On Life: Defining Disease
Let me start by saying I am not a medical professional, and on the topic of the medical sciences, I hold zero credentials. I know nothing in the medical sciences which can be relied on.
That said, I believe this -- most disease is not disease at all (in its origins). It is dis-ease, that turns into disease.
We are all 70% water. That is our makeup, and yet we obsess about the physical body.
We are, to quote author Deepak Chopra, "not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings, having a human experience."
To quote David Brooks in Social Animal, "the human mind can take in 11 million pieces of information at any given moment. The most generous estimate is that people can be consciously aware of forty of these." Brooks goes on to note that "some researchers have gone so far as to suggest that the unconscious mind does virtually all the work and that conscious will may be an illusion." He concludes this section by noting "the conscious mind merely confabulates stories that try to make sense of what the unconscious mind is doing of its own accord."And so, the body is mostly water, but we obsess with what we can hold onto, see and control. The physical.
We value the feelings of life most, but we obsess mostly on the things of life.
The mind processes 99% of content in the moment which we pay little to no attention to, but we obsess on and totally value the less than .01% we can wrap our conscious minds around. The stuff we see and can understand. Is it possible that the 'other stuff,' is this being some call God?
We are looking for love in all the wrong places, and possibly our meaning with it.
If any of this is true, then this also might hold water ---- if we are clogged up with hate, self-loathing, feelings of illegitimacy and harm towards others. If we are jealous and raged. If we are insecure and petty and hating on others. If we are negative and constantly doubting everything and everyone around us. If we have lost our hope, and filled that cup with cynicism instead. If we do not believe, in anything beyond what selfishly serves only our own purposes. If we are about me, and never about 'we.' If we about what we get, rather than what we have to give. If we are constantly sulking and complaining --- then what is left of life?
If love is work, and the energy of love is always in (positive) motion, then what happens with a negative and corrosive energy that just sits there, scratching away at your inner-meaning? Could it be that most disease, is dis-ease instead? I think so.
Now, am I saying that disease is not real. Of course not. Furthermore, I am saying that some disease is genuinely the direct result of the physical body, and the things that man does to man over generations (see my last post On Life).
But maybe that percentage of disease (still a tragedy I might add, and we still very much need to working every angle of scientific solutions here) is more like a mere 30%? Then more than 60-70%, would be about the care and feeding of your spirit, of your attitude. Your God-given life energy.
By the way, what do you think the physicals and medical professionals are actually talking about, when they speak to your "well-being?" It is certainly not your physical body.
Something to think about. Something also, you can control.
John Hope Bryant is an empowerment leader, the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S.