You Can’t Heal Yourself

If you could heal yourself, you’d already have done it.

You need help.

A teacher or therapist, a spiritual director or guru or sensei, a confessor or coach may certainly help. But at most such men can lead the horse to water, and nothing more. In the end, to be healed, you need to go ahead and drink the Living Water. This is the acceptance of supernatural help.

The acceptance of spiritual help is an implicit admission that the help is needed; that you are powerless to fix yourself; and that you have therefore stepped back from trying, and put your life in the hands of God.

You don’t have to understand the Faith in order to practice it, and to succeed thereat (although it can help). All you need to do is practice.

That doesn’t mean just going through the motions dumbly. It means fully intending by each prayer exactly what the Church intends by it, whatever that might be. It means honest prayer, that is honestly and truly intended toward the end of the prayer, and attentive thereto.

You don’t need even to understand the intention of the prayer. It is good enough just to say to yourself, as you begin to pray, “I intend by this prayer what the Church intends by it, whatever that might be.” If you practice it honestly and steadily, the praxis will begin to bear fruit; until eventually, you reach your goal.

It will begin to work; and then your eyes will be opened, and you will begin to understand the Faith that you had been professing with your acts, despite your ignorance of what it was.

This was Pascal’s method.

It works because it depends – quite consciously and intentionally – not on the paltry resources of the one who prays, but upon the infinite riches of God. You don’t need to know where the door is, or what to ask; all you need to do is knock, and ask. You do not, after all, know where exactly you are, or what precisely it is that you are about. But that does not matter; for, he does.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

 Matthew 6:6

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  3. I would say that one cannot recuperate any cost paid by his personal acts of self-annihilation. Yet, having recognized such truth, one is able to thwart ALL further stealings of his existence.

    • There is One Who can restore the cost paid by your personal acts of self-annihilation if you will to allow Him.

      • The reality is that one absolutely cannot heal thyself, but one can stop sinning absolutely. Although, neither of these truths necessarily entails Salvation.

        The emphasis on Kristor’s truth lies within the inverted reality of modern MRKA where choosing self-annihilation is lauded and celebrated. In such an inverted reality, the idea that one cannot heal thyself is irrelevant to those not even considering the notion of putting a stop to their sinning, i.e., their self-annihilation.

        Where “stealing” is understood across all civilizations is in one’s loss of existence.

        Where “stealing” is a matter of intense debate, hardly a single individual will fathom such notion as their loss of life.

  4. Make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! (Ez 18:31)

    But also,

    A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; (Ez 36:26)

    Again,

    Turn to the Lord (Hos 14:2)
    Turn back, turn back from your evil ways (Ez 33:11)

    But also,

    Turn us, O God of our salvation (Ps 85:4)
    Turn me, and I shall be turned (Jer 31:18)
    Turn you us to you, O LORD, and we shall be turned (Lam 5:21)

    Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

    Yes,

    for it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him (Phil 2:12-13)

    • Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
      Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
      Make me to go in the path of thy commandements; for therein is my desire.
      Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not unto covetousness.
      O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
      O stablish thy word in thy servant, that I may fear thee.
      Take away the rebuke that I fear: for thy judgments are good.
      Behold, my delight is in thy commandements: O quicken me in thy righteousness.

      Psalm 119:33-40

    • Aye, there’s the rub. Fortunately, most of us are equipped with a still, small internal voice, so that we know quite well in our heart of hearts whether or not we do toward ill.

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