Are Illness and Disease What We Think They Are?

By Justin S. Lattaway;

If someone said you will catch a cold from being in a cold wind, would you believe them? How do you know you will catch a cold from the cold wind? How do you not know? In the same vain, how do you know what illness and disease are? Do you know because your parents told you? Maybe your Doctor told you? Or was it your school teacher? Whoever it was, ask yourself this question, who told them and how do they know?

Have you ever stopped to think about how you know what you know about something? Do you ever question the things you learn or hear, or do you just go along with the masses and believe whatever is popular at the time? Consider this for a second. Just because the masses believe X causes Y, does it make it true? Does the mere fact that the masses believe a cold wind causes you to get a cold mean that a cold wind causes a cold? If most people believe smoking causes cancer, does that mean smoking causes cancer?

In case you haven't noticed, the health industry is constantly changing their tune on what is healthy and what is not, what causes a disease and what doesn't etc. For example, a few years ago, all forms of chocolate were declared unhealthy and people were told to stay away from it at all costs. Yet, this year, the year 2012, we are now told that dark chocolate is very good for us and we are now being encouraged to eat it. How does that work?

Now, I am not saying this to beat down on the health industry, they are doing the best they can with the beliefs and resources they have. But, for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear, there is more to health and illness than what we hear through the masses. There is a simpler and clearer answer to what causes a cold and to how people get cancer.

Typically, when we think of illness and disease, we imagine something physical as being the cause of our ailment. For example, we traditionally think we can catch a virus from being coughed on or coming into physical contact with someone who is "infected" with it. We blame DNA for our heart problems, weight issues, diseases etc etc. We blame our parents, grandparents, neighbours, pets, microwaves and so on and so forth for our health problems.

You may notice that this paradigm of health is based on one thing, "blame." In our current society, everything else is responsible for our health and we are the victim. Nothing is because of us; it is all because of an "external" thing. Is it any wonder there is so much confusion and fear in the world today? Imagine believing that you are at the mercy of outside forces and that your health and well-being is out of your control. I don't know about you, but even the thought of that invokes fear in me.
We act as though our DNA is something separate from us, even though it is part of us and within us. Huh, how does that work? It may seem ridiculous, but this is how illness and disease is currently viewed. We are told, "There is nothing you can do about it", "it is because of your DNA", "it is the dog's fault", "you smoke too much," and on and on and on it goes. Essentially, ALL illness and disease is looked at this way. We believe that it is caused by physical means and physical means only.

This belief acts as the starting point to move into a different way of thinking about illness and disease, a paradigm that promotes power instead of fear, love instead of hate, and clarity instead of confusion. It moves us from being powerless victims to powerful creators. It moves us out of thinking that illness and disease is something external to us, to thinking that it is an inseparable aspect of us on a more internal level.

Have you ever considered this before? Instead of illness and disease being an enemy, it is a friend. Instead of it being separate from us, it is one with us. Instead of it being negative, it is positive. Instead of it being a nuisance, it is a gift. Instead of it being a physical problem, it is a message from our bodies reflecting our unconscious thoughts and emotions within us.

From this perspective, illness and disease is nothing but a tool to help us become conscious of that which we are currently unconscious of. It is a reflection of our internal thoughts and emotions. This is all it is. Somewhere along the way, we adopted an incorrect perception of what our health issues really are. Thankfully, we do not need to believe in this out-dated view any longer. All of us, right here and now, can change our beliefs and perceptions around illness and disease.

This is the choice being placed in front of you right now. It may be a choice you didn't think you had until now, but, nevertheless, it is a choice available to us all. Will you choose to believe that illness and disease are attacking and destroying you, or that they are helping and supporting you? One will keep you in a state of fear and confusion, while the other will liberate you and allow you to experience love and peace. The choice is in front of you, and there is only one question that remains, what will you choose NOW?

Your question: Can you think of any other misconceptions? (post your comments below)

About the Author: Justin Lattaway is a certified NLP Master Practitioner, Master Coach and Master Hypnotherapist, and has a Bachelor of Sport Science through the Auckland University of Technology. Justin owns and operates his new business, Conscious Health & Wellbeing, which helps people to become healthy, balanced and whole, to live life free of illness, injury, stress and dis-ease.Are you ready to view your health issues as a blessing? Do you want to learn more about what illness and disease REALLY are? If so, please visit and LIKE my Facebook page to access more FREE articles, tools and resources about how you can live your life in optimal health and well-being.


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