Recently, I’ve realized how important it is for all of us to look at this question. For me, being healed has always meant a combination of living a spiritual life in a body that feels good while also sometimes eating too much pizza, losing complete Zen-like perspective, and practicing being a beautiful human mess.
This journey of true and lasting healing is not one that cuts you off from the world and reality. It’s one that integrates the best parts of you right into it all.
But beyond this, being healed for me has meant, continually, learning to give up the idea of perfection, even in the sense of a healed physical body. Especially in our current era where “getting sick” feels terrifying, we need to look at ourselves, and our beliefs, even closer. “Getting sick” is a sign that your immune system is reacting, protecting, and working. If this happens from time to time, it’s a good sign that things are going right. If this happens all the time, or “chronically,” this is not a good sign … as we know. Maybe there’s some work to do to help your mind and body be more at peace. BUT that doesn’t mean any of it is bad. Being healed doesn’t mean that nothing ever goes wrong.
There is a middle ground. There has to be a middle ground.
Here’s how I see it. I feel mostly great most of the time. Sometimes, I get sick. Sometimes, I get some weird symptom or thing show up in my body. Sometimes, I still think “WTF” when I have to deal with my emotions. But I consider myself healed because I live my life to the fullest. I don’t have ongoing symptoms that block me from being me. I am infinitely better both physically and emotionally than I ever have been. Sometimes I think it’s a miracle I lived. Healed to me is being good, without having to be perfect (oh the pressure). Healed may look different to you. Healed can be true even with symptoms. Healed can be true even with emotional meltdowns. Healed is when you look back to where you were – and where you are — and say, “This is good enough for me. I am happy.” You can be healed and free while STILL being human.
Just ask Stanley. He’ll tell you his mommy is very human and it’s working fine 💜