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“It’s God’s will” was one of my favorite sayings whenever my life was going wrong. Of course, it is possible that my misfortune was an act of fate or divine will. (Funny how I never said “It’s God’s will” when things were going great.)
As I was growing up, I often heard my aunt sigh and say, “What are you going to do? This is my cross to bear.” Even as a child I found that a bit curious. Her role in creating the problem was clear to everyone else. Yet, she saw no way out and claimed no fault in herself. She claimed her ordained suffering, absolved herself of responsibility, and refused to take steps to change her life for the better.
A Spiritual View of Illness
There are many theories about why we get ill from a spiritual perspective. Is God a punisher who wills us to suffer for being imperfect? Does your illness exist to pay off a karmic debt? Is it here to help you learn a lesson and make better choices so you grow and evolve? Is this a sickness unto death? Is it meant to show the world a courageous spirit in the midst of trouble?
I’d be a fool to even attempt to answer those questions.
Many people have said cancer was their greatest gift because it caused them to change their lives for the better. It has been observed that people who take courageous steps to change their lives have the highest survival rates. Others experience healing in mind and spirit, even when death is imminent.
So this begs the question. Is it necessary to get a serious illness in order to make positive life changes and let go of our garbage? Although suffering is often a vehicle for growth, can we evolve without having to pass through the fire of pain and illness?
The universe/God has already given us tools to facilitate wellness and self-healing. Our bodies are designed for wellness and balance. I’m in awe of how well they function and heal year after year despite all the abuse we subject them to.
Perhaps the arrival of illness, whether delivered by fate or chance or as a natural consequence of lifestyle, is better viewed as a wake-up call. When received as a gift, it offers opportunities for deep self-reflection, awareness of what needs healing in mind, body and spirit, and motivation to make changes that support wellness on all levels.
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