A Tibetan teacher
said when we become enlightened we don't care whether or not we have
fantastic powers. We don't care what people think of us. We don't care
whether or not we are great teachers. All we care about is being
helpful, to be of assistance, to be a kind and caring being.
I couldn't agree
more. I have been to see a flatbed truckload of faith healers and most
of them remind me of Paul's description of people without love --
"sounding brass and tinkling cymbal."
I remember Olga
Worrell. She was a counselor and people claimed to have spontaneous
healings in her presence. Yet, she never claimed to be a healer. She
seemed to be as surprised as those who were healed.
As far as the
laying on of hands goes, I would rather have the touch of a loving,
kind, caring person as any big-time healer. In fact, it is love and
kindness that IS the primary healing power in the universe.
The good news is
that anyone can be enlightened if we are talking about being a caring,
loving kind person. You don't need to take Showtime 101, 102 oe 103. You
don't need washtubs to take up the offerings. You don't need the
"tithes and love offerings" of little people who are
struggling to live on small pensions and Social Security checks.
A dear friend in
her eighties spent her precious tiny bank balance for a plane ticket to
be healed by one of those TV hotshots. She sat in a long line of
wheelchairs with her heart beating fast, just knowing she would be
healed. Then a staff person of the hotshot came down the line saying the
mighty reverend would not be healing any wheelchair cases. She died in a
probably some sweet souls in her church who could have hugged her and
infused her heart with great healing energy. Paul's great 13th chapter
of Corinthians says love is the only thing that never fails.
I believe it is
always wise to develop kindness and to trust the energy of kind
(enlightened) souls when we need mental, spiritual or physical
healing. While we are at it, we can also trust the goodness and kindness
in our own souls. Sometimes our healing comes from our own energy.
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