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January 2016

Healer, Heal Thyself

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Having worked as healer for over twenty five years, I’ve seen all manner of people and complaints come through my clinic door.

After years of practise, I recognised that there was common ground in all illness. The ‘diseases’ that my clients showed up with were literally that: manifestations of a lack of ease in their world – the foundations being repressed emotions.

I think repressed emotions are a bit like the rubbish we put in our bins, except that no one empties them, and so things fester. In my training I learnt that sadness and grief affect the lungs, anger affects the liver, fear affects the kidneys, worrying affects the stomach and a deep loss of joy affects the heart. I still think there is truth in this, but I see that it’s not the whole story.

To acknowledge our emotions and let them flow is being congruent with our reality, but it’s good to see what’s underneath them. I’ve come to realise that it’s those pesky negative thoughts again. You know the ones – the ones that come from the beliefs that fit neatly into the following categories: ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘my world is not a safe place’, ‘I am powerless to change things’, and ‘love equals pain’.

Breathe out slowly. Just reading this list of painful beliefs may have jangled your emotional body into shaking up all sorts of flotsam and jetsam. But here’s the cure – know they are just beliefs.

Your true nature is Divine Eternal Spirit, and the more you realise that, the more the beliefs drop away. It’s a process that I’ve been through myself and continue to go through. It’s actually quite a beautiful process. Uncomfortable at times, but so worth the journey. As we drop our baggage we start to float free, just like an air-balloon freed of its sandbags.

Over time my spiritual practice and personal experience have revealed more about healing, and what I see now beyond any doubt, is that its basis is the dropping away of the dark veils of amnesia about who we are. As more layers of negative belief drop away, the clearer we become on all levels. When this happens, our health tends to improve, but even if it doesn’t, we feel better inside and can cope better with whatever is happening in the now.

Eventually we’ll come to realise that we are eternal life that isn’t limited or defined by the present lifetime we are experiencing; after all, Divine Spirit doesn’t get ill or have a bad back.

I was a typical wounded healer – I wanted to lay my hands on those hurting, aching bodies and on those souls squeezed of their freedom, and make everything better – because that’s what I needed too. We healers are hard-wired to try and make things better, and I know that the love of my work healed in ways that neither healer or healee (made up word – my spell-check doesn’t like it) realised at the time. The clue is in the word ‘love’.

Working as a healer can be a bit of a conundrum. Most healers are heart-centred people and love their work and would probably be happy to do it for free. I certainly fell into that category. However, we all have to make a living. We healers rationalise that it’s the time we’re charging for, not the healing, and this of course is true, but healers are an altruistic bunch and we want to heal for the world for free, because money is from the dark side.

We then either start to beat ourselves up about putting up our charges when necessary, or begin to stress about getting in more treatments in the week so that we don’t have to. Either way is a pathway to more stress for us which doesn’t help, as healers need to be joyful and free – and give love to themselves too. Practitioner ‘burn-out’ isn’t that uncommon in the healing profession.

When I first started out as a Shiatsu practitioner, and Reiki Master with my certificates and name on the appropriate governing bodies’ registers to say that I was a bone fide person, I thought I new what healing was. Healing improves someone’s well-being on a physical, mental, emotional and soul level, right? I still believe this – but it’s not the whole picture.

Once, I distinctly remember listening to someone telling me of their aches and pains, and realising I didn’t feel much better; it was a real case of healer, heal thyself. We can all suffer from putting ourselves last at times, but those in the healing professions are very good at it. I’ve heard several stories about the dedicated souls who are nurses and doctors who don’t look after themselves. Love is everything in healing, and we need to give it to ourselves too.

This little journey into the matter of healing brings us back to that same old chestnut. We can’t change the world, but we can change ourselves.

As more of my baggage drops away, I find that I am doing less one-to-one healing and more of sending out love to everyone through my spiritual practice of Ishayas Ascension and forgiveness practices like Ho,oponopono. I feel my healing is more global or universal now. Because we are all One, even the tiniest prayer of gratitude or forgiveness literally re-arranges the universe, or put a different way – sets up a healing reaction.

In my book, ‘The Children of the Law of One – The Last Days of Atlantis’, my hero Alejandro has to make a terrible choice. The outcome of his choice will either dash hope for humanity or help to save it. In a way we are in the same position ourselves; we really are that powerful, so let’s send out the LOove, and let’s heal ourselves!

Please Forgive Me

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Please forgive me. I’m sorry. I love you. Thank you.

You might wonder why I need to be forgiven. I haven’t personally committed any offence that you are aware of, but if you read on you will find out why I’m asking for it.

Dr. Hew Len, a therapist, healed a whole ward of criminally insane patients in the mental ward of a Hawaiian hospital without ever having treated or seen them, by using a Hawaiian healing technique called Ho,Oponopono.

This beautifully simple healing technique has four parts, as seen above: please forgive me; I’m sorry; I love you; thank you. The order is not crucial. The healing works by giving love and forgiveness to yourself; and by healing yourself, you heal others. Dr Hew Len said he would look at his patients’ notes in the office adjoining the ward, and read about their symptoms. He would then ask for forgiveness for his own part in the ‘one-mind’ that had allowed the situation to arise, and then send love to himself.

If you have been following my blogs, you will be aware that the flow of my narrative is about one-awareness – that we are all one-consciousness expressing in different ways, and that what we perceive as reality is a projection of our minds or one-mind; (it is a given however, that you don’t have to believe me – but I hope that your own search for the truth is on-going)!

As one-awareness or one-mind, it follows that all imbalance – illness, injustice or hardship has been created by us all, during a collective forgetting of spirit. The All That Is, The One, The Source, or God, the part of us that is real, is there waiting patiently for us to remember who we really are: divine spirit.

In our mass-forgetting of our true nature, we are all partly responsible for the injustices that are in our world today. What we see in the out-picturing of the one-mind is not ‘out there’, but ‘in-here’, because in actual fact there is no ‘out there’. We are one, so we are responsible.

When we realise that, we become more aware or conscious, and with that awareness comes more responsibility. If you cannot bear the the injustice, cruelty, and down-right insanity that is going on in the world at the moment, remember that you are part of the one-mind – and change things.

If we join the ground-swell of fear and despair that constantly bombards us from the media,we are adding to it; but If we forgive, we neutralise it. When you want to change something for the better – then show the better, be the better. When you forgive, you too are forgiven – and another particle of ignorance is deleted. As Jesus said, ‘forgive them for they know not what they do.’

The other day a friend of mine posted a video on Facebook about the plight of starving children in Madaya, Syria. She commented: ’What do I have to do to stop this? Get in the car?’ I watched the video and was horrified. No one else had commented. In shock I couldn’t think of anything positive or helpful to say, but I wanted to say something, so I posted: ‘I don’t know what to say, except that I can’t bear it.’

Aid is on its way there as I write, but once I had returned to ‘presence’, I remembered that the more Conscious we are (notice the big ‘C’), the more we clear away the ignorance of spirit that allows injustice to happen. Just by meditating we do this. Just by simple human kindness we do this. All efforts at self-enlightenment, no matter how small, help to clear the dirt from the communal screen of the ‘one-mind’.

Some friends tell me that they don’t watch the news because it’s so depressing it pulls them out of their peace. I completely understand that. Only you can judge what you can bear to hear. For me, I take in what I can of world events, but earnestly continue with my spiritual practice because I know that I am doing my very best for humanity and the world by doing that.

It is now proved that prayer and meditation changes the world. Known as the ‘Maharishi Effect’, studies have found that groups of meditators with a positive intent reduce rates of crime and violence across the world.

Ho,oponopono however, is great for specific events because it’s so simple and accessible. Next time you feel your heart sinking at scenes on the news, then try using it this way: when thinking of the event: say inwardly ‘please forgive me’, for your part in allowing it to happen. Say ‘I’m sorry’ to show remorse. Say ‘I love you’ to yourself (several times until you feel it). Say ‘Thank you’ to show appreciation for the healing.

Thank you. I know that I’m forgiven.

Can You Sense It?

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Can you sense it? Reality that is. Is the everyday world around us as real as it seems?

My searching for truth has given me a seed of ancient wisdom which says that we are all divine spirit having a human experience, that the part of us that’s eternal exists temporarily in a dream-like state that we call reality. I’d really like to play with the human experience bit – I hope you’ll join me.

Spiritual wisdom has given strong hints that the universe, or the world of form is ‘maya’ or illusion – a projection of consciousness. But how can that be, when we know that if a car is driven into a wall, there won’t be much of it left. It’s really solid, right?

Or is it? We know from scientific discoveries that if we were to look at our bodies with very strong magnification so that we could see the smallest particles, there is relatively much more space than substance. Everything else around us is the same.

So what is it that makes things seem solid or real? Could it be anything to do with our five senses and our brains? All that we can see, hear, touch, smell or taste is relayed through our sense organs to our brain which is encased in our skulls. It’s quite likely that it’s dark in there, but we see light and colours. It’s probably quiet in there, but we hear sounds; we smell strong perfumes which do not originate inside our heads. But can our senses and our brains fool us?

I recently had a posterior vitreous detachment in my eye, where the back of the eye comes away a little from the retina. When this happens you see an arc of flashing light, which over time goes away. At the eye hospital I asked the doctor why I saw flashing light, and she said that in actual fact it is movement, and the brain translates the movement as light. Wow! So the brain really can make us see light.

I watched a scientific eating experiment on television recently where a woman taking part was asked to put on a visor which showed her hand as a ‘virtual’ hand displayed on a screen holding a ‘virtual’ chocolate cookie, while her real hand held a real cookie. She had been asked not to eat for several hours beforehand and then told to eat as many cookies as she could. She managed eight.

The next day she was asked to do the same thing, but the virtual hand showed the virtual cookie as being much bigger, when the cookie she was really eating was the same size as the day before. This time she could only manage five. The image her brain saw made her body react to what it thought it had seen. We’re already familiar with this effect when we’ve had a bad dream and wake up thinking it’s real, and when we get goose-bumps, or our hearts thump in our chests while watching a scary film.

A few years ago I saw a programme that was investigating healing abilities presented by Professor Kathy Sykes. A hospital in the USA was doing a study on fake operations to cure pain. Some people had the real thing, and other people had a fake operation – with operating theatre, gowns, instruments, nurses, sound effects, the lot – even down to opening up the leg, then closing it again without doing anything.

Amazingly, a man who had had chronic pain in his knee for many years was completely cured with the fake operation. This man believed he had under-gone an operation and was cured. His brain and his senses made him believe that, and his mind did the rest.

Having been a healer for many years I’ve observed in myself and others, that our belief system plays a huge role in our health and well-being. Perhaps this extends to the world around us as well? For instance, if we believe ourselves to be unworthy or unlucky, does our mind then help to create the circumstances to confirm this, in the same way that the mind of the man who had the fake operation convinced him that he was healed because he believed he had received a real operation?

So how do we know what is real? Can our mind tell us that, because it seems as though our brains can be fooled. My own experience in meditation shows me that when my mind has calmed and cleared, the part of me that is the witness or the watcher, senses a sea of peace, and I merge with that. It has been called ‘the peace that passeth all understanding’. It’s always there once I’ve let everything else clear away.

I realise that I’m not my mind, because when I meditate I can watch the thoughts swimming around in my mind and let them pass. I can watch as my mind tries to hang on to a thought and ‘work’ it. I can decide to let that pass too. We have a saying that we can change our minds – right? So who’s doing the changing? Perhaps it’s that divine spirit who is having the human experience. My experience is that this is the truth. This is what I find is real.

Thank you for coming on this little journey with me. In case it all got a bit too serious, let me tell you about a little ‘Ladybird’ book that I was given for Christmas on Mindfulness meditation. It poked fun at people who practise meditation and was truly hilarious. I recommend it. (I recommend meditation too though!)