The Wandering Mind

Man is a Reflection of God

Posted in Health and Medicine,Metaphysics,Mormonism,Spiritual Philosophy by wandren on 11 September 2007

In the book I’m reading called “Diagnosis Unknown,” referenced in the entry entitled “Human Wildlife,” author Randy Smith gave the following summary of Dr. Edward Bach‘s philosophy:

Bach believed “the main reason for the failure of modern medical science is that it is dealing with results and not causes.” Bach wanted to attack disease at its origin. He clearly demonstrated a spiritual predisposition when he wrote, “Disease in its origin is not material.” “Disease,” he said, “is in essence the result of conflict between Soul and Mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort. No effort directed at the body alone can do more than superficially repair damage.” Dr. Bach insisted that to understand the nature of disease, one had to acknowledge five fundamental truths:

  1. Man has a soul which is our real self and which is a reflection of God.
  2. We are in the world to gain knowledge and experience for the purpose of advancing the perfection of our natures.
  3. Our life on earth is but a brief moment in the evolution of our soul; our body being only a vehicle for our soul’s progress through the world.
  4. When our personalities are led astray by our own desires or the influence of others, conflicts with the soul arise; and this conflict is the root cause of unhappiness and disease.
  5. We are part of the Creator, and because of the unity of all things, any action we take affects the whole.

Thus, there were two fundamental errors: “disassociation between our souls and our personalities, and cruelty or wrong to others, for this is a sin against unity.” A sin against unity equaled conflict, and this conflict would ultimately manifest as disease.

If life is a learning experience and disease is the result of deviations from the path of the soul, disease can be seen as beneficial for it helps put the personality back on track. Disease, in Dr. Bach’s logic, is also avoidable and preventable, because if we can correct our mistakes, our deviations from the correct path, there is no need to learn the “lessons of suffering.”