In order to find and understand problems that are the catalysts for causing pain and suffering in the body, one must view the situation from a Natural, Holistic viewpoint. From the Holistic perspective, the entire person and their personhood, must be included. The Holistic viewpoint does not separate, but brings together.
There is no division, such as in Western Medicine; wherein, not only are the internal relationships split up and severed, but even the approach to the physical body is split into individual parts, organs and systems; as if there is no causal relationship or even any connection one to another. Just as no man is an island, no part of our personhood or bodies are either.
Considering all of this, and considering that my approach is Holistic; I have to examine all facets of personhood, which means that I will be approaching every bit of information I provide as content, based upon a Spirit, Mind (Soul), or Body perspective, because all of them are infinitely linked and intertwined.
In examining the spiritual aspect, I began thinking about The 7 Deadly Sins. Since the Thoughts and Decisions we make have a direct bearing on pain in the body, and since the Spirit is supposed to govern the mind, I decided to explore the connections.
Mind you, just because the Spirit is supposed to regulate the mind and body, doesn’t mean that everyone has activated their spirit. And furthermore, just because someone claims to be “spiritual,” is not necessarily an indicator of real spiritual activation.
Everything starts with the spirit, because that was created first in the dynasty of mankind.
If we split this up by the commas, you can see the distinction in what is being said. Here, the words, “in his own image” is a reference to the creation of the spiritual man from within the spirit of God, Himself. God is a Spirit. He created our spirit within His Spirit. From inside the heart (mind) of God, our spirits were created at the same time, with equal authority.
We were a thought in the mind of God. Thoughts are the beginning point of creation, whether it manifests in the form of a dream conceived, a goal realized, or the manifestation of pain in one’s body. How we think has a direct correlation to the manifestation of pain, because our decisions are based off of our thoughts. So the question becomes, “Who’s governing your thoughts?” Who or what influences you? Whatever or whoever influences you is your master.
This is why the position that some non-Christian people take, stating that Christianity is for weak-minded, wimpy people is a complete fallacy. Everyone is influenced by someone or something. It is not easy to submit to anyone. Its not easy to submit to rules. Submission is the choice to put your own desires aside in favor of and in consideration of another’s. I’d rather be a willing, knowledgeable participant; choosing Who and what I will submit my will to, than to never realize that I’m enslaved to some foreign influence I never imagined I would even be connected with in any way.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Here, the words “in the image of God,” is a reference to the “likeness” of God. It means that He created us to look like Him, as opposed to resembling an animal, or some other creature. In His own likeness, “created he him,” or He created him – him being mankind, and inclusive of females as the semi-colon and subsequent line indicates. He created “them” at the same time, with equal authority, as they were intended to rule the earth jointly.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Don’t you just hate it when a great, well-intentioned plan goes awry due to people who have chosen the wrong influences; who fail to understand because they have no insight or foresight, for that matter? They just can’t see beyond their own noses, because they are only concerned with satisfying their own selfish desires. Desires are the issue here, and most humans seem to be drawn to things that aren’t beneficial.
Once our spirits were created within The Spirit; the mind of God, Himself; the other two parts that make us complete still had to be manifested. The first chapter of Genesis is a generalization of the events, much like an outline of sorts. Chapter 2 starts to fill in more details.
Gen 2: 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Here we see a distinct difference between the “creation” of the spirit man, and the formation of the physical body of mankind from the dust of the ground. Those are two distinctly different words that most people believe means the exact same thing. Here’s the difference:
Create—verb (used with object), cre•at•ed, cre•at•ing. 1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes. 2. to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention. 3. Theater. to perform (a role) for the first time or in the first production of a play. 4. to make by investing with new rank or by designating; constitute; appoint: to create a peer. 5. to be the cause or occasion of; give rise to: The announcement created confusion. 6. to cause to happen; bring about; arrange, as by intention or design: to create a revolution; to create an opportunity to ask for a raise.
Form—noun 1. external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration: a triangular form. 2. the shape of a thing or person. 3. a body, especially that of a human being. 4. a dummy having the same measurements as a human body, used for fitting or displaying clothing: a dressmaker’s form. 5. something that gives or determines shape; a mold. 6. a particular condition, character, or mode in which something appears: water in the form of ice. 7. the manner or style of arranging and coordinating parts for a pleasing or effective result, as in literary or musical composition: a unique form for the novel.
I like this. We are both unique in form and also, first and foremost, a work of art; God’s great creation. This is why turning away from that which is natural is so wrong. It’s wrong for us spiritually, and physically.
Once God breathed the breath of life into that human form, man became a living soul. That breath of life encompassed the spirits He had already created, which may have been dormant (asleep) until this transfer occurred. The formed man became “alive” as a living soul, because he gained a spirit from The Great Spirit.
This is the manner in which the first level of the word “alive,” happens. The soul is the seat of desires. So this formed man with a spirit indwelling that connected him directly to God, became a living, breathing, hot-bed of desires. The problem was that sin was already in the world. Here is a man that doesn’t recognize who he is. He needed to be “alive” in the spirit, which is the second, and greater of the two levels of life.
He has no idea that he is a king, so he acts like a peasant. He’s got this wireless connection to the Divine, yet he doesn’t seek God out to learn who he is, nor for any guidance. His first desire was not to be alone, but Adam wasn’t alone. Even when Eve was pulled from within him, it was the same deal.
She too was a queen who acted like a peasant, falling victim to her base desires; living only in the realm of her soul. But, despite this, it was the thoughts and decision of her husband in violating the one rule he was given; that caused the fall of mankind. Imagine, the Jews had over 600 laws to obey in the Old Testament, yet Adam could not abide by and obey just one rule.
As I said earlier, submission is a choice, and certainly, not an easy one, but the rewards are great. This brings me back to the issue of pain. You see, by his thoughts and decision, Adam and all of mankind have suffered. The choice he and his wife made brought pain, suffering and death into the lives of all mankind.
This is why the first of The 7 Causes of Pain lies in your Thoughts and Decisions. How’s that you ask? We all make choices; and some of those choices not only direct our paths, but those same decisions direct the measure of stressors that come our way, affecting our spirit, mind and body.
Furthermore, when given sound reasoning and instruction that would help us, we choose whether or not to take that advice, to our own personal gain, or to our detriment in choosing not to change – to stick with the status quo. If those thoughts are not governed by a strong active spirit, they will be regulated in the realm of the soul (the mind), the seat of desires.
The question of your healing or the proper management of your pain condition rests upon your perspective. Who governs your thoughts and decisions? Is it an activated spirit, or the base desires of your soul? And how do The 7 Deadly Sins play into this whole picture of pain?