Healing And Curing Are Not The Same


Healing vs Curing

Healing Manifesto

Navigating through the maze of cancer
     ← The Healing Crisis

    Healing isn't about science.

      Healing is about People.


Curing addresses the disease. Healing is not about the absence of disease. Healing is possible with or without a cancer diagnosis. Healing comes from an individual's core and can be accessed regardless of internal or external circumstances.

Healing implies a restoration of communication with ourselves - which means to listen to the language of our own heart as it speaks to us.


While it’s certainly exciting that medicine, medical research, and technology can effectively rid the body of many of the illnesses that only 20 or 30 years ago would have resulted in death, they still can’t effectively teach us how to heal or actually mend what ails us.

Curing and healing are not the same - not in their approach, what they require of the patient, or their results. Unfortunately, even with all of the advances, medicine is still measuring itself on curing, meaning restoring the body back to the state it was in before it became ill. It’s not looking at healing, getting the body back to better than it was before it became ill, because all the causes of the illness have been addressed.


To heal means that the individual is committed to self - inquiry about his / her life and open to transformation.

Healing occurs when we are drawn into the present moment and away from the ruminations about past and future that consistently dominate our lives. It requires a letting go of literal, rational, linear patterns of thought and an acceptance of an intuitive, imaginably, metaphoric way of experiencing reality (expressed in some traditions as a shift from head to heart). It is associated with a sense of enriched personal meaning and a sense of connectedness.

We may experience these healing connections at four levels: at an inner level, between ego and "Self"/"Deep Centre"/the essential self (the "individuation" of Carl Jung); secondly, healing connections with others, in community; thirdly, connectedness to the phenomenal world, as perceived through our senses - for example, in response to music, nature, long distance running, the creative arts; finally, through a sense of connection to ultimate meaning/God/"the More," however that is perceived by the individual.


Healing the human body and being is a dynamic process for people with or without cancer. Life is a healing journey and cancer can be viewed as an opportunity to potentially discover new depths of being alive. Definitions of healing can help people affected by cancer identify personal insights into their healing process of body, mind, and spirit by exploring different perspectives. The ways in which you engage and relate to your healing through cancer are for you to define.

      Healing is more than just recovering health. Healing is highly individual. Your process for healing is unique and a reflection of your journey. It is a way of living that rejuvenates life with energy and purpose needed to help us to get through a difficult time. When we are ill and seeking to regain our health, we must take good care of ourselves at four essential levels of living.

First, there is the level of the body, and this is what we usually focus on. We seek to make the body well and to be physically healthy. This involves nutrition, exercise,
and following your physician’s recommendations for treatment. The other three levels of healing are the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.

On the emotional level, healing is to be able to accept all of our emotions without judgment and to express them properly to others. It is not to lock them up inside and let them fester. It is not to have emotional explosions. It is not holding back from showing tenderness and love. Emotional healing is being aware of what you feel and
being able to engage the emotion. Emotional healing lets us live fully and deeply.

The mental level refers to our thinking. It is about our attitudes, beliefs, and values. Mental healing comes with having the proper perspective on what you are
experiencing. It is to understand clearly what is happening and to face it with a positive, realistic attitude. It is to avoid confusion and elaborate, worrisome
fantasies of what might go wrong. Mental healing keeps you focused in the moment and provides the wisdom needed for daily living.

The spiritual level can bring a deep sense of meaning and purpose and provide a sense of connection to all that is. This level centers you with that which is greater than
you - a “higher power.” With spiritual balance you look with awe on the simplest events of life and appreciate the beauty of the smallest moment. No longer feeling
isolated, you look at the world through the eyes of love and ask, “What can I do for others?”


Healing occurs when we accept the reality of whatever confronts us while continuing to put our energy into living a full life. Engage the four levels of healing every
day, and you will be taking important steps toward your own recovery. Illness can teach us things about
ourselves that we did not know. It can show us our strengths, and help us establish our priorities for what really matters.

People often live through a crisis of illness and later claim that their life was changed for the better because they learned how to make fundamental life style changes. They report becoming more open and accepting
of themselves and others, as well as developing a deeper sense of peace. In essence, they learned how to thrive in the face of adversity.

Thriving refers to an ability to benefit and grow from a difficult experience, so that you are able to function stronger, better, and more joyfully than you did prior to
facing hardship. When you confront illness, set your goal to be a person who is able to thrive through adversity.

When we heal people, we very often notice that the disease does not disappear. Healing is not about "curing diseases"; healing is about "making whole". In healing no one is fighting anything or anybody. Healing is not about destroying; healing is about making whole.

Healing can take place in spite of illness or even death. As a matter of fact before you can leave this earthly life you will have to heal to some degree because in the spirit-world, in the here-after, in the beyond, there is no discomfort, no pain.

Curing a disease does not make the person whole; healing a person does not always cure the disease.

Illness has not so much to do with "out there" as it has with "in here". It is an internal affair and should therefore be treated as one. No aggression directed toward an outside cause is making any real impact on alleviating distress caused by illness.


Healing begins with the soul and seeks to identify, transform, and remove any obstacles preventing it, the mind, and the body from working together in a unified manner. The objective is to make us better than we were before we became ill and to re-establish "wholeness" so that we can experience good health. It involves creating a harmonious internal space so we can explore the hidden contributors behind illness at a deeper level. We get in touch with who we are and are allowed to see just how powerful we can be if we free ourselves from the limitations of our conditioning. Healing views health as being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in balance.

Healing deals with the source of illness and requires us to dig into our psychological resources so we can uncover unhealthy thoughts, emotions, attitudes, beliefs, and core themes responsible for the formation of illness. It’s about reinventing our self-perception and restructuring our lifestyle so that it’s conducive to good health. We remove the obstacles, responsible for the disconnection between the soul, mind, and body. Healing begins with awareness and ends with change. It asks us to release the emotional hurts buried deep inside and let go of the identities we’ve created around those hurts. The goal of healing isn’t fixing, it’s creating—creating a healthy self-perception, healthy thoughts, and healthy relationships.

Sometimes healing brings a cure or a full restoration of health. But it is important to recognize that healing isn't a single destination point, it is a path that moves us forward.Many people have had afflictions that can't be cured, but they are still whole, think, for example, of Helen Keller.

What does healing mean to you? Define it for yourself.

Everyone deals with cancer in a unique way. The process of engaging healing and curing cancer is individual to each person. Thinking about what healing and curing means to you may offer new insights, self-knowledge and awareness, goals, aspirations, and action. 


 "Spirit is the life. Mind is the builder. Physical is the result."

This approach sees healing as a co-creative process among the soul, the mind, and the body; and sees illness as a breakdown in the process. It understands such a problem as representing something deeper, happening internally, that’s weakening the body’s defenses so it becomes vulnerable to the external contributors of illness -such as viruses, bacterial infections, environmental contaminants, or something ingested.

Psycho-spiritual healing views illness as the soul’s way of alerting the mind that something we’re thinking isn’t in alignment with our spiritual nature, and immediate change is required before it affects the body.

This approach to healing works on three premises:

1. An unhealthy mental state contributes to an unhealthy physical state.

2. Healing only occurs when unresolved issues at a psychological level are identified and removed.

3. Only we can heal ourselves. No one else can.

This model delves deeper into the connection between illness and thoughts, emotions and beliefs, perceptions and core themes; and takes into consideration how all of these factors affect the relationship between the soul, the mind, and the body. Its objective is to show us how to identify the unhealthy contributors buried deep within our psychological coffers, how to remove these problems and release their emotional charges, and how to tap into our spiritual nature so the healing qualities of the soul and spirit can be released. This approach facilitates healing on a higher level.

"You can't die cured, but you can die healed.

Healing is about a sense of wholeness as a person, and that wholeness includes understanding our mortality, our place in the world—death is not a betrayal of life, but a part of it." -Dan Frimmer, MD



The focus of curing is to address the needs of the physical body and to relieve it of any discomfort, aches and pains, symptoms, crises, and illness. It has little to do with treating the hidden contributors responsible for the formation of these effects. Instead, curing views good health as the absence of symptoms and the elimination of whatever is causing the body to not function properly, even if that means removing a part of the body. This approach means compensation and removal.

Curing looks at the how and what of illness. It views the body as a bio-mechanical piece of machinery, where most parts are necessary but may not be connected or interdependent on the other parts for proper functioning. It sees organs, glands, and systems and wants to understand how they break down and what can be replaced or repaired to eliminate the problem. It doesn’t take the mental state into consideration.


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