“When you dream alone, with your eyes shut, asleep, that dream is an illusion. But when we dream together, sharing the same dream, awake and with our eyes wide open, then that dream becomes reality!” (anonymous)

I took this from Paulo Coelho’s blog today.

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what does spiritual healing mean to you?

I asked friends in a Facebook post this question and here are some of the replies:

“Spiritual healing is learning how to accept and move on. Things have happened, are happening, and will happen, and once we can accept that this is just the way life works – giving/taking, good/bad, happy/sad – then we can spend our energies on enlightenment and all that good stuff.”

“I think “spiritual healing” means recovering from some sort of distress or negative state of mind in general. It’s about being happy or achieving peace of mind. Being “spiritually healthy” is about giving something positive to the universe.”

“Spiritual healing is the journey to finding true joy within, with no attachment to the outcome and judgment of others. You transcend above the emotions that limit you… jealousy, anger, hate, etc…

“balance of body & soul, optimum inspiration, for an enlightened lifetime adventure”

“I think it means repairing damage caused by a particular traumatic experience or the circumstances of childhood and aberrant parenting which, no matter how successful are necessarily traumatic due to the very nature of the process and individuals involved — how’s that for a mouthful?  ”

“loving yourself!”

“used to be that those terms meant some sort of hippie new age sh** which I didn’t care for. But now a days it’s more of how I live my life. I’m done with treating the symptoms. I’m more into treating the cause and dealing with the whole body, mind and spirit, as a cure for what ails you. ”

HERE IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE BECAUSE THERE IS A STORY AND LESSON LEARNED IN HERE:

I normally wouldn’t throw my hat in this ring, but I’m in a Bible study and this week the whole topic was about this very thing, so here goes. I do believe in God, and Jesus, and having a sweet son w/ autism, and watching the incredible “coincidences” of how God has provided for him (and us) has really strengthened my faith.

I don’t know what you believe – so I hope I don’t offend!!

There’s a passage in the Bible – 2 Corinthians 12 – where Paul has some kind of disability.  The consensus is that it’s some kind of problem with his vision…. he talks about how he’s prayed over and over again for God to remove “the thorn from his eye.”

Anyway, eventually, he comes to the place that he realizes that God uses his suffering to develop his character and to be an example to others.   I love the way the notes from our homework say it:

“God did not remove Paul’s ‘thorn’ of suffering in order that God’s grace might be seen and proved sufficient to balance Paul’s suffering.  Surely there is no greater proof of God’s power and grace than when a person is given such supernatural joy in God that the comfort he receives is greater than his pain.

“When a person suffers yet has the courage to endure without murmuring against God, the strength of faith in God manifests a particular glory of God that many of us know nothing about.  Often this bears more eternal fruit than a testimony of a miraculous healing.”

Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there.   I’ve prayed and prayed (and done LOTS of other kooky medical/therapy/etc. stuff) for God to lift <my son’s> autism.  It’s painful as a mom to watch, and who knows what his future will look like.   He’s made some amazing progress, but still maybe 50% chance he’ll live independently someday.

I’m finally at the place that I still pray for healing, but I also can see the amazing changes in my life, and our whole family because of it.   I always used to sort of roll my eyes a little when people who had a child w/ Down Syndrome, etc. would say what a “gift” the disability had been, but now I really do understand.

If God just “healed” <our son> and we went on with our daily lives, I might not have gone so “deep.”

Hope that doesn’t come off as preachy- I just think that’s been a big realization for our little family.

I also believe in a lot of alternative therapies – and I think ancient Eastern medicine, etc. had figured out a lot of things about how our bodies work that modern medicine is just now touching on.  I think we’re spiritual beings and God created our bodies to be self-healing in lots of ways we’re just now discovering!

I just wanted to clarify that I don’t really mean self-healing in the “if I just think happy thoughts my body will heal” – but more that God designed our bodies in miraculous ways – ways that we’re just beginning to comprehend – and that there are so many cleaning/healing/detoxing processes built into our bodies that we need to support instead of always just medicating.

you are invited…

godmother and goddaughter, photo by marianne campbell

This is our first post in an attempt to create discussion via words or video. To reveal the connection among us regardless of our personal structures. This is about healing and how we are created to do this. Created with the power to heal over and over, continually throughout this life time here- through our experiences, our fears, our emotions, our thoughts and essentially our love: for others and for self. Here we go…