|"A number of spiritual teachings
tell us to let go of fear and desire. But
those spiritual practices are usually
unsuccessful. They haven't gone to the root of
the dysfunction. Fear, greed, and desire for
power are not the ultimate causal factors.
Trying to become a good or better human being
sounds like a commendable and high-minded
thing to do, yet it is an endeavor you cannot
ultimately succeed in unless there is a shift
in consciousness. This is because it is still
part of the same dysfunction, a more subtle
and rarefied form of self-enhancement, of
desire for more and a strengthening of one's
conceptual identity, one's self-image. You do
not become good by trying to be good, but by
finding the goodness that is already within
you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But
it can only emerge if something fundamental
changes in your state of consciousness."
~ Eckhart Tolle -- A New Earth
"And We will not change the state of a people until they change what is in ther hearts" ~ Qur`an
How to Listen in the Healing Way
If you want to be a real healer you must listen with intelligence, resolution and devotion to learning. If you think you know what's wrong before your client has told you, it's you. It's not just ok but imperative that you know the resolution beforehand, but its application to the patient only the patient can show you. Even if the resolution is the same, and it is (more on resolution later) the application of it to the case at hand will be determined only by the patient. To simply assume that you can diagnose, i.e. tell your patient what's wrong and what they have to do, is making a huge assumption, and even if in some cases it may be true, the possibility of losing or confusing the client still exists, not to mention the opportunity to learn something new. Every case is different, even if the resolution is the same.
The resolution is always that there is no problem, only a misinterpretation of signs. As soon as the patient sees that there is no problem, the patient is healed. This requires in many cases a complete re-education, but rather than years it can be accomplished in seconds, even instantly, as soon as the patient hears of or comes within sight of the accomplished healer the paradigm shift has begun.
Learning to learn from spirit is the goal of the patient/healer relationship. Once the shift is enabled, the period of support and integration begins. This could and does require at least a few minutes and maybe even weeks, but it should not take long and the diligence of the patient is assumed given the orientation toward painlessness, health and good feeling, and the relief from the anxieties of the past.
Would that I could convey to you the vision of the healer and its power. Even Allah says in Qur`an to the people of HIs benevolent testing, "wa maa adraka ma al haaaqah" - "and what will show you this reality?"
Please understand that by "the vision of the healer and its power" I do not mean the commonly accepted "psychic" or "intuitive" self-convincing and ego-inflating diagnostic insight with which the common world is so enthralled. I'm talking about the power to heal, not to discover. This is the vision to see and know clearly that there is in reality absolutely nothing wrong and the wisdom to see how far the patient is from that realization, and the patience, love and good humor to bring him or her to the same conclusion. This is not some pat, formulaic prescription of a puja or atonement for which the rabbi charges and upon the collection and dispensation of which his livelihood depends.
The ancient adage of "Physician, Heal Thyself" applies in full here. If we as healers are not in the space of knowing, then we are still seeking and practicing, and our clients will be providing us with opportunities for advancement. In that case it is we who should be paying them.
Healing is about the reconciliation of differences.
"Now we are being called from Unity into separation."
"How would I worship a God I could not see?"