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Healing Hands
School of Holistic Health
Wearethehealthiestwhenwe
areinacontinuousflowofgiv-
ingandreceiving.Unselfishgiv-
ingisourtruenature,andthis
consciouslyconnectsuswiththe
divine, which is always giving.
Acknowledgingallofthegood-
nesswehaveinsideofourselves,
andperceivinggoodnessinoth-
ers,fostersfeelingsoffellowship
andunityratherthanadversity
andseparation.
Thisdeeperperceptionoflife
generatespositiveenergyforall
aspects of our journey, and re-
inforces feelings of fulfillment
regardlessofalloutwardcircum-
stances.
Abundant blessings and les-
sonsvisitusindailylifetotempt
ustowardgrowthandenlighten-
ment.Whenwearerelaxedand
open,wearemorelikelytonotice
themessagesofthepresentmo-
mentandmeetthemwithfresh,
creativeenergy.Inspirationisre-
memberingthespiritwithinus
andothers.
Weareacreation,andweare
meanttoreceive,createandgive
fromtheeternalsourceoflove.
Beingopentolifemeansthatwe
havethefaithtomakepositive
useofallthatlifegivesus.
Increasingourcapacitytogive
isthemostworthwhilepractice
in our personal development.
Thebestgiftscomefromthepure
andsimplegoodnessofourheart.
Whetherlovedonesorstrangers,
we can give compassion, kind-
ness,sincerityandsensitivity.
Wecancultivatedeepervalue
forallthatisgiventous,from
ourownbody,mindandspirit,as
wellasfromourenvironmentand
othersonthisearth.Aswemature
inourpracticeofgiving,wede-
velopgreaterdiscernmentforthe
giftsthatbestmatchspecificsitu-
ationsandpeople.
Sometimestheperfectgiftis
listening, and sometimes it is
activeassistance.Wemightgive
patience or encouragement, a
playful or a peaceful response
depending on circumstances.
Somepeopleneedaprayerand
othersawarmembrace.Wecan
give hope or humor, a tender
touchoranopenmind.
Wehavegiftsofclarityand
curiosity,attentionandappreci-
ationtogive.Givingjoy,respect,
smiles and love opens and en-
riches hearts. Acceptance, un-
derstandingandforgivenessare
healing gifts for both the giver
and receiver. We can add gifts
from our creative and practical
talents, or ideas that facilitate
others'well-being.
Wealsogivetoothersthrough
ourexample.Thosewhoseeus,
interactwithus,orknowus,re-
ceivetheenergyofourthoughts
andfeelings,aswellasoutward
behavior and communication.
Andwherethereisdiscrepancy,
theinnerenergiesdominateover
theouter.
Identifying,healingandtrans-
formingpersonalnegativeenergy
intohealthy,positiveenergy,gen-
eratesfeelingsofgoodness,that
automaticallyextendtoothers'
hearts,mindsandbodies.
Wecandevelopregularpractic-
esofnurturing,valuingandpro-
tectingtheearthandtheplants
andanimalsthatlivehere.Cul-
tivatingarelationshipofcaring,
consideratestewardshipforour
environment, promotes peace
and goodwill, for a planet that
givessofreelyofitsresourcesfor
oursurvival.Theearthandallof
itselementsandinhabitantsare
interconnectedintoahugeweb
oflife.
Everyaspectaffectsthewhole.
How we treat vulnerable, dam-
aged, disowned and impover-
ishedbeingsandaspectsoflife,
eitherstrengthensordiminishes
our personal and global good-
ness. Witholdingwhatwascre-
atedwithinustogive,produces
tensionanddiscord.Beinggra-
ciousandgenerousinouroffer-
ings to life generates ease and
harmony.There is no higher call-
ing than to be of service.
Whateverwegive,carriesthe
energyofourmotivation,andthe
levelofourintegrityandspiritual
development.Whenwegivesole-
lyfromasenseofdutyorobliga-
tion,ortofeelsuperior,orcontrol
orreceivesomethingfromothers,
weareofferingourowndefectsof
characterratherthangoodness.
To illustrate this from a dif-
ferentmetaphor,ifwelistentoa
musicianplayingmechanically,
orwithfeelingsofarrogance,or
focussed on winning a prize or
controllingsomeone,wedonot
The Goodness of Giving
By Mary Cook, M.A., R.A.S.
feelelevatedlisteningtothisgift
ofmusic.
Alternatively,whenwelisten
toamusicianabsorbedandup-
liftedbythepassionatejoyofeach
note of the melody, we accom-
panytheplayerintothishigher
stateofgloryandgoodness.We
jointogetherintruegiving.We
remainapartandemptywhenwe
areselfish.
We are meant to play and
sharethemusicoflifefromour
heartandsoul.Wearemeantto
remember and rekindle good-
nessandextendasenseofheart-
felthospitalitytotheearthand
its inhabitants. This expresses
thedivinitywithinus,whichis
ourtrueself.
Mary Cook has a Master's de-
gree in psychology and is a reg-
istered addiction specialist, with
33 years of clinical practice and
29 years of University teaching
experience. She is a writer, a na-
tional speaker, and has a private
practice in San Pedro, CA where
she is available for telephone
and office counseling, consulting,
guided meditation, speaking en-
gagements and in-service train-
ing. Her book "Grace Lost and
Found" will be published early
spring 2010. For further informa-
tion call (310) 517-0825 or visit