One of the most disturbing aspects of the Corona virus scenario has been the daily and sometimes hourly presentation of numbers. Headlines such as “30,000 people dead”, or “another 1000 people died overnight”. I have to say that even though I knew that these figures were a bit misleading, they still troubled me. It was not until after some days that I chanced across a few reports reminding me that these figures were not actually accurate. They were based upon mathematical models of likely causes and infection rates, recovery rates and testing numbers. Yes people had died but that is part of our daily life – its just that we are not usually confronted with it. If I received a daily report telling me how many people had died on any given day in the UK or US even before this virus then it would have been no more troubling and the numbers would have been more or less the same. (was it not this that started the Buddha on his way?) And death rates fluctuate in any given year.
Thankfully there seems to be an awareness now that these numbers are simply common death rates, not necessarily Corona virus death rates or evidence of a monster with us. But combined with additional people needing medical assistance – there is confusion and fear within the health system.
Yet the panic remains over death – why?
We all have our different ways of seeing illness. In some circles metaphysicians argue with it with a “You, John Smith cannot have tuberculosis because there is no tuberculosis and God made you perfect” which although effective is a kind of hypnosis – simply assuring the carnal mind that the symptoms are not there. Others simply turn to God in silence without making demands and watch as healing comes.
Is this really laying the axe at the root of the tree? It sounds more like John Smith (the human by that name) is having his identity affirmed and his disease is being denied. If anything his ego is being massaged a bit. Naming diseases and people rarely works and lowers things down to ritualistic exorcisms.
The creation of any virus or disease comes first from us allowing space in our minds for it. By hearing a number, a presence or talk about the symptoms or perhaps a passing cough on the bus that we thought we had not noticed. Or sometimes it just comes from other´s thoughts and fears. We do not need to deny that but we do need to see what is happening. It is allowing ourselves to be lowered down into a scenario where we define ourselves as little minds with a brain and skull which can be infected. That can happen on a worldwide scale as well as a personal one. But is that who we really are?
It is at this point there is not a need to treat “John Smith” of “Coronavirus” because firstly John Smith is not the Man that God sees – he sees Man which has the same relationship as the vine has to the branches on a tree – inseparable, indestructable and part of the whole bigger picture of the tree – never separate. So why would my prayer be “I am hanging on a vine (but my name is still John smith and I yes I have an identity in God but I feel threatened). Its a little bit of double thinking and wanting to remain in two worlds.
God does not send disease and he does not sweep in with a bag of sickness for humanity. He does not know sickness and no affirmative words or pleading with Him will change anything whether its via the ears or brain.
The presence of a virus does tell us that there is something wrong with our view of the Vine and vine tree scenario otherwise we would not all be panicking at the idea of any kind of death. Can any of us say we truly know who God is?
Again, the presence of the virus can be used as a sign to say “where is your God?” and it is at this point we should be realising that God is not our personal slave to simply heal disease. He is a loving entity with whom and in whom we have our being. That means daily contact – to stay healthy, not waiting until we get sick.
To get to know this Entity better is our way, not to plead with It or use words to demand from It. We need to find silence for daily commune with Him, to listen, to hear and to be assured. This commune should not be filled with any kind of demands or desires. It is simply “being” and can be for 1 or 2 or 10 or however many minutes a day you have. simply to say a verse from the Bible like “The Father and I are one” or “He is in Me and I in Him”
As you learn to trust Him – you grow and as you grow you can expect to see him more in your life and as he appears things like disease and fear just fade.