Holiness Man

Religion at least in the west has spoiled an idea that has significant value for anyone seeking to be healed, or to walk the healing path. The word holiness is associated with special people and being more righteous or moral than somebody else. In fact outside the religion, the word is rarely used or understood and we only hear it in secular circles when the Dali Lama  comes to town, or the Catholic Pope is mentioned in the news. One might be accused of a ‘holier than thou’ attitude, but that’s about it. Of course, if you are involved in religious circles, you will hear the word Holy Spirit or something is Holy. I’m sure many Christians think that the Spirit of Elohim has a first name whose name is ‘Holy’!

Surprisingly references to special people with the term holy are actually appropriate. However, an association with moral uprightness has little to do with holiness. The opposite of holy is not sinful. The opposite of Holy is common. Holiness simply means to be set apart. The special dish that stays in your display cabinet for most of the year and is only brought into service for special events could be considered holy. It doesn’t reside with the plates that are used every day. These would be considered common.

Now holiness, or from now on set-apartness is directly associated with the divine. It is the one attribute that defines the God of Israel. He is Holy, Holy, Holy (Set-apart, Set-apart, Set-apart) which is a Hebraic was of saying He is radically uncommon, so much so that there is nothing else that compares to Him. He is utterly uncommon. The Christian God is often considered the God of Love. This is actually the same God as the God of Israel, and while God is defined as Love, he is not defined and Love, Love, Love. Just Love. So Love is a much less defining character of the God of Israel. According to the Hebrew Scriptures, there is only one attribute above all others that defines the God of Israel and that is being set-apart.

Why is this important? If everything is spiritual and the God of Israel is a source of pure light, life and healing then we can learn from what He has revealed about himself. One concept demonstrated to us is that of being set-apart. Do you know that after creation, as described in the scroll of Bereshit (Genesis), the very first thing that Elohim set-apart was time? Gen 2:3 And Elohim blessed the seventh day and set it apart because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made.The reason this is important is the seventh day was to be a day of rest. This example set by Elohim is a pattern worth knowing about and following if you want healing. We have been designed to be rested every seven days!

The benefits of a day of rest are multiple. The time to think and reflect is vital to healing. With our busy lifestyles, there is no time to do this, unless we intentionally take a day. The ability to develop deeper relationships comes with time. Regular time. The opportunity to balance our life with other activities, introducing variety. Simply giving our physical bodies time to recover and rejuvenate. There is ample evidence to support the benefits of a weekly rest. The problem is that the simple tried and true become ‘old hat’. We don’t put any stock in the fact that Elohim supposedly came up with the idea of a rest, so we discard the idea entirely even to our own detriment.

Whether you accept that Elohim gave us the day of rest or not, to journey from brokenness to healing, a day’s rest a week is essential. We need to set apart a day a week in which we cease from all our creative labour and simply rest. There is another component to the rest day. You can not only cease from all creative labor, you can also enter into the rest of Elohim. This is where ultimate wholeness and peace is found. A rest on the seventh day is just one example of the practice of set-apartness.

Healing is ultimately found in set-apartness. Set-apartness was a key principle that Elohim established through His example and revelation to mankind. Behaviors, diet, attitudes and responses all contributed to making a person whole and set-apart from the common. Set-apartness is such a foreign concept in practice, even in religious circles. However, it is a key concept to ponder and begin exhibiting if any healing is to be profound and lasting. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Get a Mensch

The right path to any sort of continued health is a path you have to walk yourself. No-one else can do it for you. While someone may rescue you from a situation, and believe me there are many circumstances where we need rescuing (and many again where we are too stubborn to be rescued), the healing path is one you must walk yourself. However, you don’t have to do it alone. In fact, your success or otherwise in your journey either to or in healing is highly dependent upon a partner.

The reason for this is we often need the help to get out of our own way. Wally Spiegler writes “Our ability to heal is impaired when our internal dialogue propels us towards needless and undue stress. There is enough publicity, out there, these days, of the detrimental impact the mind has on the body. We should pay careful attention to how we mistreat ourselves rather than blaming illness on the weather, germs, or chance.” He continues to document the most bizarre behavior common to all of us. “We hold on to our past misconduct like the proverbial Albatross, and even though everyone has forgotten, we remember and invariably punish ourselves. The thinking mind awakens memories of how bad we have been. We lock ourselves into a self-imposed jail and forgot what we did with the key. … A constant stream of messages issues forth: ‘we do not deserve more’ or ‘we’re not worthy of more‘”

There is also the time where depression kicks in and we need encouragement to hold the line, do an activity or simply move forward. A trusted friend is what is needed. However, not anyone will do! Maybe in the past you could argue that people had a number of close friends, knew their neighbors better and knew who to trust. In a world where social media gives many ‘friends’ who don’t even cut it as acquaintances by the old standard, maybe you could argue people have less real friends now than in the past. I think the reality is that there have always been lonely people. Maybe it would be a more sound argument that we have lost the ability to identify and establish trusted friendships.

Anyway, what we need for our partner on the road to healing is a trusted friend. One who will listen and not try to fix things all the time. One who will really look out for us and speak truthfully to us. When thinking about the type of person that would be most suitable, the word that came to mind was ‘mensch’. A Yiddish word that has a figurative meaning as a person with whom you would be happy to befriend and associate with because you feel a genuine presence of a mature person. Wealth, health, looks, even intellect have nothing to do with it. As Wally Spiegler writes again, “A mensch exudes a certain magnetism that attracts us, whether or not words or glances are exchanged. A person is a mensch because he simply makes others feel good.”

Now if you are blessed enough to be able to identify someone like this in your circle of friends this is indeed a bonus. However in our big city lives where many interactions tend to be superficial, here are a few guidelines to consider if you have to go about the task of finding one.

Look first to existing family and partners. Hopefully, this will be a quick process. Having engaged with family, you know already how helpful they are likely to be. If you have a helpful partner, this is the best choice and your search is over. Not all partners are going to be up to the job. Some worry too much, fix to much or talk too much. There is nothing wrong with them, they just aren’t suitable as your partner for the healing pathway.

Ideally, you are looking for someone older, of the same sex (unless it is your spouse) who you can have regular face to face contact with. I say this because it is natural, normally, to be able to confide in someone older and of the same sex, you don’t want the risk of unwanted entanglements. You are seeking to get well, not provide the possibility of another diversion.

As a last resort, your doctor or health care practitioner could be an option. Professionally they should look after you well, but you are just one of a number of people that they see normally. Chances are that unless you live in a very small town, this person isn’t going to be able to ‘walk’ the road with you. Of course, all these guidelines could be ignored if there is simply no-one else. Better to have someone than no one. Just be aware of the risks.

Now to the part this partner will play in your walk.

They will join you on your journey. Not do it for you, nor take you on their journey. You will want to trust them with confidential information about how you are feeling and processing things. You will want to use them as a sounding board and have them reflect back to you what they think you are saying. This takes active listening on their part. You will want them to ‘check in’ with you from time to time. Sometimes you will need asking how you are going, how you are feeling, what you are planning to do next? Your partner will need to act as your coach. Encouraging, spurring and at all times speaking the truth, not just telling you want you want to hear. They will need to know when to back off and not get easily offended. For those with emotional issues, this can be a roller coaster ride for the partner. The partner needs to bring truth statements to re-enforce a life-giving outlook, rather than a depressive and gloomy outlook.

Whether you have someone or no-one, there actually is a partner that I’d recommend for everyone. That is the Creator. He has manifested himself in the person of Yeshua. Father and Son, represent the compound unity of Elohim, the God of Israel. To all who will put their trust in Him, he will share the set-apart spirit that Father and Son share with you. In the divine/human Yeshua, we have someone to relate to. He is the life giver, very open to listening and only wants to see you well and whole. While I am blessed to have partners on my walk, Elohim is the ultimate partner that I share my life struggles and my own healing journey with. You may ask, how do I go about contacting this Elohim. You make a decision to believe that He exists based upon the evidence of creation and His word (Hebrew Scriptures/Bible) and you simply call out to Him. It’s no more difficult starting a relationship with a person in the street. You open communication, you walk together and learn about them.

Even if you are not willing to open yourself up to such a relationship, let me share a final piece of advice. You only listen to what you actually say with your mouth. Even if you speak to the air, believing that there is no-one who listens, it can still be useful. You will only say what you believe and what comes from the heart. Listen to yourself. You might be surprised at what you hear! Be Blessed. Aryeh.

Become self aware

It seems that in today’s world, the pursuit of something, either specific such as career, sporting goal, happiness or something as general as life itself is portrayed in such a way that you should do anything to reach your goal no matter what the cost. The obvious problem in the first place is that what we think we will have achieved by  the goal turns to ash, no matter how grand or noble that goal might be. This is simply because we are not created to reach goals as our primary purpose but to live in a relationship which is an ongoing walk.

Now there is no problem having goals, striving for goals as part of that walk. But when we give up the important to achieve something that in the end has no meaning we are much poorer for it. One key aspect that we are encouraged to give up is our self-awareness. Our bodies and spirits are incredibly astute to what is going on and provide us excellent feedback. If something in our thoughts is bothering us, it is because our spirit us trying to get us to deal with a problem and resolve it, rather than live with the indent the unresolved issue would leave in us, putting us under pressure which causes stress, which eventually expresses itself in illness of some kind.

Likewise, with the body, a type of headache will let us know that we are dehydrated. A sore foot will tell us that something is wrong and healing is trying to take place. Give the foot a break so it can heal! Instead, we are advised, take a pill to relieve the pain and push/play on. I’m not suggesting that you don’t take any pain medications. What I would suggest is that it should be the last resort after you have taken note of what your body is telling you. When life is at stake, of course, you will push on. But how many things do we treat as life and death that simply aren’t?

This is what I mean about self-awareness. Start listening to your body and mind. Don’t ignore it, rather tune into it. It’s amazing how it can communicate. If I listen carefully, I’ll have a hankering for some food that provides a nutrient the body needs for example. I’m now fully aware of headaches. When they are first barely perceptible, I now know to think about when I last drank water, when I last looked up from the keyboard. How much sleep I’ve had. Through awareness and management, my consumption of headache tablets has radically diminished simply because I don’t need them. There is a financial benefit there to start with, let alone the health benefit.

There are many other benefits of being self-aware. Sometimes I just need to go for a walk. So I do. You become aware of changes in scent, colour, and frequency of all your bodily functions. That sounds disgusting when put in words. But imagine picking up something serious because you were self-aware! Often you can take corrective action at a very early stage. When we talk about the physical body, being self-aware is not such a difficult thing to imagine and put into practice. However, when we are dealing with the mind, it is a different story.

People who have been damaged by abuse or a traumatic experience can shut down awareness because they don’t want the awareness of the trauma. This is entirely understandable but does not contribute to health and healing. Repressed trauma will have a negative health effect. The question is “what is the best way of dealing with it?” Counseling and psychotherapy seem to be the main methods used and I’m not alone in questioning the value of ‘talking’ about it. No-one wants to relive over and over again traumatic experiences. The primary and most effective way of dealing with these issues in my experience is a form of counseling where truth statements are learned and applied. Dr. Alex Loyd in the Healing Codes has developed this much further in the use of energy to bring balance to a person without having to go through every minute detail of the trauma and in many instances without knowing what the source of the original trauma was. (as with cellular memories passed down from our parents).

However, even with this type of help, self-awareness needs to be active so that a person can apply truth statements against negative memories and begin to walk free of past baggage. As our built-in protective responses of fight or flight can work against us to protect trauma memories, self-awareness is essential to recognize what is going on and how to be liberated, not caught in a web of our own making.

Self-awareness does not equate to being full of one’s self. Rabbi Shaul says it this way. “For I say, … to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he should think, but to think soberly, as Elohim has given to each a measure of belief.”

Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it up.

Yes, the world tends to send you messages all the time, just push on, ignore the pain. This is not good advice on the road to healing and health. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Think on these Things

The following seems so simple, it’s a wonder that we need reminding of it all. However, even the optimist, the one for whom the glass is always half full, still needs to be reminded of this simple admonition. “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is righteous, whatever is clean, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and if there is any praise – think on these.” wrote Rabbi Shaul to the congregation at Philippi. This is a lot more than positive thinking. Through the items listed is a source of healing energy that if we focus on them, we will receive some benefit of the healing source. Imagine yourself at a public water fountain. You push the button and out comes a flow of water from which to drink. Unless you place your mouth in line with the stream, you will go thirsty. It takes intent and action. Positive thinking self-creates while thinking as described above places are attention to sources external to us. If we could depend on the power within, we wouldn’t need healing!

Unless we have had it drummed into us as kids, we are more likely to go without needed water when we’ve been out in the heat, playing a sport or walking the dog. We end up dehydrated, the bodies alarm bells start ringing in the form of a headache and finally we stop for some water. We can get so busy with stress, managing pain and just daily life, that we forget to go to the source of living water that we need daily for good health and activity. Where we drink from emotionally, spiritually is just as vital. Whereas you can run past a water fountain and not drink, in life, if you are not drinking from a source of life, you are drinking in the opposite by default. This is why there must be intent and we must continually remind ourselves to drink from the fountain of life.

To examine what is to be the focus of our thoughts. Let us consider the first; whatever is true…

Now the relativistic viewpoint would have you believe that what is true is subjective. There is only GoldenSunsetdespair from this perspective. What all of us need is ‘certainty’. We all need things that are true. It can be something as simple and profound that for every day we live, the sun is going to come up over the horizon whether we see it or not. This is true. You may be a parent,  a participant in the miracle of new life. The event, the child (whether alive or in memory) represents something that is true. You are a part of the miracle of life. Then there are truth statements. Having found the Creator, He declares things that are true. I love to think on some of the following.

Now sure maybe you don’t believe in the Creator. But which message would you rather concentrate on? I’m a mistake, and accident, or I’m someone’s masterpiece?  I have no defining characteristics at all, or I’m created in the likeness of my Creator?. Nobody loves me, I’m unlovable, or my Creator loves my very soul? Call me crazy, but I know which I rather choose to believe. The secret is, whether you believe it of not, it’s like gravity, it will get you every time. What the creator says is actually true and when you think on these and other truth statements, you put your mouth under the fountain to drink the water of life.

What about noble? It’s kind of an old fashion term. But have you ever been in the company of someone who is just kind, truthful, reliable? They act with honor, they are honest, uncorrupted, unselfish. Yes, maybe you are thinking of the family dog. Surely people like that don’t exist? Indeed, they do and we’ve all probably come across them from time to time. Probably the way I can describe the emotional feeling of a noble person is sliding into brand new clean sheets. There is just something about clean that we just love. So which would you rather have, dirty soiled sheets or crisp fresh clean linen to sleep on? Think on what is noble.

Righteous. The opposite of crooked. You buy a new car. There is a righteous experience and a crooked experience.The righteous experience is a salesperson that gives you every possible benefit, add-on, and discount on your new car. You drive away, amazed at the value, the service, the honesty of the salesman. A crooked experience is when you find out that your neighbor bought the same car for a much better deal than you, the car turns out to be a lemon and the dealer doesn’t care. That salesman saw you coming! It might not have been a car, but we have all had experiences that are simply right, straight, honest and those where we come away feeling used and dirty. So what do you focus on? Being used and done over, or walking away have done a really straight clean deal? One is life, the other is just ‘yuck!’.

And so the admonition goes on whatever is clean, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and if there is any praise – think on these. This is where a diary or notepad comes in handy. As you discover these wholesome sources of good energy, you can jot them down. Chances are when you need them, you may not remember. Remember Healing is about balancing out the bad stuff, making the crooked straight. Where we keep our thoughts can have a huge influence on the environment we place around ourselves and this, in turn, affects the power of any healing pathway we might walk. So think on these things. Be Blessed Aryeh.

The River Yarden

In a little corner of the world in a country that would fit into my home country of Australia 370 times, there is a river that has a lesson attached to it that is absolutely essential for complete healing. You don’t have to dip yourself in it, although a particular army commander called Naaman was healed doing so.

180px-Aerial_jordanIt originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, Israel. It ends its course at the lowest spot in the world, the Dead Sea, at 420 meters below sea level. Along its course, the Yarden feeds two large lakes: the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. In its course from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the Yarden travels a winding 230 kilometres, covering just 105 kilometres in a straight line.

When we are under threat either through an actual physical attack or through stress and/or sickness, our core response is normally self-protection. Whether it is a banged up thumb, having been hit with a hammer, or a failing economy, the first instinct is to address the urgent, protect the self and get things under control again. The body might stop unessential activity to effect healing of a major bruise. A government may  reduce overseas aid in order to reduce expenditure and reign in the budget. In the first instance, and for the critical situation, this is entirely appropriate.

The circumstance becomes a problem when this reaction to a critical situation become a permanent fixture. What I’m talking about here is a slide from generosity to selfishness. Because it is the nature of man to be selfish and self-centred, we can’t rely upon automatic adjustment when dealing with this. We need to make decisions. Acts of the will. The importance is this is illustrated by the Yarden River. From the snow melts and rain on Mt Hermon, pure waters flow into the Sea of Galilee. The lake is teeming with life, commerce and is a place where birds and fish abound.

Some 100kms south is another ‘sea’. The Dead Sea. It is feed from the same pristine waters, coming from the Lake of Galilee. The difference is that nothing lives in the Dead Sea. Having swum in the Dead Sea, you really can’t sink, and you can’t stay in the water more than about 20 minutes. It brings death. There are no fish or plant life in it.

What is the difference between the two seas? Unlike the Dead Sea that has no outflow, the Sea of Galilee passes on the blessing of life down between the hills. In terms of healing, the Galilee takes and it passes on. It is generous. The Dead Sea takes but gives nothing back. It is a wonderful example of how powerful the idea of generosity is. Although it initially seems counter-intuitive, the Creator has made this part of His character part of the fabric of creation. Generosity brings life and blessing. Stinginess and self-centredness bring death.

You might feel that with all you have on, the unwellness you are struggling with, the challenges you have before you that you just have to look after yourself. And look, for the critical situation that might be appropriate. However, as soon as the acute situation is passed or managed, it’s time to look for ways to be generous. Open your wallet, give of your time, speak an encouraging word, anything to let the power of life start flowing through you again.

As it has been written, “He scattered abroad, He gave to the poor, His righteousness remains forever.” And He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, shall supply and increase the seed you have sown and increase the fruit of your righteousness, being enriched in every way for all simplicity, which works out thanksgiving to Elohim through us. 2 Cor 9:9-11

Be Blessed, Aryeh.

Healing is not Magic

 

The magic pill, the silver bullet, works like magic are all common terms you will hear the conversation space. While we like to believe there is magic and even introduce the concept to our children with ideas such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, as adults, we soon find out that while we might wish for it, magic is not the common experience. However, we still look for it. The is clearly evidenced by the amount of money lost the scammers, for example, in ‘get rich’ schemes. No matter how true the maxim may be “that if it seems to good to be true it probably isn’t” we still hold out that maybe out there somewhere there is magic. If only we believed.

Now while I’m a hardcore realist, I’m not throwing a wet blanket over these deep-seated ideas so everyone will be a sourpuss. Instead, I’d rather say, lift up your head and look around. There is so much wonder in the world, so much that we cannot yet explain, so much more to be discovered. You don’t need magic or even the idea of it to live a life of wonder, awe, inspiration and love. Letting go of the idea of magic, and grabbing onto the sense of wonder and awe in the creation is a good step towards healing.

When we talk about healing, we are not talking about a magical incantation or effect, but rather the removal of kinks and crookedness from something that should be straight, in balance. Take a drinking straw for example. Bend it and kink it, put some holes in it and then try drinking a glass of soda through it. The best you might get is a few atomised bubbles of soda, nothing else. Remove the kinks, repair the holes and you can drink through it again.

Healing is a process towards straightness and balance. Depending on how damaged you the ‘drinking straw’ are, will depend on how long the healing process will take. If you have a lifetime or just decades of crookedness beaten into your shape, it’s going to take more than a few minutes to bring about the repair.

Now there is a word, to remember. Repair. We have been created with an immune system that if given the chance will bring about repair in our systems and mind. Even the tenancy for dysfunction has been taken care of by the creator. Anyone in no matter what state they are in, taking the decision to do so, can start the journey to healing.

There is the propensity in our modern world, to build things for a certain lifespan upon which point after use, they are simply discarded, recycled and a new thing is purchased. This might be okay for the economy and for things, but people, are not things! People are created and can be repaired. No matter how permanent a crease you might have in your straw, it can be fixed.

Possibly the point about magic is that people hope you can drink soda through a kinked straw without any problem if only magic existed. Some people are always looking for a way to remain well while still involving themselves in the destructive behaviours that put them there in the first place. It doesn’t work. It never has and it never will. There are unchangeable foundations upon which the creation has been built. Crooked will never be straight and straight will never be crooked, no matter how much we try and believe it to be the case.

So, essentially, to obtain healing it will take a change of the heart, that will effect the environment we create for ourselves, the company we keep, the food we eat and the life we lead. I guess it depends on your desire. Do you really want to be well and whole? If you do, foster that spark of desire into a flame that ignites intent and overcome the inertia to begin the pathway to healing. Healing is not Magic, it’s a transformation of the heart from which all things stem. Be Blessed Aryeh.

 

Everything is Spiritual

A preacher some years ago made the statement that ‘Everything is Spiritual’. This stuck with me and I’ve pondered this every since and actually keep reminding myself of what I now believe to be a true statement. It was Bob Dylan who wrote the song “Gotta Serve Somebody”. He puts into song a universal truth that somehow built into the human physic is the need to worship someone or something. Various attempts by mankind to eradicate this desire has proved disastrous. The USSR fell apart, Communist China has millions of Christians, and the secular west has a burgeoning industry of new age outlets and practices, consumerism, and an intense interest and absorption of eastern philosophies. Today we see the worldwide rise of Islam radically changing any society that it touches, destroying cultures that have been in place for centuries. To deny the spiritual because we don’t understand it or don’t buy the various philosophies put forth by the various religions is ignoring the source of all healing.

For my money, there is only one God who has proved himself beyond doubt. Anyone who says you just have to believe is talking nonsense. Anyone who says that you just have to believe what doesn’t make sense is also talking nonsense. It’s not that God is beyond comprehension. How can a multi-dimensional being be understood by a three-dimensional being? It simply can’t. However, in the way that God has revealed himself, He can be understood by a child, even if there are deep matters to take a lifetime to discover. He can be known and understood. The clincher for me and it is the claim that this God makes is that he foretells the future and it happens exactly with all the detail that he said it would happen. Apart from this, He displays a character that for me is the type of God I want to know and if I have to serve someone, it will be this God. (And no, I’m not telling you yet who he is. Remember Principle 1!). I will introduce you to Him at a later date and you can make up your own mind.

There are some religious terms that need explaining and put into an understandable context. Because I come from a society based on Judeo/Christian principles, I’m going to use the terms that would be most familiar to most.

  • Righteousness – This has it’s root meaning of Justice which has to do with a straight path and staying on it.
  • Evil – This has to do with straying from the path, simply because you can’t keep on it. It could be understood “dysfunctional”.
  • Good – functional – The wheel alignment on a car is functional allowing the car to drive straight.
  • Bad – dysfunctional – The wheel alignment is out causing  the car to veer off the road.
  • Sin – An archery term. To miss the target.

Let’s use another analogy. Someone cut a path through a dense forest. Staying on the path is righteous. Straying from the path because of dysfunction is bad/evil. To have strayed from the path is a sin. (That is you haven’t stayed on the path). So to talk in nonreligious terms, we need to get back on the path and have the dysfunction fixed so we can stay on the path. The trouble is we are all lost off the path. As a result, we are inherently insecure, under pressure, stressed and this eventually kills us.

Now at some point, you need to believe there is a path and who it was that created it. I’ve made that decision. I’m back on the path, but I still struggle with a dysfunction that keeps trying to direct me off the path. However, and this is a big, however, I now have a walking companion. I’m no longer alone. I’m building a relationship with the creator of the road.

So what does this have to do with healing? Everything actually. I’m no longer lost, so my core insecurity has been removed. I don’t need many of the coping mechanisms that others rely upon. I have a companion whom I can trust. So although I’m still prone to dysfunction, I just have to call out and I have a helping hand. Again, my insecurities are removed, little by little, I’m under less pressure, and therefore less stress and so I have less physical and emotional ailments. That’s not to say that I’m not continually under pressure. There are all kinds of influences trying to get me to just rely on myself and leave the road for a bit. It will be okay!

Yes, there is more to it, but we’ll get to that. What’s important is to understand that the spiritual has a direct impact on our physical and emotional well-being. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Our Insecurities

What you choose to believe decides what actions you will take. As a person who doesn’t believe things easily, I’m going to introduce you to the mechanisms that I use to navigate my way through life so at the very least you can make a judgement on what I say, but more importantly to have a useful set of tools and/or principles for yourself to use. The last thing I want you to do is to simply swallow what I say, hook line and sinker. I may not be right. What is important is that you make up your own mind. This is a right given you that no-one can take away from you. I encourage you to use it. Inevitably, some readers will simply swallow what I say because it appeals to them and it is easy to do. Others will simply disregard what I write because they read something that offends their currently held position. If you are either of these, the encouragement is: Do the work. It may be worth it!

So here we go. (This principle for me was learned the hard way.)

The first principle: Never have a proxy relationship with the truth.

In other words, don’t just take someone else’s word for it. No one else can stand in my shoes and have the relationships I have. Yes, I may have trusted sources, and the information may even be correct, but until I actually process the information myself and have a direct relationship with it, I’m at a disadvantage. As the risk of being seriously misled is very high, this is a vital principle. You may not like to hear this, but much of what you currently believe about many things in life are a result of being misled! It’s not a comfortable feeling. I’m not going to tell you what they are or what they might be, but I am going to attempt to show you how to discover for yourself what they are, and then what to do about it.

I wrote previously that we tend to ignore and complicate the simple. The question is why? There are probably many reasons, however, there are a couple that I want to focus on. The most potent reason I believe is insecurity and is associated with the question of ‘Who Am I?”. Now I’m not going to dive into a philosophical discourse trying to answer this question. I believe it can be answered, however, that is for another time. More important at the moment is to see what damage insecurity causes.

I wonder if you have ever walked up a set of stairs. Most likely, at some point, you have traversed a set of stairs. Most will go up and down stair nearly every day. For most, walking up stairs is something that we don’t even think about. Our eyes see stairs and without thinking much about it, our body prepares to go up or down, our hand goes to the railing and off we go. We have a set of expectations around stairs. They should be uniform. They should have tread on them. They should be stable. They should end at a destination that continues. There should be a railing. (If you don’t or can’t have experience with stairs, use your imagination to think of something in your life that has stability and certainty about it.)

Now, let’s all imagine that we approach a set of stairs and half way up or down, we find that there is no tread, that the spacing isn’t even, that the stairs are connected with rope and there is no railing. All of a sudden, you have stopped concentrating on traversing the stairs, you are now worried about not falling off or down them. All of a sudden, you are insecure. This is the sense of the situation to contemplate. If you are doing a balancing act on unstable stairs are you able to process anything except ‘staying alive’? The conversation you were having with the person walking with you has stopped. The phone call you were on has ceased, the thoughts about your destination have disappeared and any interaction you have with anyone is constantly being interrupted with ‘staying alive’?

Deep down, this is how most of us live. It may not be immediately obvious, however, the chances are if you are reading this blog that you already have an awareness that things aren’t as they could be. The lesson is that if we are insecure, we are under pressure causing stress on all our bodily systems and alarm in our emotional state. If we stay in this state long enough, the stress gets to us and presents in disorders of the body and mind. We begin to break down.

Imagine being back on the unstable stairs. Your behavior tends to overreact, over compensate and we start to believe things that aren’t necessarily true (I’m going to fall and die!)

What we may not appreciate is that in a world where most people are insecure we are all over-reacting and over compensating. Added to this is the continual messaging that we receive telling us that we are on ‘unstable stairs’. This doesn’t stop even if we are on perfectly ‘stable stairs’. To look at a few examples

Consider domestic violence, the main perpetrators being men. You can use as many excuses as you like, but no secure man needs to beat his wife and child to maintain some air of personal control or power. Insecurity pervades a man’s actions and responses so that he is over-reacting, always trying to remain in control and at rates that are far too high in society, this spills over into physical and emotional abuse of women and children. There is no excuse for domestic violence. However, treating the symptoms instead of the cause is ineffectual in the long term. Real healing is needed. Now I add that not all men abuse their partners. Many I suggest ‘cope’ in other ways. My challenge is why ‘cope’? Better to heal is it not?

Consider also the advertising messages that women get from all sources. A woman’s hair is never shiny enough, her clothes are never sexy enough, her natural skin is never beautiful enough and the house never clean enough. There is always a new product that without it you are less of a woman. And this is just general advertising. Move over to magazines and see the portrayal of women that is rarely in accord with reality. Continual grading of celebrities ranging from sweat pants through to red carpet outfits conveys a never ending message that a woman simply can’t be a normal whole woman. She has to be missing something. In our society today, this plays out in the biggest killer of teenage woman worldwide being suicide as just one example. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11549954/Teen-girls-Suicide-kills-more-young-women-than-anything.-Heres-why.html

While we are talking about insecurity, the lack of boundaries causes insecurity in us. Any child worker worth their salt will know that if you take a troubled child and give them boundaries, that child is on the way to recovery. Yes, they will test those boundaries, but they test them to see if they can be relied upon. Once they know the boundaries can be relied upon, they start to behave in a more secure manner. What makes us think that an adult is any different in their behavior?

So far we have identified expectations we can trust and boundaries are needed to live securely. If we go back to the stair example above, a well-built staircase found in any building has both of these things surrounding it. Expectations we can trust. The stairs are going to remain solid, fixed and stable. the stairs have boundaries. They start and they stop. They go somewhere. They have railings. as a result, we traverse them with ease and without much special care. Simple is it not? Now, why can’t we translate that simplicity to real life? An interesting question, but before I go on to suggest an answer, I need to place another building block on the table for us to consider. This is the correlation between stress and poor physical and mental health. We’ll return to more principles and go looking for solutions in later blogs. Be blessed Aryeh.

Seven Statements

The following is based on an outline found in a book called the Healing Code by Dr Alex Loyd and Dr Ben Johnson. Much of what they present in the early part of the book aligned with my own knowledge through research and life experience. The seven statements (called secrets in the book) are a useful framework on which to hang and explore ideas. For a more detailed exploration, I recommend the book.

1. There Is One Source of Illness and Disease

There is one thing that the majority of the health sector agree on (based on scientific research) and that is, that almost all health issues originate from one thing. Stress. Stress is what results from pressure applied either physically or mentally.

Examples of research in this area include examples such as

Here are three simple statements to frame both the problem and the solution

  1. There is one thing on planet Earth that can heal just about any problem in your life. This is your immune system.
  2. There is one thing on planet Earth that will turn off your immune system. This is Stress
  3. There is one thing on planet Earth that will turn your immune system back on. This is the removal or cancelling of stress

2. Stress Is Caused by An Energy Problem in the Body

“Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual” (1) – Richard Conn Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University (quote taken from “the mental universe)

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla.

Energy has two common elements.

1. A frequency (the rate at which something occurs over a particular period of time or in a given sample),
2. and a wavelength (the distance between successive crests of a wave, especially points in a sound wave or electromagnetic wave.)

Dr Bruce Lipton, a former professor of medicine at Harvard University and author of the best-selling ‘Your mind is greater than your genes’, explains that if you drop two equal pebbles at exactly the same time into water, from the same height, they will both produce the same wave ripples. Ie, their waves will be in harmony with each other, and when their ripples meet the combined effect will be an amplification of the wavelength – in other words the merged waves become more powerful. But if you drop the pebbles from different heights or a millisecond apart, then when the resultant waves meet they will not be in harmony and will cancel each other out – the waves become weaker. You can try this out for yourself. http://www.lifetrainings.com/We-are-made-of-Energy-not-Matter.html

“…their waves will be in harmony with each other, and when their ripples meet the combined effect will be an amplification of the wavelength – in other words the merged waves become more powerful.” Think too much pressure, more stress.

“But if you drop the pebbles from different heights or a millisecond apart, then when the resultant waves meet they will not be in harmony and will cancel each other out – the waves become weaker.” Herein lies the core of the issue and the answer to the problem.

3. The Issues of the Heart Are The Healing Control Mechanism

A few years back I purchased a memory foam mattress on the promise of a comfortable nights sleep. The problem is that it remembers the weight of my body and now I have a dip in my bed where I sleep. So rather than being supported, I sleep in a hole. (I must get a new mattress).

This is the analogy I use to introduce cellar memory. Our cells have memories in them that are passed down from our parents, transmitted to transplant recipients and indented into our being through trauma, over-reaction, and general imbalance.

Put simply, if these memories are energy, then if I apply the opposite energy the effect will be cancelled out or lessened just like the pebble in the pond example above. This sounds simple enough. However, there is another factor at play.

4. The Human Hard Drive

Everything we experience gets recorded into our cellular memory as data gets stored on a computer hard drive. If we were actually a computer hard drive, all the data would be easily accessible. The problem is the most is hidden. We don’t have much control over the hidden stuff. It’s there to keep things running, keep us breathing, sleeping, processing stimulus that we are constantly receiving. However, on a normal hard drive, you can choose to hide and unhide things whenever you want to. When I learn a piece of music, I can read the score and play it enough times until it becomes part of the hidden data in my memory. I can make music by drawing on that hidden data whenever I want, not a music score insight. If only that were the case for everything we experience and record in our cellular memory.

5. Your Antivirus Program May Be Making You Sick

The problem is that we have a protection mechanism that although usually highly effective, is over-reactive and I would argue basically dysfunctional. It’s called our fight or flight response. If you hit your thumb with a hammer, it really hurts and from then on you are extra careful not to hit the thumb again. Even if you whack it three of four times after that, you will eventually stop as the thumb will be so painful, you can barely hold the nail. You now have a cellular memory. Your fight of flight mechanism steps up and instructs your body to find a solution. Get someone else to hold the nail, use a pair of pliers or something equally imaginative. Anything but put your thumb where it might get hit again.

Now lets say, that the only reason you missed the nail and hit your thumb in the first place was that you were distracted. The distraction is now gone. There is no reason for you not to hit the nail this time. Try using a hand with a banged up thumb to hold the nail. No way. Something else is at play. Somehow you believe that if you try hitting the nail again, that bruised thumb might just get hit again. It is so powerful, it will pull all stops to make sure your hand doesn’t go anywhere near the wrong end of a hammer.

You can substitute any trauma for a bruised thumb. Rejection, abuse, failure, a put down you name it. Now to the even more powerful agent that comes into play to ensure that the response of the fight or flight response remains permanent. NO more thumbs getting hit with a hammer!!! Period! We now move to the belief. Belief is sourced from the heart.

6. I Believe
What we believe is tied to our spirit. The force and power of belief is evidenced everywhere for us all to see. The runner that trains for years to win an Olympic event believes he has a chance of winning. We sit in chairs as a routine because we believe they will hold us. Islamic suicide bombers will destroy themselves and others through the power of belief. If you can engage the heart, there is almost nothing you can’t achieve. Is it any wonder that a famous wise King once wrote. Watch over your heart with all diligence, For out of it are the sources of life. Proverbs 4:23

7. When the Heart and the Head Conflict, the Winner Is …

Yes, the heart. You will do, say and live according to your heart, no matter what you try. Go against your heart for a period and you won’t get far. If illness doesn’t stop you, depression, anger, any response your spirit can muster will bring you back into alignment with what you believe in your heart. So, fix the heart issue and you can fix the stress issue. Problem solved.

The heart is Spiritual and much of what we believe is wrong. A child told by a parent or teacher that they will not amount to anything if they choose to believe it will do exactly that. They will never reach their true potential because they believe a lie.

Summary

So in a nutshell, to be explored in more detail, healing comes from solving the issues of the heart. Bring truth, cancelling energy (in this case positive) and a desire and you have the tools to start a journey to healing. Be blessed Aryeh.

Finding the Path is Simple

Some things are so simple and easy to understand that somehow we can become blind to them. We dismiss the simple, complicating it with doubt, argument, and irrational statements. We can even have something explained to us in a story and find we are simply unable to translate the concept to real life.

Likewise, the path to healing is actually very simple. It’s not normally quick, but it is simple enough for a child to understand. For a person not looking for a path, thinking about this has no value. However, to someone who  consciously or even at the edges of their reality, is truly searching for a path, the following may help to clear the air and enable you to find a suitable path. Let me start with a story.

Suppose you have to cross a mountain range on foot. You are on one side and you have heard that there is something wonderful on the other side. Now the journey will take many months. The path is often narrow and treacherous. Many have started off on the journey and have never been heard of again. Now, you happen to be very fortunate, because with you is someone who has traveled the path and returned. Although they won’t be traveling with you, they have given you detailed instructions on how and when to travel. For example, going up the mountains, there is luminous phosphorous in the rocks meaning you can travel at night, which you need to do to reach the shelter mid way before the snows cut the paths. You need to stay in the mountains until late Spring so that the paths are dried by the heat of a coming summer. There are places to gather needed provisions. Places where walking at night could see you over the side. There are many other pieces of advice and specific instructions all contained in a detailed booklet that has been provided you as the best way to cross the mountains.

What will you do with that book?

If I was to pose the same question about life and ask the question of most people, the illogical answer is that they would throw it away as illustrated by the way they live. Now if that makes sense to you, there is probably no need to read further. However, if you find this illogical as I do and would think that treasuring the book and using it to live life (or safely cross the mountains) would be a wise thing to do, then keep reading.

Now some people would treasure the book and yet never read it. Others would read only the end of the book and discount the beginning of it. Still others, who have never walked in the mountains before and don’t know what the following are, will misinterpret the meaning of the book.

  • brink (the top of a very steep cliff),
  • the brow (the highest part of a hill, where the ground starts to become flat)
  • cairn (a pile of stones that marks the top of a mountain or some other special place)
  • cap (the top part of a mountain)
  • col (a pass between high places in mountains)
  • crag (a very steep rough part of a cliff or mountain)
  • crest (the top of a hill or mountain)
  • crown (the round top part of a hill)
  • divide (a watershed)
  • escarpment (a steep slope that forms the edge of a long area of high land)
  • face (a side of a mountain or building that is high and very steep)
  • flank (one side of a large structure such as a mountain or building)
  • fold (an area of low land between hills)
  • gap (a low area between mountains that people use to cross them
  • hillside (the land on a hill below the top)
  • hilltop (the top of a hill)
  • landslide (a heavy fall of earth and rocks down the side of a mountain or steep slope)
  • landslip (a small fall of earth or rocks down the side of a hill)
  • ledge (a narrow surface that continues out from the side of a cliff, wall, or other surface)
  • lee (the side of a hill, wall, or other solid structure that provides shelter from the wind)
  • lip (the edge of a high piece of land)
  • mountainside (the side of a mountain)
  • mountaintop (the area at the top of a mountain)
  • mudslide (a large amount of wet earth that falls down a hill and may cause damage and kill people)
  • pass (a path or road that goes through an area of mountains)
  • peak (the top of a mountain)
  • pinnacle (the top of a very high mountain)
  • ridge (the long narrow top of a mountain or group of mountains)
  • scree (small loose pieces of broken rock at the bottom of a cliff or along the slopes of a mountain)
  • scree (a slope covered with small pieces of rock)
  • shelf (a narrow piece of rock or ice that sticks out from a mountain or under water)
  • shoulder (the part of a hill where it curves towards the top)
  • side (the part of a hill that slopes and is between the top and the bottom)
  • slide (a sudden fall of rock, earth etc from the side of a mountain)
  • slope (the side of a hill or a mountain)
  • the snow-line (on a mountain, the level above which the land is covered with snow, usually permanently)
  • summit (the top of a mountain)
  • the treeline (the level of a mountain above which there are no trees)
  • watershed (a high piece of land that divides the flow of water in a particular area)

Wow, what a list. I had to be sure that there was at least one term you didn’t know the meaning of so you could contemplate what it would be like being on the journey and reading an instruction that you didn’t understand. You would think, that you would read the instruction book first and ask a few questions, make a few notes, even draw a few pictures drawing on the knowledge of the person who wrote the book to make sure you understood what was written in it. Wouldn’t you?

Again, however, most people, being in too much of a rush, if they even keep the book, hurry off onto the journey without being prepared. When the critical time comes and the meaning of a term in an instruction is required, you can’t blame the writer of the guide if you didn’t take the time to understand the contents.

All too often, this also happens. Someone loudly proclaims I understand the directions (they don’t really) and so a whole crowd follows this one person without understanding the instructions themselves.

So given the story so far, ask yourself this, “if you believe the prudent thing to do would be to understand the guidebook fairly well, understand its terms and context, why aren’t we this prudent in life?”

Ah well, you say, “It’s more complicated than that” and there you have it. The simple has become the confused and complicated. What if it wasn’t? This is the beginning of finding the path to healing and life!

My next post will canvas this further. Be blessed Aryeh.