Healing Miracles

Through fasting, prayer, meditation, certain disciplines of yoga, and other medicinal rites, a power is awakened in you — some have called it Kundalini — that begins to purge everything and anything that is not the light from every corner of your mental-emotional makeup.

This can, does, and will include healing miracles of various shapes, sizes, and forms. A healing miracle is the resolution of a personal issue through extraordinary, seemingly otherworldy means.

Many among us pray daily and ardently for a healing miracle. We pray for the immediate end to a problem. We pray for a quick fix. We pray for things to go back to normal.

As well intentioned as these prayers are, sadly, they tend not to find realization. They tend not to find realization because we are not interested in the holistic learning the problem offers and we are not interesting in doing our part to resolve it. We might as well pray for rain in the middle of a desert.

So why are healing miracles visited on some but not others?

The power of the universe, in most cases, is not revealed to the uninitiated. If it were, egoic tendencies would be given jet fuel and there could be gross abuses of power that do serious harm.

The power of the universe, including episodes of miraculous healing, are mostly visited on the initiated. To be initiated means to have chosen to merge.

This means we recognize the presence of an effortless, no worry space where we can live in total bliss and harmony. We further recognize that to access this space we have to give ourselves up.

We have to let go of everything personal that keeps us separate and in a survival state. All of our ignorance. Our darkness. Our pettiness. Our competition. Our preferences. Most of all, our sense of “I.”

We have to reduce. Get smaller and, eventually, completely dissolve into nothing.

We become zero, which means we become everything. That’s merging.

With such a lofty, noble intention, similarly lofty and noble resources are marshaled (like Kundalini) to assist in its unfolding.

When miracles of healing are received, the initiate does not broadcast them to the world. She does not even feel the need to tell anybody about them.

All they do is inspire gratitude.

She bows her head and takes the next step.

Darkness to Light

Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya

Keep me not in the state of darkness, but make me go towards the light.

This is a line from an ancient Sanskrit prayer, which perhaps sums up the entire spiritual journey and experience.

The movement from darkness to light.

It sounds good and well enough. Who doesn’t want to move from darkness (ignorance) to light (self-understanding)? We somehow intuitively understand that this is a good and needed thing.

If there is a movement from darkness to light, there must be a middle to the story as well.

In between darkness and light is surrender.

This middle part is discussed less because if we knew what surrender entails from the beginning, we might not take the pilgrimage.

To surrender your darkness means to put your head on the chopping block.

It means you must sacrifice everything — every little (and big) thing — in you that is not the light.

Psychologically — all of your conditioned responses, conditioned beliefs, and personal sense of identity (the “I” thought).

Emotionally all of your patterns of resistance, past trauma, and fear.

Physically — your physical vehicle becomes a conduit for this purging, which means you must tolerate illness, maladies of mysterious origin, and sometimes violent outbreaks.

Surrendering or “letting go” is not a pretty process (though it is beautiful). It is long, tedious, and continues to get more difficult, as we pass through the various stages on the darkness to light journey.

We know what’s on the other side. That’s what urges us on. All of the strain and difficulty, like the summit view from Mt. Everest, will seem trivial once we get to the other side and directly experience what has been called the Kingdom of Heaven. We might even say, “That wasn’t so bad.”

We are aided by knowing that whatever the tribulation we are presented with to address, is never beyond our ability to resolve or our tolerance threshold.

We are further aided by knowing that there is only ever one thing to do. We don’t think about the one million things that need to happen or might happen in the future. Like laying brick to build a home, we do what is required of us now and proceed step-by-step-by-step.

In faith, we trust that through our ardent prayer of Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya and willingness to do the hard work required to realize it, we will get there some day.

What’s ironic is that the “there” will look a lot like the “here” you already occupy.

The difference?

You find an abiding, causeless smile and peace that knows no end.

Care & Legislation

Deficiency in care cannot be made up for with legislation.

If people genuinely don’t care about sanitation [or insert other relevant issue], rules that enforce it will either be ignored, broken, used to cheat, or followed out of fear and, ultimately, resented.

Ideally, legislation is not required. Care in the body politic would be such that nobody would go without food, education, or feel afraid of the risk of war.

Why would you need to write rules for things as obvious as breathing air? Indeed, future generations of humanity may look back at this time and scratch their heads, as we scratch our heads at that time when people believed you would fall off the earth by sailing past the horizon.

In fact, the more rules on the book, the more legislation, the more governing and bureaucracy, these are indicative of a deep lack of care.

We feel that if rules aren’t written to keep people in line, things will go ill.

Take a look around. Does it appear that more legislation — more policy — is the answer? In some cases, yes.

More fundamentally however, is the need for increased care.

Care means compassion, empathy, non-violence, sustainability, cooperation, and understanding. If we cared more, we would legislate less.

How to increase care? That is like wanting the future, better phone of tomorrow, today. In other words—you can’t just flip a switch.

Care is connected to consciousness. The higher the consciousness, the higher the level of care.

How to increase consciousness? That is the question for our time.

(And if you look closely, you’ll see it’s already happening.)