Love is the most powerful force of healing in the human body. The power of love surrenders itself to make its presence is known. Author and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia, nicknamed “Dr. Love,” wrote, “Love and the self are one and the discovery of either is the realization of both.”
What he means is that we are pure, unbounded love at the very cores of our beings. Any contrary thoughts will distort this truth. Anger, anxiety, fear, and other negative emotions impede the power of this healing force.
Heal Your Spirit
To heal our spirits, we must delve into the sources of our pain. When we stop resisting, we will discover pure love. To heal our bodies of undesirable physical symptoms, we must reconnect to that source, which will teach us to embrace our perfection and wholeness.
Healing is a return to our inherent wholeness. We are not flawed or broken. Our minds reinforce the flawed and broken self-images by distorting our beliefs and disrupting our bodies’ sense of equilibrium.
Psychotherapist and philosopher Eugene T. Gendlin pioneered the concept of “felt sense”—an internal sense or awareness of the mind-body connection. According to this concept, if we perpetuate fear, our bodies will respond by physically adapting to this fearful state. But love has the power to heal, so associating with its omnipotent energy will return our physical bodies to balance.
In his book Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, t David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned consciousness researcher and psychiatrist, described the journey from illness to healing. He wrote, “Fear of life is really the fear of emotions. It is not the facts that we fear but our feelings about them. Once we have mastery over our feelings, our fear of life diminishes.”
When we’re disconnected from our natural state, our bodies become more susceptible to disease and illness, which signify a disharmony in our thoughts. Love restores and renews our inner harmony because love attunes each cell in our bodies to its natural state of healing. It’s almost like returning home after being away and finding that your key still opens the lock on your door.
Love’s status as the foundation of order in the universe is what makes it such a powerful healer. The energetic frequency of love is stronger than that of any other emotion. Healing occurs when our emotional and mental frequencies are aligned with love’s frequency.
Even centuries ago, ancient people were aware that the heart is at the core of the spirit. More recently, the Institute of HeartMath has proven that the human heart’s magnetic field is 100 times stronger than the brain’s, and can be detected as far as three feet away from the body. Healing can therefore be defined as the embodiment of love, a reconnection with our souls.
At its deepest level, healing is a return to the source of our beings. Disconnecting from its wisdom leads to anxiety and fear, which creates false mental images expressed physically as diseases and illnesses.
“People are terrified of facing themselves,” Dr. Hawkins explained. “They dread even a moment of aloneness. Thus, the constant frantic activities: the endless socializing, talking, texting, reading, music playing, working, traveling, sightseeing, shopping, overeating, gambling, movie-going, pill-taking, drug-using, and cocktail-partying. Many of the foregoing mechanisms of escape are faulty, stressful, and ineffective.”
The cause of disease and illness is a spiritual avoidance of one’s self. The body’s deepest desire is to reconnect to its core self. Pharmacologist and neuroscientist Candace Pert affirmed, “Love often leads to healing, while fear and isolation breed illness. And our biggest fear is abandonment.” We internalize many forms of fear, which damages our physiology. Over time, our bodies adapt to the language of fear by suppressing critical biological processes.
To heal our physical ailments, we must learn to embrace the wholeness of our beings and to love ourselves. Consider this: How can our bodies heal when they’re constantly receiving negative messages on how we should or shouldn’t look, or how we should or shouldn’t behave?
To heal, we must stop opposing what is and embrace it. Love means we must accept our current circumstances and transform our thoughts regarding our imperfections or unworthiness. Indian spiritual guru Shirdi Sai Baba said,
Our opposition to reality expresses itself as fear. We must turn our attention away from fear. The first step is to embrace our core nature and meditate on the presence of love in our daily lives.
At its deepest level, our separation from ourselves intensifies our physical ailments. “Healing results from a transformed perception of our relationship to illness, one in which we respond to the problem with love instead of fear,” according to self-help author and lecturer Marianne Williamson in her book A Return to Love.
Self-hate and self-criticism force our bodies to turn on themselves. As we heal our thoughts, our bodies will become aware of their inherent powers of healing. “Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.” The rise of autoimmune disease, diabetes, cancers, and many other physical ailments have been increasing. Feeding ourselves with toxic messages has accelerated this increase.
Love is the absence of fear, and love’s enduring power is eternal. We must take steady action in spite of our doubts and fears in order to live a remarkable life. Then, as author and spiritual teacher Gary Zukav says, “you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.”