More FREE than the BODY

More FREE than the BODY.

This is an issue that many people who are chronically sick and suffering pain bring to Amoda’s spiritual Satsang meetings seeking an answer that really delivers.
It is a tough question when there is constant pain and endless illness.
‘What do I do?’
‘How do I cope?”
‘I know I am not the body but it hurts so much I never have any peace.’
‘I am scared, angry, anxious.’
‘How do I deal with pain?’

These are some of the questions.

Here is my only insightful response to those questions, and it is my own challenge and endeavor. And it is tough.

TO BE MORE FREE AS CONSCIOUSNESS THAN THE BODY.

If that sounds weird, or impossible, I understand. But its what we are going to be propelled towards at the time of death anyway. At the time of death we are not given an option. We are pushed, dragged, or thrown towards freedom from the body. We can hang on all we like but at some point we must let go of it.
At that point we will realize WE ARE NOT THE BODY.
WE ARE CONSCIOUSNESS.
YOU are consciousness that has a body to live in this relative world. You cannot live here without it.
But it is not who you are.

SO. If it were possible to realize that fundamental truth, that you are not the body, while you are in the body, not theoretically but viscerally, you would be MORE FREE THAN THE BODY.

And as that freedom you would care much less about it.
You would not grasp as it as you might do.
You would not feel as anxious or scared about it.
You would, in fact, allow it to do its thing much more.

In fact your capacity to love yourself would increase dramatically.

It might have an impact on your nervous system and immune system.

But you would have that most sacred quality.

FREEDOM.

What I have just said is tough. It is about enlightenment, true awakening, surrender, humility, grace, and the deepest love.

I hope you understand. This is where I am at.

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New Podcast! The Spiritual Imperative and Healing the Individual and Global Body.

I am so very pleased to let you know about a new Podcast!

Finally I have jumped in again and recorded an impromptu session.
I think it is my most important one so far.
Because it gets to the heart of the human dilemma on all levels.

I enjoyed it thoroughly and hope it brings some inspiration to some.
This is the vibe.
024 – The Spiritual Imperative and Healing the Individual and Global Body.
Spiritual Inquiry as an imperative in today’s world, both for personal life and for collective life.
A true spiritual context is the only answer to the problems of the world, both personal and collective.
A discussion about grief, the past, letting go, presence and unconditional love.
33 mins: Presence Medicine
What is it? And how does it work?
You ARE the world. A cell in the global body.
You have infinite power, the power of infinite intelligence, available all the time.
In presence and openness you invite this infinite intelligence in, which facilitates personal and collective healing.
Body, emotion and mind are designed according to nature, to flow from spirit into matter and back to spirit. Old toxic emotions block this flow, and our task through spiritual inquiry is to unblock what was stuck through simple allowing, so that free flowing can return.
A spiritual invitation from the body.
On iTunes soon.

Please please listen and enjoy. Take what is relevant and throw away what doesn’t resonate.

And share if you are moved! I am trying to spread the message that some people badly need.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and listen.

https://soundcloud.com/the-power-to-change/024-the-spiritual-imperative-and-healing-the-individual-and-global-body

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Presence Medicine – An approach to healing

The simple power of presence brings you into a new dimension of peace. There is vast power in this dimension even to the point of healing.

I offer sessions in ‘Presence Medicine,’ to assist you in entering and establishing yourself in this dimension.

Kavi Portrait 4Being present isn’t just some spiritual exercise, it is a very practical approach to illness and healing.
It is an excellent restorative tool for the whole being, including the body. It has beneficial effects.
To be acutely here and now, totally present to whatever is happening, is great healing balm.
The fact is that we humans have lots of stories we tell ourselves and each other.
We have incredibly active, overactive, mind chatter. It is incessant and unstoppable.
We give this chatter so much weight and import that it runs our lives.
But it is not always the best thing, and not always operating in our favour.
The story of your life is the story of your identification with your ego mind. Presence is a space that is beyond the story of the past or future.

“You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now” –Eckhart Tolle

There is an energy field beyond this chatter. That energy field may be called many things, yet they are all the same thing:
Consciousness, the Divine, Infinite Intelligence, or the ‘Love Field’ as I call it.

Entering this field is the pursuit of meditation and simple ’silent sitting.’ It is also our aim.

What the the benefits of this?
Presence is that state where natural order is restored.
Presence burns up past toxic emotions, thoughts and beliefs.
• It burns up old karmic inherited patterns.
• It burns up self negating patterns.
• It disarms addictions.
• It dissolves holding patterns in the body, liberating better energy flow.
• It ends stagnation.
• It sends healing vibrations to the cellular body.
• When accompanied by breath it floods the body with oxygen.
• It transmits and aligns with the frequency of love.
• It unifies the energy field of the body with the cosmos.
• It tunes you into the quantum field.
• It quietens the noise of the ego self, allowing higher mind to inform your life.
• It balances the hemispheres of the brain.
• It opens the intuitive and creative feminine side of the brain.
• It deactivates the chronic cortisol response that drives most lives, and is always present in illness.
• It floods the body, nervous and immune systems, with positivity and love.
• It removes the vibration of fear from the organism.
• It aligns chakras.
• It facilitates regeneration.
• It allows falseness to rise to the surface for clearing.
• It re-harmonises the mind/body relationship that is so often out of balance.

This is the key point about presence and illness. Illness is taxing and stressing to the whole organism. Illness is also highly intertwined with emotions and mind. It is entirely natural, when the body suffers from unusual and painful, life interrupting symptoms, to worry and be concerned. But there is a fine line between healthy concern that drives positive action, and the kind of anxious worry that makes matters worse by stressing the adrenal glands, over burdening immune and nervous system, and bringing the system down lower. Body and mind are hardwired together.

Through ‘Presence Medicine’ practices and awareness this cycle of fear, stress anxiety and taxed body is placated and stopped, allowing deep rest and healing to happen.
Sometimes it means a mental a nd emotional detox. But this itself is an asset in the ling term.

BREATHING:
The power of the breath is indisputable. It is one of the most neglected areas of life, whether we are ill or not. Yet we suffer in so many ways by neglecting it.
You simply cannot fully breathe and have lots of stories of past or future at the same time. One or the other. And healing is only found in the breathing.

Try sitting silently and focus on your breathing, slowly inhaling all the way, and exhaling all the way. Be focused on this activity and be aware that your mind has moments of stillness and silence. So occupied with this simple act of conscious breathing is it that it is, for at least a few precious moments, peaceful.

It will not be long before the mind becomes distracted and drifts away to thinking about something completely unrelated to your activity.
This simple activity should be done daily, constantly, as a valuable training for the mind and the body. It harmonises them and heals them. It calms the holistic organism, softens the nervous system and immune system.

MEDITATION: Meditation gets bad rap.  Most people think it is hard, and that puts them off.  It has to be said that most meditation practice makes it complicated when it doesn’t need to be. If there is any struggling, trying, control or resistance in meditation it fails to deliver any of the benefits it offers.

The meditation I have practiced, still practice, and talk about, is very simple. It is the ‘nothing meditation’ that is only about one thing. That thing is just sitting silently letting everything that happens, happen, without offering any resistance or argument, without trying to control any thought or emotion.

Just silently sitting, quietly,  in awareness, softly breathing in and out and allowing it all. Thoughts might come and thoughts may go, but attach to none of them, allowing all thoughts with the same grace. Even 5 minutes spent in this way is nourishing for the whole of your being, from the cellular body to the emotions and mind.
Nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to stop or start, and just a resting in allowance of all that arises.

SESSIONS; Sessions involve exploration, inquiry, silence and presence. There is no ‘format’ but a simple dedication to going below the level of thinking mind to the space of stillness. We will be guided by what occurs and what comes up, and through this you will access a deeper mastery of self and a more profound sense of peace and love. This is the healing space itself.

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The Body is a Demanding Lover

The last few weeks have once again brought me face to face with an area of life I already thought I knew intimately, namely  body issues that take over life. We call it illness but in many ways its more like a demanding lover.

This time round it started as either a spot or a bite that wouldn’t heal when we were in Costa Rica. I have had wound healing problems before, because my immune system is impaired and weak, and because I have been suffering from circulation issues since my inflammatory bowel disease, so this wasn’t a surprise.
When we returned to the UK I sought to get it looked at and get some blood tests. The doctor spotted infection in the leg wound and gave me some antibiotic cream to apply. I used it, reluctantly, for 7-10 days and it didn’t really change things. After about a week I noticed spots and bumps appearing on the arms, and this progressed and progressed until it became a rash. When the rash became worrying I sought the doctors help again, he offered the cream again for the leg wound and not much for the rash.
At that stage I saw my Ayurvedic doctor who found me to be very out of balance…

The rash a few days ago. Its much much worse now.

Anyway, here I sit a week later at a friends house in Kings Langley, north of London, after a trip to the A and E yesterday to ask for a diagnosis. The doctor has said I have a full blown histamine reaction. The rash has covered my whole body, including some of my head, and has actually morphed into one big rash that looks like a second skin, red and raw and flaky…its agony..My arms have swollen because of the rawness, and right now its not abating.
I look like a reptile!

I have been given antihistamine tablets and I’m praying they are going to work…SOON!

So, my friends, I decided it was time to write from the place of suffering.

Now I have had the chance to reflect and dive into this I can see how my recent life has led to this, and how, on mental, emotional and lifestyle levels, I have contributed to it. Thats not blame its just awareness.

I need to see clearly to be able to change the things that I can change in order to give myself maximum chance of health for the future.

Thats why I say the body is a demanding lover. You always have the choice, to resist and make up stories, to fight it and try and dominate it, or to surrender and learn to love on a whole different level. Body really demands that we listen when it displays symptoms. To me the body is feminine, it represents the earth because its born of the earth and dies back into the earth. Mind must surrender its wilfulness to the body to be peaceful.
Body reveals to you where you need to change, as long as you are willing to really accept responsibility.

I have listened to the message that has come this time. What I heard is this. Because in my life over the last two years there have been so many changes, it has caused much instability and ungroundedness. Amoda, my wife, and I are trying to move to the US, ad we gave up out flat in the UK last year. We have been nomadic since September and its been very stressful. I have dealt with it badly, mainly by not acknowledging that I couldn’t cope, but also by thinking I could cover it up and drink lots of coffee and life a ‘bulletproof lifestyle’ and its reared its head and bitten me.

Basically I overruled my body. And I know that you can only do that for a limited time, especially if it involves stressful living, and you already carry issues.

I can’t say these lessons are easy, and if you are experiencing things, or you know someone who is, I send you my love and recognition. Many ailments, symptoms and signs, are mysterious and not easily definable. And without knowing what is going on the mind easily freaks out and imagines the worst. But mind needs to be tamed. And it gets tamed by bringing it into presence.

The whole thing about ‘being present’ was preoccupying me as I was going to sleep last night. I realised that proper breathing and being fully present go hand in hand, they become a healing in itself, and they allow the entire organism to relax for a while, which quietens the immune and nervous system.

Being present isn’t just some spiritual exercise, it is a very practical approach to illness. It has beneficial effects.

I have been doing pranayama breathing exercises for immune system healing and calming, and I must say they are excellent for keeping me here, softly aware of this moment, without any stories. You simply cannot fully breathe and have lots of stories of past or future at the same time. One or the other. And healing is only found in the breathing.

This is the key point about presence and illness. Illness is taxing and stressing to the whole organism. Illness is also highly intertwined with emotions and mind. It is entirely natural, when the body suffers from unusual and painful, life interrupting symptoms, to worry and be concerned. But there is a fine line between healthy concern that drives positive action, and the kind of anxious worry that makes matters worse by stressing the adrenal glands, over burdening immune and nervous system, and bringing the system down lower. Body and mind are hardwired together.

So presence is great antidote to this. Its not just an idea that brings some relief, although it does that. Its actually more a form of medicine. Call it Presence Medicine. It softens, it nourishes, it allows loving energy to flow. It forgives and even brings joy. In the great allowing that being fully present brings anything can happen, even miracles. There is a doorway to spirit offered by being present. The divine is through that door and, upon true communion with the divine, all things become possible.

Presence is not found by doing anything. It is found by not doing anything. It is found by undoing everything. It is a profound not doing, not making any movement to change anything. Everything is allowed to flow through. there is no mental grabbing at thoughts or sensations, no attempt to change pain or discomfort. Just a growing awareness of all things that appear in the field of awareness. You simply become awareness itself. And if that is not possible, you just sit and listen to the rapids of thoughts or stories, or pains as they come and go. Eventually the noise dies down, and you might catch a glimpse of peacefulness. Try it! Try it whether you are ill or not. It really has great benefit for your life.

OK thats enough from me for today. Thank you so much for reading. I’m off to get my herbal remedies, do some yoga and breathing, and makes some prayers for my healing..I need to move on from this.

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