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Healing at the Pool

My particular choice niche of service is sharing Short Spiritual Stories and Parables, so today I’m going to share with you a story about healing. Since this particular story is centuries old, I rewrote it in modern English to make it easier to understand. Also, though it’s drawn from the most popular religious text of all time, the story and its wisdom can be helpful to anybody, no matter what their religious affiliation (if any).

I’m also going to share with you a unique healing technique that you can use anytime, anyplace, to call upon the power of the greatest healers of all time.

The Healing at the Pool From The Holy Bible — John 5:1-9 — Adapted by Chris Cade

In Jerusalem there is a pool near the sheep market which is known for its great
healing properties. Sick people would gather there; the blind, lame, and
paralyzed. It was known that when the water became stirred up, whoever stepped
in first would be healed of their ailment.

On one particular Sabbath, Jesus came across a man who had been trying,
unsuccessfully, for thirty-eight years to enter the water first and be healed.
Jesus knew this and so he asked, “Do you want to be healed?”

The sick man answered, “Sir, it is very difficult for me to move. I don’t have
anyone here to put me in the pool when the water is stirred; while I am trying
to get in, somebody else always gets there first.”

Jesus said to the man, “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.”

Immediately the man picked up his mat and walked. He was healed.”

- Copyright 2009, Chris Cade

In the above story, it’s very easy to attribute the healing to Jesus. He’s known for having miraculous healing capabilities, so something of this nature would have been trivial for him. However, to place so much emphasis on Jesus himself is to lose sight of the very messages he brought forth to the world. Instead, let’s take a look at a quote (paraphrased) that is attributed to him:

“Unless you become like little children, you shall not enter into
the kingdom of heaven.”

If heaven is a metaphor for being present and connected to the divine while we’re here on Earth, we are challenged to ask ourselves: What qualities of children are so important that they, alone, enable us to enter this kingdom of heaven?

Although I believe that Jesus was referring to the childlike qualities of presence and curiosity, there’s another one I feel relates to this story. Children come into the world naive. They’re innocent to the ways of the world, both good and bad, pleasant and harsh. They look to adults as the authorities in their lives, and as a result, this means that whatever parents say is what children believe to be true (unless / until their experience later tells them otherwise). Children have done some amazing things, and perhaps it’s simply because somebody else thought they could… or that nobody else said they couldn’t.

In the context of this story, the man also saw Jesus through a similar lens of authority. The man assumed that if Jesus said he could be healed, or was healed, then it was true. Notice the man didn’t even get to the pool to be healed like the others; he was simply healed. Jesus didn’t even say that he healed the man, either.  He only told the man that he was healed.

Modern science attributes 30% of all medical results to the placebo effect, so it’s reasonable to consider that perhaps Jesus merely inspired the placebo effect in this man. It becomes irrelevant whether or not Jesus healed the man, and all that matters is that Jesus said it was true. Jenny Mannion said it perfectly in one of her recent blog posts:

“Just as your cuts and scrapes heal because you know nothing different and EXPECT them to – your whole body has the same capabilities.”

This story challenges us to consider this new healing paradigm. What if we could invoke the placebo effect any time we wanted to? If that were possible, how might we go about doing just that? To explore that possibility, let’s combine the wisdom of the story with the knowledge of modern science, and guided imagery.

In the realm of healing, there’s often people we consider to be authorities. Maybe it’s Deepak Chopra, or Jesus, maybe it’s Adam Dreamhealer or your favorite local Reiki practitioner. Whoever it is, there’s probably somebody, somewhere, from some point in time (past, present, or future), who you truly believe could heal you of any ailments. Whoever you consider to be your most absolute authority on healing, bring that person into your awareness.

Then walk yourself through a guided visualization in which that person heals you completely of an ailment (if any) that you are currently healing. Take your visualization deep, to the point where you feel that person actively healing you. Is it warm or tingling? Do you notice a bright light or a halo around the area being healed? What kind of smells or sounds do you notice? Get as specific as possible, since the more specific you can become, the more powerful this technique also becomes.

On the surface, this visualization looks like we’re just deferring our healing powers to another person the way the man in the story does. However, at a deeper level we understand that we’re blending the best wisdom from modern science, ancient healing, and childlike innocence. What we’re really doing is facilitating self healing by projecting our inner healing power onto an image of authority that resonates more deeply with us.

If we cannot separate inner from outer, and our mind cannot separate physical reality from visualization, perhaps this unique approach may enable us to move into an experience where healing becomes inevitable.

Your Partner in Transformation,
Chris Cade
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8 Responses to “Healing at the Pool”

  1. Kevin says:

    I subscribe to your site and recieve emails, Chris. I have to say that I certainly appreciate the spiritual stories; they are so uplifting, inspiring and literally work in helping me to transcend so many physical situations. Thanks and keep up the great service.

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  2. Leila says:

    The person I thought of as an expert healer was Burt Goldman and this childlike way of using our own powers would appeal to him I’m sure.

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  3. Dale says:

    Great!

    Although I am not at all religious, & you have put the abilities of ‘positivity’ of the power of the mind & it’s capabilities of self healing & health into context the way you have described in the story above I believe this to be absolutely true, unfortunately for some, their minds hold onto ‘negativity’ & they don’t accept these possibilities state4d above as true so they look to conventional medicine as their only hope (sometimes this may also be a nessecity in many cases) But put simply ‘you are what you think (or percieve yourself to be) you are’.

    Regards Dale

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  4. jeremy says:

    I always felt that Jesus had a different message he was trying to leave to us, but that the powers that were took the wrong meaning. I always felt that Jesus was trying to tell us that if we but believe, then anything is possible, so long as we do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and that ” whatever it is that we pray for, so long as we believe it is already ours, then our prayers have been answered”. In other words, whatever it was that Jesus did, the same powers are open to us, so long as we ” become like little children” and accept that we are just as powerful

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  5. Georgeann says:

    Your short stories and parable are beautifully put.

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  6. Chris Cade says:

    Thank you all for your kind comments – I truly am grateful to be of service :)

    And Dale and Jeremy – I agree entirely!

    -Chris

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  7. walter daniels says:

    It was on 9/11 that I finally understood the meaning of “as a little child.” I was watching a close friends 4-year-old daughter, in her home. She laid down to nap on the floor, between myself and the TV. It was showing over and over again, what had happened. Every so often, she would wake just enough, to roll over and see if I was still there.
    Her eyes would open just enough to see me, and close again. Then, she would roll back, and go back to sleep. She had absolute faith that as long as her “trusted adult” was there, she was safe. It didn’t matter what was happening in the rest of the world. She knew she was safe as long as I was there to protect her.
    Then, I understood what Christ meant. When we can face whatever happens, with that same faith in Him, we will have faith as little children. I’ve spent the time since then, trying to trust Him that much. I’m still a long way form it, but slowly getting better at it. I’m 61, and I can do it for almost 5 minutes at a time. If I live long enough, I may recapture the ability she had at 4.

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  8. Annamarie says:

    Thanks for your insight on self healing,
    hope many people read and understand it
    Love and Blessings
    Annamarie

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