Healing and Being Healed
Healing is as wide as creation and is the motive force within it.... (our Creator) has unleashed a power that must heal totally and bring us into that spaciousness of health. (Bishop Morris Maddocks, The Christian Healing Ministry)
Accepting who we are, Surrendering who we are
Eucharistic Prayer and the Process of Healing and Transformation
Danger of categorising the activities of Jesus into healing, teaching, exorcism, miscellaneous miracles, Passion etc. Not lots of different ways of working, methods or actions, but one process of creative change which is applied to a multitude of different situations, contexts and personal circumstances.
What we do in this place and time:
the child, identity, who we are, formed by God – music, reading, prayer, image or story –
Accepting who we are, because we are loved by God, formed by God and loved by God. The story about being received. This is how we are seen by God. With this time, attention, detailed consideration, respect. Grace.
music, reading, prayer, image or story, and communion itself
they had great faith, and received a great blessing,
Faith/acting as if
but they did not obey his command, and so they did not grow on in that blessing. They were so keen to share it that they did not share it, in the end.
Jesus’ command did not make sense – often don’t appear to make sense – wisdom beyond our present sight. Beyond what we can see. To act in faith is to act on the command, to be obedient to what we have been told, even though we cannot yet see how it is important, or why.
Endurance, persistence, perseverance, surrender, letting go.
Contrast Jesus and Paul – when we receive a blessing, we go deep. We reflect upon it. We do not share it immediately because more has been given than we can yet see. So we continue to reflect upon it, in order to receive continuing abundance.
Is part of the Healing Process:
- Exploration. What is going on? Examination of circumstances, context, situation, feelings, perceptions, attitudes, allegiance, spiritual dynamics.
- Expression of our perceptions and feelings, as creative an engagement as is possible in the circumstances.
- Comfort. Allowing ourselves to receive (or offering to the sufferer) alleviation, support, encouragement and consolation. As much as is appropriate or is available.
- Compensation. Seeking appropriate ways of replacing or renewing or replenishing what has been lost, or alternative means of paying attention to those aspects that are wounded.
- Re-framing. Looking at the situation from a different perspective or another point of view, so that our understanding is enriched.
- Channelling our renewed energy into action that will benefit ourselves and others.
- Forgiveness. Seeking the maximum spiritual abundance for ourselves and for any who have caused us harm. Acting as if this is possible.
First 5 stages are essential, the last two optional extras that yield a greater grace, and extend it far beyond ourselves.
At every stage we receive ourselves, work with ourselves, surrender ourselves to the next step.
There is so much of who we are that is not directly under our control. We are as we have been formed – by genetics, by nurture, by neglect, by the choices of others and our own choices, too. Good and bad. A huge measure of it is not our fault. Most of it. And even where it is our responsibility, our choices – most of the time we were doing the best we could with the information and understanding that we had at the time. So there is no point in beating ourselves up about this, because it is certain that God does not. God is not interested in punishment, only in progress. Progress in knowledge, wisdom, understanding, generosity, compassion. Progress in healing. We accept ourselves as we are, at this moment, and we go on.
To move on we let go. Let go of what we cannot control.
We cannot control the future. We do not need to. It is in God’s hands.
We cannot control the outcome of most of our ideas, actions, plans. We do not need to. God sees all, sorts all and has provided for all eventualities.
We cannot control what will come to us, what will happen to us, how we will live. We do not have that power. We do not have the power to change a hair of our head (or whatever it was that Jesus said). But we do have the power to choose how we respond to what lies within us and before us.
And God, ever present in love and grace, is always eager and quick to strengthen those who resolve to act with honesty, generosity, courage and compassion. Those who persist with the process. Who accept that they are not yet perfected in love. That however much they have seen or received or been healed, they are still in some ways poor in spirit, living with grief, hungering and thirsting for what is right etc.
Have peace in your heart, and thousands around you will be healed. (St Seraphim of Sarov)
Hurry can hurt, space can heal (Angela Ashwin, Heaven in Ordinary)
Counting the Cost – Being Healed
- Honesty. Exploring our feelings. Acknowledging the bruises.
- Safe places. Expressing our feelings. The courage to say “I am hurting.”
- Active Listening Support. Receiving comfort and consolation. The letter to our inner child.
- Investing in ourselves. Receiving compensation. “Artists are healed by their art.” (Mary Stewart)
- Stepping outside the box. Re-framing our experience. Gaining perspective.
- Working for justice.
- Reaching for forgiveness.
Based on a “Strategy for Emotional Healing” by Gael Lindenfield.
Development Copyright Julie M. Hulme 2004.
However, as we show Jesus our wounds, our fear may grow. How can I be sure that God longs to reach out to me? (Psalm 8.3-4). In fact, we cannot be sure. We can only act as if it is true. And not because we feel worthy of God’s love, but because God is good, and God loves us. We come before God with empty hands, but God looks upon us only with love.
"Artists are healed by their art" The healing story
Invited to use this "alternative reality" - of imagination and memory,
of story, symbol & sign, parable, metaphor, image - to learn what is happening in the present moment,
because the present moment is all we have, all we ever have. This is where God meets us.
And how to apply all this to what we are doing and how we are doing it.
Because this is how God acts through us. This is why God meets us here and now:
to help us choose life in this present moment and every subsequent present moment
(or at least, as many of them as we can), to help us becoming life-giving people,
to help us turn destructive situations into situations where people find abundance (Grace in the Wilderness)
to help us apply the Eucharistic dynamic always and everywhere