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Health and Illness
Written by Dr. Carlos Appel, Abadiania, 15 February 2006
Reprinted here with his permission

Illness and health are concepts referring to a condition or state of a person as a whole, rather than related to an organ or part of the body as normally inferred.

Never is the body sick or healthy.

The body only expresses information from our spiritual consciousness; it does nothing for itself. It owes its entire functioning to immaterial elements which we call spirit, soul, life.

When our bodily functions perform in a harmonious fashion according to predetermined patterns, we find health. When any function fails or alters the harmony of the whole, illness appears. But the disturbance originates at the source, which is spiritual consciousness, only later to be manifested as a symptom in the body.

It is not right to say that an organ or part of the body is ill or diseased--it is the human being as a whole who may be unhealthy, eventually manifesting this as a symptom or a signal of the body.

Just as a body cannot live without consciousness, it cannot suffer on its own. The appearance of the symptom acts as an alert, pointing to a threat to the harmony of the whole.

Human beings generally prefer not to be bothered and attempt to repress the symptom. Academic medicine persuades the patient that the manifested illness is a mostly random event consequence of a mechanical dysfunction of the body, confusing the symptom with the disease. Therefore, this kind of medicine treats the organ or bodily part in isolation, failing to treat the human being as a whole.

It is necessary to understand the difference between symptom and disease.

The symptom is not an enemy to be fought, but an ally helping us discover what may be missing, giving us the elements to overcome our afflictions.

As symptoms point out what may be missing, they enable us to gain insight on our problems and to interpret them. With spiritual development, as we gain more knowledge we may begin to transform them, to change our attitudes, to increase our moral standing, to learn Love.

Instead of fighting disease, we may attempt to interpret and transmute it. Healing doesn't represent a victory over a symptom--it implies that we have become wiser. Healing always indicates that we have gained a new insight by going through the process, transmuted the affliction, and have come closer to enlightenment.

Healing only takes place with the incorporation of that which is missing: love, unselfishness, expansion of consciousness, and spirituality.

Illness and health are twin concepts which only matter regarding consciousness--they cannot apply to the body because by itself it cannot be diseased or healthy. All it does is reflect what takes place in consciousness. (At) the Casa, we know that the Entities seek above all our healing--that is to say, the cure of body and spirit.

Disease turns us into a "healable" being. It represents a turning point. To interpret it correctly, with the help of the Entities of the Casa, will turn illness into goodness.

Through we come into the world with a new body, we bring along an old spiritual consciousness which carries and expresses notions from past lives.

Let us take advantage of this opportunity so that we may improve ourselves and our next life may be even better.

Disease therefore is part of the path towards perfection, because it helps us to get to the Casa de Dom Inacio (where John of God works) and its practice of unconditional Love. Let's be grateful.


One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered:
"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them."
The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.
Appreciate every single thing you have. This has been posted just to remind you all you can be grateful for and to keep things in perspective.

I Believe...
By Robert Prestwood


I believe - That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I believe - That just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I believe - That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I believe - That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I believe - That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I believe - That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I believe - That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe - That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I believe - That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I believe - That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I believe - That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I believe - That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe - That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I believe - That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe - That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I believe - That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I believe - That it isn't enough to be forgiven by others; you have to also learn to forgive yourself.

I believe - That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I believe - That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe - That you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I believe - Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I believe - That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

I believe - That even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.

I believe - That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

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