A few readers have asked this question in each their own way, according to their personal spiritual beliefs. This is a very important question because your beliefs significantly affect your approaches to health and even the degree to which you heal.
If in asking this question, you believe you are stuck with your illness, you have probably felt very limited in your healing. It’s helpful to realize that “being stuck with it” is a belief you have accepted at some level, not a requirement. It’s good to review your beliefs from time to time, to discover which ones truly serve you. The concept that you are stuck with an illness because it is God’s will or your karma is one of the limiting beliefs we explore in my booklet, Beating the Odds.
In a sense, all illnesses and conditions could be attributed to karma or God’s will, simply because they are experienced within our seemingly limited capacities as humans. Illness doesn’t mean we have done something wrong. Illness simply means we encountered a perceived limit regarding our capacity to transform the experience. Therefore, we experience the limits of being human with age-related deteriorating eye-sight, broken bones, skin rashes, and the flu.
So, perhaps the real question being asked is whether it is appropriate to do something about it.
If we deem it to be acceptable to have a doctor set our broken bones, discover the cause of a rash and treat it, take care of ourselves when we contract the flu or buy glasses to correct our vision, isn’t it equally appropriate to find solutions for more serious conditions, regardless of whether it is karma or God’s will? Doesn’t it hold that if it is acceptable in one instance to further your healing, that it is acceptable as part of your karmic lesson or the fulfillment of God’s will to address and transform your source of pain?
When it comes to karma or God’s will, ask questions about your true beliefs
If an illness is God’s will or karma, then you may hold another belief that could be creating some internal confusion. Is there is a purpose or lesson involved that you need or want to understand? You might be thinking that by-passing that service or lesson misses the potential gift of the physical challenge.
Let’s address this dilemma first in terms of karma and then in terms of God’s will.
If there is a karmic lesson involved, you might want to ask yourself this question, “Do I believe that I must play out the drama associated with this illness until I die in order to bring my karma into balance?”
If your answer is, “Yes,” then you have determined what is required and do indeed need to live with the illness until you make your crossing. Spiritually, you are getting ready for the final and wonderful freedom that death brings, so letting go of anything that could encumber a graceful and beautiful crossing needs to be released. In your spiritual practice you will want to find compassion for any regrets and resentments that may be related to your illness and your life. The compassion frees you to be more present to Divine consciousness.
However, if your answer was, “No,” you might want to ask yourself this question, “Do I need to understand the origin of my karmic lesson in order to be freed from the role I am playing?” If your answer is, “Yes,” then you want to focus a great deal of your healing attention on understanding the karmic basis of your illness and finding compassion for your past life and present-life choices. The compassion and understanding will free you from your karma.
If you do not believe you need to understand the origin of the karma in order to be freed from it, you will want to focus your attention on methods of releasing yourself from the karmic wheel. In this case, your direct your spiritual practice toward freedom from your perceived limits, regardless of whether or not you remember the origin of this karmic limit.
If you believe your illness or condition is God’s will, how does it serve a greater purpose?
Consider looking at how your illness serves a purpose for you. How have you changed for the better as a result of what you are experiencing. How has your love for yourself, others, the planet, or God deepened? How are you a more compassionate person because you understand in the depths of your being what it means to be in pain?
Notice how your illness affects the lives of those you love. What are you learning together? How is each of you being challenged to be and hold more than you ever would have dreamed? In what ways is your faith or capacity for love stretching beyond its normal boundaries? Notice how deep, profound and constant love is being required of you and those around you.
You might even want to consider asking God what purpose this illness is serving for a greater good that you might not yet be able to see. Then become an observer of the subtle ways in which your question is answered.
Use your condition to create greater love. Notice how the illness or condition is teaching you to become an instrument of love. Challenge yourself to love everything—the pain, the discomfort, the limits, frustrations, blessings, joys, freedom from pain—all of it. Why? Because doesn’t God ask us to learn how to love without limits? Doesn’t illness push you beyond the boundaries of how deeply you might have thought you could love?
With karma and God’s will, you have choices to make because you have free will
Your beliefs are shaping the experience of your reality. The key is to be truthful with yourself and what you believe, so that you can respond appropriately to your actual beliefs. Responding to beliefs you don’t have, but think you should have won’t help you. You’ll see changes when you respond to your true beliefs.
Physical suffering calls us to greater compassion for ourselves, whether we go deeper into the suffering, release ourselves from it, or become freed from it when we cross over. So you have the liberty to choose what feels right to you because ultimately it all leads to compassion, and compassion heals the body and soul, and opens a doorway to Divine awareness.
Whether your illness is God’s will or a karmic lesson, you have a way out
Become the love God invites you to become and quietly observe how your service transforms you and those around you. Notice how healing treatments have the greatest potential positive effect when they are received in love. God’s influence is profound in an environment of unconditional love. Since God’s nature is love, God’s is most present within a body, mind and spirit that is becoming a space of pure love.
You might begin to notice that serving the greater purpose of becoming unconditional love, frees your energy to more fully receive healing. Your love of God within you attracts the treatments and healers that serve you best. Or your love will help you transcend your pain until you are ready to be welcomed on the other side into God’s arms.
One of the ways you can very quickly heal karmic pain is by attending to your inner child. Your karmic cycle, played out on earth, began again the moment you were conceived, so by healing the wounded spirit within you, you transform the limits of karma into the limitless experience of pure love. I was given a program from one of my elders, who received it from St. Germaine, to help gently heal the wounded spirit of the child within. Perhaps it will be helpful to you in releasing karma and/or healing through your earthly challenges to experience the limitless nature of God’s love.
The more vast your love, the more you transcend the limitations, whether placed there by God or part of a karmic agreement. Whatever your beliefs, physical limits provide you with opportunities to discover the profound depths of your capacity to love.