“After working in the field of health and healing for more than two decades, I have come to believe that we as a society have not fully animated the body-mind-spirit trinity that is the foundation of [the holistic model of] health, for a simple reason: we are still enamored of the more familiar power of the mind and intimidated by the less familiar, the mystical and transformational regions of the soul. And, so, although we may use the language of the spirit, we frequently retreat into the methods of the mind, which primarily indulge our need to find reasons why events happen as they do in our lives. The underlying premise is that if we can excavate these reasons, then our lives will return to normal. We will recover our health, just as vibrant as it was before the illness struck. But that rarely happens, because this system of reasoning our way through illness and crisis is undermined by a fundamental flaw: We cannot reason our way back to health. Our intellect is an inadequate vehicle to carry us through the arduous journey of healing.
Healing requires far more of us than just the participation of our intellectual and even our emotional resources. Healing is, by definition, taking a process of disintegration of life and transforming it into a process of return to life. The mind cannot accomplish such a task. Only the soul has the power to bring the body back to life.”
“The people I know who have experienced healings told me that they were able to detach from their pre-existing images of God. Indeed, they managed to detach from everything — their wounds, their need to be right, their need to win, their need to know why things happened as they did in their lives. In doing so, they discovered that all they really surrendered was their fear, their darkness — and, much to their great awe, their disease. In giving up these things, they were given everything they needed, beginning with their lives. That was the pattern that I saw in all of the healings that I witnessed, the pattern that became the inspiration for this book. I realized that healing was not a matter of visualizations, sacred oils, processing wounds, lighting candles, and all the rest. Ultimately, healing is the result of a mystical act of surrender, an awakening that transcends any religion. It is an intimate dialogue of truth between the individual and the Divine.”
— Caroline Myss, from her new book Defy Gravity.