins was mildly suppressed (showing that the genes were downregulated). The suppression rose to an even greater degree — about 40% — in couples whose discussion ballooned into a significant conflict, peppered with sarcastic comments, criticism, and put-downs.
In an experiment conducted in 1984 by psychologist Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, and immunologist Ronald Glaser, PhD, of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, blood samples were taken from 75 first year medical students (49 males and 26 females), all of whom were volunteers. Blood samples were taken: (a) one month before their final examinations (relatively low stress), and (b) during the examinations (high stress). Immune functioning was assessed by measuring T-cell activity in the blood samples. The findings showed that the blood sample taken from the first group (before the exam) contained more t-cells compared with blood samples taken during the exams. So the stress (of the exam) reduced the effectiveness of the immune system.
Another study by Italian and UK researchers, which was published in volume 72 of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, revealed that depressed elderly people have fewer lymphocytes and T-cells (which are white blood cells crucial for fighting disease).
How Stress Affects the Immune System
The stress caused by low-vibrational emotions negatively affects the immune system in a variety of different ways. In the previous level of the course, we explained that stress redirects the body’s energy away from growth, repair and digestion, and towards the muscles and extremities when a person is in flight or fight mode. In addition to this, when we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid also suppresses the effectiveness of the immune system (e.g. by lowering the number of lymphocytes). Moreover, stress responses increase strain upon the circulatory system due to increases in heart rate and blood pressure. This increases a person’s risk of developing coronary heart disease and heart attacks.
Stress can also overactivate the immune system. Inflammation occurs naturally, as part of the immune response, when the body reacts to infections, wounds and tissue damage. However, high levels of inflammation are associated with poor health and a range of chronic conditions. Research shows that clinical depression and hostility are associated with higher inflammation. Chronic inflammation can contribute to numerous diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and some cancers.
If someone was to take a blood sample from you now, the sample will show you that you have thousands of viruses, bacteria and parasites. These are known as opportunistic organisms. In fact, it will probably show that you have almost every known opportunistic organism within you. Samples from your body will also show that you have cancer cells because everyone has cancer cells. So if you’re infected with all these opportunistic organisms, why do you not get sick from them? And if you have cancer cells, why do they not become detrimental to your health? This is because if your immune system is working properly, it will suppress these parasites and germs, and it will do a good job in killing the cancer cells. But the moment you start to shut off the immune system, then these organisms start growing again. So the idea that you catch a disease is not really true. You already have the disease, and it isn’t until you shut off the immune system that these organisms have the opportunity to then make the disease, and the cancer cells can multiply to form tumours.
This is why you can have some people who are heavy smokers or drinkers or eat junk food regularly, yet they do not develop many health problems, while those who have relatively healthy lifestyles can still develop many health problems. It’s also why some people catch colds and the flu, while others in the same household do not. The difference is that some people’s immune systems are less impeded than others, and stress is the immune system’s biggest enemy. You may have the belief that your immune system’s effectiveness is hereditary, and so depends on if your parents have good immune systems, but this belief is completely false. In fact, the field of epigenetics has scientifically proven that the genes relating to the immune system are not hereditary but are affected by the body’s internal environment. What this new field of science has found is that stress is the most damaging thing to a body’s internal environment. Therefore, it is not viruses, bacteria, genes or an unhealthy lifestyle that are the big health risks; it is stress. When stressed, these things can have a detrimental effect, but without stress, they don’t.
Researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Centre found that more than 170 genes were affected by stress, with 100 of them shutting off completely (including many that directly make proteins to facilitate the proper type of wound healing). The researchers reported that wounds of stressed patients took 40% longer to heal and that “stress tilted the genomic balance towards genes [that were] encoding proteins responsible for cell-cycle arrest, death, and inflammation.” Another study examining the genes of 100 citizens of Detroit zeroed in on 23 subjects who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. These people had six to seven times more epigenetic variations, most of which involved compromising the immune system.
We have been programmed to accept that we are at the mercy of our genes. The world is filled with people who live in fear that, on some unsuspecting day, their genes are going to turn on them. There is no doubt that some diseases, like Huntington’s chorea and cystic fibrosis, can be blamed entirely on one faulty gene. But single-gene disorders affect less than 2% of the population; the vast majority of people come into the world with genes that should enable them to live a happy and healthy life. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer are not the result of a single gene, but of complex interactions among multiple genes and environmental factors. But these genes are not activated until something triggers them. So what activates these genes? H. F. Nijhout elegantly summarises the answer in a 1990 paper: “When a gene product is needed, a signal from its environment, not an emergent property of the gene itself, activates expression of that gene.” In other words, it’s our internal environment that controls our gene expression.
In the previous level of the course, we explained that each of us have an energetic field around us, which is commonly known as an aura. This aura includes the vibrations of all our thoughts and emotions. It is this field that shapes our body. It works in a similar way to how a magnet affects the way iron filings are organised around it. DNA is the transducer of this electromagnetic field — it is how the field affects what is expressed materially in our bodies. When we experience low-vibrational emotions over long periods of time, we bring down the vibration of our field, which in turn manifests in our body as health conditions. Health conditions can be thought of as low-vibrational viruses or disturbances in our field. These disturbances in our field then shape a health condition in our body. Disease shows up in a person’s energy field before it becomes evident at the level of matter.
Harold Saxton Burr was a Professor of Anatomy at Yale University School of Medicine. He and his colleagues examined women with uterine cancer. They found that these women’s uteruses had an electromagnetic charge that was different from the charge of healthy uteruses. Burr then looked at a group of healthy women who did not have a diagnosis of uterine cancer. Those women who had the electromagnetic signature of uterine cancer — even though they were apparently healthy — were the ones who went on to develop cancer later. Cancer was showing up in the field of energy before it showed up in the cells of matter. Burr’s work demonstrated that it is not the case that material organs and organisms like hearts and uteruses and salamanders and mice create energy fields. Energy fields form the templates around which matter condenses. Change the field and you change matter.
When I say that we create our realities, I include health conditions in that as well. Sickness and health conditions are manifestations, and just like any of our other manifestations, it is decided by our higher selves whether our manifestations will be allowed to occur. No one and nothing can make you sick — you cause your own sickness. While health conditions are caused by our low-vibrational thoughts and emotions, our higher selves are the ultimate deciders as to whether to allow these health conditions to manifest. This is how the mind/body/spirit interaction works. So why would our higher selves allow us to be sick? In The Law Of One, Ra describes health conditions as “catalysts” for spiritual growth — our true selves use these health conditions as a tool to push us to learn particular spiritual lessons. Once these lessons have been learned, healing occurs and the person returns to a healthy state. Ra summarises the usefulness of health conditions as follows: “The imbalances or distortions which are of a destructive nature show, therefore, in more obvious ways, the vehicle of the mind/body/spirit complex thus acting as a teaching resource for self revelation.”
Many people can get angry when they hear that they cause their own ill health because the ego likes to feel it is the victim to life, and it cannot accept the fact that we are in control of our realities. However, this can only be a good thing as it means that we can heal ourselves as well. Instead of health conditions and sickness being viewed as a product of a cruel world, we should instead look at health conditions as an opportunity for us to elevate our consciousness. We are being told by our higher selves that there is something we need to deal with that is holding us back from our spiritual progression. We therefore must discover what the real cause of the condition is, and then take steps to rectify the cause. Instead of looking to doctors or medicine to save us, we must realise that we are our own saviours and reclaim our power back. Once we learn the spiritual lessons that our true self wants us to learn, not only will we be healed but we will move closer to our ascension.
Ultimately, sickness and health conditions can only occur when someone is at a 3D or lower 4D level of consciousness, because health conditions are manifestations of our low-vibrational thoughts and emotions. Beings at this level of consciousness have not yet grasped oneness as they still believe in some forms of separation — separation between them and others, them and God, and between them and the events that occur in their life. It is only through the belief in separation that one indulges in low-vibrational emotions and thoughts. When someone has reached a 5D state of consciousness, they are in a permanent state of high vibration, and health conditions cannot manifest within this high vibrational entity. Fear, anger, stress and guilt may still arise in them (although a lot less frequently), but these thoughts and emotions are quickly dealt with by not focusing on them or investing any time or energy into them. In this way, they are never present long enough to cause a health condition. Why do you think Jesus was never ill? He would often go to towns full of sick people and lepers in order to heal them, while everyone else would avoid these people because they were scared of catching something. This is because Jesus had realised his divinity and oneness with God. He did not believe in separation and so was unable to develop any health conditions.
Therefore, if you have a health condition, it is because you still believe in some form of separation, not because of some virus or parasite or your genes. In this way, it is never the body that is sick, it is only the mind that can be sick. Health conditions are illusions created by the mind and allowed to manifest by the spirit to be used as a tool for learning the lessons of oneness. Thus, all healing is spiritual healing. Health conditions are just one manifestation of an unhealed mind. They are one type of catalyst used by spirit to help the being progress spiritually.
While modern medicine can be beneficial for acute conditions, it fails miserably with treating chronic conditions. This is because modern medicine does not understand the true cause of health conditions. At best, it can only hide the material symptoms of sickness. At worst, it can actually kill people from its treatment.
For instance, the mainstream treatment for cancer is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy kills all dividing cells, not just cancer cells — it does not discriminate between cancer cells and healthy cells. Yes, cancer cells do divide more often and more quickly, but this is a very primitive way of dealing with cancer as it kills many important healthy cells in the process. As a result, many people who die with cancer actually die from the chemotherapy treatment, not the cancer itself. Chemotherapy has a very low success rate and so cannot be seen as worth the risk. Chemotherapy does not treat the cause of cancer and so, even if it is successful at stopping cancer initially, many patients end up developing cancer again.
Because of the medical industry’s lack of knowledge of the causes of health conditions, iatrogenic illness (illness resulting from medical treatment), was found to be the third-leading cause of death in the US according to estimates published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A more recent study, based on the results of a ten-year survey of government statistics, found that iatrogenic illness is actually the leading cause of death in the US (Null, et al, 2003). Ra confirms this in The Law of One, when they say: “In turn this mechanical concept of the body complex has created the continuing proliferation of distortions towards what you would call ill-health due to the strong chemicals used to control and hide bodily distortions. There is a realization among many of your peoples that there are more efficacious systems of healing not excluding the allopathic but also including the many other avenues of healing.” They are basically saying that much ill health is caused by the medical industry’s methods of controlling and hiding symptoms, and that there are better ways of healing.
When one understands the mind/body/spirit aspects of health conditions, one can see how silly it is to treat physical illness with drugs. What is even more silly is treating mental illness with drugs. Mental illness results from a mind that is disconnected from love, which causes illnesses such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. These people need love, not drugs.
As the collective ascension of humanity continues, the medical industry will be forced to incorporate this knowledge into their treatments. Rushing patients in and out of appointments, and prescribing pills and invasive treatments, will be a thing of the past. Instead, healing people by helping them realise the emotional cause behind their conditions, and then working to release the relevant emotions, will be the main treatment prescribed in the not-too-distant future.
Thank you for reading part one of this four-part healing series. In the next blog, we will go into the specifics of how we can heal ourselves so stay tuned. To access all 19 topics of this level 2 spiritual awakening course, as well as several exercises to help you integrate these topics into your life, please follow this link to buy the level 2 book. If you would like to book a free healing session with me, or if you would like to book a free spiritual support session with me, then please visit my website www.highvibelivin.co.uk . You can also donate love or money to my channel through this website. Peace and love to you.