To Heal or Not to Heal: That Is the Question – Gavin and Yvonne’s Archive – Wicca.org

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Psychic power exists. One of its popular uses is in healing. We Frosts believe that in most cases the body heals itself, but that psychic power somehow affects the mind, which controls such things as the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and the adrenals to cure the body.
In new-age, Wiccan, and pagan discussion groups, you will often hear discussions on the ethics of healing: “They need their disease to complete their learning cycle on this plane of existence,” someone claims; “and if you cure them, they’ll have to come back and do it again.” We don’t look at it that way. We think you should do everything you possibly can to help human beings, animals, and plants. If someone does have a repulsive disease and you cure it and they immediately get another equally loathsome disease, then you know that you are addressing the surface symptom and not the cause of the disease; you know you’ll have to delve further and help them adjust their thinking if the real cause is to be addressed. Illness can be a very effective manipulative device; who or what is the patient manipulating, and why?
If you saw someone slip on an icy sidewalk, fall down, and break their leg, would you call for help, or would you leave them lying there? Of course there is the current non-involvement fad to overcome, but we believe that most people would seek to help.
If you had an extra hamburger and a panhandler asked you for it, would you give it to him? We hope your answers is “Yes”.
Almost everything you do interferes with the life of other people. You spend money on something, someone makes a little profit, someone gets some pay; people’s lives are affected. You squash a mosquito, it doesn’t suck someone else’s blood; it doesn’t pass on a disease.
A drowning child can’t ask for help, but you give it. You resuscitate her. So why wait to get someone’s consent before you attempt a healing? (Never mind what What’s-his-name did on the shore of the Sea of Galilee!) Why not quietly do an anonymous psychic healing? That’s far better and far less dangerous to your karma than if you go in and say, “I can heal that”. To be super-safe, take Yvonne’s approach: Volunteer energy in behalf of the patient, but don’t specify what body part it be directed to. Make your bottom line, “Let the will of the Elder Ones be done.”
If you live and breathe in this world, you are part of it. When you think about doing a healing, think about it in simplistic terms, not in terms of long-range karmic debt and spiritual growth. The more you practice healing, the more adept you will become at it and the more light you will bring into the world.
Personally, I think that many self-styled psychic healers are so unsure of their craft that they will use any pretext not to try healing. When the drowning child is pulled fom the lake, she cannot ask that you do CPR. (By the way, any self-styled healer who doesn’t know how to do CPR is surely worth less than doodoo.)
Recently at one of the great campout conventions, a child stepped on a piece of glass but told no one. The wound became infected. One of the ‘healers’ attending took her to her tent, and piled crystals on the injury. When I saw the foot, I saw the telltale thin red lines running up the leg, the sure symptom of blood poisoning. I rushed her to the nearest emergency room. They managed to save her foot and probably her life.
If you’re not sure–absolutely positive–of what you are doing, don’t offer to help. If you want to help, do it privately and anonymously. Nobody’s karma will be involved. If you want to be a healer, put your money where your mouth is. High on your priority list put an EMT course or a nursing course.
I know that these ideas will go against the grain of many. Let me leave you with this thought: When St. Jerry Falwell refused to heal at a gigantic meeting in Argentina, the locals ran him out of town.
As always, we invite your comments. We are not trying to offend anyone or scorn their tradition, so please be constructive. Our hope is that we may all arrive at a shared understanding of what we are doing. If you know a better way and can articulate the reasons behind it, please share that better way with the community.

Blessed be. GY

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