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A Chapter from the Upcoming
OPENING TO HEALING
Channeled from Michael by Shepherd
[To Specific Individuals]
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ONE HUNDRED PERCENT
- We suggest that you make a one hundred
percent commitment, whatever course you choose, to open to your
own healing power. You do not have to believe that you will be
successful in eliminating your disease. You cannot know that in
advance anyway, but that is not part of the commitment, which
is simply to open to your healing power, and finding out what
it does. Until you have the experience, it is all theory.
Knowing that someone else healed himself of a so-called fatal
disease does you no good unless you find out for yourself if
that is possible for you.
How do you open to your healing power? Make
the commitment one hundred percent, and you will be guided.
There are many techniques you can use, but techniques alone do
not do the job. It is your intent to heal that is central. You
will not have the intent if you do not first have the
- We are not suggesting that you try to do
more than you can do and overexert yourself. There are many
things you can do to support your healing, and you should do
everything you can. But your commitment is not to doing,
primarily, but to opening to your healing power, which you can
let happen all the time. Out of that commitment you will
naturally choose those techniques that will best support what
your healing power is working on at any given time.
- When you cut your finger and it heals, how
does that happen? Does the bandage you put on it heal it? How
about the antiseptic--does that heal it? Who heals your finger?
You do. Your healing power heals your finger, although the
bandage and antiseptic may support that healing. Support your
healing in any way you can that feels right to you. If you
listen in your heart, you will know the best way for you to do
that at any given time. You can meditate, visualize, do
affirmations, and pay attention to your breathing. You can
improve your nutrition so that your healing power has some more
raw materials. You can receive ozone therapy, acupuncture, and
other holistic therapies. You can receive additional healing
energy through energetic healers using techniques such as Reiki
and Johrei. You can work with a therapist to explore and
release your blocks. You can use crystals to cleanse your
atmosphere and promote conducive vibrations. Healing your body
is your full-time "job" at this time. However, you do not need
to try to do everything, because it is not fundamentally a
matter of techniques; it is a matter of opening to your healing
energy in everything you do.
- The reason your body is not healed now is
that various things have distracted you from concentrating on
your own healing energy--your pain, your fears, and so forth.
That is understandable, but it is in your best interests to
learn to concentrate on receiving your healing energy, even
while you are undergoing medical treatment.
- Almost everyone has a part of himself that
would rather die than accept full responsibility for
- A strong desire to live, even if it is
unconscious and is somewhat interfered with by the conscious
mind, can keep a person's body alive when it otherwise would
not survive. A fully conscious commitment to living is all the
- You cannot expect to reach a high level of
spiritual attainment overnight, but you can firmly plant
yourself on the path. Struggling, trying too hard, judging
yourself about not being where you want to be, or "fighting
your way to the top," as they say, do not aid inner attainment;
on the contrary, they get in the way. However, full commitment
- Your primary responsibility is not first
and foremost to do anything. It is to be, to be the healing
source you are. It is easy to be. It is sometimes hard to do,
especially when the doing does not spring from
- See yourself as a person who is taking
primary responsibility for healing himself, someone whose
healing power is always flowing. For instance, when you feel
pain in your arm, think of yourself as someone who is healing
his arm. The opposite of that is feeling like a helpless
victim, which, of course, detracts from healing.
THE PERFECT PATTERN
- Think of your illness as simply an
opportunity to bring forth the perfect pattern that is present
with you in spirit, as opposed to a force all on its own.
Instead of focusing on what it is not, develop your picture of
what could be and what truly is, but is not yet in
manifestation. It is rather like an artist who has in mind what
he wants to create, but because he has not finished, his canvas
temporarily looks like a mess. When it is finished, it will be
beautiful. So create a vision, an artistic vision, of what you
want your body to be, which is what it already is in
- Take responsibility for being the healer
you are. Ultimately, everyone is a healer because everyone is a
creator. Everyone participated in creating his physical body.
The body is continually recreated along the lines of the
consciousness held in the body. Your essence has a
consciousness of you as being healthy. If your mind tries to
hold a different consciousness, it is in conflict with your
essence and gets in your essence's way.
- Love is the highest reality, not the state
of one's body. Many people believe that their bodies are the
only reality, and that sometimes causes them to become
desperate and out of balance when they are seriously
- Love for yourself, for your own being,
helps you open to the healing power of the love you are. Other
people's love is a wonderful support, and can remind you of
love, but love is really what you are. Love is the basic
element of the universe, and out of that element your body was
created in the first place. Love flowing freely can easily
recreate your body into health. It is vital that you love your
body, that you not blame it for what has been happening and all
that you have been going through. It is vital that you not feel
like a victim of your body, but instead take the position of
the one providing the love that it needs to heal. You can
easily do this.
THE PURPOSE OF ILLNESS
- Your illness is a tool you are using to
heal your consciousness, to come more fully home to yourself.
If you were not capable of this healing, you probably would not
have manifested the illness to begin with.
- Illness can be a blessing. There are people
who never get a serious illness, but they are never happy
because their beliefs limit them. Your illness is not an
evidence of failure. It is an indication that you were ready to
change your beliefs. You could no longer live with them, so you
brought forth these symptoms. What was there all along became
dominant--not to punish yourself, but to be healed. You would
not have known that you had these beliefs if something had not
stopped you in your tracks.
THE NATURE OF HEALING
- The integration of positive and negative is
healing. Sickness is their separation. Rather than trying to
supplant negative with positive, become aware of the higher
reality (positive) and let that embrace and include the lower
reality (negative). Feel fully the quality of the lower reality
in the presence of the higher. This results in a decrease in
fear and an increase in love.
- Working with a serious illness is
difficult--it can be a very frightening lower reality. If
someone seriously ill is to experience a different scenario
than the one that would be inevitable if the lower reality were
left on its own, he must open to the higher reality, the
highest of which is love. Opening fully to love is your
healing. Your physical healing is your body's opening fully to
- Healing energy is love. Your divine love
for your children is healing for them, but it is also healing
for you. The most loving gift you can give your children is to
open to your own healing source. That is the only place you
have what you want to give them. But if you do not receive it
into your own body, if you try to have it somehow bypass you to
get to them, you miss the point. Loving yourself is loving
others, just as loving others is loving yourself.
- As you open to your wholeness and
experience the power of love, your body seems less significant
to you; it does not dominate your consciousness. Paradoxically,
it heals more easily, because love is the healer. When you
focus on your body negatively, it becomes burdened and
- When you generate an atmosphere of healing,
what your body does step by step to heal will be what it needs
to be. Some days things will look better, some days worse, but
it is all part of the process.
- Healing does not come from a bottle,
although there are substances that are useful to support
healing. Healing is a force. You are the healing
DOING THE WORK
- You do not have to believe. All you need is
to do the work. You will get better at doing the work as you
practice. The work is easy work, the work of letting, but you
do have to devote yourself to it.
- How much time?
- Only twenty-four hours a day! But how much
conscious time? As much as you can. The more time you give to
it, the better. When you are doing enough consciously, you will
establish a momentum that moves your progress forward without
your having to push it continually. If you notice that the ball
had stopped rolling, so to speak, when you return to conscious
work, you know you need to put in more time. If, while resting
in bed, you invested five or ten minutes every hour in
affirmations, visualization, meditation, inspirational reading
and listening, and so forth, that would probably be quite
helpful. Ask yourself what would be the highest healing gift
you could give yourself at any given moment. You do not need to
establish a rigid regimen. Make it fun and
- The more work you do, the quicker your
progress will be. If you do not believe in it fully, just see
it as an experiment--you have nothing to lose. If you are
successful, you can even believe, in the end, that medical
science cured you--it does not matter what you believe that
- You could not be present unless there was
power present. It required a great deal of power to bring your
body and consciousness into form. There is power present simply
because you are present. You are learning to open more fully to
your positive power as a creator. It took you a while to create
your present condition. It will not necessarily take a long
time to create a new condition, but it will take some time.
Healing always begins from where you are. If right now you are
in a weak state, you start healing from there. It may take
longer than if you were in a healthier state, but the point is
that you start now.
- The most important factor in your healing
is changing the beliefs that caused your present condition.
These include the belief that you do not deserve healing, that
you must be suffering because you deserve to be, that you have
to be punished, and so forth. If you notice when you are coming
from those beliefs, you can begin to change them. It does not
take faith to change them--they do not make any sense to begin
with; they are not logical. You simply need to see them clearly
and assert the truth.
- Ultimately, you do not even have to trust
the healing force. All you need to do is to deliberately get
out of its way. Although you do not need to trust it, you need
to not distrust it. You can be neutral about it. You can take
the attitude that you do not know if it will work, as long as
you let it be there. Distrust is active--it stops the flow. But
having no opinion about whether it will work will not
interfere. Likewise, a lack of belief is not a problem if you
do not actively disbelieve. It is a matter of being open, not
to something foreign, but to what is.
- Discerning energies is not the point. As
you listen for them, your discernment will grow. You are
experiencing them, whether you fully recognize them or not.
Lack of discernment is not a major stumbling block. You open
when you simply hold the intent to open. You can only do that
in the present moment. Simply affirm, "Right now, I open," and
feel yourself being quiet and receiving. If nothing else,
concentrate on your breathing, and just keep feeling open. This
is not really difficult. Even though it requires focus, it is a
natural and easy process.
- The only escape is through opening. You
might think that death is an escape, but it is not. You would
have to deal with the same issues even if you were free of your
body. True, you would not have your body's pain, but your body
to some degree is reflecting your consciousness, and you carry
your consciousness with you. If you do not learn to open, you
will likely recreate your pain in a future lifetime. So it
behooves you to learn to open, which is actually not so hard to
- As long as you take action only in response
to crises, you are supporting the belief that nothing is done
until there is a crisis, which, of course, encourages crises to
occur. Instead, we recommend that you take initiative to plan a
program to deliberately build health. The medical approach is
reactive; the holistic approach is active, taking the steps to
create the reality you wish to create.
- There are many ways to deal with issues.
When you deal with them unconsciously, it is usually a slower
process than facing them head-on. Sometimes people spend a
lifetime dealing with issues unconsciously, occasionally while
institutionalized. Their brains may not be consciously
operating at all, but they are still processing their
- The lack of willingness to consciously work
on one's issues is largely the reason people grow through pain
instead of joy. Some people resist dealing with their issues at
all, even if not dealing with their issues kills them. There
has to be willingness in order to process them. Commonly,
people do not learn until not learning becomes too painful.
They wait to be forced into dealing with their issues because
the issues have come to a head. You can avoid many problems if
you deliberately open and do what you know you need to do
before you reach that point.
- When you are retraining yourself to live
from your wellspring, at first it feels more like a discipline
than something natural. In truth, you are already there, but
you must "pretend" you are there until you can consciously
experience it. The more you relax, trust, let go, and be in the
present moment, the more you sense and align with it, until you
"wake up one morning" and realize that you are there. You back
into it, so to speak. You cannot move forward into it because
it is not in front of you--it is within you. It is natural to
experience being in your wellspring, and unnatural (although
common) to experience being out of it.
- Bring a caressing quality of self-healing
to all the parts of your body, one part at a time. It is
probably not wise to start where you have pain, because it will
tend to distract your concentration. When most of your body
feels caressed and warm, include the parts of your body in
pain. Finally, feel yourself caressing your whole body at
LEVELS OF SELF
- When one part of you experiences healing,
it helps the other parts of you to heal. If your body is
strengthened through more appropriate diet, for instance, it
can encourage healing in your emotions. One reason is that when
your body is stronger, it is less of a drain on your energy.
Therefore, you can more easily bring emotional issues to the
fore and work on them.
- When your physical body is weak or in
distress, it tends to most affect your emotional body, which is
closest to it. If your emotional body becomes distressed, it
can affect your intellectual body, making it more difficult to
keep your thoughts aligned with your true purpose. That can
dissipate the energy of your spiritual, or innermost, body.
Healing offered to any level of yourself can be beneficial and
can help reverse this downward momentum, but working directly
with your spiritual body can be especially helpful. Your
spiritual body connects you with your essence. The more your
spiritual body is developed, the more you can receive your
essence's healing power. That can have a "trickle down" effect,
helping your intellect become clearer, your emotions calmer,
and your body stronger. Your spiritual body is your most
general but most significant influence in your
- If you hold clear thoughts, your emotions
will be able to respond above themselves to these clear
thoughts, rather than being dragged down so much by the
weakness of your body. That will help you strengthen your
- If it were such an easy thing for you to
fully trust your healing power, you would not be sick to begin
with. So this is an important issue for you.
- Letting go of your anxieties about your
health can help you actually have the health you desire.
However, it takes trust, not trusting something outside of you,
but trusting yourself and the universe, of which you are part.
When you feel that you have to control everything in your life,
that it has to be thus-and-so for you to feel safe, it is
because you have not yet developed trust in the universe, or
what some people call trust in God. Whatever you call it, it is
a knowledge that the universe is beneficent, that no matter
what the temporary appearance may be, there is a basic goodness
to life, and that things work according to a process you can
trust. That is the trust that will allow you to stop clutching.
You live in a universe full of healing power. Your task is to
open to it. When you do, it brings healing.
- When you look at your children, you can see
the fundamental goodness of the universe. Children bring issues
into the world with them, so they are not necessarily
completely open to life, but they do not have very well
developed intellects to get in their way so much, which is why
they are so radiant. You can rest in the goodness of the
universe. Assume that it will take care of you. That does
require deliberate action on your part--it is not passive--but
it does not require forcing anything. It is choosing what is
natural. It is choosing to go with the flow of energy instead
of against it. It is choosing to focus your attention on cause
rather than on effect. The cause of healing is this universal
goodness. Your symptoms are effects of your lack of trust in
- Focusing on what is not there only robs you
of precious time you could be using to focus on what could be
there if you open to it. Those who recover from
life-threatening diseases are often blessed for the rest of
their lives by what they learned during the challenge. In many
tribes, those who aspire to be leaders must go into the
wilderness on their own and meet a challenge. They come back
from that challenge capable of doing what they came on earth to
do. We do not underestimate the challenge of physical pain and
the thought of death--it is probably the biggest challenge a
person could have. If you are able to trust in the face of this
most difficult challenge, you will have the lesson of trust
down pat. It will be something that can never be taken from
- During this illness, you have been pulled
along by effects rather than firmly coming into the place of
cause. Affirmations are one way to deliberately come into a
place of cause, because in an affirmation you are stating what
you wish to cause. Be careful that you do not become wrapped up
in what you do not want. If you are coming from fear, you will
be causing from a negative place. Rather than affirming "I do
not want to die," instead affirm "I choose to live." Embrace
life rather than running from death. This is a very significant
distinction: come not from desperation but from the knowledge
of healing power.
- There are two parts of healing. One is
letting go of the old, and the other is bringing in the new.
You cannot bring in too much of the new until you dispose of
what is in the way.
- Ask yourself what would happen if you let
go, or what the worst thing that could happen would be if you
let go. Answering those questions can help you see what is in
- Sometimes people losing weight find that
the last five pounds are the most difficult. Similarly, the
last letting-go can be the toughest.
- We are not suggesting that you do
something, but that you simply allow what is normal to occur.
When you cut your skin, for example, the natural, normal thing
is for it to heal, but you have to stop cutting it. You are
"cutting" yourself with some harmful beliefs. By letting go of
them, you are simply getting out of your own way so that
healing can occur. That takes deliberate action, but not
forcing anything, trying, or struggling. It takes being
mindful, noticing what you are doing, so that when what you are
doing is not beneficial, you can allow yourself to be in a more
natural, open way. Nothing in nature is tight or closed down. A
plant never stops the flow of life force in it. It has no
intellect that can choose to shut down. Human beings are
blessed with the capacity to make choices. You can choose to
shut down, but you can also choose to open. If you had deeply
made that choice in the past, opening would be automatic, but
when you are changing a choice, it takes practice and time to
- There are some things you cannot control,
but you can always control how you respond to what is
happening. You can respond by opening to your source, or by
shutting down. Opening to your source is very powerful--it can
heal you. However, it requires letting go of the need to be in
control of what is happening. Letting go is not the same as
giving up. The fact is that no one can fully control everything
in his life. While you are constantly making choices that help
create your reality, you also have to take what comes as a
result of your past choices and the choices of
- Love is cause. True control comes from the
power of love. You are more powerful when you open to love,
less powerful when you try to control the manifestation of
events. Loving changes events, but struggling to change events
does not really work.
- Your intent is something you always have
control over. You may not always feel positive, but you can
always hold a healing intent.
- It is ironic that the more worried and
anxious you are, the more you tend to try to control what you
cannot, wasting the very energy you need for healing. Worry and
anxiety can create a self-fulfilling prophesy.
- Naturally, you desire to be as healthy as
possible so you can provide as much as you can for those you
love and who count on you. However, if you worry about that,
you take energy away from building health. Therefore, what you
worry about is more likely to come to pass. Your concern
springs from love, but when it manifests as worry, it is mixed
with fear and guilt. If you let go of worrying about things you
cannot do anything about, and instead, put your energy into
simply being the love that is your reality, you hasten healing.
That allows you provide more for those you love.
- In not holding on to anything, you have
access to all things. This allows your situation to work out in
the highest possible way.
- The body is focused on survival, and is
accustomed to using fear to protect itself. If you did not feel
some fear during invasive medical procedures, that would
indicate something wrong. However, what works better is
yielding. It is not very easy to learn how to completely yield
under such circumstances, so you do the best you can.
Afterwards, you can release any fear you are still holding so
that your healing can accelerate.
- The more you experience and release your
feelings, the more energy you have for healing. Blocked
feelings withhold energy from your life. Fully feeling your
feelings is different from your mind racing about your
- You actually have a lot of freedom right
now. In particular, you have the freedom to open, a very
- Being free is not being without fear, but
being okay with it. Being free is being okay with anything as
- Breathing is taking in life. Most people
can benefit by being reminded to breathe. Someone quite ill may
not be able to breathe deeply, but he can breathe freely,
instead of holding his breath.
- If you were to breathe deeply and freely on
a consistent basis, your healing would probably happen fifty
percent faster. You cannot breathe freely and hold on in other
ways at the same time.
YOU ALREADY HAVE THE POWER
- We are not giving you anything you do not
already have. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy already had
the power to go home, but she did not know it until she went
through all her drama; then it happened easily. You have always
had the power to heal yourself, but you have not known it. Now
you are starting to wake up. Rather than thinking of yourself
as a victim of forces beyond your control, and putting yourself
in the hands of those who cannot really heal you, you are
starting to realize that you have the healing your body seeks.
In fact, you are the healing your body seeks.
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