Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Spiritual Healing- Foundation in Jesus

I've been avoiding this topic because there is so much ambiguity and discord in this line of thought about healing. I haven't found the "right" book (aside from the Bible) or the "right" speaker on the topic yet, who resonates completely with what I believe regarding spiritual healing. If I'm going to use this blog as my journey, I should post when I stop to see the sights along the way, right? I don't have to know the final destination to learn from where I am.

My highest goal in this life is to be like Jesus. A huge portion of his ministry on Earth was healing masses of people with his bare hands, according to every account I've ever read. There was that time a lady touched the hem of his robe and was healed as well- so just His presence was adequate to provide healing. Stories involving Jesus healing the sick are usually framed in terms of casting out demons or recognition of faith.

In Mark chapter 5 are 3 examples of healing in a row. The first is a casting out of a "Legion" of demons from a man into a herd of pigs. As a massage therapist in a very mainstream clinic, a "Demoniac" who cuts himself and lives in a cemetery most likely won't ever make it onto my table. For practical application purposes, I'll skip over him for now. The second story is the aforementioned lady touching Jesus' robe and receiving healing. People may come to me because of my reputation for healing in a transcendent or unique way, but I'm probably useless to them if I don't even aim some willful, intent of loving touch in their direction. That only leaves one more chance for me to emulate my Teacher- example number 3:

"35 While He was still speaking, they *came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” 36 But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, *said to the synagogue official, “ Do not be afraid any longer, only [m]believe.” 37 And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and [n]James and John the brother of [o]James. 38 They *came to the house of the synagogue official; and He *saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. 39 And entering in, He *said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” 40 They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He *took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and *entered the room where the child was. 41 Taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded. 43 And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat."

If someone approached me with this scenario, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live,” soon followed by, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?..." my faith would go out the window. My first reaction would not be to say "Do not be afraid...only believe."  So clearly that's my first hurdle- remembering that the power and authority of Jesus is infinite and far outside our established, earthly boundaries. I can hear Morpheus in the Matrix lecturing Neo about the laws of physics within an artificial construct, "Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? Do you think that's air you're breathing now"

"The child has not died, but is asleep." How literal was Jesus being? Did He see it, feel it, or experience it with some other sensory input? Did God the Father tell him while he was healing the hemorrhaging woman? Was Jesus feeling so much vital energy coming from His own faith, fasting, and prayer that healing this little girl was simply a commanding sentence away and He knew it? Was He on such a high spiritual plane of existence that he was capable of understanding that the girl was already healed and whole in the Kingdom of Heaven and that this was but a blip on the proverbial radar? Was this another example of demon possession and Jesus saw the demon leave as soon as He walked in? To me, all or part of each of these are completely plausible.

The only physical action He took was taking the child by the hand. From this I take a couple things. First, keep it simple. The body is a healing machine which is connected to far greater powers than are visible. Sometimes it just takes a loving nudge in the right direction with a reminder of what we are supposed to be doing. The Healer, in this case, brought great power, insight, and spiritual connection into the room with Him. It only took the simplest of actions to convey that power into the recipient.

I know Jesus was into prayer in solitude, fasting, walking, simplicity, and freedom from arbitrary social or financial regulations. The traditional Chinese theories of energetic, some would say spiritual, healing also rely on some of these tenets. My next step is to examine some of these components and see where they fit into my life and practice, so I can continue to be a disciple of the best Teacher I know.

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