What is Healing?


In Peace, Love and Healing, (HarperCollins, New York, 1989), Bernie Siegel M.D., writes:

If we see disease as an opportunity for the revelation and unfolding of our individual blue-print …becoming our authentic selves … we heal inwardly and sometimes outwardly as well…. There will always be loss and grief … [but] … out of pain new love and true healing can occur…. The path is difficult but it will lead to moments of great beauty. 

In The Journey, A Road Map to the Soul, A Practical Guide to Healing Your Life and Setting Yourself Free, (originally published in 1999 and since revised and republished by more that one publisher), energy worker Brandon Bays writes:

Real healing starts at the soul level – at the level of essential awareness – and reflects back through the emotional level to the physical level. So in order to get to the core of an emotional issue we first have to get to the core of who we really are. Then, once in touch with our own essence that wisdom can guide us to uncover what emotional memories are stored in the body. It’s only then that we can get to the bottom of it all and set ourselves free.
(Emphasis in the original).

In Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam Books, 1998), Christiane Northrup M.D., writes:

There is a difference between healing and curing. Healing is a natural process and is within the power of everyone. Curing, which is what doctors are called upon to do, usually consists of an external treatment; medication or surgery to mask or eliminate symptoms…. Healing goes deeper than curing and must always come from within. It addresses the imbalance that underlies the symptoms.  Healing brings together the often hidden aspects of a person’s life as they relate to her illness. 

One can be healed completely and go on to die of her illness. This is a key understanding that is often missing from treatises on holistic medicine: Healing and death are not mutually exclusive…. Patricia Reis … says The bigger meaning of healing is a ‘wholeing, a filling out of the missing pieces of a person’s life…. 

Although our entire bodies are affected by our thoughts and emotions and the various parts talk to each other, each individual’s body language is unique. No matter what has happened in her life, a woman has the power to change what that experience means to her and thus change her experience, both emotionally and physically. Therein lies her healing.
(Emphases in the original)