As you might be aware, I’m getting ready to launch an online Generational Healing Class. To make sure that I have all of the content that my students would need, I created a brief questionnaire. One of the most frequent questions that I received, was one I hear often from clients sitting across from me in my office or on the screen in a Skype session. It takes many different forms:
There are other ways of phrasing it, but I think you get the point…
I totally understand the frustration and the hurt behind those questions. There are things in my own life that I’m still contending for even though there are others that I’ve seen complete victory in.
The short answer to those questions is, “I don’t know.” I don’t know that I’ve ever heard anyone who does any healing type ministry give an answer to that question that makes sense to me, or fits all of the people and circumstances that I’ve seen. And, those ministers that I respect the most, are very up-front and honest to say that they don’t know either.
There are reasons why healing might be delayed or blocked. Several, in fact. But which is true in your case? I don’t know. I wish I had a spiritual x-ray that would tell me exactly what needed to be fixed and how, but that’s yet to be invented. I’m not going to pretend to have all of the answers. I’m sorry if that disappoints you. However, I do know the One who does!
I love hearing those dramatic testimonies of people who are set free and healed instantly. They are so exciting! But, I’ve found that those are the exception. Most people are healed through process. Jesus healed some instantly, it is true, but others had to walk out their healing. The ten lepers were healed as they were going (Luke 17). The blind man had to go and wash in the pool of Siloam before his sight was restored (Mark 9). It’s easy for us to read over those verses quickly and forget that it wasn’t a few seconds for those people. In fact, I’ve seen maps showing the location of where the blind man was in comparison to the pool of Siloam…it wasn’t a short distance, or an easy path.
So, healing can be a process, and there can be nothing else that needs to be done other than to continue on that path. I think that a lot of people give up because they get discouraged. Some give up because those that pray for them heap guilt and abuse on them for not having enough “faith”. Faith is important, but it isn’t THE thing that determined if Jesus healed someone. I sat down one time, and read through all of the gospels and made note of all of the healing that Jesus did and what it said about faith. Most of the time, faith is not mentioned at all. In some cases it can be inferred, but if it is mentioned it is often the faith of the person bringing the one to be healed to Jesus whose faith is commented on. But, that’s a whole other discussion.
Take courage, and be at peace that instant isn’t the only way that Jesus heals. I realize that’s not often what we want to hear. But, I find great comfort in knowing that God is leading me on the path to freedom and wholeness. I may not be “there” yet, but I am closer than I was last year or ten years ago, or even 5 minutes ago.
If you are in this position, I encourage you to shift your focus. Don’t be in denial about what still needs to be healed, but watch for areas of improvement and progress. Celebrate each win. Rejoice with each step forward. That’s what God is doing over you. He is not counting how many times you fail or fall. He is watching to see how many times you get up!
This post is getting ridiculously long, and I’ve only touched on a small area. Clearly this subject is near and dear to my heart. So, I’m going to stop here in a minute and revisit this another time. But, I want to leave you with one final picture.
Have you ever watched a small child learn to walk? It’s a wobbly, rocky process isn’t it. They lurch uncontrollably and reach for furniture. They fall forwards, backwards, and from side to side. In fact, they are horrible at it in the beginning, aren’t they. But, what is mom and dad doing? Or any of the others in the room? Are they upset? Are they yelling at the baby because it’s not ready to run a marathon? No. No, they are not. They are cheering every attempt and every step. They are taking pictures like crazy and posting those pictures everywhere they can. And when she calls grandma, what does mom say? Does she say that baby fell 50,000 times today? No! She proudly tells grandma that baby took 2 steps.
That’s how God sees us. That’s what He’s doing over us in the heavens. He’s calling the angels over to come and see how much better we’re doing. They are all cheering every time we get up and try again. No one, but us, is counting our failures…because no one but us considers them to be failures. No, it’s just part of the process of learning how to become the person we were created to be. God doesn’t expect perfection from us. He doesn’t. That’s only a lie from the pit of hell meant to keep us from getting back up again.
If this is you, here’s a brief prayer that you can pray if you would like: Father, forgive me for buying into the lie of perfectionism. Forgive me for believing that I have to be perfect to be accepted. Forgive me for buying into the lie that instant healing is the only way that You approve of. I reject and renounce all of these lies. I cast them to the cross of Christ. I gather up any and all lying spirits, perfectionism spirits, spirits of hopelessness, discouragement, and despair and I cast them to the cross of Christ. I revoke all of their rights to me forever and place the blood of Jesus between all of that and me. I accept the truth that I am accepted just as I am. I accept the truth that God is working with me all the time and he is rejoicing when I succeed. I accept the truth that there is hope for healing and wholeness. I accept the truth that I can enjoy the journey. Holy Spirit, please give me your peace and help me to remember these truths. Help me to hear and believe what YOU say about me, and no other voice. I thank you, Father, for all you are going to do in and through me as I move forward with you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
If you would like some help on your journey, you might be interested in a session with me.
Most of us seek out inner healing for obvious reasons. We’re tired of over reacting to our triggers, tired of our past affecting our present, and we just want greater freedom.
Those are superb reasons and if there were no other benefits to emotional healing than those, it would still be worth a lifelong pursuit. But the advantages don’t stop there. I wanted to bring up some other perks that seem to be overlooked. I’ve been pondering 3 John 1:2 where the condition of your soul is linked with health and prosperity. “Prosper and be in health even (or in proportion to) as your soul prospers.” For years I assumed that was talking about spiritual prosperity and I sort of skipped right over the health part. Sounds like a nice churchy blessing that rolled right off of me.
When someone told me that the prosper part of that was actually about money I was pretty skeptical. After all, there are many ways to be prosperous without having anything to do with money. So I looked it up. It actually says in Strong’s that the Greek word means “to succeed in business affairs.”
It’s also easy to dismiss that verse as merely greetings and salutations, which it is, along the lines of how we might write, “I hope this letter finds you well.” However, in my experience with my two businesses, I’m having a hard time dismissing this correlation between our soul, our health and our money.
What I have come to understand, is that the condition of our soul (that’s our mind, will and emotions) has a direct bearing on our physical health as well as our ability to be successful.
I run two businesses. One has to do with inner healing, and the other helps spiritual entrepreneurs get their businesses going. In Dream Ventures, my business class, I’ve noticed a very distinct correlation between a person’s level of “wholeness” and their ability to be successful. An unhealed person with skills, abilities and the knowledge of what to do to be successful is no match for the one who has none of those things but doesn’t have emotional triggers hanging them up. Therefore, we spend some time on healing before we ever get into how to market their business.
It’s not that God magically blesses you as a result of getting healed. It’s that you’re already blessed, but because of wounds, you let the blessing slip through your fingers.
When you’re wounded or operating out of trauma, you fail to recognize opportunities when they present themselves, you let fear make your decisions for you, and you may have some blocks that prevent you from receiving. And if you feel undeserving or guilty, and you do manage to receive something, those negative feelings will make sure you get rid of the blessing as soon as you can.
Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of responsibility, being in the spotlight, fear of being held to a higher standard due to a leadership position or public scrutiny, or fear of what success might due to your relationships will all unconsciously work to sabotage your efforts. You might make progress and move forward despite fear, but it will never have the same effect as moving forward truly free.
In my other business, I use flower essences, which are not the same as essential oils to heal emotional disturbances. In the effort to clear up things like anxiety, depression and trauma, people were reporting physical problems were resolving as well. Flowers heal via frequencies, there is no biochemical means of them doing anything to a person’s physical body, so it has to be through addressing the emotional roots of the illness. Almost any chronic condition is going to have emotional roots to it.
Now we’re beginning to understand that certain emotions have an affinity for certain organs, and if the emotions go unaddressed, they get stored. Alice uses Splankna to find where the emotion settled in the body, so that it can be discharged which gives the organs and bodily systems the opportunity to recover.
Handling emotions before they manifest as chronic issues or disease is smart. And if they’ve already manifested as illness, you can pull the plug on the emotion that’s fueling the issues, which will turbo charge any treatments or health protocols you’re following to get better. In addition, you’ll have more peace in your daily life.
Mysterious medical conditions and autoimmune disorders such as Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis are often associated with early traumas. Alice’s sister was healed of fibromyalgia via Splankna.
Cancer often will have a root of unforgiveness, anger or bitterness. Here’s my entire post on cancer and emotions. I encourage you not to let your emotional baggage take you down so far that your life is in danger. There are myriad methods of emotional healing out there, so find one that resonates for you.
This one thing, the pursuit of emotional healing, will pay dividends into your bank account, your destiny, your physical health and your relationships. Let’s prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper!