The intellect refuses to believe that everything is happening inside one mind-body reality; it creates the fiction that the sick body is somewhere else, anywhere else but in the same situation itself.
According to Ayurveda, the conflict is being waged “in here,” contrary to the germ theory of disease, which tries to tell us that the war was started “out there” by invaders of every kind–bacteria, viruses, carcinogens, etc.–which are lying in wait to attack us.
Yet, healthy people live amid these dangers quite safely. Only when the immune system collapses, as in the case of AIDS, do we realize that our skin, lungs, mucous linings, intestines, and many other organs have learned to coexist with outside organisms in a delicate balance. The pneumonia that an AIDS patient typically catches is caused by a variety of Pneumocystis that is present in everybody’s lungs all the time. The AIDS virus activates such disease from the inside by demolishing one part of the immune system (the helper T-cells), thus breaking apart the network of information that holds us together.
In fact, we are this network, which projects itself into the world as our bodies, thoughts, emotions, and actions. Nor does the network stop with us. The simplistic idea that germs are our deadly enemy is a half-truth, because germs are part of the network, too. The whole living world is bound up in DNA, which has evolved along one channel as bacteria, along another as plants and animals, and along still another as man.
The environment “out there” cooperates with the one “in here” like two polarities, in one sense totally opposed but in another totally complementary. If you look at reality from the viewpoint of all DNA, not just ours, then there is an entire global information network that has to be kept alive and healthy.
Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).