INTERRELATED STORIES OF HEALING 4
InterrelatedStories of Healing
InterrelatedStories of Healing
Inthe stories of the chapter, healing is still reflected as the processof restoring the physical or mental health within the body and themind of a person. In most cases, the people in the stories associatehealing with complete restoration of health and recovery from adisease. However, in some cases the healing process does notnecessarily mean a full separation from the illnesses. The chapterpresents the stories of healing with these varying perspectives.These stories are the Freedom, The Question, In Darkness and Mystery.The essay will discuss how the healing processes in the stories areinterrelated.
Thereis a close relationship between the stories within the chapter withregard to healing. In all the stories, the sick people are sufferingboth physically and psychologically. The physical sickness in thesestories tends to lead to the disease of the mind, which reflects thepsychological suffering. There is some psychological struggle that isso mysterious yet leaves people who witness their healing surprisedand confused. Richard, a cancer patient, is recommended forcounseling sessions when the doctor realizes that no medication wouldwork for him (Remen 2006). Eventually, Richard finds himself troubledsuch that he gets insomnia. During a counseling session, he says thathe sees a beast chasing him, and it seems the animal knows hiswhereabouts even when he hides. Since the creature is not evil, thecounselor advises him to allow himself to be eaten by the beast. Itgives him a very settling peace and joy in the remaining days of hislife (Remen 2006).
Anothercancer patient, a salesperson was in denial of his sickness (Remen2006). As a result, he would fail to take medication and also strainhimself. When condition got worse, he went to see a doctor to whom heexplained that he saw a big pit full of darkness. The counseloradvised him to get into the pit and allow himself to relax. He toldthe doctor that the night gave him a lot of peace and that he feltcomfortable, and there was no pain in the body (Remen 2006). Anothercancer patient said that in a similar experience she floated in adark cloak, and she feels that her pain is gone, and she feelscomfortable.
Thestories of Richard, the salesperson and the lady, all of whom arecancer patients, show not only deep trouble caused by physicalsickness, but also how getting in touch with the unknown fears bringshealing. Richard says he sees the light, and he is light. On theother hand, the salesperson and the lady get peace and healing in thedarkness, which is associated with remembering the beginning.
Thereis also some mystery that is not understood when someone is dead ordying. The reaction of the sick person gives some comfort to thosewho experience the situation. In the story ‘My Question` Tim`sfather had been ill for ten years and could not take. The day hedied, he managed to talk, telling Tim not to call 911 but to telltheir mother that he loved her and that he is okay (Remen 2006).Knowing that the father had not talked for ten years Tim and hiselder brother tried to find the cause of his speech but to date theyhave never gotten an answer. In the story ‘Mystery,` the narratorsays that the half closed flowers she brought to her mother blossomedin her coffin for days later without being kept in water. Thenarrator believes that probably the mother had used them to prepareher a gift (Remen 2006).
Remen,R. N. (2006). Kitchentable wisdom: Stories that heal.New York: Riverhead Books.