We are all in need of healing
Hello brave soul,
Today's sharing is from my morning-time with Spirit. Since the beginning of January, I have been in earnest, seeking answers for 'how to do this ministry'. Very much in my analytical mind, looking for THE roadmap.
I have been visiting different churches and denominations almost every Sunday with the knowing that in order to minister to churches of all stripes, that I must learn their language and experience what and who they are. Every time, I have received healing of some stereotype or judgment I had about church in general or a denomination specifically - and this has all happened through my experience with people. There has always been something for me in these communities. I, like many, have experienced at some point a wounding within a church setting, turned away from church altogether and attached or formed the belief that all churches or specific denomination are bad, wrong, unsafe (pick your word.) In doing so we may or may not have also attached this pain and resulting rejection to Jesus, and therefore his words, his teachings, his wisdom, his way.
Many years ago, I said 'yes' to healing after the 'dark night of my soul' left me bereft, depressed and lost. I chose to surrender my belief that I had to heal all by myself or via channels that didn't feel right to me. So I chose to open myself to listening in the silence of meditation. It was through learning to quiet my human mind with its thoughts and beliefs that had been born via relationships with other people living through their unhealed pain, that I laid down what I thought I knew and admitted to myself that I needed help that was not of this world. This surrendering was me choosing to unshield my wounded heart, and as a result beginning to hear the voice of Christ directly. And this changed the trajectory of my life. (You can learn more about my journey here.)
My being called to bring ministry to people in church, when for years I have been ministering to people outside of church, is one big way that God is giving me an opportunity to heal my own judgments, anger, resentment, pain and to see the need for healing for all people regardless of their very personal journeys. This is also an opportunity to encourage others to see where they are choosing to hold-on to anger, resentment and any spirit of unforgiveness or fear and to allow the HeartMind of God, the HeartMind of Love to lead the way through the gate of healing into that green valley of peace.
What Spirit has reminded me of this morning:
"The battle between light and dark is not 'out there'. It is 'in the heart of each and every man.' It's not the church that needs healing, but rather the people within Her that need healing; (and we are all healing something or in need of healing something - inside and outside of church.) People are the cells that make up the church, The Body of Believers in The Way of Christ. Jesus as Christ, was, is and ever shall be whole/healthy/holy. The church Herself is only as healthy/healed/whole as the people (cells) that make up Her Body [here on earth]."
The traditional meaning of healing means 'to be restored to health' or 'to make whole.' With that perspective as the foundation, I believe that the highest degree of healing means to be restored in your awareness that you are whole, (not broken) and holy, (Divinely created and connected.)
So back to feeling the need for a map and the seeking outside of my relationship with God to 'know how to do this' it has been made clear to me that the calling is coming from a higher place and therefore the map will too. That it is through direction and guidance ultimately from this place that will lead the way forward and that in my humanness I don't 'need to know how to do' anything. That in reality, when I listen with my heart and make choices from this place, that the path is revealed - for the path is already in place, it is my unhealed mind (non-God mind) that veils what I see, know and understand in the current moment.
So I will leave you with this thought: Ask yourself, where have you been turning away from healing... turning away from wholeness and holiness... turning away from (the way of) love instead of turning towards it?
As always, if you would like to talk about your personal challenges with people and relationships of any kind, I am here.
Blessings and peace be with you today,
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These writings are an amalgamation of words to alchemize your understanding of who you are. Some words are mine, and others are from Spirit. I hope you find comfort, support and hope in these letters of love to you. Blessings and peace be with you, Dammah