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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

Here are the limks to the Spiritual Explorations Posts on the practice of HEALING:

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+ "The regular practice of contemplative prayer initiates a healing process that might be called the divine therapy. The level of deep rest accessed during the prayer periods loosen up the hard pan around the emotional weeds stored in the unconscious of which the body seems to be the warehouse. The psyche begins to evacuate spontaneously the undigested emotional materials of a lifetime, opening up new space for self-knowledge, freedom of choice, and the discovery of the divine presence within." -- Thomas Keating in Invitation to Love

+ 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.

+ 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 don't 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 the essential spiritual practice of Stillness. 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 it's the rhythm of Love. "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all." It's 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 "here, there, and everywhere." 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 God's 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. "Take time to be holy" 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.

Let's 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 what's 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 "God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Healing is always meant for all of humanity and all of creation. That's God's will. Discernment leads us to this realization. I can't 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 God's 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 can't 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.

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RESOURCES:

  • 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.

  • 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, the basic ingredients of Healing.

  • Below are the lyrics to Todd Rundgren's Healing, Parts 1, 2 and 3. Todd Rundgren offered this wonderful song and meditation back in 1981. I have listened over and over again and been inspired and guided. In 2012, he offered all 3 parts on a concert tour. It featuring local choirs in 5 different locales including Morristown NJ which is the county seat of Morris County where I grew up. I sure wish I had known about this tour. Here is a link to the original recording. It takes 20 minutes. If you like rock'n'roll at all, I think you will like it. Todd has done other very spiritual songs including "Compassion," "Love is the Answer" and "Love in Action."

    "Healing, Part I"

    Listen, listen Listen to the voice, The voice is an illusion Listen to the voice, Don't let the words confuse you 'cause you need something to concentrate on, Concentrate on me You need something to meditate on, Meditate on me

    Listen, listen Listen to your heart Tune into the rhythm Listen to your heart Beating with precision Like the waves upon the seaside, It goes on and on Like the spinning of the world, It goes on and on

    Listen, listen Listen for the sound That is not in the music Only you can hear it, Only you can use it It's the sound of someone breathing, It's the breath of life It's the sound that you are weaving With the thread of life

    Listen, listen Listen to the sound, Let nothing disturb you You are in a place Where nothing can hurt you If you feel a strange sensation, It can do no harm Like the spiral of creation, It will soon move on

    "Healing, Part II"

    Where you are going You cannot take your body You are on a journey, The baggage is too heavy

    You can leave your legs behind you, You will learn to fly You can leave your arms behind you, You will touch the sky You can leave your head behind you, You are thought itself You can leave the rest behind you, You are breath itself

    Now you are naked, There's no one here to judge you See the clear light Shining high above you Then you're floating in the silence, You are not alone

    For the power of your being Keeps you flowing on Look upon yourself Only with compassion Strip away the shell Hiding your perfection Though your past was full of darkness, Now the past is gone And your life is starting over When it's just begun

    Now you are whole, Don't you recognize it Towering eternal Behind the troubled thoughts that hide it Though at times it seems so distant, It is always there When you need it's peace and power, You will know it's here

    "Healing, Part III"

    Listen, listen Listen to the cry Of a world that's calling to you Listen to the cry Of the helpless souls that need you Though you may have trepidation You can not refuse You will find your own salvation In the path you choose

    Listen, listen Listen to the voice That whispers in the silence Listen as the voice Solidifies your self reliance Let the peace that you've discovered Be a guiding light Let the cry that you've uncovered Set the world alright

    You could not be closer to your maker Never more or less alone If you know thyself There's nothing else to know You are whole

    Listen, listen Listen to the sound, Let nothing disturb you You are in a place Where nothing can hurt you If you feel a strange sensation, It can do no harm Like the spiral of creation, It will soon move on

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