Health and Healing
Chapter 7. Why Does Meditation Work the Way it Does for Healing? from Meditation for Health and Healing Meditation, Book 5
The fundamental question I ask in this book, and attempt to answer, is “Why does meditation work the way it does for health and healing?” If we can get close to the kernel of truth, to discern the principal behind meditation’s efficacy, we will then have a principal that we can apply to every situation be it health, wealth, better performance, or any other issue that comes along in our lives.
I think that meditation works because it interrupts the momentum that gets build up within our biomechanical body/mind/personality in the direction of some problem. The problem begins for some reason. Who knows–genetic, environmental, karma, a dysfunctional childhood and the pain associated thereto, whatever.
While the cause within 3-dimensional reality can be hard to pinpoint, problems or conditions do occur, possibly involving multiple swirling causes. And when a condition starts it begins to loop. The problem gets bigger, causes the causes to amplify, and the problem feeds on itself. A loop begins to occur, kind of like when I say to Alexa on my Amazon device about a song I am listening to, “Alexa, loop it”, and the song plays over and over.
I’ll bet everyone reading this message will recognize the loop effect. Somebody does something mean or thoughtless to us and we begin to wonder what’s going on. We try to figure it out and also begin to think of that person as a “_______” (fill in the blank). We go over and over the mean thing, and the person’s motivations, and we can’t get it out of our minds. The loop effect has begun.
We begin to weave a web of upset, negativity, judgment, accusation, and desire to get retribution. The story begins to take on a life of its own. We tell those close to us about it. We speculate together. We may confront the perpetrator for his/her rude behavior. An argument might ensue. More mass is added to the situation and the momentum intensifies. The loop is hard to escape.
Meditation is therapeutic because it interrupts the momentum. Sitting in silence and withdrawing attention from the condition, interrupts the influence of the condition. If only for a moment. The condition goes into abeyance. If for only a moment.
In addition, if as in Higher Consciousness Meditation, we, in that moment of silence realize our 5-Dimensional Nature, realize that Spirit is the real life force that animates our human body/mind/personality, we allow Spirit to rush into the vacuum left by withdrawal of attention from the human condition. Spirit, rushing, is a healing agent, going to all corners of our human condition to elevate it to Soul level. And we become our true Eternal Beingnesses. If only for a moment.
Human conditions exist only on in the third dimension. They have no existence in 5-Dimennsional Reality. My diagnosed glaucoma is not a condition in my Soul. My existence as Buddha Mind is unaffected by the condition of my human eyes. The condition is really not real, except in my human eye’s biological condition.
So far my approach to healing my glaucoma has been to go to the doctor every three months to get my eye pressure checked, to meditate before I go and to use mindfulness exercise while I am there, to interrupt the momentum of the visit’s compelling but illusory nature, and to find, so far that my eye pressure numbers have not increased and that I am having no symptoms.
As I write this, I am realizing that the theory behind the medical treatment, the eyedrops and the eye vitamins I am receiving, is to do the same thing. To interrupt the momentum of the dis-ease, the condition of the biomechanical system that I occupy, to arrest or reverse the condition that has been diagnosed. Similar intervention as meditation. Although this hasn’t been the case with this condition I have, the unfortunate thing about medicinal treatment of some physical conditions is that the side effects are as bad or worse than the condition itself.
In my case, I think both my meditation and the medication are helpful. That my Spiritual intervention adds to the medical effects. Each can amplify the effect of the other. Therefore, I do a meditation the morning before going to the doctor and I take a brief mindfulness moment when I put in the eyedrops and swallow the vitamins, which I also do every evening.
I can understand why certain conditions like hypertension, for example, respond to meditation. If you are hyper tense, meditation, becoming more peaceful, would seem an obvious helpful antidote. But is surprised me that cancer, arthritis, and even psoriasis respond positively.
I’ve concluded that one of the significant reasons that meditation works is that it consistent of withdrawing our attention, and this our human energy from it, allowing Spiritual energy, which is always there (Omnipresence) to flow in and animate the moment. Realizing that human conditions are merely a part of the illusory, dreamlike nature of our body/mind/personality’s functioning, renders those conditions powerless. If only for a moment. If those moments come more and more frequently, the conditions become less and less powerful.
Deepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Center and teacher of the ancient (Hindu) wisdom teachings says this more elegantly and succinctly, “There is only secret to healing and it is enlightenment” through meditation. “And realizing that you are the Universe manifesting through a human nervous system and becoming self-aware.” (Secret of Healing YouTube video, which includes a recitation of an ancient Hindu guided meditation or sutras).
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