Is that really true? Was nothing found?
Yes, the diseased condition or the problem they were looking for isn’t there. So then what is? Health. And health is not nothing, it’s something. Something was found.
It’s popular to think of health just as the absence of disease. I remember being struck by this phenomenon years ago while in a “health” food store. As I looked around, I realized that every product was geared toward treating, preventing or warding off sickness. There was barely anything about wellness.
Our health-care system is primarily a disease-care system. The focus and the incentives are not on establishing and maintaining health but on paying for the treatment, management and occasionally the prevention of disease.
In recent years there have been efforts to promote healthy lifestyles as a path to wellness. Mostly the emphasis is on nutrition and exercise. But there’s been very little shift in how we think of health.
People still think of these lifestyle changes as strategies to ward off disease. We’re taught that due to various causes, disease is inevitable and the only way to deal with it is either through mainstream or alternative treatment or prevention.
But that’s upside down. What about gaining a better understanding of health itself?
Health and wellness are our normal state of being. Shouldn’t we begin our thinking then with health as inevitable and disease as a detour? Or at least with health as the rule and sickness as the exception?
Does it even matter how we think about health? Yes it does.
In a May 3, 2012 post on this blog, called, “Expectation: the ultimate placebo effect”, I shared how people’s good expectations produced good health outcomes even though they were informed in advance that their treatment was a placebo.
Well, there’s bigger picture. By changing our mental expectations for our overall wellbeing, we can experience better health. If we turn the equation right side up and begin looking for the something of health, instead of the nothing of disease, we will influence the outcome in the right direction.
As a Christian Scientist, I believe my Creator endows me with permanent health. And I’ve learned that what I think has a direct effect on my body. That subject is what this blog is all about. By working on my thinking – mentally establishing the fact of my health and harmony – I’ve experienced healing and prevention of sickness.
One way I think of my health vs. disease, is through the analogy of light vs. darkness. They are not equal. Light is something, it exists. Darkness is not something; it’s nothing. It’s only the absence of light. Darkness can’t destroy light but light can destroy darkness.
So, in the same way that darkness can’t interfere with light, sickness can’t interfere with health. I work – pray – to maintain in my thinking the fact, the something, of my health and to be clear that the fiction, the nothing of disease cannot encroach.
To understand and experience the power of health to destroy disease, is true health-care. It’s a right side up approach to life and health that takes thought’s effect on the body to the next level.