Psychic healing, shamanism and other spiritual practices part 1

 

 

Point  1 : Bhakti yoga : flowers at the feet of the Guru.

Yoga is a very vast spiritual tradition that cannot be reduced to physical work on postures, breathing, concentration (that is to say hatha yoga). Different paths can be found in yoga : we already talked about jnana yoga (yoga of knowledge, see the post “The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharsi”), but you can also find bhakti yoga (yoga focused on devotion to the Guru or to some special deity), karma yoga (yoga focused on social work with the idea that when you serve others, you serve God and indirectly yourself), Guru yoga (very ancient form of Yoga directed to the service of the Guru or the ashram in order to free the mind of the Guru, and of other spiritual seekers in the ashram, for spiritual purposes), raja yoga (literally “royal yoga”, a synthesis of all other forms of yoga aiming at the highest states of meditation). You can also find lots of minor yoga paths like yoga nidra, kundalini yoga, krya yoga, ayurveda and cooking techniques, yoga for pregnant women or for children…

The general goal of all these different practices is to direct the individual energies towards positive spiritual objectives.

Yoga, despite its ancient origins (Vedic scriptures, and even before that, Indus civilization), is still in an active dynamic creative process. Many new yoga schools and teachings emerge here and there (see for example the idea of ecological yoga described in the post “Santosh”, point 8), traditional or not, good or bad. Try to find the path or the type of teaching that suits you best and then keep practising on this path as long as you can before shifting to other teachings or practices. 

I will try to present some very simple forms of practices found in bhakti yoga (devotional yoga).

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (second century CE), devotion, meditation upon the Lord or the Guru (Isvara pranidhana) is one of the  fundamental practices (niyama) of yoga :

Yoga Sutra II, 32 : ” The five observances (niyama) are purity (sauca), contentment (santosa), penance (tapah), self-study (svadhyaya), and surrendering to, and reflection on, the Lord (Isvara pranidhana).” (translation : Shyam Ranganathan). 

Isvara pranidhana is at the same time intellectual reflection, meditation on Isvara (the inner and outer main yogic deity, which can be compared to the Atma, the Self, the Guru, God…) and devotion (heart chakra practices).

A good way to practice Isvara pranidhana is to gather objects symbolically related to some great spiritual teachers or teachings and to direct devotion towards these symbolic objects.

A photo or an image of a Guru or a deity are usually powerful means to focus devotion. But in some religions, for example in Islam, it is not correct to produce physical representations of God or of the Prophet, so other objects can be found, like the Koran, images of Mecca, calligraphy representing the name of God, Sufi poems… This kind of logic is very old and can be found even in prehistoric animism with the cults directed towards stone or wood sculptures, special natural places (lakes, caves, mountains…), trees or animals…

I think that Isvara pranidhana is not something like an idol cult. It is more a way to ease the concentration on the spiritual dimension by giving concrete forms to the persons who have difficulties understanding the formless nature of God. It is a very comprehensive view of religion (“One God but many paths leading to Him” is one of the main religious idea found in Hinduism) and has been frequently and wrongly viewed by external religions and intellectual systems (Islam and then British colonial power) as a kind of animism type idol cult (but in fact it is just a way to focus the mind towards the spiritual dimension).

Each one will be attracted towards special teachings, masters or practices, but I personally feel a close connection with Sri Ramana Maharsi. At the very center of his Teachings is silence : according to him, silence during the relation Guru-disciple is the most efficient way to obtain a correct and direct understanding of his Teachings. Words are just here to organize the knowledge, calm down tensions or doubts, but he often stated that the correct understanding of his Teachings comes from silence, the beautiful quietness and clarity of peaceful conscious silence.

Therefore looking silently at his photo in a comfortable meditation posture is a way to connect with one of his most important Teaching. It is a form of Isvara pranidhana that can obviously be reinforced by the reading of his writings. We have to note that most of the material about Sri Ramana Maharsi’s Teachings are a few books and a collection of his discussions with visitors coming to his ashram. Most of his Teachings were intuitive answers to particular questions and circumstances. They show at the same time the deepness of his mind and understanding, and the profound spiritual integration of all the themes he was talking about. A truly and fully Enlightened soul, in other words, a Buddha.

Incense, flowers, candles, stones, water pots… can be placed around the photo in a quiet and peaceful place to reinforce the effect. You can without any doubt practice these forms of Isvara pranidhana with other great hindu or buddhist Guru or sages : Buddha Sakyamuni of course, Patanjali, Sankara, Milarepa, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Ma Anandamayee Ma… (for the most traditional and recognized ones).

But it can also very easily be done with other spiritual masters coming from other traditions : Jesus, Mahomet, Moses, deities, spiritual Buddhas…

 

Point  2 : Reiki guide.

I would like to present you a beautiful book about reiki written by S.Modi : Reiki guide. Usui, Tibetan and Modern Techniques. (New age books editions. website : newagebooksindia.com). 

Besides giving very interesting general remarks about reiki practices, philosophy and energetic works, the author focuses her attention on symbols. Reiki uses mainly 4 symbols but these symbols have to be transmitted during reiki initiations made by reiki masters (usually one or two days courses for each initiation. There are 3 to 4 levels of initiation according to each specific reiki school or tradition). Nevertheless S.Modi presents many other symbols which are not specific to reiki and can therefore be used without being initiated to any reiki level. 

Page  63 : “It is one’s intuition which guides which symbol is to be used in a particular situation for a person. There comes a time when the compassion and love for others develop so much in a healer along with the spiritual development that he does not need to use any symbols. His bare intention to do good to others will manifest his goals.”

Some symbols that I find interesting and that I often use for me or other persons, according to circumstances, are : integrate / gratitude / fire serpent / sakti / vajra / courage / om / jal chakra / bona / agnipa / drishti stambhah / arogya / santosh / budhikari / charging medicine.

You should however be careful to choose a correct reiki teacher if you want to pass a reiki initiation. The teacher should come from a recognized reiki school with the teachings coming directly from Mikao Usui (the founder of reiki) and his direct disciples. Try to visit and talk with several teachers, inform yourself, read some books and then choose the teacher with whom you feel the more connected. Reiki is a good spiritual practice, especially if you begin in the field and if you want soft and loving practices. The only problem is that it is a little costly.

 

Point 3 : Psychic healing.

Reiki is interesting at a spiritual level and can easily heal emotional and mental issues. I nevertheless feel that reiki is not very efficient at a physical level, to cure actual physical illnesses.

Lots of different mental and psychic healing forms exist but they can potentially present some difficulties : mainly need for a lot of external (psychic or physical) energy coming from the healer to compensate for the lack of energy in the patient; and absorption by the healer of bad karma coming from the patient.

Psychic healing techniques are therefore delicate and the healer must be in good physical and mental health to perform them. One of the most interesting method that I know comes from a book written by the American healers Benjamin O.Bibb and Joseph J. Weed : The science of psychic surgery. The methods described in this book are quite unconventional, unusual, very intuitive and not rational at all. Nevertheless they can give interesting healing results.

Basically, according to the authors, our personalities are made of three different things : body, mind and what they call “inner mind”. The inner mind is the intelligent conscious and unconscious working force in our individual bodies and minds. It is the force that make us develop from one or two cells to a full-grown adult. It is the force behind the balances of the hormones, heart beats, regeneration of tissues… It is also the force behind our hundreds of nearly unconscious activities (like driving a car, working or walking…) and in charge to protect us. The inner mind is in a way not far from the concept of soul.

The inner mind is a very powerful healing force and can be contacted by the healer in order to correct imbalances in the body, mind or aura of the patient. Basically the healer does not use his own energy to initiate a healing but contact the inner mind of the patient and show him through powerful creative visualizations how to correct the problems.

Most of the techniques described in the book can be organized in three parts :

1) to get by different means a mental meditative contact with the inner mind of the patient.

2) to diagnose the problem with an “inner mental eyesight” checking the physical and subtle dimensions (this is maybe the most delicate point).

3) to suggest to the inner mind of the patient strong powerful and symbolic healing procedures in order to correct the problem diagnosed.

Since this method is an inner spiritual method, it does not obey the time and space laws and constraints and you can heal persons at a great distance by the same method.

Results are usually quick (when the practices are correctly done) and, like homeopathy, acupuncture or other alternative healing methods, can be interesting in cases where modern medical technology and knowledge have no apparent easy solution to some specific problems. It requires some basic medical knowledge and a little bit of time and practice to get the first results (a few months) but these first healing results bring faith in the efficiency of the method and ease the progresses.

It brings spiritual benefits to the healer (enhanced concentration; basic knowledge about aura and energetic work; development of subtle sensations; ability to go easily into astral worlds; focus of morals, knowledge and compassion towards healing others…) and can also be applied to healing animals and plants.

The main problem of this technique, if there is one, is that this kind of spiritual channel to get in touch with the inner mind of the person you want to heal can also be used for negative spiritual practices (black magic). You therefore have to learn to connect and disconnect to the practices by creating small and simple stereotyped opening and closing rituals : a few deep breaths, some relaxation techniques, some prayers to some deities who can guide and protect you during the healing work… and allow you to return to your daily activities in the best way possible.

Try to learn how to quickly reinforce your aura or energetic body by, for example, visualizing a powerful white light permeating all the aura. You can also imagine yourself at the beginning and end of the exercises under a shower of powerful divine or spiritual light that will clean all atoms and cells of your physical and energetic body until a fresh and soothing sensation is obtained.

Another problem is that self-healing is sometimes a little bit difficult with this method. Nevertheless some techniques do work. I, for example, heal nearly all my headaches (90% maybe) since 2 or 3 years with a technique coming from this book. It is better and quicker than a pain-killer. You can try it if you want :

If you have a headache (or if you feel the first symptoms), lie on your back, put your hands on each temple and imagine that a powerful current of shining white light is running through the center of your right hand into the head and goes out from the center of you left hand. Try to maintain this visualization as clear as possible during two or three minutes. If the headache is strong repeat the process one time. Relax and then repeat the same process but with a beautiful shining, clear, subtle and refreshing blue light, during one minute more or less. Disconnect and go back to your normal activities. Repeat the technique after half an hour if there is still some pain. If the technique is not efficient (for example beginners with insufficient concentration power) after one hour, take a pain-killer, don’t insist.

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About buddhananda
independent spiritual researcher, I find inspiration mainly into the buddhist, hindu and new age fields. I try to find connections between religions, philosophy, economy and technology. My aim is to contribute to the emergence of a better world. I also practice reiki.

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