Great thinkers and sages throughout history have given us a picture of a vastness and unity of consciousness that science is only now beginning to explore. Of particular importance to health and wellness is the subtle energy field permeating all matter, known as “life-force.”

When the life force is blocked or diminished we feel unwell, depressed, or somehow “off.” A diminished flow of life-force is the root cause of disease. Eventually it will result in physical symptoms, although this may take some time. If we wait until we’re sick and then address only the symptoms, we will be caught in a pernicious cycle of disease.

Treating only symptoms, rather than the cause, is like the story of a man who took his car to a mechanic. “I have this problem,” the man said. “The oil light keeps coming on.”

The mechanic replied, “Aw, I can fix that in a jiffy,” and walked over and ripped out the light.

The mind: origin of wellness and disease

The mind is the origin of both wellness and disease. Our mind and body are a single organism. Increasing the strength and health of the mind starts a complex process that results eventually in true wellness.

“Mind” comprises far more that just conscious thought. It also includes the subconscious and emotional aspects of our being, as well as our intuitive superconscious. This mind can be a powerful healer, especially when we understand that it controls physical mechanisms such as the immune system, hormones, and neurotransmitters in the brain.

Many factors in illness appear to be beyond our control, but one thing that we can do is maintain a clear resolution to be well. Your deep-seated intentions will largely determine whether you have dynamic health or become a passive victim of illness.

In other words, a powerful mental inclination toward wellness will help you avoid becoming ill, and speed your recovery if you do face a health challenge. Here is something to think about: Probably the most universally effective medication is the placebo.

The first step to wellness, then, is simply to accept the enormous power of your intentions. As you think, so you will become.

Try this: Decide to be well and mean it. Resolve now to make changes that create wellness.

Don’t give away your power

Take personal control and responsibility for your wellness. The inclination to think that others are responsible for your health will, like a hole in a bucket of milk, drain away your power. Don’t put others in charge, but feel rather that medical professionals, family, and friends are your allies. Ultimately, responsibility for your wellness is yours alone.

Accepting what comes to us is tremendously important for wellness. Feel that, consciously or not, you have drawn the perfect circumstances for growth. Then take charge of your life. Learning to take responsibility for everything that comes to you is one of the great lessons of life. It is the key to contentment and invincible happiness.

Try this: Say to yourself: “The responsibility for my health and happiness is mine alone! I refuse to surrender my power by making anyone else responsible.

See illness as an opportunity

All challenges in life represent hidden opportunities, and health issues are no exception. Problems are nature’s way of showing us that something needs to change. Perhaps we have thoughts and feelings that are subtly self-destructive, or old habits that need to be dropped.

How often we resist change, even when we desperately need it. The poor snake, in some dim way, probably resists shedding his old skin, yet without discarding the old he can’t grow. A health challenge can be the same for us.

Use it as an opportunity to re-evaluate your life, to see how you need to grow. Moldy old attitudes, habits, and unsatisfying relationships may be crying out for change. Now may be just the opportunity that you have been waiting for.

Try this: Ask yourself: What is really trying to happen? Is this time a hidden opportunity for needed changes?

Excerpted from 30 Day Essentials for Wellness, by Jyotish Novak, Crystal Clarity Publishers. To see related titles by Jyotish Novak, click here Jyotish and Devi Novak are acharyas, (spiritual directors) of Ananda Sangha Worldwide.  Jyotish is also acharya of the Ananda Sevaka Order, worldwide. Other Clarity articles by Jyotish and Devi Novak are listed under "Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi."


  1. Thank you. Your article, and Yogananda’s affirmation (recently sent to me from the Healing Prayer Ministry) are so powerful.

    “I will, with my own will, which flows from the Divine Will, to be healthy, to be well, to be prosperous and spiritual, to be well, to be well.” Paramhansa Yogananda

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