In our desire for spiritual healing, it is important for us not to be attached to a specific image of how the healing should appear. Spiritual healing manifests itself in as many ways as there are individuals manifesting it. Spiritual healing is a movement toward a greater wholeness of being. This can take many forms.
Spiritual healing can include any form of conventional healing as well as any form of alternative healing. It is not a function of the treatment method but is a function of the view we hold and how we incorporate that view into the healing process. Spiritual healing can occur when we see every need for healing as an opportunity for greater awareness of our true nature and an opportunity to express more of our inherent wholeness.
There are infinite forms of spiritual healing. We typically think of healing as the disappearance of a symptom, but this is not necessarily so. If we have a headache and take an aspirin to make the headache to away, we have not necessarily experienced a healing. The true healing of the headache may require us to explore other physical systems and possibly discover that some system of some organ may be malfunctioning. The healing may require us to review and possibly modify our eating habits. It may require us to change our behavior and the way we live our lives. The healing may require us to examine and possibly modify some of our beliefs and values. It may require us to explore and heal some unresolved emotional issues. It may require us to explore our relationship with God and our deepest sense of identity. Spiritual healing means recognizing the interrelatedness of all aspects of our nature. To be healed is to be made whole. Spiritual healing involves all levels of our being.
It is not uncommon for a spiritual healing to appear miraculous. A so-called miracle is simply an effect produced from an unknown cause. When the cause is known, the healing ceases to be a miracle. It's somewhat like watching a magic show and then discovering how the magician does his tricks. The next time you see the show, you no longer see any “magic,” because you now have an explanation. Healings that are common medical practices today would have appeared as miraculous a century ago, because there would have been no explanation for them in terms of the science of that day. There is no limit to what can be healed. There is only a limit to what we can explain.
What we call a miracle is miraculous only because of our conditioned and habituated view of the world. Many believe that only Jesus—and perhaps a few other extraordinary people—could work miracles. Yet Jesus himself told the disciples, “He who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do …” (John 14:12). That which we call miraculous in one era is ordinary in another. At the time of Jesus, what could appear more miraculous than space travel, organ transplants, cloning and computer networks? Yet today we see these as commonplace.
Conversely, a spiritual healing may not appear as a healing at all in the conventional sense. Sometimes symptoms do not disappear, yet a spiritual healing is taking place. Paul of Tarsus had an enigmatic “thorn … in the flesh,” which he prayed repeatedly to have removed. The Lord (his own spiritual nature) responded by saying, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). The awareness of our spiritual nature may be made more powerful through a weakness of the body or the mind.