Quotes for
the Journey:


Healing proceeds from
the depths to the heights.

Carl Jung

It's supposed to be a professional secret, but I'll tell you anyway.  We doctors do nothing.  We only help and encourage the doctor within.  We are at best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.
-Albert Schweitzer

Your body has natural healing capacities that nobody in the field of medicine can pretend ultimately to understand.  If you break a bone it will heal itself.  All the doctor does is make sure the pieces of the bone are properly set back together.       -Wayne Dyer


To ward off disease or recover health, people as a rule find it easier to depend on healers than to attempt the more difficult task of living wisely.        -Rene Dubos


If a person can turn from predicting illness to anticipating recovery, the foundation for cure is laid.        -Bernie Siegel

Healing takes time.  Despite great advances in medicine, the biggest part of your recovery is attributable to the enormous healing power inside you.  The body heals itself according to its own timetable-- anxious thoughts never hasten recuperation.      -Criswell Freeman
The greatest force in the human body is the natural drive of the body to heal itself--but that force is not independent of the belief system.  Everything begins with belief.  What we believe is the most powerful option of all.       -Norman Cousins

Miracles rest not so much upon healing power coming suddenly near us from afar, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for the moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what has been there around us always.       -Willa Cather

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.       -Philip Berk


Healing is not the same as curing.  Healing does not take us back to what was before, rather, Healing brings us closer to our true Self.        -unattributed

Healing ourselves on the spiritual level involves developing a strong connection with our soul.  We heal ourselves on the mental level as we become aware of our core beliefs, release those that limit us, and open to more supportive ideas and greater understanding.  Emotional healing takes place as we learn to accept and experience the full range of our feelings.  And we heal ourselves on the physical level when we learn to honor and care for our bodies, and for the physical world around us.        -Shakti Gawain

Healing requires from us to stop struggling, but to enjoy life more and endure it less.       -Darina Stoyanova

Unfortunately, all is not beauty and peace.  I don't believe I've ever met a person who hasn't been challenged or wounded by something.  Difficulties present choices:  we can either waste away from our wounds or use them to grow our souls.  My husband, for example, is a survivor of the Second World War. As a child, he suffered through six years of bombings, near-escapes, and concentration camps.  Part of his soul work has been the gradual transformation of this deep well of grief and pain.  As he heals himself, he also participates in healing that terrible idea of war in others.  I have always said that no one heals alone--we heal through and for one another.        -Joan Borysenko


It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.       -Hippocrates


A person who hides the truth that he or she is sick cannot expect to be cured.        -Ethiopian Proverb


The greatest barrier to own own healing is not the pain, sorrow or violence inflicted upon us as children.  Our greatest hindrance is our ongoing capacity to judge, to criticize, and to bring tremendous harm to ourselves.  If we can harden our heart against ourselves and meet our most tender feelings with anger and condemnation, we simultaneously armor our heart against the possibility of gentleness, love and healing.       -Wayne Muller


Drugs are not always necessary.  Belief in recovery always is.       -Norman Cousins


If a culture treats a particular illness with compassion and enlightened understanding, then sickness can be seen as a challenge, as a healing crisis and opportunity.  Being sick is then not a condemnation or a moral judgment, but a movement in a larger process of healing and restoration.  When sickness is viewed positively and in supportive terms, then illness has a much better chance to heal, with the concomitant result that the entire person may grow and be enriched in the process.      -Ken Wilber


The main reason for healing is love.        -Paracelsus

There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside.  One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who saw he was a sage and told him of a sick child nearby.  She beseeched him to help this child.  The sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight.  One woman brought the sick child to him, and he said a prayer over her.

 "Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?" yelled a man from the crowd.

 "You know nothing of such things!  You are a stupid fool!" said the sage to the man.

The man became very angry with these words and his face grew hot and red.  He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out, when the sage walked over to him and said:  "If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot, may not another have the power to heal?" 

And thus, the sage healed two people that day.



Everyone alive has suffered.  It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that makes us able to heal.  Becoming expert has turned out to be less important than remembering and trusting the wholeness in myself and everyone else.  Expertise cures, but wounded people can best be healed by other wounded people.  Only other wounded people can understand what is needed, for the healing of suffering is compassion, not expertise.     -Rachel Naomi Remen
Few people can fail to generate a self-healing process when they become genuinely involved in healing others.
-Theodore I. Rubin
Silence is the source of healing.  When we bring things from within ourselves out into the light of awareness, a healing process happens.  In the silence, we can let go of all anger, sadness, fear, loneliness and frustration.     -Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence--Working from Within
Papa would tell me,
'is not a science,
but the intuitive art
of wooing Nature.'

W.H. Auden

Healing requires far more of us than just the participation of our intellectual and even our emotional resources. And it certainly demands that we do more than look backwards at the dead-end archives of our past.  Healing is, by definition, taking a process of disintegration of life and transforming it into a process of return to life.     -Caroline Myss
You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life.  You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.     -Iyanla Vanzant, Yesterday, I Cried
When cancer first came into my life, people all around me treated it as the enemy.  I was told I had to join the medical team and we'd fight together to defeat it.  This was the wrong thing to say to someone who was the last one to be picked for any team.  I was much happier sitting on the sidelines and encouraging the other players.  I was totally unskilled at defeating anything.  So I secretly went my own way and decided that I was free to choose the meaning of the healing experience.  I decided I would develop a friendly relationship with the cancer, which was something I was good at.     -Dawna Markova
More people die of their medicines than their diseases.     -Moliere
Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible.  Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies.     -C. Jeff Miller
The healing of our present woundedness may lie in recognizing and reclaiming the capacity we have to heal each other, the enormous power in the simplest of human relationships: the strength of a touch, the blessing of forgiveness, the grace of someone else taking you just as you are and finding in you an unsuspected goodness. Everyone alive has suffered. It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that make us able to heal. Becoming expert has turned out to be less important than remembering and trusting the wholeness in myself and everyone else. Expertise cures, but wounded people can best be healed by other wounded people. Only other wounded people can understand what is needed, for the healing of suffering is compassion, not expertise.     -Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom
Healing from our past is an essential aspect of expanding our sense of self and awakening our capacity to love. This shift often manifests as a change in the questions we've been asking ourselves. Instead of What do I need?  we ask, How can I serve? Instead of What am I getting out of this? we start to ask, What can I bring to this situation to promote the highest possible outcome for everyone involved?     -David Simon


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