2011-04-22 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Healthy, Whole, Holy
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. NANCY GAHLES DR. NANCY GAHLES Holy week in the Christian religion and Passover in the Jewish religion occur simultaneously this season.

The concept of freedom that is emphasized in both is synonymous with the concept of health. Health, in its pure sense, is the ability to be free to access all of your functions and sensations; to have them work in a harmonious fashion to bring about a state of well-being whereby you can achieve the highest purpose of your being.

This concept of health implies a wholeness, a working together of all parts. Wholeness and holiness derive from the same concept. When one is in a state of wholeness, one is holy. One is able to be kind, generous, fruitful and abundant in all matters.

Freedom from slavery implies the ability to let go of thoughts and actions that are preventing us from accessing our highest potential. The Pharoah was the foe of the Jews. The Pharisees were the foe of Jesus. Allegories of this nature teach us of the trials and tribulations that face mankind in his struggle to be free. The underlying concept of freedom, however, is that one has the inherent ability to overcome, to rise above our lower nature.

Our so-called lower nature is described as that part of ourselves that represents desires that are not in our best interest. In other words, desires that lead us to illness of body, mind, emotion, spirit. In present day language we call this lower nature, lifestyle. In present day healthcare, we teach that lifestyle changes can return us to whole health. We teach that controlling or overcoming these desires are possible through various techniques that are in our own control. We give hope that healing is possible.

Hope and healing. The basis of all religious quests for freedom. There is freedom in hope and there is freedom in healing. The good news is ubiquitous. That is, healing is ours to access whenever we say the word.

Aligning yourself with powers that are greater than you is one way to find your way on the path. Rituals of this season will show us some of those ways. All of them will teach us how to be still, quiet the mind, become contemplative, look into your heart, align yourself with your purpose in life and then actualize your potential. Conscious awareness of your thoughts and actions produce effects.

The effects are in direct correlation to your focused intention. In this way, we are in control of our lives, our destiny and we are free.

Healthy, whole and holy. This is my desire for all of you. I will be holding you all in the Light during this Holy season.

May The Blessings Be!

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