Don’t eliminate your symptoms; embrace them.
“Illness knows only one goal — to make us whole.” So says European doctor Ruediger Dahlke, co-author of The Healing Power of Illness, a book that makes the case that health is a journey — not a destination — that can cure what ails us not only physically but psychologically. Consequently, he says, disease is not something to be avoided, but an opportunity to come to know our purpose and learn our life’s lessons.
“Once people understand the difference between illness and symptom, they no longer see the symptom as the enemy they must resist and destroy,” says Dahlke. “Instead they discover in the symptom a partner capable of helping them discover what they lack. At this point, the symptom becomes a teacher, helping them take responsibility for their development and the growth of their consciousness.”
The idea that our physiology and psychology affect one another has been around in the West for 1,000 years, and the two were integrated in ancient Asian traditions. Only recently has this connection been abandoned—and Dahlke is leading the charge to bring it back. “The shadow gets a form in physical illness,” he says, “We have to accept that and work with it.” Dahlke is critical of attempts to suppress the shadow with positive thinking and affirmations. “Many therapies suppress and thus build up the shadow. We want to do the opposite: light up the shadow.”
What are the results of this new method of treatment? “We see patients becoming healthy again who had no chance from the viewpoint of mainstream medicine,” says Dahlke. “We cannot heal all cancer patients; nobody can. But I can say that every diabetes 2 patient is really cured by our approach and every patient with rheumatism can be cured. I have seen multiple sclerosis patients who were in wheelchairs and can now walk again.” Dahlke pauses. “There are lots of miracles. Ultimately, we have to find ourselves, and our diseases can help us with that.”
Want to hear more? Dahlke will present his ideas to a U.S. audience for the first time at a free session on Saturday, November 2, at 1 p.m. Pacific.