Sickness is defense against the Truth

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

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One of the morning meditations from A Course in Miracles states “Sickness is a defense against the truth.” The meditation goes on to say “…I have forgotten what I really am, for I mistook my body for myself…”

As I was meditating I began to wonder about the statement ‘I have forgotten what I really am.’ I began to reflect on the times when I thought I was just my body, or when I was just a symptom or pain process.

As a chiropractor I see many people who initially come in because they have pain. Whether that pain is purely physical, or emotional, mental, or spiritual—or a combination makes no difference. Initially we all just focus on what is going wrong and how it can be fixed so that we can get back to living our lives. But what if just living wasn’t your goal? Did you know that there is a way not only know the gap and also be able to bridge the gap between the life you are currently living and the life of your greatest dreams and desires?

We are not our body, our set of circumstances or life experiences. Nor are we our mind or thoughts. Apologies to René Descartes. I believe he had it backwards when he stated ‘cogito ergo sum’ (I think therefore I am). From my experiences Descartes should have stated ‘I am therefore I think.’

Many years ago my dog Scrappy was exhibiting bizarre behavior. He wasn’t eating, his bowel habits changed drastically, and he seemed to be having trouble walking. At the veterinary hospital he was subjected to a battery of tests. When I was called in the vet proclaimed ‘cancer’ as the diagnosis. He proceeded to te