The relationship between evolution and healing may seem quite paradoxical, even contradictory. Evolution is often associated with a metaphysical perspective which favors scientific atheism. Richard Dawkins is a contemporary proponent of that notion.
In truth, evolution is totally compatible with a spiritual view of realtiy as well as notions of holistic healing. I use the term ‘holistic healing’ in its broadest sense of mind/body/spirit.
One of the best proponents of this philosophy was Pierre Teillard de Chardin, a Jesuit priest/paleontologist. His notion of evolving spirit as well as the physical world brought rather strong criticism from his fellow Catholic theologians. Yet this makes perfect sense from a variety of other spiritual traditions as well.
Buddhism describes consciousness as continuously changing. We achieve this evolution through the eradication of suffering of ourselves and those around us–ie healing. The goal is enlightenment, the attainment of a higher spiritual evolution. Kabbalah speaks of the notion of tikkun or repair/healing as humanity’s mandated role in the co-creation of the universe, an ongoing process.
Messianic consciousness, the evolving of spirit towards the redemption of mankind has shared Jewish and Christian forms.
Process philosophy accepted by a variety of philosophers including Alfred North Whitehead, Henri Bergson and historial Julian Barbour and others see process as a metaphysical perspective which joins science and sprituality.
Healing of the body is seen as a small component of who we are. We cannot consider it without the entire picture of mind and spirit. Our bodies are the temporary vehicles for our incarnation on this plane and will, by definition deteriorate and die.
Those who understand, as Teillard de Chardin noted, ‘we are not physical beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience’ can comprehend and accept the challenges of this existence. They can readily appreciate how healing and evolving are closely linked.
What surprises some is the notion that Higher Consciousness, or God may be evolving as well. Does this notion rattle anyone? Why should it? There is a Kabbalisitc notion that God made and destroyed countless words before settling on this one. Perhaps God [or Ein Sof, the Unknowable] was learning and evolving as well. Perhaps Ein Sof desired to experience a form of mystical healing. Perhaps the evolution of human consciousness was crucial for Ein Sof’s unfolding consciousness. Pure speculation, to be sure, but why not consider all possibilities for existence? highly evolved.
Healing is finding new ways to improve ourselves and those around us. Healing is reaching our highest destiny. Healing implies that our destiny is to be more than what we are and that we are placed into difficult circumstances to challenge ourselves to evolve. Healing IS personal and cosmic evolution. There is no paradox involved.