Self-knowledge is frightening. Which means that for many people, healing is frightening. When we look around ourselves and see just how dominant entertainment has become in our society, we must keep in mind the basic reason for which we love entertainment– because it allows us to pass time without reflecting on who we are, what we are, what we want, what we believe. When we keep ourselves entertained by outside sources–movies and music and sports and video games–we don’t have to reflect, and we don’t have to look into our hearts. And so many people wonder why healing is so difficult sometimes.
If my heart has been broken, the only way that I can heal is to get in touch with how I really feel inside, and why. It’s very similar to having to heal a broken bone–we need to know where the pain is located, what caused the break, and what shape the bone is in right now. If I’ve done something that’s hurt me deeply, like causing another person pain or doing something that violates my moral principles, then I need to look inside and find the source of my discomfort and then deal with it on its terms, not necessarily the terms that are the easiest for me to handle.
“Expanding our awareness of who we are.” Frightening words, aren’t they? One of the reasons for which people find these words so frightening is that they’re afraid that as they learn more about themselves, they’ll lose much of what they find comfortable now. As I’ve grown in my life, I’ve given up things like television, and I know plenty of people who are completely unwilling to do something like that. To me, though, it’s not a loss–it’s a gain of plenty of free time to do things that are much more important to me.
We’re all hurting. But healing doesn’t necessarily come from a prescription or a trip to the doctor’s office. Much healing comes from looking inside and recognizing the stress, the negative feelings and attitudes, the sorrow, the pain, the hopelessness that we keep locked up inside ourselves and that continues to gnaw away at us from the inside, causing much of our physical pain and discomfort. We need to heal the spirit by knowing the spirit, and then our bodies will follow suit.
Healing in its fullest
sense requires looking into
our heart and expanding our
awareness of who we are.
Healing is the journey. The destination is yourself. The full recognition of all the different aspects of yourself—your joy, your sorrow, your pain, your pleasure—all lead you to the source of who you are. Only by having intimate contact with this source can you experience the fullness of your life. Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape of your life and open yourself completely to all the love and compassion that lives inside you.