Is Sickness Wrong or Part of Growing

I am always pondering the question why do we think sickness is wrong. We think it’s wrong because it’s bad and icky and nasty. As a result people do a lot of things to try and avoid it. Sometimes, through no fault of our own, sickness happens.

I was reading in my Weston A Price Foundation Journal, Wise Traditions, (volume 10, number 3) an article on homeopathy by Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom, (NA), and I was struck by this quote on page 66-67,

Homeopaths as well as astute parents have through the centuries understood that colds, the flu and other childhood illnesses are a requisite prelude to the normal stages of childhood development. That is, illness presses the child to meet the trial of the illness itself, including the emotional challenge that accompanies it. Growth always follows. This ushers the child into the next intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage. By using conventional medications, this development can be stifled because the disease is not allowed to resolve from within, but is merely suppressed by artificial means.

I thin this is a very important point. We so often work so hard to avoid the pain of illness that perhaps we are avoiding necessary growth in our spirits and our emotional life. No longer to we go through trials. Rather we avoid them. If we are not effected by it, then the person who is just did something wrong in not avoiding the process that we managed to extricate ourselves from.

Certainly, I am not saying we must go out and look for illness. Nor am I saying that those with a chronic illness are refusing to learn lessons. It is important to note that sometimes the best way to deal with the issue is to face it. Learn from it and leave it behind.

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