Spiritual Sickness: Much Worse than the Flu

Some people would argue that all disease is caused by spiritual beliefs. I don’t hold that view. I hold the view that the body is designed to die and get sick. It’s part of the process of being tragically mortal. That’s not to say one should go out of their way to try to become sick or die, but there is a sense of “planned obsolescence”. This obsolescence is inescapable. What is “worse” in my view is being “spiritually sick”.

To some extent, everyone has varying levels of being “spiritually sick.” It might manifest as depression, or mania, or any number of unpleasant conditions. When I use the word, I mean “over-the-top” spiritually sick–as in having something that grinds you to a halt in some significant way and causes you to suffer as a consequence.

The biggest spiritual sickness that people tend to notice instantly is having no regard for fellow people. How could this manifest spiritually? Well, if the ego is important–what the ego wants–then people are not a consideration in such a scenario. What is valued is the self, what is not considered in the equation is “others”. How is this a spiritual problem? It is a spiritual problem because the values have gone seriously askew. A bifurcation has arisen, and the resolution of this bifurcation is to come down on the side of “self”. Holding duality in check is usually the sign of someone spiritually healthy. They are neither “one nor the other” but are “one or the other” as necessity dictates. When duality has broken to one side or the other and the “self” is all there is, or the “other” for that matter, then one is going to have a series of extreme, painful events intended to restore that balance.

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Even This Coffee is Maintaining Balance Between Yin and Yang

Ironically, when one considers only themselves, they soon surround themselves with people who only consider themselves as well. Why? Because the environment must act as a mirror. Those who have “both sides” of the duality will detect when someone is being selfish and will take appropriate corrective action. Other people who are selfish won’t totally detect someone else being selfish–for they will speak the same language. However, once they see someone else being selfish, they will “lash out” at that person even though they themselves are “just” as selfish. They do not care for their own reflection.

The all important fluidity of the duality is snapped in two–and the piece that is “broken off” gains momentum until the spirit can relate to it again. It “forces” its way back into consciousness with all the delicacy of a nuclear explosion.

Possession is another form of spiritual sickness. Cutting one’s self off from the “source” invites “unkind” energy to drop in. In essence, possession says I’m not going to be me, so whomever would like to use my body can. Nasty stuff. Is the person always responsible for such a situation? I’d say more often than not, yes. Perhaps there are rare occasions to the contrary.

The antidote to a spiritual sickness is going to always be that which consciousness least wants to contend with–the opposite of whatever it is that is being held. All resistances are systematically broken down until the opposite can be held as well.

Life–it isn’t for wusses.

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  • Hey Joe,
    Interesting viewpoint. I agree that finding the balance is all important. For me, selfishness (but of a different kind) is absolutely ok. The kind of selfishness that means you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others, or you’ll become depleted. Basically, put on your breathing device first before helping the person next to you.

    But, IMHO, the all-consuming selfishness you’re talking about comes from a place of fear. Narcissism, for example, actually comes from a place of deep-self loathing. The narcissistic behavior is just a protective mechanism. I will control everyone so that they can’t hurt me, because clearly I don’t deserve to be loved. The culprit is always a false belief…


    • Joe Bill Schirtzinger


      Yeah, I’m good with self preservation. Selfishness, though, I connote with “something more like Narcissism.”

      I’d agree that Narcissism also comes from a false belief, although I’m not sure the Narcissist would. It’s a pretty intricately set up fortress that is hard to penetrate strictly because Narcissists and Sociopaths really don’t want to ‘let anyone in”.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.