Part 3 of a 3-part post.
For me healing from within represents a new level of courage and wisdom. Nonetheless, in the spirit of all-paths-lead-to-Rome, it must be said that all healing modalities can work miracles. Working from the outside-in and from the inside-out are two paths that may bring you to a similar result.
Compare the two modalities by imagining a small pool full of black ink: now imagine pouring in clear water from a spigot above the pool. After a while, the clean water will start to dilute the ink. As the liquid overflows the boundaries of the pool, gradually the liquid in pool becomes lighter and lighter until it finally turns clear.
Now imagine that same pool of ink, this time with a spring of clear water bubbling up from its base. The same process happens, with the ink gradually replaced by crystal clear water, now with the clear water shooting into the pool from the spring below. As the liquid overflows, gradually the ratio of clear water to ink shifts, and eventually the water turns clear.
The first example, with the spigot from above, represents using affirmations; gradually, drop by drop, adding clarity to the pool. Affirmations can be used without great understanding of their mechanism; they can be applied from without, similar to the way a patient can apply a prescription to a illness without needing to know exactly how or why the prescription works, nor, indeed, why or how the illness appeared in the first place. The remedy fixes the symptom.
In the second example, the spring of clear water from below symbolizes using one’s own inner power – intelligence, faith, discovery, intention – in order to clear the darkness. To extend the medical comparison, it would be akin to someone who seeks to address the root cause of their illness, rather than the symptom, and thereby find relief.
Both are good, and both can get you where you want to go. The right tool to choose is the tool that is right for you.
This is the last of a 3-part post. Reba’s next book, due out this year, focuses on the process of healing the self. You are welcome to leave a comment. Which is the better model for you: working from the outside-in, or from the inside-out?
Reba Linker is author and coach specializing in inspirational books for women. Her book, Follow the Yarn, leads by example, encouraging others to ‘follow their own yarn,’ tell their own stories, and discover their own true voice.