By Rev. Kurt Condra
Two spiritual teachers I respect hold polar opposite views on seeing doctors. One gets examined for every symptom; the other eschews even annual checkups. Interestingly, both cite "peace of mind" as rationale. The first is reassured by these visits; for the other, medical exams disturb a consciousness of well being.
My own views fall somewhere between. "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's commentary on Corona virus expresses it in stark r-rated terms: "It's really about trying to strike a sensible balance. If you're drinking bleach to protect yourself, you should probably calm the <bleep> down. If you're licking subway poles because you're certain nothing can hurt you, maybe don't do that."
If we view Oliver's polarity as a metaphor for consciousness, drinking bleach is toxic worrying. Media hype and mass hysteria are bleach. They degrade the immune system and make the body susceptible to illness. Watch what you think and say, and limit input/output that exacerbates anxiety and fear. Licking subway polls is willful ignorance. Be mindful of habits that put your health at risk, and heed informed divine guidance. Incorporate centering yourself in the ultimate source of wholeness during your regular prayer practice. (See below.)
You'll know you've found the perfect balance when you can honestly cite "peace of mind" as your coping strategy.
The following prayer for a Healthy World is from Unity Worldwide Ministries' Rev. Patricia Bass. Please join with Unity congregations around the world in affirming:
"We know that God is a Love that has no end and a Power that knows no bounds. God’s healing power of Divine Life is restoring, healing, and revitalizing our world in this very moment. We let go of any fears or anxieties, and we affirm that all are safe, healthy, and protected. We bless all those who support us in maintaining vibrant radiant health. We express Divine Life in all we think, say, and do. We bless our global family with radiant health, peace of mind, and abundant love. "