I’ve been sick lately. Progressively, annoyingly sick. Getting colds every other month, then even more frequently. Robin posted something about it on Facebook and all our spiritual friends came running to the rescue. Take this herb. Try that natural remedy. Strengthen your connection to God/Universe/etc. And many other very well-intentioned suggestions.
I’d already tried them all. Nothing worked.
Finally I did something I haven’t done in probably a dozen years. I went to the doctor. I told him of my recurring bouts with colds and flu-like symptoms. He told me it was allergies. I said, doc… you don’t understand. This isn’t just a stuffy nose. My body hurts, my lungs don’t work. That’s not allergies.
He looked me in the eye an said pompously: “IT’S ALLERGIES.”
He started me on Flonase and a day later I started feeling better. The second day I felt worse. HAH! I told him it wasn’t allergies! I couldn’t breath again and called in sick from work. The doctor’s office was closed so I went to the emergency room. Turns out I’ve got strep throat and it just presented in a less-than-expected way.
The medical conclusion is that as my allergies have gotten worse over the years, combined with the fact that this year has one of the worst allergy seasons on record, my body’s constant struggle finally wore me down.
None of our medically-intuitive friends ever suggested allergies might be the culprit. None of our healer friends were able to see it. None of the praying, meditating, herbs, vitamins, etc. did anything to alleviate the ever-increasing symptoms.
So is all this spiritual stuff really just BS?
No. But people misunderstand it and how to use it.
Spontaneous healings happen all the time, but they are the exception, not the rule.
If Law of Attraction really worked in the way it is marketed, we’d all be millionaires. It does work, just not the way most people think (or teach it).
When you strip away all the marketing and propaganda, the Truth of spirituality is that is it a tool that helps make our time on this Earth easier. That ease has nothing to do with how much money we have or don’t have. It has nothing to do with how healthy or sick we are.
It has to do with understanding that our experiences are simply our experiences. That our physical lives are less than a speck of dust on the tapestry of our energetic lives. That nothing is important, even if it’s really really really important.
Wiser teachers than I have tried to convey these Truths without much success. The reason for this is that “awakening”, “enlightenment”, etc. is something can only be understood through its experience. You may intellectually ‘get it’, but if you don’t experience it for yourself, then it’s just a theory.
My experience of it allowed me to not panic when I honestly thought I might have a life-threatening ailment. It helped me to not get pissed off when I had to wait 6½ hours in the emergency room hallway to hear about the test results and get my prescriptions. It allowed me to appreciate all the well-intentioned, yet completely useless ‘help’ I received from all those good-hearted Facebook friends.
Spirituality is not some magic wand that makes everything happen the way you want it to. It’s an opportunity to live life graciously, gracefully, and gratefully even when the shit has buried the fan.
It doesn’t matter how “spiritual” you are. Bad things will happen. But when you’ve truly reached the point of Awakening, you won’t be judging those things as bad. They’ll just be things that happen.
Then you can choose if you want to do something about it or not. In the real world.
I love you,