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What is Healing?

Many people get energized during a debate.  Adrenaline courses through our veins and we become super human in our energy, strength and unfortunately, most of the time, our level of stubbornness.  One of the great debates is the difference between healing and curing.  See I’ve already set a bias in the previous sentence.  I’ve stated that there is a difference between healing and curing, simply implied by the question.

Overall the common consensus is that curing is the eradication of the disease from the body.  Unfortunately we don’t have many illnesses at this time where that claim can be made.  If that’s the case, then what are we striving for?  In many cases we’re striving for healing.  According to Jeanne Achterberg in her audio series “Intentional Healing”, the World Health organization states, “Healing is a rupture in life’s harmony and healing is reweaving that rupture”.

Notice there is no statement of curing in the above statement. It in many ways alludes to a “new normal”.  A place in time when there is a breach in our body’s security system and we’re working feverishly to reinforce and renew what was the weak link.  I like the idea of “reweaving the rupture”.  I feel that is acknowledges the strain, physically, emotionally and spiritually and simultaneously provides hope that we are resilient.  Still no mention of curing in anything I’ve mentioned.

Healing provides each person experiencing a health challenge to recommit to their own lives.  It’s that fork in the road when each person has to be quiet, go deep inside, and ask themselves the tough questions like, “what does it mean to recommit or how might I reweave the structure?”

What have you done to reweave the structure?  I’m looking for suggestions because I only have so many responses to that question.  I’d love to hear your world view on the “reweaving” issue.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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