Healing is both an exercise

and an understanding

And yet not of the will

nor of the intention


It is a wisdom

and a deeper knowledge

of the daily swing

of life and death

in all creation.


There is defeat

to overcome

and acceptance of living

to be established

and always

there must be hope.


Not the hope of healing

but the hope which informs

the coming moment and gives it reason.


The hope which is

each person's breath

the certainty of love

and of loving.


Death may live in the living

And healing rise in the dying

for whom the natural end

is part of the gathering

and the harvest to be expected


To know healing is to know that all life is one.


From the East End Temple's Service of Healing