Those of us who work in the field of Innate Health are unconditionally certain that all people have innate health, vibrancy and resiliency always accessible, even if rarely accessed. Why are we certain? Because everyone in this work has seen it for themselves, through moments of inner quietude in which we experienced insights that are deeper and more compelling than the intellect.
These are not apocalyptic moments. They are simple. We find ourselves with a quiet mind in a positive feeling state into which the logic of our spiritual nature tiptoes and whispers, “There’s nothing wrong with you, or anyone. It’s your thinking about what’s wrong that seems real, but it isn’t.”
We often find ourselves hearing a chorus of “Yes, but …” as we point in the direction of the simplicity and ease of the world that originates from our spiritual strength, neutral, pure and impersonal, empowering the creation of our lives on this earth through Mind, Consciousness and Thought.
“It sounds good, but I’m not like other people. I have had a horrible life. I don’t know anyone in my circumstances who could be happy.”
“I wish it were easy, but I’ve tried and tried and tried to understand the Principles and I just can’t ‘get it.’ I think my brain is wired differently.”
I have come to see this as a figure-ground problem. We’ve quite innocently grown up assuming that being upset, anxious, insecure — feeling bad — is the ground, the fate of humanity, on which we try to impose a figure of feeling better. The Principles describe a total reversal of that assumption. Being at peace, calm, secure — feeling good — is the ground, the very spiritual essence of who we are as human beings, and feeling bad is a figure we impose on it with our own thinking. Feeling good is the essence of the human spirit; feeling bad is what we think up to cover up that good feeling and become temporarily dispirited. But our essence can’t be eliminated, only obscured, because it just is. And we can’t think our way back into it because it is both before our thinking and at the source of our ability to think at all. Our thinking is always changing; it is the way we define our lives. Our core spiritual nature is unchanging; it is the formless energy that generates our lives and our ability to create them.
So there’s a paradox in our work. On one hand, there’s nothing to fix, or to do. Everyone has what they are looking for. Peace of mind is a natural psychological state. On the other hand, people who have come to believe in their thinking about what is wrong struggle mightily to look beyond that, and we respect their struggle, even though we know it could dissolve into thin air at any moment with the flicker of an insight. How do we find the balance? We don’t support the struggle, but we understand that it feels very real to the person who is struggling, that the isolation and hopelessness of all the “Yes, buts” is a painful emotional state not subject to rational discourse. Once we acknowledge it, the less we talk about it, the better. The only “tool” we have is our certainty that Innate Health cannot be lost, and that no one, at the core, is damaged. So we see the health in everyone, regardless of the state of their struggle, and we know that we are all the same. No one gets through life without struggle, without moments of losing touch with the strength at their core. No one gets through life without moments of lightness, when the strength shines through. It all seems equally real at the moment it is paramount in our thoughts; it all disappears as soon as our thoughts naturally move in a different direction.
We are set up to generate fresh thinking, moment-to-moment, but we are able to hang onto old thoughts, too, because we are the thinkers of our thoughts. We have the power to use our own minds, our ability to think. Recognition of that power, of the changeable, optional nature of thinking, sets us free and leaves us at peace, no matter what is on our minds.
Seeing that is the key to peace of mind. We are never stuck in any one state because our thinking is always subject to change, but our spiritual nature is constant. The figure is always the illusion.