Do You Need to Feel Before You Can Heal?


Several years ago, in my prayer time these words were imprinted on my soul: “You need to feel it so we can heal it.”

At the time, I didn’t really understand this. In fact, I disagreed with it. Alex Loyd taught us practitioners that with The Healing Codes, you didn’t even have to feel the emotions.

Such impressions on my spirit I take as possible messages from God, so I looked for proof as to what to believe.

Since I believe Scripture is revealed Truth, that is always my first go-to for testing anything. Were there any scriptures that attested to this idea that you have to “feel it” to be healed? And what did the greatest Healer who walked the earth do—how did Jesus heal?

Turns out, when Jesus was on earth, most of what he did, whether teaching or healing, came after he felt something. And it was something specific: compassion.

  • “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). Then he told his disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out more workers into his harvest. Compassion led Jesus to instruct and pray.

 Compassion led Jesus to heal. All these verses mention how he felt:

  • “Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him” (Matthew 20:34). Also Mark 1:41: “Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched [the leper], and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’”

  • In Matthew 14:14-21, we again see Jesus healing out of feeling compassion: “When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick” (Mark 14:14). He also was sensitive to their other physical needs: “I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance.” So what did he do? He took what they had—seven loaves of bread and a few fish—and fed a crowd of 4000.
  • In Luke 17:12-15, Jesus felt compassion for a widow who had lost the last of her family, a son—and raised the son from the dead!

It seems to me that feeling compassion was a precursor to the release of Jesus’ power.

I noticed in the words I was given, that there were two pronouns: “you” and “we.”

You have to feel it so we can heal it.”

I allow myself to feel, and then we–God and I, together–heal it.

Feeling–and specifically, the feeling of compassion–seems to be the point of connection between God and humans. If you think of God as some distant deity who doesn’t care at all about your concerns, that is not supported at all by Scripture. Here are 25 verses on God’s compassion to start with.

Feeling compassion is a way of connecting with God and God’s power. It was what released Jesus’ power to heal. Why can’t it be the same for us?

In fact, I believe it is.

Dr. Mark Virkler posted an amazing testimony of Chris Harrison, a man who was literally at death’s door, whom the doctors had given up on. Chris was miraculously healed himself and subsequently became the channel through which other amazing healing miracles happened.

What so struck me about this story was that Chris had to feel the same kind of hopelessness, lostness and impending doom that sick people feel, and with that empathy came the kind of compassion that healed not only Chris, but others after him.

I have always thought that my career is built on empathy. The more I feel along with my clients, the more they seem to heal. Perhaps the “we” in the “so we can heal it” may also refer to another person, or another person and God?

You—my client—need to feel it so we—you, God and I together—can heal it. My part would be to share in God’s compassion, thereby  amplifying it for you.

Something to ponder, anyway. Let me know what you think.

And if you want someone to “feel it” along with you so you can “heal it,” check out my coaching at

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