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Quotations about Healing


O, there are moments when we half forget
The rough, harsh grating of the file of Time;
And I believe that angels come down yet
And walk with us, as in the Eden clime;
Binding the heart, away from woe and strife,
With leaves of healing from the Tree of Life.
~Alice Carey, "Harvest Time," c.1847

A great part of health is the desiring of health. And a good sign of healing, to be willing to heal. ~La Celestina, 1499, translated from Spanish

In our busy 21st century life the one commodity that seems to be going extinct is time and we forget that healing takes time. ~Dr. Frank Lipman

There's no expiration date on the process of healing. ~Lucifer, "Vegas with Some Radish" [S3, E6, 2017, Linda Martin], written by Ildy Modrovich & Sheri Elwood

Real healing happens when we dare to breathe in the universe, stretching both body and soul to reach for balance and truth. Sometimes, healing moments take forever to arrive. At other times, they fall in our laps with sheer grace, like a feather from an unseen bird. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

All sorts of bodily diseases are produced by half used minds; for it is the mind that makes the body: that is my secret, and the secret of all true healers. ~Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

In a healthy state of the organism, all wounds have a tendency to heal. ~Madame Swetchine, translated by Harriet W. Preston

      And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.
      And he said:
      Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
      Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
      And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
      And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
      And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
      Much of your pain is self-chosen.
      It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
      Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility...
      ~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

The Sussex lanes were very lovely in the autumn. I started going for long lone country walks among the spendthrift gold and glory of the year-end, giving myself up to the earth-scents and the sky-winds and all the magic of the countryside which is ordained for the healing of the soul. ~Monica Baldwin, I Leap Over the Wall: Contrasts and Impressions After Twenty-Eight Years in a Convent

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. ~John Muir, The Yosemite

Let the body receive an injury less than mortal, and what follows? Before the swiftest foot can bring the physician, Nature has begun her healing work. The physician is at best only her humble assistant. Medical science is learning more and more to trust to the vis medicatrix Naturæ—the healing power of Nature. It is she, whom we call stern and merciless, that knits together the broken bone that no artificer on earth could mend. It is she that deftly works out of the system the injurious matter which we in our ignorance have forced upon it. She is not only kind when we obey her: she repairs our mistakes and heals the hurts we have done ourselves. Is not this the very counterpart of what the Divine Physician does for our spirits? ~George S. Merriam

Authentic service can be seen in the nurse who has nurtured herself, the healer who has been healed. It is the service we hear when the nurse can speak from her heart to the patient these simply and humble words, "I am here. Let's heal together." ~Caryn Summers, R.N., quoted in JoEllen Koerner, Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing, 2011

A good cook sees the Big Picture of how symptoms develop, then seasons liberally with prevention. An even better cook serves up whole foods with a healthy sense of humor. The best of cooks knows that we're all in this mess together. We need to help each other find what's most nourishing and healing, not only for our personal ails, but for the planet, too — planetary chefs! ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Up at dawn, the dewy freshness of the hour, the morning rapture of the birds, the daily miracle of sunrise, set her heart in tune, and gave her Nature's most healing balm. ~Louisa May Alcott, "In the Strawberry Bed," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873

How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [II, 3, Iago]

Wellness is the art of healing before you're sick. ~Terri Guillemets

Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow. ~Rita Schiano, Sweet Bitter Love, 1997

The wish for healing has ever been the half of health. ~Seneca, translated by Frank Justus Miller, 1917

A healing friend is a kindred spirit who says "yeah, I know what you mean!" while pouring your cup of tea; sees your uniqueness; challenges you with love, humor, and honesty, to live your dreams; finds humor, song, dance, and magic hidden in your problems; delights in your surprises; accepts both ups & downs; helps you, then asks for help, too; encourages you to formulate your next steps, then goes the first step with you. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

When our soul has been cast down, has never an invisible voice whispered, "There is lifting up"? Have not gales and breezes of sweet and healing thought been wafted over us, as if an angel had shaken from his wings the odors of paradise? ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

Only one must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself. He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps. ~Georg Groddeck, M.D. (1866–1934), Das Buch vom Es, 1923, English translation The Book of the It, 1928

It's not all about healing yourself — it's just as importantly about letting yourself heal. ~Terri Guillemets

...wounds of the spirit... are most gently soothed and made whole by the passing years. Under the old scars flows again the calm, healthful tide of life.... Under a great loss the heart impetuously cries that it can never be happy again, and perhaps in its desperation says that it wishes never to be comforted. But though angels do not fly down to open the grave and restore the lost, the days and months come as angels with healing in their wings. Under their touch aching regret passes into tender memory; into hands that were empty new joys are softly pressed; and the heart that was like the trees stripped of its leaves and beaten by winter's tempests is clothed again with the green of spring. ~George S. Merriam

Visitor's footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick. ~African proverb healing as a mommy kiss... ~Terri Guillemets

...for healing comes only from what leads the patient beyond himself and beyond his entanglement in the ego. ~C. G. Jung

The mind spells 'healing'  L-E-T   G-O. ~Terri Guillemets

Papa would tell me,
"is not a science,
but the intuitive art
of wooing Nature..."
~W. H. Auden, "The Art of Healing," In Memoriam David Protetch, M.D., 1969

nourish the nighttime healing fairies
with gratitude and faith and sleep
~Terri Guillemets

The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing — a blanket — the comfort of a friend. ~Douglas Coupland, Life After God, 1994

It's no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are "heal." ~Terri Guillemets

I have come to understand that some of the deepest and most effective healing is not found at a doctor's office or a hospital, but rather from inside ourselves. Our bodies are designed for self-healing, and we are capable of both boosting and blocking that ability. ~Dr. Daju Suzanne Friedman, Heal Yourself with Qigong

The sun heals.
Laughter heals.
Love, breathing, touch, beauty,
Nature, warmth, kinship
Heal, if you will let them
Be part of your medicine.
~Terri Guillemets

Before healing others, heal yourself. ~Author unknown

It is said that the body will heal itself of many things, if we will allow it to do so and not overburden it with remedies — the same is true of the soul and the heart. ~Terri Guillemets

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