Neglect can come as a result of ignorance, indifference or a lack of will power. One story that has come down through time regarding Plato is that he had received a piece of land to establish his academy that was a swamp and very unhealthy. He had only been at the property a short time when he became sick with a fever and his disciples were afraid that he must leave the land and find a better area for the academy.
Plato remained in the swampy area and gradually recovered from his illness and continued to keep his academy at the site for many years. In this example from Plato’s life we find this ability to reach an inner composure used to overcome a physical difficulty. The ancient teachers also recognized a far greater threat to the health of people, and that was fear, uncertainty and negative attitudes.
To reach a greater state of composure, the ancient teachers relied on the belief that the greatest help that anyone could find to assist them to achieve a healthy state was through recognizing the help of the spirit within ourselves. This inner spirit is an aspect of the Creator and when we realize that this part of us has a tremendous healing power, we would not neglect the opportunities to come into contact with this greater aspect of our own being.
Understanding that we can bring a greater aspect within ourselves into our life is one of the first steps to reaching a greater state of enlightenment. This greater aspect within can be readily recognized as a vibration of composure that arises when we establish a certainty of its existence within us. As we achieve an inner poise in the realization that a greater part of us is present and ready to assist us, we begin to have less doubt and less destructive negative thoughts toward situations that confront us.
We must come into the realization that behind our consciousness lies a greater aspect of our own being, a part of us that is able to handle life’s situations in a more composed and positive manner and that we have been conditioned over time to dwell in a state of anxiety, confusion and frustration that has led us away from the awareness that our own inner life can transform any situation, and permit us to life a healthy life.
A Greek philosopher was asked by the father of a young man who was to be his student, “what will it gain my son if he becomes a master of philosophy? The philosopher answered, “It will gain him simply this: that he will joyously, lovingly, and wisely perform those actions that unwise persons are forced to perform against their wills.” It is our choice whether we will allow circumstances to affect us or through the contemplative life bring forth the inner composure that helps us address all circumstances in a manner that they don’t bring us pain, sorrow and illness.
Health is effected by our own inner thoughts, emotions and conduct in life. When we bring an inner state of composure into our life we are actually reaching the higher state of awareness known as the Overself or Oversoul. We can continue to go on criticizing life, condemning other people and pressing relentlessly to preserve our notions of how the universe should be run, leading to sickness and illness, or, we can allow this greater and wiser aspect of ourselves to become more established in our life and have more peace, joy and a greater understanding of the lessons we are here to learn.
A person who is sincere and desirous of being happy, healthy and learning more regarding the reason they are here on earth, must make a commitment to allow this higher state of awareness to shine forth and guide their actions through their life. Allowing this guidance, you soon become one with the wise eternal consciousness, which is a part of the Divine.
“We cannot know the great truths about ourselves unless they are conveyed to us by the Heavenly Power that fashioned us. But if we will be quiet, honest, gentle and kind, and accept this wisdom, we can experience in our hearts and souls the meaning of our own existence.”
To inspire and empower.