You are walking along on a hike and didn’t see the root sticking up and tripped and fell. You landed on your hands and broke your wrist. Is this an accident? You are driving in your car and stop at the stop light. The car behind you does not see you and plows into your car giving you whiplash and back injuries. Is this an accident?
These types of events happen all of the time. We call them accidents as if this was something that came out of the blue with unintended consequences and by chance. Yet they occurred all the same. I contend that there are no accidents and it is all an expression of the vital force. The universe would have it no other way than the way it is. We simply can not argue the fact that should an event been different, it would have been different. At some point we end up taking responsibility for everything in our lives. This is quite empowering when we do. There really is no one else to blame. When we do, we give our power away to the others.
We can also take this another step and say that there are no disease that is accidental. Every response of the vital force will be for the benefit of the individual and their survival. The vital force is not programmed for death, but to survive. The physical manifestation of disease is another way to ensure the survival of the individual. Although we sometimes run out of time before the condition can lead to death. But the disease will reflect the immediate and long-term need of the individual. The vital force does not make mistakes. So every disease is the vital forces way of trying to bring a resolution to a problem and prolong the existence of the organism. A good analogy is while we are in a particular conflict, it is like swimming from shore. Then the conflict becomes physicalised in the material body. During this time we are manifesting the physical symptoms of dis-ease. This is the point we must turn around swim back to shore. Unfortunately we do not always make it.
Hahnemann must have realized this when he was organizing his thought about homeopathy. In Aphorisms 9 – 12 he explains the nature of the vital force and the nature of disease. Let’s explore these a little and see what he means.
- Aphorism 9 – In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force, the dynamis that animates the material body, rules with unbounded sway , and retains all of the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards to both sensations and functions, so that our reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.
The vital force rules with unbounded sway. This means that it has all authority over the material body. It’s sole purpose is to animate it so that we can enjoy our lives. But not just for meer enjoyment but for the higher purposes of our existence. How could anything this powerful and purposeful make mistakes? I do not believe it can since it rules with unbounded sway and is of the spirit.
- Aphorism 10 - The material organism, without the vital force, is capable of no sensation, no function, no self-preservation, it derives all sensation and performs all the functions of life solely by means of the immaterial being (the vital principle) which animates the material organism in health and disease.
This spirit like, immaterial being; the vital force, is responsible for ALL sensation and function. It is the energy that keeps us alive and the energy that creates all conditions for the material being. Because this vital force clings to the material body, it brings all of the events in our lives about. Without the vital force the material body ceases to be the instrument for the expression of our higher purpose. We call this death.
- Aphorism 11 – When a person falls ill, it is only this spiritual, self-acting vital force, everywhere present in his organism, that is primarily deranged by the dynamic influence upon it of a morbific agent inimical to life; it is only the vital principle, deranged to such an abnormal state, that can furnish the organism with its disagreeable sensations, and incline it to the irregular processes which we call disease; for, as a power invisible in itself, and only cognizable by its effects on the organism, its morbid derangement only makes itself known by the manifestation of disease in the sensations and functions of those parts of the organism exposed to the senses of the observer and physician, that is by morbid symptoms and in no other way can it make itself known.
There is a lot said in this Aphorism. When we become ill, injured hurting in any way, we know this by the sensations we experience. This happens because the vital force is the cause of all sensation. Therefore any outward expression is only a reflection of the disturbance in the interior vital force. This vital force is only responding to an inimical force. The vital force is responsible for everything in our existence. So when the car that veers across the lane and misses all of the other cars but hits ours, is this an accident or a reflection of the vital force capable of expressing itself. One can say by chance that it hit our car but if the vital force rules with unbounded sway, then this could not be so. Through our susceptibility we were destined to have the “accident” because it is meerly a reflection of the morbid derangement of the vital force. A spiritual energy that effected and deranged our spiritual vital force.
I have seen 10′s of thousands of cases and find that there is always a reason for the accident. When we properly investigate, it becomes clear that at a very core level it makes perfect sense to have the experience and give the person an opportunity to evolve. Remember again, the vital force rules with unbounded sway. It can not possibly make a mistake. Even though events in our lives are not always understood easily, when we can bring the inimical morbid influence that acts upon the vital force to consciousness, we have resolved most of the need to continue with the outward dis-ease symptoms.
- Aphorism 12 – It is the morbidly affected vital energy alone that produces diseases, so that the morbid phenomena perceptible to our senses at the same time all of the internal change, that is to say, the whole morbid derangement of the internal dynamis; in a word, they reveal the whole disease, also, the disappearance under treatment of all the morbid phenomena and of all the morbid alterations that differ from the healthy vital operations, certainly affects and necessarily implies the restoration of the integrity of the vital force and therefore, the recovered health of the whole organism.
The whole organism includes all aspects of our lives. Not just the material being but all thoughts, notions and events are an expression of the vital force. So the morbid phenomena creating the internal change is what brings about, and reveals the whole disease. One may not refer to accidents as disease but events are a reflection of the vital force and a reflection of the whole. When the derangement in the vital force is no longer present the outward manifestation is no longer observed.
I have treated people for multiple car accidents. There is a pattern to their life. Once the vital force started to respond to the remedy the dis-ease began to heal. The persons all reported that they were experiencing close calls but the accident happened to the car next to them and they were unaffected. They witnessed it but did not experience the accident. Then they report that others in their circle were having accidents but not them. Then the whole subject of accidents faded. This follows Hering’s principles as the dis-ease moved out of their being and they healed.
When a person reports an accident pay close attention to their story. Look for ways to understand how the accident is a further expression of the dis-ease. If you can follow the thread of the case, the accident can reveal much. There is usually a very good reason for the accident and somehow it will serve the person perfectly. I always ask my client this question, “How does this serve you?” Often they will tell me directly and see how it will have great importance and effect on their lives. There are no accidents, only events that occur. These events are not random and happen for very good reason.
The universe works in mysterious ways. When we can see this, we quickly understand that we are all connected and serving each other perfectly. We may not always want what we get but it still serves us as we continue on our healing path. When we stop arguing with what is and start accepting it, we will stop giving away our power and can be more effective in our lives. It is very Zen like. Total acceptance, then subsequent action will be more productive. We will learn gaining knowledge and wisdom. This is our spiritual evolution in action. This is not by accident.