When I discovered how bamboo grows, I thought it an apt image both for how heart issues develop AND how they heal.
Knowing how heart issues are like bamboo may help you both understand the healing process and be more patient with it.
Bamboo’s growth starts underground, where the rhizome system that supports the canes are developed. For three whole years, the plant establishes itself underground and there is no apparent growth. Absolutely nothing appears to be happening. For three years!
In the fourth year, shoots appear. The bamboo canes grow in height and diameter for only 60 days every spring. After the 60 days, that particular cane will never grow again.
However, because of the rhizome system, the next spring the shoots that come up will grow much taller and faster in those 60 days. After a bamboo grove has been establishing its rhizome system for 5 years, the canes that grow in that fifth year can reach as much as 90 feet (for certain species, in certain conditions)–all in 60 days!
This picture also applies to how heart issues form, and then manifest eventually in our lives in some health, relationship, and/or success issue.
Like the rhizome system that forms underground, memories and beliefs accumulate in the subconscious mind. If enough unhealthy beliefs based on negative memories and images gather (whether in the unconscious or subconscious mind, or energy patterns in the DNA or cells, nobody knows exactly yet), they will eventually manifest in some kind of problem. It may take years, even decades for the “shoot” of the negativity to manifest, but eventually it does.
That manifestation can “take off” into a major illness. If the theories of Dr. Alex Loyd in The Healing Code and Dr. Bruce Lipton in The Biology of Belief are true, such illnesses began long before any symptoms or problems showed up.
If symptoms or issues can take a long time to show up, though it may seem to happen “overnight,” so too healing may take a while to be experienced.
You may not feel anything happening, but underground much healing may be taking place. The rhizome system of healing needs to be established before the “shoot” of the actual experience of healing becomes apparent.
As you work through prayer and The Healing Codes if you’re doing them, much of the inner healing will be “underground” in the “rhizome system” of healed memories and corrected beliefs. You may have thousands or millions of hidden memories that are being healed, that need to be healed, before your physical or emotional manifestation changes.
So take heart, persevere in your healing work, and have faith that underground, the rhizome system is changing from negative support to positive support. The manifestation that you can see and feel will come eventually.
That’s why I portray bamboo in my new header. Every time you see any of my sites, I want you to be reminded that healing, and success, manifest like bamboo.
I want you to be reminded to persevere. To have faith. God desires you to be healed–but in the deepest way possible. That may take time.
Let it be God’s time.
When Jesus healed someone, he almost always said, “Your faith has made you well.” He heals through our faith. It’s his power, through our faith. Even he sometimes healed in stages, as when he healed the blind man in Mark 8:21-25. In that healing Jesus didn’t just say, “You are healed.” He spit on the man’s eyes and touched him twice; the first time didn’t totally heal the man. (Side note: Jesus himself used various means of healing.)
Hidden growth. Faith. Process. Time. Remember these when you see bamboo.