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On our way to attaining our true identity as a heavenly being we move through four stages of spiritual practice with HEALING the third and final practice of stage two, the journey of the Heart. I borrowed these four stages from Elizabeth Lesser. She calls them landscapes. She offers many ideas and practices in her wonderful book, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure.

STAGE ONE: THE JOURNEY OF THE MIND STAGE TWO: THE JOURNEY OF THE HEART STAGE THREE: THE JOURNEY OF THE BODY STAGE FOUR: THE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL
STILLNESS SILENCE SOLITUDE SIMPLICITY
DETACHMENT DISCERNMENT DEVOTION DELIGHT
HUMILITY HEALING HOLINESS HEAVENLINESS



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HEALING

+ The sages of the ages all teach us that healing is always a collective enterprise. I am healed as you are healed and every one else is healed.

+ NEW December 16, 2014: Early in 2013, I wrote the following chapter on the practice of Healing as part of a book on all twelve spiritual practices and all 9 heavenly attributes. I sense that some of the writing is sent by the heavenly council which is a mysterious presence in my life. I believe the heavenly council is available to all of us. I have found a way to listen. The council often likes to say with one voice, "I AM." Maybe you can discern when this voice is speaking as opposed to my voice or other voices. I invite you to participate in this conversation with God, with heavenly beings, with human beings and other creatures too. Please join in. Add your own thoughts. Ask questions. Ponder. Contemplate. Seek truth. Here we go:

+ The more we practice, the more we are healed. This is a wonderful thing. Bodies need to be healed. Souls need to be healed. God is always sending healing energy our way but we donít always know how to receive it, how to use it, how to share it.

This healing energy is now available like never before.

Be still and be healed.

I always come back to BEING STILL. This practice is always the miraculous key to all the other attributes and practices of heaven. When you are still you are miraculously connected, re-connected perhaps, to the source of healing and wholeness. Keep perfecting this key practice and simply enjoy the healing that takes place in this place. It is simply amazing, fantastic, wonderful as you are, as I am. Know this and be free.

Focus on the heart. Beating, beating, beating itís the rhythm of Love. ďLove so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.Ē Itís really not much of a demand when you think how wonderful it is. Life, Love, comes so naturally, so freely, as we open ourselves up to the Love which inhabits every cell, every atom, every space, every place, in the universe. The healing we need for any brokenness, for any dis-ease, is ďhere, there, and everywhere.Ē Wow. Life, Love, beating, beating, beating. You are Love. You are Life. You are the Light of the world. Embrace it. Feel it. Be. Be glad all over.

Be grateful. Be gentle. Be gentle with yourself and all other creatures. Be healed as you become so grateful, so gentle, so humble, so holy, so heavenly. This is miraculous stuff. Thrilling really. Amazing. Fantastic. Wonderful. Just like you. Just like me. Enjoy.

The healing process is fascinating. Enjoy every moment of it. You need to be healed because part of you, part of your mind, heart, body and soul, has become separated from the source, from love, from life. But this is unnatural, not Godís intention at all. When we become still and silent, wholeness returns. Be fascinated by it. Be amazed, be delighted. Be thrilled. Stillness opens the door to amazing love, amazing healing, amazing experiences moment after moment after moment, heartbeat after heartbeat, breath after breath. WOW.

You need this healing and so does all humanity which is now broken in many ways. Humanity has been given so much. You and I have been given so much. So much love. So much wisdom. But we often misuse or abuse or refuse to use the gift of love, the gift of life, the gift of knowledge, the gift of freedom.

Be still and be whole. Be still and be healed. Right now. Right here. ďTake time to be holyĒ as the old hymn puts it. Take time to know who you are. You are Love. You are Life. You are the light of the world. This is the way it is. Really. Celebrate. Enjoy. Be glad all over.

Letís examine the relationship between discernment and healing. The essential practice of discernment makes healing possible because you figure out in discernment what needs to be fixed. Then you can free up misused energy as you send it to those places within you which need attention. So much gets bottled up until we discern whatís broken and seek to fix it. The good news is that discernment and healing come naturally once the essential practices of stillness and silence have become a basic part of your life.

You will be led gracefully to acknowledge that much is broken within all of humanity and specifically in you. You will be led to make changes, eventually many changes so that you and all humanity can become whole, heavenly. Let ďGodís will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Ē

Healing is always meant for all of humanity and all of creation. Thatís Godís will. Discernment leads us to this realization. I canít be fixed until you and everyone else are fixed. Keep that in mind and you will receive miracle after miracle. Feel the pain of poverty and violence as if the worst of these plagues is your lot. This can be an uneasy part of the discernment process. Stay with it. Find your own particular way to ease the pain of humanity, of all creation. Slowly but surely turn the dis-ease into ease.

This is heart work. It can be hard work. We resist this realization. A big part of us is not interested in being compassionate. This big part makes us sick so try to reduce it until it becomes a smaller and smaller part. Constantly return to that stillness which makes heart work possible and healing inevitable. Good News. Wonderful news. Important news. Essential news.

This is the ONLY way to become a whole person, a heavenly person. There is no way around it. Healing is Godís will but we block it until we can practice stillness, detachment, humility, silence and discernment. How is it going? Stillness will always open the door to all of these essential practices. I just canít emphasize this enough.

We all need plenty of healing. It takes courage, heart, to reach this point because healing requires compassion, the compassion that comes from detachment and humility and discernment. Fear not. All is well. Go for it. Be healed as you practice, practice, practice all of these essential practices.

Letís move on to the next stage but not much can be accomplished in the next stage until the healing has begun, the healing that is now emerging through stillness, detachment, humility, silence and discernment.

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RESOURCES ON THE WEB

  • A COURSE IN MIRACLES offers a comprehensive model for all kinds of soul, mind and body healing. It includes a text and 365 exercises to change us from ego-based to soul-based beings. You can access a Daily Lesson.

  • RESEARCHERS-OF-TRUTH.ORG -- The followers of Daskalos, a renowned healer and teacher of Esoteric Christianity, share his wisdom and practices. Daskalos, a Cypriot named Stylianos Atteshlis, died in 1995 (I think). A Cypriot-American anthropologist, Kyriacos C. Markides, wrote 3 books about him in a fictionalized way reminiscent of Carlos Castaneda. The books are: THE MAGUS OF STROVOLOS, HOMAGE TO THE SUN and FIRE IN THE HEART.

  • CHI LEL QIGONG -- You can learn how to do this practice if you buy the book and video.

  • CAROLINE MYSS -- many ideas focusing on the seven chakras and a slew of archetypes.

  • THE TWELVE PATHWAYS TO HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS and THE SEVEN CENTERS OF CONSCIOUSNESS (CHAKRAS) -- Ken Keyes wrote a classic on integrating the wisdom of the East with the wisdom of the West: The Handbook to Higher Consciousness. He gave us practical ways to achieve unconditional love and oneness.

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