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Psychosomatic Illness and Unfulfilled Longing
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Psychosomatic Illness and Unfulfilled Longing
It has been said that “the doctor treats and nature heals.” However this ‘Nature’ that heals is within us all. You are the healer. So let us take a look at what Barbara Ann Brennan, healer, therapist and scientist, has to say about this in her second major work, Light Emerging – The Journey of Personal Healing.
“It is you and only you who will heal yourself. You are completely capable of that. The process of healing a personal illness is, in fact, an act of personal empowerment. It is a personal journey, a rite of passage, designed by yourself as one of the greatest learning tools you will ever encounter. Your healing journey will, of course, include a consideration and use of all the best tools modern medicine can offer you, as well as the best tools holistic healing can offer.”
Barbara Brennan is dealing with the Whole person
This “designed by yourself,” refers to depth of ourselves, perhaps our Higher Self or spirit, for most of us certainly wouldn’t consciously and deliberately choose to be sick or incapacitated. But Barbara Brennan is dealing with the whole or total person, and her book is not your usual treatise on healthy living.
Brennan then goes on to say something which, to my mind, is more than just significant, it is revolutionary – at least, revolutionary to most laymen and people in the fields of health. Here is what she has to say:
Here is our present cat at one year of age
Ulitimately, sickness is caused by unfulfilled-longing
“From a deeper perspective, illness is caused by unfulfilled longing. (my italics) The deeper the illness, the deeper the longing. It is the message that somehow, somewhere, you have forgotten who you are and what your purpose is. You have forgotten and disconnected from the purpose of your creative energy, the energy of your core. Your illness is the symptom: The disease represents your unfulfilled longing. So above all else, use your illness to set yourself free to do what you have always wanted to do, to be what you’ve always wanted to be, to manifest and express who you already are from your deepest, broadest, highest reality.”
The answer to our true unfulfilled longing cannot come through our thoughts alone
Now, from what I’ve gleaned through my own studies into what and who we are, it seems that we cannot expect the answer to our deepest longings to necessarily come from our thoughts, our rational thinking alone. It needs to synthesize with all aspects of our being: body, mind and spirit - especially spirit. The body might be sick because of the machinations of our personal mind’s attention on negative thoughts. This includes thoughts, along with their attendant emotions, that are no longer conscious to us but nevertheless play upon us. One needs to remember that our bodies are made up of various subtle densities. We are not just physical but live within a sort of porous cocoon which includes our bio-plasmic, emotional, thought, intellect, and divine will - our auric surround!
This little kitten, when grown has a meow so loud she frightend people
The Energy Field exists before the physical body
Another term for the human aura which many clairvoyants can see – and which can be photographed using Kirlian photography, is known in scientific circles as the Human Bio-Energy Field. Here are Barbara Ann Brennan’s views in brief on how the Human Energy Field is the vehicle that carries our energy. Here is what she has to say:
“As a healer and sensitive using Higher Sense Perception, I have observed the energy field around people for many years. After numerous studies of the energy fields of many plants, animals, and humans, I have concluded that the human energy field provides the energy matrix structure upon which cells grow (my italics) What I mean is that the energy field exists before the physical body.”
Our physicality precipitates 'out of' our energy field or aura
Further she states: “The field exists prior to the physical body. This is the fundamental difference from that of many scientific researchers. They assume that the field emanates from the body, rather than the body is created by the field.”
Then further on:
“Furthermore, as I showed in Hands of Light (another of Brennan’s books) “energy events within the auric field are primary to and always precede a physical event. They precipitate it. That means that any illness will show in the field before it shows in the physical body and can therefore be healed in the field before it is precipitated into the physical body.”
Our pure attention, without thought, can penetrate into our energy fields
Eckhart Tolle, in his bestselling book, The Power of Now, tells us that we need to ‘go into’ our body with our attention. This means that we start with our physical body. However with sustained attention, we penetrate through the physical into the deeper dimensions which interpenetrate and surround the physical. Our attention penetrates into our auric fields. This pure attention by our awareness will not only eventually lead us to self-understanding and self-realization – the ultimate goal – but will help in many other ways. It will bring us to better health. It will even slow down our body’s aging processes.
Probably our most 'loving' cat, she loved being picked up
Our observations of what is within dissolves consolidated hangups held within
The late Sri. S.N. Goenka, a widely recognized leading teacher of Vipassana Meditation, advocates the same thing. By bringing the focused attention onto an area of the body to feel any natural sensation, we eventually penetrate through the surface and go inside. But that is only the start. As we go inside deeper and deeper we eventually penetrate into the aura’s layers where we can feel the consolidated thought-forms along with their attendant emotions which cause us all of our angst. Our pure awareness, not tinged with any intent other than to observe, then melts these thought forms, nullifying their effects upon us. The more we nullify these conglomerates of thought-emotion held within, the happier and healthier we become.
Vipassana's aim is enlightment; good health is a likely bi-product
As I mentioned in an earlier essay, the aim of Vipassana is not that of good health. The aim of Vipassana is Self-realization. However, a spin off or by-product just happens to be improvements in mental and physical health. As we ‘purify’ our mind (our aura) we purify our physical body.
Barbara Ann Brennan’s states that the auric field is primary and precedes manifestation into physicality. By melting away negative emotional build ups in our aura before they manifest in our physical bodies we are, in effect, practicing preventative medicine.
Two little friends. Ginger disappeared never to be seen again.
We are a centre of awareness with a will
Doctor Roberto Assigioi, in his book, The Act of Will, tells us that we are a ‘centre of awareness with a will.’ Sensation, Impulse-desire, Emotion-feeling, Imagination and thought are but ‘elements of the mind’ and not the essence of what we are.
He goes on further to say that our intuition is that part of our mind most to be trusted, for it is the link between our little self and our divine guidance. By this he means the relationship between the personal “I” we regard as ourselves and the Transpersonal Self
Our intuition is our highest form of psychic functioning
The mystic, Edgar Cayce, also indicated that our intuition is the highest form of psychic functioning. Intuitions arise as they are needed, and are meant to guide us. Intuition is the nudge of the Superconscious Mind. The Superconscious is of the One Mind. It does not matter what label we give it: Infinite Intelligence, The All Mighty, God, et cetera. It is transpersonal.
My favourite. It was love at first sight between us
The Collective Unconscious - a mind common to us all
The Transpersonal Mind
Carl Gustav Jung’s discovery of a universal level of unconscious shared by all people fits with Edgar Cayce’s model of the mind. There is only one mind. Although the mind may have many points of conscious awareness, as in individual human beings, there is only one mind.
Let us look at how the Transpersonal Mind is described by Henry Reed, a biographer of Edgar Cayce in his book, Edgar Cayce – On Mysteries of the Mind.
“Transpersonal means that the mind has a life beyond what appears in individual persons. The mind is not just what happens inside a person. It is a reality in itself.
There is only ONE mind. It is a single, living reality
“The mind is like the air we breathe. Does air exist just when it is in our lungs? Of course not! Does mind exist only when it is active within a brain? It does not, although we usually think of the mind that way.
“We could say that you have your air and I have mine. Like the mind, however, air is transpersonal. Air is everywhere. There is one large body of air but it occupies many places. Some of it is flowing through my lungs, some of it is flowing through yours. Air threads together all the plants, animals, and people, as well as all the boxes, bottles, homes, and other hollow containers.
“Air exists independently of what houses it. The mind exists independently of those who use it. There is only one air. There is only one mind. It is a single, living reality.”
Tough little blighter. Could bluff most dogs with a look.
To find out what we REALLY want we need study what and who we really are
So in order to find out what our deepest longings are, we need to make a determined study of what and who we are. From this spiritual pursuit, it is likely that our personal minds will become healthier, our emotions easier to handle, and our physical body will be given optimum mental conditions to renew itself.
The doctor treates - but it is you, and only you, who can heal yourself
So to finish off where we started: The doctor treats and Nature heals. If we rely only on our doctor we may or may not be healed. Faith in the treatment, whatever it might be, is a good start towards healing in most instances. But if Barbara Ann Brennan is right, and I will quote her again: “It is you and only you who will heal yourself. You are completely capable of that.” Being aware of it, truly aware of it, is the area we need to work on. A good start, I feel, is to study what this good lady has written, then to take the appropriate action or actions needed towards the self-understanding from which the natural outcome is a happy and healthy life.
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