The Difference Between a Healing and a Cure
by Merryl Lentz
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A cure is not a healing, and a healing is not a cure. The words are often used interchangeably, but they actually have very different meanings and effects. Curing occurs when health is restored, symptoms are alleviated and disease is eliminated. Healing, however, is a restoration of wholeness. It's not necessarily the riddance of symptoms, but a process involving mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It's not something facilitated by doctors or medicine, but by a connection with the Divine that exists around us, as well as within us all.
For example, there could be a blind man suffering from depression. He doesn't leave his house, and he's very unhappy. Then he has a healing -- a healing that reveals to him something he hadn't previously known, or that opens something within him so that he experiences an entirely new level of love in his life. And as he does, he suddenly embraces life in a completely new way. He's now able to be out in the world and be with people. The depression dissolves because he can now fully enjoy his life.
His eyesight hasn't been cured. The man is still blind, but he's been healed. He has had a spiritual awakening. So someone could be cured of an illness but still not be healed, perhaps because the root cause of the illness or the pain still exists inside, or a connection has not yet been forged with a spiritual source of vitality.
Some people do experience healings that completely release chronic illnesses -- fibromyalgia, depression, addictions, brain trauma. Other people have a healing that they might not even recognize right away. And yet, as they begin integrating spirituality into their lives, and that Divine energy field opens up more and more, they suddenly find that they're not as besieged by something -- such as depression -- as they used to be. Maybe someone shifts stubbornly-held beliefs, and then their life and health open up in an entirely different way. Or perhaps they suddenly have an insight into their past that reveals how they could be in forgiveness of someone they'd been blaming -- and with this forgiveness comes healing. Spiritual blockages dissolve. Stuck energy releases. A purifying process moves through their bodies. Their entire life's trajectory suddenly, miraculously shifts.
You may have heard of a man named Nick Vujicic. He was born without arms or legs, and founded the nonprofit organization called Life Without Limbs. When he was a child, he fervently wished to grow arms and legs. He was taunted and teased by the other children, and suffered from deep loneliness and depression. At one point, he felt so hopeless that he even attempted to drown himself in his bathtub. But Nick emerged victorious from his struggles. He was never cured -- he never grew arms or legs -- but he was healed. His official bio said this healing "can be credited to his faith in God." He is now an exceptionally positive public speaker and evangelist who can fish, paint, swim, surf, drive a car, and is now happily married. He is an inspirational example of the power of healing.
Sometimes, healing can be a prolonged process because it involves personal shifts in numerous areas, encompassing what you eat, drink, say, think and do. It may require the assistance of professionals to help free you from previous, unhealthy patterns and instill new, healthy ones. Western medicine can be quite valuable, but it largely focuses upon curing when healing and spiritual expansion are imperative to access the root sources of numerous physical and mental ailments. Pessimistic thoughts, toxic relationships, inadequate diets, sedentary lifestyles, scant stress management, and spiritual bankruptcy can all block or limit the healing process. Even if a cure is attainable, healing will further reinforce it.
On Beliefnet.com, Patricia Reis is quoted as saying, "The bigger meaning of healing is a 'wholing,' a filling out of the missing pieces of a person's life. Sometimes this may even mean facing death in a more fully realized way. Certainly, it is an opportunity to come more deeply and fully into life."
On the same website, in an article by Jeff Totey, actor Angus T. Jones, who previously played the youngster on the CBS sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," also spoke along the same lines when he said, "I really want to come into the Light, because I know that is where the healing is, and I've seen God do amazing things."
Healing can sometimes be facilitated by something as simple, and yet profound, as contact with nature or animals. Therapy dogs and cats are sometimes visitors to individuals in hospitals, assisted living residences or other medical facilities. These furry friends provide nonjudgmental companionship that can produce wondrous healings through unconditional gifts of love, devotion, understanding and acceptance.
Healing is a natural process that lies within everyone's power to access. Conversely, curing, typically provided by doctors, is an external treatment in which medicine or surgery are utilized to mask or alleviate a person's symptoms. Although the power of curing shouldn't be completely negated, it often lacks focus upon the factors that triggered the illness or infirmity in the first place. Healing reaches deeper than curing, and arises from within, by addressing the spiritual imbalance underlying the physical or mental symptoms.
With healing comes health, wholeness and peace and a connection to the Divine. And for someone who has been labeled as incurable, healing is a wonderful avenue for proving that diagnosis to be wrong, and completely surmountable.
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