We live in a world of duality. Our minds are used to seeing the world as either/or . . . this is good and that is bad; this is big and that is small; you’re strong or you’re weak; I’m smart or I’m dumb.
Nonduality involves the recognition of the oneness of everything. Did you know . . . our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are interlaced in a unified healing system? And, did you know the biochemical substrates of emotions are intimately involved in immune regulations? So, it makes perfect sense that when we repress, or don’t acknowledge our emotions, we can become ill.
Healing is often defined as “becoming whole.”
Just as the physical body can point to unresolved emotional, mental, or spiritual issues, our self-actualization or spiritual growth can strengthen the healing system. When defined in this way, healing can be seen to be simply one arena in which spiritual awakening is occurring.
Again, healing is often defined as “becoming whole.”
So, healing can be viewed in a very limited way as recovery from an illness or other difficulty. Often it is sought as a means to have a better life physically and psychologically. It is important to take care of the body and mind. But human life is inherently imperfect, and illness is as much a part of the human experience as wellness. In addition, no matter how well we take care of the body it will ultimately break down and die. Profound healing often occurs in the process of dying, in which the healing has to do with reconciliation and transcendence. “Curing” is not always possible, but “healing” is, particularly when a more profound meaning for healing is embraced.