Thursday, February 7, 2008

Healing is Growth!

Healing is more than overcoming pain and disease. Healing is a continuing, lifelong process of growth and transformation.

Have you ever realized that you are just like the sky...?

Awhile back I was walking around the floating boardwalk at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, gazing at the clouds as I walked. I noticed that clouds at different levels were moving in different directions. The big, puffy ones closest to Earth, as usual, were floating majestically, toward Canfield Butte to the east. The flat ones, higher up, raced northward toward the Rathdrum Prairie. The highest clouds of all—the thin, wispy ones—seemed to be standing still. If you have ever contemplated clouds, you may very well have noticed this phenomenon also. It’s pretty easy to figure out. The wind blows in different directions at different altitudes. It’s all part of Nature’s plan.

Crisscrossing clouds are a great analogy for the mysteries of the healing process. Distinctly wondrous things occur in concert with each other at many levels of your physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual being. Sometimes we can see cumulus, stratus and cirrus clouds all at the same time. On the rainiest days we can only see the towering thunderheads closest to Mother Earth. But just because you can’t see past the rain, that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening beyond it. A lot is going on at every level.

Symptoms are just our first cloud layer. Often they get all of our attention and blind us to the life that still thrives beneath our misery. As the healing process unfolds it is easy to make the mistake of believing that if you are not feeling better, nothing is happening; that whatever you are trying is not working. Try not to make that mistake. Your body’s innate healing wisdom is working. Remember that behind even the darkest, stormiest, most foreboding clouds, the sun is always shining.

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