Human Software

March 3rd, 2014


People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul.”
– C.J. Jung



Yesterday I was checking out (yet another) cancer cure claim. The comments section that followed the article soon became polarized as internet threads often do. On the one hand people argued that there are many cures that appear to work at the petri dish level of the laboratory but have no efficacy in real world usage.


anti cancer herb artemisia-annua


There were other arguments attacking or defending how the pharmaceutical companies may view such a product and how it would influence further research positively or negatively. Some hailed it as a miracle cure. Others called it yet another example of quackery for the gullible. And so on and so on…


Then a thought struck me: Let us look at a best case scenario. Let us suppose we have cancer and we try a miracle cure. It works. OK, now what?



“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.”1


The problem with sudden cures, symptom repression or remission of a disease is that we do not necessarily learn anything about ourselves from the experience. If we feel that we have been the victim of bad luck in getting the disease and good fortune in being cured of it, what have we really learnt? If we have not learnt anything then what is stopping us from simply becoming ill again with a similar problem?


In the case of cancer I have witnessed many times how people become scared of the diagnosis; submit to all kinds of taxing treatment strategies; are relieved to be declared ‘in remission’; only to find themselves with another occurrence later on. This is often put down to bad luck. Again.


Now, I am not trying to apportion blame and guilt to anyone who becomes sick with cancer or any disease. That would hardly be therapeutic, helpful or compassionate. What I am saying is that it presents a valuable opportunity to grow, mature and evolve our relationship with our Self – regardless of whether we are cured or not.


After all, we can never really save anyone or ourselves. No-one (who is talking about it at least) gets out of here alive. All we have are our experiences and what may become of our being from its time spent as a human.



The software of consciousness


The concept of chi-energy in traditional Chinese medicine defines health as a free flow of chi and disease as some hinderance of that flow. The treatment approach therefore is to work on restoring harmony once more.


Chi lemons


In a sentient being like humans, chi also means the flow of conscious (and unconscious) awareness. We cannot help but be struck by the idea that all dis-ease must in some way involve a similar lack of harmony in our state of conscious awareness about something. Thus, in terms of our relationship with the Self:


Every disease contains within it the root of our ignorance and the seed of our enlightenment



Prevention is always better than cure


We can make the journey to the center of the Self in joy or in pain. Both of these are motivators in their own way. It is a signature of the sleeping part of our consciousness however that we pay more attention to pain. Not coincidentally, pain and suffering come calling when we have not been following our joy.


The understanding that we have a choice in both health and disease to learn something about ourselves can be liberating and empowering instead of boring or frightening.



The finger that points to the moon


The reality of our truth can only be experienced and confirmed by the Self. It is much more difficult to prove anything to another and perhaps we do not need to.


The story of the Buddha tells of his disillusionment following his enlightenment experience under the bodhi tree. After such an incredible revelation how could one possibly transmit such a transcendent experience to others? Who would listen let alone be convinced to try it for themselves?


The only way we have ever been able to convey information to each other in this relative world is by the use of reference to something else that is never quite the thing we mean but points to it: the proverbial finger pointing to the moon.



An exchange of stories


What we use instead are conceptual models – logic frameworks that contain consistent, internal metaphors to represent an un-graspable truth. I will make it simpler than that though:


We tell stories to each other.


story exchange


While this hardly seems scientific it is very therapeutic. It has it’s place in the clinic and the classroom. The story of the Self and our journey towards it is timeless. It winds its way through all ages; in all cultures; in sickness and health; in joy and sadness. It can take endless forms but the central theme is the same.


Our human software participates in the stories we tell ourselves. It programs how we experience our life. It can even program our death. It is worth getting to know.



Tonight marks the beginning of a timeless story


In the Conscious Health series, beginning tonight in Stockholm, we will be looking at how the software of human consciousness interacts constantly with the body, mind and spirit throughout all the experiences we can have as visitors to this dimension we call life on earth.


It is a journey of phases that transform and develop, interact and evolve. It is the story of how our body, our emotions, our choices and assumptions have combined to bring us to where we are now – and how we might, with greater awareness, evolve further.


It looks at the symptoms of dis-ease and what our body is trying to tell us. It looks at the inherent joy of existence and how we can sometimes block that out and co-create our own suffering.


In other words, it’s the kind of thing you’ll like – if you like that kind of thing.


So come along humans and recieve a software upgrade.


You are so welcome.


Till another Monday brings the higher awareness that Mondays don’t really exist outside our programmed conditioning to believe in them.


(For details on the Conscious Health series click here.)


1 ‘Born under a bad sign’. William Bell and Booker T. Jones. All rights reserved.



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