We Don’t Always Heal

Published on: June 1, 2014

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Every year, those of us serving congregations craft talks about healing because healing is Unity’s cornerstone. Our shelves are full of books about healing. We know very well what the Fillmores, Eric Butterworth, H Emilie Cady and other Unity authors say about healing. We have referenced James Dossey, Caroline Myss, Louise Hay, the Buddha, the Dalai Lama, Brian Weiss, Deepak Chopra and others on healing. We know which Bible stories support our messages about healing and which verses bring authority to our discourse. We get asked to pray about healing more than any other single issue on the planet. Yet we may or may not heal ourselves. Further, we minister to beloved members of our communities who are using all the tools we’ve given them and sometimes they don’t heal.

We understand healing is a process subject to variables including (but not limited to) one’s level of commitment to the process; one’s faith in one’s ability to successfully complete the process; the congruency of one’s mind, body and spirit; and the degree to which one has embraced all of one’s spiritual powers. This understanding does not, however, correlate directly to a successful healing experience! Having recently walked the path from life to death with a 40+ year Truth student, I witnessed utter frustration experienced by someone who used all the tools and moved from illness to illness over an extended period of time. Conversely, I recently stood alongside two new students who healed themselves of stage-three cancers. Why did they heal and not the other?

I’ve speculated, elucidated, surmised, suspected, supposed and even circumnavigated a response to this question. Fun as that is, at the end of the day, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t heal. You don’t either. We know with certainty that one can heal. So why don’t they?  We don’t know. Let’s admit it. Let’s stand up, look out through the eyes of love on some Sunday morning and tell everyone listening that some use the tools and heal and others do not and we don’t know why! Consider that the words “I don’t know” carry their own healing power, empowering any who might otherwise feel guilt or shame about their failure to heal. We can add a lovely thought penned by Emily Dickinson in poem #1619: “Not knowing when the Dawn will come, I open every door.”

Healing Resources

Healing Words by Larry Dossey
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
Through Time Into Healing by Brian Weiss
Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
Jesus Christ Heals by Charles Fillmore
Christian Healing by Charles Fillmore

All Unity class texts because they helped shape my point of view in its entirety


Linda Machesic
Senior Minister at Unity of Port St. Lucie

Rev Linda Machesic is senior minister at Unity of Port St Lucie, Fla. Prior to ministry, she served as an educator and professional community organizer.

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