The Art of True Healing

In this excerpt from Conductivity Healing, Avatar Adi Da describes how to take personal responsibility for one’s own psycho-physical well-being—through healing practices, through living a disciplined life, and through the sacrifice (or letting go) of the separate “self” in response to the Fundamental Divine Reality.

Healing is an art.
True healing must involve right responsibility on the part of the one being healed—such that, after the healing takes place, he or she enjoys a greater level of responsibility for his or her total psycho-physical life. Any process that does not involve such a responsibility-transformation of the one being healed is not real healing. Some symptoms may be removed for a while, so that the individual can return to the activities of his or her ordinary life—but, unless the individual has realized a greater level of responsibility for bodily well-being, he or she will simply persist in the same patterns as before, and imbalances and negative symptoms will reappear.
A symptom is a condition of disease that has become so acute that one has started to notice it—but the disease exists long before the symptom appears. Obstructions in the organs of the body accumulate long before exaggerated symptoms arise. At what point is one’s condition said to be disease? It might as well be said that one is diseased from the first moment one does something that will ultimately have a negative result relative to one’s psycho-physical life. That event is, in fact, the onset of the disease. The failure to practice right life is the disease. The failure to fulfill the Law of “self”-surrender is the disease.
Once an individual begins to act in violation of that Law, it is merely a matter of time before symptoms appear.
People usually do not even begin to entertain the possibility of taking responsibility for disease until the disease has already manifested as symptoms. Some people who are more sensitive to their psycho-physical systems than others may do something about a symptom as soon as they notice it. Others wait until they are already seriously disabled before they will take any first measures. When such people are finally suffering a terminal ailment, then, all of a sudden, they want a “miracle cure”. This childish approach characterizes most people’s relationship to the practice of health.
Even if something extraordinary were to happen, such that the disease disappeared, the individual would continue in the unconscious, irresponsible, and un-Lawful pattern that originally led to the disease.
Fundamentally, everything that people are doing all the time is killing them. People fear death and feel guilty about death and about their fear. The most fundamental reason death is not
acceptable to people, the most fundamental reason that adapting to a “world” in which there is death is difficult for them, is that they have not understood that the principle of life is sacrifice. When life is understood to be endless, vast sacrifice, then life becomes obvious as the life-giving process of ego-death.
To those who do not understand, there is life and there is death, and they are inimical to one another. It is presumed by such people that if you are alive, death is the opposite of your condition. And if you are dying, life is the opposite of your condition. Truly, however, life and death are a single process, which is Real Life—which does not exist apart from “self”-sacrificial activity, or love. Therefore, when death is viewed in Truth, then the life-drama lived by the usual person is already undermined. You must become a sacrifice while alive.

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