Patients suffer through their breaking down into separateness, isolation and loneliness. It is but important for the patients to know that there are many who suffer similar sicknesses and that they are not alone. That one has co-sufferers peculiarly satisfies the human psyche. The human psyche looks for companions while in adversities than in moments of success. If there is another person who is as successful or more successful than one, the psyche of the one is not elated. But, when one is informed that there are many others like him suffering similar sickness, he feels comforted. The healer should find ways and means to comfort the sick ones by stabilizing their psyche to normalcy. Sharing and a sense of general participation keep this psyche in equilibrium and the healer should make effort to this end.
The patient should be advised to review the quality and the rhythm of his daily activity during his sick time. Sickness is nature’s imposition of rest for restituting health. During these periods of rest, the patient should analyze through review, the quality of his thought, speech and action as also the rhythm of life. He can through pondering over, pitch upon right handling of ill-health and establishing good rhythm by eliminating certain activity, by introducing additional quality and rhythm. He can find clues to formulate a way of life by which he can mitigate sickness and even sweep it away from the body. Sickness is a period of retribution and should be appropriately utilized for self-introspection, through review leading to certain beneficial formulations for future life. Many times, it would lead to rapid orientation to righteousness and goodwill.
A soul searching enquiry into oneself not only helps reforming healthier ways of living but also enables formation of a channel to contact one’s soul. The daily connection with the soul and dialogue with the soul brings in the needed self-governance. The term Soul may look too philosophical but, it can be experienced to start with as one’s conscience. After all, men are self-conscious. By being regularly introspective, they can develop self-conscience. When conscience is given birth to within oneself, one can dialogue with one’s own conscience and be guided. That is how righteous self-governance would come to.
The patient should be told that the disease does not disappear miraculously and suddenly until one adopts to the remedial measures. He should also be educated that consuming medicines is not a solution to sickness. From sickness to health, there is a specific laid down path which can be adopted to when patient is willing to pick up the needed change. The will to change from the better should necessarily be developed by the patient.
In the hospitals, nursing homes, dispensaries and clinics, chamber for counselling should also be set up where needed inputs for introspection, contemplation and meditation are gently introduced without the colour or tinge of any religion. Science of man involving understanding of his inner constitution and the science of inner alignment should be taught. Then, the healing activity brings in additional inputs to cure where the responsibility for the cure is shared equally between the healer and the patient.