A dear friend recently asked me for advice on meditation. She’s going through serious health problems and is determined to do everything possible to fight her way back to health. Implicit in the request was the understanding that she would be following the best medical treatment. What more could I add? I have not made a career of spiritual healing or I would fly out by her side to work on energy fields. I can only draw on my own life experience, battling through a myriad of smaller problems. I can only put myself in her situation and listen to my own instincts.
Long ago I learned to quit praying for specific outcomes to my personal problems. I am usually too biased and choose the obvious quick and simple resolution. When it comes to my own life, I seldom have the long-distance vision or wisdom to know what is really in the best interest of my soul or spirit. Sometimes the worst experience to live through in one moment of my life ends up being important and necessary pain. These moments become turning points that push me toward something far better down the road.
That doesn’t mean I give up whenever I realize my body, a relationship, or my life has a serious problem. Like my friend, I am not willing to throw in the towel and just accept whatever life throws at me. I know from experience that the will to survive is a powerful thing. It can mobilize the body’s natural defenses, bring about miracles of cancer or disease regression, reverse or dissolve unstable patterns, or simply open us to intuition, thereby leading us to the people or the information we most need to hear and experience.
For me, I’ve found it best to approach any problem in a multidirectional manner, one that puts me in a win-win position no matter what the end result. It’s good to begin by remembering that We are not human beings reaching for a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings going through a human experience. Spiritual beings may go through a myriad of experiences while in this lifetime, but none of it affects the essence of their true reality. The love we let in and embrace matters as we move toward becoming a self-realized spiritual being. The love we send out and the people we touch with compassion matters when we locate ourselves in the whole of existence.
If facing serious health issues, I would focus on recovering or strengthening the awareness of perfection that makes up my true self. I would probably fall back on a Buddhist breathing technique. Each breath in through the nose pulls with it the perfection of light, filling the body with pure radiance. Each breath out through the nose releases a cloud of black negativity, carrying with it illness, stress, worry, fear, discomfort. Each breath in reaches all parts of the body. Those parts not in perfect harmony light up brighter as divine radiance breaks up, encircles the negative particles with love and compassion, explodes and/or merges the smaller particles back into eternal brightness, and brings each part of the body back in harmony with our true essence.
We are creatures of divine light and perfection, living in eternity, never separated from the source of all creation. There is no need to worry about the outcome of events on earth. We need only bring ourselves back to an understanding of our true nature and let that understanding guide us back to perfection.
Every major crisis in our lives can be used to get our life and our relationships in order. We should not wait to tell people what they mean to us and how they have made our life special. We should make amends and apologies if necessary so regrets are not carried in our hearts as negativity. We should arrange our outer lives for multiple outcomes, so loved ones can be prepared for whatever awaits in the future. We can fight to continue living the perfect life here on earth and still prepare for passing into a perfect world in other dimensions.
With each breath in we can let the light seek out negativity. Let each breath out we can let it carry negativity away. It is our inner-world job to visualize, to really know we are creatures of divine light and perfection. It is our outer-world job to bring that knowledge to those around us, not by preaching but by how we live life.
Looking through my bookshelf I found two books which may help refine the breath being used in the breathing technique. The books are still in print, though I’ve had my copies for years and years. Mary Anderson’s book, Colour Healing: Chromotherapy and How it Works explains how various colors create different effects on different parts or functions of the body. Linda Clark & Yvonne Martime wrote a book, Health, Youth and Beauty Through Color Breathing. Its chapter on healing goes into more detail about choosing specific colors and shifting colors as healing conditions change. I should mention at this point that some people prefer to breathe in a rainbow of colors, allowing the body to select out the colors most needed.
This turning point in our lives may be signaling the perfect moment of reconnecting to our own higher self, of learning to be sensitive and loving to our body, of exploring and experimenting with approaches, of watching our body’s response, and then readjusting our “plan of attack.” I hesitate with the word “attack” because when we fight something we give that thing power, we grab and hold on. The trick here is to love and release. As we would handle a willful child, keep leading areas of disharmony back into balance and peaceful cooperation with a gentle, loving touch. We need to focus on opening to our own intuition, our own source of divine wisdom. I can’t say it enough.
I realize in writing this that what I’m describing is a discipline I need to be applying to my own life. The passing of my father and certain family “dynamics” have not left me centered with the balance I need. Perhaps M. reaching out to me in this moment of time was really for my benefit. Perhaps it is another example of the ways M. inspires me and makes my life better. She was a special friend in high school and I have been so delighted to reconnect with her in recent years. I wish her all the best now. She remains in my thoughts and prayers.
“What in heaven's name was the real essence of this beauty? Was it the precision of nature with its physical laws, or was it nature's mercilessness, ceaselessly resisting man's understanding?”
~~~ Kōbō Abe, the Woman in the Dunes
(emerging water lilies)
There are two sorts of curiosity―the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the old appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things.
~~~Robert Wilson Lynd
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there,
wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams
no mortal ever dared to dream before.
~~ Edgar Allan Poe
When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades, and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade, what's left? A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are. ~~~Adyashanti