Healing modalities as a tool

We’re talking here about stuff like working with crystals, reiki, tarot, angels and angelcards, yoga practice, sacred geometry – the list goes on. Because there’s a buzz going on on the internet about an A to Z list of New Age practices to avoid, which that well known angel specialist Doreen Virtue published lately and which produced a storm of reactions on Youtube by people working with the healing modalities. This triggered a discussion, which is a good thing in itself, and I’m trying to bring a contribution to that discussion.

Healing modalities are tools to get in touch with the deeper side of life. To get healed, to find peace, balance, clarity, mastery over situations, develop compassion, insight, promote creativity and zest for life, for example. We ourselves need to develop the discernment that something works for us, that is, do we benefit from it or not. This differs for everyone and at various stages of our life. What works for us today may be different in a later period. Thus we navigate through life, grow, evolve.

Healing modalities are there, not to identify with as the thing itself, as the ultimate goal, but as a means to get there. Where? To our own soul and the way we evolve to higher and higher levels, with more and more of our talents and gifts on line, in order to be that, to express that, to work with and to bring it into the field of Gaia (=earth). To promote balance, peace, wellbeing, love, health, justice and any other beautiful quality on earth. For humanity as a species that is. Or just for ourselves to begin with and that is great too. That is already a big contribution. Our society needs balanced people, healthy people, joyous people, compassionate people, creative people, intelligent 🤓 people.

So when I say healing modalities, not as the ultimate goal but as a means, then maybe that A to Z list by Doreen Virtue is meant as that. I hope so, because using terminology like ‘they are the tools of the devil’ throws us back into an old, old groove. The type of thinking that led to the witch hunts in the Middle Ages. I guess we are talking about an attempt here to evolve higher and leave behind old belief systems, that keep us stuck in an old groove. Modern vocabulary would be ‘the collapsing of old timelines’, meaning the old grooves disappear, which is great, space for the new to emerge. To me that says it very well. The collapsing of old timelines.

Perhaps one could say the Doreen Virtue issue works like a homeopathic remedy, because now a lot of light workers who use the healing modalities raise their voice to correct some of the misjudgments, if you like. And that is an old issue which went on for ages……the clashing of Paganism and Christianity.

Paganism and Christianity don’t have to bite each other. They can go very well together, hand in hand. I’ve seen a nice blend of it in a Youtube video – https://youtu.be/FVwAG3QpcAE – a woman working with crystals in a relaxation, attuning the chakra’s with them, using white sage to clear the energy and saying a little Christian prayer 🙏. No problem there.

Much love everyone

Why working with the celestial counterpart in the countenance makes sense and the relatedness to a yoga practice that promotes healing and relaxation too

Those of you who practice yoga are familiar with shavasana. The long relaxation pose after a yoga session where you lay flat on the ground on your back, with your arms alongside the body, palms of the hands opened. Take care to be on a mat that isolates the cold from the floor and be under a blanket to stay warm. You lift up the head to check if the body makes a strait line and then when you lay down the head, the neck muscles have been stretched a bit by this movement and you now relax by resting the head on the floor. That helps to get out of mentall stress that cramp these muscles. The fact that you lay down on the floor helps to feel the contact with the floor, that supports the letting go of tension in the body. You now don’t have to do anything and we stay awake by observing what happens. In case you fall asleep, that’s a good sign you surrender. Your body is catching up for the resting it needs in that case. On every out breath you let go of tensions. The focus on the body is an overall one. The breath quietens and comes deeper into the belly.

What now follows is an endeavear to explain the relatedness of this yoga practice to the sufi practice where you feel, have in focus the countance of our celestial counterpart.
In shavasana one can turn within to the vidiacasia, laying down in shavasana – often an easier way to stay relaxed than sitting in a meditation pose for westerners, who are used to being active and always on the run out of fear for this emptyness, stillness, out of fear of death realy, which is the same thing – forgive me the spelling – vidiacacia, the sanskrit for ’empty space’. In sufism that would relate to the ether breath. A breathing practice, breathing quietly in and out through the nose, atuning to ether.

Vidia = empty, in French ‘vide’.

Casia= something that contains a space, English: ‘case’ ( like a suitcase ) or, similar sound, ‘casa’ in Spanish = house, a house is also a form that contains a space. So what is it all that is housed in our head? Hence the suggestion to empty it.

When we lay down in shavasana, we move the muscles of our face by making all sorts of grimaces, that way we feel and warm these facial muscles and then relax them again, watch the face smoothe out. You will notice how this continues to go on with the muscles around the head and neck, they soften too, smooth out. These muscles are connected to each other. Now here it comes, notice how the whole body relaxes, when the muscles of the face and around the head relax. That’s the first step.
Then if you want to take this deeper, you can focus inwardly into the vidiacasia, in the heart of the head. Try yo see a lake there or an empty space. The fact of doing so has an effect on the nervoussystem in the whole body, it relaxes, gets replenished.

In the same way, being aware of our face when feeling love, beauty, exalted emotions, our celestial face, brings us in alignment with our celestial body, that now transpires through and relaxes the physical body. That way we are no longer separate from our heavenly self. We now ‘carry it around’. That would be called ’embodyment’ of our higher existance, in life. Therefore a great cure for the western, discociative mind. We land in our bodies. So, floaty? Not in the least! Very much grounded. You will feel joy.
Keep on breathing, in your heart, now the head and the heart are no longer separate and work together harmoniously.

Peace

Sending a healing thought

Once went to attend a lecture in London of a man, popular at the time in the scene, think he was called Ramdas if I remember well. A young man set to place next to me on a chair. “Do you follow a discipline?” he asked me. I nodded. I was feeling wobbly at the time, being there on my own in big London. He was full of confidence in his new Buddhist identity. I blamed myself feeling so wobbly sitting next to him now. But I also saw that something intrigued him, looking me in the eyes, that he couldn’t give a name. So that counted for me. I was in company now, there was a contact.

“I’m a Buddhist.” Ramdas played out in the speech, acting in a deep breathing, sounding, impressive voice. My neighbour fell back in the chair. Indentity crashed. 

What stood out in the speech for me, so I still remember it is this: 
“You are at the beach, ready to throw a frisbee to your friend. A thought comes to mind in that moment: there are people suffering in this moment. Question: do you throw the frisbee?” 

If I may answer that question again now, my answer is yes. Throw the frisbee. It’s innocent, joyful. Think of the atoms of joy released from you in that moment, filling the atmosphere with sparkely giggely particles of light to be sniffed by others. I really think it’s ok, sending healing prayers in that moment of throwing the frisbee, to those who suffer. In the sufi healing order we call that a doa. A kind, healing thought, thinking of someone. They will feel it. It’s not you sending it, you are just open to love in the air, although the love in your heart is something that was cultivated by you, by your loving nature.
Picture comes from a site called ‘frisbee games’.

 

Freedom of thought and feeling

Since the sexual revolution that started in the sixties, previous age in the west, has bred some excesses too, it’s now time to think about the idea of shame.

Looking at the pop stars of the hippy time, that expressed a process of liberation, not only sexually, but also socially and in terms of consciousness, we could say that what is meant by freedom is more about being able to feel freely the feelings in the body, body awareness, not always having to act it out, unless it’s your true lover. So it’s not so much about unlimited free sexual behavior as it was thought of as freedom.

We in the west, by some films and by some art and books, in fact learnt not to listen anymore to natural feelings of shame.

Updated therapeutic approaches give space to observing, processing and feeling freely what ever presents itself in ourselves without judging or condemning. This so in order to free us from the garbage of the past and conditionings that keep us stuck.

We could say that an impulse for awakening and liberation, strongly felt in the hippy time and going underground after that, refined itself. Less visible on the outside.
Groups of people flocked together in this process to work on themselves and books were written to be read and films made for watching. This availed individuals to work with it as well.

From the heart we focus at feelings like resentment, anger, sadness but also suppressed joy and love. That way negative feelings are melting, solving in the neutral watching of them from the core where we won’t lose Self esteem because of the dis-coveries.

If you want to read something more about the idea of shame and how that applies to life, from the richness that a renown spiritual teacher gave it to us, then have a look at the photo.
To read more about it, google the site seen on the photo and type ‘shame’ in the search.