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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

O, there are moments when we half forget
The rough, harsh grating of the file of Time;
And I believe that angels come down yet
And walk with us, as in the Eden clime;
Binding the heart, away from woe and strife,
With leaves of healing from the Tree of Life.
~Alice Carey, "Harvest Time," c.1847

A great part of health is the desiring of health. And a good sign of healing, to be willing to heal. ~La Celestina, 1499, translated from Spanish

In our busy 21st century life the one commodity that seems to be going extinct is time and we forget that healing takes time. ~Dr. Frank Lipman

The message that underlies healing is simple yet radical: We are already whole.... Underneath our fears and worries, unaffected by the many layers of our conditioning and actions, is a peaceful core. The work of healing is peeling away the barriers of fear that keep us unaware of our true nature of love, peace, and rich interconnection with the web of life. Healing is the rediscovery of who we are and who we have always been. ~Joan Borysenko

Wellness is the art of healing before you're sick. ~Terri Guillemets

The greatest leverage for healing is found at the subtlest levels of function. ~Rudolph Ballentine

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around.... Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing. ~Larry Dossey

I am convinced that unconditional love is the most powerful known stimulant of the immune system. If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same changes happen automatically. The truth is: love heals. ~Bernie Siegel

There's no expiration date on the process of healing. ~Lucifer, "Vegas with Some Radish" [S3, E6, 2017, Linda Martin], written by Ildy Modrovich & Sheri Elwood

Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal the patient with food.  ~Hippocrates

One of the most healing things you can do is recognize where in your life you are your own poison. ~Steve Maraboli

Real healing happens when we dare to breathe in the universe, stretching both body and soul to reach for balance and truth. Sometimes, healing moments take forever to arrive. At other times, they fall in our laps with sheer grace, like a feather from an unseen bird. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

The Sussex lanes were very lovely in the autumn. I started going for long lone country walks among the spendthrift gold and glory of the year-end, giving myself up to the earth-scents and the sky-winds and all the magic of the countryside which is ordained for the healing of the soul. ~Monica Baldwin, I Leap Over the Wall: Contrasts and Impressions After Twenty-Eight Years in a Convent

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. ~John Muir, The Yosemite

Attention to the human body brings healing and regeneration. Through awareness of the body we remember who we really are. ~Jack Kornfield

Let the body receive an injury less than mortal, and what follows? Before the swiftest foot can bring the physician, Nature has begun her healing work. The physician is at best only her humble assistant. Medical science is learning more and more to trust to the vis medicatrix Naturæ—the healing power of Nature. It is she, whom we call stern and merciless, that knits together the broken bone that no artificer on earth could mend. It is she that deftly works out of the system the injurious matter which we in our ignorance have forced upon it. She is not only kind when we obey her: she repairs our mistakes and heals the hurts we have done ourselves. Is not this the very counterpart of what the Divine Physician does for our spirits? ~George S. Merriam

The mechanisms of vis medicatrix naturæ—the most healing power of nature—are so effective that most diseases are self-terminating. ~René Dubos

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease. ~Hippocrates

Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. ~Rosa Parks

Authentic service can be seen in the nurse who has nurtured herself, the healer who has been healed. It is the service we hear when the nurse can speak from her heart to the patient these simply and humble words, "I am here. Let's heal together." ~Caryn Summers, R.N., quoted in JoEllen Koerner, Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing, 2011

Our Creator has given us five senses to help us survive threats from the external world, and a sixth sense, our healing system, to help us survive internal threats. ~Bernie Siegel

A good cook sees the Big Picture of how symptoms develop, then seasons liberally with prevention. An even better cook serves up whole foods with a healthy sense of humor. The best of cooks knows that we're all in this mess together. We need to help each other find what's most nourishing and healing, not only for our personal ails, but for the planet, too — planetary chefs! ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.  ~David Orr

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if you have to dig a little.  ~Tori Amos

In West Africa, when a person in the village becomes sick, the Healer will ask them, "When was the last time you sang? When was the last time that you danced? When was the last time that you shared a story?" ~Harvey Cox

If the physician comes from a far land and speaks in a strange and unintelligible language, the common people think him clever, gather around him, and seek his advice. The physician does not work the cure. He does but prepare and clear the path for nature, the real healer.... If you can carry out your treatment effectively with diet or with healing foods, then do not use drugs, for most of them are enemies and antagonists of nature, especially the purgatives.... Do not despise any cure of which you hear, for often results may be achieved by simple means which you could not accomplish with a multiplicity of prescriptions and medicines.... Reassure and encourage the patient with the prospect of recovery, even if you are not sure of it, for thus you will strengthen his nature. ~Isaac Israeli ben Solomon, translated, quoted in A Middle East Mosaic: Fragments of Life, Letters and History by Bernard Lewis, 2000

The best of healers is good cheer. ~Pindar

Up at dawn, the dewy freshness of the hour, the morning rapture of the birds, the daily miracle of sunrise, set her heart in tune, and gave her Nature's most healing balm. ~Louisa May Alcott, "In the Strawberry Bed," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873

How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [II, 3, Iago]

Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow. ~Rita Schiano, Sweet Bitter Love, 1997

You can learn to follow the inner self, the inner physician that tells you where to go. Healing is simply attempting to do more of those things that bring joy and fewer of those things that bring pain. ~O. Carl Simonton

The wish for healing has ever been the half of health. ~Seneca

A healing friend is a kindred spirit who says "yeah, I know what you mean!" while pouring your cup of tea; sees your uniqueness; challenges you with love, humor, and honesty, to live your dreams; finds humor, song, dance, and magic hidden in your problems; delights in your surprises; accepts both ups & downs; helps you, then asks for help, too; encourages you to formulate your next steps, then goes the first step with you. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If you desire healing,
let yourself fall ill,
let yourself fall ill.

You must lance an ulcer to heal it. You must tear down parts of an old building to restore it, and so it is with a sensual life that has no spirit in it. ~Rumi

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life. ~Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Illnesses which occur because of physical causes should be treated by doctors with medical remedies; those which are due to spiritual causes disappear through spiritual means. Thus an illness caused by affliction, fear, nervous impressions, will be healed more effectively by spiritual rather than physical treatment. Hence, both kinds of treatment should be followed; they are not contradictory. ~'Abdu'l-Bahá

Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.  ~Stuart Brown

It's not all about healing yourself; it's just as importantly about letting yourself heal. ~Terri Guillemets

Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity—the purpose chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom—and reconnects with that world of Spirit. ~Malidoma Patrice Somé

Medicines heal doubts as well as diseases. ~Karl Marx

So many come to the sickroom thinking of themselves as men of science fighting disease and not as healers with a little knowledge helping nature to get a sick man well. ~Auckland Geddes, The Practitioner

The job of fasting is to supply the body with the ideal environment to accomplish its work of healing. ~Joel Fuhrman

Every one has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. To eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness. ~Hippocrates

Only one must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself. He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps. ~Georg Groddeck, M.D. (1866–1934), Das Buch vom Es, 1923, English translation The Book of the It, 1928

Time is a very healing place, one in which you can grow. ~Denise Tanner

Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.
~Robert William Service, "Weary"

[W]ounds of the spirit... are most gently soothed and made whole by the passing years. Under the old scars flows again the calm, healthful tide of life.... Under a great loss the heart impetuously cries that it can never be happy again, and perhaps in its desperation says that it wishes never to be comforted. But though angels do not fly down to open the grave and restore the lost, the days and months come as angels with healing in their wings. Under their touch aching regret passes into tender memory; into hands that were empty new joys are softly pressed; and the heart that was like the trees stripped of its leaves and beaten by winter's tempests is clothed again with the green of spring. ~George S. Merriam

Visitor's footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick. ~African Proverb healing as a mommy kiss... ~Terri Guillemets

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. ~Hippocrates

It is said that the body will heal itself of most things, if we will allow it to do so and not overburden it with remedies — the same is true of the soul and the heart. ~Terri Guillemets

Ultimately, there can be no complete healing until we have restored our primal trust in life. ~Georg Feuerstein

No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
You’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth—
Thus preserving the face from congealing.
~Anthony Euwer

It's no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are "heal." ~Terri Guillemets

If you just set people in motion they'll heal themselves. ~Gabrielle Roth

To heal is to touch with love that which we previously touched with fear. ~Stephen Levine

The miracle of self-healing occurs when the inner patient yields to the inner physician. ~Vernon Howard, 1967

Our illness is often our healing. ~Mooji

Unlike much of orthodox medicine, alternative approaches to healing typically honor the wisdom and capability of the human body. Their goal is often to support and strengthen the powerful healing forces already at work within us. ~John Robbins

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Personal healing on all levels—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—comes when we get in touch with our disowned energies.... Through integrating all aspects of ourselves, we become whole. ~Shakti Gawain

The mind spells 'healing'  L-E-T  G-O. ~Terri Guillemets

A lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and I'm sure that's true, but they aren't willing to make healing a high priority. They aren't willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it. ~Lindsay Wagner

I've experienced several different healing methodologies over the years — counseling, self-help seminars, and I've read a lot — but none of them will work unless you really want to heal. ~Lindsay Wagner

Healing comes only from that which leads the patient beyond himself and beyond his entanglements with ego.... ~Carl Jung

"Healing," Papa would tell me, "is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature." ~W.H. Auden

Healing is freedom from worry.
Healing is to live and not to pretend to live.
Healing is gratitude.
Healing is balance.
Healing is letting go.
Healing is the energy of now.
~Terri Guillemets

The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. ~Douglas Coupland, Life After God, 1994

Sometimes healing is about not journaling — about living and forgetting that you even have a journal. ~Terri Guillemets, "The healing journal," 2010

I have come to understand that some of the deepest and most effective healing is not found at a doctor's office or a hospital, but rather from inside ourselves. Our bodies are designed for self-healing, and we are capable of both boosting and blocking that ability. ~Dr. Daju Suzanne Friedman, Heal Yourself with Qigong

Before healing others, heal yourself. ~Author unknown

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