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We Have Chosen Glaucoma

Submitted by dave on Thu, 09/13/2007 - 11:03am

For all of us with glaucoma or any vision-related health issue (or any health issue at all, for that matter), we can benefit by coming to understand that we have created that health issue through our own past chronic thought patterns and our own dominant emotional patterns.

At some level, we have chosen to have the experience of disease. We have chosen it because we wanted that experience and we probably wanted the experience in order that we might have greater appreciation for the opposite experience.

The reality in which we live is a relative reality. We understand the concept of tall relative to short. We understand light relative to darkness. And we can truly appreciate perfect health only when we have experienced the absence of health - disease.

Glaucoma is serving a purpose for those of us with this disease. Let's be grateful for the experience we are having and let's thank the Creator for allowing us to have the experience we have chosen to have.

(However, don't try to fake it. If you aren't truly feeling what I'm sharing here, you can't fool the Universe by pretending to be grateful for an experience you presently hate. But I suggest that you can learn from my example no matter where you are at this moment. I have probably been in a similar place emotionally and mentally no so long ago myself.)

One preliminary step in getting to gratitude may be simply working on an attitude of acceptance. That is the path I took. I remember the first time I heard this famous quote (often attributed to Carl Jung): 

That which we resist, persists.

I had to wrestle with that concept for a while. Unfortunately, this wonderful maxim is starting to become an overused cliche in some new age circles, but when I first heard it, it was a new idea. I lived by the opposite approach (to the extreme).

I'm going to close with another quote, this time one that I'm more confident actually does come from Carl Jung: 

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams.  Who looks inside, awakens.

Take it from me -- this approach works for glaucoma just as well as it works for other aspects of life where Carl Jung may have intended it apply. 

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