Obviously, as an energy worker, I end up interacting with a lot of skeptics. I recently worked with a client who reached out in desperation and who flat-out asked, "Do I need to believe in this to work? Because let me be honest..."
I was happy to respond to her concern with the explanation that no belief is necessary for what I do to work; the only thing that is necessary is desire.
Which is to say, if you actively desire an energetic solution to fail on you, it will.
Actively desiring an energetic solution to your problems may not guarantee said solution, but it vastly improves its chances of success.
A person who does not wish to be healed is an incurable person. God will not heal us against our wishes. The crowning gift of God is agency--the ability to choose in accordance with our desires.
The role of beliefs
Even though desire is king here, belief still plays an important role. For example, take the person who wants to get well, but doesn't believe himself to be worthy of health. Or the person who wants to get well but believes health is impossible from them to achieve. There are any number of limiting beliefs that can affect a person's desires. For a desire to be effective, the person's belief systems don't necessarily need to support the desire, but they do need to at least get out of the way.
And even if you think you have no bad subconscious programs running, well, you are probably wrong. Most people I work with, even very independent people who are horrified to hear it, have an "I am a victim" program running; even people who like themselves can have an "I am unworthy" program running. In this way, beliefs matter. But altering beliefs won't work if there isn't an accompanying desire to change them.
Faith, Hope, and Charity
1 Corinthians 13:13
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if hope there must also be charity.
there must be
24 And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
Doctrine and Covenants 18:19
19 And if you have not faith, hope, and charity, you can do nothing.
Faith, hope, and charity: the triumvirate of righteous attributes. If charity is a principle of love (the pure love of Christ), and faith is a principle of action, hope is a principle of desire (can you believe it? There is literally no entry for Hope in the Bible Dictionary!). If you look up "hope" in the regular dictionary, since the Bible Dictionary apparently has no entry for it, you will see that hope is typically defined as a desire and expectation for something.
Hope is desire.
So when we talk about faith, hope, and charity, what we're really talking about is belief-to-action, desire, and love. You have to love yourself enough to have enough hope or desire for your future to act.
So where does incurability come in?
Incurability comes in where there is a lack of faith, hope, or charity, involving the illness. When a person doesn't love themselves enough to feel worthy to get well; when a person doesn't believe they can get well; when a person doesn't desire to get well.
Not wanting to get well actually comes into play a lot.
Consider the man who is collecting disability payments--if he gets well, he loses his livelihood. I have read accounts of people who have been healed through energy healing and then chosen to revert to previous states of dis-ease, for the sake of collecting a government paycheck.
People can desire illness more than health when:
- there is a financial or otherwise material benefit to remaining unwell
- it gives them the attention they crave from those around them
- they would rather blame an illness than take responsibility for their decisions
- they fear the responsibilities that would come with health
- they're afraid getting well too soon will lead to assumptions of them having made it all up
- they don't want to change their lifestyles as health would require
- the illness fills a need in any way
As far as I can tell, there is no real remedy for the person who doesn't want to be healed. That's what makes them incurable. The only remedy is their own choice to change. The most we can do is pray for them.
If they have a desire to have a desire to be healed, that is also something you can work with. It's one of those "help thou mine unbelief" things.
I work a lot with addicts, and this lack of desire, this hopelessness in reference to recovery, is extremely common. For whatever reason, addicts desire addiction more than they desire recovery. As with all illnesses, until there is a true desire to heal, a hope for healing, health and recovery will likely prove elusive.
The only remedy for an incurable person is a shift in desire.
I'll be writing more about how to shift desires in a future post.
There are no incurable conditions; only incurable people. God never heals against a person's will, so if a person desires not to heal, God will respect that desire. An incurable person can be made curable through a shift in desire.