"Problems are not solved on the level of problems. Analyzing a problem to find its solution is like trying to restore freshness to a leaf by treating the leaf itself, whereas the solution lies in watering the root...” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The physical plane...
is the densest manifestation of the human energy constitution. It is a reflection of the condition of our emotional, mental and spiritual life. The goal for this plane of consciousness is well-being.
'As above, so below' is a basic principle of the Ageless Wisdom and a cornerstone of this work. In relation to the physical body this means - what makes you tick can make you sick and vice-versa. The physical body is an indicator of the status of the entire system.
Let's consider the consequences of someone who carries a grudge or resentment around for many years. Not only does this color the thinking and emotions, it eventually effects the physical body. Even though this all occurs at a relatively unconscious level, it nevertheless, effects our lives and the people around us. Chronic judgment and criticism, gives life to irritation followed by inflammation and can manifest in something as basic as arthritis - the longer it goes on the more crippling it becomes. And, in reverse order, if we sustain an injury from a random act, our feelings and thoughts may follow the pain. Unfortunately, addressing this only at the physical level offers little or temporary relief - we must go higher in the system to the emotional, mental and spiritual planes. Through conscious insight, the entire system has the potential to come into alignment for true healing to occur.
"I have a body but I am not my body. My body may find itself in different conditions of health or sickness, it may be rested or tired, but that has nothing to do with my self, my real "I." I value my body as my precious instrument of experience and of action in the outer world, but it is only an instrument. I treat it well, I seek to keep it in good health, but it is not my self. I have a body, but I am not my body."