Blog #79: Beyond Healing

Blog #79: Beyond Healing

When I was a young boy, I remember suffering some scrapes and bruises on my body—due to tripping and falling, or fighting with my brother, or sliding improperly into second base when running across the dirt of a baseball diamond. I was always fascinated by watching the healing process occur. The skin would scab up and regenerate underneath, then the crust would fall off, and finally, everything would be like new (or close to new). I was usually impatient with the process—naturally wanting to accelerate the mending of the wound. But healing takes it own time, much like any organism takes it own time to grow and mature.

In my current massage class, our teacher said that as therapists, we don't do the healing. At best, we facilitate the healing. The body heals itself. We just loosen and stimulate the muscles and nerves to aid in the restoration of cells and tissue.

In the spiritual market, there are different kinds of healing modalities, like reiki, acupuncture, energy work, chakra alignment, shamanic techniques, and so on. Again, all of these methods are meant to awaken the recipient's innate capacity to re-create what has been damaged.

Whereas wounds on the outside are easy to see, wounds on the inside are not so easily discernible. The symptoms of damage from drug abuse, for instance, may be felt in very palpable ways, but the objective evidence of abrasion to the organs and nerves cannot be seen by the naked eye. This invisibility factor makes the healing process somewhat nebulous, and where there is lack of clarity, there is room for imagination and multiple interpretations, which can blur the reality of what's happening. Of course, in the realm of emotional trauma, things are even muddier.

When it comes to my current endeavor, I'm not acquiring a massage therapy license to be a healer, per se. I'm acquiring the license because I'm an ecstatic bliss junkie, plain and simple. I crave ecstatic bliss, and ecstatic bliss is best when it's shared. In the case of massage therapy, it's shared in a professional, service-oriented dynamic. Healing may be incidental and necessary to reach the end goal, but I don't like to obsess about healing as the primary objective.

One of the great things about any healing that occurs through the AYP practice of samyama is that it's morally self-regulating. It's based on release of desires into stillness, rather than any extreme effort to entangle with someone's energetic matrix and surgically remove obstructions. The genius of stillness can take care of the necessary precision without us needing to manipulate much at all.

Of course, if a massage client comes to me and reports pain in a specific area, I will naturally pay special attention to that area, but I can still do it in a samyama fashion. By perpetually releasing intentions, gestures, and movements into stillness, I put myself in a position to be of maximal service, because I am being animated and guided by the omnipresent silence that is beyond my limited knowledge of the circumstance. That doesn't mean that I abandon any effort to acquire as much knowledge as possible about the situation, or to use specific techniques; it just means that I remain open to the flow of ecstatic bliss, and let that flow determine the outcome.

We live in a culture that is still burdened by injuries, disease, and other deficiencies of health. What's more disturbing is that we have sectors in the healthcare industry (including some within spirituality) that put heavy focus on treatment and healing as a means to earn big financial profit. Ironically, the sicker the patients are, the more profit there is to be earned. Of course, healthcare practitioners and workers need to be fairly compensated, but we need to shift the focus from an obsession with treatment and healing, to living in a world with an abundance of health, vitality, resilience, and yes, you guessed it, ecstatic bliss.

Going back to my recollections of being a youngster and watching my body heal, I realize that my main interest was in getting back into the game, and trying to improve my coordination and agility so that I didn't get injured again. Though the healing was interesting, I was more concerned with being able to perform well and take full advantage of the talents that were at my disposal. It's the same now.

Obstructions, such as tendencies that lead to injury and illness, are easily dissolved in pursuit of the chosen ideal.

The higher power is in us.

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