06 July, 2009

Fighting Against Sickness

Why is it that we’ve always believed we have to fight for what we want? We fight each other, fight other countries, fight cancer, fight nuclear arms, fight in the war on drugs, and fight in the war on terror. 

I’m not writing that fighting is, in itself, wrong.  I don’t pretend to know everything about the merits or downfalls of fighting.  I do however want to assert a claim here when dealing with things of a personal nature.  When we have a sickness within our bodies that we want to rid ourselves of, we do not have to fight it!  Scripture (1 Timothy 6:12 – NIV) tells us to “Fight the good fight of faith…”  Before you check out on me, read the rest of this blog and then decide whether or not you agree with what I’ve written.

Firstly, we must realize that no one has ever gotten, or become, something by studying its opposite.  In other words, no one has ever gotten peace by studying war.  No one has ever produced a non-addicted society by studying drugs.  We don’t obtain righteousness by studying sin.  We don’t gain wealth by studying poverty.  And, we certainly don’t obtain healing by studying disease.

[Please read this in the light intended.  I’m very grateful for those who have studied different diseases in order to understand their makeup so that cures could be made through medicine.  I’m not arguing against doctors, the use of doctors or medicines, or the study of diseases by doctors and scientists.  What I am saying is that if you are seeking healing outside of the aid of medicine or doctors, you won’t get well by studying the sickness.  You’ll only obtain your healing by studying, and focusing on, your health.]

Carl Jung (1875 – 1961), noted Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology known as Jungian psychology, stated that “what you resist, persists.”  This is the central theme of today’s blog.  The basic concept is that through resistance of a thing, we keep that thing in place.  When we no longer fight a thing, but allow it to be as it is, and we put our efforts into standing for the opposite, the thing we had been resisting will lose its power and will cease to rule over us or exist in our lives.

When Sister Theresa was approached about attending a war protest, she emphatically replied that she would not.  She went on to say to her requestors, “However, if you ever hold a peace rally, I’ll be there” (paraphrased).  Sister Theresa understood this concept, that you only obtain what you want by standing for it - - not fighting against what you don’t want.

The Law of Attraction states that we attract to us what we think about.  The principal is the same as how a magnet works - - like attracts like.  If we put out thoughts (energy) into thinking about our being well, we attract healing to us.  If we put our thoughts into thinking about the sickness, what it’s doing to our bodies, how it’s limiting our abilities, we simply attract more sickness to us.  If we try to resist the sickness, we are still focusing our thoughts on the sickness; therefore, we continue to attract more sickness to us!

Romans 4:17 (NIV) tells us that God himself, “…calls things that are not as though they were.”  God, the inventor of the Laws of the Universe, calls things that are not as though they were.  Using God’s example, we can call our sick bodies well.  Look closely here, the scripture doesn’t read that He calls things that are as though they were not.  He is not a God of denial but a God of faith.  Therefore, if we’re to have our faith work for us, we would be best to consider the source of faith and not deny our sickness (which has us focused on the sickness), but instead, call our bodies healed (which has our thoughts and words focused on our health).

Take a good look at your life right now.  Write down on a piece of paper all of the things that you have been resisting.  Write down how long you have been resisting them.  Then look to see if any of those things have changed due to your resistance of them.  I believe you’ll find that it hasn’t happened.  Now, consider experimenting with the idea above.  Pick one thing on your list; and instead of resisting it, now embrace it.  Let it be as it is.  Don’t fight it.  Just step over into faith and declare what it is that you are standing for.  Don’t deny what is already in existence.  Just begin believing for what you want to come to fruition.  When you think of that thing throughout the day, smile and think of how it feels to now have in your life what you want (even though you don’t yet see it in the physical realm).  I promise you, the desired thing will manifest in the physical realm and the undesired thing will disappear.

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