Healing Can Go Viral

USA members of The Community of Aidan and Hilda held a healing and meditation service on zoom on Saturday. Just as The Three Wise Ones spread Light to Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which we mark at Epiphany, so, I suggested in my meditation, may those who carry our Way of Life spread healing even faster and further than the covid virus spreads disease.  This is the text of my meditation.

...Now our Way of Life can spread healing at an unprecedented rate. Those who follow it become more aware. They notice how broken people and places are, including ourselves. They journey away from denial and towards reality.

We can’t engage in every sort of healing, but each of us tries to engage in some kind of healing. Between us we seek healing of ourselves, others, communities, countries.

Disease is a disorder of a body’s organ. A human body is healthy only when each of its organs receives from and gives to the other organs. This is true of communities and countries, too for ‘in Christ all things hold together’ (Colossians 1:16) but out of Christ all things fall apart.

The Greek word for salvation (sozo) means wholeness. Isaiah’s prophetic description of the Messiah’s new way included healing and restoration (Isaiah 35). As Jesus inaugurated God’s Kingdom he proclaimed that people would be released from what imprisoned them, and restored from what blinded them (Luke 5:18,19).

 

Each person, community and country has wounds caused by abuse, neglect or self-will. Healing is possible. Healing is a process.

First, as we become more aware of the wholeness that Jesus wants for us all, we visit broken bits of our own lives that have lain buried and unattended: wounds inflicted by dominating or neglectful peers, maybe – fears, low self-image or prejudice. We invite Divine Love into these wounded parts.

Second, we pray for others to be healed, each in our own way. Some are members of their church’s healing team that lays hands on people as they pray. Others accompany another on their journey towards inner healing. We listen to, love, and pray for their wound. We call this the journey from fragmentation towards wholeness, or ‘the trail of the full human being’. We journey from fear to faith, from being false to being real, from self to the other. We believe, with Bishop Irenaeus that the glory of God is seen through a human life lived to the full.

Third, we seek, when and where this is appropriate, to heal fragmented communities and countries. We use conflict resolution principles:  Listen to the other side’s story without interruption or judgement; explain our own side’s story; describe the hurt you feel but without blame.

Others who follow this way of life-hallow places that have been overlaid with unholy influences – they hallow them by their presence and their prayers.

In silence we learn to renounce the spirit of self-sufficiency, become aware of wounds, and then of another person, and then of a place and lay hands, as it were, on every part of God’s world, in order to bless it and recognize its right to wholeness in Christ.

It’s hard work to honestly identify the stratagems of our false ego. Each of us, whether or not we have medical knowledge, should become conversant with medicines for the soul. We start with ourselves. Hurts inflicted upon us, passively through neglect or actively through abuse are aids to help us discover our own healing needs. We learn to see ourselves as others see us and as God sees us. Then we seek to become sensitive in seeing ailments in the souls of others.

Are we angry? Pursue a treatment for anger. Are we jaundiced? Pursue a medicine for jaundice. Are we loud-mouthed, or fearful, or devious, or dominating? Do we suffer from low self-esteem?

We seek appropriate medicines for each condition. What is the medicine for a  wound caused by neglect . . .  or abuse… or  discrimination? Visualise Jesus with the little child within us who was hurt, or betrayed, or spoilt, or rejected, or abused…

Invite Jesus to walk back into the knotted, dark places of your life, beginning with the painful memory we can barely name. Jesus may give us strength to forgive the one who hurt us, or forgive the lack of love or the smother love, and can replace that with the never failing stream of non-possessive, truly felt and freely given divine love.

Its an impossible task, I said to my soul friend, because I still live out of my childhood script.  Why not replace your childhood script with agape – unconditional empathy and compassion ceaselessly flowing from the Divine Healer? he said. We are put right with God by faith. By faith, every time you become aware that you are acting out your childhood script, replace it by agape and see what happens.

During the Community pilgrimage to the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul Frode Fjelbraten of Norway asked me what I had done with the anger caused by opposition to myself and our work on Holy Island. I said I had parked it as in a car park. He said ‘That’s not good enough, you need to work it through with a psychotherapist.’ Then I had a nightmare which I explored with a psychotherapist. It featured a teenager I knew. His body was horribly deformed and almost disconnected from his head, part of which was missing. Both his body and head had to be covered in shawls, so ghastly were they to look upon. Yet from his eyes radiated joy and compassion for all.  I wondered if the dream was a representation of my repressed emotional make-up. Part of my life calling had almost been destroyed (or recent opposition had revealed the damaged infant still in the womb of my soul) but if Jesus lit my eyes, then the entire body might again become whole (Luke 11:34). Was this a last-chance hint that healing was still possible? A friend suggested I ask Jesus to hold the neck and join the body and head together.

After I talked about my nightmare with my Jungian analyst he astonished me, for Jungians say a dream is almost always about the dreamer. He suggested the dream could be about the wound in the Body of Christ. If this were the case, I must no longer relate to critics as a hurt refugee, but as a potential healer, with understanding, and without judgement. Now, as a I re-live this dream, I see fresh flesh growing on that horrific body. Soon, the coverings can come off.

Paul Coelho (Kwaylo) points out that haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves because you are a reflection of what they wish to be. So the task of people like you and me is to help these neighbours find their greatness.

Some countries, perhaps including my own and your own, have bought into the narrative that they are heirs of the biblical Israel who are creating a land of promise. Their critics are swept aside as were the ancient Canaanites. We inherit our constructs and fit these into our religion, rather than allow our faith to transform our constructs. Algorithms imprison us in giant social media echo chambers. We block out the narrative of Jesus who wept over Jerusalem: ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I would have gathered you to me as a mother hen gathers her chicks, but you refused. If only you could see the things that make for your well-being.’ When Jesus wept over his capital city as a mother hen seeks to gather her chicks he was mourning for its torn-apartness. The root of disease is self-sufficiency. Only when everything is in relation to the whole do the parts become whole in themselves. Humans are complete only when they are part of God who is ‘the Whole’. Let Jesus free up our prisons.

Finally, Jesus, in whom the cosmos is held together, was born amid animals. As he died the earth quaked and the sun eclipsed. The Creator revealed his communion with all creation. As the covid pandemic becomes a wake up call to how we are raping creation, let us, at the start of this new season, offer ourselves as a first fruits of a new creation, looking for places where the Divine Love flows until it finds a space where it can heal and make whole.

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Ray Simpson New Year 2021  www.raysimpson.org

For his You Tube Talks on the Way of Life and Healing click Ray Simpson – aidan and hilda You Tube

 

In sharing afterwards one said ‘kindness is missing from many of our relationships’. ‘Kindness creates a thin place’ ‘the importance of looking people in the eyes…’

 

 

 

Posted at 11:11am on 3rd January 2021
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