We ask ourselves, “What is it in my life that is out of harmony with the environment?”
Spiritual healing is the art and science of Ayurvedic healing at the deepest level: that of the heart. When there is great peace of mind and heart, and profound caring for all of life, then all disease and pain is seen as a goal to deepen one’s spiritual life.
While the body has the three doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, the mind has the two doshas of Rajas (hyperactivity) and Tamas (inertia.) In the balance between these two extremes is the contentment of Sattva (pure being-ness).
No amount of herbal remedy or dietary change or exercise pattern or purity of lifestyle will bring the wisdom of the sattvic mind into our lives as much as having the patience and willingness to cultivate sitting in quiet stillness and silence for a period of time each day!
The quiet observation of the mind is like a veritable rocket to help us evolve in awareness, thus shedding light and insight onto the path of health and God-realization.
The analogy in nature is this: that muddy water, left undisturbed, becomes clear.
What is the actual technique?
Sit down in a comfortable posture and let thoughts flow, just watching them. Have no reaction to what the mind conceives as “good” or “bad” thought – simply OBSERVE. That’s it!
Over time, this “stepping back” from the thinking mind releases us from fears and desires, because we can stand aloof from the mind itself and gain a measure of healthy detachment. As one’s awareness becomes more subtle, one’s watching becomes more refined.
Starting with five minutes, two times daily, will develop the custom and hence it will become second nature. Experiment with the idea of dropping into awareness for very short periods of time (even 30 seconds) during the day. Eventually, increase the time to twenty minutes both morning and evening, and the custom takes root in your life!
Our human body responds to fear by contracting (an attempt to conserve energy) and will become colder and tighter. The body responds to desire by expanding and hence expending valuable energy, potentially becoming hotter and perhaps inflamed. For most people this mechanism is out of their awareness – it is unconscious. When we bring this knowledge to our awareness and conscious understanding, then at last we are in a position to transcend fears and desires and experience the joy - and freedom - of true peace of mind, and heart.
In addition to whatever healing practice you may be engaged in, kindly remember the inherent power of simply becoming the witness to your mental process. When you sit and listen to your thoughts, Who is doing the listening?
CORRESPONDING COURSE/LECTURE: “SPIRITUAL HEALING”