Joseph had the plates for two hundred and two days before the first page was translated. During this time he worked on developing his gift and tried various approaches but only translated a few figures and characters. The translation of the book of Lehi began on April 12, 1828 and took sixty-four days to translate one hundred and sixteen written pages. The book of Lehi was translated at an average rate of 1.81 pages per day. With the loss of the book of Lehi, Joseph’s gift to translate was taken from him for a season. The translation work was resumed with Oliver Cowdery as Joseph’s scribe on April 7, 1829. They began the translation of the portions of the gold plates we have today as the Book of Mormon. It took eighty-five days to translate four hundred and sixty-six written pages. This translation was done at a rate of 5.48 pages per day—over three times faster than the first one hundred sixteen pages. The increase in Joseph’s translation speed is an illustration of this truth: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted by President Heber J. Grant. “Seventieth Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” The Deseret News, 1900, p. 63)
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So many people really want the gift of healing and feel like it is beyond their grasp. They feel like they're learning really slowly, that they'll never feel competent at energy healing.
For me, my learning curve was long and slow. From first hearing about auras and wishing I could see them, to actually being able to discern them to some degree, was about 10 years for me. I first learned muscle testing when I was 17; I actually got good at muscle testing when I was 25.
When I first picked up a book on healing through theta states, I felt like an idiot and it took me a long time every night to even feel like I was doing anything. Honestly, I didn't usually feel like I was accomplishing anything. But the key is that I practiced every night.
At the beginning of my energy healing journey, I stuck with body work (quantum touch-style hands-on healing) and I just tried to practice every day on anyone who would let me. Sometimes it seemed to make a difference, and often it didn't. But I kept practicing.
I firmly believe that everyone is capable of healing--but to me, the key seems to be practice.
If you are struggling to feel like you can heal, to feel like you can be a healer, take a deep breath! It will be okay!! Just keep practicing. Practice what you know, even when it feels fruitless and like a waste of time. I've spent years feeling like I was wasting my time. But it turned out I wasn't.
Due to the nature of morphic fields, it's actually easier now for you to get better, faster. Go read this article to understand why.
There's never been a better time to practice! If it feels slow-going, don't worry! It will work out!! Keep trying. We all struggle in the beginning and eventually figure it out. You can do it!