by Christian Flèche


Also it came to me as a certainty that catastrophes are only here to avoid the worse.”
Christiane Singer


A young woman sees her grand-father kill kittens at the farm. This vision is unbearable. She loves her grand-father and she loves cats, but she cannot accept that, she cannot integrate that in her. Vision issues quicky appear, which prevent her from seeing what’s around her. It’s better to have vision problems than to see her grand-father as a killer.

A teenager is very introverted; he rarely talks although he’s very smart. He feels bad about this and he’d like to change. But he’s not the driver of his life. When did this mutism start? He forgot, he can’t remember. By the bye it is best. It happened before his parents divorced. At that time he was speaking naturally until one evening at dinner, he innocently asked his mom, “who was the man with you at the park, I saw you when getting out of school?” Stony silence at the table. The mother turned pale, then blushed, and the dad got nervous. Then came the cries and the tears… and the divorce. “If only I did not speak, they would still be together. I feel guilty of the tragedy between the two people I love the most in this world.” So it’s better to be mute even for a lifetime than to speak and provoke tragedies.

Everything is a solution.

The apparent conscious issue is a hidden solution to a past difficulty that became unconscious.  Whatever your complaint, your disease, your difficulty, the first question to ask yourself is,
“What bothers me right now, what does it avoid that is worse?”




It’s the purpose of all our actions, of all our avoidances, of all our habits, as well as our thoughts. The purpose of all our behaviors, of our apparent problems as well as our diseases, is always to decrease the level of stress. It’s a great principle in humans as well as in animals and even plants.

It concerns our present stress of course. It’s hot, I get in the shade, I sweat, I tan to not burn. But it also concerns the memory of the past stress. I ate a food that I did not like. Years later, I see a picture of it, or someone mentions it, and I have nausea. I am getting ready to put it outside of me, to vomit what used to be in my mouth but is no more. A person hurt me; I bump into her in the street and my body gets tense, ready to attack. We are in reference to the past, to our learnings. […]

We live an adult life with the emotional age of a child. At each trauma, time stops for a part of ourselves. When I see a dog, I have the age of when I met a dog for the very first time. It was scary, terrifying. Although I’m 45 years old now, when I see a yappy dog, even small, I am terrorized. Of course it’s not the present dog that scares me, it’s the dog from the past, in my memory. Because the human being conjugates the past in the present tense; we react more than we act.

You are angry, then you are in stress, you put yourself in survival mode. Why are you impatient? It’s because you switched to survival mode. You forget yourself for the others, you are perfectionist, you anticipate problems, you are in survival mode.

Every emotion is a regression; it brings us back to the age we learnt this emotion. Here is an example to illustrate: each time I listen to the song I Talk to the Wind, I am happy because even if I don’t remember (but it’s still in me), the first time I heard this song was when a girl looked at me for the very first time in a loving and tender manner. […]

This way, time does not really exist and we have the age of our unfulfilled needs, of our learnings, of our first experiences [whether positive or negative].

When I fall madly in love with this woman, passionately bonding with her, this woman who looks like my mother when I was a baby - my mother who abandoned me - I am not in love with that person, I just repair the separation I experienced with my mother.

When I dislike this woman, when I reject her and insult her, they are the insults that I have not been able to say to my older sister, or to my teacher or my aunt. It’s not that woman that I hate but someone else. All those emotions that I express towards this person have nothing to do with what I really feel for her.
“I love you but don’t take it personally because it has nothing to do with you.”

What I take for a problem today allows me to avoid something - but what?
Every disease always prevents from something that is worse than the disease itself - from the unconscious perspective of course.


  • My grand-mother died when giving birth and I am sterile to stay alive. To be sterile prevents something worse: to be dead.
  • I am forced to quit my job. My life has no purpose anymore. I refuse this inside, I want to stay so I get paralyzed. To be paralyzed prevents something worse: to no longer have a life purpose.
  • I heard my parents arguing with each other because of me. I become deaf. Not to hear anymore prevents me from feeling guilty.
  • I am attacked by surprise. I become paranoid, feeling constantly threatened and persecuted. Danger comes from everywhere. I’m ready at any moment so that I will never be surprised anymore.
  • I find the body of my best friend, who killed herself. Since then I have hot flashes to trick my biology into making me believe that I’m alive. Cold means death and heat means life.
  • My grand-mother just moved far away. I won’t hear her voice anymore. I develop tinnitus which fills up the unbearable silence of her absence.


The apparent disease, the apparent conscious problem, is in reality the healing of something else. Disease comes to heal me from something more profound. All conscious problems are here to prevent me from something worse, much more profound, hidden.

As Carl Jung wrote, “Disease is nature’s effort to cure me. It contains the true gold which has not been able to manifest anywhere else.”

Because disease is not a useless burden with no purpose. It is ourselves as “someone else” we try to evict.

Carl Jung continues,
All that does not come to consciousness…
What we do not want to know of ourselves…
What we avoid recognizing in ourselves,
We meet later in a form of a fate”
, or a disease.


Extract from Christian Flèche's book “The External World does not Exist! Change your Perception to Change your Health”

Translated into English and edited by Marie A. Boularand

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