Did you ever know someone in whose presence you felt connected, peaceful and refreshed? We literally are healed by such people. We draw strength from them. When we walk about life alone, or trying to do it all ourselves this may work for a while. But gradually we loose our life force and begin to whither on the vine. Conversely when we open ourselves to healing presence in others, life takes on new meaning and it’s as if our spirit comes alive with this new food. “Not by bread alone do we live!” We need the “food” of others in order to live well in this life.
Some of us, because of past hurts, tend to crawl into our shells, afraid to depend on others, afraid to open our hearts or even ask for simple help. Perhaps this initially feels the safer way to go about life; but gradually we begin to die, perhaps not physically, but our spirits begin to whither. Is this any way to live?
It’s no accident that creeds, mission statemets and the 12 Steps begin with the word “we.” None of us can do it alone. Yes, in opening ourselves to others, to groups, to churches, to lovers – we may indeed get hurt. But what’s the alternative? A safe, but lifeless existence?
Who are the people from whom you can draw healing and strength? How are you called to be healing presence for others?