Success in spiritual healing is warranted only as we find and follow our own pace. Whether a pro or a rookie, here are six pitfalls to avoid when practicing spiritual healing.
- Gunning the start. Running headstrong, for example into an intense episode of prayer, will become tiresome quickly. Spiritual healing is a job, not a quiz or luck of the draw; it requires a balance of hard work, prayer, study, and practice, all done at a reasonable pace.
- Taking spiritual healing too seriously. A purist approach to spiritual healing makes one vulnerable to addiction, susceptible to going through the motions without living in the moment, enjoying the work, and keeping the inspiration.
- Trying to outsmart the elements of everyday life. Spiritual healing loses its force if it’s used to avoid life’s demands. Spiritual healers do not live an aloof eccentric existence. Spiritual prayer and work naturally forms multifarious relationships that coincidentally expand the impact of spiritual healing.
- Self-sabotaging the game plan. Spiritual healing is happening, similar to tectonic earth movement is happening, although its effects are unseen most of the time. Don’t interrupt the healing activity by forcing a human ideology.
- Assuming you are more spiritually minded than you really are. This is seen in extreme behavior—seen by outsiders as jaded and indefensible behavior. Spiritual healing is a step by step modality paralleling a practical Love and soulful wisdom. Even an epic healing of a monstrous problem does not qualify for the absence of humility and obedience to the law of progress.
- Attempting to use spiritual healing to extend mortality or materialist views. Spiritual healing manifests the essence of spirituality, indescribably ascending mortality, consumption, lack, material conservatism. Spiritual healing isn’t “used” but is more so tapped into, completely available to everyone, no matter what their ethnicity, background, or faith.
Spiritual activist and healer, Mary Baker Eddy, basically wrote, “I have healed hopeless physiological disease, and advanced the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life. It is backwards to believe that anything can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life. This Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit. We must begin however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we are guided by the eye. We look before our feet, and if we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of spiritual advancement.” (21st Century Science and Health)
Until recently, it has been believed in mainstream neuroscience, that plasticity in the brain is present only in children. The younger years are considered critical in brain development because once we become an adult, the brain wiring is permanent, localized. Therefore, parts of the brain have been mapped. Localizationist, Torsten Wiesel, won the Nobel Prize for determining where visual processing occurs in the adult brain.
But, along comes experimental and open-minded Michael Merzenich, to discover that plasticity is found in the adult brain also. However, Nobel Prize winner, Torsten Wiesel opposed the idea and his opposition frustrated Merzenich because many other neuroscientists automatically accepted the position of the peer majority supported by Wiesel, even though the position was arrogant and weak.
Years later, Wiesel did accept adult brain plasticity and did graciously acknowledge in print that for a long time he was wrong and that Merzenich’s brave experiments ultimately commanded attention. In other words, Wiesel’s brain changed.
But, what did other hardcore localizationists do? They believed in adult brain plasticity because Wiesel did.
I learned two lessons from this real life story: One, when I am wrong, gracefully, publicly admit it and move forward with an appreciation and respect for the brave soul who brought the wrongness to my attention. Two, think for myself and don’t believe someone because they are technically in a position of authority.
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My ears were being assaulted by profanity voiced somewhere in the house. I went to investigate the uncommon occurrence and discovered the profanity was coming from the TV. A show called “Bulls**t”, hosted by Penn & Teller, was on.
Penn & Teller’s show is devoted to aggressively shooting down fuzzy thinking or the blind following the blind. (My cat opinion is that their next show should shoot down the inane belief that irrepressible profanity adds character or strength to thought movement forward)
This particular show being aired on TV involved a perspective of Mother Teresa (1910-1997) of Calcutta. Born in 1910, baptized Gonxha Agnes, she left home at the age of 18 years to become a missionary. She became famous as Mother Teresa over a six decade period of time during when she helped people, especially the poor. The intent to help people was also manifest to found Centers which are operating today.
Penn & Teller apparently agreed with the view that Mother Teresa had an ulterior motive—self-aggrandizement. So, these TV celebrities felt it their calling to expose Mother Teresa as a fraud.
Granted, the public needs to be aware of many views and avoid problematic issues such as hero worship. Mother Teresa did help many people, and the public needs to learn from her behavior instead of rely on her.
We can also learn from Penn & Teller, that even when people are doing helpful things in the world, they are still vulnerable to attacks by disapproving loud thinkers.
An inclusive prayer is to do the best we can each day with truth, coupled with a prayer of strength not to be shot down. If we do get shot down, the spiritual resolve to get back up with dignity and grace can be acted on.