Language is a powerful thing. Words can create experiences that were previously not there. This is true in all aspects of life, and just as accurate when speaking of the body and health. So when recognizing a condition that is not in harmony with the healthy, vital self, the simple act of replacing the word ‘disease’ with the hyphenated ‘dis-ease’ can make all the difference to your mind and therefore, your well-being.
When we talk about having a ‘disease’, on a very deep level, we are identifying ourselves with that ailment, even as the illness itself. This is a disempowering state to move toward healing from. On the other hand, if you can address the issue as a dis-ease, you are recognizing and acknowledging your natural state of being as ‘ease’ or health, balance, equilibrium and that from this state, you have simply veered for a moment. When in this mindset, somehow the element of recovering becomes about re-discovering the state of health that is your birthright and not swimming upstream toward a destination that seems incalculable or unreachable.
Our natural state of being is health. We are made to function without stress, in harmony and balance with our environment, both inner and outer. When we do not experience this state of ease, our bodies desire it, they know that it is not natural to be away from it, so they do anything they can to try and help us get back to it, even if it means laying us down for days, months or longer in order to discover it again. Often we are in resistance to this idea of returning to ease, and instead we believe that our bodies have malfunctioned and chosen the road away from health.
So many times, when a person visits their doctor and receives a prognosis that contains the word ‘disease’, the very word can throw the person into a complete dissolution of their present state of health, though nothing has changed in that moment, except the word spoken. Have you known someone who has spiraled into ill health just because they received a ‘terrible’ diagnosis? Words are powerful things. Words are auto-suggestions to the subconscious mind of how to behave. “You have such and such disease” is a command, in manner of looking at it, when we accept the language projected at us. This is not too different than hearing as a child that you were not good enough, never going to make it, or that you were a disappointment. Words stick with us until we decide to release or change them, and therefore, their affect on us.
The way we use words either perpetuates cultural and habitual experiences or alters them. By simply changing the way you speak, you can create an entirely new reality for yourself. Disease or dis-ease is just one example of this.
We are not our bodies, as much as we like to think we are, as much as it feels like we are and as deeply as we identify with them. There is no time that we think we are our bodies more than when we feel to be in the state of disease. By simply altering our mental suggestions around this one area, we can begin to re-program ourselves to have completely different experiences in the realm of health. If, for example, you were to recognize you were in the state of dis-ease, say with the common cold and instead of feeling bad about yourself for being ill, you began to acknowledge that your body was wildly at work clearing out the issue that’s keeping you from being in your normal state of ‘ease’, the cold would be much less of an annoyance and more an opportunity to develop trust in your body’s innate wisdom.
We live in a germ-fear culture. By this I mean that nearly everyone is afraid of ‘catching germs’ from the dirty door handle, the item on the ground, someone else’s silverware, that piece of garbage – we literally empower things outside of ourselves to control our inner environment and dictate our level of health. Why do we do this?
We are more powerful than we allow ourselves to believe, than the media leads us to understand. Our minds have the ability, through mere suggestion, to act as if it has just taken the most powerful medication or healing balm, just look at the success of the placebo effect. When we are faced with the question of having a disease or experiencing dis-ease, try the later and note the difference. In the case of a more serious circumstance of dis-ease, it may be necessary to give yourself ample time and space to re-discover the relaxing, stress free environment our bodies need to work in harmony and homeostasis. This may include treatments that support the realization of health once again.
We are more than our bodies, we are more than a diagnosis, a disease or an illness. We are vital life force systems connected to the entire universe. We are grids of energy, thought patterns and fields of consciousness. Our bodies manifest that which our minds believe most. So, go forth in health, when health is to be had; and in the re-discovering of ease, when in the state displaced from it.
Written by: Stasia Bliss