Healing is a by-product. While we may desire healing, we cannot possess it until the right pre-conditions are first embraced and integrated into our life. Disease and dysfunction are also by-products. If we are dis-integrated from the pre-conditions for healing, life becomes diminished.
In our culture, science is the juggernaut upon which most people place their faith for healing. The science of medicine has given us countless solutions, therapies, and answers which enable us to cure and manage the diseases and dysfunctions of our bodies. Science itself is an evolution of consciousness and a process of incremental conformity to the truth as it is discovered. This means that science answers more questions today than yesterday, but not as many as it will tomorrow. Science is in flux.
When science tells us, “There’s nothing more we can do.” People rarely reject all that science has to offer. If faith says the same thing it is viewed as a sham. We must get beyond this. Healing is not a single event.
Remember what I said in part 1 of this series? Healing is not problem solving. While science can aid in our healing, it is only one pre-condition which will allow healing to take place. A person may receive penicillin for a bacterial infection, and while the physical ailment may have passed, a healing may not have taken place. Similarly, a disease of the body may not be cured, but a healing could have taken place. If this sounds confusing, its because we are not fully understand healing.
Healing is the integral flow of all factors which promote liberation. An invalid lacks liberation in their mobility. Any dis-integration of the mind-body connection is a loss of freedom. A depressed person may have a capable body, but still suffers a loss of liberty. Because healing is multi-faceted, encompassing both physical and non-physical reality, it is possible for a person who is losing liberty in their body to possess true healing. Quite often, those who undergo severe incapacities, discover true transformational healing, not despite, but because of their physical suffering.
All bodies eventually age and go into decline. Even the very best of us will lose a measure of flexibility, bone density, muscle mass, along with cognitive acumen. Without exception, each one of our bodies will die. True healing transcends our bodies and is possessed only by that part of us that never dies, the non-physical or “spiritual” aspects of life. Scripture depicts healing as being translational, meaning that it is experienced in another body.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 5:16-18)
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body….Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall[f] also bear the image of the man of heaven. 1 (Corinthians 15:44,49)
Chances are good, that many of you didn’t want me to go here. Maybe you don’t subscribe to the Christian teaching of the resurrection. If you feel like this is a cop out because we need healing, now, in this life, then be patient. I’m getting to that. However, before I can address this, I have to lengthen our “winch line” by placing the anchor much, much further out. If we fail to do this, it is far too easy to lose faith, and let go of hope because we are solely fixated on our corporeal stay here and now. Those who reject an afterlife are forced to the tiny framework of “this life” where the despair of time works against our healing.
True healing encompasses more than our bodies, but most definitely includes them. If science were able to unlock eternal life and perfect health, everyone would clutch to it. So why if the Christian faith has done this, do so many reject it? Why do so many who claim to subscribe to the faith live as if this isn’t true? Science says we are incrementally moving toward healing. Faith says the same thing only it promises that we will be around to enjoy it. Science makes no such promise.
If we hold an eternal rather than a temporal view, something transforms within us. Only the person who sees themselves outlasting their body can tap into the flow of healing that transcends it all. Healing is a power that is not “us” which comes through us if the preconditions for healing are met. A doctor can reset our broken bones, but the healing which activates our osteoclasts and remodels our bone over time ultimately comes from beyond us. Healing of our bodies is perceived as passive and automatic, it’s presupposed. Until the moment healing stops. Then science has nothing to offer.
Thats where faith and flow come in. Healing is a lifestyle. Healing is a spiritual practice. Healing is flowing out of divine presence which heals all necessary preconditions in turn prior to our bodies. Don’t miss this. Science addresses only those preconditions within the physical realm, but our faith must address those preconditions within non-physical reality.
I realize this post probably raised more questions than answers. We want to know if healing our bodies is truly possible. How much trust should we put in faith? Are there any practices that will produce physical healing? Where’s the proof that what I’m saying is true? Without realizing it, these questions emerge from dis-integration. These are questions integration never asks. Healing is the ability to see all things as converging into a single place, an “Omega Point,” as Teilhard de Chardin put it. Healing recognizes not only our temporal position in time where this convergence is happening, but also experiences the oneness, completeness, and wholeness of that convergence. This allows a healed person to meet each moment as complete in itself.
Now I will ask you again the question Jesus asked the invalid: Do you want to be healed?