Lately, a number of friends and family have undergone surgery for serious, even life-threatening illness. It's in times of crisis, especially with a health crisis, we question the meaning of life because it brings us face-to-face with our own mortality.
Often, unresolved childhood issues surface that need to be dealt with. Every range of emotion is experienced. Advancements in medicine, technology and alternative healing gives many hope, but there's only one thing that can truly overcome any obstacle. And that is our thoughts.
Just as negative thoughts form a dark wall around our mental sphere, assimilating positive thoughts can change the polarization of our mental body. This is very different than repeating affirmations. Assimilation means digesting, understanding and making great ideas a part of our life and trying to live them.
Virtues such as patience, courage, beauty, goodness, righteousness, unity provide a communication line between the thinker and his Higher Self. We can then become receptive to "advice" which serves to transform and spiritualize the life.
Agni Yoga Society, Letters of Helena Roerich, Vol. I, p. 105.