This past week St Paul’s Anglican Church in San Miguel Allende hosted a panel discussion focused on; Healer, Healed and Healing. They unanimously concluded; humanity is imbued with a great capacity to know and desire its own wholeness which is found in an energy or natural order greater than any of us can fully conceive. Believe it, seek it and know it is always with you.
Humankind is most happy when we are “being whole” and “healthy”, yet that wellness is found in diverse and multi-dimensional ways. Healing — What is it? How does it happen? Where? When? Who gets to heal and who gets healed? What heals? What are the effective ways healing can happen? Is there a spiritual dimension to healing? The two-hour introductory panel discussion determined without a doubt to be healed we need to be connected to the divine power in and around us.
We are healed, healing and healers together,
seeking maximum harmony and a balanced life.
Awareness of health or illness begins when we close our eyes and become still enough to realize there is infinite space inside us, more than we can imagine. We all begin and end in that same space, our name, practice or perception may be the only difference.
Our panel participants consisted of three perspectives, given by three individual practitioners speaking about their faith/belief as it has unfolded in their respective lives.
Laura R. Torres employs her extensive academic tools found in Cultural Sciences — philosophy, hermeneutics, epistemology — in conjunction with her work as an Aj’quij, a Mayan spiritual guide — a counter and interpreter of Mayan sacred time.
Bishop William O. Gregg is the current parish rector at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in San Miguel de Allende. An interesting and diverse theologian, with a doctorate in theology from Notre Dame.
Susan J. Cobb, C. S., lifelong practitioner of Christian Science for twenty years. She was a chaplain in California jails and prisons and author of Virgin Territory: How I Found My Inner Guadalupe.
I want to recap some of their insights and add a few of my own conclusions gleaned from this important discussion. Laura mentioned an interior duality which requires a constant dialogue and listening to retain a balanced life style. William and Susan both expanded saying, the interior conversation strengthened their ongoing and daily relationship with God, the source of “be”ing. Whatever your practice is, commit to it and, refer to it every day as if it was your friend. We are guided by an invisible cosmic order we can talk to which guides and nurture us back to wholeness, whether it be illness of the body, mind or spirit.
The universe has a natural order, as Laura said, “things just are” I think she meant, in natural balance all the time and Susan added by saying, “I know I am whole and complete” and William went further by sighting St Paul’s biblical description of the “The Body of Christ” as being something we are inseparable from, we are part of the body like an eye lash or toe nail. All of them clearly spoke about Love being at the core of life as we know it; it is who we are and why we are here. Love teaches us we are not alone, it is the binding force and the greatest of healers.
Humans need an object to love, to nurture a relationship inside and out.
William reminded us we come upon this perfected love by degrees, gradually as we deepen our prayer and commitment. Laura advised we “softly” ask for assistance and guidance from the cosmic realm to love more and it will surely come. Susan shared her revelation and joy that she found in being cared for, by a loved one. I liked this part of the discussion, it seemed to me without love of self and love of other we are alone and isolated. Thinking we are isolated is the biggest and most savage enemy of illness. Illness feeds on being separate from the whole. We occasionally have thoughts like; “why did this happen to me?” or “I feel so alone” or “I am somehow imperfect “, yet I think attitudes like this cause us to die faster, we end up depressed and filled with anxiety. Individual spiritual practice and commitment to community brings us back into balance and as Laura said, “It feels like an alignment of two poles; heaven and earth, spirit and flesh, beginning and end ”.
Think about it for a moment, anxiety about death or fear of not being whole or healthy can be the ultimate separation. Fear of loosing control gets its power from wanting or thinking we are separate from ( fill in the blank) ____. I am independent of the group, I am fine alone, I can care for myself, and I cannot trust anyone, are all statements with no room for new energy, new wholeness, or no perspectives. William likened it to a two year old who says,” Me, Mine and NO ”. William told a story about a priest who detached himself from the activities in the congregation, he became isolated and ineffective. Again, like St. Paul the evangelist saying, we are all part of one body, we cannot live and flourish away from the whole.
As we came to a close Laura talked about a string with a knot in it; the knot messes up the string but it is temporary, with time and attention the knot might get bigger or it might disappear. Susan used the metaphor of cleaning a window. We see more clearly what exists outside of us if we continually keep the grim and dirt off the window.
I want to thank the three of you for sharing your insights and convictions. The afternoon was a delight and we hope to have another panel not too far in the future.
Susan left us with a question, “How big is your God?”
I suggest we continually seek to allow him or her or it to be big enough to include an unexpected healing, personal wholeness without an agenda and be thankful for the love in whose image we have all been created. Peace be with you