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Augustine of Hippo, an African by birth and a disciple of both Christ and the neoplatonist Plotinus said in regard to faith. "Unless you believe, you shall not understand". This seems like a vicious cycle until we come to realize that there is inherent in man a pre-existing revelation of God's existence. This light from within becomes the very first step in the mystical process and is revealed to all seekers through thought and contemplation.

Self-healing is not "self" healing. When it is realized, it is the product of a collective human consciousness loving itself. The healing phenomenon in the individual is the result of a transcending compassion purposefully extended from many to one through the psychic matrix of a shared humanity.

Every human act performed with charity especially those very "selfless" acts, become mystically amplified by the Cosmic to the psychic and physical benefits of those in need. Of course, there must be a subjective acceptance or openness to the healing power. The mind and soul cannot be locked. Those who are healed incur the obligation of becoming healers themselves, as well as transmitters of the vital force.

Let us ask the question: "What is self-healing?" Self-healing simply implies that an injured organism spontaneously repairs the injury; although this is not to imply the absence of the subjective elements of self.

Healing is healing. A cut on the skin will repair itself usually without fanfare. Certain animals like the salamander will grow new arms, legs, and tails almost as easily as you and I heal from a simple scratch. Some scientists have experimented with fields of energy around these amphibians which tell the amphibian that this is place for an arm, this for a leg, and so on. If you take a piece of tissue originally destined to be a tail and place it where an arm should be, it develops into an arm. The cellular material itself cannot distinguish the hindquarters from the elbow. There seems to be a cosmically induced multidimensional force permeating all nature and directing its differentiation.

As an organism becomes more complex, more things can go awry. With the emergence of our human species, we have tremendous complexity. The dual organism that man is, is equipped for self- repair from a cosmic blueprint. Most of us have yet to learn how the Cosmic has empowered us with human potentials, nor have we learned how being human gives healing and self-evolutionary powers.

The word human is derived from Indo-European root meaning "earth". The Hermetic concept of creation and evolution, "as above, so below," expressed in the Kabala and reflected in the Christian Lord's Prayer, "on earth as it is in Heaven", leads us to an understanding of the cosmic microcosm. The infinite unites with the finite, or earth, producing humanity. The phrase "... dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return ..." is counterbalanced by the paradoxical optimism of Francis Assisi's mystic statement, "... in dying we are born again into eternal life."

What then is the future of healing for humanity? This question must be considered on both the collective and individual levels. On the collective level healing is the total product of all man's efforts purposefully directed. True technical triumphs need to combine with enlightened self-control. We need to more fully use our inherent mental power in a setting of man loving himself and others as himself. Diseases as such will be controlled if not eliminated, although aging needs to be accepted as a natural process of maturation which prepares us for the next phase of development. Death or transition is a continuation of the healing process, not to be dreaded but anticipated with joy as a return to total unity with the Cosmic.

On the individual level, man may draw from the collective energies of humanity by thinking of himself in others, and of they in him. With proper attunement, this synthesis can produce healing or reintegration of the vital principle in man.

As humanity, we all share a sometimes unrealized mission - the transmutation of ourselves and our planet. The first step in accomplishing this must be sublimation of self. Each transforming act and thought must be selfless. Among the powers that we derive from the sacred nature of our humanity is a power of precognition and reality formation. We are given the ability to make our prophecies self-fulfilling throughout creative visualization. In practice, however, this principle manifests in our lives in diametric ways. When our projections emphasize negative aspects such as illness and feelings of inadequacy, then our lives are filled with illness, inadequacy and despair. When we approach our lives in a positive way, attuning to feelings of transpersonal identity, we find that we live in harmony and we are freed from envy, hatred and greed. Our own creative powers become manifest.

Many people are looking forward to a transformed future: nirvana, the millennium, the Parousia of the Greeks, the maranatha, the Second Coming. All these images involve a future temporal order. In self-healing, time-space continuum is transcended and the soul and mind of man enters into a separate dimension: the New Age. Mind and soul direct the creative forces of past, present and future, generations unite in an intense love, thus transforming matter.

   
  Questions
   
  1. (a) Describe self healing ( para 4 )
    (b) What obligation do those who are healed carry with them ?
    (c) Clarify the reference to reptiles.
       
  2. (a) What happens when the infinite unites with the finite ?
    (b) What is the future of healing ?
       
  3. (a) How can man draw from the collective energies of humanity ( para 9 )
    (b) What happens when we project negative thoughts ?
    (c) What happens when we project positive thoughts ?
       
       
  4.   For each of the following words give one word or short phrase ( not more than seven words ) which has the same meaning as it has in the passage.
      i.   inherent   v.   derive
      ii.   transcending   vi.   projections
      iii.   distinguish   vii.   manifests
      iv.   reintegration   viii.   dimension
       
  5. In less than 160 words, summarize what the writer says about self healing.
       
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  Answers
       
  1. (a) It is that an injured living thing can repair injuries done to it all by itself.
    (b) Those who are healed are obligated to heal others.
    (c) Reptiles will grow new limbs and tails as easily as humans heal scratches.
       
  2. (a) When the infinite unites with the finite, man comes into being.
    (b) In future, we should control disease through the process of man loving others as much as he loves himself. Disease will be annihilated through this process.
       
  3. (a) Man should think of himself as being in others and of others as being in him. This synthesis can produce healing.
    (b) Projecting negative thoughts brings about illnesses and disease.
    (c) Projecting positive thoughts brings about positive results like harmony and being free from envy.
       
       
  4. i ever present
    ii to go beyond
    iii differentiate
    iv rejoining
    v get
    vi appears
    vii thoughts
    viii world
       
  5. Self healing is the process by which man is able to heal himself without any medicine. it is akin to the reptiles who can grow new limbs or tails when they have lost theirs. we are able to do this only at small levels like when we are scratched. Man is actually equipped for self repair except that most of us do not know how to use this power. On the collective level, healing is a product of the whole race, if purposefully directed. As a prerequisite, mental power needs to be fully used to love ourselves and others. In this way disease will at least be controlled if not annihilated. On the individual level, man can draw power from the Cosmic as he sees himself as being in others and others in him. Humanity shares the mission of transmuting ourselves and the first step is sublimating ourselves. When our projections are positive, there will be harmony and every happiness. ( 160 words )
           
 
 
 
 
 

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