Roger Harty: All Shall Be Well

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SOMETIMES it is good to interact with what you are reading and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

You have to be reading this on some sort of computer, be it smartphone, tablet or laptop etc., so it should be very easy for you to access Google.

If you ‘Google’ ‘All shall be well’ then you should find what comes up to be very interesting. A lady by the name of ‘Julian of Norwich’ should appear up on your screen.

Surely it is a testament to her that she is singlehandedly associated with the wellness of the world yet I believe many of my readers will never have heard of her before.

What may surprise you even more is that she died over 600 years ago yet she is a ‘web leader’ and dominates our screens as she appears first on the list when we ‘Google’ ‘All shall be well’.

I’m sure many of the modern computer marketing and search-engine gurus will be quietly impressed by this.

Who is this Julian of Norwich (ca. 1342–ca. 1416)? She was a mystic and an anchoress who lived around the time of The Black Plague in the 14th century. An anchoress was a woman who has set herself apart for God and lived isolated in a cell.

I’m not going into the history of her life here, but I will say it makes fascinating reading and is well worth the effort.

One fact about her is that she is renowned as being the ‘first woman to write a book in the English language’ (Revelations of Divine Love circa 1395) and what’s more it was on ecclesiastical matters which would have been unheard of at the time. Such bravery in adversity in very difficult times.

The ‘God’ that was being projected by The Church up to that time was a God of fear and damnation whereas she turned all of this thinking on its head and she professed God to be a God of divine Love and Compassion’

She professed: ‘It was necessary that there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’

What she means by ‘sin’ here is suffering. Yes there will be suffering in our lives, yes there will be difficulties in our lives, but she is teaching us to accept these things as part of the journey of our lives, to use them as ‘teachers’ and that ultimately when all is said and done with the love of God in our lives ‘All shall be well’

At a simplified level, if we feed our body with negative thoughts and resulting negative feelings such as fear and anxiety it will eventually have a negative effect on our health.

If that is the case then surely then the opposite is the case. If we feed our body with positive thoughts and feelings (The Power of Wellness!!) then this will result in having a beneficial on our bodies.

In conclusion, leaving religion and such matters aside it comes down to a choice as to how we feed our bodies. I choose the message of Julian of Norwich and follow ‘All shall be well’

Which do you choose?

Next week I am going to write about — The Power of Three

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