Harvard Medical School online dictionary defines healing as:
1 : to make sound or whole especially in bodily condition
2 : to cure of disease or disorder <heal injured tissues>
1 : to return to a sound state
2 : to effect a cure
The National Cancer Institute online dictionary defines cure as: To heal or restore health; a treatment to restore health.
It may be that to understand healing, we need to understand illness. Dr. Bernie Siegal, MD and author of several books on health and healing says, "There is no incurable disease from which someone has not recovered, even at the threshold of death." If one person has the innate capability to overcome a particular disease, the all of us must have that same ability.
In his book, Healing Crisis, Dr. Bruce Fife tells us that the symptoms of the healing crisis are the same as those of an illness. For this reason, the healing crisis is greatly misunderstood and often believed to be an illness that must be treated to restore health. The healing crisis is a positive event, a sign of improving health. According to