There Is No Such Thing As An Incurable Illness by John Cali and Spirit

Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. ~ Hippocrates

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We recently received a letter from a good friend who’s been dealing with chronic pain and illness for years. I know there are people reading this who’ve had the same challenge.

So I offered to publish my friend’s letter in our blog with the hope those of you in similar situations will share with her your experiences, and how you’ve coped with it all. Please leave your replies to her below in the comments section.

Here’s her letter:

Hi John,

The subject: How does someone like me with chronic pain with an additional overlay of different painful conditions that come one right after another follow one’s passion? I don’t know. Maybe there is no one else going through this type of thing.

The symptoms I get often baffle health care professionals so I’m left to suffer not knowing when a particular disease will end. For the past three years and particularly the past nine months I’ve been slammed with too many very painful situations.

It is very hard to focus on joy. As for following my passion, I don’t even know what that is. And it is extremely frustrating to see quotes and articles about using one’s gifts, starting one’s business, doing what we love without worrying about what others think, etc.,

I am unable to do much of anything. Some days I cannot look at any of the above items on Facebook or other sites. It’s too depressing. I can’t find a fit for my situation.

I know that there are people with chronic pain who have done great things. But due to the condition of my body I can’t even shop for food or drive to a store and buy my clothing.

I don’t know. Just wanted to get that out there.

Thank you for continuing your sacred work.

Much Love,
(Name withheld)


In this video Abraham (via Esther Hicks) says our bodies have the means to heal themselves under all conditions. I know that’s a tough one for many to accept—but listen to Abraham’s words with an open mind.


Related links:

Three-Minute Healing

Battling Versus Healing

Resources For Healing

Can Healing Your Physical Body Be Easy?

How Are Healing Miracles Possible?


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15 Responses

  1. Chris

    Thank you all for the thoughtful replies. Dan, I do, indeed celebrate, or at the very least acknowledge every positive event no matter how tiny. My husband often says that I’m not having a second childhood because I never finished the first. 🙂 I am a glass-half-full person and I am so grateful for that. If there is a part of me that was hurting yesterday but not today, that’s all I need to be in a good mood. Everything looks rosy.
    Beachdrifter, love the name, I’ve been to many energy healers with full confidence that I would be healed. Nothing happened. I do have a team of “awake” therapists working on me now. They are all confident that i will be healed but it has been slow going …. really, really slow. And I do the Ishakrya Meditation every morning. It is a guided form with Sadghuru repeating “I am not the body. I am not even the mind.” Most days I am in a lot of pain in the mornings. This meditation helps keep me in the moment and so much more.
    Hey Valerie, I take pictures, too. I used to use a camera but my smart phone is much lighter and easier for me to hold. It takes incredibly good photos. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll do it more often.
    HI, MIkala, we’ve spoken many times in the past. I appreciate your comments about others judging those who have not been able to heal themselves. I’ve had chronic pain for 25 years, the last 4 of which have been particularly difficult. I am going to be 65 in a few weeks. I know that I have already lived most of my life but I don’t want to live it this way any longer. Whatever lesson, whatever “thinking created this situation,” it appears that I’m missing these things. Either that or there is no lesson and no thought process that put me here. Mine is not an unexamined life. Yet I do not have any idea why the pain has gone on so very long and why it has intensified. I have a bad headache right now so I’ll go. Thank you, John, for posting my story. Blessings to You All,

    • beachdrifter

      Hi Chris,

      I felt you had already seen energy healers, that’s why my advice was not to go and find one, but rather let your solution find you, like it happened to me. You could even say it kept beating me over the head for months, until I finally allowed that “weak moment”, my path of least resistance.

      And that’s what you’re looking for: More moments that are less resistant. More moments that feel better (just a little better) than what you’re usually feeling, so that the solution can find you, or better said, that you recognize the solution that is already there for you.

      Here’s another Abraham clip (only 1 minute long) that can help you reframing the way you’re looking at pain while you’re feeling it:

      Meditation is certainly a great tool, as it will make it more apparent to you when you’re “doing that thing you do” that causes the resistance. You’ve gotten so used to doing it that it feels normal to you (so you can’t even tell what it is). Happens to me still, even after all those years of spiritual practice!

  2. Valerie

    My heart goes out to the writer. I have siblings with chronic conditions that cause them much pain and few options. I too had a debilitating illness for many years, though am better now. I’ve been asked by my brother what ‘my secret’ to recovery was, yet I find he resists hearing my answer. So I suspect it it up to each of us to find our own.

    I’m not sure what the answer is for her either…but I doubt any one else has it. For me, the answer was found by going within, asking spirit to guide me. That is where I found I was loved and all the rest doesn’t matter at those levels, or even exist.

    Whenever I find myself noticing old symptoms now, or even new ones of dis-ease, and no, I am not immune. But seems I get through it faster by the path of least resistance. Eventually I remember to remember, that illness does not exist in spirit, and that is who I really am…and I AM loved! I do forget sometimes, but I also deeply BELIEVE this to be true. When I remember and feel that in self again…well, that is the game changer.

    As to following your passion etc, I would suggest you start by doing what you like, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. For me it was about getting outside a bit and sitting in my chair on the porch. Any place but the couch I’d been confined to, see? I still do this, take my camera and try to take pictures of whatever catches my eye. There is much beauty in the world and it pleases me to observe it. For whatever reason, I always feel better outside, in nature.

    As I recovered, I realized my research (historical) was still in my ‘bucket list’ of things undone I would like to do. No, it won’t change the world and I am not currently paid for it, but that’s not why I do it. I do it because I LIKE the game of solving history mysteries. So, as I was able to get to the computer, I began researching online. Again, a distraction that at least allowed me NOT to be focused on how sick I was. And for me, it was fun.

    I learned I had to be selfish about my limited energy/strength and who or what I gave that to. I had to set up boundaries, and decline invitations to family events I knew were beyond my strength at the time. A good lesson for me in itself. I learned to choose based on how I was feeling, not on what others expected and absolutely NOTHING I didn’t want to.

    Sometimes it is the little things means the most. So do what it pleases you to do, however small it is. Point is, the choice is yours. Do or look or think on anything that brings a smile to your face. Treat yourself to an ice cream cone or holding a baby? Little by little, it will remind you can choose to do this, to help yourself feel better, at least part of the time. A million little gifts you can give to yourself. And if that isn’t enough, reach out to someone who is worse off than you. Send a card, write a note, make a call, hold a hand. Lots of ways we all can make the world a better place when we care.

    I am well now, and exceedingly grateful for my life…especially since I had my doubts I would still be here. Any day I wake up is gift ! I honestly can’t tell you that I have any grand passion to follow in my life either. ha. Don’t worry about it. I think life is made up more of the small moments, so make the best of them as you can.


    • John Cali

      What a beautifully loving response, Val! Thank you so much — I’m sure it will help my dear friend.

      Love, John

  3. beachdrifter

    As to the person who wrote the letter, I had been suffering from chronic pain for many years myself. Different ways of dealing with it were suggested, surgeries were conducted, resulting in multiple scars and high bills, but the pain did not go away.

    My then-girlfriend suggested that I go see an energy healer, but at the time, I thought that was nothing more than charlatanry, and I refused to go there with her. The cost of it was nothing more than a hotel room would cost for one night, and I had listened to her glowing endorsements of the healer, and yet I sticked with my opinion. She kept nagging me with the subject whenever I brought up the pain, yet I kept refusing to go for 6 more months. In a weak moment, I caved, saying to myself I would just do it to finally (lovingly) “shut her up” about it :).

    Long story short, I was there for 30 minutes, he started telling me things about me that no one other than me could know about me (or so I thought), and my shell of disbelief cracked just a little. I wasn’t convinced he could help me with my problem, but now I was willing to listen, and at least give it a chance. I didn’t expect results, but I just approached it with a more open mind.

    He told me the day and time on which he would “work” on me (remotely, meaning with me being at home, him being in his office), and suggested I just lie down on the sofa at that time. I did as I was told, half an hour earlier than he said, not really expecting anything, and just relaxed/dozed off.

    All of a sudden, I felt a warm rush of (what I now know to be) energy flooding through my body, and that tingling sensation that (as I found out later) many people experience during a healing. I looked at my watch, and to my amazement, it happened exactly when he said he’d do his work on me. It felt absolutely wonderful, but I didn’t notice any changes other than that.

    A week later, my girlfriend asked me about the pain, and to my amazement, I was completely pain-free. I hadn’t even noticed (!), it disappeared so gradually, and naturally.

    It’s ten years later now, and I’ve never felt that pain again, not even for a moment. The experience started me on my own spiritual path, and through it, I found my passion in life.

    From what I now know, my advice to you is very clear: Stop doing what you’ve been doing that hasn’t been working for you. You need to address the vibrational cause of the issue, not the symptoms. Be open to alternatives, in whatever way they present themselves to you, and they will, as you open up to that possibility.

    Don’t try to figure out the “how”, and “where”, and “when” – that’s not your work, and when you try, you just hold away the solution longer. It will find you, once you give up trying to find it yourself. Just focus on other things as best as you can, and distract yourself by spending more time doing whatever gives you the most pleasure in life right now – no matter how meaningless you think it might be.

    Immerse yourself in that, and the solution will show up, and when it does, you’ll feel it!

    Sending you much love,


    • John Cali

      Thanks so much, beachdrifter, for you wise and compassionate words. Bless you, my friend!

  4. Dan

    Like Mikala, I don’t think any of us are equipped to tell anyone what he or she should do to get out of pain, get well, in the flow etc. – and judgement or self judgement will only make things worse. I have never had chronic pain but I certainly have experienced illness and injury and even injury which felt like it would never go away. My experience still pales to the day to day experience of our letter writer.

    The only thing I would like to offer is my own experience and understanding. When I do get sick or incapacitated, I try to embrace it. It seems to always be serving me in some way although it is often hard to recognize.

    I know at least one instance where getting sick turned out to be the excuse I needed to start recording some of my music. Other times, and most times it allows me to take any pressure off myself of accomplishment. Fortunately, I am learning to give myself more fun and down time when I am well – it works much better that way.

    When our letter writer wrote about not knowing his/her passion – it struck a chord – because I think most people put too much pressure on themselves to be doing something or the right something. Spirit has pointed out countless times, that is not why we are here – we don’t have to do anything – in fact, we do the most by simply being ourselves.

    I think there is this thought process in our culture that expects each of us to be productive and successful – if we are not well – we don’t have to play the game. The trick, I think – is to realize when we are well – we don’t have to play the game. We are here to have fun – to enjoy ourselves and each other – to see ourselves – recognize our own divinity as well as the divinity in others. We are all fine just by virtue of being.

    In one of my songs I wrote “every little thing feels like a victory, when you’re not feeling well” – Children are almost always ecstatic over even a two minute scribble – a few minutes banging on some piano keys – etc. We don’t require major accomplishments to love ourselves. When accomplishment does come – it comes because we keep doing things we enjoy over and over – and we keep getting better doing them and we might even choose that we want to get even better and that is passion – we do something because we love doing it and we love to get better at doing it.

    Like I said to begin with – I don’t know if any of this will resonate with the letter writer – we each have different lives, paths, and understandings… but nevertheless I thought it might be worth sharing.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Dan.

      I agree with you — we each have our own paths to follow. We cannot judge another’s path. Nor can we assume we have the right to judge him or her, simply because we might choose a different path.

  5. Margaret

    Dear lady who wrote the letter,
    Your call from the heart has touched me deeply. I have been reaching out to know how to respond, wanting to help in some way but not having personal experience of pain have been at a loss . as to what to say.

    What has come to mind is one sentence from a tape I heard recently…. I have been dealing with grief and have been greatly helped by a tape that Barbara has put together….it’s all about releasing.
    I am saying for you, for we are all one….so you are not alone….I release all belief in pain.

    I release all belief in pain 🙂

    That is my prayer for you.

    Much love

    • John Cali

      Thanks so much, Margaret, for your kind and loving response to her. I’m sure it will help her, probably more than you know.

  6. Mikala

    Do you believe there is no such thing as an incurable illness? Have you had any experiences with self-healing, or with spontaneous healing?

    Much too complicated and complex a question to completely answer here. In simplicity, I would agree. But one must keep in mind that death is a cure for all the body’s potential illnesses. Our bodies are designed to heal themselves in perfection, and often that requires time, either a short time, like a cold, or much longer for chronic illnesses. That is not to say that instant healing is not possible. However, illness and the curing thereof, are not merely things of the body, or even a negative thing. If the cause is not of the environment or the body, the healing of such may take a long time.

    If one has never suffered a long and agonizing chronically painful illness, it is much easier to say that “all you need to do is align yourself with your own higher power.” “Focus on something else that is positive.” If you can’t raise your arms or legs, or move your torso without screaming in pain, would you, could you, really focus on swimming at the beach or walking along the redwood forest? Do you run or jog when you’ve sprained your ankle?

    I have been a spiritual healer for over 40 years. I believe that our body-mind-spirit can heal us of all illness or I couldn’t do what I do. I have experienced self-healing all my life, and I have, with awe and wonder and great love, experienced spontaneous healing – many times. I love what I do.

    However, I have also experienced those whose pain is so intense, they cannot focus on other things. There are no faults or blames to this. But if others tell you that you just aren’t trying because all illness can be healed, that is wrong. We do not know the origin nor the purpose of illness within others. Within ourselves, we can mostly find it, or our bodies find it, or we ask for guidance from Spirit to find it so that we may rectify whatever needs rectifying and get back on the health highway.

    If, prior to coming to Earth, I was asked if I was willing to take a life of chronic pain in order to develop compassion in others, I know I refused that one.

    So, yes I believe that there is no illness that is incurable. I would never push that belief, or use it to judge others, especially those in chronic pain. I also believe our thinking creates situations that can bring illness to us. It takes time to figure out how you did that at times, but that is the beginning of the healing.

    Love to all,


    • John Cali

      Thank you, Mikala.

      A wise friend of mine, who is a Catholic priest, used to say “Death can be a healing.”

  7. beachdrifter

    John, thank you so much for the video!!! It contained a nugget that I just speculated about for the last few days myself, but I wasn’t quite sure if I was on the right track with it or not (about not trying to “get there” all at once).

    I began to write about the specifics of it in my experience, but my emotions told me so clearly to NOT GO THERE AGAIN that I’ll leave it at that! Perfect timing for me, thanks again!

    • John Cali

      You’re most welcome, beachdrifter! I’m delighted it helped. I love Abraham!

      Many blessings to you.

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