“Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that make him sick.”
I have seen this quote posted a few times recently, and I absolutely love it!
As I am progressing on my own path of healing (and healer), I have become acutely aware of how profound this statement is.
Like me, I see so many people that are trying to make sense of the world in which we live, as well as grapple with so many ills and ailments that modern medicine is incapable of curing. At best we treat symptoms, but ultimately there is no cure; or better yet – true healing, taking place.
The purpose of this piece is not to debate the merits of modern vs traditional medicines – I believe both have their place – but rather to delve into the absolute core of what healing is. In the mystery tradition, true healing is “healing that which does not know itself to be God”.
Let that sink in for a minute.
If we knew ourselves as a perfect reflection of our divine selves made manifest in the flesh, how different would our lives be? In my search for truth it has become clear to me that we have been created in the image and likeness of God and thus we cannot be anything other than God, not THE God mind, but God manifest in the flesh nonetheless (and not the limited view of this concept that Religion has imposed upon us, but that is a topic for a different day ;)). AND we were blessed with free will to boot! And then we forgot all of this.
So now you have individuated aspects of THE God aka Gods running around with free will, but having completely forgotten how powerful they truly are. Then we get told we are separate from each other (and everything else), and we begin to construct belief systems (boxes of separation) that further cement these concepts.
All of this is pure fodder for the negative ego, and so a self-perpetuating cycle of entrapment and dis-ease grows rampantly out of control. But perhaps the greatest trick of the negative ego is that it has made you believe that you have no agency in any of this! You are a victim and you are THE victim.
The only hope for healing is for someone else (or something else) to do it for you. Alas, what are we to do?!
Thankfully the scenario illustrated above is just a bullshit illusion that we have bought as reality. It is not reality. The truth is that we are Gods embodied in the flesh, with absolute free will (within the parameters of Universal Law), that have full agency to create and re-create our lives anew. We are not victims. We are creators!
So how does this relate to what Hippocrates said above? Well if a God/Goddess with free will chooses to be sick, how can you heal him/her? It is that simple.
I had a profound experience yesterday as I have now started a journey of physically healing and realigning my body that has been damaged by car accidents and other injuries. I had resigned myself to the fact that I could not do the things with my body that I desired to, as it was damaged. And so it was. Until it wasn’t anymore.
When I truly realised that I can not only heal the physical damage caused by these injuries, but that I can create a body that will be stronger at 40 then it was at 20, I was free to heal! I had decided that my body was capable of healing, and so the healer appeared.
I chose not to be sick anymore, and now my body is fundamentally changing (and healing) in a short space of time. Its the same body as before, but I chose to act as a God and recreate myself anew. I declared that I was not a victim to my injuries, and in the process healed that aspect of myself that did not know itself to be God.
The other really profound thing that I realised through this experience is that “being sick” is actually sickeningly comfortable to most of us. It is so much easier to wallow in the comfort zone, as opposed to actually doing the work required to grow.
It is so cliche now, but “all growth happens outside of the comfort zone”.
I would suggest that all healing does too.