All You Ever Wanted To Know About Healing
By Lisa Raphael
It is truly inspiring to witness how many diverse and exciting approaches there are to healing. Yet beyond the differences, the specialties, the variety of emphases on physical, emotional spiritual or general healing, there are three basic principles of which both client and practitioner should be aware.
First principle: Nobody heals anybody else. A healer is one who facilitates an individual’s own self-healing. Primary responsibility is always with the person seeking healing.
Second principle: Healing, like life itself, is an ongoing process. There is no beginning and no end to it, even after death of the physical body.
Third principle: No single approach to a problem or symptom will necessarily resolve all aspects of the perceived discomfort or disease. A method that alleviates one aspect may not address other dimensions of the imbalance. Even if it is the best approach for the present situation, it may not be the most effective method for future issues.
It is important not to confuse healing with curing. Two aspirin may cure a headache, but they may do nothing to alleviate the underlying cause of the headache. Healing the headache involves identifying the source of the imbalance, whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual, or any combination thereof, and taking action to ameliorate the cause. Healing means making whole. Wholeness is a matter of balance.
Everything in nature is in balance until or unless we interfere with it. Unfortunately, today there are so many levels of interference with nature that it can be hard to discern the inherent balance. Likewise, there are so many factors interfering with our own natural way of being that it can be a challenge to get back into harmony with ones true nature.
Nobody heals anyone else. Especially today, this is the most vital of the three principles. Humans have a tendency, due to our relatively long period of dependence on parents and/or other adults for survival, to worship, follow, imitate and emulate those who help us. Likewise, successful physicians, therapists, psychics, body workers, nutritionists, and spiritual leaders are easily seduced into feeling that it is their skill, training, intuition and/or guidance that is responsible for their clients’ progress. The problem is that in evolutionary terms, we are no longer in childhood, and are rapidly shifting out of adolescence. The danger of confusing the healing with the healer is evident all around us. Blindly following the representative of a particular set of beliefs is having disastrous results, socially and politically, as well as in the religious and spiritual arena. How many more leaders, gurus or healers need to be exposed before we realize that no one has all the answers for everyone? And that it is unlikely that any particular healer has all the answers for any individual?