If youthfulness comes from abundant, dynamic and therefore
balanced energy, illness comes from the opposite—deficient,
stagnant, imbalanced energy. Stagnation is normally the result of
excess that leads to deficiency, yet it can go the other way as well.
Life is replete with examples. Excesses of food and work lead
to obesity, stress and high blood pressure. Excessive thought—a
mind constantly running—invites a myriad of problems. Put
another way, excess is the opposite of relaxation. overeating
prevents the internal organs from relaxing and regenerating.
Constant thought keeps the mind in high gear, continuously
moving. deficiency arises as the heart and blood vessels
constrict and weaken from strain, and as the liver, pancreas and
colon slow in function. Stagnation is constipation; it is tight
shoulders hunched in front of a computer; it is the clot that
stops the flow of blood and causes a heart attack. death is the
ultimate stagnation, the end of flow and flexibility. Lack of food
or adequate nutrition and exercise also lead to deficiency and
stagnation. Anemia, weakness, brittle bones and malnutrition are
quieter and less noticeable than diseases of excess, but are just
as deadly. In other words, a sedentary lifestyle or poor internal
combustion from an improper diet inhibit parts two and three
of the equation—movement and energy.
Causes of Illness
Emotion (worry, envy, anger)
Excessive physical or mental exertion
Parasites and poison
Wrong treatment; iatrogenic errors
Structure or posture
Leading to imbalance from excess,
deficiency and/or stagnation
At first glance, there appear to be multiple causes of illness
of different character and origin. It would seem that we are as
life rafts, adrift on an open sea, subject to the whimsy of chance.
But a closer look exposes a cunning beast, a likely suspect. While
tempest-tossed through illness and health, suffering and peace,
an unwieldy dragon has come along for the ride—a powerful
friend when tamed but a destructive foe when left untethered.
The dragon is a familiar companion, with you from birth,
trained by many masters although sometimes mistaken as the
master itself, always available for assistance to create or destroy,
to protect and love, or swipe its tail and make a mess.
Operating consciously and subconsciously, controlling the
processes of the body, taking in information, making choices
and plans, conducting inner dialogues like computer code or
the little devil and angel on each shoulder, directing your life
with or without concern for your health or happiness, this
dragon is your mind. In tune with nature, it finds balance and
optimal health. In excess, it throws the equation out of balance,
emphasizing movement over relaxation, while missing the ever
available energy buffet.