“Healing, Altruism, and the Surrender of the Ego”
The word altruism was coined relatively recently, by Auguste Comte in 1858, from the Latin, alter (other). To me the essence of healing is altruism. The more I can surrender my ego, give up any self-centered desires, and concentrate wholly on the suffering other, the more healing I will be. So this must be an important part of my mediation—as of yours. For ego is illness, and altruism is health.
To surrender my ego to the other I must feel safe to do so, I must feel the other loves me—as my mother at her most loving. This is what I call the hierophanic mother—Knowing my mother as holy. Then I can so see the sufferer. And then, and only then, can I be altruistic and truly heal.