Do you have an illness that doctors and medicine cannot cure
GOD WILL HEAL YOU
In our Scripture, God tells us:
However serious an illness will become, I never say that it will not be cured. 12-52 Ofudesaki
In the Bible, Jesus and his disciples were said to have healed the sick. In the beginning of our religion, thousands of people were cured of their illness; but where are the miracles now?
What are the ingredients to make these miracles happen now? Does this require believing in God and having faith? Does it require making donations or making a pilgrimage to a holy site? The following is from Tenrikyo’s sacred scripture:
The saving of those whom doctors are unable to save is the foundation of the path. You tell them the teachings (about the soul). They listen and they are healed. Oct 17, 1893 Osashizu
GOD WILL HEAL YOU IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE SOUL
Why would God heal us if we understand the soul?To answer this question, we must first find out why there is illness and suffering. Why are some people afflicted with cancer? Why do people suffer from diseases? Why do people get into accidents? Why do I have these intense headaches? Why am I depressed? Why do bad people appear in our lives? Are these random events or planned by God?
God tells us that these events are not random or created by God. God has been a spectator since the creation of mankind.
Though until now God has never come out into the open, no matter what unpleasant occurrences one experienced. 8-66 Ofudesaki
God tells us that it is our own soul that brings upon joy or suffering to us:
Above all else, guard your soul,
for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
God tells us that we do not understand the soul. The first verse of our most sacred scripture begins with:
Looking all over the world and through all ages, I find no one who understands the soul.Ofudesaki 1-1
What is the soul?
The soul has also been called the heart or the spirit. Scientists have not yet located and verified the existence of the soul in our bodies; but many of us believe that it exists. We know that our physical bodies decay upon our death, but our souls continue for eternity. The soul by itself is energy that contains our fate and our pattern of thoughts (see figure 1); but when engaged in our borrowed bodies, it collects and stores our merits and demerits, and eventually released them as fate. We reap what we have sowed. The soul is nature’s justice.
Evil thought patterns are arrogance, greed, regret, and self-love. These neural pathways influence our behaviors.
In the world there are two paths, the path of the world and the path of the soul. In the path of the world, one believes that you can do whatever you want and get away with it as long as no one sees you do it. This is an erroneous path that does not exist. In the path of the soul, it all comes back to you. In the path of the soul, it is the soul that distributes justice (fate) to everyone equally. There is cause and effect. The cause is our action upon our thoughts, and the effect is our fate, which our soul collects, stores and delivers. We reap what we have sowed.
Remember the Christmas song, Santa Claus is coming to town, warning us that Santa Claus knows if you’ve been good or bad. You can say that each of our souls is like Santa Claus; it rewards us when we are good, and gives us suffering (coal) when we are bad. This is the concept of cause (our actions) and effect (fate), known as karma or innen.
But some people will say that they can’t remember having sowed evil, yet they suffer. Others will arrogantly boast that they have done evil, yet they do not suffer. Unlike Santa Claus, cause and effect is not immediate or within a 12 month period that ends on Christmas. It is as if God places a wall in front of us by the prolonged lapse of time between cause and effect; we cannot see what fates exist around the corner. This lapse of time between cause and effect often extends into our previous and next lifetimes. These are the concepts of reincarnation and karma, where our memories are erased upon our death; but our pattern of thoughts and our fates are preserved to be manifested later in our next lifetime. Again we eventually reap what we have sowed; there is no exception! Both our thought patterns we have acted upon, and our fate that were created by acting upon these thought patterns will continue on, even after our physical demise. Again we reap what we have sowed.
Metaphorically, our souls are like little suitcases that contain our pattern of thoughts and our fate, exiting our bodies at death, and entering our new bodies before birth. One can say that we live forever because of the soul.
By what mechanism does the soul operate?
Upon entering our developing bodies, the soul programs our minds with our previous thought patterns (like greed and arrogance) from our past life (figure 2).
The soul enters the body and creates the mind, using the body’s complex neural system. ? represents good thoughts in this example. Most of us will have ? (negative thoughts) also delivered by the soul.
There are no surprises to what thought patterns our bodies receive from our souls. We have the same pattern of thoughts that we had acted upon in our past life. For example, if we succumbed to greed in our past life, we have the same thought of greed in this lifetime. The same neural pathways of greed are reestablished. One can say that our souls upon entering our bodies, create and restore our own individualized minds! We can only change these thought patterns by ourselves. The soul will help us do this if we understand the soul.
Besides our thought patterns, the soul also contains ourfates, that were created by acting on these good or evil thoughts. These fate are eventually released back to us as joy or sufferings by the soul. We reap what we have sowed. For example if we acted upon the thought of greed in the past, the soul will bring upon sufferings and obstacles back to us to remind us of these thoughts we had acted upon. One can say that our fates are closely associated with our current neural pathways (thoughts), since it is these same thoughts that we had acted upon in the past.
God tells us that we must remove evil thoughts from our minds. These evil thoughts are the origin of our sufferings. They influence our actions, especially when obstacles appear in our lives. By acting on these evil thoughts, we create our negative fate that the soul collects and eventually distributes back to us.
But how do we know if we have evil thoughts in our minds? These negative thoughts often bring upon an emotion or temptation. For example, when we have the thought of arrogance, often the emotion of anger will arise. Temptation appears when we have the thought of greed or self-love in our minds. The presence of these negative emotions or feelings are telltale signs that we have evil thoughts in our minds. What do we do when anger or temptation arises from these negative thoughts?
Most people will direct their anger or temptation at what appears to be the source, which could be an coworker, stranger, spouse, circumstance or even God. But if we understand the soul, we acknowledge that it is our own soul that brings upon these challenges or fates. These obstacles are only messengers of our souls. Our efforts will be directed to calm our minds, and ponder our evil thoughts; therefore not acting upon what emotions (like anger) were elicited by them. By this process, the neural pathway of the evil thought becomes less prominent, and the emotions they elicit will also decrease. This is how we gradually eliminate our evil thoughts.
Eventually by this process of not acting on our evil thoughts, especially when our soul bring upon sufferings, we can purify both our minds and our souls; where only positive thoughts emerge from our minds, and joy flows from our souls.
What happen when we act on our evil thoughts?
When we act on our evil thoughts, we cause suffering to others, and more evil thoughts are created in our own minds. The neural pathways for these thought become stronger, and the emotions they elicits becomes stronger to resist. This causes us to continually act upon our evil thoughts, causing more demerits which our soul collects. The soul eventually releases these demerits (energies) as fate. The cycle of suffering will continue until we understand the soul.
God is not on the sideline anymore; but will begin to work to have the world understand the soul. God grants us the blessings of healing , so we can begin the process of purifying our minds of greed, arrogance, regret and self love. By this process, we can prevent any illness or suffering in the future by our own efforts.
If you have an illness that does not go away, what can you do?Understand the the soul and ask God to heal you.