OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEALING
Remembering what we’ve forgotten
There is a tremendous amount of energy and time spent searching, looking and seeking healing. We typically embark on this search because something inside of us hurts physically or emotionally and/or we know that there is more to life than what we are currently experiencing. The healing journey is thus the search to somehow feel better and make our experience of life fuller, easier or more enjoyable.
The thing about the healing journey is that often we seek outside of ourselves to find it. It is one of those human tendencies to look for things out there rather than inside of us. As such we expect to find healing in an answer, an insight, another person, a tool, a technique, a being from another planet, something we ingest, something we wear or breathe, a trip or adventure, a relationship, and the list goes on and on. On the surface we measure success by seeing an external change, meaning our body changes its sensation patterns or a situation in our life shifts. This is the example of someone who has a particular body symptom or condition whose pattern changes and they exclaim “I’m healed”, or a person that was desiring a certain situation in their life to change and it changed and now they feel whole. However a sensation/symptom pattern shifting in your body or a situation in your life changing, in and of itself is not an indication of healing. Not to say these things don’t occur along with healing, but as a stand alone they have nothing at all to do with it.
So what is healing if it’s not a change in external conditions (your body is also a condition) or circumstances, and how is it measured? A true measure of healing is your state of being or identity. The most healed state of being/identity is “I am” or just the pure recognition that you exist, nothing else added. Your state of being informs the perspectives you are looking through. Do you perceive life happens to you or do you perceive you are happening to life? Do you feel powerless, like you have to wait for life to change or do you see that you are in charge? Do you perceive things as right or wrong, good or bad or do you see the absolute perfection in everything? These are very different perspectives informed by your state of being/identity and a much more accurate measure of “healed-ness”.
If I was to sum up what healing is with one word I would choose the word remembering. All healing is remembering. Remembering who you are, remembering what you are, remembering the perfection of all. It is quite literally that simplistic. Yet what that remembering takes and our willingness to accept what we remember is the entire reason healing seems to be a process rather than just occurring in one full swoop. In and through remembering everything returns to its original state, its original knowing, and all distortion corrects itself. Said another way, all that was forgotten is remembered so distortion simply cannot be created because distortion is only created by not seeing or remembering the truth.
The how of healing
This brings me to how we heal. For a moment imagine an entire dimension of infinite mirrors. Everywhere you look all there is are mirrors and you can only see the image of yourself reflected back. Who or what is seeing the reflection and what does that seer or perceiver project onto the image that it sees? What gets projected or what you see depends on your perspectives, thoughts and beliefs. Those are what filter or color the picture or image of you that you keep seeing everywhere in this infinite mirror dimension. If you pause for a moment you can see that you are in a ocean of your own projections. Inside this ocean it is very tricky to see anything other than what it is you keep projecting. However an opportunity arises when one of your mirrors disagrees with what you are projecting onto it. This becomes the how of healing.
A healer is not one that does anything in particular to you (because truly that would impossible), but instead a healer is one that provides an opportunity for you to remember yourself as the truth of perfection so that you can align your perspectives accordingly. The role of the healer is really singular; it is to help you remember. The healer does this in a few ways. One way is to disagree or create waves inside your incomplete or distorted projections of yourself. This creation of waves or insertion of a new image inside of your ocean of projections is your carrot or golden healing nugget. A moment of clarity. A lightening of load. An effortless breath. Your only task is to accept this new reflection. It is outstanding how relieving this new reflection feels and simultaneously incredibly ridiculous at how adamantly we refuse to accept it for much longer than a second or two. However when we can unwaveringly accept this new image (some people call this embody) healing has occurred as we’ve shifted state of being (identity) and perspective.
Other ways that healers help you remember is simply by resting in the truth of infinite complete perfection and emitting that through all their modes of expression. Movement, words, sounds, touch, etc. The importance is not on the expression or the form that it takes but instead on the awareness or knowing from which it comes. For those that can see, or are open through their hunger to see, will receive that awareness broadcast just like an antenna receives waves. Its like a meeting or a matching. Awareness meeting itself through the projection of you and the projection of healer. It is a transcendence of form and a knowing of the knower of form. Life then effortless moves itself, does itself, and there is no doer of it and no one done onto.
It should be evident by now that healing is an inside job. No one can heal you. Healers simply provide opportunities for it. Healing occurs through you remembering and accepting the truth of you. A different image then appears on your screen, meaning you see the world and yourself differently. The projection is simply what the senses can perceive, but it is not real. You are real, the projection is not, however you can use the projection to mirror yourself back to you. You can use it as a measure of progress, but remember it is you that shifts not experience. Experience, imagery, projection, and appearances all respond to you, they take their cue from you. You heal, you remember yourself and then your body changes, and your circumstances change. It is also important not to get caught up in trying to make circumstances change through your healing. When you are truly healed you realize the simultaneity of it all and also that whatever circumstances are arising they are perfect as they are. You are less concerned about trying to create or make the perfect life or world and instead you are waking up and realizing the already perfect world. It is through your realizing of it that it instantly becomes lived reality.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado