Healing, a privilege or a choice?
The life principle puts healing at the heart of agency. It is, in a way, self evident: life itself presupposes the ability to continue to live, which presupposes the ability to survive, and that in turn presupposes the ability to heal. For without healing the living microcosm’s resources are gradually depleted until it cannot sustain itself any longer.
The life principle therefore postulates that all living beings are endowed with an innate knowledge to heal, and the ability to follow that knowledge systemically. This is “physis”.
We can then establish that the cause of illness is in most cases, except a very few, not an ignorance, helplessness, or passivity on behalf of the living body but rather a manifestation of a healing process interrupted. Many factors, inner and outer can interrupt or block the healing process, simply by removal or the under-development of the resources required for its unfolding. This opens us up to a world of possibilities rather than one of limitations, for then each factor interrupting the process becomes an opportunity to re-launch it, and a step towards life.
This brings us to the conclusion that we are intelligent beings endowed with the ability to heal and attain cure, that we are not “just like that”, that we ought not settle for a pathological label that forever undermines us and our mission in this world, that healing is a gift and a responsibility, and that it is within reach so long as we can identify the means to it. Means that in principle accept what has been postulated of the innate nature of the healing power and of the nature of illness being a reversible effect with a curable cause. Adherents of the view that illness, especially mental and psycho-emotional, has no known cause and can only therefore be managed have not yet aligned with the life principle and are therefore at loss with one’s own definition of agency, as well as one’s potential for growth, transcendence, and enlightenment.