Self-Healing and Knowing the Self
Beads of Truth, Summer 1982 #9
by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
PART 1, Published 9-17-19
The process of self-healing is the privilege of every being. Self-healing is not a miracle, nor is self-healing a dramatization of the personality as though you could do something superior. Self-healing is a genuine process of the relationship between the physical and the infinite power of the soul. It is a contract, a union.
When a person prays to the merciful Lord, he is extending himself outside, but the reaction is happening inside. Every action has a reaction, equal and opposite. You may pretend you are praying to the heaven, but actually you are changing yourself inside. It is you who is changing. When you are blessing the sick, you beg of the Almighty, but actually you are not begging for anything because from inside your being energy is pouring into the other person. It is from a state of compassion, of compassionate meditation, that the healing activity of God, with the being, flows.
My divinity is in my purity. My purity is what I am within myself. Sometime you may tell yourself that you are not pure, but that is not true. You are merely trying to pretend you are not pure. You are pretending to be impure because you don't like the responsibility. You are holy, but you don't want to be holy. You don't want to be known as holy, because then everybody has the right to criticize you if you fall short of that image and you don't want to be criticized. Sneakiness and cowardliness are the unfortunate result. Everybody wants to sneak around and withdraw, but they also want things to happen.
Look at this drama in the individual play. If the stomach did not have the capacity to give you hunger pains, no one would eat. When the juices come, then the urge to eat comes, and at that time you should eat. Instead we see that it is six o'clock, and feel we have to eat. It doesn't matter if you are hungry or not, you eat, because it is eating time. But in reality, there is no such thing as eating time. Any time can be eating time. When you eat without the urge to eat, sleep without the urge to sleep, and so on, then you begin to do what is wanted by you, rather than what is needed by you. Actually, your itching soul was purified, given a human body, and sent on earth to enjoy, so that God could take a little rest. That is why an individual has to understand his Self. Understanding the Self means to stand under your own Self. And one who can stand under his Self, can stand under every Self. And then that person is known as a beloved of God, because God is in every Self. This is the basic secret behind every happiness, behind every joy that a person wants to experience.
Once a person called the doctor. The doctor came and he gave medicine. The next day the same request came again and the doctor came and the doctor went. Then the doctor brought two doctors, three doctors, four doctors and finally a surgeon. The doctor tried everything.
Finally, one day the doctor told his wife, that this patient appears to be dying. She said, "Yes, my dear husband, I know. The way you treat people, they should all die." Now, this hurt his ego, and he wanted to understand what she was saying. She said, "Whenever you see someone, you just give them medicine, but do you ever tell them that they have to help themselves to get cured, as well?" He had never done that. She said, "Well, then you only give them half the medicine. You should tell them, that this medicine will help them to help themselves get cured." He had studied eight years in the medical college, but nobody had ever taught him that God cures. All you have to do is send a message or somehow establish communication between the mind and body of the sick person. The mind should be in peace, so that the body can do the job. That's all the cure is. The body cures itself. Medicine allows it to get into that space where healing can take place.
There is no need to blame the doctor for not being able to cure you or for killing you, or to praise him for saving you either. Actually, he has done nothing. He has merely diagnosed the ailment and given you the medicine so that your own body, your own self, could help itself to become all right.
It is the same with the mind. The mind has to be given the medicine of thought. The higher thought is the medicine of the mind that allows it to help itself cure itself. Otherwise the mind is a sharp red piece of glass. That is why we do "japa." Japa is the thought, "Sat Nam, Truth is Thy Name," Japa is calling on energy that is beyond us. The moment we know and experience that there is something beyond us, we're connecting with God through the power of our thought wave. And, my dear friend, on this earth there is nothing except God. The intellect will generate thought waves anyway. Why not beam these thought waves on God?
The only thing that comes to you without asking for it is the breath of life. Everything else you have to ask for. But the breath of life is an infinite gift from God. You are a slave to everything except the breath of life. The breath of life will free you if you let it carry you to God.
Copied from the Sikh Dharma Website, Copyright, The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, 1989.