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Soulful Healing: Cured Versus Wholeness

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Published on September 10, 2013

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Many believe healing is synonymous with curing and it certainly can be, yet it’s possible to be cured and not to have healed. Returning to wholeness is one definition of healing, and I like that one best. I interpret it as a return to our core essence.
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SCRIBBLE PAD Soulful Healing? At what level of human existence does healing begin?

Optimum healing? In May of 1997, when I spoke on behalf of the American Academy of Family Medicine in Paris and Lourdes, France; concerning prayer and the practice of medicine, I was adamant that any and all healing which does not encompass the soul is at best transitory healing. My work and experience as a hospital chaplain and healer has completely convinced me that this a bottom line truth.

Healing: curing vs wholeness Many believe healing is synonymous with curing and it certainly can be, yet it’s possible to be cured and not to have healed. Returning to wholeness is one definition of healing, and I like that one best. I interpret it as a return to our core essence.

Baseline path to wholeness  1st... restore the soul  2nd... calm the mind  3rd... heal the body

What does the word “soul” mean? No one can give a definition of the soul. But we know what it feels like. The soul is the sense of something higher than ourselves, something that stirs in us thoughts, hopes, and aspirations which go out to the world of goodness, truth and beauty. The soul is a burning desire to breathe in this world of light and never to lose it—to remain children of light. Albert Schweitzer, medical missionary & Nobel peace prize laureate

Why put “soul” first? • illnesses of the soul (are) of more concern than illnesses of the body • the soul carries our fundamental Self, that mysterious, enduring part of us that is able to survive death and achieve union with God Sanford, Healing Body and Soul, 120

Soul growth: “as above so below” The soul is full of possibilities--it is not unchangeable. Physical realities and possibilities are but a reflection of Spiritual realities and possibilities. Just as the brain and body may be trained, the soul may also be trained. .. just as the mind and the body must grow, mature, fail and succeed, so must the soul achieve insight and skill. The body and mind can lapse into darkness, sickness, and confusion; and so too the soul. Repetitive and countless learning opportunities are needed for mental and physical development and also for soul development and soul maturity. Miller, 13-14

Insights from those who know! • Stay alert. It is your soul which matters. • If your soul is harmed something irreparable happens, the extent of which you won’t realize until it will be too late. • As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the moment you become aware of the loss of a certain seriousness, of longing, of enthusiasm and zest, take it as a warning. You should realize that your soul suffers if you live superficially. • People need times in which to concentrate, when they can reach their inmost selves. Albert Schweitzer, medical missionary & Nobel peace prize laureate

Insights from those who know! The emotional complaints of our time, complaints we therapists hear every day in our practice, include • emptiness • meaninglessness • vague depression • disillusionment about marriage, family, and relationship • a loss of values • yearning for personal fulfillment • a hunger for spirituality All of these symptoms reflect a loss of soul and let us know what the soul craves. Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

Soul neglect is a serious issue When the soul is neglected, it doesn’t go away, it appears symptomatically in obsessions, addictions, violence and loss of meaning. Harry Moody, The Five Stages of the Soul

Are there stages of soul growth? • The structure of the great religions of the world—Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism--are all rooted in ideas of progressive developmental passages • The notions of stages of the soul, in short, is a universal one • Stages of soul growth can be charted Harry Moody, The Five Stages of the Soul

Points of consideration • From a spiritual perspective, the purpose of life is to achieve soul realization • Spirituality completes us • Spirituality unfolds in a series of steps and stages • Spiritual awakening requires struggle and effort • Each person’s experience of the Stages of the Soul is similar, yet uniquely different • The Stages of the Soul are “spiritual” stages

The five stages of the soul are Each one of these stages leads naturally to the next, and is an extension of the one that comes before it 1. The Call 2. The Search 3. The Struggle 4. The Breakthrough 5. The Return A contemporary media example of explanation is the book and movie “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” Harry Moody, The Five Stages of the Soul

Care of the soul • is not a project of self-improvement • is not a way of being released from the troubles and pains of human existence • care of the soul touches another dimension • soul is its own purpose and end • we are well on the way toward soul when we live as much from the heart as from the head • Ultimately, care of the soul results in an individual “I”, an I you never would have planned for or maybe even wanted. Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

For more information contact David Grinstead, MA, CHt 336-380-0203 coachg@livealife.biz www.livealife.biz

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