The Art of Healing
Here is a quick overview about how to approach healing.
What is Healing
It’s critical to understand what healing really means.
To heal: is to make whole.
A fundamental problem that limits any healing process is: not understanding what being whole is all about.
Being alive includes the challenges of life. The process to overcome / grow from our challenges shape us in very tangible manner. As a result healing must take into account how a person works with the challenges within their life.
As examples: To just take a pill to cure an illness doesn’t resolve lifestyle and other factors that define and then manifest into that person’s illness. To only run away from abuse doesn’t take into account what drove a person into abuse.
It’s critical to learn from our challenges and change in relation to those challenges in order to truly be whole.
Healers often split apart the physical, mental and spiritual parts of our nature, and then make the mistake to leave it all separate. This is done to simplify the process of healing, but true healing, as it’s about wholeness, must always balance out mind, body and spirit in the final outcome. While a healing process may start off simple in order to begin a process of fixing one part of our nature: the larger process of healing, always will become a tapestry of actions that blend in elements of physical, mental and spiritual parts of one’s life. In order to do this fully, healing becomes a process of growth.
Healing isn’t about getting a person back to a predefined state of where they once were! (This is one flaw of modern medicine) To do so, actually limits and then helps foster decay in a person’s spirit.
In other words: it’s important that a healing technique is always part of a larger process of growth, rather than a single static simple action.
If you are getting healed, and you are not growing from the healing experience, then you know something is fundamentally wrong in the technique of healing being applied to you. You should always question quick fixes and static solutions, as in the end, such solutions won’t blend into the larger story of your life, won’t help you truly become whole.
Many Healing Options
Many healing paths exist!
Another interesting aspect about healing are that many paths exist to finding wholeness.
For instance sometimes to be whole means to become something new, somethings to be whole is to release issues of the past…
We have to understand what we are in wholeness can shift quite radically based on how we grow into our life.
Also: Don’t get attached to a single solution to a problem. Many paths and many solutions exist. All too often healers themselves get defined to their healing practices. As a result they become blinded to other possibilities and even better alternatives to a person’s situation.
If you get stuck to a single vision of what wholeness can look like, you can miss countless better alternatives to your future life.
Sometimes the very process and tools used in the healing, become a critical part of who we are. For example, a wheelchair when used as an extension of the body can be a beautiful thing rather than merely a tool. How we look at something effects how it is used.
If you view a tool as a tool… it will always be a tool. But if you view something as an extension of you, then your spirit goes into that item/process and it helps make you beautiful. Because then you extend the grace of your actions into that extension of yourself.
Don’t forget about yourself!
One problem of Modern Healing Techniques and Psychiatry is how they view the process of healing. Modern processes work towards healing a person to an outside averaged state of being based on medical knowledge statistically gathered over many years. This is great when the problem you face is a well known average problem, but fails when you are dealing with something new or more complicated than a standard problem.
Part of the teachings here to to reinforce a person’s capacity to be complete not by outside standards but within your own nature.
Whenever you work with any healer: it’s always important to hold “space” for yourself. You need to be your own advocate on your personal nature and form.
You are the expert at being you!
People often forget that most western healers deal only in the physical aspects of life… since it’s easiest to regulate… to a common standard. However what about spiritual healing?
What is a spiritual healer?
Spiritual healers help a person re-start their life back into a journey.
In other words: to be whole in one’s life path.
Many people get stuck in problems:
- In trying to be something they are not,
- In trying to fit in someone else’s predefined mold of what they should be
So many people forget to move with their life, as it happens. To instead move in way that goes counter to their life, counter to their own inner truth. This in turn causes harm. Don’t take this wrongly. People are highly flexible able to follow many different paths. In the countless numbers of humanity there are limitless stories of what is possible.
But also know for each person, some paths fit better than others. At times this means it’s important to follow an easier path and at times it means taking the hardest. The job of a spiritual healer is to help guide a person along these pathways. Not to make it easier but to enable a person to explore their nature and potential fully.
This is not a process that fits any guide book since it is undefined by default: in other words of the Tao. This is why so much of Taoist practice focuses around healing on all levels of life.
We have both inner and outer challenges in life, we can find balance in our own inner challenges and once we do, it’s possible to find grace knowing that we don’t have to solve our inner issues with outer solutions based on others.
Wholeness is a complicated process, how we are whole internally can be different in how others will view wholeness for you.
Always remember to first find peace internally, as this is often the easiest path, then concentrate on larger outer problems of how others see and interface to you. Few people can do this, because most people insist on only defining themselves based on others.