The Difference Between Healing and Curing

I tend to be on the wordy side, so I will begin with the tl;dr (too long, didn’t read) version first.

Curing: This is one most people think of when they hear the word healing and think about doctors. It is when an illness is gone and there are no symptoms.

Healing: An approach that looks at the whole self in sum, and recognized that healing is about having a greater sense of peace with the present. It may include a reduction in symptoms, but is often a longer process then curing as it works at building a solider foundation.

Both aim to increase quality of life, but healing will help you come to terms with what you can’t change and be happy with it anyway. It is from an inside out perspective.

Healing should not be separate from modern doctors and methods.


In modern western culture we are often used to taking a single pill to fix whatever our ailment is. In certain cases, pills may cover up another, or an actual. cause, creating relief but not long-standing change.

It’s not to say, however, that pills aren’t useful. For example with certain mental disorders there can be a biological problem at its core. Sometimes as we change our thoughts it can effectively rewire the person, but that can take time and isn’t always possible. Medication can help to keep a condition in check to make it easier for the person to manage changing their attitudes and thinking patterns. Spiritual healing can further help by alleviating any possible spiritual issues that are contributing such as chakra imbalance, auric damage, or spiritual attachments.

Some spiritual practitioners are very against using pills, but illness on any level isn’t necessarily about a lack of will power, thinking patterns or being a bad person. I find those who feel those who take pills instead of natural supplements are bad people are extremely judgmental, don’t fully understand and are lacking in compassion and empathy. We can’t ever fully understand another person’s reality, even if we’ve went through something similar. In any case, quality of life is most important, and medication may be what is necessary to help the person make better life choices. In some case the medication will always be necessary for someone to live.

Both healers and doctors may try to find the cause of a symptom. Doctors tend to stick more to whatever level (mind, emotional, physical) that they have been trained on, while spiritual healers tend to look at it in a broader sense. They realize causes may not be on the same level that the symptoms is. Once the cause is found it can be targeted.

Keep in mind that causes may not be just one thing, and finding a cause may be more like finding a puzzle piece and moving it. Healing can be a very subtle process.

Any type of dis-ease on the emotional, mental, spiritual or physical level can create problems on any of the other levels. But by looking at the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels it’s possible help heal on other levels. Healing an ailment on the spiritual level can sometimes also prevent physical ailments from manifesting.

Taking a holistic healing approach is a process that it is more of a journey then a quick fix. The client must actively participate in it acknowledging and changing problems in their thinking, nutrition, environment and other sources. Without active participation, the client can only hope to achieve temporary suspension of symptoms at best as the energy can only help to temporarily correct the problem. It is not a magic bullet.

Think of spiritual work as either a cleansing and/or conditioning solution to help the individual move toward positive change. Although sometimes this is enough, it’s much more effective if the client learns proper energy management and healthier thinking and behavioral patterns. This involves both wanting change, and the will and desire to create and change sometimes fundamental parts of themselves. It is work, but it can be rewarding.

Often times people get upset that when they have a specific problem the guides may speak about it having an emotional origin such as suppressing anger or sadness feeling that this means that the client somehow deserves the illness because they did or didn’t do certain things. By stating that certain diseases are partially a result of certain emotional conditions, the guides are not trying to create a sense of blame.

We are all spiritual beings living in a physical body where we are constantly learning and growing. I feel that identifying the cause of a problem should not be seen as blame which bogs the person down with another negative emotion. The condition is how it is, and we are complex beings who experience emotions and illnesses from a wide variety of intertwined sources.

One might ask then, if blame isn’t the reason for bringing up the emotional issue then what is? Energy healers often see illness can often be a teacher. If anger, for example, is one of the many factors that contributed to the disease, then by changing that pattern we can get closer to curing the ultimate disease, possibly preventing it from getting worse, or at least help in other areas of our life. This also illustrated the interconnectedness of the symptoms of the Self. The illness has successfully gotten us to slow down and become aware of something we need to deal with. Again with healing, this is a holistic approach and we often work around the main symptoms as much as we may work with the symptoms themselves. Although this can frustrate people, it is again a necessary part of the process.

Healing is a very complicated process, in the end aimed at creating long lasting change, by taking a holistic approach to eliminating the cause of dis-ease rather then just targeting the symptoms. As such it isn’t a simple process, as it forces the client in need of healing to take an often uncomfortable look at their lives while finding the courage to change destructive mental and behavioral patterns. Although healing isn’t guaranteed to completely eliminate symptoms or conditions, it is aimed at creating more favorable conditions for it, while raising the personal standard of living.

In short healing can be a difficult path, but it can result in increased happiness, fewer symptoms, and extensive personal growth.


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