St Francis of Assisi by Cigoli, 1600
As I say on the ‘About’ page of this blog, I’m not religious in the accepted sense, though I totally respect others’ beliefs. And as I’ve said in previous posts, I don’t feel particularly comfortable writing with ‘famous’ communicators. So perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised by who came knocking at my metaphysical door when I sat down to write with spirit about healing. Because I’m beginning to suspect that whatever I try to avoid is precisely what spirit gently puts in my path! Thanks for the lesson, team.
Healing – with St Francis of Assisi – February 2015
There are many forms of healing for there are many different kinds of injury needing to be healed. Most obvious, in human terms, is the art of the physician, where God-given intelligence enables him or her to diagnose a problem with the physical body, or with the mental wellness of the human, and to prescribe treatments to cure or alleviate the problem.
Much progress has been made on a physical level with medicine but many challenges still remain, for the human body is a complex and delicate machine. Human life is fragile. Still, not all ills can be cured, not all damages mended. The fragility of human life renders it all the more precious.
Less progress has been made in terms of mental health. Here, man’s comfort with the physical, his focus on all things scientific, is not so much help as hindrance. For he is less likely to address the emotional, the spiritual, with success if he is mired in a world of membranes and chemicals.
There is some helpful crossing over between the two approaches – the maturing world of physical medicine and the emerging one of emotional medicine – in the area known as alternative medicine. Here, energetic therapies such as Reiki cross the barrier between the physical and the emotional. For this is healing which is non-specific in its creation and which flows to where it is most needed, taking the form in which it will be most effective. These forms of healing hold the clue for the progression of human medicine.
In your future, therapies will arise that are almost beyond current comprehension. Non-specific growing of human matter and the creation of chemical substances that will transform into what is needed by the body; the control of natural energies that will flow to where they are needed and effect the transformation – the cure – of their own accord.
But perfect health throughout a human life is not, nor never will be, possible, for the vehicle is built to have a limited life span. Human life is intended to be brief, for it is a learning period. And as you all know from your schooling, the best lessons are short, intense and interactive. If they go on too long, if interest and attention is lost, then learning ceases to happen.
These, then, are the various methods currently employed, and those of the future that will be employed, in the laying on of hands – whether surgically, energetically, or chemically – to heal the human body or mind.
Now let us address healing in a broader sense, for it is not always doctoring which is of the greatest value. Here, let us bring to mind the healing power of an embrace, of a smile, of a few words kindly spoken or written.
One of the greatest gifts bestowed on anyone having a human experience is that he or she is sharing that life with others. You are not alone. There are others around you who share similar challenges, experiences, feelings.
And the greatest sources of healing, the most effective types of healing, are not always the most obvious ones. Sometimes a physical injury is not fixable. Sometimes an illness is not curable. Does this mean that no form of healing is effective? No. For is not the comfort of a loved one’s presence a boon, even when your body is beyond repair? Are not words of comfort or love, spoken softly, exactly what is needed when one feels beyond hope? Emotional healing goes far beyond the physical body. And when the physical body cannot be healed, emotional healing is even more necessary.
In your search for the next wonder drug, the next surgical technique, the next gene therapy, do not forget the power of a loving embrace. Do not forget the power of sincere words. Open your hearts to what it means to be in need of healing. Share your shared life. The injuries to others are not always visible, the life that most needs healing is not always visibly blighted. Sometimes those most in need of healing appear to others to be living a charmed or perfect life.
This is where a healer’s senses go beyond those known to conventional medicine. This is where the healer that exists in every human can emerge and perform a miracle. For every one of you can heal. Every one of you can perform miracles daily. It does not require a surgeon’s training or a psychiatrist’s learning. It does not even require an alternative practitioner’s years of study. All it requires is an open heart, a connectedness to your soul. And then, in tune with yourself, you are also in tune with others. Then, in your openness, you can feel the other’s need on an instinctive level.
A kind word as you pass in a doorway, a smile to a stranger as you travel to work, a hand on a shoulder, an embrace at the end of a long day, fingers smoothing hair across a furrowed brow, a hand held. A few well-chosen words: I love you, I am sorry, may I help, you are not alone, I am here. These small things are the currency of healing, for all healing begins with connectedness and willingness to share. Sometimes the sharing means taking – sharing a burden for example – and sometimes it means giving, perhaps energy or attention or physical support. Give and take, connectedness. This is where healing begins and where it ends.
In the centre there is medicine and science and there are developments to come in these areas. But what will never change is the attendant need for the small healings of everyday life. For, given in enough quality and quantity, they themselves can prevent many greater ills from occurring.
And so I leave you with this thought: do not leave healing solely to the physicians, eminent and admirable as they are. Do not leave it even to those who assign themselves as healers, gifted and generous as they are. Determine, instead, to be a healer yourself, for that is your gift as a human being.
Bring healing to your words and touch, and empathy to all your relationships, every day. Begin with your relationship with yourself. Be compassionate with your self. Do not criticise, but support your self with love and praise, with kind words at the end of a challenging day. Tell your self you are beautiful, that you are strong, that this too shall pass. Then do the same for those you care for most – and then for those whose lives are touched by yours even in the most fleeting of moments.
Be a ripple in the current that runs through the world, connecting each living thing to another and another. Heal and be healed in the simplest and most fundamental of ways: be kind to one another.