The word healing means, “to make whole.” But the very nature of thought is to fragment, create distinctions and diversify. When we seek healing, clearly it implies using the mechanism of thought. I am going to read this, take a course, go on a retreat and then mentally chew over the experience, until I thoughtfully “get it.”
If I wanted to see the whole mirror it would be a hindrance to pay any attention to a particular image crossing the surface. This is analysis, which means to “break up.”
If we look at the situation further, we can see that there is a fundamental piece of machinery whose sole purpose is to “break up.” This mechanism is the ego. This entity goes by your first name, and always exists as a partiality in order to create an exclusive self-Me, mine: my life, etc. distinct from “others.”
It is this “me” that wants healing, no? But how can something that is partial, fragmented by nature; be whole or complete? The whole is not contained within the parts, but the parts are contained within the whole.
The fish can never be called the ocean, but when it loses its identity as an exclusive entity, there is only the One Ocean; and the fish is now made whole through complete integration and identification with It.
The truth is, most people’s idea of healing is to be able to keep your exclusive ego or individual sense of self-my likes and dislikes, my demands, my desires, my family, and my sense of purpose. While at the same time, experiencing a comfortable, painless, pleasure filled existence where the “me” is fulfilled, important, worry free, and physically secure.
This is the fish laying claim that it is distinct from the ocean, yet desires all the treasures of the ocean.
In conclusion, healing does not mean the absence of the diversity of the Ocean, or the discovery of a certain fish. Rather, it means complete identification as the whole which includes everything you’re trying to heal!
The sum equals the One.