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Malidoma Patrice Somé
If you are drawn to this book, chances are good that you have already pursued healing in other ways. You have invested time, money, and energy in gaining relief from your present discomfort, whether it is physical, emotional, or mental in nature, or a combination. The knowledge and understanding you gained through your efforts have likely been helpful to you, but probably not transformational: some discomfort remains, whether acute or mild. This is not because you are lazy, or don’t deserve relief from pain and distress, or you somehow want difficulty in your life. It simply means that you have run up against the limits of your abilities as a human to find solutions. Transforming your woundedness requires freedom from limitation, and to achieve this you need access to the infinite nature of the realm of spiritual power.
Spiritual healing differs from all other modalities in that it results directly from strengthening our relationship with the Divine. We accomplish this by initiating, and then consciously and continually developing, an intimate relationship with our Innermost Self, a facet of our soul. Our soul never loses sight of its oneness with Divine Nature; our Innermost Self serves as our own personal bridge to the Divine.
As a result of our wounding, it appears we have lost touch with this deepest part of ourselves and hence our soul. But no matter how distant we may seem to be from our soul, we are in fact inseparable from it. Futhermore, the soul remains an infinite resource for healing. Our challenge is to clear away the distorted filters of long-established patterns of wounded thoughts and feelings that keep us from knowing the Innermost Self and, in turn, the Divine. This is the essence of our work in the Records. It is important to note that, while this deep work takes place in the spiritual realm, it is simultaneously entirely practical. Through clarifying our difficulties, gaining insights into them, and arriving at real-world solutions, we can bring this work into our everyday lives. We become reacquainted with the truest aspect of ourselves, the Innermost Self.
In this process for healing, we recognize we have an important part to play: taking responsibility for our well-being and doing what we can to care for ourselves. What remains is the part we really cannot accomplish on our own, and here we allow the Divine to move on our behalf. This method guides us to a safe place within which we are sufficiently supported and where we can allow this force for transformational good to be exactly that. We are entitled to experience the perfection of our own soul, and this strategy for healing enables us to encounter the essence of our Divine Nature. When this happens, we find that we are the person we always hoped we could be and we can now live the life that we’ve always dreamed possible.