Do you need healing, or are you a healer? These are the only choices available right now on this planet and if you can’t say you are a healer, then you definitely need healing!
The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well. Hippocrates
The truth is that we are all healers. We all have a ‘natural healing force’ within us that is as automatic and unconscious as breathing. All we have to do to access it is, quite literally nothing. Healing is what the body does when it is sick or injured. It is a natural and often invisible process, happening continuously as we and the planet struggle to recover from our mistakes. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to tell your body to produce platelets and begin clotting, it just happens. So why don’t we self-heal from every injury or disease? The terrible truth is that we can do this, but only if we truly believe it to be possible.
Belief is healing’s magic bullet and it can kill you or save you. If the doctor says you have terminal cancer and you will be dead in six months and you believe him, YOU will make this prophesy true. If the doctor says you have terminal cancer, but you believe you will beat it, you will prove the doctor wrong. A prognosis is a prophecy that will come into effect only if you believe it to be true. The power of belief in the healing process is well-researched but rarely mentioned in the medical context, except for the occasional vague mentions of ‘keeping positive.’ But here is the kicker: what do you really believe? And do you have faith in your belief?
Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right! Henry Ford
Belief is a default concept. We tend to believe what we were brought up to believe, without thinking about it until something changes and we begin to question that belief. I had a stomach ulcer for 25 years. I believed that it was incurable and had had all the tests to confirm that belief. I believed that I needed medication to keep it under control, for the rest of my life. The one day doubt appeared. Doubt has a bit of a bad reputation. “Don’t doubt yourself”, we are told. “Trust your intuition.” But doubt has an important role to play in the story of our lives. If we did not doubt, would we question? Would we accept change? Doubt had been gnawing away at something in my mind for quite a while, not to mention my stomach! How could I be a healer and not heal myself?
One day, something shifted. I found myself in the GPs office, going through the same rote questions to a locum so I could get my prescription and I heard myself say, “You know what, I’ve changed my mind. I don’t want this. I’m going to heal myself.” I clearly remember the GPs slightly shocked, slightly amused, slightly patronising look, as he kindly said he would make out the script for me anyway, but I never went back. I healed completely within three months.
The healing of my stomach ulcer began with doubting the belief that it was incurable, because there was no truth in that belief. By that time I had read many accounts of people healing themselves completely from much more serious conditions, so why not me? Then I began to question what the doctors actually knew about my particular condition. After the discovery of the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria in 1982, no one was interested in stomach ulcers anymore and I was one of the 10% not apparently infected with H. Pylori. Yes, it was worse with stress, affected by diet and maybe genetic – who knew? I began to doubt whether anyone knew anything useful about what was going on in my stomach, because experiments in a lab thousands of miles away just didn’t feel relevant.
Then I questioned the diagnosis and prognosis. The diagnosis part was pretty clear at the physical level. I’d vomited blood and the ulcer showed up on ultrasound and barium tests. But I’d also been infected by the black swan meme. I could believe that my ulcer was incurable, but no matter how many cases were studied, this could never be proved for certain. So how did that though impact the prognosis, my personal prophecy? It no longer had any power over me. Wouldn’t it be more useful for me to believe that I could be healed? We have many beliefs, conscious and unconscious, individual and collective and they can all be activated to produce thought-forms that we make real. I discovered that the information I had accepted regarding my stomach ulcer did not agree with my core beliefs. I had accepted other people’s beliefs, such as “the doctor knows best”. It was time to discover my own beliefs, or at least switch to something more useful in terms of my health and healing!
What the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove. Dr Leonard Orr
Dr. Leonard Orr observed that the human mind behaves as if it were divided into two parts, the Thinker and the Prover. The Thinker can think about virtually anything. It can think of itself as mortal, immortal, as both mortal and immortal (the reincarnation model) or even as nonexistent (Buddhism). The Thinker can think itself sick and can think itself well again. The Prover works with only one rule: Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves. If the Thinker thinks it has an incurable illness, the Prover will obligingly organise all perceptions to conform to that thought. What do you think about this? How about turning the proposition on its head? What are you experiencing and what does this show you about what you are thinking?
There is no fixed, objective reality, so there’s no point looking for it. We create our own reality, which is actually our experience in the world, with every thought and feeling. As hard as this may be to hear if you are seriously ill, focusing on your illness will only create more illness.
You become a healer as soon as you recognise that you can heal yourself and begin to act in accordance with that belief.