Facilitating our healing processes
We have been talking about our family, its spirituality and healing of hurts. It may also be expedient to take a keen look at how to facilitate our individual needs for healing. By the grace of God, many of us are inspired with the healing stories and miracles in the Holy Bible and sometimes we forget that we still have a special role to play in order to bring to reality our desire for healing. Healing today is understood from a holistic point of view. First, it is a gift of God but its outcome is based on our faith, dispositions and availability. Hence, the legendary expression of the Angelic Doctor – St. Thomas Aquinas, “Grace builds on nature.” God has provided us with what it takes to experience healing, however, we need to activate the power in us to attract healing. That power is our faith, knowledge and application.
Since, healing is holistic, it means it should address; the physical, psychological, emotional, moral, social, intellectual/cognitive and spiritual components of our lives. It has been observed that most times we desire healing, our attention is only pulled to the physical and medical realms. However, from discovery and experience, many times, the presenting issues are not physical and medical but they may have sprouted from other domains of life as identified above. For instance, some of us have gone to hospitals to present our health queries but after diagnosis, nothing was found; yet we remained unhealthy! There are some aspects of our lives that work underneath our entire health system and wellbeing that we neglect and they can make us healthy or otherwise. These are our beliefs, faith, passion, direct experience and adaptations. They foregoing have the capacity to influence our physical, psychological, emotional, moral, social, intellectual/cognitive and spiritual wellness/wellbeing. Therefore, there is need to examine our beliefs, faith, passion, direct experience and adaptations.
Belief: We have all come from the milieu of unbelief! (Chopra, 2014). Although, “The law of life is the law of belief. Belief can be summed up briefly as a thought in your mind. As a person thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his or her mind, body, and circumstances” (Murphy, 1988, p. xvii). Notice that the first lessons we had received from the Church were belief based – the Creed. What does this inform us about? Belief in God is ultimate, but it has a starting point! It begins with you acknowledging God as our creator and one also who has empowered us to actualize and realise His mission. We can illustrate with a child learning how to walk. He/she would usually be supported by his/her parents at the beginning but later through exercising the gift of freedom, the child would begin to walk without the physical support of his/her parents. That is just to give the child the opportunity to live and enjoy freedom even though the nature of his/her parents remain with him/her. As there is a saying that we carry along with us wherever we go the nature of our parents and families! That is how it is with God. We are His supercarriers! Thus, we were created in His image (Gen. 1:26-27). He has created and empowered us to do great things, therefore we need to put into use the gifts He has endowed us. One of such gift is the ability to believe in God and in ourselves. Belief here is about mental acceptance as against self-doubt. It is the stepping stone to greatness. Jesus says, “In truth I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be pulled up and thrown into the sea,’ with no doubt in his heart, but believing that what he says will happen, it will be done for him” (Mk 11:23). Many have remain stagnant in life because they don’t believe in themselves. They don’t think anything good can come out of them or can be associated with them. So you hear comments like; “I am good-for-nothing”, “I am a failure”, “I can’t make it in life”, “People must affirm or appreciate me before I make any progress in life.” The list could be endless!
Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe you can do something worthwhile? Do you believe you can make a change in your life and in the world? Begin your quest for healing in this area of your belief about yourself. A healthy believe in oneself will translate into a healthy believe in God. What is your take?
Fr. John-Mary Atep.