Naturally, most of us who get sick want to survive; as soon as we are diagnosed with illness or experience physical symptoms, the survival mechanism kicks into high gear. At this point, the “fight against the disease” commences.
Most of us associate healing with curing, fixing or making it go away. If it’s “healed”, it should be gone, right? But healing—in its most spiritually appropriate definition—is a restoration into wholeness. Healing brings together what was once separated and disjointed to a space of oneness and integration. That’s true healing.
Yet this often doesn’t occur. Even when a disease has been “cured”, many of us still have not brought the mind and body into wholeness with the spirit. In this case, can we say we are truly healed? Are we whole if we’re not integrated with the only aspect of us (the spirit) that remains truly whole?
True healing—the bringing of the mind into wholeness with the spirit—may lead to many outcomes, including surviving as well as not surviving. For each of us on our own spiritual path, healing doesn’t always mean fixing what we think is wrong. It can be devastating to a soul in a body to think that it has “failed” in its undertaking of healing if the body doesn’t survive it. This is incorrect thinking.
It doesn’t mean we’ve failed if we haven’t survived physically. Nor does it mean we haven’t survived as spirit. As spirit, we are infinite beings, and there is no meaning to the word “survival”; we don’t have to survive because we simply live eternally without a single threat to our existence.
If, in this lifetime, we put all our energy into surviving, and none into the art of spiritual development, forgiveness, mindfulness, and reconnecting to our innate wholeness, most of us cannot say we have truly healed. We can’t take the body with us when we go; what we take are the left-overs in our minds that we bring with us into our next physical incarnation. And we do this over and over and over, until we eventually vie for true healing versus superficial fixes that never last more than one round.
The Buddha said there are several things that no one is able to accomplish in this world. Here are a few: 1) To cease growing old, 2) To cease getting sick, and 3) To cease dying. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to survive physically, but if we really observe the Buddha’s teachings, the obsessive need to “fight to survive” ceases because we understand certain conditions are unavoidable. This understanding brings emphasis to true healing and wholeness, and the desire to practice in our daily lives so we can bring ourselves and others closer to it.
60-Second Energy Intervention
Sensing the Difference Between Surviving and Healing:
- Conjure up in your mind the feelings you had when you were diagnosed with illness, or last had symptoms. Notice anger, resistance, struggle, fighting, pushing, fear, disappointment or failure, and how these feel in your body. These are survival energies.
- Now pick a color (any color) to represent your own healing vibration as spirit. Imagine this as a halo around your head and a glow of light emanating from your heart.
- Sense how it feels in your body to have this healing energy touching you and vibrating out from you. This is the vibration where true healing comes from. The color can change as you want it to; the idea is to recognize how healing energy feels in your body.