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At some point in our spiritual journey (through life) there is a progression toward mental (intangible, intuitive, inner) power, strength and confidence. What do I mean by this?
I would say that most mainstream Americans – maybe 50 % of the population – believe that once they cross a certain threshold of sickness, then they MUST go to the doctor. And they are smart to believe this. However, I will elucidate this matter.
At some point in our inner evolution, we will notice that certain food and drink makes us feel a certain way – and hopefully at some point we notice that drinking a lot of cheap alcohol makes us feel very crummy the next morning. If you have not done this yet, then you should stop reading right now. 🙂
So we start to believe that we can affect our health by what we put in our body – generally speaking, eating less processed food (due to add GMO ingredients) and cutting out all non-organic dairy products (the growth hormones and antibiotics they add are disturbing) – will lead to our feeling better and probably being healthier overall. There is a great TED talk about this and you can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixyrCNVVGA
At some point, maybe you are here, maybe it will happen in a few years, maybe another lifetime, you will notice that meditation (and certain types of efficacious spiritual practice) makes you feel better – in your heart, in your gut, improving your health and intuition overall. It might be yoga, it might be guru yoga, it might be sun salutations, it might be native practices, it could even be receiving process-oriented bodywork twice a month. Whatever it is, you feel more connected to the Earth and all of our brothers and sisters who live here. Once you get here, you are well on your way to creating the life you desire and deserve.
Recently, I happened to come across an article that talked about how certain doctors experimented with using visualization techniques with their cancer patients and the results of these experiments were pretty astounding. For instance, having one group of patients visualize white knights charging into battle with the cancer cells and visualizing them vanquishing the cancer led to an additional 27% positive recovery. That is pretty significant! And yes, I am too lazy to go find this article. But trust me I read it.
So having read that piece, I decided to start using my own form of visualization. I already have a slight edge on the general population I think, owing to the fact that in Tibetan Buddhism, we do certain visualizations for certain practices. (I’m not saying I do them well!! I am just an ordinary human being who is in possession of many poor habits…) But I have some experience with visualization. So I decided to mix the two – if and when I feel sick – whether it is a tiny scratch in my throat, or if I just want to get rid of a pimple, or if I feel a cold sore forming on my lip – then I visualize Vajrasattva (a Buddhism deity of purification) and white knights going to work on that part of my body.
And sure enough, so far it seems to work. I will wake up the following morning feeling better – the sore throat will be gone, or the cold sore will be all but gone and / or the pimple will be smaller. So maybe it is just a coincidence, maybe these things were going to improve on their own, or maybe I am actually affecting my body for the better. I believe that.
So go ahead. If you feel down or sick or fatigued, experiment with visualization. It can’t hurt!
And may you and all beings be well and happy.
Thanks for reading.