Years ago I read a very important book by Michio Kushi titled “The Book of Macrobiotics–The Universal Way of Health, Happiness and Peace”. I thought it would be a book on eating a Macrobiotic diet but it was so much more. I highly recommend this book for its great wisdom and unknown information on how the body and environment work. I turn to this book to remind myself of how disease begins.
We have so much degenerative disease in our culture and it is easy to understand why when you read the progressive patterns of its development. He breaks it down into 7 stages. It is the 7th stage that really pauses you to think. As I move into my wisdom years, I watch so many leave the earth through cancer, heart diseases and a general breakdown of the body. In light of the routine reports of cancer in our society, I thought I would share the stages with you as well as focus on the final and 7th stage–Arrogance. Who ever thought?
Stage 1 is General Fatigue. Stage 2 is Aches and Pains. Stage 3 is Blood Disease. Stage 4 is Emotional Disorder. Stage 5 is Organ Disease. Stage 6 is Nervous Disorder. Stage 7 is Arrogance. Here is what to he has to say about this 7th stage of illness:
“An improper way of life has been practiced for many years and finally reaches the highest level of sickness–arrogance–though some of the previous stages may not have been clearly experienced. Arrogance is the most developed sickness and also the one that most universally affects people’s lives today. Selfishness, egocentricity, vanity, self-pride, exclusivity and self-justification are some of the common symptoms. Arrogance is the last stage of sickness and, at the same time, it is the cause of ALL PREVIOUS STAGES.
Because of the arrogance that has prevailed among many populations, the entire world is full of sickness, misery and unhappiness; not only physically and mentally, but also socially and ideologically. To cure arrogance takes from a few years to an indefinite length of time of proper practice in a more appreciative and natural way of life. However, arrogance can also be cured instantaneously through strong emotional or spiritual experiences, especially in the face of great difficulties and failure. The cure of arrogance immediately produces a spirit of humility and modesty. It restores also the spirit of appreciation through the recognition of our ignorance. When arrogance is dissolved, a new way of life in harmony with the environment automatically begins.
Every physical, mental and spiritual sickness belongs to one of the seven levels outlined above. All sicknesses are interdependent and interconnected with one another; they are symptoms branching out from the same root–an improper way of life. As human beings we are a natural manifestation that appeared on the earth according to the evolving Order of the Universe. Thus, it is a simple matter to remain in that state of natural order and harmony. It is more difficult and complicated to get sick and suffer.
Modern people, however, are suffering with many sicknesses and experiencing a rising epidemic of degenerative diseases. We take it for granted today that the ordinary persona and family will suffer with some sort of serious illness and that most of us will die from heart disease, cancer or other chronic disorder. This universal belief in modern society is contrary to our real nature and the experience of humanity over thousands and thousands of past generations. As long as we follow and live according to the laws of nature and the Order of the Universe, as our ancestors have done from the beginning, we shall enjoy health, happiness and longevity, rarely suffering from any form of sickness.”