Since we started this brief series [9 countries in 9 weeks] based on the power of one word, no word has come close to touching the hearts of others as much as “healing” does. “If I can heal myself, I can heal another.” These are the words we need to inhale then exhale as we reflect on how our life takes shape, while others lack the basic ingredients for their own life.
Reciprocity is a strange bedfellow for many North Americans.
So many countries put forth an effort to maximize the strength of their nation, without sending the message that their strength is in direct proportion to their ability to heal others by giving without requesting anything in return. It is surprising how many of us constitute our day with little purchases. We never stop to wonder what that spare change will do for another human being across the street, or across the ocean, in places like Haiti or other ravaged countries.
While we clearly understand the need to give, the desire to give is what seems to be missing and misunderstood. This may come as no surprise to those who follow this blog, and forgive me if I seem like a broken record. The facts have not altered my perception that it is our perception that needs to be broken, not our inquisitive nature or our ability to move in step with our day.
Often we hear the need for gentle healing.
More often we see the need and scope for a greater healing and stop short of doing so, because the tasks seem so monumental and out of proportion with what we have to offer as an individual. Look, if everyone thought that way there would be no United Way, no Red Cross or no Doctors without Borders in existence. Healing starts with an ideal. It reaches out and says “I not only can, but will make a difference in someone else’s life today.”
Healing is the unflinching belief that there is much work to do both internally and internationally, all of which are interconnected. For if we develop the ability to grasp how healing can take place on a very personal level, we can move that idea forward to help another soul. The soul who has self healed has much to give. Giving and healing are one in the same in many respects. One asks “what can I do” and the other says “what will you have me do.” Both reach out, both react to a need from inside our own spirit. This is the spirit who may still grasp at how their day matters.
Many of us work to keep a roof over our own head need to realize that by doing so we can make room for another, no matter how small that room is. We need to find room to healing others who lack the proficiency to provide for themselves.
Imagine the healing energy if every North American gave $5.00 today.
One small donation to a local charity or a gift to one of the ones mentioned above today could make the world of difference. Then imagine what message that would send to those who shape our nations. It pales in comparison to the healing received by the loving soul who waits to place food on a table with clean hands and fresh drinking water. In Lieu of monetary donations, we have much more to offer, don’t we. This is not the reality for most of the world beyond North American standards of living.
This is the appeal we should make and then offer up as we come to terms with shaping a fresh perspective on what healing is all about. This is exactly what I have done today, energetically, prayerfully and monetarily.