The Meaningful Trails (23)

Written by Gede Prama

Whilst only staying at home, the destructive power of a sick soul would only be impacting the surrounding neighborhood. In the event that the sick soul is happened to be a public figure whom known by many, the impact of its destructive power would be spreading and affecting an even greater community. However, if the sick soul is happened to be someone who holds the reins of power in an influential country, then the impact of its destructive power would be out spread all over the world. Learning from this situation, starting from the very beginning, it is crucial to not only thinking of material success, but to also consider its impact on the healing of the soul.

The World Health Organization (WHO) once predicted that starting from 2020 (very near from now), mental illness will become a more severe burden than physical disease. There are some visible signs that leads into that direction, which getting even more clearly. Before it comes to visit you and your family, it is worth observing the beautiful work of Deepak Chopra that entitled: “Journey Into Healing: Awakening the wisdom within you”. The uniqueness of this Indian born author is his comprehensive knowledge in the Ayurvedic healing tradition even though he is a medical doctor graduate. Such an inspiring synthesization of the West-East. Notice on the way this medical doctor started his book, as stated in the cover: “Mankind is the only creation of the nature who has the ability to make a biological change on the body through anything that is thought and felt”. In another way of saying, healing can begin from the mind and the feeling.

Though illness and pain are presumed as the island of discomfort, many people accidentally sails toward that direction. Mostly thru a contradictory mind and a feeling of grievance. Unwittingly, one is suddenly being exposed to an acute and chronic disease. Therefore, whatever your life calling is – from an office worker to a housewife, convince yourself that you are not sailing towards the island of discomfort. Simply by keeping the mind free from judgment and enmity. And by stop poisoning the feeling with complaints and resistances. Then, live your daily life with the experience of interconnections that is full of gratitude. Smile is a beautiful companion in this case.

And supportive environment is the next companion. Thus, it is easily understandable that Deepak Chopra has a rather different understanding of health: “Health is not the absence of disease. It is an inner joyfulness that should be ours all the time – a state of positive well-being”. Health is not a situation without diseases, yet an inner state of bliss that is full and whole. What must be underlined in this regard is “an inner state of bliss that is full and whole”. Day may change into night, friends might become rivals, yet always remember the nature of “wholeness” in life.

Similar to the pair of wings of a bird, the pair of joy is sorrow, the pair of praise is scorn, the pair of success is failure. The inner state of joyfulness that is full and whole, could only be achieved when one, instead of being carried away by the mind and the feeling, is sitting above the mind and the feeling as a compassionate witness. Therefore this ayurvedic medicine expert repeatedly wrote, you are not the body, not the mind, not the feeling. You are a witness that standing by the river bank. While the body, the mind, the feeling are similar to the water that continuously flows. The flow of water may indeed be disturbed by different kind of things. Yet, there is neither anything nor anyone that has the capability to disturb the existence of your True Self.

Particularly since the True Self is resting between these two minds. It is in this serene and tranquil space between the two minds that the True Self dwells. Anyone who has ‘rested’ in the serene and tranquil space between these two minds, would not only be healed and whole himself, yet also contributing in healing the world. Borrowing an old saying, when you heal yourself, you are healing the world.

About the author

Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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