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Health is a state of complete
physical, mental & social well-being,
and not merely the absence of
disease or infirmity. 

— World Health Organization, 1948

Wellness & Illness

There are so many words to describe how we’re experiencing life, and as a society we use them to express our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states interchangeably. It can get confusing. So here we’ll define the terms as we’ll be using them in this website, in order to explore more deeply the process of healing and the conditions of wellness and illness.

Wellness and illness describe how you look at yourself and everything else. You give meaning to your life experiences through perceptual filters of wellness or illness. Wellness and illness are in opposition to each other and they exist in degrees. And they are fluid, changeable.

Your present degree of wellness and illness determines the meaning you give to what happens. What determines your level of wellness or illness is not what happens, it’s how you interpret what happens. In a state of wellness, you’re more capable of accepting what happens. In a state of illness, you’re more inflexible and you want to control and change outcomes instead of changing whatever led to outcomes you don’t want. Wellness is moving toward deepening states of awareness, refining adaptive responses, and evolving a pliable sense of self. Wellness involves sustainable states of gratitude, forgiveness, acceptance, empathy, love and compassion. Neither wellness nor illness exist in a direct relationship with pathology or the absence of pathology. It’s normal for people to develop various symptoms and pathology and still experience a high quality of life and wellness. High-level wellness does not preclude periods of sickness and weakness, nor does it deny that death is a natural part of life. Wellness is an ever-increasing embrace of all things, while illness is a desire to avoid that which you deem inappropriate and undesirable. In a state of wellness, things happen for you. In illness, they happen to you. Wellness leads you out of suffering. Illness creates and sustains it.

Health is our ability to perform functions that we personally value. Sickness is when we have chronic symptoms and disease that come from our inability to adapt.

Avoiding anything in life assures that it will continue. Many people with no pathology or symptoms lead lives of quiet desperation without a sense of purpose, meaning or fulfillment. They may be bored, depressed, tense, anxious, or simply unhappy with their lives. This is an expression of illness. The concept of health is typically reduced to the absence of symptoms and pathology, but obviously there’s more to it than just this. Health is a relative measure of the functional capacity of the body and mind and it exists independent from wellness and illness. A person can have excellent health while experiencing life through the lens of disconnection and therefore be experiencing illness. It’s also quite possible for a person to have what would be considered poor health and be living a life of wellness. 

Fitness is a measure of physiological capacity such as strength, flexibility and endurance. What is typically considered wellness is a combination of physical fitness and lack of sickness. Fitness is important, but pursuing only fitness without focusing on health and wellness can be very detrimental to your overall well-being. There are many people who are very physically fit, but have extremely high levels of spinal tension created by all the things they did to become so fit. Many people who are very fit have so much spinal cord tension that their risk of heart attack and pulmonary disease is dangerously high. Being physically fit doesn't translate directly into health and wellness. Actions motivated by illness reflect a lack of internal connection. 

Prevention is the attempt to stave off unsavory experiences by choosing wisely in life. The ultimate goal that most health care providers have for their patients is to assist them in getting to a place of “maintenance” and then keeping them there. This is accomplished by restoring you back to the place that you were before the onset of symptoms and disease. Restoring you is in no way the goal of Emergence Care. Instead of restoring you back to something that didn't work before and that will fall apart again, we want to help you establish new abilities to dissipate the tension from your life, tension that’s going to eventually lead to illness and sickness; to more effectively deal with stress; and to live life with the capacity to choose for connection rather than conflict. To live from a place of possibilities that emerge spontaneously from within you. To live your life by the guidance of your internal navigator that steers your way through life. Rather than restoring you, we assist you in living your life from a state of connection and knowing, a state that wasn't previously available to you.

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