It seems Hippocrates, 5th century BCE Greek, a.k.a. "Father of Western Medicine," whose name is memorialized in the Hippocratic oath, was on to the idea of Metapsychiatry's "mode of being-in-the-world" and the importance of one’s mode of being concerning the dynamic of illness and dis-ease. Reportedly, Hippocrates once observed: "It is far more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has." The correspondence between thought and symptom is quite plainly seen in this enlightened statement. We could loosely draw the conclusion that Hippocrates had glimpsed, maybe even realized, the mind-body connection: in other words, the correspondence between thought and symptom. Perhaps he even understood that “ the physical is mental" (Thomas Hora, MD), that the patient is not really the body, and that even if the body were to be treated, the patient is, in truth, the contents of a "person's" consciousness. The symptom is pointing to the patient’s need to understand some aspect of spiritual truth in order to be healed.
It is unfortunate that our government’s current health-care plan emphasizes an expectation of sickness: it forecasts illness, disease and distressing diagnoses for its citizens. It proposes a supposedly affordable remedy of drugs and medications as well as a reasonable insurance coverage that supports the idea of harmful tests and invasive procedures, often including painful surgery, all in an effort to maintain “health” at high cost and overcome problems that really do not find their source in the body but in consciousness. The assumption on which Obamacare, and all medical solutions are based, is false. In Jesus’ words, it is “judging by appearances” — looking for the source of the problem in the body where it appears to be, and not in consciousness, specifically, for the thought/“mental equivalent” that is manifesting as the symptom. We, in Meta work, need to be alert to Truth. The collective consciousness is being influenced by stories of all kinds of scary pathology we might experience and for which we must have material solutions already in place. Essentially, all the current distracting hype around “health care” has the effect of placing us in a miasma of existentially invalid thoughts. It cannot be surprising to students of Metapsychiatry that this health-care plan has been met with an absence of the “3 Es.” *
Our teacher gave us an axiom to realize: “All problems [including sickness] are psychological, and all solutions [including sickness] are spiritual” (Thomas Hora, MD). While medical science certainly has its place in the scheme of worldly things and in man’s evolving consciousness, the healing profession needs to be more discerning and prudent about what it recommends, about what is compassionate and genuinely helpful and what is finally crippling. Dr. Hora used to tell his students when they sought physical solutions for their symptoms, ailments or illnesses: “Do what you have to do, until you know what you need to know.” He neither condoned nor criticized their vulnerability when they resorted to reaching outside of themselves for a healing remedy, but, instead, compassionately urged them to “know” more. He directed his students to grapple with the “Two Intelligent Questions,” leading and teaching them to uncover the “meaning” and behold the “spiritual counterfact,” where a healing could be realized without physical intervention, medications, or surgery, ultimately and eventually blessing them with the gift of “overcoming the world” through increasing spiritual understanding. It is this process of purification and gradual ascension, overcoming ignorance problem by problem, through committed spiritual work and existential learning, that keeps us safe and can maintain us in an harmonious consciousness, a consciousness that reflects also in an overall sense of well-being.
On the path to enlightenment, there is a need for more and more physicians to awaken to see the correspondence between thought and symptom, to be educated in the spirit of Metapsychiatry, so that these “care-givers” may become metaphysicians, physicians of the soul, moving from the micro to the macro, gently guiding the suffering beyond the physical to a spiritual viewpoint, away from fear to understanding, where the suffering can be alleviated. We, in the Meta Community, can be instruments of Truth and Good, spiritualizing the world’s viewpoint, by refuting the lie-messages circulating throughout the country, breaking in consciousness the pictures and stories that are hypnotizing people into anxiety and a fearfulness about eventual illness and disease with no recourse for healing but the one proposed: a mandatory health insurance policy. Regardless of whether we want or need it, we are being forced to carry “health insurance,” because the idea that we will need it, that sickness is inevitable, is being strongly impressed upon the collective consciousness. Unfortunately, “what we believe is what we receive.”
Medicine has become a profit-driven business. We must protect ourselves from its influences to have regular check-ups and take drugs. “Checks-ups are not preventive — they are invasive … When we rely on medications and drugs, no one learns anything spiritual” (Thomas Hora, MD). We must hold fast to dwelling, and beholding ourselves, solely in the Divine (a non-material/non-physical) context of Perfection, as much as possible, and not in the imperfections of our worldly context. Our “medicine” is always a generous dose of spiritual truth, and “preventive medicine” for us is the regular practice of prayer and meditation, the way we purge our consciousness of the toxic and harmful “garbage” thoughts that can lead to pathology. We need to consider Jesus’ directive: “They that are whole [healthy] have no need of the physician [or check-ups], but they that are sick” (MK 2:17). “Enlightened understanding allows us the possibility to live outside of threatening or harsh experiences” (Thomas Hora, MD).
That the government’s position regarding material coverage to ensure “health” is mandatory has worrisome consequences, not the least of them, a loss of our Constitutional and God-given, “unalienable Rights.”*(2) But, in spiritual life, it is more egregious: this spiritual student sees the governmental intrusion as trespassing, even as subversive, forcing individuals more and more into a Godless context, whether they are aware of it or not, even though it claims compassionate concern. Ignorance is devious; Satan is devious; the antichrist ideation is devious. Ignorance is always operating, nonpersonally, trolling for any consciousness, individual or institutional, that will allow it entry, so that it can sabotage knowledge of the Power and Good of God. This is what we are witnessing: the presence of nonpersonal ignorance, influencing the national consciousness to live in a strictly material context.
Unless a consciousness is sufficiently spiritualized, it cannot discern what is really happening and will be vulnerable to the suggestions of the antichrist. “Beware ”— Be aware — Jesus advised us (of what’s really going on). It should be here noted that The Affordable Health Care Act is the consequence (not the “cause”) of the collective expectation and demand that we have immediate relief for all our physical ills. Any kind of medical treatment available to give us temporary cures, any palliatives to veil our fears of ageing and dying, are acceptable; and, worse, we have become litigious if the outcome we desire is not satisfied.
Because the current and all health care issues are based on a misperception of the true nature of physical problems, Obamacare is in danger of creating exactly what it claims it wants to avoid: a citizenry of sick and dysfunctional people, over-medicated and mesmerized into believing that illness is real, often “incurable,” and that all manner of physical problems must be treated only through the body.*(3) (And this is a far cry from Christ’s loaded question to the sick and infirm: “Do you want to be healed?”)
“The mind and the body are not separate entities: the body is the mind [externalizing] and the mind is the body — in the end, there is only mind … Health is spiritual mindedness” (Thomas Hora, MD).
*(1) The presence of the “3 Es”—“effortless, efficient, effective”— is a palpable sign that our ideas and work are in harmony with One Mind, serving Its Will.
*(2) In Encounters with Wisdom/I, Chapter 2, on p. 33, Dr. Hora, over 20 years ago, presciently posed the question: “Is there anything in the American Constitution, by the Founding Fathers of the United Sates of America, that [dictates] we have to go for a check- up?” What a remarkable statement! Dr. Hora was apparently once again so aware, as he was of so many harmful trends and tendencies in the world, of the medical profession’s, and even eventually the government’s, to influence us away from the healing power of God.
*(3) Suggested reading: “Healing through Spiritual Understanding” by Thomas Hora, MD. ~ available for free download on www.pagl.org