A Life Lived by Expectations
Be-Aware Living Series - Part
Majid Ali, M.D.
BeWare Living is a life of anger.
Anger is a child of the thinking mind—the cortical
monkey, in my language of self-healing (autoregulation).
This monkey cannot be banished with mere words.
Indeed, he thrives on clever schemes and convoluted
theories. The mind forever recycles past misery and,
when this is not enough, precycles feared future
Healing is not an intellectual
function. No clever mind can order healing in
injured tissues. The cortical monkey decorates doubt
and embellishes fear. Clever thinking is of little
value in coaxing rebellious muscles to abstain from
excessive contraction. Individuals with pain
syndromes know that the pain of muscle spasm in the
back or neck cannot be relieved by mere talking. Nor
does the deep anguish of depression abate with
so-called positive thinking. What is needed is
true spiritual surrender.
Anger Cannot Be Resolved,
It Can Only Be Dissolved
My patients have taught me two lessons about
First, angry individuals
do not heal well; and
Second, the answer to
the problem of anger is spirituality, not
Neither the chemistry nor the
energetics of anger have been delineated. Yet, based
on my work with many chronically ill angry
individuals — including those with cancer — I
concluded that anger is a powerful oxidizer.
I am certain future research will clearly establish
that. On a basic level, acute anger causes
muscles to tighten up, producing excess acids and
free radicals which, when present in excess, set the
stage for oxygen dysfunction (dysox) and related
severe adverse metabolic effects. Such acids include
lactic acid, pyruvic acid, glyceric acid,
2-hydroxybutyric acid, and others. Cellular
acidosis, oxidosis, and dysox are the three
metabolic furies of cancer which actively
cancerize non-cancerous cells. For persons with
cancer who cannot dissolve anger through their
Divinity work, chronic anger is worse than
acute anger and causes chronically tightened muscles
to produce chronic oxidosis, acidosis, and
Some writers recognize anger as
the root of many disorders, which has also been my
own observation. They think the solution to the
problem of anger is in verbal unleashing of the
hidden rage. They prescribe methods for positive
thinking — for control and empowerment. Not
withstanding the temporary benefits of these methods
for resolving chronic anger, I have yet to see them
yield enduring clinical results.
Life is an unending injury-healing-injury cycle.
Hope is essential for healing in this cycle. Hope is
easy to create. It is hard to sustain. This is true
of all life situations, especially when facing
serious problems, imagines or real. When under
stress or sick, we are inclined to want most is to
be told that the problems are curable—and will be
cured. That, of course, is where the lies begin.
False hopes are created by the family, friends, or
professionals. This is usually the beginning of
Hope With Hype Returns to
Hope is healing. Psedo-hope
created by others but not rooted within often
returns to haunt. Authentic hope arises only from
the deep recesses of one's inner core. The words of
a Babylonian Princess come to the mind as I write
In one of my WBAI radio programs
in New York entitled "Science, Health, and Healing,"
my guest and I discussed the subject of the
evolution of human awareness. I raised the issue of
how one can become comfortable with one's own death.
How can one accept one's death and be at peace with
one's self? To make a crucial point, I quoted the
following inscription on the base of a statue of a
Babylonian Princess, who was believed to have died
Please know as you pass
As you're now so once
As I am now, so you will
Prepare yourself to
Two days later, I received a
letter from a WBAI listener containing a news
clipping showing a fresco called Trinity,
painted by the Italian, Masaccio, in 1428. Recent
investigation uncovered a painted skeleton below the
alter slab, accompanied by an Italian inscription
that reads in English:
once that which you are,
which I am you also will be.
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