How Do We Really Heal?
Perfect health is given by God. Disease is man-made. The baby who is born blind, or who is born a moron, brings such a condition from a past existence. Diseases acquired from the past, or created through transgressions of God’s laws in this life, are the result of human error. God wants His children to enjoy health and happiness, but they create disease and sorrow by breaking His laws.
Human methods are limited
No doubt some medicines have healing power, since God gave herbs and minerals power to affect the body of man. We know from experience that medicine has power to heal, as is demonstrated by the wonderful healings effected by good drugs and by good doctors. However, it must be remembered that medicine and doctors have limited power and often reveal their helplessness when confronted with chronic diseases. Therefore, to put your entire trust in medicine, and not in God’s unlimited healing power, is sure to bring disillusionment.
God is the healer
Convince the mind first that all human methods of cure are limited in their healing power, and that only God’s all-permeating, all-healing power is unlimited. While sitting in silence in the morning and evening, and whenever you have time during the day, mentally affirm: “Father, Thy unlimited and all-healing power is in me. Manifest Thy Light through the darkness of my ignorance.”
In healing, the power of the healer, great or small, is limited compared to the unlimited healing power of God. Hence, all healers, instead of commanding their own powers in healing, should invoke the unlimited divine healing power to flow through them. Man’s power may fail but God’s power can never fail. However, God cannot heal us until we open the gates of our own willingness to be healed.
The key: “an interested, joyous will”
Life force enters the body through the agency of an interested, joyous will. Learn to perform all your duties with a courageous cheerfulness welling up from within you; as you do that, a flood of vitality will move through your actions and your entire body. Do your daily duties, (even those in which you have no interest), with deepest attention and happiness, remembering that God is guiding and supporting every effort you make to achieve a noble ambition. When you perform noble actions with the consciousness of God, ceaseless energy will enter your body.
Strong will-power pulls energy into the body from the surrounding conscious cosmic rays through the door of the medulla oblongata. A man with strong will-power, by his highly vibrating mind, can deflect disease, failure, and ignorance. But the will vibration must be stronger than the vibration of physical or inner disease. The more chronic the disease, the stronger and more unflinching should be the faith, determination, and effort of will to get well.
Negative thoughts shut off the supply of energy
Remember that doubt, mental fatigue, worry, indifference, fear, restlessness, and timidity create counteracting static that makes it impossible for man to attune to the surrounding cosmic energy. Mental and physical laziness are accompanied by listlessness and lack of energy.
Enthusiasm and willingness go hand in hand with fresh supplies of energy. The greater the will, the more inexhaustible the energy. Death cannot ensue as long as the “will to live” is present. It is only because man, after his exhausting struggle with disease, relaxes the hold of his will on life, that death can conquer. So omnipotent is the will of man.
Excerpted from 1925-1935 writings by Paramhansa Yogananda, as compiled by Mary Kretzmann in Divine Will Healing.