Disease – Perhaps you think this is a strange topic on a blog that professes to be “the Leading Online Resource for Baha’i Quotes on Recovery from Abuse”. So bear with me as I explain.
Recently I came across a Christian bestseller called “A More Excellent Way”, in which the author claims that about 80% of all disease has a spiritual root. And every page of his book has biblical quotes to back up his claims, and 125 pages of testimonials from people who’ve been cured by applying spiritual principles. That got my attention! But what really hooked me, was his assertion that fear and a broken heart are often at the core of many diseases. Those are topics very dear to my heart as a survivor of many types of abuse!
Last night I made a list of 15 ailments which I live with, which may or may not be related to my abusive past (I’ve never thought of it that way before) or may or may not have a spiritual root. These include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Exhaustion, Short Sightedness and Night blindness, Severe Food Intolerances (wheat, gluten, sugar, yeast, dairy, caffeine, nightshades, soy, peanuts . . . ), severe dust and mold intolerances, Insomnia, Backache, Sensitive Bladder, Fatigue, Osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis), TMJ (grinding teeth), as well as grief, self-pity, restlessness – the list goes on and on.
Over the years, I’ve taken many different, often contradictory paths and heard many promises of health and healing. Many of those promises have come up short, with most of my efforts to find proper treatment resulting in disease or pain management, not cure.
So I wanted to find out what the Bahá’í Faith said about disease and healing. After all, I believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the Divine Physician, with the remedy for the ailments of the age, so why wouldn’t I take His claims seriously? The more I researched, the bigger the topic grew and the more fascinated I became. I wanted to share my findings with you as they come up. Hope you can relate to some of it, and check back often as I share what I’m learning.
As you will see, most of what follows comes directly from the Bahá’í Writings, so you can relate to their truth rather than my limited experience.
This complex world is very sick. It is dying from lack of a skilled physician. Its disease is so complicated, so affecting every part and organ, and the attending physicians-the statesman, moralists, and idealists-so ignorant of the underlying causes, that eminent dissolution is impending. Shall we come to the despairing conclusion that there is no wise Physician? Shall we supinely acquiesce that this dissolution is assured, and stand with watch in hand at the bedside of the dying patient awaiting the inevitable hour? Or shall we, possibly as a last desperate resort, if our faithless souls so wish to call it, turn to One who at least lays claim to ability to diagnose and prescribe? One who declares over and over again in Words of matchless power and eloquence His Divine Power to heal? (Howard Colby Ives, Portals to Freedom, p. 245)
Definition of Health:
The WHO constitution defines health as “a state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Many organizations are now adding to this definition a fourth dimension of health — spiritual well-being. (Baha’i International Community, 1995 Aug 26, Primary Health Care Empowerment of Women)
By providing TBAs with access to primary health care facilities and training, by providing mothers with prenatal care, and by promoting simple hygiene measures, PHC programs have helped reduce high rates of maternal and child mortality and birth-related diseases. (Baha’i International Community, 1995 Aug 26, Primary Health Care Empowerment of Women)
The body of man which, when healthy, can withstand manifold external pressures. It can endure extremes of temperature, overcome thirst and hunger, defend itself when confronted with hardship and preserve its wholesomeness against the effects of disease. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 238)
Part 1: Intro to Disease