Fundamentals of Healing
Chapter one’s text and practice
Introduction to chapter 1
For many of us in this current state of awareness, there are certain things about ourselves that intuitively we feel are not just what they seem to be, that there’s something else about ourselves. As much as we enjoy to think of the amplitude of the possibilities of our humanness, there’s a crude reality for all of us to face daily and it’s inescapable. Deep inside we all feel that there’s more to the simple human condition that we live in today and that the body is almost a shell, a confinement and this life on Earth is not the full potential of our being. As a result many end up rejecting life or dreaming and fantasizing with the possibility of developing great siddhi powers, abilities, and living a different life, beyond suffering and full of extraordinary possibilities. For some this is more tangible than to others and to some it sounds more like a fairy tale than something realistic. But the majority of people this days is simply trying to understand how to stop their suffering and be happy, if of course, have not yet given up to the thought of hopelessness and belief that certain things are permanent and their only option is to surrender to the present condition as the only alternative. How many times we have heard people say “it’s just how things are…”? Surrendering to such idea of stagnation ignores the natural force that makes time and space ever changing, evolving and that propels the creation of a new reality every new day. Regardless if we are stuck or very aware of our potential, there’s only one way to start our conscious journey of awakening and that is by focusing first on where we are now. The simple observation of the present keeps us grounded on who we are today and helps us to not succumb to spend time daydreaming, fantasizing about a possible future or drowning on negative thoughts of hopelessness. Who we are today is the seed of who we’ll be tomorrow, and where we are today tells us about who we are and where we are going.
Making an assessment of who we are today, here and now is the first step. How are we feeling? Mentally, emotionally and physically; how do we truly and honestly feel? For most is not a simple question to answer, just because sometimes is difficult to accept our condition and this feeling, specially when we spend so much time and effort to not feel them, building walls and shields around our heart and mind to protect us from having any unpleasant experience. But not only to overcome an unpleasant situation or feeling, or to tap into our potential is what makes this self assessment important. Being present with ourselves has a much deeper result and impact in our consciousness and life. If we go a little deeper into self assessment, on how do we truly feel like, which thoughts are predominant in our mind and our perception of our life, from mind, heart, body and environment; we can tap not only in our current level of self awareness but in the big and whole cycle of our soul journey from fully disassociated to fully self realized. Where we have come from? Where we are at? Where are we going? and How? It all becomes clear. Let’s ponder for a moment how important it is to get the answers of such simple questions. If we know where we are at within the big picture, beyond this little time frame that we call our current day and lifetime, we can understand the big plan of Creation. This has tremendous effects on our consciousness, in our decision making, in our priorities, in the way we live our life and the state of our health in general. Besides, it can also give us the possibility to take actions accordingly and precisely, one after the other, to what is really needed in the present moment for the next step in our awakening.
From a place of love and goodness we’ll set a common denominator where all of us can start from. Taking a moment to make some plain, simple observations to set some standards, just so we begin in a common ground and from a place of agreement, that way we can all walk together during this journey.
There are many things that we could say that makes us human, for example, the ability of reflecting, our physical constitution, self awareness and so much more that it could take us into a long philosophical conversation. Everyone from their own point of view and spiritual or religious background can give a different dissertation on this subject. To bring us together and avoid a debate in our minds and with others, which eventually separates people, we’ll make some observations together, so we stay together. We’ll keep it simple and look only to our tangible and present moment, nothing beyond the pragmatic view of a logical portrait of ourselves as humans today.
Before any observation we should mention another important subject that is related to our perceptions and analysis which is semantics. Starting now and along the chapters we’ll take time to define, decode and redefine certain key words and their meaning. This will help us on a basic level to understand the content better, but will also allow us to explore it in a much deeper way. The study of semantics will mean a word to us, it will show us the magic behind linguistics and how words and syllables are not just letters and sounds but a far reaching representation of a thought and/or consciousness with it’s own vibration, meaning and space in our mind.
Healing vs Cure
When we talk about consciousness, awakening, spirituality and the transmutation of energies; why we refer to it as “healing” and not “cure”? This is something we should think about. What’s the difference between curing and healing and why we use one to address our spiritual process and the other for a physical transformation of a wound or sickness?
Generally speaking, we refer to “cure” as something that could come in when someone is ill and restores it’s health, that being a remedy or a treatment. To “heal” is simply to become well again. To elaborate a bit deeper into the meaning of this two words will make clear the use of one in the title of this composition and not the other.
As both have similar meaning it is important for us to make a simple distinction for our own sake. Even though the following may not be found in dictionaries, we’ll make our own definition for the establishment of a common meaning of this words. As we said before, the word cure is used generally when referring to some remedy, some medicine or medical treatment that helps restore the health of a person. But the word cure has a limited reach and also a limited understanding on what really makes people well. From a pragmatic point of view, we may say that the receiving of a remedy or a medical treatment is the only direct reason why a person may restore it’s health. But thats is only if we consider physical factors to be in play, meaning that only by the contact of a physical particle of the remedy in the case, when in contact with the illness can “cure” the diseased area. Yes, some remedies are made for the mind, not just the body but they are based on the same formula that a chemical has to reach the brain to cause a certain desired thought. This still is limited to the physical plane and is basic view of the process. Many questions remain unanswered and we end up with the notion that the power of getting well is in the remedy or the treatment. We end up thinking that the “cure” is in the plant or the pill or the medical treatment, and that is what got us well.
Now, one question remains always unanswered when we have this view point. When it only works sometimes? A good Buddhist would be familiar with this question. Why remedies and treatments seem to only work sometimes, or only for some people? Ah, the conditions were different! some may say, and others would say: We’re all different and react in a different way to medications. To a certain extent those statements are not far from the truth and are more logical questions than actually answers. If we are all different why we take the same remedies and that still doesn’t answer why sometimes they do not work when all the favorable conditions seem to be present. So as long as we see the remedy, herb, pill or treatment” as the “cure”, we are running into dead ends.
When we refer to restoring health and getting well as healing, another force comes into place with carries along another understanding. The question is, as simple as this: Is the herb curing the body or is the herb aiding the body to heal itself? This is a fundamental question that when answered and understood correctly starts clarifying our path to healing.
If modern medicine and pharmaceutical companies would adopt this fundamental understanding thoroughly and let it spread through their practice, it would dramatically change their approach to their treatments and industrialized medicines. The reason is simple and well known.
When we talk about “becoming well again” and using the word healing, we are acknowledging the force and energy within the body as the primary source of heath. Not only as a source of health but we give it back the function that has never lost, which is not only source of energy but is capable of restoring not just the body, but the motions and mind as well. We already have this healing energy living within us and the aid of remedies, medications and treatments may only assist in opening the way for our healing force to come in. But for that to not be limited just in the physical as the word “cure” something else has to come into place. Otherwise we are just exchanging remedy for inner healing force and keeps us in the same wavelength. So what allows this innate force to come in and do it’s restoring magic? What makes the healing energy be successful in making things well again? To learn about healing we need to make ourselves this questions.
Maybe, semantics and the study of the meaning of the word can help us dive a little bit deeper, just for a quick moment, so we can expand on this before we move forward.
Becoming well… Again…
The definition of healing in the dictionary says that healing is becoming well again. So that means that we were well, we just gotta go back to it. It takes as given that the original state of our being is health and well being, form the beginning, from it’s origins. Our true state of being is the one of health in all levels and only when something goes “wrong” that we do not experience health. And if something goes wrong we need to go back to health. All we gotta do is look at what went wrong and go back to our original state. And as we discussed previously, we do have, within us, the power, the force, that heals and makes us become well again. Sounds simple to say and hard to do? No so much…
Fundamentals of Healing
At the beginning of chapter one’s text we discussed the need to accept ourselves, as we are today in our current state and that includes how we feel, the experience of life we are having and everything else that makes us who we are now, at this particular moment. But before accepting our current state and situation we need to do something else, a neutral observation.
Our first practice will be based on the simple observation of ourselves and our lives today, then we’ll talk about acceptance.
Before we start we have to be careful of the tricks of the mind. Observation does not mean opinion! Making neutral observations means that we have to see things just for what they are, regardless of how we may judge them. So before starting this practice we need to set our minds to be neutral, pragmatic, simplistic and non-judgmental; almost as if an outsider that we do not know and doesn’t know us was looking at us.
We can do this mentally, by meditating and going through the main aspects of our lives, like physical health, general emotional state, prevalent feelings, noticeable patterns, relationships, finances, etc. We can also do this by taking notes or both. Your choice. What is important here is to make an observation, an assessment of our life and see it for what it is. Ideally is if possible to follow the “Preparation for Practice” guidelines so we can put ourselves on the right mental and emotional state to do this.
We need to be careful to not become critical our ourselves here, that can be another trick of the mind. If needed, review the observations with kinder eyes and a hand in your heart.
Every time we are in physical or emotional pain, our attention goes straight to it, like a powerful magnet. Because it’s an unpleasant experience and it’s hard to ignore we right away try to find something that will alleviate that pain and make us feel good again. But we hardly pay attention to the the parts that are not in pain, because they don’t bother us and don’t cal our attention we don’t spend the time feeling them. We are referring here just to the feeling and sensation of the absence of pain in a normal situation.
To start the second practice of this chapter let’s make an observation of our body and feel the parts that are healthy. And let’s do the same with our healthy emotions and thoughts. Let’s take a moment to feel the health in us, the running energy on our healthy body, emotions and thoughts. Let’s do this slowly, taking our time on each part, healthy body first, then healthy emotions and feelings and finally the healthy thoughts.
Continue to engage in this practice daily if possible, perhaps several times a day for a week or longer, specially during the length of time that may take to read the first chapter’s text. Depends on you. This practice can be done any time, anywhere, but preferably in nature.