By Acharya Stephen Co
The Tibetan master Djwhal Khul said, “All disease is a result of inhibited soul life.” The art of the healer consists of releasing the soul so it can flow through the aggregate of organisms that constitute any particular form. Healing is brought about when the life of the soul can flow without impediment and hindrance throughout every aspect of the form. It can then vitalize it. What this means is. the more abundant the flow of spiritual energy (soul life) coming into the body through the crown chakra, the faster the rate of healing.
The soul is a spark from the universal flame, which some call God. God puts forth this portion of Himself, which then incarnates, or takes form in a body, in the lower plane–the earth. As an extension of God, our soul is in a state of permanent health, a state of unchanging, prolonged awareness and peace. We may not be consciously aware of it, but we inherently know that this state of peace resides within us.
As we seek health, success and happiness in the physical world, we are often oblivious to how close we are to true health, success and happiness, because we don’t look inward. But when we become aware of the limitations of our physical body and the imperfections of the material world–as we must, inevitably–our innate knowledge of this inner state of peace and health is stirred. This is called spiritual restlessness. There are many ways spiritual restlessness is awakened. It is commonly prompted by a life crisis, such as a disastrous material loss or the death of someone close. It is often felt when we have a premature brush with mortality ourselves or when we near the end of our life and seek to put things in order. Or we may feel it after we attain our worldly goals (success, fame, prosperity or health) and then find ourselves wondering if that’s all there is. Or it may be awakened naturally in those who are particularly sensitive or spiritually developed. Regardless of how we come to this awareness, we all have within us this intrinsic need to return to the source, to connect with our soul in order to access that inner peace and health. Below is a powerful meditation that will allow you to experience a glimpse of your soul’s divine nature.
Sit down in a darkened room, close your eyes and relax your body. Perform seven cycles of pranic (slow and deep diaphragmatic) breathing. Be aware of your whole body. Put your attention on your feet and legs for several seconds. Continue pranic breathing, and then see and feel them disappear. Direct your attention to your waist, chest and torso for several seconds. Continue pranic breathing, and then see and feel them disappear. Put your attention on your hands and arms for several seconds. Continue pranic breathing, then see and feel them disappear. Put your attention on your head for several seconds. Continue pranic breathing, and then see and feel your head disappear. Perform several cycles of pranic breathing as you are aware of your body “not being there.” Silently say, “I am not the body; I exist independently of the body.” Be still for about 30 seconds.Visualize a reddish-pink silhouette or outline of your physical body approximately six feet above the ground- Silently say, “This is my emotional body- It contains all emotions that I have ever created or experienced. It allows me to feel and experience emotions and feelings, but it is not me!” See it fading and vaporizing into nothingness. Silently say, “I am not the body, I am not the emotions. I exist independently of the physical and emotional bodies.” Be still for about 30 seconds.Visualize a bluish-yellowish silhouette, or outline, of your physical body six feet above the ground. Silently say, “This is my mental body. It contains all thoughts that I have ever created or experienced. It allows me to think and experience thoughts and ideas, but it is not me!” See it fading and vaporizing into nothingness. Silently say, “I am not the body, I am not the emotions nor the thoughts. I exist independently of the physical, emotional and mental bodies.” Be still for about 30 seconds.
Silently say, “I am not the body; the body is a vehicle of the soul. I am not my emotions or my thoughts; they are just products of the soul. I am not even the mind. The mind is the just the instrument of the soul. I am the soul! I am a being of divine intelligence, divine love and divine power. I am connected to God. I am one with God. I am one with All. I am the soul!” Be still for three to five minutes and simply let go. Slowly open your eyes, take several pranic breaths and stretch.As you perform this exercise, you will experience inner stillness, peace and extreme mental clarity. You realize that you are not your body. Nor are you your thoughts or emotions. Even if your body and thoughts were to disappear physically, not just figuratively, you remain. This “you” that you’ve been in touch with in this meditation is your soul. You will also experience a great freedom and sense of lightness. Practice this meditation every day, especially when you are going through physical or psychological crises. It will infuse your entire being with divine love, light and power!
with thanks to PRANA WORLD • Winter 2007
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