Getting Rid of Diseases
All our diseases are our own fault. These diseases may result from a number of reasons created by us.
Neglect of taking care of the body is one of them. “Why do you wash the inside of the cup? Don’t you understand that the One Who made the inside is also the One Who made the outside?”, said Jesus (The Gospel of Thomas, 89). A lack of basic medical knowledge, neglect of simple rules of bodily hygiene, smoking, drinking, nutrition that includes corpses of animals contrary to Jesus’ advice (see more details below) — all these are ethical reasons.
Just washing the body with soap every morning helps one to make the state of the organism better, healthier.
And giving up eating bodies of killed animals allows one to get rid of many diseases of the digestive, vascular, and nervous systems — this stops the process of contamination of the organism with the salts of uric acid and with bad energies remaining in the corpses of animal after their death.
There are also congenital diseases, diseases caused by traumas and various accidents, infectious diseases, oncological diseases, and others, which look as if they are not caused by a fault of the diseased. But this is just an apparent impression: one may always find the objective reason for these cases when investigating them. For example, God decided to stop a person in his or her activity, to make that person think, to direct him or her at studying the reasons and mechanisms of diseases from the medical standpoint in order to become more broad-minded, to develop the intellect. Or it was necessary to show to one who maimed someone before what it is like — to be a cripple…
There are cases when a person gets ill in order to meet someone thanks to illness and receive spiritual awakening through this acquaintance.
There are also diseases of purely energetical nature, for example, resulting from energetical incompatibility with the sexual partner, or due to diabolic qualities of some family members or colleagues at work. Sometimes one should take this as a sign from God to make a drastic change in life — to change domicile, work, etc.
Sometimes a disease may result in useful contacts with healers. And many people received spiritual awakening from them.
With the help of severe diseases, God made many people turn to Him — when addressing Him is the only hope for relief. Some of them got healed soon after that, others improved their destinies for the future incarnation by forming an initial aspiration to Him. In both cases it was good. Of course, it would have been better if they had done it voluntarily, without disease.
Jesus and His disciples performed miracles of healing with two purposes: a) to present people with the facts of miracles and thus awake them to making personal spiritual efforts, and b) to draw the attention of people to the healer and make them listen to him or her.
Jesus said addressing God-the-Father: “… Your Son also may glorify You, even as You have given Him authority over all flesh!…” (John 17:1-2). And to people: “The Father Who dwells in Me, He does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me!” (John 14:10-11).
However, the resulting situation is not always simple for the healed ones: many of them received the healing for free. Thus, the healing was given to them “in advance”: if you change your life — it will be good, and if not — the situation may become even worse for you. So, to some of the healed Jesus said: “Daughter, be comforted; your faith has saved you!” (Matt 9:22), but to others: “Behold, you are made whole. Sin no more lest a worse thing come to you!” (John 5:14).
Many healings performed by Jesus and His Apostles were connected with driving out demons (Matt 8:16; 8:28-34; 9:32-34, etc.). In relation to this, it makes sense to discuss what demons are.
Demons and devils are inhabitants of hell. They can be — according to their previous incarnations — people and animals of various biologic species: monkeys, crocodiles, dogs, rabbits, frogs, etc. Their common feature is that during the last incarnation they enjoyed making harm to other creatures, developed corresponding abilities, and went to hell as a result of this. In this state, God uses them for correcting incarnate people.
Devils are more powerful energetically than demons. They may be those who developed “successfully” in black magic or just victims of perniciously unwise and incompetent instructors of esoteric methods.
Demons and devils can be seen by clairvoyance usually in the appearance they had in their last incarnations or in the form of a lump of black energy — either amoeba-like and moving or residing motionlessly in some organ of the body. Sometimes they can take on someone else’s appearance.
Usually demons try to avoid the influence of the healer directed at them — first by moving inside the body of the possessed person and trying to hide somewhere in it, and then they “give up” and leave the body.
Sometimes a healer encounters an especially strong spirit-devil who gives a powerful repulse that not every healer can withstand.
And sometimes it happens that demons move into the body of the healer if the patient did not deserve healing, but the healer (without approval of God) wanted to help that person very much. It is called “to take other’s karma on oneself”. In such a case, the healer has to heal himself or herself.
It is important to understand that demons and devils do not enter the bodies of people on their own will — they are sent by God. And only by the Will of God they leave the body of the possessed. But this requires that the possessed person make correct decisions in the situation of being ill.
A usual cure from demons and devils that Russian Orthodoxy offers to such possessed people is exorcism. This is a special ritual in which the priest directs at demons his hatred and recites prayers, including special prayers-damnations. These magic battles look very impressive: both the possessors and the possessed feel bad, the possessors manifest themselves through the bodies of the possessed by crying, cramping, the temple gets filled with barking, screaming, obscene words shouted by coarse male voices from female bodies…
But even if the possessors exit from the bodies of the possessed, they come back soon, because the latter did not make correct decisions.
Jesus said about this the following: “When the unclean spirit has gone out of man, he walks… seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, I will return into my house from where I came out. And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and decorated (to enter into it again). Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and live there. And the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Matt 12:43-45). Thus, we can see that Jesus did not approve such ways of healing.
What should the possessed do to heal themselves?
First of all, not to hate and not to fear, because the energies of coarse human emotions are pleasing and attractive for the inhabitants of hell. The spirits of hell provoke people to feel such emotions in order to enjoy then their hellish states.
Jesus said, “… This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matt 17:21), i.e. by self-restrictions in earthly pleasures and by directing the attention towards God. Let me note also that repentance is an important part of fasting.
For example, it may be that the soul-possessors who torture now the possessed disembodied painfully because of this person some time before…
In any case, all ethical principles taught by Jesus are valid not only for incarnate beings but also for non-incarnate ones. And if the possessed performed the necessary work on repentance, then the spirits-possessors can be persuaded to move to some other place pleasant to them. For example, for a crocodile one may draw a mental picture of how it is good to live in a river with other crocodiles, and that it may incarnate there and become a small nice crocodile baby again. If the possessors are evil dogs, then one may direct them to a slaughterhouse by picturing to them its “amenities”. Frogs may be directed to a nice froggy swamp… This is not a fantasy but my personal experience of successful healing.
The principal solution to avoiding the influence of the inhabitants of hell is to move by a major part of the consciousness into the highest spatial dimensions, to realize in them one’s “new birth”, and to continue growing there. The inhabitants of hell cannot enter these eons. And, of course, we must not sin again, so that God needs not cause to us troubles again.
“The powers (of hell) do not see those who are clothed in the perfect light, and thus cannot capture them!” (The Gospel of Philip, 77)
“There are some who come and say, ‘We are faithful’ in order to be delivered of unclean spirits and demons. But if they had had the Holy Spirit, no unclean spirit would have cleaved to them.” (The Gospel of Philip, 61)
“… There is one miracle which is possible for (any) man to accomplish. It is when, full of a sincere belief, man decides to root out from the mind all evil thoughts, and to attain the Goal man forsakes the paths of iniquity!” (The Life of Saint Issa, 11:8)