Remaining Spiritual Through Chronic Disease
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Remaining Spiritual Through Chronic Disease

Using Spirituality to Navigate Chronic Disease

In 1998, I contracted Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is a tick-borne infection that when left untreated can cause neurological problems and chronic symptoms. In 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In both scenarios, I was sick long-term and learned how to use spirituality to propel me through the physical onslaught of chronic disease.

God Does NOT Make People Sick

So many people who are given difficult diagnoses wonder why God is punishing them. This spiritual notion must be smashed. If God gave people cancer or disease, then every murderous criminal, rapist, and despot the world has ever known would be a tumor-ridden, disease-carrying mess.

I got sick because my body was built to fail. Bacteria can deteriorate it, cancer can ravage it, the environment can influence its behavior, and so can my lifestyle. None of us were given bodies that will stand the test of eternal time.

Separating the Spiritual Experience from the Human Experience

Ok, now we’ve established that disease is merely a part of the human experience. It is a tragic and unpleasant one, but it is inexorably linked to being a human being. We also have souls.

Your soul holds your spirt. Is is your essence. It holds your feelings and serves a different purpose than your body. Your body’s job is to operate. Your soul’s job is to live well and love.

Your soul was created by a power that does not make mistakes. It was designed with goodness, love, and joy in mind, and has a minute-to-minute chance to bend itself upward toward its maker. It can do miraculous things, but it cannot catch a cold, get a fever, be bitten by a tick, or proliferate into a tumor.

There is such a thing as “soul sickness,” and I’ll address that in another blog. For now, let’s concentrate on the spirituality of healthy souls.

Let’s recap. Human beings are like “two for the price of one.” We have a body and a soul that are conjoined. But, like conjoined twins, they can be separated. To navigate illness, learning to separate the two offers incredible healing.

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Welcoming In Spiritual Love

Here’s why it’s so important to smash the concept that God makes us sick. If we believe we are being punished, we don’t feel loved. By blaming ourselves and God or the universe, we literally block our spiritual channel. Why hurt our souls when only our bodies need to suffer?

Please…forgive yourself for whatever you feel you did to warrant an illness. Open a teeny tiny window of forgiveness and let some light and love shine in.

Love always triumphs. Nobody needs love more than the sick. I drank love like an alcoholic swigs whiskey when I was sick. I lived off the stuff.

Now is the time to draw a bath, sit quietly by the ocean, look at the moon, or just close your eyes in bed. You can cry, you can scream, you can do anything you want. Before you’re done, do one more thing. Ask God (or whatever you believe in), to walk beside you or carry you through whatever your body may face next. Ask for WHATEVER YOU NEED.

I have asked for love, comfort, courage, peace, joy, sleep, separation from my body, entrance into the divine (if only for a moment), trust, friendship, support, competent doctors, mental toughness, and a zillion other things. I was given everything I asked for. My body ached, I was a nervous wreck, I was sick, but interspersed with all of that was the gift of Grace.

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You Know You’ve Arrived Spiritually When…

If you are reading this and going through chronic disease or any problematic experience, you may wonder if your spiritual journey is working.

Think back to one of your worst days. Really think about the horror of it. Have you said to yourself, “I have no idea how I got through that?”

Here’s the answer. You didn’t get through it. You were carried through. And if that can happen once, it can happen twice, three times, and forever.

Arrival Only Means You Have Reached a Destination

We never entirely spiritually arrive. Our souls continue to journey as our lives ebb and flow.

Once you’ve felt Grace, though, you won’t be able to forget it. That’s the beauty of belief and faith. Once it lives and breathes in you, it stays embedded in your soul like a seed.

Water it daily and let it grow. It can do what the body cannot.

BE WELL

I hope this post offers comfort. I also wish you well. If you are walking through a chronic disease, I pray that you find joy and happiness in spite of it and AT IT.

14 thoughts on “Remaining Spiritual Through Chronic Disease”

  1. Hello Andrea

    My heartfelt thanks to you for following my blog, and for all the likes & comments!And hope we continue to grow and support each other in this journey!

    Also, my blog A Wayward Scribbles reached the milestone of 500+ followers last month and I thought why not celebrate it!

    So, I’m very excited to personally invite you to my blog party(23 May, 2018), since you’re one of those amazing blogger who chose to follow my blog and I would love to show my gratitude!

    See you at the party!
    Nathi

  2. This post in amazing! You my friend are a fighter… So many people get upset with God when facing challenges. Glad to see that you have been able to stay connected with your creater amist these issues.

  3. There are people who think God punish us with sickness, I’m glad there are many who don’t believe that and you’re one of them. Great post, keep it up

  4. Thank you for commenting. The beauty of beliefs is that we are all able to decide what works best for us. #nojudgmentzone!!

  5. I’m not religious, but I appreciate your thoughts on the idea of a non-punishing God and believe that spirituality really can bring comfort to those living with chronic illnesses. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you for pointing out that God does not punish us with sickness. We have some of the blame and the remainder are the elements that we are exposed too. I love that my spiritual life allows me to deal with the natural!

  7. There’s a psychologist called Rafael Santandreu who states that when we become ill, we should be the best ill person in the whole world, cause what other option you have? Then, you could care about others by helping people in the same situation as you and enjoy what life has brought to you as a new challenge, ’cause… what happens if it doesn’t end up well? Nothing. If you die, there’s nothing else to worry about.

  8. Glad to see fellow blogger with the same kind of content 😉 keep it up…

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