Illness is a generalized term used to identify the body’s not feeling well, meaning it’s feeling ill. The term doesn’t explain what’s causing it to feel ill or define to what extent the body’s health and wellbeing are being compromised. Since the term illness is so broad in its implications, allopathic medicine has created different terms to specifically identify conditions that cause illness. These terms also take into consideration specific symptoms that are associated with a condition.
For the purpose of offering an expanded perception of these terms, I’ve included the metaphysician definition of the terms as well. They’re in italics.
Illness: Illness is a sickness that causes an unhealthy condition of the body and the mind. Medicine defines it as an overall sense of unhealthiness for a prolonged period of time. It sees the primary cause of illness as being germs, viruses, bacteria, and infections that can cause disease. However, while illness can accompany a disease, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the source of the disease.
The initial goal of medicine is to diagnose. Once an illness is classified as a disease the focus of medicine is to cure the disease. Medicine tends to move away from trying to understand the source of the illness or trying to explain its often random and idiopathic symptoms. Medicine sees illness as something to manage, which is the case for fatigue, pain, weakness, discomfort, stress, distress, and chronic complaints.
Illness: The metaphysician perspective of illness is that it’s a breakdown in wholeness. A breakdown that begins as an energetic disturbance and ultimately creates an energetic obstruction somewhere between the four different aspects of our wellbeing; mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual. For the purpose of this explanation spiritual refers to the connection with the soul.
This perspective sees illness more as the result of prolonged suffering. Suffering caused by natural forces, supernatural forces, interpersonal factors, emotional factors, mental factors, mental derangement due to entity possessions, and soul loss. The metaphysician sees illness as negative internal states stemming possibly from isolation, the lack of connection with life, a prolonged state of stress, physical abuse, emotional trauma, or the loss of the will to live. Therefore, their approach to healing would seek to free a person from their suffering.
This perspective also sees illness more as a metaphor and uses the term illness to try to explain to a person why they’re experiencing ill health. They would let them know that illness develops as the result of ill thoughts causing the body to feel out-of-sorts with itself. They would share that illness is as much of an attitudinal perception a person has of themselves, and would then use that information when approaching the healing process. For example. A person who’s chronically unhappy or who feels unfilled in their life has a higher propensity for developing illnesses associated with the thyroid, stomach, pancreas, and immune system.
The metaphysician understands there are three distinctive qualities of illness:
- Negative internal states. Such states create victim consciousness, mental confusion, and feelings of being emotionally immobilized to make the changes needed for restore good health.
- Chronic fear creating anxiety and depression which erodes good health.
- Soul disconnection. The person has lost the will to live.
The most common term used in medicine to describe illness and its related conditions is disease.
Disease: A specific condition affecting the structure and the function in a particular part of the physical body. Disease occurs when the cells in the body are damaged. Cancer is a disease. This term identifies the cause of the disease if known, and the common characteristic symptoms associated with the disease. According to medicine’s way of thinking, disease is a physical breakdown that needs to be fixed and cured. The term doesn’t take into consideration if there are psychological contributors causing the disease, which is the approach of healing.
Disease: Disease is a disharmony in the energy body that’s causing a dis-ease or tension between the energy body and the physical body. According to metaphysician’s way of thinking dis-ease isn’t a physical breakdown, but rather an energetic collapse, meaning the origin cause of the dis-ease can be found mentally, emotionally or spiritually. To their way of thinking, once the collapse is identified, as well as, the origin site of the collapse, then the appropriate vibrational healing therapies can be administered. The metaphysician doesn’t seek to cure. They seek to restore harmony between the energy body and the physical body, which supports the physical body’s ability to heal naturally.
Condition: Condition is a generalized term used to describe a compromised state of physical and mental wellbeing.
Condition: This term is used to describe the status of the functioning of the charka system, the physical body, the energy body, as well as the mental and emotional states. When all are in good condition, meaning all are interacting and suppoting each other good health is experienced. If any single one isn’t in a good condition, then all will experience ill health.
Condition is also a term used to categorize a variety of afflictions and ailments related to a specific condition. An example is a skin condition. Under that category there are more than 3000 different conditions related to the skin. The metaphysician, rather than taking into consideration 3000 different skin conditions, understands the skin is the physical characteristic of the soul. They recognize that a skin condition is the soul’s way of bringing to the surface the presence of ill thoughts and destructive emotional patterns that can potentially cause harm to the physical body. Therefore, the metaphysician uses healing techniques such as Reiki and Shamanistic techniques such as Soul Retrieval to energetically re-join the soul and the physical body. They’ll also use sound therapy to restore balance and harmony to the chakra system, which is where all illness and disease begins.
Affliction: A state of physical pain, discomfort, distress, or agony. An affliction is where a part of the body is misshapen or malformed. An affliction can occur as a result of an injury.
Affliction: A mental condition due to distorted negative ill thoughts. The afflicted thoughts cause uneasiness, restlessness, psychological disassociation, and pain. Afflictions weaken the spiritual connection between the mind, body, and the soul. They can lead to a separation from the spiritual nature of self. A person can have mental afflictions and not be sick or have a physical condition.
Ailment: A body disorder or chronic disease such as a stomach ailment. An unsettledness and discomfort. Any minor condition that tends to linger. Though still a common term used to describe an illness it’s no longer a term used in the medical profession.
Aliment: An emotional state of discontentment due to prolonged emotional distress, sadness, dread, despair, sorrow, self-loathing, and grief. An ailment is a condition that negatively affects a person’s perception of themselves and their outlook on life. The metaphysician sees depression, anxiety, eating disorders, hopelessness, emotional breakdown, and the loss of will to live as ailments. Emotional trauma such as PTSD is also considered an ailment.
Disorder: A disruption, irregularity, or interruption in the systemic functioning of the physical body. It’s a generalized term for a condition where there are multiple contributors such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, which involves the immune system, the skeletal system, and the digestive system. A disorder may lead to a disease, but unlike a disease there isn’t only one single cause. Disorders can also be caused by genetic factors, trauma, and stress. A disorder can be defined as a set of problems resulting in the loss of physical vitality, mental distress, emotional suffering, and that inhibit the body’s ability to perform the daily functions of life.
Disorder: A combination of mental conditions causing emotional distress, and physical breakdown. The combination of these factors is causing a state of disarray in the vibrational frequencies of the chakra system and the energy body, thus affecting the functioning of the physical body. In the case of an autoimmune disorder, this state of vibrational disarray can cause the immune system to attack the body rather than to protect it. Basically, a disorder sends mixed vibrational signals that can cause multiple parts of the body to lose their ability to function in a supportive consistent manner.
Syndrome: A syndrome is a recognizable complex of symptoms and physical findings, which indicate a specific condition for which a direct cause isn’t necessarily understood.
Syndrome: A syndrome indicates that multiple chakras are simultaneously out of balance due to a single condition or a set of related causes. Therefore, disrupting the entire chakra system’s ability to maintain a state of vibrational soundness in the energy body, and homeostasis in the physical body. As the individual chakras are in energetically connected with specific endocrine glands and organs, it’s important for the metaphysician to determine which chakras are involved. Once known, then the metaphysician works with each chakra to restore its healthy vibrational frequency. The process of working with each chakra is called chakra balancing.