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Healing Vs. Curing

Healing, you see, is different from curing. Although healing is very often accompanied by a cure, a cure alone seldom results in a healing. For instance, many of us know people who have undergone a coronary bypass or had a tumor removed, but who haven’t healed their toxic relationships or changed their diet; consequently, their condition recurs months or years later. We also probably know individuals who have been in psychotherapy for years, yet they still can’t find a healthy relationship or get over their anger at their parents. But, we may also know of those who say, “My cancer saved my life,” because it gave them the opportunity to reinvent every aspect of themselves, from their diet to their relationships and careers.

In other words, curing is the business of medicine, and it involves eliminating symptoms; while healing is the crafting of a healthy lifestyle by eliminating the cause of suffering and disease and then creating a meaningful destiny. Western medicine cures the body, while psychology treats the mind—but healing attends to the soul and the spirit.

Source: The Four Winds Society Email Article