by Patricia Wagner
The Tao which is the subject of discussion is not the true Tao.
The truth, the greatest and innermost truth, cannot be told, and to try to tell it is fruitless.
You must bear your own fruit. In the growing of your own tree, you can receive guidance on the nature of the soil, how to nourish the budding shoot, and how to prune the errant growth which will otherwise obscure the beauty and productivity of your tree. Instruction is helpful but it is, after all, your tree alone.
Within the Mind-Body-Spirit column we’ve given some instruction. We’ve pointed to the agreement now reached between science and spiritual teachings regarding the plastic nature of life. We’ve pointed out that the initial thrust toward change, of any nature but certainly to include one’s health, is initiated in the mind and the will, not in the doctor’s office.
Most of us here in this specialized community have dealt with the initial shock of diagnosis, and have since done our best to control everything around the edges, in order to minimize the chance TIA or hemorrhage Beyond this, we search for the best allopathic treatments, as we see some of our comrades slip into slow fade, and mourn the episodic loss of a friend, while at some level ever aware that we may be the next to succumb. This column points to a different route. Not one of putting a “happy face” on the situation, not one of quiet desperation, not one of grim tolerance, yet certainly not of denial.
We point to a completely different approach, which may be practiced side-by-side with your existing treatments. An approach which offers a cure, rather than maintenance of a situation you may well have accepted as being a permanent fixture in your life.
How? Here are some of the ways:
- You may acknowledge the Source of Life which is larger and stronger than any personality – a Source that ever waits for you in the silence of meditation.
- You may turn toward that Spirit with humility, discovering that the essence of that state of being is to simply become naked to oneself. It is in total self-honesty that the process begins.
It is after self-honesty, and supplication for help in order to change, that transformation becomes apparent. We struggle like butterflies escaping the cocoon, not with ease but rather with discomfort. It can be painful to face the demons within our very bodyminds which have protected us by creating our current physical malaise.
One can fight against the demons, or ignore them by envisioning your personal world without them. Choose the more effective way: Simply visualize your world without them. This is a spiritual approach which stands upon the strength of man turning toward God, at which point God turns toward man.
“If you will be my people, I will be your God.”
The inherent promise of this is profound. You will be given the strength to continue the self discovery process, and you will also be given manna to meet your daily moments of need. You will receive answers from within, discovery of more tools and techniques for total healing, companions on the path, and more.
In standing for the light, rather than fighting the darkness, with persistence and patience, helpful change continues. It is for these reasons that meditation, visualization and continual refreshment of your positive imagery through affirmations are so important to healing. I encourage you to embrace this with unreserved faith and belief. Do so, not to cope, but to transform.
There are two additional areas of study which deserve inclusion in any contemporary review of the Mind-Body-Spirit connection. These are the remarkable new fields of Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine which have been demonstrated to heal holistically in simple and effective ways, and may also be used in conjunction with the techniques we’ve already covered.
Like everything else in this Mind-Body-Spirit discussion, these new energy-based fields can be utilized along side of your current allopathic, or Western, medical treatment. They are additive because they work at the root cause. They do not treat or maintain. They hold the promise of cure, with a notable distinction: They work synergistically upon every aspect of your being, not only the physical, in isolation.
You will not be seeing this column again for a while, as I’ll be taking a needed break over the summer to tend to family matters. What a blessing you have all been to me! My past 15 months spent in the public eye, have allowed me to make this personal effort at informing the chronically ill of so many hopeful tools to carry while one travels the road more commonly taken. I am humbled by this, and humbled by life itself. However, Spirit is change, motion, and growth, and I don’t know where my inner compass may point me in the future. That’s the magic of life, isn’t it?
I’d like to hear from each of you now. Will you do this for me? You’ve been oddly quiet, and I do not know how to interpret this. It’s been my opinion developed over time, that this is not a shy group. Nor is it even polite, on certain occasions! There are a remarkable number of readers of this column, yet so many of you do not speak. Why?
I’ve been to the other side and back. Once returned to my body, I sank deeper into pain and restriction than I imagined a person could do and still live. I enjoyed a challenging career and a marvelously full life, followed by years in which the simple acts of speech or movement were almost more challenging than I could handle. While in the constant buzz of pain, I’ve had feelings and thoughts inside which I was unable to express, and by this given the gift of time to think and discover for myself.
I’ve seen into myself, and seen equally into others, while in this silence, and am aware of our essential unity.
Do you think you could offend or shock me with your opinions, when I’m so aware of the misinterpretations and misassumptions and errors that I’ve been capable of on my own? If I can accept myself as I am, I can in turn accept you as you are.
This column has been written in love, and in total vulnerability, to give back to a community that has always helped me in every way possible. Perhaps your perception of this is cause for your hesitation? Don’t. Bring it on. Give me your questions, your objections, or your agreement, if such is the case. The remainder of this magazine speaks of disease and being cheerful and resourceful in the face of it. It is only in this column that we have a forum in which to speak of a very different act of creativity. We speak here of both knowledge and an intention, which acted upon, leads to HEALING. Have I written to an audience with ears to hear and eyes to see?
I hope that you can join me on this path to wholeness. . . it offers a holistic cure for all who embark upon it. But regardless of your interest or intention to join me, let me hear your personal truth now.
As always, blessings to you and yours.
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