In a world largely governed by fast food, cheap thrills, quick success and easy money, it is only natural that the value of life has been reduced to mere figures and numbers. The rise of the machines has been almost coterminous with a second fall of man — first from his heavenly paradise and next from his earthly paradise. Each technological advancement has led to a biological and psychological amputation. We have purchased outer freedom but at a heavy servitude of the soul. We have pills for every ill but little natural resistance. We can replace the physical heart and open blocked vessels but the psychological heart has become empty and blocked. We have become a prisoner of our own achievements, a slave of our material perfection, a materially rich and powerful humanity that is spiritually impoverished and weak. We can control our heartbeats with strong drugs but have no control over our anger. The science of life has been studied in threadbare details, with its biological components and chemical constituents dissected and analysed but the art of life remains vague and obscure, its mystery and wonder, its charm and sweetness and natural laughter lost amidst the noise and din of a senseless crowd.
Yet this need not be so. Man is capable of and must achieve the double perfection that life seeks in him — an outer perfection of his external life and its instruments and an inner perfection of his soul and inner being. He needs to reunite with his soul, reconnect with his true nature, rediscover the lost oneness with All-life and the world around us. We may almost say that this disconnectedness is the primary disease, the root of all other physical, psychological and social ills. Rediscovering his connectedness, he will rediscover the one radical remedy that contains in itself as a seed the cure of all his other afflictions. And of all the means given to man to do this, communication is indeed one of the most powerful ones and also the one most readily accessible to us. When it comes to the art of healing, communication is the therapeutic bridge thrown across the gulf that divides health and illness, especially when an expectant patient meets a doctor investing in his persona the trust that we should otherwise place in God. Yet, it is also a fact, and a sad fact, that this powerful tool given to man to reconnect himself with others has become like many other tools at his disposal, an instrument for further division, to create a greater divide, to inject fear, to infuse anxiety, to transmit anger and intolerance.
The power of communication, like every other power, is in its origin and essence a soul-power. Its purpose is to recreate, in terms of nature, the spiritual oneness we have lost. It seeks to recreate in beings and objects a soul-state. It is like a call of our soul to other kindred souls so as to awaken each element of the universe to the original Spiritual Vibration, the ‘Word’ that cast it forth; or rather cast ‘Itself’ forth in these various forms and names. If it can do that successfully, then the ‘cure’ takes place spontaneously, miraculously as it were, since the source of our malady, the disconnectedness, is healed. But like every other power, it is bound and deformed here, upon earth, as it passes through layers upon layers of obscurity and ignorance and darkness. It is deformed not only in the one who initiates but also in the one who receives the communication. It is only the rare sage, the seer of truth sitting atop the summits of his being, who can receive this ‘Word’ in its original purity and transmit something of its Light and Power and Truth to our earth nature filling us with the effulgence of the soul. The sound rhythms and word rhythms, the harmonics of thought and its frequency (if we may say so) in which he casts his sublime Truth vision and Truth audition is termed as the ‘mantra’. Some mantras need to be charged by the consciousness of a seer, others still are universal in their effect and potency if received rightly in the silent depths of one’s heart and repeated with the force of feeling, with the mind dwelling upon its meaning, the central idea, and the substance. By thus dwelling upon the mantra one can unlock an inner door and enter into contact with the original vibration that is the source and support of all creation, its occult healer and to which all returns.
But it is not easy for man to enter into this highest power of communication which is indeed a highest power of communion with all beings and things. Yet it is within our reach to become some reflector or channel of this ‘Creative Word’. This means that instead of identifying with the ‘Supreme Word’, we become a medium to transmit its power and influence upon earth and men. But here again, to be a channel and instrument of the Supreme Creative Power demands an inner stillness and purity, a receptive inner silence of the being, an all-inclusive concentration turned upwards to its source. That itself is a difficult labour and indeed comes only by a higher Grace. What we can do instead is to prepare in ourselves a ‘state of Grace’ so that our being and nature may be used by the Higher Power at will. This ‘state of Grace’ is prepared by an unfailing trust and faith, a sincerity that loves the Divine for the sake of the Divine, an aspiration that wants ‘That’ and nothing else and above all, a surrender of oneself into the Hands of the Supreme Power so that it can mould our being progressively into its own image. Such a person, by his mere presence can bring healing energies into contact with the earth, at least some touch of the higher levels of consciousness if not of the very highest. The mere presence of such a being liberates us from our fears, instils courage and hope where there was only doubt and despair, shows us by an inner light, the various twists and turns of our nature that resist the touch of Grace and prefer illness, suffering and death, to health, peace, joy and immortality. If to this we can add a good outer instrument and a good knowledge of the work at hand or the system we choose, as the medium between the ‘healer’ and the ‘patient’, then the scope of healing becomes enormous. Of course, there is no hundred per cent panacea for one and all for all times! Such a thing would be absurd since we are dealing with living beings, who have an apparent choice, and not with puppets. Human beings are extraordinarily complex and they can resist the ‘healing’ for various reasons, even if they outwardly say otherwise. Illness has its own rewards for us and there is something in us that has a devious attraction to disorder. There are parts in us that not only hold on to the illness as a priced object or sometimes by force of a mechanical habit but also actively resist all attempts at restoring harmony and health. They resist the pressure of light waking us from our soulless slumber. They resist the invasion of truth that tears away the various coats and disguises of falsehood. Therefore, time is necessary and instant cures, though possible, are often suspect. ‘Truth’ does not cure by a surface manipulation or a forceful superimposition that would trick us into health. It goes deep to the very root of our problem since ‘It’ alone can go so deep. Therefore, one needs faith, receptivity, patience and perseverance for cure to be complete and the more integral these things will be the more complete and lasting will be the cure.
In other words, cure is affected mainly by the Grace of a higher power supported by the faith of the patient. The physician and the system he uses are intermediary mediums and sometimes an important medium to intercede between the patient’s faith and the healing power of Grace. He is the therapeutic bridge thrown across the gulf that separates health from diseases, harmony from disharmony, and order from disorder.
It requires a twofold labour on the part of the healer. On the one side, he has to be open to the healing force above, knowing very well that he is nothing more than a channel and an instrument. On the other side, he has to find a way, a device or a means to ‘communicate’ as perfectly as he can and with the least distortion the Healing Vibration to the sick and the unhealthy. We have already alluded to the inner side of this double communication. We can now turn to its outer and external side. The healing force can of course be transmitted in silence if the patient is extraordinarily receptive and open. Such patients often experience a quick relief, soon after they have come in contact with the healer, often even before they have started the treatment or else soon after it. At other times it is the ‘word of the therapist’, his spoken assurance born, of course, of his inner confidence that passes the influence and sets into motion the process of healing. This ‘power of suggestion’, as it is called, is often underestimated by modern doctors who are fed on the milk of modern medicine and its belief in the omnipotence of material methods and processes alone.
Nevertheless, every physician worth his name knows by experience that it is not just the medicines alone but something else, something ‘more’ that aids and assists the healing process. This ‘something else, something more’ often acts from behind using material processes and our blind belief in their power, but is not limited by it. That is one reason why no two cases are alike. There are delayed responses, there are also near instantaneous cures with the same medicine, there are ‘exceptional’ cases and there are also ‘unexpected’ sudden resolutions even as there are instances of prolonged and protracted recovery. One could almost say — as many cases, as many cures!
The power of suggestion acts not only positively but also negatively, for just as we have mentioned earlier, we can become channels and instruments not only for the pouring of clear and limpid streams of health and harmony but unfortunately also instruments of division and destruction. The ‘Word’ not only creates, but also destroys all that needs to be destroyed. And just as one can distort this power of creation, so also its power of destruction can be distorted and perverted to wrong use. The therapist, for instance, can become a means to inject fear and anxiety and agitation in his patients rather than infusing peace and trust. Secondly, this power of suggestion acts not only through the spoken words which are gross vehicles of ideas and forces but also, sometimes more powerfully, through our unspoken thoughts and feelings. This is so because, although it appears so to our restricted senses, we are in reality not so closed in the physical box called the ‘body’ as we believe ourselves to be. An occult and inner commerce always takes place subtly between us and the world around us. We are bathed as if in a sea of forces that surround us, forces sometimes clashing and cancelling each other while at other times supporting and strengthening each other. Our thoughts and feelings, even though unsaid and unheard, are yet forces that act and are acted upon. They vibrate in ether, that subtle medium of sound which builds our space and gives birth to time. Thoughts, feelings, desires, hopes, anxieties, fears are transmitted just as peace and joy and strength and faith are. The patient, often conscious of very little apart from his pain, receives these vibrations not only from the doctors but also from nursing staff, relatives, friends and all those around him. That is why negative prognostications and hopeless pronouncements are best avoided lest they become a self-fulfilling prophecy. And each time the ‘prophecy’ fulfils itself, it sets a negative trap since the mind supports it now as a thing ‘proved’ by experience. Yet how many such ‘experiential and statistical proofs’ are merely ‘habitual grooves’ created by our own beliefs and thoughts and fears is a thing that needs a detailed study and may yield results interesting enough to upset all our current views.
Finally, the physician has to counteract not only wrong suggestions from people around but also the much more powerful collective suggestions emanating from our current notions that seep in subconsciously, almost materially with the air we breathe and the books we read and the people we meet. Some examples of such collective suggestions are, ‘cancer is fatal’, ‘such and such illness is incurable’, ‘such and such an illness will lead to serious complications’, etc. And when to this collective atmosphere we find added the pronouncement of doom from a grave-faced, scientifically trained doctor, then its power to damage and diminish the healing capacity becomes enormous. Yet we do all this every day in the name of science. This is not to say that one must be imprudent and throw all caution to the wind. Only the very strong in faith can afford to do that and yet come out unscathed. But we must realize the limits of our ‘so-called scientific knowledge‘ and its ‘so-called facts’ based on the presumption that matter is not only omnipotent but rather, matter alone is, and any talk of anything else such as self-healing, mind healing, spiritual healing is all humbug. Fortunately few physicians today are that arrogant thanks to the newer discoveries in the last couple of decades in the field of Mind-Body medicine. A more flexible multifactorial model that allows many loose links in our otherwise inflexible and unalterable chain of material processes and their strict laws is replacing the materially deterministic rigid model of singular cause and effect. Laws may be there but we know now at least this much that they can be suspended, altered and changed — not only the laws of illness and pathology but even the laws of our conventional normal physiology. We can be more than what we are, and in certain exceptional circumstances, even much more. Who knows then where the limits are? Maybe one day we will discover that not only illness and our belief in its incurability, but also the phenomenon of ageing and death aren’t ineluctable laws but mere habits of Nature that has been preserved carefully through millennia as a convenient device for her own balance. And yet it may not be a law at all but simply a trick of our senses supported by a mass hypnotic belief in the sole truth of what our senses show to us. And if by some means we can learn to disengage ourselves from this strong impression upon our minds created by the flood of sensory images and the swarm of collective suggestions, we may discover within our rigid material case, another, more beautiful and flexible ageless body, eternal youth, timeless mind, the ever playful child soul, the all-triumphant, almighty Spirit!
Thus seen, we find that communication is not only about speech but also about the pauses and the silence. Indeed our whole body and being communicates the contents of consciousness that inhabits and animates it. When we are in a state of inner communion with our soul, or in a state of Grace, a touch or even a look can heal; our thoughts and feelings and goodwill can serve as a protective mantle around those who seek support, or even the mere presence can help when the patient is in a receptive state. We may use a system or medicine that is prevalent at that time and in which the patient and the race put their collective faith. And it helps as a convenient device to reach out the healing energies to the most material parts and constituents of the cells. But the real healing takes place through the matrix of consciousness in which the patient and the healer meet and commune — a matrix built of faith and trust on one side and on the other side open to the limitless power of Grace. Only, this ‘state of Grace’, this ‘soul-power’ must be true and spontaneous, a living reality and not a mimicry or an imitative technique that one can repeat mechanically. Healing is not a performance to be repeated at the caprice and fancy of an onlooker or to please and aggrandise the ego and the crude demand of a miracle by the patient. It is rather an act as natural as breathing, an act of supreme love that in moments of inner communion overtakes and surpasses our limited and ego-bound personality and does what our mortal hearts cannot dare or even think of doing. It is in the sincerity and spontaneity of our inner surrender to Grace that there lies the power to heal. And it is this for which a healer must constantly aspire — a constant inner communion with ‘that’ limitless Beyond and leave it to its marvellous omnipotence and omniscience to decide whether it will heal or not, whether it will help the body to live or to die, for, to its supreme all-encompassing vision, all is an act of compassion, disease and suffering a means to a greater perfection of strength and delight, and death itself a passage to Light and Truth and Immortality.