Wilt Thou Be Made Whole? Healing in the Gospels
What is the power that Jesus calls to awaken in us? What does it mean to be healthy and whole? How can we open ourselves so that the healing power can heal what is sick? How can we awaken this power in ourselves?
“Wilt thou be made whole?” is the question Jesus addressed to the paralyzed man who had waited in vain for years at the Pool of Bethesda. Not really answering, he replies that he has no one to carry him down when the angel stirs the waters. “Take up your bed and walk,” Jesus tells him, and the man was made whole and walked.
What passed between them? What communion or communication took place in the interval between the paralyzed man’s “excuse” and Jesus’ injunction? What did the man receive through Jesus’ words? Georg Kühlewind shows how meditation can bring us closer to that event.
Beginning with a meditation-based account of the embodied psycho-spiritual human being, Kühlewind describes the preconditions and possibilities of healing in the Gospels. He goes on to discuss in depth and detail, through meditations, Christ’s various psychological and physical healings.
The unique quality of this book is that Kühlewind utilizes the healings in the Gospels as themes for meditation—spiritual exercises that can bring us to a more intimate understanding of Christ’s healing power. In this way, Kühlewind shows us how to approach a deeper understanding of the healing process itself and begin to heal ourselves. In the process, we come to understand the Gospels and ourselves in a new way.
C O N T E N T S:
Introduction by Michael Lipson, PhD
How to Read this Book
2. The Anthroposophic Basis of Healings in the Language of the New Testament
3. The “Psychiatric” Healings
4. Bodily Healings
5. Gospel Healings in the Light of Anthroposophy
About the Author
Georg Kühlewind (1924–2006) was a Hungarian philosopher, writer, lecturer, and meditation teacher who worked from the tradition of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science. Setting aside his early interest in music and psychology, he pursued a successful professional career as a physical chemist. Meanwhile, he continued to deepen his spiritual practice and insights. A prolific author (most of whose works are still only in German), Georg Kühlewind spent much time traveling the world, lecturing and leading workshops and seminars in meditation, psychology, epistemology, child development, anthroposophy, and esoteric Christianity. He was the author of numerous books. Kühlewind died January 15, 2006 at the age of 83.
Michael Lipson, PhD, the author of Stairway of Surprise: Six Steps to a Creative Life (2002) and Group Meditation (2011), is also the translator of Rudolf Steiner’s Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom and of numerous books by Georg Kühlewind. After working with children with HIV/AIDS for nine years in New York City’s Harlem Hospital, he moved with his wife and two children to the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Dr. Lipson conducts a practice in Clinical Psychology and teaches meditation internationally. He is a frequent host of the radio call-in show Vox Pop on WAMC, a local NPR affiliate station in Upstate New York.
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