Practical Healing

1. What is healing? Healing is the restoration of the mind, body and soul into its “original” or healthy state. It is the personal experience of the transcendence of suffering. [1] 2. What is a dis-ease? The body tends to suffer due to imbalance. When the body is exposed to different pressures caused by different things, with different intensities and volumes, there would be changes in its functions, resulting to what we call illness, which is also called as disease. 3. Who is the healer?

Practically, the healer is the person that heals or the one that has become instrumental to one’s recovery from disease. A healer could be a doctor, an herbalist, a counselor, or simply a man or a woman that has comforting words. 4. Are we all healers? It is a common belief that we all can be healers. But this has not always been the case. The Judeo – Christian scriptures stated: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? [2] However, everyone could ask the Cosmos to be the channel of loving and healing energies.

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Since everyone in the world is suffering, it is deemed to be right and just to all of us to become a healer of sort: a comforter, an active listener, an empath, the one could understand suffering (for we, too suffer), and would find ways to alleviate this pain and suffering. [3] 5. What are the causes of illnesses and sufferings? The Catholic tradition had introduced, as this Lowly Servant of the Universe believes, the most unique and more comprehensive way or idea of where the human and social diseases are coming from. The Seven Deadly Sins,[4] they say, are more or less, the cause of the world’s suffering.

All of these are coming from the senseless desires of the Five Imperfect and Incomplete Senses,[5] which are driven by the Untrue Self, which is the Ego. [6] 6. How do we heal? There are different forms of healing. Each is called a modality, or a method of healing. The doctors, nurses, etc. use the technique of the pill and surgery allegedly to heal the disease. However, what lacks in this method is that it does not really address the root cause of the disease. [7] That is why, while we are so many hospitals and clinics, lots and lots of people are getting sick, had become bed-ridden, suffer, then die.

The focus of the healing is the well-being and the overall health of the person. It means that one must address the physical, mental, and spiritual state of the person. These three are interrelated and interconnected that to ignore one is ignoring the entire thing. If one would just resolve a problem in parts, and not in its totality, will having a difficult task of facing or solving the same problem again and again. [8] 7. What are the precautions while doing healing? a. Know the cause of the disease Is it karmic? Is it physical? Is it spiritual? The karmic origin of the disease is often ignored.

There are some sicknesses that are not healed in order for the person to learn his lessons, to be humbled, and to become completely united with the Divine. The Apostle Paul is the best example of this. [9] b. If it is karmic or caused by a heavy sin, which the person is not to be converted easily because of this illness, do not heal him or her. If the disease is caused by a harmful karma or by heavy sin, do not attempt to heal the person unless you wanted to take part of his or her karma. But, brother is that possible? The answer is yes. The Apostle Paul had warned the young Timothy about this thing:

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. [10] The hand is the extension of your soul when you heal. When it received a negative energy, then the energies of your soul would also be tainted with negativity. c. Shield. The most perfect shield is to make yourself pure, blemish-free, and acceptable to God. While we sin, be sure that you would be able ask God for forgiveness. The “visible” form of shielding is uttering a prayer of shielding or using something that is tangible to keep you away from negative energies. d.

Make the patient the center of the session, not yourself. Heal not because you want to heal. Heal because of healing and because you have done it because of tender compassion. If you are just obliged to heal, don’t do healing. It would only taint you and will make the situation worse. Furthermore, do not let the person be misguided that you are the one who heals. But there is one Unseen that heals. Give the recognition to the One. Selah. ———————– [1] Thomas R. Egnew, The Meaning of Healing: Transcending Suffering, Annals of Family Med. 2005 May; 3(3): 255–262.

[2] 1 Corinthians 12:29 [3] In the future when your Dharma and general spiritual practice are in decline, when the human beings in this world are spiritually impoverished, when their attachment, anger, and ignorance are so strong and difficult to control that they experience continual physical suffering, mental pain, fears, and dangers, and especially many incurable diseases, who will release them from this suffering and protect them from danger? Who will help them to overcome the three mental poisons? – The question of the venerable and the Holy Menjushri to the Buddha about medicine and healing.

[4] The Seven (7) Deadly Sins, according to the Christian tradition are: 1. Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity. 2. Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation. 3. Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires. 4. Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body. 5. Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury.

It is also known as Wrath. 6. Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness. 7. Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. [5] The Vedas purported that the conditione soul or the one is attached to this material world has been perceiving what is pure Maya, illusion. Unless that one would practice spiritual discipline, controlling the desires of the 5 Internal and 5 External senses that are not perfect, then he would be trapped in the cycles of birth, disease, old age, and death.

[6] A Buddhist monk, Bhante Yogavacara Rahula said, The feeling of a separate ‘I’ or ego consciousness is directly related to the strength of our ignorance, greed and hatred. One could even say that the deepest meaning or level of ignorance is the believing in, identifying with and clinging to this sense of a separate I. It manifests as thoughts and feelings of I, Me and Mine. In reality this separate sense of I, which divides us from others, is nothing more than a deeply engrained mental phenomena. It arises like a parasite with each moment of consciousness.

It has the non-substance of an illusion or shadow bound up with consciousness which appears to the uninformed to be real or somehow substantial. The uninformed person believes and assumes it is their own personal Self. They think that they are the owner or controller of this consciousness. And because of this tight identification and clinging to I or Myself, ego consciousness along with attachment/desire, anger/hatred and ignorance arise and repeatedly gain strength. [7] Physician Frank Lipman said: What are the biggest problems you see with the way Medicine is practiced today?

Here is my list, I am sure there are more: 1. Modern Western Medicine is based on a narrow “scientific” model, and arrogantly ignores and rejects therapies and entire medical systems that don’t fit this model. 2. Doctors are trained in hospitals in “crisis care” medicine, not to take care of the “walking wounded,” which is the majority of people. They need to be trained to take of the “walking wounded” as well. 3. Instead of treating the underlying causes or imbalances, Doctors often merely manage symptoms.

4. Symptoms are seen as something to be suppressed rather than a pointer to some underlying imbalance. 5. Doctors see the human body as a machine with separate parts that can be treated independently rather than as an integrated whole. In addition the mind and body are also seen as separate independent entities and emotions are often ignored. 10. We treat the disease, not the patient. 11. There is a reliance on numbers and tests rather than how the patient is feeling and what is found on examination. 12.

We don’t take into account the importance of diet and lifestyle on health. How could we? We get a total of 6-8 hours of nutrition lectures in medical school. 13. We don’t recognize or understand the correct use of supplements to optimize health. 14. We don’t recognize the importance of toxicity on our bodies nor know how to boost the body’s own detoxification systems. 15. The Doctor patient relationship is not emphasized and the role of the patient as a partner in their own health care not encouraged. 16. The placebo has a negative connotation and ignored.

The placebo is really the body healing itself and should be encouraged. 17. The Drug Industry is too enmeshed in the medical system The Pharmaceutical Industry has WAY TOO MUCH power and is “bribing” Doctors to use their drugs and researchers to produce positive results for their drugs. 18. More than 80 percent of all medical treatments used have been untested by rigorous peer reviewed study, yet the Medical establishment insists that alternative health treatments must undergo these before they can be used. The system of evaluation needs to be changed.

(Cf. Read more: http://www. care2. com/greenliving/18-biggest-problems-with-modern-medicine. html#ixzz2FBgIF2bI). [8] It is important to do counseling while you heal. Only knowing the root cause of the illness, devising ways to resolve it while not introducing the idea of codependency, and applying the theory into practice can make our healing effective. [9] “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ” 2 Corinthians 12: 7 – 10, the New International Version. [10] 1 Timothy 5:22


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