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Dr. Graham, would you please explain yourself...

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Dr. Graham's calendar is educational and thought provoking and I've been reading it for years, but I don't agree with the entry for today (July 3- "The damage done by our unhealthy habits cannot be undone by our healthy habits.").  I regularly hear about all kinds of unhealthy conditions being undone by healthy habits.  Diabetes, tumors, cholesterol, Candida, allergies, Asthma- the list goes on.  I'm sure he's got a very specific perspective in mind when with this entry but I'm not sure what it is.  There are plenty of people who might respond by saying "What's the use of doing anything differently?  If there's no hope of undoing the damage, then why try?"

Dr. Graham's response:  "The human life experience is linear, that is, cumulative. Our demonstration of health and vitality, or lack thereof, is a direct result of our accumulated health habits.  The substances, forces, influences, and conditions to which we are subjected in our life affect our ability to accrue health, depending upon whether said substance, forces, influences, and conditions are health-supportive or health-destructive in nature.

If, for instance, your arm was cut off in an accident, and the wound healed, you would likely live the rest of your life sans that arm. All healing follows a similar pattern, though not all is as profound as that. Damage done is damage done. Sure, you heal, but you are never the same. We use the expression, "as good as new" but in reality, we have been damaged by our negative life experiences, and each one of them takes a toll on our health, either by reducing our overall health, shortening our life, or minimizing our abilities.
The vital energy required to heal from anything that undermines our health is energy that could have been used to express vitality in other ways, had it not been necessary to focus on healing. There is an overall limit to our ability to output energy and the more that is used in healing, the less there is for the other expressions of life.
Whether health is compromised physically, emotionally, or in any other fashion, once the event has occurred it cannot be recalled or undone. We heal, but we pay a price in doing so. Typically, damaged tissue heals as scar tissue. Scar tissue does not function as well as the original material, no matter where it is found in the body.
In all instances we either pay the price for health or we pay the price for sickness."
Dr. Doug Graham
Posted on Monday, July 3, 2006 at 11:55AM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments6 Comments

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I think it's a comment on people who excuse their poor choices by thinking things such as "but I did my yoga". We can't have unhealthy habbits and healthy habbits and expect the healthy ones to win out.
July 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Purcell
I think Dr. Graham is correct in that we can't change an action once it has been made. It is also true that the body has incredible self-healing abilities. These things may sound like a paradox but not so. If we take advantage of both of these things then we maximize our potential! It is only when we seek to "get away with stuff" that these two things look like opposing thoughts. When we seek to take advantage of every opportunity for health then they are both great news! This post is an opportunity to check out your mind set!

Blessings Abound,
July 5, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjinjee
Well, I wish I had a chance to respond to this earlier but I guess the damage is done! Will this message still have the impact it would have if I had read this and responed on the 4th? heheheh. Well... my point is simple, it is better to focus on the positive aspects of healing than on the trauma of the past. To do so reduces fear based living. I believe fear based living causes more damage than present or past injuries. The living Spirit of God is Holy,Loving and pure and very life affirming and this powerful life force works perfectly with our efforts to heal. Focus on the positive and keep healing! Be grateful for those scar tissues!
July 6, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMarla
The wisdom of uncertainty, neutral thinking (instead of positive or negative) and other receptive states combined with an insatiable desire for infinite awawreness is the space that may allow maximum healing AND happiness though wholeness. Anything less is simply the mind limiting the body and soul's uniqueness to achieve its greatest potential.
July 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRawyogaman
That is really a thought provoking statement ,Rawyogaman, thank you. I am wondering now if the wisdom of uncertainty and neutral thinking is really indeed the same concept. I do believe that neutral thinking is important so that we can approach discovery without being biased from prejudgements and so forth. The benefit here is we see the truth uncluttered and in all it's glory. And yes, in that process we may infact have some negative or positive responses all of which are valid and informative. However, I think we are made to pursue higher levels of spiritual consciousness. I believe that requires action and initiave on our parts. If you believe that mans natural state is to avoid pain then if you approach achievement with the possibility of negative responses being necassary to grow or heal then growth in itself can be hindered with a desire not to feel pain. I believe for example that truth can hurt at times because truth is what it is truth, not good or bad but truth. I believe our defense to that reality is to think positively because there is enough pain that will be uncovered which will cause negative thinking. And of course at that point we can get the lesson from the pain or succumb to it but either way the growth and learning comes from positive thinking not negative or a balance of the two. Yes a combination perhaps quantifiably identifiable but not equally. I don't see negative engergy as being as powerful or as useful as positive engery. So I don't see them as equal and opposite engery sources where being in the middle gives you neutrality and therefor an optimal state of healing. I feel negative thinking is a slave to the master of positive thinking and therefor only serves as a corrective measure or an alarm system to get back on track to healing and correcting. So in one sense I agree with you that negative thinking can play a role in healing but I disagree that healing is optimal in a neutral state of thinking. I do agree that it is wise to know that we don't know for certain and to me that is when truth and exploration become very important to reaching our God conscious state of being which connects everything to a perfect healing state. Thanks for responding.
July 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMarla
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