“Every person awakens to the inner divine in a slightly different way. It can only be experienced—it is
different from your mind.” -- Jose Luis Delgado
"The experience of merging with a star will bring us back to a center of strength and light that cannot be damaged or depleted
and that has the power to light up the world." --Sandra Ingerman
“It is a time to go within and find that place of stillness where we are all one; to heal ourselves and our culture;
and to reevaluate and reexamine all belief structures, to cull what needs to be shifted and to allow ourselves to be renewed
and reborn with this approaching new day [of 2012].” -- Alberto Villoldo
We are moving now towards the equinoctial time of balance between light and dark. Days and nights are equal, and the late
afternoon sun turns everything golden, giving a kind of filtered softness of hue to leaves, air, and drifting dust motes.
In this light I feel myself open and radiant, reflecting the light that surrounds me. (Try it!)
Working with light, the light that balances the dark, as in “healing light energy,” is an essential complement
to eating the grief of the world (last month’s ezine). Since light is energy, in a purely physical sense, we can think
of “healing light” as enabling an energetic shift, an energetic solution to a problem. Working with healing light
means working with the whole of the cosmos as our ancestors did: drawing on the beauty of rainbows, the golden light of the
sun, the brilliance of the stars, the silvery light of the moon, the amazing energy of galaxies and universes beyond what
The sensory perception of light plays a central role in many spiritual traditions (for example, darshan, Tabor Light, enlightenment).
Religious symbols around the world -- golden Buddhas, light rays emanating from Jesus’ crown, temples, holy books and
altars decorated with precious gems and minerals -- use light to re-mind us of the possibilities for spiritual radiance.
As we shift away from looking to others for answers -- those father figures, gurus, and priests who claim “higher”
authority – and seek rather “noetic” direct knowing, we can use our sensory perceptions of light to feed
our radiance, self empowerment, and compassion.
I have long reflected on a story I heard as a teenager from a well-known inspirational speaker. His doctor advised that it
would take 8 weeks of total rest to heal his painful tennis elbow. Being a believer in divine healing, the speaker told of
visualizing light and oxygen going to his elbow many times a day. After two weeks, his pain was gone.
Another story I just heard has spurred a lot of reflection on the possibilities for physical healing with light. A member
of “The Living Matrix” film audience offered his experience:
“I was in great pain, unable to walk. The doctors said I needed reconstructive knee surgery, as an MRI revealed no
soft tissue between my leg and thigh bones, just bone-on-bone rubbing together. I decided not to have surgery. Instead, I
followed my own protocol: Every day I talked to my knee, saying “I love you” while rubbing it gently, like you
would a small child who has been hurt. I also asked my knee to heal itself. I told it ‘You know how to heal yourself,
and I don’t know how.’ I asked my knee to let me know when I was doing something to damage it, such as putting
my weight wrong, and I paid careful attention to my movements and my pain, making adjustments carefully. Now I walk six miles
a day, with no pain. And no, I didn’t go back to the doctor to get another MRI—what was the point, when my knee
was pain free and functional?”
These physical self-healing experiences draw on powerful tools that we can all use: strong, focused intention; visualization;
the use of energy (light, love, oxygen); reliance on the body’s own intelligence to heal; and co-creation, working cooperatively
with the body to create a healing environment.
The stories also make me think of Masaro Emoto’s photographs of water crystals. The power of words and the power of
sounds to change crystalline structure, into or out of coherent shapes, is demonstrated over and over. The same principles
apply to our bodies.
Our Resistance and Our Beliefs
Knowing this, why are our self-healing efforts on behalf of our own bodies so limited?
Extreme health problems in the US – obesity, physical inactivity, and diabetes, for example – indicate a sense
of overwhelm that there are so many things wrong at once. I suspect that we are afraid of taking responsibility for our health.
“What, I have to think about what I eat? I have to make responsible choices? I have to spend time getting informed?
I have to do physical therapy after my surgery?”
The outpouring of rage against health insurance reform in the US makes me wonder what is feeding resistance to changing a
system that serves us so poorly, with such great cost? What is the fear masked by this anger? I do not know the answers. I
wonder if we believe we cannot be responsible for our own health, or if we do not want to be responsible?
If we do not believe we can – change, be healthy and fit, heal trauma – we are not likely to try. We will probably
hold onto our stories of illness, repeating them over and over. This in turn encourages our bodies to hold onto the status
Change begins in the heart. The heart informs the body. Once an experience – pain-free hip/knee/elbow, or a joyful,
loving relationship – gets into the body, it can become conscious. Then the brain can go to work, feeding a different
set of beliefs and leading us on a path to health and healing.
One simple way of addressing beliefs that hold us back is to try a different way and see what happens.
Trying Something Different
After hearing the knee-healing story, I thought to myself, “I can do this with my chronic hip pain! I can do this with
Coming from an energy healer, this may sound odd. Though I have experienced energetic and spiritual shifts frequently, my
efforts towards physical self-healing had been half-hearted in the past. Now I felt determined. I followed the man’s
example: I thought about and recorded my intentions. I spoke to my body parts, explaining my intentions and saying “You
remember how to be in balance, please help me!” I rubbed my hip and my colon, bringing chi in, visualizing light and
love circulating. I listened carefully, and did exercises to strengthen them every day.
This was a challenge for me: my tendency has been to expect my body to be healthy, and to focus my healing energies on the
collective, the earth, the “larger” issues that confront us. But my body had given me message after message that
I needed to refocus.
After some months of working on physical healing, I can report that I am better, but not pain free. I no longer feel a sense
of powerlessness. I no longer feel despair that “This will never change, I will always hurt.” I am excited to
try to repair what allopathic medicine addresses only with pills, surgery, and shrugged shoulders. And I see, now, that my
beliefs were the impediment: I didn’t believe it was possible to heal my physical body this way.
This was a striking realization! It has led to a lot of reflection on what I do believe about healing. I offer these thoughts
as a way of helping you clarify your own beliefs and any impediments or barriers you might unconsciously be placing on your
own path to health and healing.
Self Empowerment and Co creation
My main principles are two. First, we can empower ourselves to contribute to our own health and healing – we do not
have to rely exclusively on “authorities” who have “answers.” Second, we are co creators of our health:
we can work in concert with our bodies; with the cosmos; with allies in the physical and spirit realms; and within the larger,
cosmic patterns of evolutionary change and prophesy.
On the physical level, we can learn what food, movement, rest, and stimulation are healthiest for our own bodies; and we can
remember that our needs change over time, so it is a constant process. We can also draw on our energetic and spiritual changes
to affect our physical selves.
On the energetic level, we can change energy habits and patterns; reorganize the flow of chi and prana; draw in healing light
and sound; remove energy imprints that do not belong.
On the spiritual level, we can discover and retrieve what we have lost (soul, essence, joy); heal trauma; remove what does
not belong; teach ourselves to focus our attention differently (for example, meditating rather than complaining).
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