Just like with the physical immune system, we need to keep the mental, emotional, psychic, and spiritual immune systems in top condition. We’re all familiar with how to boost the physical immune system, but we may not all be aware of how we can keep the others boosted with healthy T-cells. It’s an analogous carry-over idea — just as garlic, adequate sleep and exercise boost the physical body’s immune system, so does meditation, self-analysis, introspection, prayer work and such boost the immune systems of our other bodies — especially the spiritual.
Many spiritual teachers have made mention of this concept (or something like it). Proverbs says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” This aphorism may give us an insight or starting point for regaining balance in our various bodies by allowing us to see that our materialistic culture, which is focused on worldly and monetary achievement to the excoriation of all others “rots the bones” — while we may still exercise and devour wheat grass juice and Nature’s medicines like mad. Balance is the key here. Balance, well nourished and fortified.
Paying the Price for Poor Spiritual Indulgences
It may interest you to know (and perhaps your higher self is already aware) that there are both internal and external diseases of the spirit. As stated by the HomeCuresThatWork.com website:
“Internal diseases of the spirit are those spiritual diseases to which we are predisposed. We find ourselves falling victim to these diseases at times even when we sincerely desire to avoid them. Some of these diseases of the spirit include: anger, rage, envy, jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, hate, self-centeredness, and self-indulgence.”
Yes, we can all agree that negative emotions are harmful. These are very close to the seven deadly sins identified by St. Thomas Aquinas. But, how many of us have realized that they are as harmful to our spiritual body or self as is taking slow-acting poisons like arsenic? We really must watch our thoughts, emotions, and actions, and keep them moderated and in check through ample indulgence in healthy, organic spiritual food such as breath control, meditation, tai chi, qi gong, and the like — which are also, coincidentally (or not, likely), supreme tonics for the physical body, too!
On the subject of external diseases of the spirit, Rob Fischer, writing for HomeCuresThatWork.com has this to say:
“External diseases of the spirit are attacks on our person that come from outside of us. These can include all kinds of hardships, sufferings, and circumstances beyond our control. Examples of an external attack on our spirit might be the diagnosis of a physical disease like cancer, experiencing a traumatic natural disaster, or a being hit by a drunk driver. Mere physical or mental health is insufficient to get us through some of these trials that come our way. We need to be armed with spiritual vitality as well.”
But, easier said than done for most of us. We have to enter into a certain spiritual discipline in order to secure ourselves from corrosive, external disease that eats away our spiritual vitality. We have to put our higher-self foot down and say, “Enough! It starts today. I forgive the source of my negative emotions. I take more self-responsibility for my own internal issues, and forgive all who may have caused me pain and suffering, including spouses, family members, former partners, and those who sought to do me wrong in their narrow-mindedness.”
It really is good spiritual exercise and a massive tonic for our spiritual immune systems to get disciplined about better spiritual health and well-being to treat it as anything else of importance we would put on our to-do list. And, for…HEAVEN’s sake, don’t be passive about your spiritual health and leave it up to some preachy, hypocritical middleman to do it for you. As with the health of all of our bodies, our spiritual health is up to us as individuals and is our business only. We alone are the masters of it, make no mistake (Catholics, Muslims, and others in their spiritually lost flocks, sects, and denominations, take note).
As with taking potent probiotics, minerals, and supplements regularly for the body’s immune system, you need to ensure that all of your bodies holistically are routinely getting the immune boosters they need and deserve. Anything less is cheating you out of your birthright to supreme health and well-being!